The Czech speed skater Martina Sablikova set a new world record on Sunday when she completed the 5,000 m in a time of 6:45.61. As well as a new record the 19-year-old took gold in the event at the World Speed Skating Championships in Salt Lake City. Sablikova also took gold in the 3,000 m at the championships.
The environment minister, Martin Bursik, wants to replace the head of the State Nuclear Safety Office, Dana Drabova, following two radioactive leaks at the Temelin nuclear power plant. Mr Bursik told Czech TV that Ms Drabova bore direct responsibility and should take active measures instead of downplaying the problem.
Eight people have been charged after clashes between members of far-right and hard-left groups in Prerov on Saturday, police said. Bottles and cobblestones were thrown as police struggled to keep 180 members of a group called National Corporativism apart from 150 left-wing extremists in the north Moravian town.
The Education Ministry is planning to allow Czech parents to teach their children at home to a later age, Hospodarske noviny reported. Currently home-teaching is permitted for pupils to the fifth grade of elementary school, meaning to age 11. Under the new system they could be taught at home until the final, ninth grade, to age 15.
The head of the Czech military intelligence Miroslav Krejcik is to be let go before his term of office comes to an end. Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek said Mr Krejcik's departure was part of a planned reform of the secret services. Defence Minister Vlasta Parkanova recently criticised Mr Krejcik for appearing in the media, which she said devalued his agency's work.
The number of foreigners working legally in the Czech Republic rose significantly in the last year, according to figures released by the Labour Ministry. There were almost 190,000 foreign citizens working legally in this country in the period to the end of February; that is 40,000 more than in the previous twelve months. Half the foreign workers are Slovaks, with Poles making up the second biggest group.
The Health Ministry is planning a new law under which all hospital staff and patients would have to wear clear identification, Mlada fronta Dnes reported. The move is intended to increase security in hospitals and protect patients, the paper said. The new law also envisages hospitals preparing and maintaining their own security regulations.
A policeman fired a shot at a moving car in the centre of Prague on Monday. When police ordered the vehicle's driver to stop during a control on Wenceslas Square, he drove straight at one officer, who was lifted on to the car's bonnet. The policeman fired into the air before firing at the car itself. The driver was arrested minutes afterwards.
The investment group J&T is planning to build a new 42-storey skyscraper in Prague's Holesovice district which would be the tallest building in the city, the weekly Euro reported. It said the new skyscraper should be tens of metres higher than the current highest construction, an unfinished Czech Radio building in Prague 4 which measures 109 m.
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