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Gov't approves greater liberalisation of Czech rail market

Radio Prague |
24 March 2017

The Czech rail market is set to open up further to competition after the government's approval of liberalisation plans on Wednesday, the Czech News Agency reported. According to information posted on the Office of the Government's website, tender processes for the right to run services on five high-speed rail lines will be held by the end of 2021.

Febiofest aims to satisfy both cineastes and mainstream audiences

Radio Prague |
23 March 2017

Febiofest, Prague's biggest film festival, gets rolling on Thursday night. Now in its 24th year, the event is bringing a number of noteworthy movie names to the Czech capital and, with several new sections this year, aims to satisfy both serious cineastes and mainstream viewers.

Footballer Pavel Nedvěd stamps mark on Czech coins

Radio Prague |
23 March 2017

Pavel Nedvěd, former Czech national football team captain and the best footballer of his generation, has appeared on a special set of coins, celebrating Czech football legends.

New style brainstorming marathon comes up with ideas for Prague metro system

Radio Prague |
23 March 2017

Prague has just hosted a hackathon with global participation with the target to brainstorm and come up with solutions for cities like the Czech capital where getting from A to B can be a stressful and time consuming process.

Škoda profits climb for third record-breaking year in row

Radio Prague |
23 March 2017

Škoda Auto has just enjoyed the most successful year in its history. The Czech-based carmaker saw its profits climb by just over a third in 2016 to reach CZK 25.7 billion. It was the third year in succession that Škoda, the country's biggest exporter, made a new record profit. Sales rose by 10 percent to a record CZK 370 billion. Also up was the number of cars delivered to customers, which grew by 6.7% to 1,127,000.

Prague Jewish community celebrates new Torah scrolls

Radio Prague |
22 March 2017

The Old New Synagogue in Prague has acquired two new Torah scrolls, the first such acquisition since the 1930s. The scrolls, containing the entire text of the Five Books of Moses, were hand-written in Israel and funded by donations to the Prague Jewish community.

ČEZ suffers in 2016 from continued weak power prices

Radio Prague |
22 March 2017

The Czech Republic's biggest electricity producer, almost 70 percent state owned ČEZ, delivered its 2016 results on March 21 with the outcome largely disappointing analysts. The headline figures are full profit for the year of 14.6 billion crowns, which rose to 19.6 billion crowns after all exceptional items had been cleared away. Both figures represent a drop of 29 percent on the corresponding outcome for 2015.

English translation key to Czech books also reaching other language markets, says Czech Literary Centre head Petr Janyška

Radio Prague |
21 March 2017

Petr Janyška is the head of the Czech Literary Centre, a recently created state agency that aims to promote the country's writers internationally.

Czechs mourn Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, a symbol of courage and unwavering faith

Radio Prague |
21 March 2017

Arrangements are being made for the funeral of Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, the former head of the Czech Roman Catholic Church, who died on Saturday.

Police kept order as fast food revolution began in Prague 25 years ago

Radio Prague |
21 March 2017

A taste of the West was the slogan used by another very different company, though in this case it was perhaps more appropriate. And the interest was huge when the first McDonald's hamburger restaurant opened its doors 25 years ago in what was still Czechoslovakia on March 20, 1992.

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