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ARCHIVE - 21 March 2013

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Business

Bulgaria Has EUR 100 M in Cypriot Banks
Novotel Sofia Officially Inaugurated, Accor Upbeat on Bulgaria

Politics

Bulgaria's Northwestern Region Still Poorest in EU
EC Asks Bulgaria to Obey Free Movement of Capital Rules
EC Criticizes Bulgaria's Approach to Energy Poverty
Bulgarian Govt Asks Business to Help Dealing with Poverty
Pavlina Panova Appointed Deputy Chair of Bulgaria's Supreme Court of Cassation
Bulgarian Statistics Institute Reluctant to Count Election Ballots
Bulgarian Rightists: National Statistical Institute Should Count Ballots at Early Elections
Bulgarian Govt Ups Public Media Election Campaign Rates
Bulgarian Caretaker PM Meets with Right Wing Leaders

Society

Bulgarian Collegians Pick Football Legend Stoichkov for Patron
Life of Latest Bulgarian Self-Immolator in Danger
Bulgarian Caretaker PM Denies Being Military Spy
7 Bulgarian Regions under Code Yellow over Downpours
Turkey Lifts 'Embargo' on Bulgarian College Diplomas
Bulgaria's 2 Biggest Cinema Chains Cleared of Cartel Charges
Lidiya Neycheva Appointed Bulgaria's Deputy Health Minister
Horsemeat Pops Up in 1 More Bulgarian Food Product
Health Minister Launches 'Desperate Bulgarians' Campaign

Crime

Hezbollah Man Found Guilty in Cyprus Terror Plot
Bulgarian Ex-Defense Min Acquitted in Yet Another Trial
Proceedings to Be Launched against Sofia City Prosecutor

Views on BG

Desperate Demonstrations against an Ephemeral Government

World

Cyprus May Launch Special Fund to Qualify for Bailout
Obama Backs Independent Palestinian State
Scotland Schedules Independence Referendum Date
Kurdish Rebel Leader Calls for Ceasefire with Turkey
Helicopters Crash near Berlin Stadium during Police Exercise
Nicosia with Plan B, Cyprus Banks Remain Closed

Business

Bulgaria Has EUR 100 M in Cypriot Banks

Bulgarian individuals and companies, which are not banks, have a total of EUR 100 M in deposits in Cypriot banks, according to data of the Central European Bank.

Business » Finance | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 13:24

Novotel Sofia Officially Inaugurated, Accor Upbeat on Bulgaria

The first Novotel Sofia, a high-class accommodation and office venue, part of the world's leading hotel operator Accor, was officially pronounced open on March 21, four months after it welcomed its first guests.

Business » Properties | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 18:21

Politics

Bulgaria's Northwestern Region Still Poorest in EU

Bulgaria's Severozapaden (Northwestern) continued to be EU's poorest region, according to newly released Eurostat data for 2010.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 15:00

EC Asks Bulgaria to Obey Free Movement of Capital Rules

The European Commission has requested from Bulgaria Thursday to respect EU rules on free movement of capital, under Article 63 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 14:58

EC Criticizes Bulgaria's Approach to Energy Poverty

The European Commissioner for Energy, Gunther Oettinger, has criticized the way Bulgaria is handling "energy poverty" in the country.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 12:06

Bulgarian Govt Asks Business to Help Dealing with Poverty

Bulgaria's caretaker Prime Minister, Marin Raykov, is going to ask the business to show solidarity in very difficult for the Bulgarian people times.

Politics » Domestic | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 14:24

Pavlina Panova Appointed Deputy Chair of Bulgaria's Supreme Court of Cassation

Bulgaria's Supreme Judicial Council (VSS) has appointed Pavlina Panova Deputy Chair of the Supreme Court of Cassation (VKS).

Politics » Domestic | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 12:01

Bulgarian Statistics Institute Reluctant to Count Election Ballots

It would not be appropriate for Bulgaria's National Statistical Institute (NSI) to count the ballots at the upcoming early elections on May 12, NSI head Reneta Indzhova stated on Thursday.

Politics » Elections 2013 | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 20:02

Bulgarian Rightists: National Statistical Institute Should Count Ballots at Early Elections

The National Statistical Institute (NSI) should count the ballots at the early elections on May 12 instead of state-owned IT company Information Services, according to Ivan Kostov, leader of the Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB) party.

Politics » Elections 2013 | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 16:21

Bulgarian Govt Ups Public Media Election Campaign Rates

Despite calls to eliminate fees for using the State-owned media for election campaigning, the caretaker government has approved new rates for the Bulgarian National Television, BNT, and the Bulgarian National Radio, BNR.

Politics » Elections 2013 | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 10:58

Bulgarian Caretaker PM Meets with Right Wing Leaders

Bulgaria's caretaker Prime Minister, Marin Raykov, is holding talks Thursday with right-wing politicians Ivan Kostov and Martin Dimitrov, who were Chairs of the Blue Coalition in the now-dissolved Parliament.

Politics » Elections 2013 | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 09:36

Society

Bulgarian Collegians Pick Football Legend Stoichkov for Patron

The National Representation of the College Students Councils (NPSS) has selected Bulgarian football legend Hristo Stoichkov as the "face" of their just founded "Eagles' Bridge" Movement.

Society | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 12:52

Life of Latest Bulgarian Self-Immolator in Danger

The condition of the 41-year old man from the village of Sitovo in northeastern Bulgaria who set himself on fire Wednesday remains very critical.

Society | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 11:30

Bulgarian Caretaker PM Denies Being Military Spy

Bulgaria's caretaker Prime Minister, Marin Raykov, has firmly rejected claims he had been a secret collaborator of the Defense Ministry's intelligence unit, known as RUMNO.

Society | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 10:17

7 Bulgarian Regions under Code Yellow over Downpours

Code yellow for potentially dangerous weather has been declared Thursday for seven Bulgarian regions due to expected torrential rains.

Society » Environment | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 08:26

Turkey Lifts 'Embargo' on Bulgarian College Diplomas

Turkey's Council of Higher Education has lifted the "embargo" on Bulgarian college diplomas.

Society » Education | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 09:04

Bulgaria's 2 Biggest Cinema Chains Cleared of Cartel Charges

Bulgaria's Commission for Protection of Competition (KZK) has found no breach of competition rules in the relations between the two biggest cinema chains in the country, Cinema City Bulgaria and Kino Arena.

Society » Culture | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 13:11

Lidiya Neycheva Appointed Bulgaria's Deputy Health Minister

Master of Pharmacy Lidiya Neycheva has been appointed Deputy Health Minister.

Society » Health | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 16:54

Horsemeat Pops Up in 1 More Bulgarian Food Product

Lab tests have revealed that one more Bulgarian "beef" product contains a portion of horsemeat, according to the country's Food Safety Agency.

Society » Health | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 14:21

Health Minister Launches 'Desperate Bulgarians' Campaign

Bulgaria's caretaker Health Minister, Prof Nikolay Petrov, has mobilized all health inspectorates in the country to search for and provide assistance to people who are in danger of committing suicide.

Society » Health | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 13:44

Crime

Hezbollah Man Found Guilty in Cyprus Terror Plot

A Cypriot court has found a man guilty of participating in a plot to attack Israeli tourists on vacation on the Mediterranean island back in 2012.

Crime | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 17:06

Bulgarian Ex-Defense Min Acquitted in Yet Another Trial

Sofia's Appellate Court has upheld the acquittal of former Bulgarian Defense Minister Nikolay Tsonev on abuse of office charges.

Crime | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 16:07

Proceedings to Be Launched against Sofia City Prosecutor

Bulgaria's Supreme Judicial Council has announced that it will initiate disciplinary proceedings against Sofia City Prosecutor Nikolay Kokinov over a breach of the system for random assignment of lawsuits.

Crime | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 14:52

Views on BG

Desperate Demonstrations against an Ephemeral Government

Six people have set themselves on fire in Bulgaria in less than a month. Three have died.

Views on BG | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 18:22

World

Cyprus May Launch Special Fund to Qualify for Bailout

Cyprus plans to launch a state investment fund to raise billions of euros required to qualify for a EUR 10 B international bailout.

World | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 20:37

Obama Backs Independent Palestinian State

President Barack Obama has declared that the US is "deeply committed" to creating a sovereign state of Palestine.

World | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 19:08

Scotland Schedules Independence Referendum Date

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has named the day for the historic ballot in Scotland to decide whether it should become independent.

World | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 17:32

Kurdish Rebel Leader Calls for Ceasefire with Turkey

Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of Kurdish rebels fighting Turkey, has called for a truce after years of war.

World | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 15:30

Helicopters Crash near Berlin Stadium during Police Exercise

Two helicopters have crashed in the air near Berlin's Olympic Stadium during a federal police exercise, leaving at least one person dead and several injured.

World | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 13:35

Nicosia with Plan B, Cyprus Banks Remain Closed

Banks in Cyprus are to stay closed until next Tuesday, not this Thursday as Nicosia reported earlier.

World | March 21, 2013, Thursday // 08:09
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