Czech President Miloš Zeman has congratulated Xi Jinping on his
re-election as China’s president; Prague Castle made the text public on
Monday. China's parliament on Saturday unanimously re-elected Xi
Jinping as the country's president and on Sunday voted to amend the
constitution to remove presidential term limits, meaning the leader can
stay on indefinitely, sites such as CNBC reported.
In his congratulations, Mr Zeman expressed the hope that Czech-Chinese relations would deepen in coming years.
The Czech president is one of the main proponents of strengthening economic ties with China.
Czech players for the Philadelphia Flyers made a mark on Sunday in their
match-up against the Washington Capitals. Jakub Voráček picked up a goal
and an assist while Radko Gudas got two assists to help lift the Flyers
over the Caps by a score of 6-3.
Goalie Petr Mrázek, in the news recently for his new Broad Street Bullies mask, turned away 25 of 28 shots.
Respected Czech author and screenwriter Zdeněk Mahler, who penned the
screenplay for the 2011 film Lidice and other feature productions and wrote
dozens of books, died on Saturday at the age of 89. He had been in hospital
in Prague's Střešovice; the news of his death was confirmed by his
family on Sunday.
Producer Adam Dvořák expressed sadness over the news. Mahler was not only a screenwriter but also a musicologist, publicist and also teacher
In football, Czech league leaders Viktoria Plzeň secured a narrow 1:0 away
win against Zlín on Sunday night.
The win leaves Plzeň nine points clear of second placed Slavia Prague with a game in hand. It was the first league win for Plzeň since the start of the Spring half of the season.
Slavia failed to close the gap on Saturday in spite of overhauling a three goal deficit to draw 3:3 in the Prague derby against Sparta Prague.
Czech foreign minister Martin Stropnický took part in a meeting of EU
foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday, where the United Kingdom was
expected to update its partners on the alleged use of Russian military
nerve gas in an attack on a former spy in Salisbury.
Ministers were also expected to discuss what stepped up support the could give to Ukraine during its ongoing conflict with separatists in the east of the country supported by Moscow.
The latest developments in Syria were also to be discussed. Korea and Iran also featured on the agenda for discussions.
The governor of the Czech National Bank, Jiří Rusnok, has said wage rises
next year in the country can be expected to slow down.
Speaking on public broadcaster, Czech Television, Rusnok said on Sunday that real wage rises should be in line with real economic growth, that is somewhere around 4.0 percent.
In the last quarter of 2017 Czech gross average monthly wages exceeded 30,000 crowns for the first time after an 8.0 percent rise. Taking account for inflation the real wage rise was 5.3 percent with year on year growth in the quarter 5.2 percent.
Rusnok added that current Czech economic growth is around one percentage point lower than it could be if some problems, such as the shortage of labour, could be ironed out.
Large parts of Moravia and Northern and Eastern Bohemia have been dealing
with high winds and drifting snow in Arctic temperatures over the weekend.
High winds have felled trees, complicating transport, and blown roofs off houses in the east of the country. Damages to power lines have left an estimated 10,000 users without electricity on Sunday.
Temperatures in West Bohemia fell to more than minus 10 degrees Celsius during Saturday night with the cold snap expected to last for several days. The Czech weather office’s warning of high winds lasts until Sunday night in the east of the country.
Czech production company JBJ Productions has signed a deal with a Hollywood
film production company which aims to make what will reportedly be the most
expensive Czech film ever.
The deal has been signed with the company of producer Cassian Elwes to co-produce a bio pic of the 15th century Bohemian leader Jan Žižka. The budget of 275 million crowns would reportedly exceed that of the previous record holder Dark Blue World, about Czech airmen in the RAF during WWII.
Jan Žižka was an innovative military strategist who led the Czech Hussites in a series of confrontations in religious wars, often beating numerically superior opponents .
The Czech ministry of Justice has said it has concluded a first round of
successful talks aimed at sealing an agreement with Pakistan on the
exchange of convicted citizens.
Czech officials were in Islamabad to discuss details mid-March. The hoped for deal would allow Czechs to serve out their sentences in their homeland.
The move has been prompted by the case of a 21-year-old Czech woman allegedly found in Pakistan in January with 10 kilos of heroin in her suitcase. Attempts to get her released on bail pending trial have not succeeded so far.
The ministry says the agreement could take effect and apply with immediately to ongoing cases.
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