Thursday, 18 October 2018

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Masaryk returning to Kostelec, hat not in hand

Radio Prague |
7 September 2018

To mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, the town of Kostelec nad Orlicí took up a public collection to erect a new statue of the country's founder and first president, Tomáš Garrique Masaryk. But it won't be a faithful replica of the original – removed by the Nazis and later melted down by the Communists.

Study: State pays for people with unfinished education

Radio Prague |
7 September 2018

Secondary-school graduates in the Czech Republic earn about one third more during their lifetimes than do graduates of vocational schools and about 60 percent more than people with basic education, suggests a new study carried out by the Czech Republic's Agency for Social Inclusion, quoted by the daily Mladá Fronta dnes.

Ambassador to NATO Jiří Šedivý: Czechs on target to combat new threats

Radio Prague |
7 September 2018

The Czech Republic is on target to meet its NATO commitments – in terms of spending on defence, taking part in foreign missions in deadly hotspots such as Afghanistan, and countering new types of threats, from cyberwarfare to disinformation campaigns. In a wide-ranging interview, Czech Ambassador to NATO Jiří Šedivý takes stock of the many challenges ahead.

New website documents communist-era anti-Semitism

Radio Prague |
6 September 2018

Whether it was in the show trials of the 1950s or reporting from the Middle East, an undercurrent of anti-Semitism was present in the communist propaganda apparatus in Czechoslovakia. At least that is what a new website aimed at teachers in secondary schools and just released by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes reveals.

Overcrowded Czech prisons spur renewed calls for alternative sentencing

Radio Prague |
6 September 2018

There are more people behind bars in the Czech Republic per capita than anywhere else in central Europe, despite efforts over the past decade to promote alternative sentences, such as house arrest or work-release programmes. With the penal system at overcapacity, Prison Service officials have renewed calls for action.

Police charge 35 people for 850 million tax evasion in ČKD Praha DIZ case

Radio Prague |
5 September 2018

Police have changed another 35 people in a long-running fraud case concerning now bankrupt engineering company ČKD Praha DIZ, a significant player on domestic and international markets until two years ago. In total about 60 people, including the company's former owner, have been charged.

Government investment to increase places for medical students

Radio Prague |
5 September 2018

The Czech government has earmarked CZK 6.8 billion to try to ensure the country does not lack doctors in the future. That figure should ensure that the intake of medicine students at the country's teaching hospitals increases by 15 percent.

No public tender for huge Czech Army contract

Radio Prague |
5 September 2018

The biggest contract in the modern history of the Czech Army will not be awarded on the basis of a public tender process, Czech Television reported. The Ministry of Defence intends to directly address potential suppliers of over 200 mechanised infantry combat vehicles, the station said. The contract should come in at a cost of CZK 53 billion. An army spokesperson said there were few suppliers of such hardware and that it would consider offers from four producers that met its requirements. Military chiefs want the vehicles to be supplied by 2020.

IKEA to open shop on Prague's Wenceslas Sq.

Radio Prague |
5 September 2018

Home goods store IKEA is planning to open an outlet on Prague's Wenceslas Square in just over two weeks' time. The 800 square metre shop will focus on living rooms.

Major exhibition on totalitarianism to open under Prague metronome in October

Radio Prague |
5 September 2018

Starting in October, the area around Prague's metronome will house a large exhibition detailing the key moments in Czech totalitarian history. The project seeks to finally unlock the previously closed network of spaces underneath what used to be Stalin's giant statue.

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