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ARCHIVE - 1 January 2013

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Business

Waste Sorting Becomes Obligatory for Bulgarian Firms

All firms in Bulgaria have become obliged to separate their waste from paper, plastic, glass, and metals as of January 1, 2013.

Business | January 1, 2013, Tuesday // 15:49

New Deposit Tax Comes into Effect in Bulgaria

A new and controversial 10% levy on people's interest earned from bank deposits comes into force in Bulgaria from January 1, 2013.

Business » Finance | January 1, 2013, Tuesday // 11:10

Bulgarian Govt, Turkey Made Covert Deal on Border TPP, RWE Involved - Report

A Turkish project for the construction of a thermal power plant right on Bulgaria's Black Sea land border, in the town of Igneada, near the Bulgarian village of Rezovo, has been frozen only temporarily, a local Socialist opposition leader claims.

Business » Energy | January 1, 2013, Tuesday // 20:12

Lights Out for Old Incandescent Light Bulbs

Europeans who love the warm glow of incandescent light bulbs will no longer be able to indulge their passion.

Business » Energy | January 1, 2013, Tuesday // 11:55

Important Deadline for Expats Vote in Bulgaria's Referendum Expires

The deadline for Bulgarians abroad for submitting applications to take part in the national referendum on development of atomic energy in Bulgaria expires on January 1, 2013.

Business » Energy | January 1, 2013, Tuesday // 11:39

Gas Prices in Bulgaria Down, Central Heating 3-7% Cheaper

Gas prices and heating rates are expected to drop by 9.8% and 3-7% respectively as of January 1, according to estimates of the State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR).

Business » Energy | January 1, 2013, Tuesday // 10:25

Beijing, Shanghai Introduce 72-hour Visa-Free Entry for Bulgarians

As of January 1, 2013 Beijing and Shanghai authorities allow Bulgarians landing in the cities but destined for other countries 72 hours to roam around the city without having to apply for a visa.

Business » Tourism | January 1, 2013, Tuesday // 11:01

Politics

New EU VAT Rules Enter into Force

From January 1, 2013, new EU VAT rules enter into effect, which, Brussels claim, will make life much simpler for businesses across Europe.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 1, 2013, Tuesday // 14:11

Ireland Assumes EU Presidency, Vows to Bring New Hope

Ireland takes over the six-month rotating presidency of the European Union for the seventh time on January 1, 2013, having last presided in 2004.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 1, 2013, Tuesday // 12:26

Minimum Wages in Bulgaria Up, Pensions - as of April

Starting January 1, 2013, the minimum wage in Bulgaria increases by BGN 20 to BGN 310.

Politics » Domestic | January 1, 2013, Tuesday // 10:18

Bulgaria's President: 2013 - Chance for Stronger Civil Society

As he addressed the nation minutes before the New Year set in, President Rosen Plevneliev urged fellow Bulgarians to turn their backs on nostalgia and hatred and fight for a stronger civil society in 2013.

Politics » Domestic | January 1, 2013, Tuesday // 09:27

Society

Fireworks Claim 2nd Life in Bulgaria

A 49-year-old man has perished in Nikolovo, a village in Northeastern Bulgarian District Ruse, in an incident with fireworks.

Society | January 1, 2013, Tuesday // 19:03

Bulgarian Man Loses Arm in Fireworks Blast

A 35-year-old man has lost his arm in Bulgaria as a result of fireworks explosion on New Year's Eve.

Society | January 1, 2013, Tuesday // 16:58

Bulgarian Orthodox Christians Honor Saint Vassiliy

On the first day of the New Year the Bulgarian Orthodox Church commemorates Saint Vassiliy the Great, who lived around 330-379.

Society » Culture | January 1, 2013, Tuesday // 09:51

Sports

Bulgaria's Dimitrov Victorious in Brisbane, Sets Raonic Clash

Bulgaria's best tennis player Grigor Dimitrov secured a win in his Brisbane International opener against American Brian Baker.

Sports | January 1, 2013, Tuesday // 15:02

Smiles

The Morning after New Year Party

A: How was your New Year party?

Smiles | January 1, 2013, Tuesday // 11:53

World

Violence Escalates in Syrian Civil War on New Year's Day

Violence in the civil war between the Syrian rebels and the regime of President Bashar al-Assad has escalated as the world celebrated New Year's Day, according to international reports.

World | January 1, 2013, Tuesday // 17:54

Tymoshenko Supporters Rally Outside Her Hospital on New Year's

Over a hundred supporters of Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine's jailed former prime minister, ushered in the New Year outside the hospital where she is undergoing treatment, the party press service confirmed Tuesday.

World | January 1, 2013, Tuesday // 16:20

7 Stabbed at Belgrade New Year Celebration

Seven people were hospitalized after being stabbed with a knife by an unidentified attacker shortly before midnight at the central Belgrade Square of the Republic during the New Year celebration, police said Tuesday.

World | January 1, 2013, Tuesday // 14:33

Pope Convinced of Peace in 2013 despite Injustice

Pope Benedict XVI prayed for world peace, condemning the inequality between rich and poor and "unregulated financial capitalism" at a New Year's mass in St Peter's Basilica on Tuesday.

World | January 1, 2013, Tuesday // 13:43

Clinton Clot 'behind Right Ear'

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is making "excellent progress" after a blood clot was found between her brain and skull, doctors say.

World | January 1, 2013, Tuesday // 12:13

US Senate OKs Deal to Avert Fiscal Cliff, House Votes Next

Two hours after a midnight deadline, the US Senate passed a last-minute deal to avert the feared fiscal cliff with an overwhelming majority 89-8, CNN reported.

World | January 1, 2013, Tuesday // 10:01
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