20:00 EconomyLarge-scale trial of digital timber filing system in progress in Belarus The software system will help make managerial decisions faster. “We will see the movement of our timber products in real time. Certainly, it will produce an economic effect. The labor productivity of the people that keep records of and sell timber will increase by an order of magnitude,” the forestry minister noted.
19:58 PresidentLukashenko: Internet is the greatest accomplishment that has to be used responsibly The interviewer asked Aleksandr Lukashenko about the freedom of speech in Belarus. The head of state responded by saying that various mass media operate in the country, a lot of information can be found online.
19:46 PresidentLukashenko: There are no oligarchs in Belarus and there will be none as long as I am the president The Belarusian leader stated: “There are no oligarchs in Belarus and there will be none as long as I am the president. The government structure must be separate from business. We have a very strict system in place for fighting corruption, a harsh system.”
19:34 EconomyPlans to build at least six more pellet plants in Belarus According to the source, the decision to build the pellet plants has already been made. Vigorous work is in progress. Payments in advance have been made to deliver equipment to a number of forestry enterprises. All the design work will be finished soon. Construction work will begin after that.
19:24 PresidentLukashenko about conflict in Ukraine: We should have resolved the issue long ago Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “We can resolve the issue even now. But it will be more and more difficult to do that as time goes by.” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that both Russians and Ukrainians are brothers for the people of Belarus.
19:07 PresidentLukashenko talks about key qualities for head of state Many of the questions the Belarusian head of state was asked focused on mutual relations with leaders of neighboring countries and Aleksandr Lukashenko's overall views on presidency as a profession.
19:00 EconomyPellet plant commissioned in Gomel Oblast The construction of the new pellet plant took less than one year. Its output capacity is four times as much as that of the older enterprise. The new pellet plant uses sophisticated equipment. All the workstations are automated. 16 jobs have been created.
18:38 PoliticsBelarusian public associations, political parties issue statement ahead of presidential election More than 30 public associations and political parties of Belarus has issued a joint statement to declare a common goal - to protect the native land from brazen lies and betrayal, from the attempts to destroy the unity of society and shake foundations of the state.
18:28 EconomyGovernment to work out proposals by year end to develop Belarusian sugar industry Roman Golovchenko said: “The president has given an instruction and by the end of the year the government will have to come up with a comprehensive proposal on how Belarus' sugar industry will work and develop in the future. The organization of the process flow is what matters.”
18:25 SportTwo 2020 Triathlon World Cups canceled due to coronavirus concerns The ITU Executive Board has approved the cancellation of the 2020 Tiszaujvaros and Tongyeong World Cups, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Hungary and South Korea.
18:13 SocietyBelarusians invited to take part in Partnership for Sustainability Award 2020 The competition aims to help promote the Sustainable Development Goals, foster partnerships between entrepreneurs, business associations, civil society, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions.
18:03 SocietyBelavia extends suspension of flights to some destinations The suspension of flights to Russia has been extended until 14 August (Krasnodar, Sochi – 15 August, Voronezh, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod – 24 October); Vienna, Larnaca, and Kazakhstan – until 15 August; Riga - 16 August; Georgia - 31 August; Ashgabat - 1 September.
17:54 SocietyMinsk Film Festival Listapad scheduled for 6-13 November The organizers hope that the festival to be held offline with screenings in the cinema houses, lectures, meetings, ceremonies, and live and sincere communication between industry professionals and film lovers. The organizers will take all safety measures to make the festival comfortable and safe given the unstable epidemiological situation.
17:28 SocietyPolling station for Belarus' presidential election operates in Beijing A polling station has been set up in the Belarusian embassy to enable Belarusian citizens who stay in the People's Republic of China to cast their votes at the 2020 Belarus' presidential election.
17:18 PartnersTurkish women rally in protest of violence against women Thousands of Turkish women on Wednesday staged simultaneous demonstrations across the country, urging authorities to take decisive measures to stop violence against women.