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ARCHIVE - 13 November 2012

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Business

Bulgarian Tobacco Producers Suspect Tobacco Buyers Cartel
Bulgaria to Freeze Excise Duty on Cigarettes until 2017
Annual Inflation in Bulgaria at 4.4% in October 2012
New Tram to Connect Sofia Seminary with College Town
Bulgaria's Globul Revenues Drop Sharply as It Seeks Buyers
Bulgaria's Rulers Ok Deposit Tax at 2nd Reading
Bulgarian Civil Servants to Get 10% Raise - FinMin
ECB Calls on Bulgaria Govt to Boost Coordination with C-Bank
Bulgarian PM Binds Trip to Russia with Gas Prices
Gazprom CEO: South Stream Deal, Gas Prices for Bulgaria Unrelated
Gas, Heating Rates in Bulgaria to Drop in January 2013

Politics

Bulgaria FM Vows to Spread Democracy over Syria
British Ambassador: Bulgaria Should Probe Markovska's Case
Bulgaria to Ask Additional EUR 0.5 B in EU Funding
EIB: Foreign Banks Tightened Loans to Bulgaria
Bulgarian Opposition Considers 5th No-Confidence Vote

Society

Bulgaria Govt Says Yes to Extended Holidays in May
Citizens Urge Sofia Chief Architect to Resign over Car Lobbying
2nd Bulgarian Bishop Challenges Holy Synod Vote
Inversion Brings Temperature Records to Bulgarian Mountains
Bulgarian Astronomers Are Communists - FinMin
Magnificent Bulgarian Thracian Gold 'Outshines' Obama's Win
Doctors Union: Bulgaria Govt Dooms Health System to Death

Sports

Bulgaria's Top Referee Gets Champions League Appointment
Platini Sets Bulgaria Dreaming of Euro 2020 Glory
Djokovic Dedicates London Stunning Win to Sick Father
Novak Djokovic Dethrones Roger Federer

Views on BG

EU Ban on Hezbollah May Hinge on Burgas Bombing
*Bulgarian, US Companies Partner in Making Candy Deodorant
Bulgarian Property Market Stabilizing?

Quotes

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World

Re-Elected Obama Eager to Visit Russia
Syrian Opposition Asks EU, Arab League for Weapons
'Omnishambles' Named Word of the Year by Oxford
20 US States Want to Secede after Obama Re-Election
Top US General Tangled in CIA's 'Petraeus' Scandal
Eurozone Gives Greece 2 More Years to Meet Targets

Business

Bulgarian Tobacco Producers Suspect Tobacco Buyers Cartel

Bulgarian tobacco producers have complained that the start of the purchasing campaign is being delayed despite the fact that the 2012 harvest is of the highest quality for the past 10 years.

Business | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 17:47

Bulgaria to Freeze Excise Duty on Cigarettes until 2017

Excise duty on cigarettes in Bulgaria will remain unchanged by 2017, according to Vanyo Tanov, Executive Director of the Customs Agency.

Business | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 16:29

Annual Inflation in Bulgaria at 4.4% in October 2012

The consumer price index in Bulgaria in October 2012, compared to September 2012, was 100.3%, i.e. the monthly inflation was 0.3%.

Business | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 13:57

New Tram to Connect Sofia Seminary with College Town

A new tram route will be built in the Bulgarian capital Sofia by 2014, connecting the Seminary with the Studentski Grad (College Town) district.

Business | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 13:22

Bulgaria's Globul Revenues Drop Sharply as It Seeks Buyers

Bulgarian mobile operator Globul, which has been put up for sale by its owner, Greece's OTE, reported a sharp decline in revenues in a worrying sign about the future deal.

Business | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 10:42

Bulgaria's Rulers Ok Deposit Tax at 2nd Reading

Bulgaria's parliament approved at second reading on Tuesday the government's controversial proposal to levy a 10% tax on interest earned from bank deposits.

Business » Finance | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 17:41

Bulgarian Civil Servants to Get 10% Raise - FinMin

Bulgaria's civil servants will receive a 10% raise of their salaries with the state budget for 2013, stated Bulgarian Minister of Finance Simeon Djankov Tuesday.

Business » Finance | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 16:44

ECB Calls on Bulgaria Govt to Boost Coordination with C-Bank

Bulgaria's finance ministry should coordinate the management of government liquidity with the central bank in a bid to improve its monetary policy, the European Central Bank has recommended.

Business » Finance | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 11:59

Bulgarian PM Binds Trip to Russia with Gas Prices

The forthcoming negotiations on gas prices for Bulgaria will determine the response of Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, to the invitation from Russian President, Vladimir Putin, to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the South Stream gas pipeline.

Business » Energy | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 16:18

Gazprom CEO: South Stream Deal, Gas Prices for Bulgaria Unrelated

The final investment decision on the construction of the underwater section of the South Stream gas pipeline is to be taken on November 14 and the construction is to start on December 7, according to Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller.

Business » Energy | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 15:15

Gas, Heating Rates in Bulgaria to Drop in January 2013

Angel Semerdzhiev, head of Bulgaria's State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR), has assured that heating rates will drop from January 2013 by a yet unspecified percentage.

Business » Energy | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 13:33

Politics

Bulgaria FM Vows to Spread Democracy over Syria

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov renewed calls for democratization and stepping down of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad at an Arab League - EU forum in Cairo Tuesday.

Politics » Diplomacy | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 18:36

British Ambassador: Bulgaria Should Probe Markovska's Case

The tipoffs against controversial Bulgarian magistrate, Veneta Markovska, who was recently elected constitutional judge, should be subject of a serious investigation, according to Great Britain's Ambassador in Sofia, Jonathan Allen.

Politics » Diplomacy | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 15:37

Bulgaria to Ask Additional EUR 0.5 B in EU Funding

Bulgaria will ask an additional EUR 0.5 B for infrastructure for the 2014 – 2020 period, says Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 16:58

EIB: Foreign Banks Tightened Loans to Bulgaria

In Q2 2012, the withdrawal of funding by western banks from subsidiaries in Bulgaria continued, reaching about BGN 5 B, or 6.5-7% of GDP, in the period October 2011- July 2012.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 12:47

Bulgarian Opposition Considers 5th No-Confidence Vote

Bulgarian opposition liberal Movement for Rights and Freedoms will start consultations for tabling a new no-confidence vote against the center-right GERB cabinet of PM Boyko Borisov.

Politics » Domestic | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 15:48

Society

Bulgaria Govt Says Yes to Extended Holidays in May

Bulgaria's government approved on Tuesday the proposal to give Bulgarian workers one week off in the beginning of May.

Society | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 18:36

Citizens Urge Sofia Chief Architect to Resign over Car Lobbying

Citizens of Bulgarian capital Sofia have requested the resignation of Sofia chief architect Petar Dikov over a controversial new major road project.

Society | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 15:01

2nd Bulgarian Bishop Challenges Holy Synod Vote

Bulgaria’s Veliko Tarnovo Bishop Grigoriy is withdrawing his signatures from the protocol of the Saturday sitting of the Holy Synod which elected the interim patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

Society | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 12:05

Inversion Brings Temperature Records to Bulgarian Mountains

Late fall temperature inversions in Bulgaria have made for a warm Tuesday on the country's mountaintops.

Society » Environment | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 20:48

Bulgarian Astronomers Are Communists - FinMin

Bulgarian Finance Minister Simeon Djankov has lashed out at astronomy researchers from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences for having requested proper funding.

Society » Education | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 19:24

Magnificent Bulgarian Thracian Gold 'Outshines' Obama's Win

The unique gold Thracian treasure, recently discovered in the famous Sveshtari tomb in Bulgaria, has become extremely popular on the British BBC.

Society » Archaeology | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 11:32

Doctors Union: Bulgaria Govt Dooms Health System to Death

The professional organization of doctors in Bulgaria has come out in support to hematologists who have decided to quit en masse over their meager salaries.

Society » Health | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 19:49

Sports

Bulgaria's Top Referee Gets Champions League Appointment

Stanislav Todorov, widely considered the best Bulgarian referee at the moment, is among the appointments for the last round of 2012/13 UEFA Champions League group stage, it emerged on Tuesday.

Sports | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 20:18

Platini Sets Bulgaria Dreaming of Euro 2020 Glory

Bulgaria is secretly and against all odds cherishing hopes of a chance to host the Euro 2020 tournament in case it is continent-wide, it emerged on Tuesday.

Sports | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 18:03

Djokovic Dedicates London Stunning Win to Sick Father

Novak Djokovic has revealed he was inspired by his father's blood disorder battle for his spectacular victory over Roger Federer in the ATP World Tour Finals.

Sports | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 09:00

Novak Djokovic Dethrones Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic put a firm stamp on his position as world number one after scoring a stunning victory over Roger Federer in the ATP World Tour Finals.

Sports | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 08:00

Views on BG

EU Ban on Hezbollah May Hinge on Burgas Bombing

BERLIN – In deciding whether to list Hezbollah as a terrorist group, the EU will consider as a key factor the outcome of the Bulgarian inquiry into the July suicide bombing that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver, French Ambassador to

Views on BG | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 12:45

*Bulgarian, US Companies Partner in Making Candy Deodorant

The next time a crowded journey on public transport thrusts you too close to a malodorous armpit, take heart.

Views on BG | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 12:15

Bulgarian Property Market Stabilizing?

Bulgaria's property market may be starting to stabilise, according to reports by local agents, who have seen house price declines falling and even some quarterly growth.

Views on BG | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 08:47

Quotes

Today's Quote

"One does not need money in the Otherworld.

Quotes | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 17:49

World

Re-Elected Obama Eager to Visit Russia

Recently re-elected US President Barack Obama has accepted an invitiation by Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to visit Russia in the near future.

World | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 20:11

Syrian Opposition Asks EU, Arab League for Weapons

The Syrian opposition wants suitable weapons from the international community to restore peace to civil war torn Syria, stated opposition leader Mouaz Al-Khatib.

World | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 17:29

'Omnishambles' Named Word of the Year by Oxford

"Omnishambles" has been named word of the year by the Oxford English Dictionary for 2012, three years after it was coined, BBC reported.

World | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 16:25

20 US States Want to Secede after Obama Re-Election

The White House has received petitions by US citizens from 20 states invoking the right to secession following last week's re-election of President Barack Obama for a second term in office.

World | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 15:30

Top US General Tangled in CIA's 'Petraeus' Scandal

Top US commander in Afghanistan General John Allen is being investigated for allegedly sending "inappropriate emails" to a woman at the center of the "Petraeus" scandal.

World | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 14:30

Eurozone Gives Greece 2 More Years to Meet Targets

Eurozone ministers decided to give Greece two more years, until 2016, to meet its deficit-reduction targets, but delayed their final say on the latest EUR 31.5 B tranche of bailout funds.

World | November 13, 2012, Tuesday // 08:33