Tuesday, 28 April 2015

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Police widen investigation in connection with Prague hospital tenders, purchases

Radio Prague |
2 April 2015

Police are investigating six people in connection with rigged tenders at Prague's Na Homolce Hospital, according to statements by police and the state attorney’s office in Prague on Wednesday.

State budget surplus halves in first quarter

Radio Prague |
2 April 2015

The state budget surplus more than halved to 19.9 billion crowns in January to March compared with the first quarter of 2014, the Ministry of Finance announced on Wednesday.

State forestry company counts damage from high winds

Radio Prague |
2 April 2015

Trees amounting to around 150,000 cubic metres of timber have been felled in recent high winds across the country, the state forestry company announced on Wednesday. Around a fifth of that total occurred in the Šumava National Park, where winds reached up to 112 kilometres an hour on Tuesday.

Czech Television investigated over sponsorship deals

Radio Prague |
2 April 2015

Bosses of public broadcaster Czech Television and police are investigating how private companies allegedly used opportunities to sponsor programmes to dodge taxes. The daily Mladá Fronta Dnes reported Wednesday that a handful of companies repeatedly inflated the sponsorship totals so that they could be written off against their taxes.

Porters planned after failure to install escalators at new Metro station serving airport

Radio Prague |
2 April 2015

A shiny new Metro station will from Monday serve travellers using Prague's Václav Havel Airport. However, the Nádraží Veleslavín station has not been fitted with escalators leading to street level. To get around the problem, porters will be employed to help people with heavy luggage in what is said to be a unique service in Europe.

Travel Service becomes second biggest shareholder in Czech Airlines

Radio Prague |
2 April 2015

The Czech Republic's national carrier Czech Airlines is no longer a state-owned company. This week, its majority stake has moved into the hands of private companies. Travel Service company, a member of Unimex Group, announced on Tuesday that it has finalised a purchase of 34% of the Czech air carrier after action on the purchase option offered by Korean Air. It therefore becomes Czech Airline's second largest shareholder.

Gale force winds causing million crown damages

Radio Prague |
1 April 2015

Gale-force winds sweeping the country since Monday have caused considerable material damage, the ctk news agency reports citing the country's leading insurance companies.

So-called "fast communication roads" to become highways

Radio Prague |
1 April 2015

All of the country's so-called "fast communication roads" marked with an R should be transformed into highways as of 2016, according to a proposal by the Czech Transport Ministry.

President Zeman wants to discuss time-frame for euro adoption

Radio Prague |
1 April 2015

President Zeman wants to open a debate on a time frame for Czech adoption of the euro, the ctk news agency reports. According to the president's spokesman Mr. Zeman wants to meet with Prime Minister Sobotka next week to discuss a possible meeting on the euro at Lany Chateau in the coming months.

Police cleared of serious faults over Uherský Brod shooting

Radio Prague |
1 April 2015

Police came in for a lot of criticism in the immediate aftermath of the Uherský Brod shooting in which a gunman shot dead eight before killing himself. The main answers were given on Tuesday when the results of the internal police investigation were revealed.

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