Saturday, 30 August 2014

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Agricultural goods get cheaper while prices of industrial goods rise slightly

Radio Prague |
19 August 2014

Farmers and service providers are continuing to curb inflation according to the latest figures from the Czech Statistical Office. Prices of agricultural products in July dropped by 2.5% over the month with the prices of market services falling by 0.6%.

Marked rise in spending on public construction contracts in first half of year

Radio Prague |
19 August 2014

Construction firms won almost 40 percent more in public contracts in the first half of 2014 compared to the same period last year, according to a study quoted by the Czech News Agency. In total, some CZK 80.755 billion in pubic construction projects were awarded in the period in question.

Helsinki Committee's work was only getting started when communism fell, says director Lucie Rybová

Radio Prague |
19 August 2014

Along with Charter 77 and the Committee for the Defence of the Unjustly Persecuted, the Czechoslovak Helsinki Committee was a key dissident organisation in the communist period, pressuring the government to adhere to its human rights commitments.

"Running": a great Czech athlete inspires a French novelist

Radio Prague |
19 August 2014

Anyone interested in the history of athletics will have heard of Emil Zátopek, the greatest Czech long-distance runner of all time. His life story is the subject of a short novel by the Prix Goncourt winning French writer, Jean Echenoz, called simply "Running" – "Courir" in the original French.

Public piano propagator makes chess move

Radio Prague |
19 August 2014

Last year the placing of pianos in public places became a huge hit in Prague and other Czech cities. Now the man behind the project, Ondřej Kobza, has made a fresh move – on Monday the urban activist and café owner unveiled a public chess table at Prague's Náměstí Míru, with other sites are set to follow soon.

President Zeman gives passing grade to coalition government

Radio Prague |
18 August 2014

In an interview with Czech Television, Czech president Miloš Zeman has given a positive assessment of the current coalition government, which came into office this January. Specifically, Zeman noted that the government should be ranked on economic growth, and related indicators such as real wages and increased pensions.

New US ambassador to assume post

Radio Prague |
18 August 2014

Andrew Schapiro, the designated new United States ambassador to the Czech Republic, is to arrive in the country to assume his post, writes ČTK.

Špotáková triumphs in Zurich but expresses dismay over overall performance

Radio Prague |
18 August 2014

Czech javelin-thrower Barbora Špotáková clinched the only medal which had still eluded her on Thursday- gold at the European Athletics Championships.

Czech Republic to host NATO military air exercise in September

Radio Prague |
18 August 2014

Some 1400 soldiers from the Czech Republic and 11 other NATO allies including Germany, Great Britain, Belgium, and the US, will take part in international military air training in the Czech Republic in September.

Debt plagues more than a third of socially excluded citizens

Radio Prague |
18 August 2014

The Czech Republic has the highest number of indebted inhabitants from socially excluded areas among all of the central and eastern European countries, daily Lidové noviny reported on Friday, referring to a poll conducted by the Median agency.

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