Saturday, 23 August 2014

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Police anti-corruption unit uncovers fuel fraud scheme

Radio Prague |
18 August 2014

A new Czech police unit called "Kobra", designed to investigate financial and tax criminality, has announced the uncovering of a fuel tax deception scheme. According to David Chovanec, a representative of the Czech police's customs directorate, who announced the operation on Friday, CZK 650 million of damages were prevented and 700,000 liters of petrol seized.

Annual report warns of growing toll of drug dependency

Radio Prague |
18 August 2014

A newly published annual report commissioned by Prague City Hall has warned of the growing costs of drug dependency in the city's capital. According to the report, next year, 16,000 Prague citizens will be addicted to narcotics, many of whom will be unemployed, homeless and in poor health.

17,000 attend Prague Pride march

Radio Prague |
18 August 2014

A march by attendees of Prague Pride, the summer festival celebrating LGBT culture, has been attended by an estimated 17,000 people.

German news wire: Czech radicals among pro-Russia separatists

Radio Prague |
18 August 2014

Far-right nationalists from countries such as Poland, Serbia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic have joined pro-Russian rebels in fighting Ukrainian authorities in the far east of the country, reports the German Press Agency (DPA).

President Zeman threatens veto of civil service reform compromise

Radio Prague |
18 August 2014

President Miloš Zeman may decide to veto the current compromise version of civil service reform if it reaches his desk, according to Castle spokesperson Jiří Ovčáček. In an effort to win broad parliamentary support, including the backing of the opposition ODS and Top 09 parties, the coalition agreed last week to alter certain provisions of the draft law, designed to remove political influence in the state bureaucracy.

Young Christians stage rival march in Prague

Radio Prague |
18 August 2014

Members of the Young Christian Democrats, allied to the Christian Democrat party, staged a small march in Prague to promote what they described as "traditional families" and associated values.

Health minister wants e-cig exemption to blanket public smoking ban

Radio Prague |
18 August 2014

Health Minister Svatopluk Němeček is currently preparing draft legislation that would impose a blanket ban on smoking in public places, reports Novinky.cz.

Government likely to increase toll fees for trucks

Radio Prague |
18 August 2014

Seeking to secure an additional CZK 600 million in revenue for road-building projects, the Ministry of Transport is set to increase toll fees for transport trucks by up to ten percent, reports Czech Television.

Vysočina region sees alarming rise in encephalitis cases

Radio Prague |
18 August 2014

The Vysočina region of the Czech Republic has seen an alarming rise in the number of tick-borne encephalitis cases. According to newly-released data, the number of cases has doubled in comparison with the previous year - 19 recorded instances in the region this year, none proving fatal.

Supreme Court affirms joint responsibility principle in fatality case

Radio Prague |
18 August 2014

The Czech Supreme Court has affirmed a principle of joint responsibility in instances when a group of assailants causes the death of a particular individual, writes Aktualne.cz.

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