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Business

Bulgarian Gorubso Madan Mining Co Fined for Water Pollution
Bulgaria's Shumen Municipality Moves to Cancel Privatization of Heating Utility
Bulgartransgaz Launches Construction of 80km Gas Pipeline in NE Bulgaria
Bulgarian Watchdog Vows No Job Cuts at Coal Mining Firms, TPPs
Power Rates in Bulgaria Not Likely to Rise again in July – Outgoing Minister
Thousands of Miners Rally for Protest in Bulgarian Capital Sofia

Politics

OLAF Probes Bulgaria's State Enterprise Radioactive Waste
Bulgaria Inks Unified Patent Court Agreement
Bulgaria's Labor Ministry Hands Out Last-Minute EU Funding
Swoboda Slams Germany over Threat to Block Bulgarian, Romanian Schengen Bid
Bulgarian Ruling Party Sponsor to Get Key Railway Station
Bulgaria's Ombudsman Alarmed over Intimidation of Protesters in Varna
Bulgarian President: Caretaker Cabinet to Prioritize Social Policy, Economy
Bulgarian Opposition Requests Temporary Moratorium on Executive Deals
Bulgarian Capital Mayor Sacks 2 District Mayors
Bulgarian President Defends Decision to Dissolve Parliament
Bulgarian President: Caretaker Cabinet to Be Appointed March 13 Earliest
Bulgarian Independent MPs Propose Banning Parties from Elections
Bulgarian Ethnic Turkish Party Refuses to Form Interim Cabinet
Ruling Party Councilors in Bulgaria's Varna 'Ready to Quit En Bloc'
No Changes to Bulgaria's Election Code despite Calls of Protesters
Bulgarian Ethnic Turkish Party Pledges to Reject Interim Govt Mandate
Bulgarian President to Hand Interim Govt Mandate to Ethnic Turkish Party

Society

Indignant Bulgarians Heap Stones in Memory of Self-Immolator
L'Oreal, UNESCO Support Two Outstanding Bulgarian Women Scientists
Bulgaria Calls National Mourning to Honor Man Who Set Himself Ablaze
Bulgarian Teacher Kicked Out for Indecent Harlem Shake Video with Students

Crime

Life of Abducted Bulgarian Girl's Bodyguard 'out of Danger' - Report
Who Is Who: Notorious Bulgarian Drug Lord Evelin Banev aka Brendo
Bulgarian Drug Kingpin's Daughter Abducted in Stolen BMW X5 - Report
Bulgarian Cocaine King's Daughter 'Not Harmed during Kidnapping'
Sofia's Entrance, Exit Points Blocked over Abduction - Report
Bulgarian Cocaine King's Daughter Abducted by 3 Masked Gunmen
Daughter of Bulgaria's 'Cocaine King' Abducted - Report
12-Year-Old Girl Abducted in Sofia, Driver Shot

Views on BG

Germany to Veto Any Bulgarian, Romanian Schengen Bid*

World

Chavez Condition Deteriorates, Venezuela Says

Business

Bulgarian Gorubso Madan Mining Co Fined for Water Pollution

The Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Water in the southern city of Smolyan has imposed a fine of BGN 2135 on mining company Gorubso Madan AD for polluting the waters of the Madanska river.

Business | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 15:26

Bulgaria's Shumen Municipality Moves to Cancel Privatization of Heating Utility

Bulgaria's Shumen municipality has warned the executive director of Israeli company Telemania that it will terminate the privatization contract for heating utility Toplofikatsia Shumen EAD at one month's notice.

Business » Energy | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 17:41

Bulgartransgaz Launches Construction of 80km Gas Pipeline in NE Bulgaria

Kiril Temelkov, CEO of state-owned gas transmission operator Bulgartransgaz, attended Tuesday the sod-turning ceremony of a gas pipeline connecting the northeastern Bulgarian cities of Dobrich and Silistra.

Business » Energy | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 16:22

Bulgarian Watchdog Vows No Job Cuts at Coal Mining Firms, TPPs

The outgoing panel of Bulgaria's State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) has assured protesting miners and workers in the energy and railway sectors that the upcoming decrease in electricity prices will not result in the suspension of any

Business » Energy | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 13:21

Power Rates in Bulgaria Not Likely to Rise again in July – Outgoing Minister

There is no reason for electricity prices to rise on July 1 after the price drop to be introduced on March 5, according to Bulgaria's outgoing Economy and Energy Minister Delyan Dobrev.

Business » Energy | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 12:04

Thousands of Miners Rally for Protest in Bulgarian Capital Sofia

Several thousand miners thermal plant workers from the Maritsa East complexes – which harbors three of the largest Bulgarian TPPs, as well as those from the Bobov Dol TPP – have rallied in the downtown of the Bulgarian capital Sofia Tuesday morning.

Business » Energy | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 11:49

Politics

OLAF Probes Bulgaria's State Enterprise Radioactive Waste

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is conducting an inspection at the State Enterprise 'Radioactive Waste' (SE-RAW).

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 18:02

Bulgaria Inks Unified Patent Court Agreement

The formalities enabling Bulgaria to become the 25th signatory state to the Unified Patent Court agreement were accomplished on Tuesday, the Council of the European Union has announced.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 14:44

Bulgaria's Labor Ministry Hands Out Last-Minute EU Funding

Bulgaria's Labor Ministry has approved the allocation millions of BGN worth of EU funding to private firms even though the Borisov Cabinet has technically resigned.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 14:24

Swoboda Slams Germany over Threat to Block Bulgarian, Romanian Schengen Bid

Hannes Swoboda, President of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group in the European Parliament, has described as "populist and deceitful" Germany's threat to veto Bulgaria and Romania's Schengen accession.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 11:31

Bulgarian Ruling Party Sponsor to Get Key Railway Station

Bulgaria's cabinet chaired by resigned PM Boyko Borisov is expected to grant a concession for the Plovdiv railway station to a company owned by a sponsor of the ruling GERB party.

Politics » Domestic | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 19:53

Bulgaria's Ombudsman Alarmed over Intimidation of Protesters in Varna

Organizers of the ongoing protest rallies in Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Varna have been intimidated and pressured by "local businessmen and their bodyguards", Bulgarian Ombudsman Konstantin Penchev has alarmed.

Politics » Domestic | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 19:16

Bulgarian President: Caretaker Cabinet to Prioritize Social Policy, Economy

The Minister of Labor and Social Policy, the Minister of Economy and Finance, and a Minister of EU Funds will be Deputy-PMs in Bulgaria's future caretaker government, stated Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev.

Politics » Domestic | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 19:03

Bulgarian Opposition Requests Temporary Moratorium on Executive Deals

Opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party has requested that parliament impose before being dissolved a moratorium on all binding contracts by the executive until the constitution of a regular government.

Politics » Domestic | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 18:26

Bulgarian Capital Mayor Sacks 2 District Mayors

Bulgarian capital Sofia's mayor Yordanka Fandakova has requested the resignation of the mayors of Izgrev and Triaditsa districts Tuesday.

Politics » Domestic | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 17:42

Bulgarian President Defends Decision to Dissolve Parliament

Heady social and political events in Bulgaria mean that citizens' voices must be heard on elections, stated Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev.

Politics » Domestic | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 16:32

Bulgarian President: Caretaker Cabinet to Be Appointed March 13 Earliest

Bulgaria's new caretaker cabinet can be appointed at the earliest on March 13, stated President Rosen Plevneliev Tuesday after the third and last attempt at regular cabinet formation fell through.

Politics » Domestic | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 15:46

Bulgarian Independent MPs Propose Banning Parties from Elections

Independent MPs Kiril Gumnerov and Stoyan Ivanov have proposed amendments to Bulgaria's Election Code providing that candidates for MPs can take part in elections only through national initiative committees.

Politics » Domestic | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 14:31

Bulgarian Ethnic Turkish Party Refuses to Form Interim Cabinet

Bulgarian ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) has expectedly rejected the mandate to form an interim Cabinet received by President Rosen Plevneliev.

Politics » Domestic | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 14:06

Ruling Party Councilors in Bulgaria's Varna 'Ready to Quit En Bloc'

The entire group of city councilors at Varna Municipality from Bulgaria's ruling party GERB is ready to resign, its leader Ivan Portnih announced on Tuesday.

Politics » Domestic | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 13:09

No Changes to Bulgaria's Election Code despite Calls of Protesters

The parliamentary group of center-right party GERB will not amend the Election Code despite the demands of protesters, according to Iskra Fidosova, GERB MP and Chair of the Parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee.

Politics » Domestic | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 12:34

Bulgarian Ethnic Turkish Party Pledges to Reject Interim Govt Mandate

Bulgaria's ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) party has reiterated that it has no intention of forming an interim government.

Politics » Domestic | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 10:50

Bulgarian President to Hand Interim Govt Mandate to Ethnic Turkish Party

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev is expected to give an interim government mandate to the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms party on Tuesday.

Politics » Domestic | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 08:06

Society

Indignant Bulgarians Heap Stones in Memory of Self-Immolator

Angry Bulgarian citizens have started heaping a pile of stones in front of the town hall of third-largest city of Varna in memory of Plamen Goranov, who past away Sunday, 13 days after setting himself on fire.

Society | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 20:28

L'Oreal, UNESCO Support Two Outstanding Bulgarian Women Scientists

Two exceptional Bulgarian women were recognized Tuesday for moving science forward and granted fellowships by L'Oreal Bulgaria and UNESCO's program "For Women in Science".

Society | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 16:51

Bulgaria Calls National Mourning to Honor Man Who Set Himself Ablaze

The resigned Bulgarian government has declared Wednesday, March 6, a day of national mourning in commemoration of Plamen Goranov, who perished Sunday after setting himself aflame.

Society | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 14:44

Bulgarian Teacher Kicked Out for Indecent Harlem Shake Video with Students

A 33-year-old high school English teacher has lost his job after performing the Harlem Shake dance with his students in the school yard.

Society | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 12:21

Crime

Life of Abducted Bulgarian Girl's Bodyguard 'out of Danger' - Report

There is currently no danger for the life of the bodyguard of the 10-year-old girl who was abducted in Bulgaria's capital Sofia on Tuesday, local media say.

Crime | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 10:17

Who Is Who: Notorious Bulgarian Drug Lord Evelin Banev aka Brendo

Top Bulgarian criminal Evelin Banev aka Brendo, whose daughter was abducted by masked gunmen early on Tuesday, was sentenced to 7.

Crime | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 09:48

Bulgarian Drug Kingpin's Daughter Abducted in Stolen BMW X5 - Report

The three masked gunmen who abducted the 10-year-old daughter of Bulgarian drug lord Evelein Banev aka Brendo on Tuesday were driving a stolen BMW X5 vehicle, according to a local media report.

Crime | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 09:27

Bulgarian Cocaine King's Daughter 'Not Harmed during Kidnapping'

Lara, the 10-year-old daughter of powerful Bulgarian mafia boss Evelin Banev aka Brendo, was not harmed during her abduction early on Tuesday, according to local media reports.

Crime | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 09:17

Sofia's Entrance, Exit Points Blocked over Abduction - Report

All entrance and exit points of Bulgaria's capital Sofia have been blocked by police in the aftermath of the abduction of 10-year-old Lara, the daughter of notorious drug lord Evelin Banev aka Brendo, according to local media.

Crime | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 09:08

Bulgarian Cocaine King's Daughter Abducted by 3 Masked Gunmen

The abductors of Lara, the 10-year-old daughter of powerful Bulgarian drug lord Evelin Banev aka Brendo, have been described as three masked gunmen armed with automatic weapons.

Crime | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 09:01

Daughter of Bulgaria's 'Cocaine King' Abducted - Report

Reports have intensified that the 10-year-old girl that was abducted in Bulgaria's capital Sofia early on Tuesday is the daughter of notorious drug lord Evelin Banev aka Brendo.

Crime | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 08:38

12-Year-Old Girl Abducted in Sofia, Driver Shot

A 12-year-old girl has been abducted by unidentified gunmen in Bulgaria's capital Sofia, local news agencies report.

Crime | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 08:28

Views on BG

Germany to Veto Any Bulgarian, Romanian Schengen Bid*

Germany has indicated that it will veto any attempt by Bulgaria and Romania to join the Schengen area, if a vote takes place on Thursday.

Views on BG | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 08:14

World

Chavez Condition Deteriorates, Venezuela Says

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's health has deteriorated and remains delicate, the country's Communication and Information Minister Ernesto Villegas has revealed.

World | March 5, 2013, Tuesday // 12:28
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