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ARCHIVE - 4 March 2013

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Business

Bulgarian Bottled Water Companies Seek Incentives for Exports
Video Shows 'Bulgarian Jan Palach' Speaking Out against TIM Group
Bulgarian Miners Fearing Jobs Cuts to Stage Protest
Bulgaria's Energy Mix Will Not Change to Allow Price Drop - Watchdog
NGO Calls for Immediate Repeal of Shale Gas Ban in Bulgaria
Nabucco, TANAP Sign Memorandum of Understanding
Bulgarian Railway Workers to Join Miners, TPP Workers' Strike

Politics

Latvia Formally Goes for the Euro
EC Says It Won't Meddle in Bulgaria's Political Turmoil
UK Government Vows to Put End of Benefit Tourism
Bulgaria's Lame Duck Cabinet Makes Generous Handouts at Next to Last Sitting
Bulgarian Nationalist Threatens 'Guerilla War' if Right-Winger Forms Caretaker Govt
Bulgarian Supreme Court Revokes Personal Documents Fees
Bulgarian Chief Mufti Visits Ailing PM in Hospital
Bulgaria Right-Wingers to President: Don't Give Govt Mandate to Turks
Bulgaria's Constitutional Court Names New Chair
Bulgaria Anti-Corruption Unit Deputy Chief Kicked Out
Bulgarian Protesters Put up Tent Camp near President HQ
Bulgaria's Constitutional Court Finally to Elect Its Chair

Society

Investigation of Death of 'Bulgarian Jan Palach' Still Underway
Bulgarian Jan Palach Was in Fact Murdered, Friends Claim
Third Bulgarian Who Set Himself on Fire in Critical Condition
Candlelight Vigils to Honor 'Bulgarian Jan Palach'
Bulgaria's Jan Palach
Varna Man Who Set Himself on Fire Died of Organ Failure
Bulgaria's Jan Palach Dies from Severe Burns, Nation Shocked
Bulgaria to Switch to Daylight Saving Time on March 31
Deep Purple to Headline Bulgarian Football Club's Anniversary Celebration
Bulgaria's Drumming Duo to Perform 'Kismet' in Malmö

Sports

Bulgaria's Dimitrov Reaches Career-High ATP Ranking

World

Czech President Klaus Faces Treason Charges
Putin Marks 1 Year in Power in 3rd Russian Presidential Term
3 Activists Arrested in Moscow for Banner against 'Tsar Putin'
Attacks Kill 17 ahead of Kenya's Presidential Election
Cardinals in Rome to Begin Talks on Next Pope

Business

Bulgarian Bottled Water Companies Seek Incentives for Exports

The Association of Soft Drinks Manufacturers in Bulgaria insists that holders of concessions for mineral water bottling should be granted an exemption from concession fees on exported volumes.

Business | March 4, 2013, Monday // 19:31

Video Shows 'Bulgarian Jan Palach' Speaking Out against TIM Group

A video clip from the anti-government protests in Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Varna posted on YouTube shows Plamen Goranov – already known as the Bulgarian Jan Palach for setting himself on fire in protest – speaking out against the Varna security and bu

Business | March 4, 2013, Monday // 17:58

Bulgarian Miners Fearing Jobs Cuts to Stage Protest

Bulgarian miners from the two trade unions will stage a protests Tuesday in front of he office of the State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) to demand guarantees against job cuts in the sector.

Business » Energy | March 4, 2013, Monday // 20:49

Bulgaria's Energy Mix Will Not Change to Allow Price Drop - Watchdog

Bulgaria's outgoing State-Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) will use technical losses of power distributors to introduce the anticipated reduction in electricity prices.

Business » Energy | March 4, 2013, Monday // 16:47

NGO Calls for Immediate Repeal of Shale Gas Ban in Bulgaria

The Energy Independence Movement, a NGO, has called upon the resigning Cabinet of PM Boyko Borisov and the GERB party to revoke the moratorium on the exploration and extraction of shale gas that it adopted in 2012 after street protests.

Business » Energy | March 4, 2013, Monday // 15:42

Nabucco, TANAP Sign Memorandum of Understanding

The Nabucco Gas Pipeline International consortium announced Monday that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Co-operation (MoU) with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP).

Business » Energy | March 4, 2013, Monday // 15:33

Bulgarian Railway Workers to Join Miners, TPP Workers' Strike

Bulgarian railway workers are set to support a protest strike of the minors and workers at thermal power plants in the country.

Business » Energy | March 4, 2013, Monday // 12:54

Politics

Latvia Formally Goes for the Euro

Latvia has formally applied to adopt the euro currency 2014, a move that could see the Baltic state become the bloc's 18th member.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 4, 2013, Monday // 16:12

EC Says It Won't Meddle in Bulgaria's Political Turmoil

The European Commission will not intervene in Bulgaria's political crisis, spokesperson Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen has declared.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 4, 2013, Monday // 15:57

UK Government Vows to Put End of Benefit Tourism

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has declared that "benefit tourism" must end.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 4, 2013, Monday // 12:03

Bulgaria's Lame Duck Cabinet Makes Generous Handouts at Next to Last Sitting

Bulgaria's government of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the ruling party GERB, which resigned two weeks ago, in the wake of mass street protests, handed out state funding and assets generously at its next to last meeting on Friday, a report points out.

Politics » Domestic | March 4, 2013, Monday // 18:24

Bulgarian Nationalist Threatens 'Guerilla War' if Right-Winger Forms Caretaker Govt

Volen Siderov, the controversial leader of Bulgarian marginal far-right party Ataka, has threatened that his movement will resort to "guerrilla warfare actions" if right-wing leader Ivan Kostov gets to form a caretaker government.

Politics » Domestic | March 4, 2013, Monday // 17:47

Bulgarian Supreme Court Revokes Personal Documents Fees

Bulgaria's Supreme Administrative Court (VAS) has revoked the collection of fees by the Interior Ministry for the issuance of personal documents.

Politics » Domestic | March 4, 2013, Monday // 17:47

Bulgarian Chief Mufti Visits Ailing PM in Hospital

Chief Mufti Mustafa Hadzhi has become the second Bulgarian religious leader to visit Prime Minister Boyko Borisov in hospital.

Politics » Domestic | March 4, 2013, Monday // 16:40

Bulgaria Right-Wingers to President: Don't Give Govt Mandate to Turks

Bulgaria's die-hard right-wingers have called on the president to form a government of experts, instead of offering the mandate for a caretaker cabinet to the ethnic Turkish party

Politics » Domestic | March 4, 2013, Monday // 14:56

Bulgaria's Constitutional Court Names New Chair

Dimitar Tokushev, a former Dean of Sofia University's Faculty of Law, has been elected as the new chair of Bulgaria's Constitutional Court.

Politics » Domestic | March 4, 2013, Monday // 13:45

Bulgaria Anti-Corruption Unit Deputy Chief Kicked Out

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has surprisingly dismissed the deputy chief of the Center for Prevention of Organized Crime and Corruption (BORKOR), which was set up two years ago.

Politics » Domestic | March 4, 2013, Monday // 10:09

Bulgarian Protesters Put up Tent Camp near President HQ

Bulgarian protesters organized in a group under the name "Eagles' Bridge' are about to start setting up a tent protest camp in the garden in front of the presidency administration in downtown Sofia on Monday.

Politics » Domestic | March 4, 2013, Monday // 09:29

Bulgaria's Constitutional Court Finally to Elect Its Chair

After a five-month stalemate, Bulgaria finally has a functioning Constitutional Court, which is expected to elect its chair on Monday.

Politics » Domestic | March 4, 2013, Monday // 08:02

Society

Investigation of Death of 'Bulgarian Jan Palach' Still Underway

Plamen Goranov, who set himself on fire in protest against Varna Mayor Kiril Yordanov and his alleged ties with the TIM business group, had carried a poster calling for the resignation of the Mayor and the entire Municipal Council.

Society | March 4, 2013, Monday // 20:22

Bulgarian Jan Palach Was in Fact Murdered, Friends Claim

36-year-old Plamen Goranov, who became known as the Bulgarian Jan Palach, after setting himself on fire in protest against the domination of the TIM security and business group in his native city of Varna, and passing away subsequently, might have been mu

Society | March 4, 2013, Monday // 16:57

Third Bulgarian Who Set Himself on Fire in Critical Condition

53-year-old Ventsislav Vasilev – the third man in Bulgaria to set himself on fire as a means of protest in the recent days – is in an "extremely critical condition", announced the administration of the St.

Society | March 4, 2013, Monday // 15:24

Candlelight Vigils to Honor 'Bulgarian Jan Palach'

Candle light vigils will take place in the Bulgarian city of Varna and in the capital Sofia in honor of Plamen Goranov, the man who set himself on fire as a sign of protest against Varna's corrupt authorities.

Society | March 4, 2013, Monday // 14:38

Bulgaria's Jan Palach

In the wake of the tragic news of Plamen Goranov's death, Novinite.com republish the Letter to the Editor, we received by his friends on February 25

Society | March 4, 2013, Monday // 11:05

Varna Man Who Set Himself on Fire Died of Organ Failure

The young man who set himself on fire to protest politics in Bulgaria and his home city of Varna, has died of multiple organ failure.

Society | March 4, 2013, Monday // 11:00

Bulgaria's Jan Palach Dies from Severe Burns, Nation Shocked

Bulgarian artist Plamen Goranov, 36, who set himself on fire in front of the municipality building in his hometown of Varna on February 20, has died late on Sunday.

Society | March 4, 2013, Monday // 10:15

Bulgaria to Switch to Daylight Saving Time on March 31

The summer daylight saving time will be introduced in Bulgaria on March 31, the National Metrology Center announced.

Society » Environment | March 4, 2013, Monday // 15:02

Deep Purple to Headline Bulgarian Football Club's Anniversary Celebration

Rock legends Deep Purple will headline the celebration of the 100th anniversary since the establishment of Bulgarian football club Botev Plovdiv on June 3th, Sofia Music Enterprises has announced.

Society » Culture | March 4, 2013, Monday // 11:37

Bulgaria's Drumming Duo to Perform 'Kismet' in Malmö

The drumming duo Elitsa and Stoyan Yankulov-Stundzhi will take on the Eurovision stage Malmö with their song Kismet (Fate), it emerged after the national final Sunday evening.

Society » Culture | March 4, 2013, Monday // 08:51

Sports

Bulgaria's Dimitrov Reaches Career-High ATP Ranking

Bulgaria's tennis hopeful Grigor Dimitrov has reached a new career-high ATP ranking spot and is now world No 31.

Sports | March 4, 2013, Monday // 11:13

World

Czech President Klaus Faces Treason Charges

Czech lawmakers have narrowly voted to charge outgoing Czech President Vaclav Klaus with treason.

World | March 4, 2013, Monday // 18:10

Putin Marks 1 Year in Power in 3rd Russian Presidential Term

Russian President Vladimir Putin marked a year since his election to a third term on Monday.

World | March 4, 2013, Monday // 16:37

3 Activists Arrested in Moscow for Banner against 'Tsar Putin'

Three political activists were detained on Moscow's Red Square on Monday for attempting to hold an unauthorized protest, city police said.

World | March 4, 2013, Monday // 16:00

Attacks Kill 17 ahead of Kenya's Presidential Election

A total of 17 people were killed in two attacks on police by machete-wielding men hours before voting began in the country's presidential election.

World | March 4, 2013, Monday // 12:49

Cardinals in Rome to Begin Talks on Next Pope

Roman Catholic cardinals from around the world are due to meet in Rome to begin the process of electing the next Pope, BBC reported.

World | March 4, 2013, Monday // 07:39
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