Sunday, 9 August 2020
National | Brno Daily

After dubious events which sparked allegations of corruption and abuse of power by the powerful head of the Office for the Protection of Competition, Petr Rafaj, the government has proposed his dismissal. The final decision will fall to President Zeman.

National | UNYP

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National | Radio Prague

In the early summer of 1899, just as the infamous Dreyfus Affair was reaching its climax in France, another case now emblematic of anti-Semitism and injustice enveloped the Czech lands and wider Austrian Empire. Now, more than 120 years later, a Czech lawyer specialising in defending and "rehabilitating" unjustly persecuted people is pushing to reopen the case.

National | The New York Times/AP

Milan Kundera, the 91-year-old author of "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" and other acclaimed novels, has decided to donate his private library and archive to a public library in the Czech city where he was born and spent his childhood. The Moravian Library in the city of Brno said Thursday that the entire collection would be transported from Kundera's apartment in Paris in the fall.

National | Business | Reuters

Cases of the new coronavirus in the Czech Republic have surpassed 16,000 as a recent spike in infections continues, Health Ministry data showed on Thursday. The central European country of 10.7 million has faced a rise in cases in July in several hot spots, including in an eastern mining region and more recently in the capital Prague, which reported a daily record of 101 cases on Tuesday.

Prague | Business | Expats.cz

Increased use of commuter trains is planned for the public transit of Prague and surrounding area. Metro S, which would run classic trains in underground tunnels, should be added to the existing metro lines. The Railway Administration (SŽ) has taken the first step to turning the long-debated idea into reality.

National | Radio Prague

The reconstruction of Libušín, a historical chalet in the Beskydy Mountains in the east of the country, has been finally completed. The famous Art Nouveau Folk building was almost completely destroyed by fire in March 2014 and the restoration of the national heritage site cost over 117 million crowns.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

In case you've been thinking of quitting smoking, now might be a good time: as of Tuesday, July 28th, Prague banned any fire-hazardous activities in areas where the risk of fire is great, Vinegret.cz reports. The new ban comes following the worrying prognosis of abnormally high temperatures and thunderstorms.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

When it comes to the pandemic, some days are better and some are gloomily worse. On Tuesday 28th, the capital of Prague recorded the highest daily increase of new Covid-19 cases since the virus reached the country. According to a Radio Prague report, 275 new cases were detected around the country with 101 registered in Prague.

Prague | Expats.cz

Animal rights activists are calling for an end to horse-drawn carriages in Prague's tourist center. Activists from Hlas zvířat (Voice of Animals) claim that the horses are suffering due to the working conditions.

Finance | Prague | Expats.cz

Prague's administration estimates that an annual transit pass should cost 8,422 CZK, if inflation and growth in covered distance of the transit network over the part 20 years is taken into account. The actual price that Prague residents will have to pay is now being discussed among politicians.

National | Radio Prague

Seventy years ago this week, having already shuttered Czechoslovakia's monasteries in the spring of 1950 and interned thousands of monks in "concentration cloisters", the Communist authorities turned their anti-religious fervour to the nation's nunneries.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

Students will return to the classroom in September, albeit with some additional hygiene regulations, iDnes.cz reported on Tuesday. The minister of health and the minister of education agreed that the health protection measures will be based on the "traffic light" system, which will evaluate risk on a scale. According to the education minister, "There are no plans in any of the scenarios for the classes to be divided, and on September 1, all the pupils will return to school in the standard classes."

National | Radio Prague

Several hundred people gathered on Prague's Old Town Square on Monday to support people in the music industry who face an uncertain future due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions. The industry which employs roughly 130,000 people and has an annual turnover of CZK 20 billion, is now operating at 15 percent capacity with no light at the end of the tunnel.

National | Brno Daily

Brno's Trauma Hospital and the Hospital of the Merciful Brothers are currently closed to visitors, due to the increasing number of new coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic. Other South Moravian hospitals that have also taken the same step include the hospitals in Břeclav, Hustopeče, Kyjov, Znojmo, and Hodonín.