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Unique sandstone formations vandalized

Radio Prague |
3 September 2018

Prachovské skaly, unique sandstone rock formations in the Český Ráj Protected Landscape Area, have been vandalized by spray paint, Czech Television reported.

Government and unions agree on wage rises in public sector

Radio Prague |
3 September 2018

Trade unions have reached agreement with the government on wage rises in the public sector as of January 2019. According to Finance Minister Alena Schillerová there will not be a blanket increase and employees with lower wages should get a bigger hike. The average raise for public sector employees will be at around eight percent.

Decision on financing of new nuclear reactors expected by end-year

Radio Prague |
3 September 2018

A decision on the means of financing new nuclear reactors in the Czech Republic should be made by the end of the year, Trade and Industry Minister Marta Nováková told journalists on Friday.

Renovation work begins on 1930s Slovak Arrow train

Radio Prague |
3 September 2018

Work is about to begin on the renovation of a famous interwar express train known as the Slovak Arrow. A dilapidated model that stood for years in front of the Tatra museum in Kopřivnice in the Moravian Silesian Region has been transported to Hranice in the Olomouc Region, where it will be completely renovated at a cost of CZK 35 million over two years.

Cheaper travel for students and seniors comes into effect

Radio Prague |
3 September 2018

Cheaper train and bus fares for people under 26 and over 65 were introduced in the Czech Republic on Saturday. They will now have to pay just a quarter the price of regular tickets.

Illnerová: Ending daylight saving time would have little impact on health

Radio Prague |
3 September 2018

A former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Helena Illnerová, says a European Commission proposal to end daylight saving time would not have a significant impact on people's health. The biochemist and physiologist said changing the clocks twice a year was not in itself problematic.

Czech intelligence service warns of growing threat of paramilitary groups

Radio Prague |
3 September 2018

The Czech BIS intelligence service has warned of the growing danger of paramilitary groups, which have around 2,000 members in total, iDnes.cz reported. BIS says that some such militia groups are attempting to forge ties with state organisations and members of the national and local police forces, the news site said.

Brno local party adopts :mafia" image

Radio Prague |
3 September 2018

A political grouping fielding candidates in forthcoming municipal elections in Brno is using mafia references in a bid to win support, Lidovky.cz reported. The leader of Maffie.cz, Lubor Pospíchal, appears on its candidates list as "capo di tutti capi" while other nominees have nicknames such as "the big fish" and "the gun", the news site said.

Hot weather seen as partly to blame for summer road death increase

Radio Prague |
3 September 2018

The number of road deaths in the Czech Republic in July and August was one-fifth higher than in the same period last year. While 101 people died on the roads in the holiday months of 2017 this year the figure was 121.

Babiš: Poche will never be foreign minister

Radio Prague |
3 September 2018

The Social Democrats' nominee for foreign minister, Miroslav Poche, has been a very negative force at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, says PM Andrej Babiš. Mr. Babiš said on a TV discussion show on Sunday that Mr. Poche, who is currently a political secretary at the ministry, would never head the government department. Mr. Poche described the PM's words on Sunday as an attack. He said if Mr. Babiš was cooperating with the likes of Hungary's Viktor Orban he would be hard pressed to find a similarly minded foreign minister within the Social Democrats.

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