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ARCHIVE - 19 March 2013

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Business

OTE Extends by 1 Month Bid for Bulgaria's Globul Sale
Bulgaria's Energy Watchdog Proposes 3.89% Decrease in Q2, 2013 Gas Prices
EVN Threatens to Sue Bulgaria over Electricity Dispute
Former Bulgarian Energy Minister Snubs Contracts with American TPPs as Disadvantageous
Bulgaria to Open Ex King Summer Residence for Visitors

Politics

Bulgaria Regrets Having No Ambassador to Vatican
French Envoy: Bulgaria Will Enter Schengen
Romanian Opposition Wants Foreign Minister Axed over Schengen
Bulgarian Socialist MEP Appointed Deputy Chair of EP Anti-Mafia Committee
Resignation of Infamous Varna Mayor Accepted
Army Doctor Becomes Varna Interim Mayor
Bulgarian PM Dispels Rumors He Is US Citizen
Bulgarian Parties Start Signing Up for Snap Election

Society

Bulgaria's Latest Self-Immolator Remains in Serious Condition
Bulgarian Trade Union Proposes Increase in Child Benefits by BGN 70
Bulgarian Presidential Employee Reprimanded over Racial Slur
Saxe-Coburg's Grandson Becomes Bulgarian Citizen
April 11 Deadline Issued for Bulgarian Expat Voters
Suicide Wave Persists in Bulgaria
Bulgaria's Caretaker Environment Minister: Shale Gas Not on My Agenda
Bulgaria Declares 1st Degree Alert over Danube Level

Crime

Dead Toll in Sofia Shooting Rises to 4
Sofia Mass Shooter Dies in Hospital

World

Cypriot Parliament Rejects Bank Levy Bill
Blast Kills 7 US Marines in Training Accident
Analysts, Politicians: Bank Levy in Cyprus Sheer Larceny
Cyprus Mulls Zero Tax on Small Savers
Full Text of Pope Francis’s Inauguration Homily
Pope Francis Inauguration Mass Begins in Vatican
World Anticipates Pope Francis' Inauguration

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Business

OTE Extends by 1 Month Bid for Bulgaria's Globul Sale

OTE, Greece's biggest telecoms operator has extended by a month the deadline for bidders in the sale of its Bulgarian unit, Globul.

Business | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 14:53

Bulgaria's Energy Watchdog Proposes 3.89% Decrease in Q2, 2013 Gas Prices

A working group of Bulgaria's State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) has proposed a reduction in gas prices by 3.89% from April 1 from the current rate of BGN 656.47 to BGN 630.94 per 1000 cubic meters, VAT and excise duty excluded.

Business » Energy | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 18:02

EVN Threatens to Sue Bulgaria over Electricity Dispute

Energy company EVN has announced that it will take legal action against Bulgaria if it is unable to negotiate concessions over an electricity dispute.

Business » Energy | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 15:32

Former Bulgarian Energy Minister Snubs Contracts with American TPPs as Disadvantageous

Traycho Traykov, former Bulgarian Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism, has commented that the long-term contracts for purchasing electricity from the American Maritsa Iztok 1 (AES Galabovo) and Maritsa Iztok 3 thermal power plants are unprofitable.

Business » Energy | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 13:06

Bulgaria to Open Ex King Summer Residence for Visitors

Bulgaria's Council of Ministries has launched a public tender for the restoration of the State summer residence Evsinograd, near the Black Sea city of Varna.

Business » Tourism | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 12:32

Politics

Bulgaria Regrets Having No Ambassador to Vatican

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has expressed his regret that the country has not had an Ambassador to the Vatican for more than a year and a half now.

Politics » Diplomacy | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 18:01

French Envoy: Bulgaria Will Enter Schengen

French Ambassador to Bulgaria Philippe Autie has assured Bulgaria that it will enter the Schengen Agreement.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 16:14

Romanian Opposition Wants Foreign Minister Axed over Schengen

Two opposition parties have demanded the dismissal of Romania's Foreign Minister over the country's failure to join the Schengen Agreement.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 14:59

Bulgarian Socialist MEP Appointed Deputy Chair of EP Anti-Mafia Committee

Bulgarian socialist MEP Iliyana Yotova has been elected Deputy Chair of the Special Committee on Organized Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering (CRIM) at the European Parliament.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 14:42

Resignation of Infamous Varna Mayor Accepted

The Municipal Electoral Commission in the Bulgarian city of Varna has expectedly accepted the resignation of former Mayor Kiril Yordanov.

Politics » Elections 2013 | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 19:00

Army Doctor Becomes Varna Interim Mayor

The Deputy Mayor of Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Varna, Associated Professor Dr. Hristo Bozov is taking over the City Hall until the snap election.

Politics » Elections 2013 | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 13:46

Bulgarian PM Dispels Rumors He Is US Citizen

The caretaker Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Marin Raykov, never had a US citizenship despite being born Washington DC.

Politics » Elections 2013 | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 10:03

Bulgarian Parties Start Signing Up for Snap Election

Parties and coalitions, willing to join the race in Bulgaria's snap general election in May, started submitting documents Tuesday for registration with the electoral body.

Politics » Elections 2013 | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 09:41

Society

Bulgaria's Latest Self-Immolator Remains in Serious Condition

The 59-year-old Bulgarian miner who set himself on fire on Monday remains in serious condition according to local news agencies.

Society | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 19:54

Bulgarian Trade Union Proposes Increase in Child Benefits by BGN 70

Bulgaria's "Podkrepa" Labor Confederation has proposed an increase in child benefits for children of up to 2 years of age from the rate of BGN 240 per month to the current level of the minimum monthly wage, BGN 310.

Society | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 17:32

Bulgarian Presidential Employee Reprimanded over Racial Slur

The employee responsible for the racial slur that appeared on Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev's official website last year has been merely reprimanded, it was made clear on Tuesday.

Society | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 14:23

Saxe-Coburg's Grandson Becomes Bulgarian Citizen

Simeon III Hassan, grandson of Bulgaria's former Tsar and Prime Minister, Simeon Saxe-Coburg is now a Bulgarian citizen.

Society | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 14:21

April 11 Deadline Issued for Bulgarian Expat Voters

Bulgarians abroad wishing to vote in the May 12 early general election have a deadline of April 11 to file an application to do so.

Society | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 13:09

Suicide Wave Persists in Bulgaria

A miner from the western town of Bobovdol has become the next Bulgarian setting himself on fire.

Society | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 08:10

Bulgaria's Caretaker Environment Minister: Shale Gas Not on My Agenda

Yulian Popov, caretaker Minister of Environment and Water, has argued that Bulgaria is the country with the least energy-efficient economy.

Society » Environment | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 15:55

Bulgaria Declares 1st Degree Alert over Danube Level

Water level at the Bulgarian city of Vidin on the Danube river has reached 775 cm which is prompting the country to declare first degree alert.

Society » Environment | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 11:00

Crime

Dead Toll in Sofia Shooting Rises to 4

Another woman, 56, has passed away at Sofia's emergency Pirogov hospital, raising the dead toll in the shooting incident to four.

Crime | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 11:51

Sofia Mass Shooter Dies in Hospital

Ivan Kalukov, 67, has passed away overnight in Sofia's Military Medical Academy from self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

Crime | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 09:01

World

Cypriot Parliament Rejects Bank Levy Bill

The Cypriot Parliament has expectedly rejected the international bailout package that involves taxing ordinary depositors to pay part of the bill.

World | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 20:38

Blast Kills 7 US Marines in Training Accident

Seven Marines were killed as the result of an explosion during a Marine Corps training exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot in western Nevada.

World | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 16:47

Analysts, Politicians: Bank Levy in Cyprus Sheer Larceny

Analysts and politicians have joined the chorus of outrage against the proposed levy on deposits in Cyprus, slamming it as a government-sponsored larceny.

World | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 15:53

Cyprus Mulls Zero Tax on Small Savers

Savers in Cyprus holding less than EUR 20,000 may be exempt from the controversial bank levy, the Cyprus finance ministry has suggested after the measure was slammed as sheer larceny.

World | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 14:37

Full Text of Pope Francis’s Inauguration Homily

The Catholic Church officially inaugurated Pope Francis as the 266th pope on Tuesday morning.

World | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 12:00

Pope Francis Inauguration Mass Begins in Vatican

Pope Francis has already appeared in St Peter's Square in Rome ahead of the inauguration mass that marks the official start of his papacy.

World | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 10:26

World Anticipates Pope Francis' Inauguration

The world anticipates the mass for the official inauguration of Pope Francis, which will be held Tuesday morning on "St. Peter" square in the Vatican, Rome.

World | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 08:24

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Novinite Insider » Opinions | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 14:11

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Letters to the Editor | March 19, 2013, Tuesday // 19:49
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