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Fast payments promise from Czech banks

Radio Prague |
28 December 2017

The Czech central bank and leading retail banks have agreed to introduce almost immediate inter-bank payments by the end of 2018. While many of the technical questions have already been broached a testing period to make sure everything works is needed. The Czech National Bank is now piloting changes that could result in cash transfers in seconds rather than days. Such payments should be possible 24 hours a day and every day of the year.

Ferry service starts at spot where Prague bridge collapsed

Radio Prague |
27 December 2017

A new ferry went into operation on Saturday at the spot in Prague where a footbridge collapsed earlier this month. The small ferry, which is free of charge, runs from the island Císařský ostrov to Troja, the location of Prague's zoo.

The music fanatic in communist Czechoslovakia and the Radio Luxembourg DJ - an unlikely friendship

Radio Prague |
27 December 2017

Jan Šesták was a music-obsessed mega-fan of Radio Luxembourg, tuning in every evening, despite the risks, in communist Czechoslovakia. Tony Prince was a top DJ on the Europe-wide station, which regularly reached tens of millions of listeners. This is the story of how the two met when Prince performed in Šesták's native Brno on a 1970 tour.

Ballroom dancing still part of the Czech lifestyle

Radio Prague |
27 December 2017

Czechoslovakia gained independence in 1918. But even now, after nearly a century you can find customs and traditions that are very similar to most countries that formed the old Austrian-Hungarian Empire.

UNICEF's "Adopt a Doll, Save a Child" project celebrates 15 years

Radio Prague |
27 December 2017

"Adopt a Doll, Save a life" is a project launched by the Czech branch of UNICEF fifteen years ago. Over that time it has helped to save the lives of some 30,000 children.

Czech ombudswoman takes up case of Chinese Christians seeking asylum

Radio Prague |
27 December 2017

The Czech ombudsman has taken up the case of dozens Chinese Christians who lodged asylum requests in the country on the grounds that they fear persecution at home. Examination of the cases appear to be taking a very long time and the watchdog says it has so far received no replies so far to its request for explanations from the Ministry of Interior.

Poll: Two-thirds want Babis'š immunity lifted

Radio Prague |
22 December 2017

Two-thirds of Czechs believe the Chamber of Deputies should again lift the immunity of ANO's Andrej Babiš and Jaroslav Faltýnek so they can face trial on charges of abuse of EU subsidies, suggests a poll conducted for Czech Radio by the Median agency.

Václav Havel Airport reports record number of passengers serviced

Radio Prague |
22 December 2017

Prague's Václav Havel International Airport has reported a record number of 15 million passengers serviced this year. Last year the airport handled 13 million passengers from around the world. The airport was expanded a few years ago to meet growing demand.

Fresh release for "chilling" classic The Cremator

Radio Prague |
22 December 2017

Juraj Herz's The Cremator, originally released in 1969, is often regarded as one of the greatest films ever made in Czechoslovakia. Now the dark and disturbing movie set in the late 1930s has just come out in a new Blu-ray edition on the Second Run DVD imprint.

First Czech flat bought for cryptocurrency

Radio Prague |
22 December 2017

A Czech company has sold the first apartment in the Czech Republic using bitcoin currency, the daily Hospodářské noviny reported on Thursday. The apartment in Prague's Strašnice district was bought by a Russian citizen last month for 35 bitcoins, which was more than five million crowns at the time. According to the daily, it is only the second property paid in crypto-currency worldwide.

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