A Prague taxi driver drove over a police officer's leg on Tuesday when the officer was carrying out a routine patrol, a police spokesman said on Wednesday. When the officer asked the taxi driver for his documents the latter drove at him and then drove over his leg. The incident is being investigated.
There's only one star of today's Press Review, and that is of course the Japanese robot Asimo. Yes, robot fever has hit the Czech Republic this week, and the papers are full of him. Asimo shaking hands with Prime Minister Vladimir Spidla, Asimo standing proudly by the side of Japanese PM Junichiro Koizumi, Asimo declaring a toast of friendship between robots and humans: could this be the most successful official visit ever to the Czech Republic?
Special financial police unit to be set up. Police say Pirate of Prague now regarded as fugitive. Important mines sell-off for later this year. Campaign aims to encourage Czechs to holiday at home. Falkon Capital to recover Russia's Soviet-era debt to Czech Republic. Rents falling in Prague. Three licenses to be issued for fixed wireless access network in Prague.
How many times have you opened your email account to find SPAM cluttering the inbox? How many times have you been searching the web and had to plough through pop-window advertisements disguised as a system messages? Your answer, most likely, is a resounding "much too often." Now the Internet Ethics Code of Advertising, recently put into effect onto Czech websites, is trying to change all that -- and more.
Can a small firm operate a successful business selling music CDs from the Czech Republic? How can e-commerce work successfully now that the Internet bubble has burst? Can a business be tied to a cultural mission? Tamizdat, a Prague-based non-profit firm selling alternative music from Eastern and Central Europe over the Internet is out to prove that all these things are possible. The following report was prepared by Katya Zapletnyuk.
The cabinet has suspended its discussion of the long-awaited fiscal reform aimed at stopping the growth of the public finance deficit. Pilots working for the Czech national air carrier, Czech Airlines (CSA) have reportedly threatened to go on strike to support their wage demands. U.S. manufacturing conglomerate Honeywell has chosen the Czech city Brno for a planned global design center. Czech internet users will be able to get a broadband connection using the ADSL technology with a 3-month delay in March.
According to the Minister of Information Technology, Vladimir Mlynar, the Czech Postal Service should enable all citizens to have access to the Internet at post offices throughout the country. The company already has the necessary infrastructure - all 3,400 post offices in the Czech Republic are connected to a high-speed backbone network. Alena Skodova reports:
Prague is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Much of its breathtaking architecture has been preserved, food and drink is quite affordable, hotels offer the services their customers need, and all this without losing its magical and historical atmosphere. But if there is one thing that has harmed the city's good name, it's certain greedy and corrupt taxi drivers. And after years of complaints from the public, Prague's city council has finally begun a rather radical campaign aimed at clamping down on the offenders.