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CROWN AGENTS FIRST REPORT ON CUSTOMS READY MARCH 22

The first draft of British company Crown Agents report on the Bulgarian Customs will be ready March 22, Finance Minister Milen Velchev announced. The report will also include recommendations on the development of the customs administration.

Politics | February 28, 2002, Thursday // 00:00

VISAGE MODELS WITH FIRST SWEET’N LOW COLLECTION ON THE CATWALK

Sweet’N Low collection, the first ever collection of pink lingerie in Bulgaria, was presented by Sweet’N Low, the world leader among sweeteners, together with Visage Model Group at the cafeteria of Bulgaria Hotel February 28. The pink collection is dedica

Society | February 28, 2002, Thursday // 00:00

MAJORITY STAKE IN ARMS PLANT TO BE SOLD IN PUBLIC TENDER

The Privatisation Agency will try to sell a majority stake in the debt-ridden Vazov Group of arms plant (VMZ) at a public tender, the Privatisation Agency announced. According to PA Chairman Apostol Apostolov it is still not clear whether the core product

Business | February 28, 2002, Thursday // 00:00

REHABILITATED THERMAL UNITS 2,3 WILL MEET 50% OF DOMESTIC DEMAND

After the rehabilitation of the Maritsa East 2 and 3 thermal power plants and the addition of new production facilities at Maritsa East 3, the complex will be able to meet 40-50% of domestic electricity demand, former Maritsa East director and incumbent c

Business | February 28, 2002, Thursday // 00:00

QADDAFI'S SON PLANS TO VISIT BULGARIA

Seif al-Islam, son of the Lybian leader Qaddafi, is planning to visit Sofia after the Bulgaria-related issue currently handled by his Foundation is settled, it transpired at a news conference in the French capital. Since September 2001 the Qaddafi Interna

Politics | February 28, 2002, Thursday // 00:00

NATO SECRETARY GENERAL IN BULGARIA, PART OF NATO ASPIRANTS TOUR

NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson arrived February 28 on a one-day working visit to Bulgaria within his tour of the NATO membership applicants. Robertson is scheduled to meet with President Georgi Parvanov, Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg, and Parli

Politics | February 28, 2002, Thursday // 00:00

BRUSSELS TO RELEASE USD 5 M FOR CONSULTANT ON DANUBE BRIDGE

Brussels is to grant some USD 5 M to the company consultant on the construction of Danube Bridge 2. The selection of the consultant is already underway, the Transport Ministry announced.

Business | February 28, 2002, Thursday // 00:00

OTE TELECOMS IS EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE FOR A SECOND TIME IN THE TENDE...

OTE Telecoms is expected to participate for a second time in the tender for the acquisition of Bulgarian Telecommunicaiton Company, Greek IMERISIA reported. Income from start-up mobile telephony operations in Bulgaria and Macedonia would not be enough to

Politics | February 28, 2002, Thursday // 00:00

BRITISH-LISTED NAVAN GETS SECOND BULGARIA GOLD LICENCE AREA

British-listed miner Navan Mining Plc said its Bulgarian subsidiary, Balkan Mineral and Mining, had been awarded a licence area in Bulgaria, adjacent to a zone with high-grade gold mineralisation, Reuters reported. The 128 square km Perunika licence is st

Business | February 28, 2002, Thursday // 00:00

FIFTY-ONE SUSPECTS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOLLOWING AN ARSON ATTACK ON A T...

Fifty-one suspects have been arrested following an arson attack on a train in the western Indian state of Gujarat, which killed 58 people, government officials said. Those arrested are being held on charges of arson, rioting and looting.

World | February 28, 2002, Thursday // 00:00

THE UNITED NATIONS AND A LEADING CHARITY HAVE LAUNCHED AN INQUIRY INTO...

The United Nations and a leading charity have launched an inquiry into allegations that relief agency staff sexually exploited refugee children in Africa. U.

World | February 28, 2002, Thursday // 00:00

A PALESTINIAN WOMAN WITH EXPLOSIVES STRAPPED TO HER BODY BLEW HERSELF ...

A Palestinian woman with explosives strapped to her body blew herself up in a suicide attack at a West Bank checkpoint, wounding at least two Israeli police officers and killing two other Palestinians in her car, Israeli military sources said. The attack

World | February 28, 2002, Thursday // 00:00

THE BULGARIAN NATIONAL BANK (BNB) WILL RELEASE SOME BGN 60 M DEPOSITED...

The Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) will release some BGN 60 M deposited as minimum requires reserves by local banks, starting March 4. Bank credits with a maturity of over two-year will be excluded.

Politics | February 28, 2002, Thursday // 00:00

THE BULGARIAN UNIT OF TURKEY’S TEXTILE PRODUCER MENDERES TEKSTIL AND H...

The Bulgarian unit of Turkey’s textile producer Menderes Tekstil and Haskovo-based branch of Raiffeisenbank Bulgaria will cooperate, Shahin Pastalli, Menderes representative to Bulgaria announced. A factory in the nearby town of Svilengrad is to be built

Politics | February 28, 2002, Thursday // 00:00

THE BULGARIAN ASSOCIATION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES (BAIT) BECAME ME...

The Bulgarian Association of Information Technologies (BAIT) became member of the World Information Technologies and Services (WITAS), BAIT’s Deputy Chairman Stoyan Boev said. Washington-based WITSA is a global player in information technologies, providin

Politics | February 28, 2002, Thursday // 00:00

CHIEF EU NEGOTIATOR TOOK PART IN EUROPEAN CONVENTION OPENING

Meglena Kuneva, Chief EU Negotiattor and Cabinet's representative to the European Conventio, took part in the opening of the European Convention February 28. The first session was chaired by the Convention leader and former French President Valery Giscard

Politics | February 28, 2002, Thursday // 00:00

DEADLINE FOR CURRENCIES EXCHANGE EXPIRED

February 28 was the last day when five Bulgarian banks - United Bulgarian Bank, Bulbank, Commercial Bank Biochim, Bulgarian Post Bank and the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) exchanged the twelve national currencies that are already invalid in most countries

Business | February 28, 2002, Thursday // 00:00

US OFFICIAL PAIRS BULGARIA AND ROMANIA IN EFFORTS FOR NATO -ENTRY

Bulgaria and Romania are heading to NATO together, Bruce Jackson, US Congress NATO Committee Chairman, who is on a brief visit in Bulgaria, said. He urged Bulgarian politicians to speed up the military reform.

Politics | February 28, 2002, Thursday // 00:00

RUSSIA'S RSK MIG TO WORK WITH ANOTHER COMPANY ON MIG-29 MODERNIZATION

Russia's RSK MiG, the company, which won the tender for the upgrade and overhaul of the Bulgarian MiG-29 fighter aircraft informed Bulgaria’s Defence Minister Nikolay Svinarov that can only repair the airplanes. The Russian company said that it could not

Politics | February 27, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00

SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC HAS MADE A FRESH DEMAND FOR HIS RELEASE FROM CUSTOD...

Slobodan Milosevic has made a fresh demand for his release from custody, saying it is hindering his ability to defend himself at his war crimes trial. He clashed bitterly on Wednesday with trial judge Richard May as he insisted he was being treated unjust

World | February 27, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00

AUSTRIAN RAIL INVESTIGATORS HAVE BEGUN TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT CAUSED ...

Austrian rail investigators have begun trying to find out what caused a train crash which left six people dead and 15 injured. Two freight trains collided near the Austrian capital, Vienna, in one of the country's worst railway accidents in recent years.

World | February 27, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00
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