Monday, March 18, 2013

News 3.18.2013

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News Monday, March 18th, 2013

By: Daniela Lazarova

* Intensive efforts are underway to try to secure the release of two
Czech women kidnapped in Pakistan last week.

* Prime Minister Petr Necas has asked the president to appoint army
general Vlastimil Picek defense minister.

* The new owner of the ailing truck maker Tatra Koprivnice has no plans
to limit production.

* France's Areva has filed a protest against the decision made by the
Czech Anti-Monopoly Office confirming its exclusion from the 10 billion
dollar tender for the completion of the Temelin nuclear power plant.

* The former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences Vaclav Paces is to
get a seat on the supervisory board of the power giant CEZ.



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No trace of two Czechs abducted in Pakistan
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Intensive efforts are underway to try to secure the release of two
Czech women kidnapped in Pakistan last week. No one has claimed
responsibility for the abduction. The two women, both in their mid-20s
were kidnapped in Balochistan province when unknown assailants stopped
their van. The guard traveling with them was later released. The Czech
Foreign Ministry has so far been unable to trace their whereabouts and
is communicating with the local authorities. It has warned Czechs
against making trips to the region. President Zeman met with the
Pakistani ambassador to Prague on Monday and handed over a letter to
the Pakistani president asking for assistance in the matter. There is
speculation the two women could have been abducted to Afghanistan.


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PM confirms his choice for defense minister
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Prime Minister Petr Necas has asked the president to appoint army
general Vlastimil Picek defense minister. Mr. Necas said that the
general's extensive experience in the field made him an ideal candidate
for the position. The post of defense minister has been vacant since
last December when the prime minister sacked LIDEM leader Karolina
Peake from the post after just eight days in office. She was dismissed
for making extensive personnel changes, which included sacking general
Picek from the post of deputy defense minister on the grounds that she
wanted civilians only in the ministry's top posts. President Zeman said
earlier that he considered Vlastimil Picek an excellent choice for
defense minister.


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Tatra's new owner planning to continue production
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The new owner of the truck maker Tatra, Truck Development, officially
took charge of the company on Monday, after purchasing it for 176
million crowns at an auction last week. The head of Truck Development,
Marek Galvas, said he had no plans to cut the number of employees or
limit production, though he is planning to introduce a completely new
management team.


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Areva files new protest against its exclusion from Temelin tender
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France's Areva has filed a protest against the decision made by the
Czech Anti-Monopoly Office confirming its exclusion from the 10 billion
dollar tender for the completion of the Temelin nuclear power plant in
southern Bohemia. A spokeswoman for the company said Areva was
convinced that the Anti-Monopoly Office had failed to comply with a
number of requirements for tender review proceedings set by Czech and
European law. It believes the office made the decision surprisingly
swiftly and did not take into account 95 percent of the evidence Areva
produced in its own defence.

Areva was rejected from the tender for allegedly failing to meet
legislative and commercial requirements. Westinghouse Electric Corp.
and a Russian-Czech group led by Rosatom Corp.'s unit ZAO
Atomstroyexport are still competing for the deal. CEZ should choose the
winner in mid- 2013 and sign a final contract with the respective
company by the year's end.


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Vaclav Paces is to get seat on CEZ supervisory board
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The former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences Vaclav Paces is to get
a seat on the supervisory board of the power giant CEZ. According to
Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek he will replace outgoing deputy
chair Ivo Foltyn on Tuesday. The 71-year-old scientist has considerable
experience in the field, having headed a government commission whose
task it was to contribute to formulating a long-term energy strategy
under the former prime minister Mirek Topolanek.


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Indonesia extradites Czech national
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Indonesia has extradited a Czech national convicted of murder to the
Czech Republic. This is the first case of its kind since the two
countries do not have an agreement on the extradition of offenders. The
decision may set an important precedent. Tomas Toman was sentenced to
12.5 years in prison in 2008 for beating to death a young man at a
Prague night club. He fled the country to evade the jail sentence,
going first to Australia and later to Indonesia in the hope that the
authorities would not give him up.


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Private Entrepreneurs' Party files criminal complaint against shadow
finance minister Mladek
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The Private Entrepreneurs' Party has filed a criminal complaint against
the shadow finance minister, Jan Mladek, over a public statement in
which he characterized self-employed owners of small businesses as
parasites who exploit their employees and fail to contribute to the
social security system. Mr Mladek, who made the statement at the Social
Democratic Party's weekend conference, has since apologized for his
words saying his criticism had in actual fact been targeted against the
government which set down a framework under which small businesses had
excessively generous tax privileges. The shadow finance minister's
words caused an uproar and the chairman of the opposition Social
Democrats, Bohuslav Sobotka, clearly distanced himself from the
statement, apologizing on Mr. Mladek's behalf.


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President to attend government session on Wednesday
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President Milos Zeman will attend Wednesday's session of the government
and visit the upper chamber, the Senate, on Thursday, his office said
on Monday. The president announced earlier he would be more active in
this respect than his predecessors, Vaclav Klaus and Vaclav Havel who
only made exceptional appearances at the Office of the Government.
President Zeman said he planned to use his prerogative to attend
government sessions whenever the cabinet dealt with issues he felt
strongly about.


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President Zeman to visit Slovakia in April
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President Milos Zeman will visit Slovakia on April 4-5, the office of
the Slovak president confirmed on Monday. He is expected to hold talks
with his host, President Ivan Gasparovic, Slovak Prime Minister Robert
Fico and the Speaker of Parliament Pavel Pasko. According to Prime
Minister Fico, President Zeman is popular with the Slovak public and
has many friends in the country. President Zeman is credited with
improving Czech-Slovak relations in the years between 1998 and 2002
when he headed the then Czech government.


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Tragic accident near Malostranska metro station
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A taxi driver burnt to death in his car near Prague's Malostranska
metro station after losing control of the vehicle and hitting a street
lamp in the early hours of Monday. An eyewitness says he ran to help
the man but the door was stuck and the car was engulfed in flames
within seconds. The fire spread to a nearby traffic stand before
firefighters got the situation under control. The cause of the accident
is being investigated.


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Weather
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The coming days are expected to bring more snow or sleet showers around
the country with day temperatures between 3 and 7 degrees Celsius.



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Sports News 18.3.2013
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In Sports News this Monday: Berdych loses yet again to eventual winner
Nadal in semi-finals at Indian Wells; biathlete Soukalova enjoys best
weekend of career with three first-place finishes in Khanty-Mansiysk;
Viktoria Plzen stay top of league after win over Dukla team reduced to
10 men in only 20 seconds; and Czech national squad gather in Prague
ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Denmark and Armenia.

http://radio.cz/en/section/sport/sports-news-2013-03-18


Charmed by Zeman, Social Democrats drop Dienstbier from leadership
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The Social Democrats chose a new leadership at a closely-watched
congress at the weekend. The conference re-elected Bohuslav Sobotka as
chairman to lead the country's main opposition party into next year's
general election, which many expect them to win. But the congress also
showed that the road to power may not be smooth.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/charmed-by-zeman-social-democrats-drop-dienstbier-from-leadership


Iva Fruhlingova: the road to success can be bumpy
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My guest on One on One this week is Iva Fruhlingova - model, singer,
actress and author. Born in the town of Litvinov, with a French
grandfather Iva dreamed of going places and most of all of seeing Paris
- the city she'd heard so much about as a child. Her dream came true at
the age of 14 when she first travelled to Paris as a budding model.
Today she divides her time between Prague and Paris, engaging in
modeling, singing, writing and most recently acting. Peter began by
asking her which of those "skins" she felt most at home in.

http://radio.cz/en/section/one-on-one/iva-fruehlingova-the-road-to-success-can-be-bumpy-1






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