The Czech-based investment group PPF has announced a deal with the
Norwegian telecoms group Telenor to buy up their activities in four Central
PPF, owned by the Czech Republic’s richest man, Petr Kellner, will pay around 2.8 billion euros, around 71 billion crowns, for the mobile phone assets in Hungary, Bulgaria, Montenegro, and Serbia.
The deals still need regulatory clearance and are expected to be finalised by June 2018. PPF’s main telecoms assets is the 02 operator in the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic’s biggest car maker Škoda Auto boosted its net profit
in 2017 by 34 percent to 1.274 billion euros, around 32.4 billion crowns.
Sales rose by 21 percent to 16.6 billion crowns, around 421 billion crowns. Škoda delivered 1.2 million cars to customers, 6.6 percent more than in 2016.
In tennis, Petra Kvitová has said she will take part in this year biggest
tennis tournament in Prague, the J&T Banka Prague Open.
Kvitová will be appearing alongside Karolína Plišková, Lucie Šafářová, and Barbora Strýcová in the event taking place between April 30 and May 5.
Kvitová last played in a Czech tournament seven years ago. Kvitová is currently placed ninth in the WTA rankings.
The population of the Czech Republic grew in 2017 by around 31,000 and
topped the 10.6 million mark for the first time since the end of the Second
The population rose as births exceeded deaths and as a result of 28000 immigrants coming to the country, the highest figure since 2010. Births totalled 114,405 and deaths 111,443.
ANO and the Social Democrats should hold talks with the Communist Party over the formation of a new Czech government next week, ANO’s leader Andrej Babiš said on Tuesday evening after a meeting with President Miloš Zeman. Acting PM Babiš is seeking to create a coalition with the Social Democrats with the support of the Communists in lower house votes. This week ANO and the Social Democrats are holding negotiations on the shape such a minority government would take. The election winners have offered the sixth-placed party four cabinet seats, a move Mr. Babiš described on Wednesday morning as generous.
J.A.R. were the big winners at the annual Anděl music awards on Tuesday
night. The group, who formed in 1989, took the prizes for best group, best
album for Eskalace dobra and best song for Zhublas at a ceremony at
Prague’s Forum Karlín.
Mirai were named best new act while music video of the year went to Po válce by Barbora Poláková. Veteran singer-songwriter Vladimír Merta was inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Anděl awards are decided by the members of the Czech Academy of Music and are a local equivalent of the Grammys.
Film footage from the 1952 show trial of Rudolf Slánský has been
discovered. The head of the National Film Archive, Michal Bregant, said
that the valuable materials had turned up in the Central Bohemian factory
building of a company that had gone bankrupt. There had been speculation
that such footage existed for several decades.
The film was found in a series of boxes by an insolvency administrator, who handed them over to the NFA.
Slánský, who had been general secretary of the Communist Party, was convicted along with several others on trumped up conspiracy charges. He and 10 others were hanged in Prague in December 1952.
The Czech Republic ranks among states with a relatively high number of
prisoners, says an international study based on data from 2016 released on
Tuesday. According to the latest Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics,
the country had 213 prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants the year before last.
This places the Czech Republic in a similar bracket to such states as Albania (205 per 100,000), the Baltic States (up to 245 per 100,000) and the rest of the former Soviet bloc.
Western European countries typically have less than 100 prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants.
The Czech Republic also ranks among 13 countries judged to have overcrowded correctional facilities in the Council of Europe report.
The Czech Republic is insisting on the extradition of crime boss Radovan
Krejčíř from South Africa. The Ministry of Justice told the Czech News
Agency that the country had issued several international warrants for the
arrest of Mr. Krejčíř on crimes committed in the Czech Republic and that
it regarded his return as being in the public interest.
Mr. Krejčíř is serving a 35-year jail term in South Africa for drug running and attempted murder. A local court ruled on Friday that he could be extradited to his native country. However, the South African minister of justice will have the final say on the question.
The notorious gangster fled the Czech Republic in 2005 after escaping during a police search of his home.
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