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ARCHIVE - 18 December 2012

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Business

Bulgaria's ICT Hardware Sales Up in Q3 2012
Bulgarian Hotel, Restaurant Association: New Govt Will Lift Smoking Ban
Bulgarian Scrap Dealers Threaten to Move to Grey Economy
Bulgaria Wannabe Oligarch behind Heating Utility Acquisition
Russia's Mechel Disposes of Bulgarian Heating Utility
Bulgaria's Kozloduy NPP Launches Liquid Radioactive Waste Processing System
Greek, Romanian Police to Patrol Bulgarian Ski Resort

Politics

Bulgaria to Keep Its EU Turbot Quota
Bulgaria's Nuclear Plant Referendum to Cost BGN 14 M
Bulgaria FBI Head Tipped for Second Term
Bulgaria Set to Wrap Up Crucial E-Govt Project in 2013
Full Smoking Ban Survives in Bulgaria, PM to Stay in Power
Bulgaria's Rulers Still Ahead of Opposition - Poll
Bulgaria's President's Office Granted Zero Pardons in November
Bulgaria's Judicial Council Holds Last-Minute Review of Chief Prosecutor Election Rules

Society

Bulgarian EconMin Defies PM, Endorses 'Flexible' Smoking
Bulgarian Parliamentary Committee to Vote on Smoking Ban Amendments
Bulgaria to Bid Farewell to Great Actor Kaloyanchev on Friday
Legendary Bulgarian Actor Kaloyanchev Passes Away

Crime

Bulgarian Interior Chief Accuses Magistrate of Leaking Data
Bulgarian Football Star, Ex Mayor Cleared of Power Abuse
Bulgaria's Revenue Agency Takes Aim at Undeclared Revenues from Real Estate Deals
Teenager Busted for Series of Bomb Threats in Sofia

World

S&P Raises Greece's Credit Rating
Iraqi President Talabani 'in Coma after Stroke'
Iran Says It Won't Stop Uranium Enrichment
EU to Donate Nobel Prize Money to War-Affected Children
Hollywood under Pressure in Wake of Connecticut Shooting
Russia to Evade 'Color Revolutions' - Security Council Chief
Iraqi President Suffers Stroke, Reported Stable
Greece Raises EUR 1.3 B in Debt Sale
Palestinians to Turn to UN over Israeli Settlement Plans
UK Says EU Exit 'Imaginable'
World's Oldest Person Dies in Iowa at 115

Business

Bulgaria's ICT Hardware Sales Up in Q3 2012

Bulgaria has seen a 7% increase year-on-year in the sales of ICT hardware in the third quarter of 2012, according to the "ICT Trade Bulgaria 2012" report of CBN - Pannoff, Stoytcheff & Co.

Business | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 18:15

Bulgarian Hotel, Restaurant Association: New Govt Will Lift Smoking Ban

Blagoy Ragin, Chair of the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association (BHRA), has said that the full indoor smoking ban will be lifted in six months, once a new government assumes office.

Business | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 13:49

Bulgarian Scrap Dealers Threaten to Move to Grey Economy

A total of 300 companies dealing in ferrous and non-ferrous metals may be edged out of the market after the introduction of new requirements into the Waste Management Act.

Business | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 12:31

Bulgaria Wannabe Oligarch behind Heating Utility Acquisition

Energy tycoon Hristo Kovachki, who was investigated on tax evasion charges two years ago, is the real buyer of the heating utility in the Bulgarian Danube city of Ruse, according to reports.

Business » Energy | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 20:41

Russia's Mechel Disposes of Bulgarian Heating Utility

Russian steel and mining giant Mechel has successfully concluded the sale of the heating utility in the Bulgarian Danube city of Ruse in a bid to slash its debt load.

Business » Energy | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 18:26

Bulgaria's Kozloduy NPP Launches Liquid Radioactive Waste Processing System

Bulgaria's State Enterprise Radioactive Waste (SE-RAW) has approved the launch of a liquid radioactive waste processing system called "Dunav.

Business » Energy | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 10:51

Greek, Romanian Police to Patrol Bulgarian Ski Resort

Greek and Romanian police units are to patrol the largest Bulgarian winter resort Bansko  between December 17 and March 31, the Bulgarian Interior Ministry has announced.

Business » Tourism | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 16:00

Politics

Bulgaria to Keep Its EU Turbot Quota

The EU quota for turbot will not be reduced in 2013, it has been made clear, with the only two member states affected by the decision being Bulgaria and Romania.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 17:16

Bulgaria's Nuclear Plant Referendum to Cost BGN 14 M

The holding of a referendum on the future of the construction of a second nuclear power plant in Bulgaria in January 2013 will cost BGN 13.

Politics » Domestic | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 17:58

Bulgaria FBI Head Tipped for Second Term

Bulgaria's government will issue on Wednesday an official proposal for the president to re-appoint Konstantin Kazakov as Director of the State Agency for National Security, DANS.

Politics » Domestic | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 17:57

Bulgaria Set to Wrap Up Crucial E-Govt Project in 2013

Bulgaria plans to fully implement next year the much needed and long-delayed e-government project.

Politics » Domestic | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 16:47

Full Smoking Ban Survives in Bulgaria, PM to Stay in Power

Bulgaria's Parliamentary Economic Committee has rejected amendments that would have lifted the country's full smoking ban in enclosed public spaces.

Politics » Domestic | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 12:19

Bulgaria's Rulers Still Ahead of Opposition - Poll

Bulgaria's ruling centrist-right GERB party is still more popular than its major political rivals, according to the latest poll conducted by the National Center for Study of Public Opinion.

Politics » Domestic | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 11:21

Bulgaria's President's Office Granted Zero Pardons in November

The Bulgarian Pardons Committee at the President Office issued zero pardons in November out of a total of 60 applications by 33 convicted persons.

Politics » Domestic | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 09:46

Bulgaria's Judicial Council Holds Last-Minute Review of Chief Prosecutor Election Rules

Bulgaria's Supreme Judicial Council (VSS) will review Tuesday the procedure for electing a Chief Prosecutor just two days ahead of the vote.

Politics » Domestic | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 08:55

Society

Bulgarian EconMin Defies PM, Endorses 'Flexible' Smoking

Bulgarian Economy Minister Delyan Dobrev has stated that more "flexible" rules should be introduced in the country when it comes to smoking in enclosed public spaces.

Society » Health | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 11:52

Bulgarian Parliamentary Committee to Vote on Smoking Ban Amendments

Bulgaria's Parliamentary Economic Committee will vote Tuesday at a closed-doors session on the abolition of the full indoor smoking ban.

Society » Health | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 08:21

Bulgaria to Bid Farewell to Great Actor Kaloyanchev on Friday

Bulgarians will pay their last respects on Friday to Georgi Kaloyanchev, one of the country's most prominent and beloved actors.

Society » Obituaries | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 17:45

Legendary Bulgarian Actor Kaloyanchev Passes Away

Georgi Kaloyanchev, one of Bulgaria's most prominent and beloved actors, passed away at the age of 87 on Tuesday.

Society » Obituaries | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 15:27

Crime

Bulgarian Interior Chief Accuses Magistrate of Leaking Data

Bulgaria's Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov has accused a mystery magistrate of leaking classified data for upcoming special police operations to suspects.

Crime | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 19:28

Bulgarian Football Star, Ex Mayor Cleared of Power Abuse

A Bulgarian district court has acquitted Yordan Lechkov, football legend and former Mayor of Sliven, who was charged with abuse of power.

Crime | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 18:50

Bulgaria's Revenue Agency Takes Aim at Undeclared Revenues from Real Estate Deals

Nikolay Petkov, Director of the Risk Management unit at Bulgaria's National Revenue Agency (NRA), has informed that undeclared revenues from real estate deals for the period 2007 – 2010 amount to BGN 675 M.

Crime | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 15:07

Teenager Busted for Series of Bomb Threats in Sofia

Bulgarian police have nabbed a 17-year-old girl suspected of placing several bomb threats targeting a shopping mall in the capital Sofia.

Crime | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 14:22

World

S&P Raises Greece's Credit Rating

Ratings agency Standard and Poor's has raised the credit rating of Greece's sovereign debt by six levels, praising the "strong determination" of fellow eurozone countries to help it stay as a member state.

World | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 22:17

Iraqi President Talabani 'in Coma after Stroke'

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is said to be in a coma in hospital after officials and media reported he had suffered a stroke, according to BBC.

World | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 19:58

Iran Says It Won't Stop Uranium Enrichment

Iran will not cave in to external pressure and halt 20-percent uranium enrichment, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said on Tuesday.

World | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 18:00

EU to Donate Nobel Prize Money to War-Affected Children

The European Union's Nobel Peace prize money will fund four projects under the EU Children of Peace initiative, it has been revealed.

World | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 16:36

Hollywood under Pressure in Wake of Connecticut Shooting

Movie studios and television programmers have postponed or canceled films and TV shows laced with violence after a shooting left 20 children and six adults dead in a Connecticut elementary school last week.

World | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 16:06

Russia to Evade 'Color Revolutions' - Security Council Chief

"Foreign forces" trying to spark "a color revolution in Russia won't succeed", Russia's Security Council chief said in an interview published Tuesday.

World | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 15:21

Iraqi President Suffers Stroke, Reported Stable

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has had a stroke and his medical team in Baghdad is still trying to stabilize his condition, according to international media.

World | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 14:52

Greece Raises EUR 1.3 B in Debt Sale

Greece has raised EUR 1.

World | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 14:49

Palestinians to Turn to UN over Israeli Settlement Plans

The Palestinian Authority intend to turn to the UN Security Council after Israel approved a construction of 1,500 houses in East Jerusalem's Ramat Shlomo district, according to a report.

World | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 13:49

UK Says EU Exit 'Imaginable'

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has admitted that withdrawal from the EU is "imaginable.

World | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 13:05

World's Oldest Person Dies in Iowa at 115

Less than two weeks after inheriting the title of the world's oldest person, 115-year-old Dina Manfredini, who was living in an Iowa nursing home died Monday morning, according to her family.

World | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 00:41
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