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.
At least 35 people were evacuated from a guesthouse in northern Bohemia on Sunday night after ammunition was found nearby. Explosives experts were called to the scene and identified the ammunition as a training device for tank gunnery. The police are now trying to ascertain who placed the ammunition on a wall close to the guesthouse.
Czech farmers are planning to blockade the Austrian border in protest against increased imports of pork by chain stores in the Czech Republic, the president of the Czech Agrarian Chamber Jan Veleba said on Monday. He said Czech pig husbandry was threatened with collapse and that the practices of chain stores led to billions of crowns in losses a year. Mr Veleba would not say when the blockades will take place or at which border crossings.
The government has approved a revised version of its convergence programme, including a target date for euro adoption of 2012. The document concedes the public finance gap will reach 4 percent of GDP this year, higher than the 3.3 percent envisaged in the original version. Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek said the programme could expect justified criticism from the European Commission, but said if Prague could prove it was serious about reforms there would be no real threat of sanctions.
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.
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