ARCHIVE - 19 April 2013

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Business

2 Investors Vie for Bulgaria's Globul
Greece Biggest Investor in Bulgaria Jan-Feb 2013
Investment Agency Head Plays Down Bulgaria's Map Scandal
Russian VTB Bank Buys 10% Stake from Bulgarian Corpbank
Bulgaria Downgrades 2013 Economic Growth to 1%
Sacked Bulgarian CEO: NPP Kozloduy Is in Thriving State
Bulgarian Caretaker Govt Sacks Kozloduy NPP CEO
Raiffeisenbank, EBRD Join Efforts on Sustainable Energy in Bulgaria

Politics

Bulgaria Purchased 'Spying' Equipment with Schengen Funds
Bulgarian Justice Ministry Staff Sacked over Hiring Breaches
Bulgarian President Urges Dismissal of Anti-Mafia Head
Bulgaria's EU Competiveness Official Sacked
Bulgarian Expats to Vote in 227 Polls in Snap Elections
Bulgaria's Center Right Retains Lead over Socialists - Poll
4 Parties to Enter Bulgarian Parliament - Poll

Society

23% of Bulgarian Households Live below Poverty Line

Sports

Nadal Fends Off Tough Challenge from Bulgaria's Dimitrov
It’s Official: Wedding Bells for Bulgaria's Hot Top Sprinter Ivet Lalova in Sept
Bulgaria’s Dimitrov before Nadal Clash: I'll Do My Best, You Never Know
Nadal: Bulgaria’s Dimitrov is the Present and the Future
Bulgaria’s Dimitrov Faces Nadal in Monte-Carlo Quarters

Crime

CEZ Call Center in Pleven Receives Bomb Threat
Top Management of Burgas Customs Sacked
Bulgarian Anti-Mafia Unit Head Dismissed Temporarily
Bulgarian Anti-Mafia Unit Head Charged with Bribery

World

Boston Bombing Suspects' Uncle: They Deserve to Die
Murdered MIT Policeman Identified
Surviving Boston Bomber Is Muslim, Went to School in Dagestan - Report
Boston Marathon Bombers Are from Chechnya - Report
Death Toll in Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast Climbs to 35
1 Marathon Bomber Dead, Other on the Loose - Report
1 Boston Bombing Suspect Nabbed - Report
Pakistan Police Arrest Musharraf
Photos of Boston Suspects Released

Letters to the Editor

Complaint over ‘Rigged Elections’ Poll

Business

2 Investors Vie for Bulgaria's Globul

Two investors are bidding to buy Bulgarian mobile operator Cosmo Mobile (Globul), according to a report.

Business | April 19, 2013, Friday // 13:31

Greece Biggest Investor in Bulgaria Jan-Feb 2013

Greece has turned into the largest investor in Bulgaria with EUR 9.4 M of foreign direct investment (FDI) during the first two months of 2013, official data shows.

Business | April 19, 2013, Friday // 12:44

Investment Agency Head Plays Down Bulgaria's Map Scandal

The scandal over Bulgaria’s incorrect map in ads targeting potential investors has been blown out of proportion, a top official argues.

Business | April 19, 2013, Friday // 09:21

Russian VTB Bank Buys 10% Stake from Bulgarian Corpbank

VTB Capital, the investment business of VTB group, the second largest Russian bank has acquired 9.9% of the capital of Bulgarian lender Corporate Commercial Bank from Dewa International Limited.

Business » Finance | April 19, 2013, Friday // 20:57

Bulgaria Downgrades 2013 Economic Growth to 1%

Bulgaria's Finance Ministry has downgraded its 2013 economic growth forecast from 1.9% to 1%, according to data from an updated program for national reforms report sent to the European Commission.

Business » Finance | April 19, 2013, Friday // 18:20

Sacked Bulgarian CEO: NPP Kozloduy Is in Thriving State

The CEO of Bulgaria's only operational nuclear power plant in Kozloduy, Valentin Nikolov, who was fired Friday, firmly denies violations have been committed during his management of the plant.

Business » Energy | April 19, 2013, Friday // 18:53

Bulgarian Caretaker Govt Sacks Kozloduy NPP CEO

The CEO of Bulgaria's only operational nuclear power plant in Kozloduy, Valentin Nikolov, has been fired over the results of a probe.

Business » Energy | April 19, 2013, Friday // 16:27

Raiffeisenbank, EBRD Join Efforts on Sustainable Energy in Bulgaria

The Bulgarian branch of the Austrian Raiffeisenbank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have signed a second line of credit under a program for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Business » Energy | April 19, 2013, Friday // 08:38

Politics

Bulgaria Purchased 'Spying' Equipment with Schengen Funds

Bulgaria's Finance Ministry has purchased in February 2010 mobile wiretapping technology for the Interior Ministry, using financing under the Schengen program.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | April 19, 2013, Friday // 14:59

Bulgarian Justice Ministry Staff Sacked over Hiring Breaches

The Chief Secretary of the Bulgarian Justice Ministry, Elena Petkova, has been fired, the Ministry's press center reported Friday.

Politics » Domestic | April 19, 2013, Friday // 17:46

Bulgarian President Urges Dismissal of Anti-Mafia Head

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has hinted that Stanimir Florov, head of the Bulgarian police’s anti-mafia unit, should be axed.

Politics » Domestic | April 19, 2013, Friday // 16:37

Bulgaria's EU Competiveness Official Sacked

Bulgaria's caretaker Economy and Energy Minister, Asen Vassilev, has fired Kiril Geratliev, head of the EU Competitiveness Funds Directorate at the Ministry, according to media reports.

Politics » Domestic | April 19, 2013, Friday // 11:38

Bulgarian Expats to Vote in 227 Polls in Snap Elections

The Bulgarian Foreign Affairs Ministry has announced the opening of 227 voting polls abroad for the May 12 snap general elections.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 19, 2013, Friday // 17:08

Bulgaria's Center Right Retains Lead over Socialists - Poll

Bulgaria's center-right GERB party, which was forced to resign under public pressure in February, keeps its lead over the Socialists less than a month before Bulgarians vote in the crucial general elections, a new poll shows.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 19, 2013, Friday // 16:13

4 Parties to Enter Bulgarian Parliament - Poll

A total of four political parties will surely enter Bulgaria’s Parliament after the May 12 elections, according to a new poll.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 19, 2013, Friday // 14:58

Society

23% of Bulgarian Households Live below Poverty Line

The poverty line in Bulgaria is BGN 216 a month, with 1.6 million people (23% of households) living below it, according to a recent study.

Society | April 19, 2013, Friday // 15:52

Sports

Nadal Fends Off Tough Challenge from Bulgaria's Dimitrov

Rafael Nadal survived a second-set fightback from Bulgarian rising star Grigor Dimitrov to reach the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Sports | April 19, 2013, Friday // 17:15

It’s Official: Wedding Bells for Bulgaria's Hot Top Sprinter Ivet Lalova in Sept

Ivet Lalova, Bulgaria's top sprinter and one of the hottest athletes in the world, is to tie the knot with Italian colleague Simone Collio in September, the happy future bride has revealed.

Sports | April 19, 2013, Friday // 14:56

Bulgaria’s Dimitrov before Nadal Clash: I'll Do My Best, You Never Know

Bulgaria’s promising tennis youngster Grigor Dimitrov has vowed to play his best tennis at the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final game against Rafael Nadal on Friday.

Sports | April 19, 2013, Friday // 10:36

Nadal: Bulgaria’s Dimitrov is the Present and the Future

The undisputed ruler of the red dirt Rafael Nadal has praised the rising young Bulgarian classicist Grigor Dimitrov before facing him in the quarter-finals of the Rolex Masters.

Sports | April 19, 2013, Friday // 10:13

Bulgaria’s Dimitrov Faces Nadal in Monte-Carlo Quarters

Bulgaria’s promising tennis youngster Grigor Dimitrov will clash with Rafael Nadal in a keenly awaited Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final game on Friday.

Sports | April 19, 2013, Friday // 09:47

Crime

CEZ Call Center in Pleven Receives Bomb Threat

A phone call has been received Friday evening, alerting about a bomb in the offices of the call center of the Czech-owned power utility CEZ in the Bulgarian northwestern city of Pleven.

Crime | April 19, 2013, Friday // 20:26

Top Management of Burgas Customs Sacked

The Director of the Customs in the Black Sea city of Burgas, Valeri Stefanov, has been fired, the Customs Agency reported Friday.

Crime | April 19, 2013, Friday // 20:09

Bulgarian Anti-Mafia Unit Head Dismissed Temporarily

The Bulgarian police's anti-organized crime unit head, Stanimir Florov, has been temporarily released from duties pending the outcome of the investigation against him.

Crime | April 19, 2013, Friday // 19:49

Bulgarian Anti-Mafia Unit Head Charged with Bribery

The Bulgarian police’s anti-organized crime unit head, Stanimir Florov, has been charged with large-scale bribery, the country’s prosecuting authority has announced.

Crime | April 19, 2013, Friday // 11:45

World

Boston Bombing Suspects' Uncle: They Deserve to Die

Brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev do not deserve to live on this Earth, their uncle Ruslan Tsarni told the Boston CBS affiliate WBZ-TV.

World | April 19, 2013, Friday // 19:24

Murdered MIT Policeman Identified

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer, who was shot and killed late Thursday night during a confrontation with the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects, has been identified as Sean Collier, 26.

World | April 19, 2013, Friday // 17:47

Surviving Boston Bomber Is Muslim, Went to School in Dagestan - Report

A social media profile allegedly belonging to suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has suggested that he is a Muslim who attended school in Makhachkala, in the Republic of Dagestan, between 1999 and 2001.

World | April 19, 2013, Friday // 15:35

Boston Marathon Bombers Are from Chechnya - Report

The two Boston Marathon bombing suspects are originally from a region near Chechnya, according to a media report.

World | April 19, 2013, Friday // 13:51

Death Toll in Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast Climbs to 35

Some 35 people, including 10 first responders, were killed in the Texas fertilizer company explosion Wednesday night, according to West Mayor Tommy Muska.

World | April 19, 2013, Friday // 12:43

1 Marathon Bomber Dead, Other on the Loose - Report

One Boston Marathon bombing suspect has died in hospital, while the other remains at large, according to media reports.

World | April 19, 2013, Friday // 12:01

1 Boston Bombing Suspect Nabbed - Report

One suspect in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings has been apprehended, the Boston Globe has stated, citing an official with knowledge of the investigation.

World | April 19, 2013, Friday // 11:04

Pakistan Police Arrest Musharraf

Pakistani police have arrested former President Pervez Musharraf and presented him in court, BBC reported.

World | April 19, 2013, Friday // 08:02

Photos of Boston Suspects Released

The FBI has released photos of two suspects it wants to identify as part of the investigation into Monday's Boston Marathon bombings.

World | April 19, 2013, Friday // 07:45

Letters to the Editor

Complaint over ‘Rigged Elections’ Poll

Dear Sir or Madam,I generally enjoy reading your articles, but today I would like to complain about your recent poll "Do you think Bulgaria’s upcoming crucial general elections are at risk of being rigged?".

Letters to the Editor | April 19, 2013, Friday // 10:22