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Kazakhstan’s New President Renames the Capital Astana as Nur-Sultan

Tokayev proposed Astana's renaming on Wednesday, the same day he was appointed as the new President.

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Kazakh police on Friday arrested several people protesting the name change. Wikimedia

Kazakhstan’s new President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Saturday signed a decree to officially rename the country’s capital Astana as Nur-Sultan.

The capital is being renamed after former President Nursultan Nazarbayev who suddenly resigned on Wednesday after almost 30 years in power, Efe news reported.

As per Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Justice, the change is expected to come into effect on Monday.

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Nursultan, not Astana, Kazakhstan renames capital to honor Nazarbayev. Wikimedia

Tokayev proposed Astana’s renaming on Wednesday, the same day he was appointed as the new President.

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The initiative was approved that same day by the Parliament in a fast-track procedure with the approval of the country’s Constitutional Council.

The decision sparked controversy as many Kazakhs felt it should be brought to a plebiscite.

Kazakh police on Friday arrested several people protesting the name change.  (IANS)

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New Research Suggests Modern Apples Evolved from Kazakhstan 10,000 years ago

The birth of the modern apples ultimately led to 7,500 varieties of the fruit

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Modern Day Apples evolved from Kazakhstan. Wikimedia
  • The latest research suggests that the modern apples originated from Kazakhstan
  • The study was carried out by researchers from Boyce Thompson Institute in the United States
  • It was the genetic exchange from traders who used the Silk Road that the modern apples emerged in Kazakhstan

US, August 17, 2017: A new study suggests that the modern apples that are so crisp, yet so juicy, actually originated from Kazakhstan 10,000 years ago.

The study by researchers at Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) in the US reveal that during the back and forth traveling by traders on the Silk Road, the genetic exchange occurred that led to the emergence of modern day apples in Kazakhstan’s mountainous regions. Malus Domestica is the scientific name for our modern domesticated apples.

The Silk Road connected the East to the West. Hence, it led to an exposure of knowledge and ideas. Researchers hypothesize that this exchange of ideas resulted in the birth of the tasty Malus Domestica.

Lead Author of the study and Professor at Boyce Thompson Institute, Zhangjun Fei, explains his team’s study which is published in the journal Nature Communications.

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To carry out the study, the team of researchers sequenced 117 different apples and compared their genomes. These included the wild species extracted from Europe, North America, Central and East Asia.

The birth of the modern apples ultimately led to 7,500 varieties of the fruit. Interestingly, the quality of the fruit changed as from region to region as it first traveled from the East to the West. When the apples returned to go back to the west, the dropped seeds on the way helped the growth of trees in wild places.

M Sylvestris was dominant in the Apple’s growth. It’s ancestor, M Sieversii is found predominantly in Kazakhstan.

Our modern day apples have well-balanced sugar and higher organic acid contents. Hence, it is no wonder now that Apple is one of the favorite fruits for many people.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394


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