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ARCHIVE - 11 April 2013

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Business

3 Companies Vie to Build New Zinc Plant in Bulgaria's Kardzhali
Bulgaria’s Official Unemployment Rate Drops to 11.8% March 2013
Global PC Sales Record-Setting Bad - IDC Data
Bulgarian Watchdog Exposes Power Distributors in Public Procurement Breaches
Power Utilities Commited Administrative Offenses not Crimes in 2010
Bulgaria's Prosecutors Alerted about Power Distributors Frauds in 2010
Greek Fourlis, Danaos to Build Whole New District near Sofia
Sofia Named Europe's Most Affordable Travel Destination

Politics

UK Ambassador Optimistic about Bulgaria
School Dropouts % in Bulgaria Slightly Below EU Average
No Coalitions for Bulgaria's Ex EU Commissioner Party
Fresh Poll Gives 2.7% Edge to Bulgaria's GERB over Socialists
Bulgaria's GERB Snubs Socialists, Nationalists, Ethnic Turks
Bulgarian Expat Voter Registration Deadine Expires

Society

Vigils for Self-Immolator Goranov Held in Sofia, Varna
Bulgarian President Rules Out Foul Play in 'FBI Chief' Crash
Bulgarian Official Firm Deputy Minister Was Communist Spy
Bulgarian PM Denies Deputy Minister Was Communist Spy
Diplomatic Vehicle Collides in Sofia
Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor Admits Colleague Misled Him
Head of 'Bulgarian FBI' Involved in Car Crash, No Injuries
Vigils Mark Forty Days since Bulgaria’s Jan Palach Death
Revealed: Scandal of Bulgarian Workers Plight in Spain
Bulgaria’s Deputy Energy Minister Exposed as Communist Spy

Sports

Bulgaria Drops to 51st in FIFA Ranking

Crime

Unknown Offenders Steal BGN 28 000 from Tokuda Bank Office in Sofia
Bulgarian Border Police Bust Group of 11 Syrians
Abducted Daughter of Bulgarian Drug Lord Now in Greece, Tabloid Says
Mayor of Bulgarian Town Suspected of Attempted Murder

Lifestyle

Meet the Parents: Nina Dobrev Presents Ian Somerhalder

World

Army Assault Leaves at Least 45 Dead in Syria - Report
Serbian Gunman Who Killed 13 Dies from Wounds
North Korean Missile Launcher Ready to Fire - Report
Soros Warns Germany Faces Self-Made Recession
Majority of Russians Want Putin to Retire in 2018 - Poll
Korea Crisis High on G8 Talks Agenda
US: North Korea Close to Dangerous Line

Business

3 Companies Vie to Build New Zinc Plant in Bulgaria's Kardzhali

Three companies will compete in the final stage of the tender for selecting a main contractor for the construction of a new zinc plant in Bulgaria's southern city of Kardzhali.

Business | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 16:19

Bulgaria’s Official Unemployment Rate Drops to 11.8% March 2013

Bulgaria's unemployment rate in March 2013 was 11.8%, down by 0.2 percentage points compared with February, according to latest data of the State Employment Agency.

Business | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 15:53

Global PC Sales Record-Setting Bad - IDC Data

PC sales fell 14% worldwide last quarter, which will go down in history as record-setting bad, data shows.

Business | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 10:13

Bulgarian Watchdog Exposes Power Distributors in Public Procurement Breaches

Bulgaria's Public Financial Inspection Agency (PFIA) has wrapped up an inspection of the three power distributors operating in the country aimed at identifying breaches of the Public Procurement Act in 2011 and 2012.

Business » Energy | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 18:04

Power Utilities Commited Administrative Offenses not Crimes in 2010

Rumyana Arnaudova, Spokesperson of the Sofia City Prosecutor's Office, has argued that the violations of power distributors which the State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) reported to the prosecuting authority in 2010 did not constitute

Business » Energy | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 14:52

Bulgaria's Prosecutors Alerted about Power Distributors Frauds in 2010

Bulgaria's State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) alerted then-Chief Prosecutor Boris Velchev about fraud schemes at power distributors almost three years ago but the case was never investigated in substance by the prosecuting authority.

Business » Energy | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 12:41

Greek Fourlis, Danaos to Build Whole New District near Sofia

A whole new district with a residential complex and a business project will be erected in the capital, next to the future Sofia Ring Mall near Bulgaria's sole IKEA store.

Business » Properties | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 13:52

Sofia Named Europe's Most Affordable Travel Destination

Bulgarian capital Sofia is Europe's cheapest tourist city for 2013, according to a survey from Price of Travel.

Business » Tourism | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 16:49

Politics

UK Ambassador Optimistic about Bulgaria

The United Kingdom Ambassador, H.E. Jonathan Allen, is optimistic about Bulgaria and believes the country is on the right path.

Politics » Diplomacy | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 16:25

School Dropouts % in Bulgaria Slightly Below EU Average

The percentage of the Bulgarian population aged 18-24 with at most lower secondary education and who are currently not in further education or training, or the so-called early leavers, has dropped from 20.5% in 2005 to 12.5% in 2012.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 15:43

No Coalitions for Bulgaria's Ex EU Commissioner Party

Bulgaria for Citizens party of former EU Commissioner, Meglena Kuneva, will not enter any coalitions before or after the May 12 snap general elections.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 21:01

Fresh Poll Gives 2.7% Edge to Bulgaria's GERB over Socialists

One day before the official start of the May 12 snap general elections campaign, pollster Kolio Kolev, from the Mediana agency gave a slight edge to the GERB party against the Socialists.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 19:25

Bulgaria's GERB Snubs Socialists, Nationalists, Ethnic Turks

The formerly-ruling centrist Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, will never enter a coalition with the socialists, the nationalists, and the ethnic Turkish party.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 18:49

Bulgarian Expat Voter Registration Deadine Expires

Bulgarians abroad wishing to vote in the May 12 snap general elections have a deadline of Thursday, April 11, to file an application to do so, the Foreign Affairs Ministry reminds.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 07:53

Society

Vigils for Self-Immolator Goranov Held in Sofia, Varna

Bulgarians across the country held vigils Thursday evening in honor of the young man who fatally set himself on fire in Varna in February to protest against the links between the city council and the mafia.

Society | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 20:31

Bulgarian President Rules Out Foul Play in 'FBI Chief' Crash

Konstantin Kazakov, head of Bulgaria's State National Security Agency, DANS, has sent a personal message to President, Rosen Plevneliev, assuring him he was doing fine.

Society | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 19:53

Bulgarian Official Firm Deputy Minister Was Communist Spy

Evtim Kostadinov, Head of Bulgaria's Files Commission, the panel investigating the Communist era records, is firm Bozhan Stoyanov, deputy minister in charge of the energy sector in Bulgaria's caretaker government, was a collaborator of the former Communis

Society | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 18:22

Bulgarian PM Denies Deputy Minister Was Communist Spy

The Files Commission's archives don't contain an explicit, written agreement from Bozhan Stoyanov, deputy minister in charge of the energy sector in Bulgaria's caretaker government, to become collaborator of the former Communist State Security.

Society | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 17:35

Diplomatic Vehicle Collides in Sofia

Two cars, one of which with diplomatic registration, have crashed in Sofia.

Society | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 15:04

Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor Admits Colleague Misled Him

Deputy Sofia City Prosecutor, Roman Vasilev, has misled now Chief Prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov, to issue a permit for the use of special surveillance devices, SRS, according to Tsatsarov's own admission.

Society | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 14:46

Head of 'Bulgarian FBI' Involved in Car Crash, No Injuries

Konstantin Kazakov, head of Bulgaria’s State National Security Agency, was involved in a car crash early on Thursday, local media report.

Society | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 14:25

Vigils Mark Forty Days since Bulgaria’s Jan Palach Death

Bulgarians across the country will hold vigils Thursday night in honor of the young man who fatally set himself on fire in Varna in February to protest against the links between the city council and the mafia.

Society | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 12:35

Revealed: Scandal of Bulgarian Workers Plight in Spain

Bulgarians are driven to Spain, share a single densely packed grotty room and work long hours only to see their dream job turning into a nightmare.

Society | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 09:15

Bulgaria’s Deputy Energy Minister Exposed as Communist Spy

A deputy minister in charge of the energy sector in Bulgaria’s caretaker government has been surprisingly exposed as a former state security collaborator.

Society | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 07:24

Sports

Bulgaria Drops to 51st in FIFA Ranking

Despite its decent performance in March, Bulgaria’s national football team has slipped five spots to 51st in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.

Sports | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 12:30

Crime

Unknown Offenders Steal BGN 28 000 from Tokuda Bank Office in Sofia

Unknown offenders broke into an office of Tokuda Bank in Sofia Wednesday night.

Crime | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 13:23

Bulgarian Border Police Bust Group of 11 Syrians

Bulgarian border police authorities detained a total of 11 Syrians attempting to enter the country form Turkey.

Crime | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 13:00

Abducted Daughter of Bulgarian Drug Lord Now in Greece, Tabloid Says

Ten-year-old Lara Baneva, the abducted daughter of notorious Bulgarian cocaine kingpin Evelin Banev, is alive and well, according to a Bulgarian paper.

Crime | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 11:52

Mayor of Bulgarian Town Suspected of Attempted Murder

Beysim Basri, the Mayor of the northern Bulgarian town of Isperih, has been arrested by police on suspicion of attempted murder, according to local media.

Crime | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 11:16

Lifestyle

Meet the Parents: Nina Dobrev Presents Ian Somerhalder

It looks like marriage may soon be on the cards for Bulgarian-born actress Nina Dobrev and her boyfriend and Vampire Diaries co-star Ian Somerhalder.

Lifestyle | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 10:53

World

Army Assault Leaves at Least 45 Dead in Syria - Report

At least 45 people, including five children, were killed in southern Syria as the army launched an all-out assault on two towns in Daraa province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

World | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 17:48

Serbian Gunman Who Killed 13 Dies from Wounds

Ljubisa Bogdanovic, the Serbian gunman, who shot dead 13 people on Tuesday before shooting himself in the head, has died from his injuries.

World | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 16:46

North Korean Missile Launcher Ready to Fire - Report

At least one ballistic missile on the east coast of North Korea is in launching position on its mobile launcher, according to Japanese authorities.

World | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 15:03

Soros Warns Germany Faces Self-Made Recession

Germany is heading for a recession of its own making, Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros has warned.

World | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 14:26

Majority of Russians Want Putin to Retire in 2018 - Poll

Most Russians do not want to see Vladimir Putin runring for president again in 2018 when his third term in office ends, according to a new survey.

World | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 13:41

Korea Crisis High on G8 Talks Agenda

The Korean crisis will be high on the agenda when foreign ministers from the G8 group of nations hold talks in London on Thursday.

World | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 07:35

US: North Korea Close to Dangerous Line

North Korea is "skating very close to a dangerous line" after weeks of saber-rattling, US defense secretary has warned.

World | April 11, 2013, Thursday // 06:54
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