It was not that long ago that previous leadership at Prague City Hall assured the public that the massive Blanka tunnel under construction in the capital would be finished on time and within its 26 billion crown budget. So it must have been a rude awakening, for those at City Hall now – including new Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda – to learn nothing could be further from the truth. The 6.3 kilometre Blanka, leading from Holešovice through Hradčany, will cost at least 10 billion crowns more than previously expected. What is more, its completion is now likely
A 34-year-old man was shot dead in a tram in Prague in the early hours of Saturday. The man was shot in the head and died immediately; the shooter escaped and police are searching for him, a police spokeswoman said. The incident took place at the 22 tram line’s terminal station in the neighbourhood of Hostivař shortly after 1 AM. The man got on the tram in city centre at around 0:45; the tram driver only noticed the passenger was dead when the tram reached its final stop. The identity of the victim and the motive of the shooting remain unknown; the police have asked for assistance any witnesses who were traveling on the 22 line after midnight.
Several dozen people, mainly citizens of Arab countries, gathered outside the Egyptian Embassy in Prague to support the call for democratic reforms in Egypt. The demonstrators called for the immediate demise of President Hosni Mubarak and a peaceful hand-over of power. One of the organizers of the protest action Egyptian student Muhammad Hasan likened the protests in Egypt to the 1989 anti-communist demonstrations in Czechoslovakia which lead to the fall of communism.
In this week’s edition of Panorama: a taste of country life in Prague – city hall organizes a pig slaughtering feast on Náměstí Míru. The Czech capital boasts a unique and costly enterprise -a bridge leading from nowhere to nowhere, and the European Yo Yo Championship raises the roof at Prague’s Archa Theatre.
Czechs gathered at Prague’s Olšanský cemetery on Saturday to pay tribute to student Jan Palach who set fire to himself in protest at the Soviet-led occupation of 1968 and reversal of the reforms that sparked it. Jan Palach made his protest on January 16, 1969, and died of his injuries three days later. His funeral in Prague a week later was a mass demonstration against the invasion and the ‘normalisation’ that followed. Palach’s remains were taken from the Prague cemetery in 1973 by authorities and moved to his home village outside Mělnik, north of Prague. They were returned to Prague in 1990 after the fall of the Communist regime.
The highest level three flood warnings were in force at 13 points and four
regions across the Czech Republic on Saturday afternoon. The four worst hit
regions are Plzeň, the Karlovy Vary region, Central Bohemia and the Ústí
region. Overall, water levels are mostly falling at the upper reaches of
rivers and climbing downriver.
The situation of a reservoir around 20 kilometres outside the western city of Plzeň is being closely watched. There, water levels have reached critical levels with authorities having to evacuate as much water out of the reservoir as entering it. There is a risk that even more water will have to be released causing a surge in rivers already at danger levels downstream. People were evacuated from holiday homes on the Berounka river at Černošice, west of Prague, late on Friday. A level two flood warning is expected to be declared for the capital, Prague, on Saturday as the Vltava continues to rise.
A group of architects, architectural historians and urban planners have called for a long term development plan to be drawn up for the capital city Prague. For the moment and in the recent the short term and individual aims of politicians have dominated. The call has been made by a newly created organization, For a New Prague. Copies of organisers’ call has been sent to every member of the recently formed city council. Prague citizens had the impression that everything and nothing was permitted in the capital because there were was no clear conception, the letter said.
A lesser known quarter of Prague, somewhat off the tourist beaten track is under the spotlight at Prague’s main municipal museum. The area is Libeň which was transformed from a downriver district of fields, farms and vineyards by the industrial revolution and largely made over again from the middle of the 20th century.
The well-known Prague music club and gallery Roxy has been ordered to close its doors after undergoing a check by hygiene and fire officials. Inspectors reportedly uncovered numerous potential health and safety risks, among them a lack of enough emergency exits, proper exit markings and the proper location of fire extinguishers. The entire club was shut down by Prague 1 on Tuesday morning. The club’s owners will have to apply for new construction permits and eliminate all shortcomings in order to reopen. In the past, Roxy has also been criticised by the city for not respecting closing hours, or for letting more people than was safe into the venue’s discotheque.
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