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Daily news summary 14.2.2019

CEZ Temelín investment Huawei affair Stamps commemorate legendary traveller more >>

Ministry plans higher pensions and new affordable housing legislation

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs is proposing an increase in old-age pensions next year. Minister Jana Maláčová also announced on Thursday that she was drafting legislation aimed at delivering affordable housing. more >>

Venezuelans in Czechia look with concern and hope to their homeland

Among those following developments in Venezuela with avid interest are Venezuelan emigres who have made a new life in the Czech Republic. For many of them Juan Guaido represents new hope that they will one day be able to return home. Czech Radio spoke to three Venezuelans about their take on ... more >>

Czech writer Jaroslav Rudiš nominated for Leipzig Book Fair Prize

Czech writer Jaroslav Rudiš is nominated for this year’s annual Leipzig Book Fair Prize in the category of fiction with his novel Winterbergs letzte Reise or Winterberg’s Last Journey. The award is considered to be the second most important German book-prize. Jaroslav Rudiš has been awarded ... more >>

Facebook and Financial Administration win Czech Big Brother Awards

The Czech Financial Administration, along with Facebook and the iRobot company have been selected for this year’s Big Brother award, handed out by the Iuridicum remedium civic association to companies that violate people's privacy or disclose people's personal data to third parties. The award… more >>

Special postage stamps to commemorate legendary Czech traveller

The Czech post released on Thursday a sheet of commemorative stamps marking the 100th birthday of the legendary Czech traveller, author and filmmaker Miroslav Zikmund. The stamps depict Mr Zikmund and his friend Jiří Hanzelka, who died in 2003. The popular post-war explorers visited over 80 ... more >>


Friday is expected to be mostly sunny with daytime temperatures ranging between 7 and 11 degrees Celsius. more >>

Number of female prostitutes in Czech Republic estimated at 13,000

There are an estimated 13,000 female prostitutes working in the Czech Republic, according to data released on Thursday by the NGO Rozkoš bez rizika, which provides counselling for sex-workers. About half of them are single mothers, with around 13 percent of those having three or more children. ... more >>

Vinyla award for Czech LP of the year goes to Povodí Ohře

The annual Vinyla alternative music award for Czech LP of the year went to the rock band Povodí Ohře for their album of the same name. Prague producer Bílej kluk won the Newcomer of the Year category, while the award for the Achievement of the Year went to ZVUK, an independent platform for music ... more >>

Prof. Jiří Neužil - head of research in molecular therapy of tumors

Professor Jiří Neužil is one of the Czech Republic’s leading specialists in cancer research. His research teams at the Biotechnological Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Griffith University in Australia have focused on a novel approach in the fight against incurable forms of breast ... more >>

New hope for cancer patients: drug in clinical testing makes cancer cells self-destruct

Professor Jiří Neužil is one of the Czech Republic’s leading specialists in cancer research. His research teams at the Biotechnological Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Griffith University in Australia have focused on a novel approach in the fight against incurable forms of breast ... more >>

ČEZ wants to invest CZK 1.5 billion into Temelín nuclear power plant in 2019

Czech energy giant ČEZ says it is planning to invest CZK 1.5 billion into the Temelín nuclear power plant this year. The money will be spread between 180 separate investments. ČEZ says its main aim is to modernise the country’s largest power plant and strengthen its security. This includes new ... more >>

Huawei set to receive reply from cyber watchdog today

The National Cyber and Information Security Agency is set to send a reply to Huawei today, following the company’s request for a cancellation or modification of the agency‘s warning that Huawei and ZTE products should not be used in Czech critical infrastructure. Huawei says the warning was in ... more >>

Inflation up to 2.5%, surprises bankers

Prague Daily Monitor Year-on-year inflation was 2.5% for the month of January. In December 2018, the figure was 2% and the jump has surprised many bankers, indicating that the Central Bank's monetary policy, could be tested. read more more >>

EET law moves to next phase

Prague Daily Monitor The Chamber of Deputies finally finished the first reading of the amendment to the controversial law on the Electronic Registration of Sales (EET). Once passed, the EET law will be extended to apply to food stalls, craftsmen, doctors and certain other professionals, in... more >>

Maláčová to decide about e-sick notes

Prague Daily Monitor Jana Maláčová, the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, announced that her ministry would be reviewing a decision that required doctors to issue electronic sick notes as of 2019, according to Czech Television. read more more >>

“When we returned we were amazed how popular we were”: Legendary traveller Miroslav Zikmund turns 100

The great traveller Miroslav Zikmund turned 100 on Thursday. For Czechoslovaks unable to travel much under communism, the books and radio reports produced by Zikmund and his friend Jiří Hanzelka served as a window to exotic parts of the world. However, the pair were barred from public life ... more >>

Nearly a quarter of all Czech mayors are women

24 percent of all mayors in the Czech Republic are women, the Office of the Government said on Wednesday. Women’s representation in local councils is slightly higher, at 28 percent. While these statistics still point to a large disparity betweem men and women in local politics, the Office ... more >>

Study: Czechs perception of cyber threat below EU average

Only around 20 percent of Czechs are seriously worried about becoming victims of identity theft, and just over a tenth of Czechs regularly change their online passwords, a study by the company Europ Assistance shows. The numbers are low in comparison to the average European cyber ... more >>

Daily news summary 13.2.2019

Support for foreign Minister, crackdown on worker exploitation, NHL in Prague more >>
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