People have donated nearly four million crowns in support of the families
of the Czech soldiers who were killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan on
The collection is organised by the Defence Ministry’s Military Solidarity Fund, which aims to help war veterans in unexpected life situations and support the relatives of deceased or injured soldiers.
The remains of the three Czech soldiers returned to the country on Wednesday. Sergeant Martin Marcin, Corporal Kamil Beneš and Corporal Patrik Štěpánek have been posthumously promoted to the rank of officer and will be buried with military honours.
Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček and Labour Minister Jana Maláčová
held talks with the head of the congress of trade unions Josef Středula on
Friday on a wage increase in the public sector. A deal concerning a pay
rise of public sector employees should be reached by the end of August.
Unions are demanding a ten percent pay rise for all public sector employees. The budget proposal for next year envisages a 15 percent pay rise for teachers and a six percent hike for other public sector workers.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is against a blanket salary rise, arguing that teachers and people in other underpaid professions should see a more significant salary increase.
Young Czechs usually move away from their parents aged 26 to 27, which is
slightly above the EU average, suggests new data published by the Czech
Statistics Office on Friday.
There are currently 1.2 million people in the Czech Republic in the age bracket 15 to 26, which amounts to 12 percent of the country’s total population.
Men are slightly slower to move from their parents than women. While Czech girls leave home around the age of 25, most men move out at the age of 27.
Hundreds of people took part in the St.Vavřinec Day pilgrimage to the top
of the Czech Republic’s highest mountain Sněžka in the Krkonoše
Mountains on Friday. They also attended a mass served at the St.Vavřinec
chapel situated on the peak of the mountain.
The annual climb takes place on St. Vavřinec Day, which falls on August 10, since St. Vavřinec is the patron saint of the Krkonoše Mountains. Among those who regularly attend the pilgrimage is former Czech president Václav Klaus.
Jiří Josek, one of the leading Czech translators from English, has died
at the age of 68. The news was confirmed by his daughter Zuzana Josková on
Jiří Josek was known mainly for his translation of William Shakespeare’s plays. In 1999, he received the Josef Jungmann prize for best translation into Czech for his translation of Hamlet. Among others, he translated the legendary novel On the Road by Jack Kerouack.
World-renowned Czech photographer Josef Koudelka presented his book
Návraty, or Returns, at the Museum of Applied Arts in Prague on Thursday
in connection with an exhibit of the same name and in celebration of his
The exhibition, which runs until September 23, is arranged chronologically in seven sections, each comprising an individual thematic series. Among them is Invasion 68, his reportage series on the crushing of the Prague Spring, which forced to leave the country in 1970.
Meteorologists called off a smog alert for Prague and the Central Bohemian
region on Thursday evening, and later also in the Ústí nad Labem region.
The Czech Hydrometeorological Institute has announced the alert due to high concentrations of ground-level ozone in the air, cautioning people with respiratory problems, as well and children and the elderly in general, to stay indoors.
Acting Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Hamáček (Social Democrats)
arrived in Damascus on Thursday to take over and return home two people
working for a German humanitarian organisation who had been held by the
Syrian government. They had been arrested months ago near the Iraqi border
for allegedly crossing the border illegally.
The Czech Republic is currently the only EU country with an ambassador in the war-torn country and carried out the negotiations with the consent of authorities in Brussels.
During a meeting with his Syrian counterpart, Mr Hamáček strongly condemned the use of chemical weapons and stressed perpetrators must be brought to justice. He also said the withdrawal of Iranian forces from the Israel-Syria border area would contribute to stability in the region.
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