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ARCHIVE - 26 November 2012

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Business

Bulgarian Railway Transport Registers Steady Decline
Bulgaria's Revenue Authority to Boost Annual Receipts by BGN 700 M
EIA Launched for Unit 7 of Bulgaria's Kozloduy NPP
Bulgarian Filling Stations Sold over 1.4 B Liters of Fuel in 6 Months

Politics

Bulgaria to Take Over Rotating PABSEC Presidency
Bulgarian Minister Seeks EUR 600 M for Cultural Projects in 2014-2020
EU Expands Natura 2000 Network by 25 000 sq km
Bulgaria's Split Right Refuses to 'Play Constitution Game'
Emblematic Bulgarian MEP Quits Right-Wing Party
Bulgarian Right-Wingers to Endorse Top Court Judge by End-Week
Bulgarian Right-Wing Leader Not Bothered by Calls to Resign
Bulgarian Ex-EU Commissioner Urges Boycott of Nuclear Referendum
Bulgarian Right-Wing Party Expels 'Maverick' MPs
Bulgarian Right-Wing MP Urges Party Leaders to Resign
Bulgaria's Right-Wing Party to Expel Former Leader

Society

Auction Adds Joy, Proceeds to IWC Christmas Bazaar in Sofia
Misuse Scandal Shakes Bulgaria's Scientific Research Fund
Plovdiv Magistrates Outraged by Unfair Job Assessment
Fire Closes Downtown Sofia Underpass
Nikolay Surprisingly Attends Bulgarian Holy Synod Sitting
1.8-Magnitude Earthquake Registered near Bulgarian-Turkish Border
Antonio Banderas to Film Automata in Bulgaria
Bulgaria's Batak Wants Martyr Ossuary Reinstated as Museum
Bulgaria-Born Christo to Create World's Biggest Sculpture
'Sofia's Last Ambulance' Debuts in Bulgaria, Hopes to Inspire Change

Sports

Jol Pins Hopes on Berbatov to Lead Fulham Midfield
World's Best Bodybuilders Flaunt Muscles in Sofia, Bulgaria 3rd
Bulgaria's Avramova Seventh in 200m Backstroke in Chartres

Crime

Bulgaria Attempts 'Scratch' Restart of Flopped SAPARD Trial
Sofia Mall Receives Bomb Threat Once Again
Bulgarian Embassy in Belgrade Receives Bomb Threat
Judge Withdraws from Bulgarian Football Star, Ex Mayor Trial

Views on BG

Wish You Were Here: Rila Monastery in Bulgaria

World

Ehud Barak Announces He Is to Quit Politics
Morsi to Discuss Controversial Decree with Senior Egyptian Judges
Poll Win for Catalonia's Nationalists

Novinite Insider

Unprecedented Witch-Hunting

Business

Bulgarian Railway Transport Registers Steady Decline

In the third quarter of 2012, goods carried by the land and water transport in Bulgaria rose by 7.4% than the previous quarter, according to preliminary seasonally adjusted data of the National Statistics Institute, NSI.

Business | November 26, 2012, Monday // 14:26

Bulgaria's Revenue Authority to Boost Annual Receipts by BGN 700 M

By end-2012, Bulgaria's National Revenue Agency (NRA) hopes to boost tax and social security receipts by nearly BGN 700 M as compared to 2011 results, according to NRA Executive Director Krasimir Stefanov.

Business » Finance | November 26, 2012, Monday // 15:18

EIA Launched for Unit 7 of Bulgaria's Kozloduy NPP

Project company Kozloduy NPP New Capacities signed Monday a contract for an environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the investment proposal for the construction of new nuclear capacity at the site of the Bulgarian N-plant.

Business » Energy | November 26, 2012, Monday // 19:16

Bulgarian Filling Stations Sold over 1.4 B Liters of Fuel in 6 Months

Filling stations in Bulgaria sold a total of over 1.4 billion liters in the period April-end-September 2012, according to the National Revenue Agency (NRA).

Business » Energy | November 26, 2012, Monday // 16:05

Politics

Bulgaria to Take Over Rotating PABSEC Presidency

Parliament Chair Tsetska Tsacheva and Bulgarian MPs will participate in the 40th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC) on November 27-28 in Baku.

Politics » Diplomacy | November 26, 2012, Monday // 17:45

Bulgarian Minister Seeks EUR 600 M for Cultural Projects in 2014-2020

Bulgaria's Culture Minister Vezhdi Rashidov has called for EU funding of at least EUR 600 M for cultural projects in the 2014-2020 programming period.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | November 26, 2012, Monday // 20:34

EU Expands Natura 2000 Network by 25 000 sq km

The Natura 2000 network of European protected areas has expanded by nearly 25 000 square kilometers, according to the European Commission's press office.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | November 26, 2012, Monday // 16:44

Bulgaria's Split Right Refuses to 'Play Constitution Game'

One of the parties in the feeble Bulgarian right-wing Blue Coalition, Democrats for Strong Bulgaria, DSB, confirmed Monday that they would not nominate again the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Ekaterina Mihaylova, for constitutional judge.

Politics » Domestic | November 26, 2012, Monday // 18:24

Emblematic Bulgarian MEP Quits Right-Wing Party

Bulgarian EPP MEP Nadezhda Neynsky has resigned from the right-wing Union of Democratic Forces party, UDF.

Politics » Domestic | November 26, 2012, Monday // 17:37

Bulgarian Right-Wingers to Endorse Top Court Judge by End-Week

Embattled Bulgarian right-wing party Union of Democratic Forces (UDF) is still determined to come up with a new nomination for the country's Constitutional Court by the end of the week, UDF leader Emil Kabaivanov has stated.

Politics » Domestic | November 26, 2012, Monday // 16:22

Bulgarian Right-Wing Leader Not Bothered by Calls to Resign

Emil Kabaivanov, the embattled leader of Bulgarian right-wing party Union of Democratic Forces (UDF), has declared that he is not worried by any potential calls for him to resign.

Politics » Domestic | November 26, 2012, Monday // 14:28

Bulgarian Ex-EU Commissioner Urges Boycott of Nuclear Referendum

Bulgaria's former European Commissioner, Meglena Kuneva, has called upon her party's supporters to boycott the upcoming referendum on the fate of nuclear energy in the country.

Politics » Domestic | November 26, 2012, Monday // 13:45

Bulgarian Right-Wing Party Expels 'Maverick' MPs

Bulgarian right-wing party Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (UDF) has expectedly expelled its former leader, as well as two other key MPs, over their reluctance to side with a constitutional judge nomination imposed by the ruling centrist-right GERB.

Politics » Domestic | November 26, 2012, Monday // 12:55

Bulgarian Right-Wing MP Urges Party Leaders to Resign

Dimo Gyaurov, MP with Bulgarian right-wing party Union of Democratic Forces, has called upon the members of the party's governing body to resign over their involvement in the country's latest constitutional court scandal.

Politics » Domestic | November 26, 2012, Monday // 11:54

Bulgaria's Right-Wing Party to Expel Former Leader

The rift in Bulgaria's right-wing Union of Democratic Forces, UDF, deepened Monday morning after its head confirmed plans for coalition with the ruling GERB party and the expulsion of maverick members.

Politics » Domestic | November 26, 2012, Monday // 10:10

Society

Auction Adds Joy, Proceeds to IWC Christmas Bazaar in Sofia

The Bulgarian branch of the International Women's Club broke Monday the exciting news that their keenly awaited Christmas charity bazaar, due on December 2, will feature an auction, in addition to its traditional stalls.

Society | November 26, 2012, Monday // 21:22

Misuse Scandal Shakes Bulgaria's Scientific Research Fund

Bulgaria's Ministry of Education is preparing to launch a probe in the country's Scientific Research Fund, after a number of reports of criminal misuse of its resources.

Society | November 26, 2012, Monday // 16:32

Plovdiv Magistrates Outraged by Unfair Job Assessment

Sixty four magistrates from the Plovdiv Regional Court have sent an unprecedented letter to the Supreme Judicial Council, VSS, in connection with recent media publications about their work.

Society | November 26, 2012, Monday // 15:13

Fire Closes Downtown Sofia Underpass

The pedestrian tunnel of the National Palace of Culture, NDK, in downtown Sofia is closed Monday because of a fire that erupted there in the wee hours.

Society | November 26, 2012, Monday // 13:00

Nikolay Surprisingly Attends Bulgarian Holy Synod Sitting

Bulgaria's Plovdiv Metropolitan Nikolay made Monday a surprise appearance at the sitting of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

Society | November 26, 2012, Monday // 11:42

1.8-Magnitude Earthquake Registered near Bulgarian-Turkish Border

A light 1.8-magnitude earthquake was registered Monday afternoon near the Bulgarian-Turkish border, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

Society » Environment | November 26, 2012, Monday // 19:29

Antonio Banderas to Film Automata in Bulgaria

Spanish-born Hollywood megastar, Antonio Banderas, has announced at a special press conference that he will shoot his latest movie Automata in Bulgaria.

Society » Culture | November 26, 2012, Monday // 13:22

Bulgaria's Batak Wants Martyr Ossuary Reinstated as Museum

Nearly 900 residents of the Bulgarian historical town of Batak have signed a petition asking interim Patriarch Kiril to stop services at the Sveta Nedeliya Church where the relics of the Batak martyrs are kept.

Society » Culture | November 26, 2012, Monday // 12:28

Bulgaria-Born Christo to Create World's Biggest Sculpture

Bulgaria-born artist Christo plans to embark on a monumental project, designed to outshine Egypt's Pyramids.

Society » Culture | November 26, 2012, Monday // 11:32

'Sofia's Last Ambulance' Debuts in Bulgaria, Hopes to Inspire Change

Bulgarian audience will finally have the chance to watch the critically acclaimed documentary "Sofia's Last Ambulance".

Society » Culture | November 26, 2012, Monday // 10:46

Sports

Jol Pins Hopes on Berbatov to Lead Fulham Midfield

Fulham boss Martin Jol has once again praised Bulgarian Dimitar Berbatov, describing him as a born leader who could be the team's midfield general.

Sports | November 26, 2012, Monday // 11:14

World's Best Bodybuilders Flaunt Muscles in Sofia, Bulgaria 3rd

Bulgaria's capital Sofia hosted this weekend one of the most exciting events in the IFBB yearly activity: 2012 IFBB World Classic Bodybuilding Championships and IFBB World Cup.

Sports | November 26, 2012, Monday // 09:35

Bulgaria's Avramova Seventh in 200m Backstroke in Chartres

Bulgarian swimmer Ekaterina Avramova ranked seventh in the finals of the 200m backstroke at the European Short Course Championships in Chartres, France.

Sports | November 26, 2012, Monday // 08:29

Crime

Bulgaria Attempts 'Scratch' Restart of Flopped SAPARD Trial

Bulgaria's Prosecutor's Office has approached the Supreme Court of Cassations, VKS, to restart the SAPARD money laundering case against murky businessman Mario Nikolov from scratch.

Crime | November 26, 2012, Monday // 18:59

Sofia Mall Receives Bomb Threat Once Again

The Serdika Center Mall in Bulgaria's capital Sofia was temporarily closed over a bomb threat for a second day in a row on Monday.

Crime | November 26, 2012, Monday // 16:57

Bulgarian Embassy in Belgrade Receives Bomb Threat

Bulgaria's embassy in Serbia's capital Belgrade received a bomb threat early on Sunday, according to media reports.

Crime | November 26, 2012, Monday // 15:23

Judge Withdraws from Bulgarian Football Star, Ex Mayor Trial

The reporting judge in the trial against Yordan Lechkov, football legend and former Mayor of Sliven, in the Sliven District Court has withdrawn on grounds her husband has started work for the Sliven City Hall.

Crime | November 26, 2012, Monday // 13:49

Views on BG

Wish You Were Here: Rila Monastery in Bulgaria

During our recent tour through Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania, my wife and I were thrilled to be rewarded with a visit to the Rila Monastery. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is a short drive from Sofia, Bulgaria.

Views on BG | November 26, 2012, Monday // 07:53

World

Ehud Barak Announces He Is to Quit Politics

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barack announced Monday that he is to retire from politics and would not run in January's general elections.

World | November 26, 2012, Monday // 17:46

Morsi to Discuss Controversial Decree with Senior Egyptian Judges

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has scheduled a meeting with senior judges on Monday in an attempt to find a solution to a crisis over his controversial constitutional declaration.

World | November 26, 2012, Monday // 12:32

Poll Win for Catalonia's Nationalists

Voters in the Spanish region of Catalonia have given their backing to nationalist parties but have punished the regional president who called an early election.

World | November 26, 2012, Monday // 07:36

Novinite Insider

Unprecedented Witch-Hunting

From hosanna to crucify him – this is in short the portrait of many Bulgarian leaders, but it holds particularly true for Ivan Kostov, leader of die-hard right-wingers DSB.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | November 26, 2012, Monday // 12:05
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