ARCHIVE - 4 February 2013

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Business

Bulgarian Tobacco Technologists to Teach Know-How in Vietnam
Bulgaria on air, Bloomberg TVs Ink Partnership
Banks File Bankruptcy Claim against Bulgarian Railways
Nouriel Roubini Due to Pay First Ever Visit to Bulgaria
Bulgaria's Corruption Committee Releases 'Energy Mafia' Docs
National Security Probes Bulgaria's Faltering Military Plant
'Brand Bulgaria' Ends in Prosecutor's Office

Politics

Bulgaria Says Welcome Back to Its Troops in Kabul
EC: UK Can't Ban Bulgarians, Romanians from Labor Market after Jan 1
UK Hasn't Moved to Curb Bulgarians, Romanians - Barroso
Bulgarian Left-Wingers Demand Ad-Hoc Committee on 'Buddha' Scandal
MEP Slavi Binev: Bulgarian PM Is Mutra-Turned-Snitch
Bulgaria's Ruling GERB Condemns 'Buddha'
Bulgarian PM Didn't Agree to Become Police Mafia Informant - Officials
Bulgarian Regional Forestry Agency Head Fired for Corruption
Bulgaria Needs Referendum on Unemployment, Ecology – Finance Minister
Bulgarian PM Admits to 'Buddha' Mafia Informant File
Sofia Municipality to Offer E-Services as of May 2013
Bulgaria's Ethnic Turks Demand 'European Minority Status'

Society

Bulgaria to Unveil New Orthodox Patriarch on February 24
Bulgarian, UK Prime Minister to Play Charity Football Match in Sofia
Bulgaria with Worse Literacy Rate than Kyrgyzstan, Tonga
Bulgaria's New Logo Is Slightly Kitschy, Primitive – Culture Minister
Second Baby on the Way for Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem
Treat for Bulgarian Rock Fans: Slash First Sofia Gig
World Cancer Day 2013: Timely Treatment Can Save Lives

Crime

Bulgarian Top Cop Unperturbed by Doc Exposing PM's Alleged Mafia Ties
Bulgarian PM on Police Mafia Informer Doc: Nonsense!
Experts Take the Stand in Bulgaria's Imams Trial

Views on BG

Influx from the Southeast: German Cities Complain of High Immigration
UK Migrant Scaremongering Puts at Risk New Ties with EU*

Smiles

Combating Mafia Octopus

Quotes

Today's Quote

World

Greece Says It Met Budget Targets in 2012
Experts Confirm Surprising Discovery of Richard III's Skeleton
Iran Threatens Israel over Syria Attack
European Football Plagued by Match-Fixing - Europol
Frail Castro Votes in Cuba Election

Business

Bulgarian Tobacco Technologists to Teach Know-How in Vietnam

Bulgaria's largest cigarette-maker Bulgartabac Holding will send tobacco technologies to work at Vietnam's state-owned tobacco company, Vintaba, as of March 2013, according to a media statement of Bulgaria's Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

Business | February 4, 2013, Monday // 14:54

Bulgaria on air, Bloomberg TVs Ink Partnership

Bulgaria's business TV and media group Bulgaria on air (bgonair.bg) and the US giant for business and finance news Bloomberg (bloomberg.com/tv) announced Monday they have inked a contract for partnership.

Business | February 4, 2013, Monday // 14:04

Banks File Bankruptcy Claim against Bulgarian Railways

Five banks have filed a claim with the London Arbitration Court to declare the Bulgarian State Railways company, BDZ Holding, bankrupt.

Business | February 4, 2013, Monday // 12:02

Nouriel Roubini Due to Pay First Ever Visit to Bulgaria

Nouriel Roubini, the economist dubbed "Dr Doom" for predicting the credit crunch, will pay his first ever visit to Bulgaria later this month.

Business » Finance | February 4, 2013, Monday // 13:48

Bulgaria's Corruption Committee Releases 'Energy Mafia' Docs

Yane Yanev, Chairman of the parliamentary committee dealing with high-level corruption cases, released all classified documents exposing trading influence and fraud in the energy sector.

Business » Energy | February 4, 2013, Monday // 15:18

National Security Probes Bulgaria's Faltering Military Plant

The State Agency for National Security, DANS, has started a probe at Bulgaria's heavily indebted State-owned arms manufacturer, VMZ Sopot.

Business » Industry | February 4, 2013, Monday // 19:21

'Brand Bulgaria' Ends in Prosecutor's Office

The bid for the new Bulgarian tourist brand will be referred to the Prosecutor's Office on suspicions of conflict on interests.

Business » Tourism | February 4, 2013, Monday // 13:09

Politics

Bulgaria Says Welcome Back to Its Troops in Kabul

Bulgaria's troops, who were guarding the airport in Kabul, will be officially welcomed back home on Monday with a ceremony in the southern town of Haskovo.

Politics » Defense | February 4, 2013, Monday // 08:58

EC: UK Can't Ban Bulgarians, Romanians from Labor Market after Jan 1

The United Kingdom cannot unilaterally ban Bulgarians and Romanians from working there after January 1, 2014, Jonathan Todd, Spokesperson for EU Employment Commissioner Laszlo Andor told Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) and Novinite.bg.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 4, 2013, Monday // 16:08

UK Hasn't Moved to Curb Bulgarians, Romanians - Barroso

Great Britain has not asked the European Commission to extend the existing labor market restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians, EC president Jose Manuel Barroso has said, according to the Bulgarian National Radio.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 4, 2013, Monday // 15:31

Bulgarian Left-Wingers Demand Ad-Hoc Committee on 'Buddha' Scandal

The oppositional Bulgarian Socialist Party has demanded the establishment of a parliamentary committee of inquiry that would discuss Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's alleged past as a secret informant for the country's anti-mafia unit back in the 1990s.

Politics » Domestic | February 4, 2013, Monday // 20:33

MEP Slavi Binev: Bulgarian PM Is Mutra-Turned-Snitch

There is nothing more despicable that a third-rate, bighead mutra than a mutra who is also a snitch such as Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, according to MEP, Slavi Binev.

Politics » Domestic | February 4, 2013, Monday // 18:53

Bulgaria's Ruling GERB Condemns 'Buddha'

The ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, issued a declaration strongly condemning "clandestine methods and discrediting war" waged against the formation.

Politics » Domestic | February 4, 2013, Monday // 18:14

Bulgarian PM Didn't Agree to Become Police Mafia Informant - Officials

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov did not agree to be recruited as a secret informant by Bulgaria's anti-mafia unit back in the 1990s, police officials claimed on Monday.

Politics » Domestic | February 4, 2013, Monday // 18:12

Bulgarian Regional Forestry Agency Head Fired for Corruption

The Director of the Regional Forestry Agency in the southwestern city of Blagoevgrad, Ivan Gergov, has been fired.

Politics » Domestic | February 4, 2013, Monday // 17:44

Bulgaria Needs Referendum on Unemployment, Ecology – Finance Minister

Finance Minister Simeon Djankov has said that Bulgaria needs a referendum on the issues of unemployment and environmental protection.

Politics » Domestic | February 4, 2013, Monday // 17:38

Bulgarian PM Admits to 'Buddha' Mafia Informant File

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has reportedly admitted the existence of a file codenamed "Buddha", which is alleged to contain information about his recruitement by Bulgaria's anti-mafia unit as an informant in the 1990s.

Politics » Domestic | February 4, 2013, Monday // 16:17

Sofia Municipality to Offer E-Services as of May 2013

Starting May 2013, citizens of Sofia will be able to take advantage of 50 services of the Sofia Municipality through the e-government system, according to Transport Minister Ivaylo Moskovski.

Politics » Domestic | February 4, 2013, Monday // 16:06

Bulgaria's Ethnic Turks Demand 'European Minority Status'

Ethnic minorities in Balkan countries should be granted a "European minority status" to integrate them better into society, the new leader of Bulgaria's Turkish party has demanded.

Politics » Domestic | February 4, 2013, Monday // 08:29

Society

Bulgaria to Unveil New Orthodox Patriarch on February 24

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church will announce its new Patriarch on February 24, local clerics confirmed on Monday.

Society | February 4, 2013, Monday // 14:52

Bulgarian, UK Prime Minister to Play Charity Football Match in Sofia

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his British counterpart David Cameron will take part in a charity football match in Sofia on May 25.

Society | February 4, 2013, Monday // 11:56

Bulgaria with Worse Literacy Rate than Kyrgyzstan, Tonga

Bulgaria's Center for Demographic Policy (CDP) has compiled a ranking of the absurdities in the sphere of science for the new Minister of Education, Science, and Youth Stefan Vodenicharov.

Society » Education | February 4, 2013, Monday // 13:30

Bulgaria's New Logo Is Slightly Kitschy, Primitive – Culture Minister

Bulgarian Culture Minister Vezhdi Rashidov has argued that the new logo designed for promotional campaigns of Bulgaria as a tourist destination is "somewhat primitive" and kitschy.

Society » Culture | February 4, 2013, Monday // 18:10

Second Baby on the Way for Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem

Actors Javier Bardem and wife Penelope Cruz are expecting a second child, according to media reports.

Society » Culture | February 4, 2013, Monday // 14:26

Treat for Bulgarian Rock Fans: Slash First Sofia Gig

Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash is set to rock Bulgaria's capital Sofia on February 4, 2013 with his first ever concert here.

Society » Culture | February 4, 2013, Monday // 11:57

World Cancer Day 2013: Timely Treatment Can Save Lives

As the world observes World Cancer Day, Bulgarian doctors urged people to be aware and consult doctors even if they doubt a minor abscess of cancer.

Society » Health | February 4, 2013, Monday // 09:36

Crime

Bulgarian Top Cop Unperturbed by Doc Exposing PM's Alleged Mafia Ties

Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov has told reporters that he sees "nothing disturbing" in the document exposing Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's past as an informant for the Central Services for Combating Organized Crime.

Crime | February 4, 2013, Monday // 16:06

Bulgarian PM on Police Mafia Informer Doc: Nonsense!

Bulgaria's Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, has vehemently denied allegations of having been recruited in the past as a secret agent of the Central Services for Combating Organized Crime.

Crime | February 4, 2013, Monday // 10:11

Experts Take the Stand in Bulgaria's Imams Trial

A Bulgarian court is to hold a new hearing Monday in the trial against thirteen religious leaders accused of preaching radical Islam.

Crime | February 4, 2013, Monday // 07:50

Views on BG

Influx from the Southeast: German Cities Complain of High Immigration

Immigration to Germany from southeastern Europe has dramatically increased in recent years and the country's municipalities are struggling to absorb the influx.

Views on BG | February 4, 2013, Monday // 19:15

UK Migrant Scaremongering Puts at Risk New Ties with EU*

The Independent

Views on BG | February 4, 2013, Monday // 10:47

Smiles

Combating Mafia Octopus

A: Bulgaria's interior minister has said that he has broken the spine of the mafia octopus.

Smiles | February 4, 2013, Monday // 12:17

Quotes

Today's Quote

"I have tried rigorously not to demonize Bulgarians or Romanians or Poles or anybody.

Quotes | February 4, 2013, Monday // 11:08

World

Greece Says It Met Budget Targets in 2012

Greece's Finance Ministry has stated that the country has narrowed its public deficit to 6.

World | February 4, 2013, Monday // 19:02

Experts Confirm Surprising Discovery of Richard III's Skeleton

Experts have confirmed that a skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park is indeed that of English king Richard III.

World | February 4, 2013, Monday // 17:17

Iran Threatens Israel over Syria Attack

Israel will regret its "latest aggression" on Syria, a high Iranian official declared Monday in Damascus.

World | February 4, 2013, Monday // 16:45

European Football Plagued by Match-Fixing - Europol

Europol has carried out the biggest-ever investigation into match-fixing in Europe, revealing some disturbing findings.

World | February 4, 2013, Monday // 14:28

Frail Castro Votes in Cuba Election

Fidel Castro has voted in Cuba's parliamentary elections, the first time the frail ex-leader has been seen in public for several months.

World | February 4, 2013, Monday // 09:12