Monday saw unusually mild weather across many parts of the Czech Republic,
with a new record for warmest temperature set in more than 100 years in
On the date of October 16, the warmest previously recorded temperature in České Budějovice was 23 degrees Celsius in 1885. This Monday, the temperature registered was 25.8 degrees Celsius.
Construction began on Monday at an industrial zone in Horní Suchá, near
Havířov in the region of Moravia-Silesia on what investors are promising
will be the world’s most modern battery factory. Czech investors under
the Battery Unite Fund put up one billion Czech crowns, the equivalent of
35 million euros, for construction to last 18 months, followed by six
months of testing.
The factory’s production is estimated at 1.2 GWh and it will be the biggest lithium battery supplier in the Czech Republic. The investors said in a press release Monday that the project would also be the “most ecological of its kind in the world, with fully robotic production”.
The final lithium battery is based on the patented HE3DA technology.
The Social Democrats criticised ANO and the Communist Party in a special
session in the lower house on Monday for, in their view, artificially
inflating an affair over lithium mining in the Czech Republic. ANO have
slammed a memorandum recently signed by the Social Democrat-controlled
Ministry of Industry with Australia’s European Metals Holdings Company
for “selling out the national interest”.
Monday’s meeting was prompted by the opposition Communist Party, which likewise argued that lithium did not belong in foreign hands and should remain in the state’s.
Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek defended the memorandum along with Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka who called the tactics by the leader of the ANO party, Andrej Babiš, an attempt to draw attention away from scandals over his own dealings.
The most popular names given to newborns born in the Czech Republic in
January this year were Jan for boys and Eliška for girls, the Czech
Statistical Office (ČSÚ) revealed on Monday. The bureau has been tracking
most popular names given in Czech Republic since 1999.
The next most popular boy’s names, in order, were Jakub, Matyáš, Filip, and Adam. Tomáš, which had been third most popular since 1999, slipped in January 2017 to seventh spot.
Among girls, the next two most popular names on the list were Tereza and Anna.
The director of the Czech Philharmonic David Mareček presented a contract
to American conductor of Russian descent Semyon Bychkov on Monday, signing
him as chief conductor of the philharmonic for five years. The signing was
attended by Culture Minister Daniel Herman.
The contract will go into effect at the start of 2018. Bychkov takes over as chief conductor following the death of Jiří Bělohlávek in May.
Prague’s Municipal Court has sent a summons to lobbyist Marek Dalík, a
former close aid to ex-prime minister Mirek Topolánek – to begin serving
his prison sentence. In July, Mr Dalík was sentenced to five years in
prison for soliciting a bribe over a military deal.
He also has to pay a four million crown fine or he would spend an additional two years behind bars. Mr Dalík could still file a complaint with the Supreme Court but the process would not delay the start of his sentence.
A rare two-horned rhino called Eliška transported last year to the Mkomazi
National Park in Tanzania from Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic,
has died from injuries she suffered when attacked by a male rhino called
The news was confirmed by the zoo’s Jan Stejskal, who heads the international project. Eliška was meant to have helped boost the rhino population there; as the injury was internal, its seriousness was not apparent until it was too late.
A mass public drum session to remember the first Jewish transports from
Prague on 16 October, 1941 is set to be held in the Czech capital on
The event, called Drumming for Bubny, will take place at the former Bubny railway station, from which around 50,000 people were sent to their deaths. The drumming session has been organised by the Memorial of Silence and DOX Centre for Contemporary Art since 2015.
A pilot project of a so-called open prison is being launched in the Czech
Republic on Monday. The minimum-security prison is located in Jiřice in
the region of Nymburk and is inspired by a prison on Norway’s Bastoy
The purpose of the facility, which resembles a small self-sustaining village, is to prepare detainees for life outside prison. Prisoners will be there without guards, only in the presence of educators or psychologists.
The open prison cost nearly 30 million crowns and can currently accommodate 32 people, Jakub Říman from the justice ministry told the Czech News Agency on Monday.