Thursday, 18 October 2018

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Around 1,000 Czech bridges to undergo safety inspections

Radio Prague |
3 September 2018

All Czech road and rail bridges dating from the 1960s to the 1980s are to undergo safety checks. Around 1,000 bridges are set for inspection by the relevant authorities, while the transport minister has also called on regional authorities to carry out controls.

Photo exhibition maps century since 1918 via country's presidents

Radio Prague |
31 August 2018

A new exhibition in Prague maps the century since the foundation of Czechoslovakia via photographs of the presidents who have served since 1918.

Drought exposes ancient "hunger stones", Communist-era water mismanagment

Radio Prague |
31 August 2018

Receding waterlines stemming from long droughts this summer have revealed some disturbing ancient relics – so-called "hunger stones", some dating back as far as 1616, which serve as a warning to future generations. One such hydrological landmark on the Labe River is inscribed in German with the words "If you see me, weep."

One year later most illegal billboards still await removal

Radio Prague |
31 August 2018

Legislation came into effect at this time last year aimed at removing thousands of billboards standing by motorways and first class roads across the Czech Republic. However, 12 months later the majority of such advertisements are still in place.

Czech ambassador to Zambia on renewing old contacts and forging new ties

Radio Prague |
31 August 2018

When the Czech Republic re-opened its embassy in Zambia last year after a twenty-five-year break, Radek Rubeš handed over his credentials to President Edgar Lungu and set about re-establishing the Czech presence in Lusaka.

Czech PM to visit Great Britain in October

Radio Prague |
30 August 2018

Prime Minister Andrej Babis is likely to visit Great Britain at the end of October, for talks on bilateral relations post-Brexit, the Czech Republic's ambassador to London, Libor Sečka told the ctk news agency. If the visit goes ahead as planned, the prime minister would hold talks with his British counterpart Theresa May and attend a concert of the Czech Philharmonic held on the occasion of the centenary of Czechoslovakia.

Czech Outdoor to dismantle its roadside billboards

Radio Prague |
30 August 2018

The Czech Outdoor advertising agency has promised to remove all its roadside billboards by the end of September, according to Transport Ministry spokesman Jakub Stadler. This is in line with a 2017 law which bans advertisement billboards within 250 meters from main roads and highways for safety reasons.

Radim Dragoun to head police oversight agency

Radio Prague |
30 August 2018

The government has approved the appointment of state attorney Radim Dragoun as head of the General Inspectorate of the Security Forces. Prime Minister Babis should officially appoint him to office on September 1st.

President defends Czech participation in Afghan foreign mission

Radio Prague |
30 August 2018

President Miloš Zeman has defended Czech participation in NATO's Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan. In an address to Czech ambassadors, who are assembled in Prague for their annual consultations, President Zeman said that Czech soldiers in Kabul were fighting for Prague, and their presence there was vital for the country's national interests.

Cottage prices rising fast, study finds

Radio Prague |
30 August 2018

The upswing in apartment and house prices in the Czech Republic has spread to the market for cottages and chalets. Indeed, such recreational homes have gone up by an average of 20 percent in the last year, according to a company that monitors property prices.

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