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ARCHIVE - 16 January 2013

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Business

Bulgarian Govt Boasts Expanded Subway Depot, EU Funds Absorption
Bulgarian State-Owned Postal Operator Expects Losses in 2012 Report
Bulgarian Transport Ministry Reports BGN 23 M from Concessions for 2011
Bulgarian Tobacco Producers Reported 30% Smaller Harvest in 2012
New Blow Dealt on Bulgarian Cable Operator in TV War
Bulgaria Bestows 2012 Investor Awards
Bulgaria Launches Recovery Plan for Faltering Military Plant

Politics

Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry Proposes Consular Assistance Bill
Bulgaria Formally Moves to Pull Out Troops from Afghanistan
Bulgarian Defense Official Found Guilty of Conflict of Interests over Bali Trip
Dutch Media Reports Total Failure of Xenophobic Site
Bulgaria's Deputy Minister of Transport, ICT Quits Govt
Bulgarian Far-Right Leader Accused of Assaulting Journalist
Bulgarian PM Endorses 2nd Gondola Lift in Bansko

Society

Bulgarian Govt Slaps Maximum Fine on Developer Targeting Protected Area
Bulgarian Environment Minister: Protests against Overdevelopment Come Too Late
Bulgaria Declares Code Yellow over Gusty Winds
Rocky Mountains Picture Returns to 'Haunt' Bulgaria
Bulgarian Govt Steps Up Bidding for European Capital of Culture in 2019

Sports

Bulgaria's CSKA, Litex Consider Merger
Bulgaria's Manolev Fancies Fulham Move

Crime

Romania Wants Arrest of 2 Bulgarian Drug Trafficking Suspects
Bulgarian Border Police Bust 8 Illegal Syrian Immigrants
Greek Appeals Court Uphelds 123 Y Jail for Bulgarian Pilot

Views on BG

Bulgaria Grant to Payner Pop Channel Prompts EU Concern
David Cameron's View of Bulgarians as Benefit Tourists Is Way Off the Mark
Fears of Bulgarian Migrants Going to UK 'Exaggerated'
Lehi Family Brings Adopted Child Home from Bulgaria

World

Priest Who Backed Pussy Riot Suspended in Russia
Islamist Militants Abduct Foreigners in Algeria
Russian Mafia 'Godfather' Shot Dead in Downtown Moscow
Helicopter Crash in Central London Leaves 2 Dead - Report
Kentucky College Shooting Leaves 2 Dead, 1 Injured

Letters to the Editor

Bulgaria's Accession to Schengen

Business

Bulgarian Govt Boasts Expanded Subway Depot, EU Funds Absorption

Bulgaria's government has invested over BGN 17 M in an expansion of the depot of the Sofia Metro and its repair plant, Transport Minister Ivaylo Moskovski announced.

Business | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 16:27

Bulgarian State-Owned Postal Operator Expects Losses in 2012 Report

Deyan Daneshki, Executive Director of state-owned postal carrier Bulgarian Posts EAD, has said that the company will most probably report a loss for 2012 once the financial results for the past year become clear.

Business | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 16:26

Bulgarian Transport Ministry Reports BGN 23 M from Concessions for 2011

By December 2011, Bulgaria's Ministry of Transport, Information Technology, and Communications controlled 9 concession contracts for port terminals, the Silistra ferry terminal, and the civil airports in Burgas and Varna, according to a report.

Business | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 15:21

Bulgarian Tobacco Producers Reported 30% Smaller Harvest in 2012

Tsvetan Filev, Chair of the National Tobacco Growers Association (NAT – 2010), has said that the 2012 tobacco harvest in Bulgaria was 30% smaller due to the drought.

Business | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 12:57

New Blow Dealt on Bulgarian Cable Operator in TV War

Bulgarian Cable Operator Bulsatcom has been dealt a heavy blow by losing the rights to air the games from the group A football championship.

Business | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 11:38

Bulgaria Bestows 2012 Investor Awards

Eight companies received awards Tuesday evening at the "Investor of the Year 2012" ceremony.

Business | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 10:41

Bulgaria Launches Recovery Plan for Faltering Military Plant

The management of Bulgaria's State-owned arms manufacturer, VMZ Sopot, is to provide for the trade unions Wednesday an economic analysis.

Business » Industry | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 09:58

Politics

Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry Proposes Consular Assistance Bill

Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry has drafted a concept paper on a bill on consular services and consular assistance in a bid to respond better to the needs of Bulgarian citizens.

Politics » Diplomacy | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 18:24

Bulgaria Formally Moves to Pull Out Troops from Afghanistan

Bulgaria's Cabinet is adopted a long anticipated decision to terminate partly the Bulgarian military mission in the NATO-led ISAF forces in Afghanistan.

Politics » Defense | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 13:54

Bulgarian Defense Official Found Guilty of Conflict of Interests over Bali Trip

A senior civil servant from Bulgaria's Defense Ministry, Heni Shiyakova, has been confirmed by the Sofia Administrative Court to have been in conflict of interest in her dealings with a private firm, Bereta Trading.

Politics » Defense | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 13:05

Dutch Media Reports Total Failure of Xenophobic Site

Dutch daily NRC Handelbslad has reported a full failure for the controversial website created by the far-right PVV party of Geert Wilders.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 12:12

Bulgaria's Deputy Minister of Transport, ICT Quits Govt

One of Bulgaria's Deputy Ministers of Transport and ICT Kamen Kichev has requested to be dismissed from the Cabinet.

Politics » Domestic | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 16:08

Bulgarian Far-Right Leader Accused of Assaulting Journalist

A Bulgarian journalist has claimed that Volen Siderov, the notorious leader of far-right party Ataka (Attack), kicked him in the party's parliamentary office.

Politics » Domestic | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 15:40

Bulgarian PM Endorses 2nd Gondola Lift in Bansko

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has declared his support for the potential construction of a second gondola lift in the mountain resort of Bansko.

Politics » Domestic | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 14:26

Society

Bulgarian Govt Slaps Maximum Fine on Developer Targeting Protected Area

The Bulgarian authorities has slapped a BGN 20 000 fine on Emona 2000 EOOD, the developer which attempted and nearly managed to carry out resort construction in the Irakli – Emine protected area on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, the Environment Ministry a

Society » Environment | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 17:10

Bulgarian Environment Minister: Protests against Overdevelopment Come Too Late

The protests against overbuilding in Bulgarian resorts come after a long delay, according to Environment Minister Nona Karadzhova.

Society » Environment | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 14:06

Bulgaria Declares Code Yellow over Gusty Winds

Code yellow has been declared for twenty one Bulgarian regions Wednesday over the forecast for gusty winds.

Society » Environment | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 08:06

Rocky Mountains Picture Returns to 'Haunt' Bulgaria

A picture from the Rocky Mountains in the US State of Colorado has once again prompted ridicule  in Bulgaria, as it turns out it has been used to depict "Bulgarian nature" in an 8th grade schoolbook.

Society » Education | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 16:30

Bulgarian Govt Steps Up Bidding for European Capital of Culture in 2019

Bulgaria's Borisov Cabinet decided Wednesday to appoint the Culture Ministry as its "national coordination body" to select a Bulgarian city that is going to bid for becoming the European Capital of Culture in 2019.

Society » Culture | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 14:24

Sports

Bulgaria's CSKA, Litex Consider Merger

Two of Bulgaria's leading football clubs, CSKA Sofia and Litex Lovech, consider a tie-up, CSKA co-owners Ivo Ivanov and Dimitar Borisov revealed Wednesday.

Sports | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 18:03

Bulgaria's Manolev Fancies Fulham Move

Bulgarian international midfielder Stanislav Manolev is keen to join Premiership side Fulham, his agent has revealed.

Sports | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 14:55

Crime

Romania Wants Arrest of 2 Bulgarian Drug Trafficking Suspects

Romanian prosecutors have demanded the arrest of two Bulgarians suspected of running one of Europe's largest cocaine trafficking rings from Colombia to Europe.

Crime | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 19:53

Bulgarian Border Police Bust 8 Illegal Syrian Immigrants

Bulgarian border guards have arrested eight illegal immigrants from Syria in a police operation near the Bulgarian-Turkish border.

Crime | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 14:04

Greek Appeals Court Uphelds 123 Y Jail for Bulgarian Pilot

The Appellate Court in Athens has upheld the sentence of 123 years of jail time for Bulgarian pilot, Yanko Stoimenov.

Crime | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 08:38

Views on BG

Bulgaria Grant to Payner Pop Channel Prompts EU Concern

The European Commission has asked Bulgaria for an explanation after it awarded an EU grant of 1m euros (£0.8m; $1.3m) to a music broadcaster.

Views on BG | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 19:34

David Cameron's View of Bulgarians as Benefit Tourists Is Way Off the Mark

In the film Casablanca, a youthful, innocent and newly married Bulgarian woman approaches Rick (Humphrey Bogart) begging for help to get an exit visa for the US.

Views on BG | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 17:00

Fears of Bulgarian Migrants Going to UK 'Exaggerated'

From EU Observer

Views on BG | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 15:14

Lehi Family Brings Adopted Child Home from Bulgaria

The boy with the big eyes and the big smile doesn't speak a lick of English, but the joy was evident on his face and in his feet.

Views on BG | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 08:46

World

Priest Who Backed Pussy Riot Suspended in Russia

A Russian  priest who  apologized for the actions of Orthodox activists against the Pussy Riot feminist punk group has been expelled from the Russian Orthodox Church.

World | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 20:37

Islamist Militants Abduct Foreigners in Algeria

Two foreign nationals have been killed and several abducted in an attack by Islamist militants on a gas plant in eastern Algeria.

World | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 19:03

Russian Mafia 'Godfather' Shot Dead in Downtown Moscow

A man believed to be one of Russia's biggest mafia bosses was shot dead in downtown Moscow on Wednesday as he was leaving a restaurant after lunch, the Russian Interior Ministry announced.

World | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 15:35

Helicopter Crash in Central London Leaves 2 Dead - Report

Two people reportedly died when a helicopter crashed near the River Thames in central London during the morning rush hour on Wednesday, according to reports of the city's police forces.

World | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 11:50

Kentucky College Shooting Leaves 2 Dead, 1 Injured

Two people have been killed and a teenager has been wounded in the parking lot of a Kentucky community college in the US.

World | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 09:28

Letters to the Editor

Bulgaria's Accession to Schengen

It is farcical to see Ireland supporting Sofia's application to join Schengen when it denies the right of free travel to its own citizens.

Letters to the Editor | January 16, 2013, Wednesday // 06:41
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