Friday, 22 March 2019

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Train wreck: Czech Railways calls emergency meeting after spate of accidents, 'incidents'

Radio Prague |
7 March 2019

Czech Railways management held an emergency meeting on Wednesday in the wake of back-to-back train collisions and a steep rise in reported accidents and 'incidents' – near misses.

Tibetan government leader in exile in Prague

Radio Prague |
7 March 2019

After a four-year break, Prague City Hall will once again join the Flags for Tibet initiative, expressing support for Tibetan independence. On Wednesday Prague mayor Zdeněk Hřib met with the head of the Tibetan government in exile, Lobsang Sangay, who is in the Czech capital to attend the One World Documentary Film Festival.

Project traces books looted by Swedes

Radio Prague |
6 March 2019

Over 25,000 books were looted from the Czech lands by the Swedes at the end of the Thirty Years War. Today these valuable prints and manuscripts are scattered in libraries all around Sweden, but also elsewhere in Europe. A new project by the Czech Academy of Sciences attempts to trace all the books that have survived.

Exhibition maps Bartered Bride's foreign productions

Radio Prague |
6 March 2019

An exhibition mapping the famous foreign productions of The Bartered Bride, perhaps the most popular Czech opera, gets underway at the Bedřich Smetana Museum in Prague this week.

Czech honey production lowest in four years

Radio Prague |
6 March 2019

The Czech Republic's honey production in 2018 was the lowest in the past four years, according to data released by the Czech Statistics Office this week. Production of honey was four percent lower than in the previous year, dropping below 9,000 tonnes for the first time since 2014.

Russia accused of shady practices in Prague by renting out Czech owned flats to third parties

Radio Prague |
6 March 2019

On Monday, the Czech daily Deník N came out with a story that an official at the Russian Embassy is renting out hundreds of flats owned by the Czech state to tenants in Prague. The flats are available to the Russian state through a decades old agreement, but renting them to third persons may be breaking diplomatic rules.

Sáblíková wins gold and sets two new world records

Radio Prague |
5 March 2019

The Czech ice skater Martina Sáblíková won her 20th world championship title at the world all-round speed skating event in Calgary on Sunday. She also set new world record times on the 3000m and 5000m distances.

Czech exports expected to dip in second quarter

Radio Prague |
5 March 2019

Foreign and internal economic factors will cause the Czech exports sector to lose its breath in the second quarter of 2019, at least according to an export prediction method produced by the Exporter Association and Raiffeisen Bank. Authors of the study say that the under saturated labour market in the Czech Republic has forced many companies to delay their deliveries and thus hindered potential orders from abroad.

Social Democrats add fresh faces to leadership line-up, but is the orange party really getting redder?

Radio Prague |
5 March 2019

At their party congress this weekend, the Social Democrats re-elected Minister of Interior Jan Hamáček chairman and elevated rising political star Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček to deputy chairman. Delegates also endorsed a revised party platform, representing a shift some observers view as more radically left.

Karel Kryl - singer who put poetry in protest

Radio Prague |
5 March 2019

Karel Kryl, perhaps the greatest Czech protest singer ever, died 25 years ago, at the age of only 49. This year is also the 75th anniversary of his birth.

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