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Production of passenger cars up by 0.7 percent in Q3

The production of passenger cars in the Czech Republic rose by 0.7 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2019 to over one million units, the Automotive Industry Association announced on Thursday. Production in September reached 125,351 cars, which is a six percent increase on the same ... more >>
 

Government report: 230,830 people homeless in Czechia

There are around 230,830 homeless people living in the Czech Republic, according to a census carried out in the spring by the research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs and published on Thursday. The majority of the homeless are men and about 2,600 people of the total number are people ... more >>
 

Rare Terezín ghetto artefacts found in attic of private home

The reconstruction of a private home in Terezín has brought to light old documents and precious artefacts from the former Jewish ghetto. The unique find, which includes transport tickets and private correspondence, will be digitized and shown to the public. more >>
 

Weather

Friday will be partly cloudy to overcast with daytime highs ranging between 15 and 19 degrees Celsius. more >>
 

Survey: 37 percent of Prague car drivers prefer to use public transport

More than a third of Prague car owners prefer to use public transport in the city and only use their car for travelling outside the capital, according to a survey carried out by the STEM / MARK agency for the car-sharing company Anytime. They are mostly put off by parking problems and the high ... more >>
 

German tourist pleads guilty to spray painting graffiti on Charles Bridge

One of the two German citizens, who were accused of spray-painting graffiti on Charles Bridge earlier this year pleaded guilty to the charges at a hearing in a Prague court on Thursday. Niclas Steiger, one of the two brothers caught by police in June spraying a logo on the stone bridge support ... more >>
 

Petition calls on Charles University rector to resign over Home Credit agreement

More than 600 Charles University students, graduates and employees have called on its rector Tomáš Zima to step down over a controversial partnership agreement with consumer lender Home Credit. Under the cooperation agreement, Home Credit, which is part of the PPF Group controlled by Czech ... more >>
 

Academics call on Charles University rector to resign over Home Credit agreement

Academics from Charles University’s Faculty of Science have called on the rector of the university, Tomáš Zima, to step down over a controversial partnership agreement with consumer lender Home Credit. Under the cooperation agreement, Home Credit, which is part of the PPF Group controlled by ... more >>
 

State subsidies drive up bus passenger numbers

State-subsidised travel for senior citizens and students has led to full buses in the Czech Republic, iDnes.cz reported. Experts say the government scheme is encouraging existing passengers to travel more. more >>
 

Court rehabilitates Pavel Wonka, last dissident to die in Communist prison

The Náchod district court has ruled that Pavel Wonka, believed to be the last Czech political prisoner to have died in prison under Communism, had been illegally incarcerated. His brother had filed a lawsuit to have him ‘rehabilitated’ and can now claim damages from the state over the ... more >>
 

President Zeman to check into hospital for several days

President Miloš Zeman is due to check into hospital on Thursday afternoon for what his spokesman called a "reconditioning stay" that will last through Sunday. Zeman, 75, has low blood pressure, diabetes and polyfunctional neuropathy that affects his legs, and for these reasons may appear tired… more >>
 

Daily news summary 16.10.2019

Nuclear power play, Czechs and authoritarian rule, ‘bone church’ selfie ban more >>
 

Czechia drops to 32nd place in WEF Global Competitiveness Report

The Czech Republic has dropped by three positions to 32nd place in the World Economic Forum’s 2019 Global Competitiveness Report. Despite that, Czechia remains the most competitive economy in Central Europe, suggests the rating. It finished behind Estonia, but ahead of the other Visegard Four ... more >>
 

Century-old Prague meteorological column restored to former glory

A meteorological column erected on the Prague square Vítězné náměstí in 1914 has just been restored. It is one of only two remaining such columns in the Czech capital, though in the past they were a common sight in the city and indeed throughout the country. I discussed the restoration job and ... more >>
 

Top court scraps controversial law on taxing church restitutions

The Constitutional Court has invalidated a controversial law on taxing money returned to churches in compensation for property stolen by the communist regime in the 1950s. The verdict by the highest court in the land is legally binding and there is no further means of appeal. more >>
 

PM Babiš: Czechs must expand nuclear power regardless of EU law

In the interests of “energy security”, the Czech Republic must build new nuclear units even if it contravenes European Union law, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) said on Wednesday. Addressing MPs on the Committee on European Affairs, he said both the country’s nuclear power plants of Dukovany... more >>
 

Weather outlook

Thursday should be clear to partly cloudy, with sporadic light rain likely in north-western Bohemia. Average daytime high should range between 14 to 18 degrees Celsius. more >>
 

MPs agree to stricter rules for breeders, ‘puppy farms’

Rules for breeding dogs and commercial “puppy farms” are likely to further tighten. An amendment to the Veterinary Act approved by MPs on Wednesday, among other measures, would require breeding three or more dogs to report their activity, and require all puppies to have ID chips ahead of being ... more >>
 

Romani Museum invites designs for Lety concentration camp memorial

The Museum of Romani Culture has announced an international competition to design a memorial to Roma vicitms of the Holocaust at the site of the Lety concentration camp, where more than 300 Roma men, women and children died during WWI. After years of negotiations, the Czech government agreed in ... more >>
 

Czech MoD considering initial bids in CZK 50 bn fighting vehicle tender

The Ministry of Defence has received three preliminary bids for its planned purchase of 210 infantry fighting vehicles, the largest single order in modern Czech military history, in which price will be the decisive factor. The ministry said it will review the bids before holding talks with ... more >>
 
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