The Prague City Council approved the Czech capital’s bid to become a member of UNESCO’s Creative City of Literature, the City Hall announced on Tuesday. The bid is being coordinated by the Municipal Library of Prague and has been official supported by the world famous writer Umberto Eco. Currently, the network of cities of literature, which was established in 2004, has five members, including Edinburgh, Dublin and Melbourne. In addition to the municipal library, 33 literary, cultural and tourism organizations contributed to the preparations for the bid.
Prague’s wealth of traditional coffeehouses is a legacy from the era of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. But even in today’s hectic time, grabbing a quick cup on the run is fortunately not the only option for coffee lovers in the Czech capital. Probably the best-known café in the golden city is Kavárna Slavia, or Café Slavia. We recently visited this traditional coffeehouse.
Prime Minister Petr Nečas and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg missed Sunday's ceremony at Prague Castle where President Václav Klaus, for the last time as head of state, presents state honours and decorations to distinguished personalities. A spokesman for the prime minister said Mr Nečas could not attend the event for health reasons while Mr Schwarzenberg told the news website lidovky.cz he was out of Prague for the day, adding it didn’t really matter whether politicians attended the ceremony.
On the occasion of the 94th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia on Sunday, President Václav Klaus decorated 22 individuals in recognition of their merit to the state at a ceremony at Prague Castle. The highest Czech decoration, the Order of the White Lion, was awarded to two WWII veterans, Alexander Beer and Vasil Korolov; the president awarded the Order of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk to former political prisoners Leopold Färber, Mons. Karel Jaroslav Fořt, Jaromír Jarmara and others, while the Medal of Merit was handed out to, among others, scientists Jiří Drahoš and Václav Havlíček. The president also decorated former footballer Ivo Viktor and javelin champion Barbora Špotáková.
There will be a re-enforced police presence in the Czech capital on Sunday since several parties and groupings have registered planned marches on the state holiday. The pro-monarchy party Ceska Koruna is expecting a turnout of several hundred people as are a number of right and leftwing groupings. Police have appealed to drivers to avoid the city centre if at all possible in view of planned traffic restrictions.
The president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbajev is on a two-day state visit to the Czech Republic. President Nazarbajev’s talks with Czech top officials are expected to focus largely on business relations and the two sides are expected to sign a dozen agreements to the tune of 155 million euros in the course of his visit. The Kazakh delegation includes four cabinet ministers and 45 leading entrepreneurs.
Adverse weather conditions have worsened the smog situation around the country including in the Czech capital Prague. Dust particles in the air exceed permitted levels in eight Prague districts with the worst situation reported to be in Karlin, Prague 8. The authorities in the Moravian-Silesian region have called a smog alert and are considering asking the biggest industrial firms in the vicinity of Ostrava and Karvina to scale down production. Children and elderly people as well as chronically ill patients have been advised to stay indoors. No let up is expected until Friday when the weather should change.
Standing atop of a small hill, with a tramline swooping around it, punctuated by a baroque Roman Catholic church on one side and a modernist Hussite church on the other, Rangherka, or the small Vršovice château, contains within its own story the history of the surrounding district as well. The original building was put up just as the then village of Vršovice began to grow and develop rapidly. Now, unlike the surrounding neighbourhood, it is a sad sight. The prominent neo-renaissance building is in ruins, with reconstruction having dragged on for
The leader of Tibet’s government-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, taking part in the 16th Forum 2000 international conference in Prague, has said his government is seeking “genuine autonomy” for Tibet within China and not, by contrast, “independence or separation”. The prime minister, who became the head of Tibet´s government-in-exile last year after the Dalai Lama gave up his political posts (but retained his position as spiritual leader) said Tibetans deserved to take part in the administration, economy, education, environment and other issues. Mr Sangay called the situation in Tibet until now an occupation and also discussed the tragic history of self-immolation by some Tibetans in protest. Tibet´s exile government has been seated in Dharamsala, India since the 1950s, after China took control of Tibet.
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