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Commonwealth representatives mark Remembrance Day in Prague

14-11-2011 15:59 | Christian Falvey

Photo: Pavla Poláková The military section of Prague’s Olšany Cemetery filled with foreign uniforms on Sunday as soldiers of the Commonwealth of Nations marked Remembrance Day, and commemorated the sacrifices of their countrymen who lost their lives on Czech territory during the Second World War.  More

Saint Martin’s vintage arrives in Prague

11-11-2011 15:27 | Jan Richter

In recent years, Saint Martin’s day has become a welcome opportunity for Czech winemakers to present their young wines. The revived tradition of Saint Martin’s wines has caught on, and November 11 has become a fixture in the calendar of Czech wine-lovers. One of the main wine festivals in the capital is held on Jiřího z Poděbrad Square, in the Vinohrady neighbourhood.  More

Czech underground legend Ivan Martin Jirous dies aged 67

11-11-2011 15:27 | Pavla Horáková

Ivan Martin Jirous, photo: CTK One of the legends of the Czech underground, poet Ivan Martin Jirous, died in Prague on Thursday at the age of 67. Ivan Jirous, or Magor – literally “the crazy one” as he was affectionately called by his friends – was perhaps best-known as the artistic manager and spiritual leader of the underground band The Plastic People of the Universe, but this eternal rebel was also a sensitive, contemplative poet and master of the Czech language.  More

Czech Martin Staszko finishes second in world’s biggest poker event

10-11-2011 15:56 | Jan Richter

Martin Staszko, photo: CTK Czech player Martin Staszko achieved the greatest success of his poker career when he finished second in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas on Wednesday where the 35-year-old Czech won over 5.4 million US dollars in prize money. Czech players now hope his accomplishment will popularize poker back home, and eventually relax recently tightened Czech legislation on the game.  More

Industry minister resigns amid corruption charges

10-11-2011 15:56 | Christian Falvey

Martin Kocourek, photo: CTK Prime Minister Petr Nečas accepted the resignation of Industry and Trade Minister Martin Kocourek on Wednesday evening, the sixth change to the cabinet in the last year. The resignation was preceded by several days of corruption allegations against Mr Kocourek and speculation as to the source of a 16 million crown payment made to the minister’s mother.  More

Vsetín faces Roma exodus

09-11-2011 16:31 | Pavla Horáková

Photo: the town of Vsetín In late 2006, Jiří Čunek, then mayor of the eastern town of Vsetín and later Christian Democrat chairman, made a controversial decision to move several hundred Romany rent-defaulters out of a dilapidated block of flats in the town centre and relocate them in a complex of portacabins on the outskirts of Vsetín. Now, five years on, most of them are choosing to move even further – as far as the United Kingdom.  More

Specialists at Defence University make use of Xbox technology to create new military visualisation system

09-11-2011 16:31 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Czech Television Specialists at the Defence University in Brno have developed a new system for the Czech military to improve planning as well as the real-time monitoring and control of missions in the field in 3D. Most intriguing is that the system makes use of technology from Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console but applies it to real-world situations including the battlefield.  More

Fresh blow to government’s anti-corruption efforts

08-11-2011 16:17 | Jan Richter

Martin Kocourek The Czech government’s anti-corruption efforts took a beating when the lower house of Parliament last week watered down its public procurement bill, leaving a loophole for non-transparent companies to reach public money. The centre-right cabinet is also fighting an uphill battle against corruption in its own ranks after reports that Civic Democrat minister Martin Kocourek’s mother became rich overnight, with no explanation given by her or her son.  More

Czech pilot repeats pioneer flight

08-11-2011 16:17 | Jan Velinger

Photo: CTK 2011 marks one hundred years since Jan Kašpar, a Czech aviation pioneer, made the first long-distance flight from a town in East Bohemia, to the famous Chuchle racetrack near Prague. Kašpar covered the 120 kilometres in a retrofitted single-engine monoplane, bought from Louis Bleriot after the Frenchman’s successful flight over the English Channel. Kašpar’s own journey from Pardubice to Chuchle was itself ambitious and when he arrived he was given a heroes’ welcome. This week, in honour of the original deed, the feat was repeated by another Czech pilot, Petr Mára. Radio Prague’s Jan Velinger has the details.  More

Government reforms approved by Parliament

07-11-2011 16:46 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: CTK After a grueling week-long filibuster in the lower house, the centre-right coalition government on Sunday pushed a package of key reform bills through Parliament, overturning a Senate veto, in what has been a long and fierce battle with the opposition. The bills which will launch an overhaul of the pension, health care and welfare systems, among others, still need to be signed by the president and are expected to take effect at the start of next year.  More

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