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ARCHIVE - 2 January 2013

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Business

Bulgaria's Retailers Evade Incandescent Bulb Ban - Report
Top Bulgarian TV Halts again Broadcasts for Cable Operator
Plovdiv Airport Launches 3rd Flight to London
Bulgaria Loses EUR 51 M in EU Agriculture Funds
Bulgarian Capital with Ambitious Overhaul Plan
Steve Hanke: Fiscal Discipline Prize Should Go to Bulgaria
Bulgaria Expects Over EUR 2 B in FDI in 2013
Bulgarian Economy to Grow by 1.5% in 2013 - Analyst
Bulgaria Banks Offer Ways to Cushion Deposit Tax Blow

Politics

Bulgarian PM Ordered Government Penance
Bulgaria PM Hopes to Sweep Elections 2013 to Avert Collapse

Society

Bulgarian State TV, President's PR Authored Debated New Year Address
Bulgarian Football Star Berbatov Declared 'The Macedonian'
Heavy Traffic on Major Bulgaria-Greece Road after Holidays
Bulgarian Official Denies Pressure in Controversial Land Sale
Blunder Mars Bulgarian President 1st New Year Address
Bulgarian Rulers Linked to Scandal with Protected Area Construction

Sports

Jol Has Nothing but Praise for Berbatov after Fulham Win

Lifestyle

Israel Bans Skinny Fashion Models
Nina Dobrev: 'I'm Getting Married!!!!!!!!'

World

Kosovo Requests Diplomatic Status for Belgrade Envoy
Dindic Killer to Be Deported from Spain to Serbia
UN: 60,000 Killed in Syria Civil War
Berlusconi Vows to Investigate 'Intl Conspiracy' against Him
French Humor Weekly Publishes Mohammed Comic Book
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez 'Conscious'
US President Obama Hails Deal to Avert Fiscal Cliff
US House Approves Senate's Fiscal Cliff Deal
Egyptian Election Law Obliges Parties to Involve Women

Business

Bulgaria's Retailers Evade Incandescent Bulb Ban - Report

Stores in Bulgaria have managed to find a way of evading the EU ban on the sale of incandescent lightbulbs after the end of 2012, according to media reports.

Business | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 17:45

Top Bulgarian TV Halts again Broadcasts for Cable Operator

Effective midnight Tuesday into Wednesday, Bulgaria's largest private TV network, bTV, took off once again its channels from major cable provider Bulsatcom.

Business | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 15:32

Plovdiv Airport Launches 3rd Flight to London

The international airport in Bulgaria's second largest city of Plovdiv is launching at the very beginning of 2013 a new flight to London.

Business | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 14:45

Bulgaria Loses EUR 51 M in EU Agriculture Funds

Bulgaria has left EUR 51 M of EU funds for agriculture unabsorbed in 2012, and this amount will be substracted from its funds for the next programing period.

Business | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 14:39

Bulgarian Capital with Ambitious Overhaul Plan

In 2013, the Sofia City Hall plans a major rehabilitation of the capital's main boulevards and modernization of its public transportation.

Business | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 14:10

Steve Hanke: Fiscal Discipline Prize Should Go to Bulgaria

Johns Hopkins economist Steve Hanke, who designed the currency board in Bulgaria in the 1990s, has praised the country as a star pupil in terms of fiscal discipline.

Business » Finance | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 13:57

Bulgaria Expects Over EUR 2 B in FDI in 2013

Bulgaria's foreign direct investments (FDI) inflow is expected to amount to EUR 2 B for 2012, up from EUR 1.7 B the previous year, the country's investment agency head forecast.

Business » Finance | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 12:54

Bulgarian Economy to Grow by 1.5% in 2013 - Analyst

The head of a Bulgarian think-tank has predicted a 1.5% GDP growth in the country in 2013, echoing the forecast of the International Monetary Fund.

Business » Finance | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 09:35

Bulgaria Banks Offer Ways to Cushion Deposit Tax Blow

Bulgarian banks are already offering customers roundabout services to cushion the impact of the new 10% levy on people's bank deposits income, which came into force as of January 1.

Business » Finance | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 07:55

Politics

Bulgarian PM Ordered Government Penance

Penance's of the government has been ordered by Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov.

Politics » Domestic | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 13:29

Bulgaria PM Hopes to Sweep Elections 2013 to Avert Collapse

Bulgaria's ruling party hopes to win the elections later this year in a bid to preserve the political stability in the country and avert financial collapse, the prime minister has said.

Politics » Domestic | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 10:53

Society

Bulgarian State TV, President's PR Authored Debated New Year Address

The first televised New Year's address of Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, which stirred heated debates in the country, has been shot by the Bulgarian National Television and prepared by his Administration.

Society | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 18:22

Bulgarian Football Star Berbatov Declared 'The Macedonian'

Neighboring Macedonia has been accused in Bulgaria of "limitless megalomania" after labeling Bulgarian star striker and Fulham player Dimitar Berbatov "Mitko the Macedonian.

Society | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 17:32

Heavy Traffic on Major Bulgaria-Greece Road after Holidays

Heavy traffic is taking place Wednesday on the international E-79 road linking Bulgaria and Greece, with people returning from holidays.

Society | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 16:22

Bulgarian Official Denies Pressure in Controversial Land Sale

Bulgaria's Deputy Agriculture Minister, Svetlana Boyanova, has firmly denied Wednesday she had signed the controversial deal for the sale of State lands on the Black Sea coast under pressure.

Society | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 16:08

Blunder Mars Bulgarian President 1st New Year Address

The first ever televised New Year's address of Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, stirred heated debates in the country with some applauding it and others ridiculing it over a serious blunder.

Society | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 11:41

Bulgarian Rulers Linked to Scandal with Protected Area Construction

A close friend of Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, has been linked to the scandal that flared in Bulgaria just hours before the arrival of the New Year 2013, over reports illegal construction was going on in a protected coas

Society » Environment | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 12:38

Sports

Jol Has Nothing but Praise for Berbatov after Fulham Win

Fulham boss Martin Jol has heaped praise on the contribution that Bulgarian player Dimitar Berbatov made to secure his side's 2-1 win over West Brom on New Year's Day.

Sports | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 07:26

Lifestyle

Israel Bans Skinny Fashion Models

Fashion companies in Israel will be required to use models with healthy body types, according to new legislation passed by the Knesset.

Lifestyle | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 20:21

Nina Dobrev: 'I'm Getting Married!!!!!!!!'

Fans of Bulgarian-born Hollywood actress Nina Dobrev were shocked to learn from her Twitter account she was getting married only to realize she did not mean what she said.

Lifestyle | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 09:07

World

Kosovo Requests Diplomatic Status for Belgrade Envoy

Kosovo will request that its envoy to Serbia be granted a diplomatic status, said Kosovar Foreign Affairs Minister Enver Hoxhaj Wednesday.

World | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 20:56

Dindic Killer to Be Deported from Spain to Serbia

Spain has allowed the extradition of Serbian Vladimir Milisavljevic, one of the convicts for the 2003 murder of then acting Serbian PM Zoran Dindic.

World | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 19:48

UN: 60,000 Killed in Syria Civil War

More than 60,000 people have lost their lives since the start of unrest in Syria in March 2011, according to United Nationa estimates.

World | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 18:53

Berlusconi Vows to Investigate 'Intl Conspiracy' against Him

Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi has stated that if he returns to power after general elections in February, he will investigate the "international conspiracy" that ousted him end of 2011.

World | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 17:28

French Humor Weekly Publishes Mohammed Comic Book

French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo has published a comic biography book for Muslim prophet Mohammed.

World | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 15:42

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez 'Conscious'

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is conscious but in a "delicate and complex situation" after a cancer operation in Cuba, his deputy says.

World | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 11:41

US President Obama Hails Deal to Avert Fiscal Cliff

US President Barack Obama has praised a deal reached to avert a "fiscal cliff" of drastic taxation and spending measures, but warned Congress on debt fight.

World | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 07:05

US House Approves Senate's Fiscal Cliff Deal

The House of Representatives voted Tuesday night to approve a Senate bill to avert a feared fiscal cliff, CNN reported.

World | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 06:50

Egyptian Election Law Obliges Parties to Involve Women

Egyptian political parties approved on Tuesday amendments to the law on elections to the lower chamber of the Egyptian parliament, the People's Assembly, presidential administration spokesman Yasser Ali said.

World | January 2, 2013, Wednesday // 04:14