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18 April 2016 12:00
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency to visit Belarus
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano will visit Belarus. During his three-day working visit, the IAEA Director General will meet with Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei and a number of representatives of Belarusian government agencies. Also, Yukiya Amano is expected to take part in the opening of the nuclear industry expo Atomexpo in Minsk, visit the construction site of the Belarusian nuclear power plant near Ostrovets and the national center for control and response to emergencies.
Also, in 2016 our country will be visited by IAEA assessment missions. The first unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant will go online in 2018, the second one in 2020.
Grodno Region to create database for wild animals’ DNA samples
War against poachers will now be waged at the genetic level too. Grodno Region State Committee of Forensic Examinations is creating a database for wild animals’ DNA samples. According to experts, it will make the fight against poachers much more effective. Scientific research in this area continues, the list of test animals is being expanded. Along with innovations in the field of examinations and research, the committee continues to perform hundreds of traditional tests.
Belarus beat Russia 3-2 at Fed Cup
Belarus beat Russia 3-2 in Moscow to reach the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group for the first time in the country’s history.
Victoria Azarenka took solid wins over Margarita Gasparyan and Darya Kasatkina. Alexandra Sasnovich got the all-important third point for her country.
Apart from Belarus the World Group will include the United States, Spain and Germany.
Four semifinalists of the current Fed Cup will also continue their run in the top division: Czech Republic, France, Netherlands, Switzerland.