News Press: Czech embassy in Kabul evacuated over terrorist threat

16-07-2014 19:42 | Jan Richter

The Czech embassy in the Afghan capital Kabul has been evacuated over a terrorist threat, the news website reported on Wednesday quoting a high Czech government official. The Czech Foreign Ministry has refused to comment. The evacuation allegedly took place at a time when Defence Minister Martin Stropnický announced plans to visit the Czech army contingent stationed in Afghanistan as part of NATO’s ISAF mission.

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Profit making Komerční banka to aid its French mother bank with seven billion crowns in 2015

28-02-2015 12:55 | Daniela Lazarová

Profit making Komerční banka, one of the largest Czech banks, will aid its French mother bank Societé Generale with seven billion crowns in 2015, Czech Television reported on Saturday. Two other profit making banks Česká Spořitelna and ČSOB are also expected to assist their mother companies. Together the three largest Czech banking institutions generated a profit of 41 billion crowns last year. This is seen as a sign of the stability of the Czech baking sector. 

Financial and moral support still pouring in to Uherský Brod in wake of tragic shooting

28-02-2015 11:12 | Daniela Lazarová

A public collection for the victims of the tragic shooting in the town of Uherský Brod is growing with individuals and towns offering financial and moral support. The local council has earmarked half a million for the immediate needs of the families of the victims and individuals have contributed 150,000 crowns to date. The town of Frenštát pod Radhoštem, which suffered a similar tragedy last year, has said it would send 100,000 crowns to the collection. The town’s inhabitants are still trying to come to terms with the tragedy, laying flowers and lighting candles outside the pub where a deranged man shot eight people dead before turning the gun on himself on Tuesday. President Miloš Zeman visited the site of the tragedy to pay his respects on Friday evening and Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, who has just returned from a working visit to South Korea, is expected to pay his respects on Monday. 

ANO party holding election conference in Prague

28-02-2015 10:36 | Daniela Lazarová

The AN0 party of the ruling coalition is holding an election conference in Prague. The party’s founder multi-millionaire entrepreneur and Finance Minister Andrej Babiš is running for the top post unchallenged. Thirteen candidates have been nominated by the regions for deputy posts, among them the head of ANO’s deputies’ group in the lower house Jaroslav Faltýnek, the head of the party’s Prague branch Radmila Kleslová, deputy chair of the lower house Jaroslava Jermanová and Defense Minister Martin Stropnický.

In an opening address to the conference Mr. Babiš spoke out in favour of a majority election system, and argued that the division of parties into right and left was outlived. He said the country primarily needed an action-capable administration which would tackle the problems at hand. Mr. Babiš likewise brought up divisions within the coalition, criticizing the Social Democrats for wanting to raise taxes and saying he expected growing friction over policy issues ahead of next year’s regional elections. 

Czech national wanted for abducting own children arrested

27-02-2015 19:03 | Daniela Lazarová

A Czech national who was wanted for abducting his two children following a lost battle for custody is reported to have been arrested in the west Bohemian city of Plzen. The two boys, aged nine and five, are back with their mother in Austria after 18 months. The Czech police have said they will release more information on the case on Monday. 

Czech foreign minister: Sending arms to Ukraine would only destabilize situation

27-02-2015 18:24 | Daniela Lazarová

Sending arms supplies to Ukraine at the present time would only destabilize the situation in the eastern part of the country, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek said following a meeting with his British counterpart Philip Hammond in Prague on Friday. The Czech Foreign Minister said it would be illogical to demand that both sides respect the Minsk peace deal and at the same time to send weapons to the country. British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond said the UK would not supply weapons “at the moment” but reserved the right to change its stance. The two officials also discussed the free movement of goods, capital and people within the European Union. 

Inspectors investigating alleged police brutality in domestic violence case

27-02-2015 17:25 | Daniela Lazarová

Police inspectors are investigating a case of alleged police brutality against a man who was involved in domestic violence. The officers were called to deal with a case of reported domestic violence in the town of Slaný and when the alleged assailant came out he was handcuffed and brutally beaten up in the street. The incident was recorded on a street camera. According to the internet news site only five officers are being investigated although eight policemen were seen on tape. None of them have been suspended from duty. According to the regional police chief this is because not all the officers were directly involved in the incident and it is not possible to identify the assailants on tape. 

Notorious fraudster sentenced to six years

27-02-2015 16:25 | Daniela Lazarová

Lukaš Kohout, a notorious fraudster, well-known for having passed himself off as a government official on numerous occasions, has been sentenced to six years in prison by the regional court in Usti nad Labem. Kohout was found guilty of fraud for passing himself off as the representative of a number of government agencies and enriching himself to the tune of 300,000 crowns. Kohout is already doing time in jail for pretending to be an assistant to the former foreign minister Jan Kavan and getting the state to cover the cost of his expensive trips to exotic destinations. The verdict of the Usti regional court is definitive. 

Zlín region wants its own rapid reaction force

27-02-2015 15:08 updated | Daniela Lazarová

In reaction to Tuesday’s tragedy in Uherský Brod, where a deranged man shot eight people dead before turning the gun on himself, the Zlín region is demanding its own rapid reaction force. At present there are only two rapid reaction forces in Moravia – one in the Moravia-Silesia region and one in the South Moravia region. Police President Tomáš Tuhý has said the demand will be considered. He has asked to recruit another 4,000 officers for the force in the next five years. The country presently has 40,000 officers. 

Trade Inspection Office says discrimination of customers still a problem

27-02-2015 14:23 | Daniela Lazarová

The Czech Trade Inspection Authority says it uncovered 44 cases of discrimination of customers on the grounds of race, nationality and age during inspections conducted last year. Trade inspectors conducted over 1,200 inspections at restaurants, travel bureaus, spas and real estate agencies of which 16 institutions received a fine of over one million crowns. The number of overall transgressions (639) is reported to have doubled in comparison with the two preceding years. In several cases Romanies were denied admission to restaurants, were rebuffed when they wanted to join a package tour and were turned away when they asked to lease a flat. Inspectors also found discrimination against foreigners, particularly Russian nationals who were turned away from a restaurant or made to pay higher fees. 

Nexen to start building tire plant in Moravia in the autumn of this year

27-02-2015 12:11 | Daniela Lazarová

Construction work on Nexen’s tire plant in the Czech Republic is expected to begin in the autumn of this year, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said during a working visit to South Korea on Friday. Production at the plant, which should provide around 1,000 new jobs, is expected to begin in 2018. South Korean car maker Hyundai Mobis is also planning to invest in a plant for spare parts in Moravia. South Korea is currently the third biggest Czech business partner outside of the EU. This week the two countries signed a strategic partnership agreement which should expand the scope of cooperation. 



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