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Saturday, 20 April 2019
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Aleksandr Lukashenko
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Lukashenko rules out compromises on sovereignty, security
We have never made compromises in matters of sovereignty and security in our foreign and domestic policy. And we never will. The Belarusian nation was divided and its borders were repeatedly redrawn and this experience has taught us to value today's unity and territorial integrity, the Belarusian leader said.
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Belarus' main social and economic indicators in Q1 2019 Q1 2019 as against Q1 2018: GDP – 101.1%, industrial output* — 100.9%, agricultural output — 99.4%, fixed-capital investments — 103.7%, housing commissioned — 90.7%, retail trade — 106%.
TIBO 2019 The 26th international forum on information and communications technologies TIBO 2019 will take place in Minsk Arena on 8-12 April.
Belarus-Russia: Trade and economic cooperation Russia remains Belarus' leading trade partner. In 2018, Belarus' merchandise trade with Russia increased 5.4 times in comparison with 1996.
Temporary restrictions on Belarusian motorways Seasonal restrictions on the maximum load per axle of means of transport, self-propelled vehicles* are in effect on major Belarusian motorways.

President

Lukashenko: Belarusian people passed through trials and created its own country for life
“The Republic of Belarus emerged on the map of the world almost two decades ago. Upon gaining independence, it was building and developing in terms of complex geopolitical, economic, social and regional transformations,” the head of state said.

Politics

Cui Qiming. An archive photo Ambassador: Lukashenko's visit to Beijing is important for China
Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko's forthcoming visit to Beijing in April is important for China, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Belarus Cui Qiming who attended the Belarusian president's Annual State of the Nation Address on 19 April.
Lidia Yermoshina. An archive photo Presidential election in Belarus on 30 August 2020 at the latest
“The Constitution requires that [a presidential election] has to happen at least two months before the term of office expires. In other words, 30 August 2020 is the last day that fits,” said Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus Lidia Yermoshina.
Belarus' openness to dialogue with EU welcomed
Belarus sends positive messages on many levels and in many ways” with regard to the further development of contacts, the head of the EU Delegation said.

Economy

Photo courtesy of Reuters World Bank to allocate €90m to modernize schools in small Belarusian towns, villages
Thanks to additional funding the project's scope will be expanded. As many as 65,000 school students in small towns and villages all over Belarus will be able to go to renovated schools and use new lab equipment.

Society

China Kirill Rudy and Fan Weiping. Photo courtesy of the Belarusian Embassy in China Belarus to host Belarusian-Chinese Media Forum in 2020
Belarus will host the first Belarusian-Chinese Media Forum in 2020. The agreement was reached during a meeting between Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to China Kirill Rudy and deputy head of the State Administration of Radio and Television of the People's Republic of China Fan Weiping.
Photo courtesy of the Belarusian Embassy in Moscow Brest celebrated in Moscow as CIS Capital of Culture
Moscow hosted an event to celebrate Brest as the CIS Capial of Culture 2019 and to mark the city's millennium anniversary. Attending the event were representatives of the Belarus-Russia Union State bodies, the CIS Executive Committee, Moscow and local Belarusian diaspora, art intellectuals.
Igor Shunevich. Archive photo Belarus may amnesty 6,500 people in honor of 75th anniversary of country's liberation from Nazis
“This will not be the largest amnesty. Up to 20,000 people were granted amnesty in the past years. This year the number is around 6,500 people,” Belarys' Interior Minister Igor Shunevich said. Over 2,000 people will be released from prison. Others will have their sentences commuted.

Sport

Evgeny Oksentyuk celebrates victory over Czechs Belarus upset Czechia in 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship opener
Evgeny Oksentyuk opened the scoring 12 seconds into the game. Vladislav Kolyachonok added to Belarus' success before the first break.