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ARCHIVE - 3 April 2013

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Business

50% of Alcoholic Drink Producers in Bulgaria Operate in Grey Sector
Bulgaria Has Grown Over-Reliant on EU Funds – NGO Chair
Google Maps Navigation Goes Live in Bulgaria
Bulgarian Farming Ruined during GERB's Rule - Report
Bulgaria's Largest Wine Expo Opens in Plovdiv
Bulgaria Launches 5 Criminal Proceedings in Energy Sector
Bulgarian Prosecution Discloses Energy Probe Results
China's Yutong Bus Mulls Opening Factory in Bulgaria

Politics

Bulgarian Expats Welcome President Plevneliev in Hungary
Syrian Conflict Attracted 1 Jihadist from Bulgaria - Report
Nationalist Leader: Gabon Offers Higher Pensions than Bulgaria
63 Parties Join Bulgarian Election Race
Bulgarian Electoral Body Won't Take Part in Brand New Election Board
22 States Ban Bulgarian Expat Polls outside Diplomatic Missions
Bulgaria's Election Board Holds 1st Sitting

Society

Ex Bulgarian Regional Minister Denies Being PM's Mistresss
Bulgarian Red Cross Chair Calls for Establishment of Social Stores
Doctors Manage to Save Life of One Bulgarian Self-Immolator
Jamiroquai to Stage Concert in Sofia
'Variety' Salutes Bulgarian Director, Names Him One of Top Ten to Watch

Crime

Bulgaria’s Ex PM Fully Cleared over Notorious Wiretap Scandal
Dogan Attacker Charged with Assassination Attempt
Bulgarian Prosecutors Seize Equipment for Silent Monitoring from Interior Ministry
Controversial Bulgarian GERB MP Found in Conflict of Interest
Wife of Bulgarian Drug Lord 'Worried Sick' after Daughter's Abduction

Quotes

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World

Dozens Killed in Argentina Flooding
Deadly Afghan Court Attack Kills 50, 90 Injured
IMF to Contribute EUR 1 B to Cyprus Bailout
Putin Orders Officials to Give Up Foreign Assets
US Companies Can Use Twitter, Facebook to Break News - Regulator
Kosovo-Serbia Talks Fail to Yield Deal

Letters to the Editor

Open Letter: Crimes against Animals in Bulgaria Barbaric

Business

50% of Alcoholic Drink Producers in Bulgaria Operate in Grey Sector

Fifty percent of the producers of alcoholic beverages in Bulgaria operate in the grey sector, according to Plamen Mollov, Chair of the National Vine and Wine Chamber.

Business | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 17:51

Bulgaria Has Grown Over-Reliant on EU Funds – NGO Chair

Bozhidar Danev, Chair of the Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA), has suggested that the lack of jobs is a major problem of the country.

Business | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 16:35

Google Maps Navigation Goes Live in Bulgaria

If you're in Bulgaria, the Google Maps app on your Android device will now offer navigation as an option when you make a directions query.

Business | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 16:22

Bulgarian Farming Ruined during GERB's Rule - Report

Bulgaria's farming is in deplorable state after the four years in office of Agriculture Minister, Miroslav Naydenov, from the Cabinet of the centrist GERB party, according to local press.

Business | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 10:12

Bulgaria's Largest Wine Expo Opens in Plovdiv

Bulgaria's largest international commercial exhibit of wines "Vinaria 2013" is opening in the city of Plovdiv Wednesday.

Business | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 08:15

Bulgaria Launches 5 Criminal Proceedings in Energy Sector

Bulgaria's National Electric Company, has committed a number of breaches, mostly related to the production of excessive quantities of electric power, the prosecution probe has concluded.

Business » Energy | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 13:15

Bulgarian Prosecution Discloses Energy Probe Results

Bulgaria's prosecution is to announce Wednesday the results of its probe in the energy sector.

Business » Energy | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 08:36

China's Yutong Bus Mulls Opening Factory in Bulgaria

China’s Yutong Bus company considers opening a bus factory in Bulgaria, Bulgarian media have reported.

Business » Industry | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 19:51

Politics

Bulgarian Expats Welcome President Plevneliev in Hungary

Bulgarians in Hungary have asked President, Rosen Plevneliev, to have the State assist them to reopen the Bulgarian school in Budapest.

Politics » Diplomacy | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 12:12

Syrian Conflict Attracted 1 Jihadist from Bulgaria - Report

At least one Bulgarian national traveled to Syria to fight against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, according to a study.

Politics » Defense | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 15:01

Nationalist Leader: Gabon Offers Higher Pensions than Bulgaria

Volen Siderov, leader of nationalist party Ataka, has suggested that pension rates in Bulgaria are lower than African countries.

Politics » Domestic | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 13:32

63 Parties Join Bulgarian Election Race

A total of 63 parties have been registered for the upcoming snap elections in Bulgaria, according to the country’s electoral body.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 19:08

Bulgarian Electoral Body Won't Take Part in Brand New Election Board

No representatives of Bulgaria’s Central Electoral Commission will take part in the country’s newly created Election Board, it was announced on Wednesday.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 17:27

22 States Ban Bulgarian Expat Polls outside Diplomatic Missions

Bulgaria has sent requests to 103 countries to allow the opening of voting polls outside diplomatic missions for its voters abroad wishing to cast a ballot in the May 12 snap general elections.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 09:34

Bulgaria's Election Board Holds 1st Sitting

The first sitting of Bulgaria's brand-new Election Board at the Council of Ministries is taking place Wednesday.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 09:09

Society

Ex Bulgarian Regional Minister Denies Being PM's Mistresss

Bulgaria's former Regional Minister, Lilyana Pavlova, has firmly rejected tabloid publications she was in love with ex Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, and was divorcing her husband.

Society | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 14:03

Bulgarian Red Cross Chair Calls for Establishment of Social Stores

Hristo Grigorov, Chair of the Bulgarian Red Cross, has called for legal amendments to allow for the establishment of so-called social/solidarity stores where low-income people can buy clothes and food products at affordable prices.

Society | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 12:26

Doctors Manage to Save Life of One Bulgarian Self-Immolator

The life of the 52-year-old Bulgarian man, who set himself ablaze in downtown Sofia in mid-March, is out of danger, according to medics from the emergency Pirogov hospital.

Society | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 11:01

Jamiroquai to Stage Concert in Sofia

British jazz funk ban Jamiroquai is to stage a concert in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia on June 28, according to Symphonics Entertainment Group.

Society » Culture | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 15:59

'Variety' Salutes Bulgarian Director, Names Him One of Top Ten to Watch

On the heels of wide public and critical acclaim, comes the news that industry bible Variety Magazine has named Bulgarian Emil Hristov one of its 10 European Directors to Watch.

Society » Culture | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 14:21

Crime

Bulgaria’s Ex PM Fully Cleared over Notorious Wiretap Scandal

The probe into a wire-tape scandal, implicating Bulgaria's former prime minister of protecting controversial businesses, has been conducted and suspended in compliance with the law, prosecutors said.

Crime | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 18:17

Dogan Attacker Charged with Assassination Attempt

Oktay Enimehmedov, the man who shocked Bulgaria by pointing a gas pistol at former ethnic Turkish party leader Ahmed Dogan, has been now charged with attempting to assassinate him.

Crime | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 15:31

Bulgarian Prosecutors Seize Equipment for Silent Monitoring from Interior Ministry

Bulgaria's prosecuting authority has seized equipment for silent monitoring from the Interior Ministry in connection with an inspection launched on a tip-off of socialist leader Sergey Stanishev for illegal wiretapping of politicians and businessmen.

Crime | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 15:23

Controversial Bulgarian GERB MP Found in Conflict of Interest

Bulgaria's Commission for Establishing and Preventing Conflict of Interest has found that controversial GERB MP Emil Dimitrov has committed a number of such conflicts.

Crime | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 14:59

Wife of Bulgarian Drug Lord 'Worried Sick' after Daughter's Abduction

The former wife of alleged Bulgarian drug lord Evelin Banev aka Brendo has made a desperate plead nearly a month after their little daughter was abducted.

Crime | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 11:56

Quotes

Today's Quote

"I am not divorcing my husband.

Quotes | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 18:54

World

Dozens Killed in Argentina Flooding

Heavy floods caused by torrential rains have killed dozens of people in the province of Buenos Aires in Argentina.

World | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 20:34

Deadly Afghan Court Attack Kills 50, 90 Injured

A suicide bomb and gun attack on a courthouse in western Afghanistan has left more than 50 people dead and 90 injured, most of them civilians, BBC reported.

World | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 18:51

IMF to Contribute EUR 1 B to Cyprus Bailout

The International Monetary Fund has announced that it will contribute a total of EUR 1 B, or about 10% of a bailout package for Cyprus in exchange for widespread reforms in the island nation.

World | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 18:13

Putin Orders Officials to Give Up Foreign Assets

Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a decree ordering all Russian officials and heads of state companies to drop all foreign accounts and company shares.

World | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 16:37

US Companies Can Use Twitter, Facebook to Break News - Regulator

Companies may use Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites to share news, provided they first tell investors which sites they'll use, a US regulator said.

World | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 15:01

Kosovo-Serbia Talks Fail to Yield Deal

Kosovo and Serbia have failed to come to an agreement on the status of Serb-dominated Northern Kosovo in EU-mediated talks held in Brussels.

World | April 3, 2013, Wednesday // 14:46

Letters to the Editor

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