ARCHIVE - 9 April 2013

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Business

Freight Traffic Ban on Bulgaria-Romania Bridge Lifted
Water Prices in Sofia to Drop by over 4% - Watchdog
2nd Bulgaria-Romania Bridge to Be Launched May Earliest
Construction Firms Seek BGN 200 M in Delayed Payments by Bulgarian Municipalities
TIR Truck Traffic along Danube Bridge to Resume on April 13
EC to Launch Probe of Bulgaria's Energy Sector Next Week
Electricity Price Hike from July 1 Quite Likely – Bulgarian Watchdog Chair
Bulgaria to Press Charges against Energy Watchdog Ex Head

Politics

Bulgarian Diplomats to Stay in North Korea
Schengen Information System (SIS II) Goes Live
Bulgarian President's Chief of Staff Calls It Quits
Dogan Attacker Seeks to Run for Bulgarian MP
Bulgaria's Turkish Party Predicts Coalition Govt
Bulgarian Socialists: Only We Can Defeat Ex-Rulers
Bulgaria's Electoral Commission Announces Ballot Numbers for May 12 Vote
Draw to Fix Ballot Number of Runners in Bulgaria’s Elections

Sports

FIFA to Back Investigation into Fishy Bulgaria Friendly

Views on BG

Welsh Valleys 'Poorer than Parts of Bulgaria, Romania and Poland'

Smiles

German in London Pub

World

Death Toll in Iran Earthquake Climbs to 30
Korea Crisis May Become Uncontrollable, UN Warns
Quake Strikes Near Iran’s Nuclear Station, Leaves at Least 3 Dead
Margaret Thatcher Funeral Set for April 17
Gunman Kills 13 Relatives, Neighbors near Belgrade
North Korea to Foreigners in South: Take Safety Measures
Thatcher Biography 'Not for Turning' Due Out after Funeral
Japan Deploys Missile Defenses in Tokyo

Novinite Insider

Why Making Europe German Won't Fix the Crisis

Business

Freight Traffic Ban on Bulgaria-Romania Bridge Lifted

Traffic restrictions for vehicles weighing over 10 tonnes on the so-called Danube Bridge connecting Bulgaria and Romania have been lifted.

Business | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 19:48

Water Prices in Sofia to Drop by over 4% - Watchdog

Water prices in Sofia will be reduced by slightly over 4%, according to Milena Milanova, member of Bulgaria's State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR).

Business | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 17:57

2nd Bulgaria-Romania Bridge to Be Launched May Earliest

The second Danube Bridge connecting Bulgaria and Romania will be launched and operational in May at the earliest, according to Bulgarian Transport Minister Kristian Krastev.

Business | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 17:24

Construction Firms Seek BGN 200 M in Delayed Payments by Bulgarian Municipalities

The construction sector is still experiencing problems with delayed payments of municipalities for infrastructure projects, according to Svetoslav Glosov, Chair of the Bulgarian Construction Chamber.

Business | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 15:59

TIR Truck Traffic along Danube Bridge to Resume on April 13

Traffic restrictions for vehicles weighing over 10 tonnes on the Danube Bridge will stay in force until Saturday.

Business | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 12:42

EC to Launch Probe of Bulgaria's Energy Sector Next Week

A team of experts of the European Commission will start a probe of Bulgaria's energy sector next week, according to a media statement of the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism.

Business » Energy | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 16:55

Electricity Price Hike from July 1 Quite Likely – Bulgarian Watchdog Chair

An increase in electricity prices from July 1, 2013 is very likely, according to Evgenia Haritonova, Chair of Bulgaria's State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR).

Business » Energy | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 11:47

Bulgaria to Press Charges against Energy Watchdog Ex Head

The prosecution in Bulgarian capital Sofia is expected to raise charges against the recently fired head of the national energy regulator Angel Semerdzhiev within ten days, according to media reports.

Business » Energy | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 10:05

Politics

Bulgarian Diplomats to Stay in North Korea

Bulgaria is among the EU countries that are not considering an evacuation of its North Korea embassy staff, according to a report.

Politics » Diplomacy | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 15:29

Schengen Information System (SIS II) Goes Live

The second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) enters into operation Tuesday.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 14:27

Bulgarian President's Chief of Staff Calls It Quits

Tsvetlin Yovchev, the Chief of Staff of Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, has resigned, local media informed on Tuesday.

Politics » Domestic | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 18:50

Dogan Attacker Seeks to Run for Bulgarian MP

Oktay Enimehmedov, the man who shocked Bulgaria by pointing a gas pistol at former ethnic Turkish party leader Ahmed Dogan, may be officially registered as an independent MP candidate.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 19:18

Bulgaria's Turkish Party Predicts Coalition Govt

Lyutvi Mestan, leader of Bulgaria’s ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms party, has ruled out the possibility of a single-party government being formed after the upcoming snap elections.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 16:07

Bulgarian Socialists: Only We Can Defeat Ex-Rulers

Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Sergey Stanishev has stated that only his formation is capable of preventing the center-right GERB from returning to power.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 14:58

Bulgaria's Electoral Commission Announces Ballot Numbers for May 12 Vote

The draw determining the ballot numbers for parties and coalitions running at the May 12 parliamentary elections has finished.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 13:17

Draw to Fix Ballot Number of Runners in Bulgaria’s Elections

The draw that will determine the order in which parties and coalitions will appear in the integral ballot at the upcoming general elections in Bulgaria, is to take place on Tuesday.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 07:31

Sports

FIFA to Back Investigation into Fishy Bulgaria Friendly

An independent judicial inquiry backed by football’s world governing body FIFA is to investigate a match-fixing scandal involving the South African national team in the build up to the 2010 World Cup.

Sports | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 14:20

Views on BG

Welsh Valleys 'Poorer than Parts of Bulgaria, Romania and Poland'

By Martin ShiptonWales Online

Views on BG | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 09:43

Smiles

German in London Pub

A German fellow enters a pub in London.

Smiles | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 14:42

World

Death Toll in Iran Earthquake Climbs to 30

The death toll from the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that hit southern Iran on Tuesday has risen to 30, according to the country’s state TV.

World | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 20:35

Korea Crisis May Become Uncontrollable, UN Warns

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned the crisis on the Korean peninsula may become "uncontrollable".

World | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 18:00

Quake Strikes Near Iran’s Nuclear Station, Leaves at Least 3 Dead

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck in south-west Iran, not far from the country's sole nuclear power station, according to the US Geological Survey.

World | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 16:34

Margaret Thatcher Funeral Set for April 17

The funeral of former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will take place on Wednesday, April 17, Downing Street has announced.

World | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 13:24

Gunman Kills 13 Relatives, Neighbors near Belgrade

A gunman shot and killed at least 13 people, including six women and one child, in the Serbian town of Velika Ivanca Tuesday.

World | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 12:11

North Korea to Foreigners in South: Take Safety Measures

North Korea issued on Tuesday a warning to foreigners in South Korea, saying they should take steps to secure shelter or evacuation to protect themselves in the event of a conflict on the Korean Peninsula, CNN reported.

World | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 10:38

Thatcher Biography 'Not for Turning' Due Out after Funeral

The first volume of Margaret Thatcher's authorized biography will be published immediately after her funeral.

World | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 09:04

Japan Deploys Missile Defenses in Tokyo

Japan has deployed missile-defense systems at three sites around Tokyo early Tuesday ahead of a possible missile launch by North Korea, CNN reported.

World | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 08:28

Novinite Insider

Why Making Europe German Won't Fix the Crisis

By Ivan Krastev & Georgi Ganev Bloomberg agency

Novinite Insider » Expert Voices | April 9, 2013, Tuesday // 07:43