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Saturday, 24 February 2018
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Belarus' main social and economic indicators in January 2018 January 2018 as against January 2017: GDP – 104.6% industrial output* — 109.7% agricultural output — 104.4% fixed-capital investments — 126.2% housing commissioned — 86% retail trade — 109.5%.
Belarus' Sugar Industry Gross sugar beet harvest in 2017: Brest Oblast – 914,000t (yield - 441 centners per hectare); Grodno Oblast - 1,807,300t (531); Minsk Oblast - 1,971,300t (508); Mogilev Oblast - 234,700t (368)
Early voting Early voting at the local elections in Belarus will take place on 13-17 February.
Maslenitsa Traditions Maslenitsa is an ancient Slavic feast which can be compared to a carnival. There is no specific date for it on the calendar. The holiday begins exactly eight weeks before Easter and lasts for a week.

President

Alexander Lukashenko Lukashenko on newest weaponry in Belarus' Armed Forces
Equipping the army with new weapons and upgrading the existing ones are one of the priority areas of the development of Belarus' Armed Forces, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said.

Politics

Lidia Yermoshina CEC head comments on possible amendments to Belarus' election legislation
The decision will be taken by the subject of the legislative initiative, i.e. the head of state or the parliament. “Perhaps, some amendments will be introduced. There are some proposals,” said Lidia Yermoshina.
MFA comments on EU Council's decision to prolong restrictive measures against Belarus
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes that the decision to prolong the restrictive measures is not in keeping with the spirit of normal partnership relations between Belarus and the EU.
Electoral process in Belarus' local elections viewed as transparent
Representatives of the Venezuelan embassy took part in the observation of the elections as foreign observers. They visited polling stations both during the early voting and on the election day, talked to the candidates running for seats in the local councils and representatives of the public associations and political parties.

Economy

Tatyana Valovaya and Mikhail Myasnikovich EAEU: Belarus' economic indicators inspire optimism
Belarus' economic indicators inspire optimism, Tatyana Valovaya said. The EEC predicts that in the coming years this trend will continue. So will the industrial growth in the EAEU countries.

Society

Во время церемонии Official ceremony to mark Fatherland Defenders Day and 100 years of Belarus' Armed Forces in Minsk
A solemn wreath ceremony took place at the Victory Memorial in Minsk to mark the Fatherland Defenders Day and the 100th anniversary of the Armed Forces of Belarus.
Belarus among top ten countries with lowest infant mortality rate
Belarus placed eighth with the mortality rate of 1 in 667 newborns. Luxembourg, Norway and South Korea have the same infant mortality rate as Belarus.
War veterans Piotr Kolpakov and Anna Voronova 9,300 Great Patriotic War veterans live in Belarus
Minsk is currently home to two Heroes of the Soviet Union: Ivan Kustov, a participant of the Great Patriotic War, and Vasily Michurin, a participant of the Winter War.

Sport

Belarusian biathletes with gold medals Gold medal ceremony for Belarus' biathlon team in PyeongChang
The award ceremony was held by representative of the International Olympic Committee Sergey Bubka of Ukraine and representative of the International Biathlon Union Nami Kim of South Korea.