ARCHIVE - 21 April 2005

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Business

Bulgarian Realtor Grants Scholarship to City Liberal Studies Student
EUR 289 M Injected into Maritza East TPP
Construction Banned at Vitosha Mountain
Greece Ambitious to Reach European IT Peak

Politics

Two Killed on Copter Board from Fiji, Not Philippines - Report
Heli Air's Chief Leaves for Iraq over Downed Copter
UK Heathrow Launches Iris Scan System
Islamic Army of Iraq Says It Downed Bulgarian Copter
Bulgarian Election Runners to Enroll by May 9
3 Bulgarians Among 11 Dead in Iraq Plane Crash
Investigation into Bulgarian Plane Downing in Iraq Kicks off Friday
Sofia Reopens N Korean Embassy
6 Americans, 2 Filipinos Among Copter Crash Victims
Bulgaria's Cabinet Okays EU Accession Treaty Draft
Bulgarian Plane Downed in Iraq Leased by US Company
Chief of Bulgarian State Reserve Suspected in Illegal Scam
Bulgarian Chopper Downed by Insurgents Fire
Deadly Bulgarian Crash - Iraq's First Downing of Civilian Plane
Infertility Plagues 270,000 Bulgarian Families
Sofia Identifies Victims of Iraq Chopper Crash
Downed Plane in Iraq Owned by Bulgarian Heli Air - Reports
At Least 3 Bulgarians Killed in Iraq Chopper Crash
CNN: 9 Bulgarians Dead in Iraq Plane Crash
Bulgaria's Ruling Party Admits to Mulling Referendum on Monarchy
Bulgarians Dump Electricity for Firewood
Bulgaria "Misled" Italy on Pope Would-be Killer
EU to Shut Some Bulgarian Hospitals
Bulgarian Car Thief to Spend 11 Years in Jail
Online Game Checks Bulgarians' Knowledge of EU
Fifty Bodies Pulled from Iraq River
Bulgarian MPs to Fix Copyrighted Products Regulations
Experts Reveal Accession Treaty's Finance Framework
Iraq's Outgoing PM Survives Assassination Attempt

Society

Gold-Plated Coin Heralds Bulgaria's EU Entry

Sports

Sesil Beats Hungarian at Fed Cup
Bulgarian Weightlifter Scores Silver

People

Lisbon Welcomes Sofia's Envoy

Views on BG

Who Are The Islamic Army in Iraq?

Smiles

Rules

World

Militants Kidnap 16 in Philippines

Business

Bulgarian Realtor Grants Scholarship to City Liberal Studies Student

Bulgaria's leading full service real estate company ADIS Ltd. (Domestic Diplomatic Properties Agency) will award an annual scholarship grant to a Bulgarian student from the Economy Department of the City Liberal Studies, Thessaloniki, affiliated Instituti

Business | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

EUR 289 M Injected into Maritza East TPP

Investments into Bulgaria's Maritza East thermal power plant have reached BGN 566 M (EUR 289 M), a press release from the Maritza East III Power Company AD said Thursday. The company reported a net profit of BGN 26 M (EUR 13.

Business | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Construction Banned at Vitosha Mountain

The Bulgarian government has banned construction works at Vistoha Mountain, just south of the capital city. The mountain is a traditional weekend destination for crowds of skiers and picnickers from Sofia.

Business | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Greece Ambitious to Reach European IT Peak

Greece has all the potential to enter the European IT elite by the end of 2010, experts from the sector said at a Roundtable organized in Athens.

Business | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Politics

Two Killed on Copter Board from Fiji, Not Philippines - Report

The two bodyguards who were killed along with nine other people on board of a Bulgarian cargo aircraft in Iraq were from Fiji, not from the Philippines, the Canadian helicopter contractor said. Bulgaria's Transport Ministry had earlier reported that besi

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Heli Air's Chief Leaves for Iraq over Downed Copter

The director of commercial airline company Heli Air is leaving for Iraq on Friday to probe into the circumstances of the crash caused by a missile attack from local insurgents.

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

UK Heathrow Launches Iris Scan System

British immigration officials have launched a biometric identification pilot project at two terminals at Heathrow Airport in London this month. Under the Iris Recognition Immigration System (IRIS), eligible passengers for the free iris scanning and enrol

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Islamic Army of Iraq Says It Downed Bulgarian Copter

An Iraqi guerilla group has claimed responsibility for downing a commercial helicopter and killing all those on board, including three Bulgarians, an online statement reads.

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Bulgarian Election Runners to Enroll by May 9

Parties, coalitions and independent candidates to run at June 25 elections must enroll at the Central Elections Commission not later than May 9.

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

3 Bulgarians Among 11 Dead in Iraq Plane Crash

Three Bulgarian pilots, six American civilians and two Fiji guards were killed in Iraq after a Bulgarian Mi-8 commercial helicopter was shot down by missile fire. The civilian helicopter was downed about 20km north of Baghdad, killing all 11 people on bo

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Investigation into Bulgarian Plane Downing in Iraq Kicks off Friday

The Iraqi and American civil aviations will start on Friday the official investigation into the downing of the commercial helicopter in Iraq, which claimed the lives of three Bulgarians, some 20km north of Baghdad. Bulgaria's Transport Minister has propo

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Sofia Reopens N Korean Embassy

Bulgarian government has decided to reopen its diplomatic mission in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. The embassy, which has been closed since March 1997, will be headed by an acting ambassador plenipotentiary, the governmental press office announce

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

6 Americans, 2 Filipinos Among Copter Crash Victims

Six US citizens and two Filipino guards were the other victims of the deadly helicopter crash that took place in Iraq, a SkyLink representative in Baghdad and the director of Bulgarian Heli Air said. Initial reports claimed that there were nine people on

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Bulgaria's Cabinet Okays EU Accession Treaty Draft

Bulgaria's Cabinet approved Thursday the draft on Bulgaria's EU Accession Treaty, governmental spokesman Dimitar Tsonev announced. By approving the draft Bulgaria's Council of Minister entitled Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg, Foreign Minister Solomon

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Bulgarian Plane Downed in Iraq Leased by US Company

The Mi-8 commercial helicopter downed in Iraq on Thursday was owned by Bulgarian air carrier Heli Air and worked on a wet leasing contract for a US company, according to the Bulgarian Transport Ministry. The plane was leased by Washington-based Canadian

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Chief of Bulgarian State Reserve Suspected in Illegal Scam

The acting director of the state reserve is being probed for suspected abuse in office and drainage at the cost of about BGN 45 M.

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Bulgarian Chopper Downed by Insurgents Fire

The civilian helicopter downed in Iraq killing all nine people aboard is said to have been shot down by insurgent fire, BBC reports. The three-member Bulgarian crew along with other six civilians were killed in the incident.

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Deadly Bulgarian Crash - Iraq's First Downing of Civilian Plane

The downing of a Russian-built commercial helicopter north of Baghdad on Thursday, which killed at least three Bulgarians, is believed to be the first downing of a civilian aircraft in Iraq. All nine people aboard have been killed.

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Infertility Plagues 270,000 Bulgarian Families

There are 270 Bulgarian couples that face childlessness, a medical expert said Thursday. Doctor Ivan Nikolov from a local reproductive health clinic recalled that Bulgarian population was the fastest-shrinking in the world.

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Sofia Identifies Victims of Iraq Chopper Crash

Lyubomir Kostov, Georgi Naydenov and Stoyan Anchev were the three Bulgarians killed in the Thursday Iraq helicopter crash. Nine people were killed when the Bulgarian commercial helicopter was shot down in Iraq, the Defence ministry reported.

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Downed Plane in Iraq Owned by Bulgarian Heli Air - Reports

The commercial helicopter, which was shot down in Iraq, killing at least three Bulgarians, is owned by Bulgarian air carrier Heli Air, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio.

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

At Least 3 Bulgarians Killed in Iraq Chopper Crash

At least three Bulgarians and six other people whose nationality is still not clear have died after a Mi-8 commercial helicopter was shot down in Iraq on Thursday, Bulgaria's Defence Ministry announced. The Russian-built aircraft was flying just north of

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

CNN: 9 Bulgarians Dead in Iraq Plane Crash

Nine Bulgaria have died after an Mi-8 commercial helicopter was shot down in Iraq on Thursday, CNN reported. The Russian-built aircraft was flying just north of Baghdad when it was hit, possibly by a rocket-propelled grenade, one source said.

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Bulgaria's Ruling Party Admits to Mulling Referendum on Monarchy

Bulgaria's ruling party, headed by former king-turned-prime minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg, has discussed prospects for bringing back monarchy, which was abolished by the 1946 referendum. In one way or another Simeon II National Movement has discussed the i

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Bulgarians Dump Electricity for Firewood

Swelling electricity prices in Bulgaria have led to resurgence in firewood heating, a report has shown. Over 1997-2003, the electricity share in household heating has decreased from 38% to 34.

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Bulgaria "Misled" Italy on Pope Would-be Killer

An Italian investigator, who was involved in the inquiry into the 1981 attempted murder of Pope John Paul II at the time, claims Bulgaria has provided misleading information about the stay here of Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who pulled the trigger agains

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

EU to Shut Some Bulgarian Hospitals

Bulgaria's European Union entry will lead to the closedown of a number of hospitals, the health minister said this week. According to Minister Slavtcho Bogoev, that would affect about 30% of the health centers in the country.

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Bulgarian Car Thief to Spend 11 Years in Jail

A Bulgarian regional court confirmed Thursday the 11-year imprisonment sentence of a man, charged with car thievery. Vesselin Ampov (39) was found guilty for stealing a microbus from a private real estate on January 27, 2004 by using technical device.

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Online Game Checks Bulgarians' Knowledge of EU

Bulgarians will be able to check their knowledge of the EU structures and functioning through an Internet game. The answer-question game aims to stir up young people's interest in the Union's history, institutions and personalities, as well as the proce

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Fifty Bodies Pulled from Iraq River

The bodies of more than 50 men, women and children have been found in the Tigris River in Iraq, officials said Thursday. The gruesome discovery was made in the town of Siwayra, south of Baghdad.

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Bulgarian MPs to Fix Copyrighted Products Regulations

Bulgaria's Parliament will discuss Thursday the law-draft for administrative regulation of copyrighted optical discs manufacturing and trading. The Parliament will also debate on the law amendments for the products' technical requirements.

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Experts Reveal Accession Treaty's Finance Framework

All Bulgarians were able to review the financial parameters of the country's European Union Accession Treaty during the Open Doors Day organized by the Finance Ministry. Certain details from the treaty were explained by experts that participated in the n

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Iraq's Outgoing PM Survives Assassination Attempt

Iraq's outgoing Prime Minister Iyad Allawi escaped an assassination attempt late Wednesday when a suicide car bomb blew up near his convoy, a government spokesman said. A policeman was killed and four others were wounded in the attack, believed targeting

Politics | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Society

Gold-Plated Coin Heralds Bulgaria's EU Entry

Bulgaria's Central Bank BNB introduced Thursday a special coin heralding EU membership. The gold-plated coin will be offered for sale on April 25, when the country is scheduled to sign its Accession Treaty.

Society | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Sports

Sesil Beats Hungarian at Fed Cup

Bulgarian tennis starlet Sesil Karatantcheva advanced furter at the Fed Cup after defeating Hungarian rival Agnes Szavay. The Bulgarian 15-year-old outplayed the Hungarianl 6-4 6-3 on Thursday in Antalia, Turkey.

Sports | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Bulgarian Weightlifter Scores Silver

Bulgarian top weightlifter Sevdalin Mintchev has won silver medal in the European Championship in Sofia. He was competing in the 62kg category.

Sports | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

People

Lisbon Welcomes Sofia's Envoy

The new Ambassador of Bulgaria to Lisbon Maxim Gajtandzhiev has handed down his credential letters to Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio.

People | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Views on BG

Who Are The Islamic Army in Iraq?

The Islamic Army in Iraq, one of the Iraqi's militant insurgent groups, has claimed responsibility for kidnapping several foreigners. Dubbed originally Al-Jaish al-Islami fi al-Iraq, the guerilla faction has been actively organising and carrying out atta

Views on BG | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

Smiles

Rules

Rules for Diet: If you eat something and no one sees you eat it, it has no calories.

Smiles | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

World

Militants Kidnap 16 in Philippines

Sixteen civilians were kidnapped and put on a passenger jeep Thursday morning in a village of Lanaodel Sur, southern Philippines, Philippine military officials said. An undetermined number of armed men forced these people into a jeep in Saguiran, Lanao de

World | April 21, 2005, Thursday // 00:00
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