Czech Republic records highest ever budget surplus; Czech farmers opposed to selling their land to make way for Hyundai car plant; Czech Airlines lost 464 million crowns in first half of 2005; Norway's Telenor to exit the Czech and Slovak markets; OMV purchase of Aral filling stations confirmed; Half of Czech corporate R&D financed by foreign companies-UNCTAD; Imports of foreign wine up 28 pct y/y - local industry in 'crisis'
Forty-four people were injured in a coach accident on the D1 motorway in the direction of the Moravian capital Brno on Thursday morning. Czech police say the coach with tourists from Germany slammed into the back end of a truck. Three helicopters and nineteen ambulances rushed to the scene of the accident. Seven people, including the coach driver, are in critical condition.
A billboard campaign has been launched to warn drivers to approach railway crossings with caution. There will also be warnings published in Czech newspapers. The campaign will be financed till the end of the year by Czech Railways, and a sponsor is being sought for it to continue next year. In 2004 there were no less than 600 hundred accidents on railway crossings, nearly a quarter of which do not have barriers. The Transport Minister, Milan Simonovsky, pointed out that, ironically, most accidents are on crossings where visibility is good.
In business news, the national carrier Czech Airlines (CSA) sustained a loss of 464 million crowns in the first half of this year, not the planned profit of 177 million crowns, Czech public television reported. The results were based on documents discussed by the carrier's supervisory board, as Czech Airlines has not published the results. CEO Jaroslav Tvrdik blamed jumps in the price of fuel for the losses.
A freight train driver died on Friday shortly before midnight when he crashed into parked train outside the Zelenice na Mostecku railway station near the town of Most, in northern Bohemia. Thirteen carriages and one engine derailed in the crash and local rail traffic was suspended on Saturday. The driver, who worked for the private company Unipetrol Doprava, failed to notice a stop signal, a Czech Railways spokesman said.
Make those rotten products look good! The hypermarket chain store that risked consumers health by selling old meat and salamis. A Czech town builds a 10,000 euro bridge for squirrels. And, who has got the fastest steam engine? The Czech Republic has won the Steam Engine Grand Prix. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
Czech Environment Minister Libor Ambrozek was on board a plane that had to make an emergency landing this weekend. The Boeing plane was operated by Germany's Lufthansa airline. Mr Ambrozek, who was returning from an official visit to China, said on Tuesday, the plane was heading for Frankfurt but - an hour after take-off from Hong Kong - landed in Bangkok as the pilot detected a problem with one of the engines.
A woman in the Czech Republic is accused of stealing 280 tons of cheese-flavoured pretzels! Who says you have to be skinny to be beautiful? Miss XXL jiggles her love handles for an appreciative Prague audience. And, waiting 40 years for a plant to bloom. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
Swedish broadcaster MTG reported buyer of TV Prima; CME pays $119m for Galaxie Sport channel; EIB to lend Czech Republic some $167m towards highway construction; Government approves $207m military truck contract with Tatra; Airlines to pay more for flyovers; Czech-based drugs maker Zentiva buys into Romania's Sicomed for $200m
The lower house has passed a bill introducing a points system for driving offences, rejecting amendments proposed by the Senate. If the bill is signed by the president, drivers will lose their license if they acquire a certain number of punishment points. The Czech Republic has one of the worst rates of road deaths in Europe.
Archaeologists find unique grave of Roman era warlord in Uherský Brod
Czech Ambassador to Ethiopia Pavel Mikeš: ‘If you wait long enough, an egg will walk on two legs’
New debate erupts over use of -ová suffix in Czech female surnames
Divided by Freedom – Large-scale Czech Radio survey finds six social classes in Czech society
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