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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-01-10

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Albanian Telegraphic Agency


  • [01] First football matches of second tournament of Albania's Cup in Football played
  • [02] Fierce fighting in region of Podujeve
  • [03] "Ministry of Culture trying to come out of ordinary frames" Albanian President
  • [04] Soldier who robbed some passengers detained
  • [05] Projects for public works for 1999 drafted
  • [06] Ship with smuggling fuel seized in Saranda
  • [07] Heavy break-down in Fierza hydropower station

  • [01] First football matches of second tournament of Albania's Cup in Football played

    TIRANE, 9 Jan. (ata) - Last Saturday the matches of the second tournament of the 47th soccer championship of Albania were played.


    Besa - Partizani 2-1

    Burreli - Apolonia 1-3

    Bylis - Lushnja 2-2

    Dinamo - Teuta 0-0

    Flamurtari - Shkumbini 3-0

    Skenderbeu - Tirana 0-0

    Shqiponja - Elbasani 2-2

    Tomori - Vllaznia 1-1

    The return matches will be played the coming Saturday. /dast/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [02] Fierce fighting in region of Podujeve

    PRISHTINE, Jan.9 (ata) - ATA correspondent in Prishtine, Behlul Jashari reports: Fierce fighting is going on since today morning in the region of Llap, in the outskirts of Podujeve.

    The KLA is counterattacking the great Serb military and police forces, which have surrounded the region with hundreds of tanks and other war means.

    Sources from the fighting zone told the ATA correspondent in Prishtine that Serb forces are bombing barbarously the Albanian villages of Bradash, Peran, Obrance, Llapashtice, Gllamnik and others, with thousands of civilians, women and children being unable the flee the scene.

    Powerful explosions and firing of arms are also heard in the city of Podujeve which is surrounded by a great number of forces and snipers ready to open fire.

    The hospital of Prishtine is blocked by Serb forces and being crammed with wounded people from the fighting region.

    Sources of the Kosove Information Centre and of the Council for Defence of Human Rights in Prishtine say that great Serb forces are continuously entering Kosove from Serbia. Thirty buses with Serb military troops have reached Kosove from Serbia in the early morning hours of Saturday, sources from Podujeve say. Mitrovica too has many Serb forces concentrating in the direction of Shale e Bajgores. /dast/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [03] "Ministry of Culture trying to come out of ordinary frames" Albanian President

    TIRANE, Jan.9 (ata) - By K Shehu: The President of Albania Rexhep Meidani hailed Saturday the politics followed by the Albanian Ministry of Culture in a meeting held in Hotel Dajti, Tirane, by the Ministry of Culture and initiated by the Minister Edi Rama.

    "Representatives of the ministry are trying to come out of the ordinary frames to give a positive impact to the artistic life and to increase contacts with the people," said president Meidani in the meeting, "and in this aspect this initiative must be praised," stressed the President, adding that this is also seen in the new way of organization and in the new structures set up in that ministry.

    Speakers in the meeting, in which leaders of the main local cultural institutions were invited, spoke of the activity of the ministry over 1998. /xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [04] Soldier who robbed some passengers detained

    PERMET, Jan.9 (ata) - By H Cani: A soldier who was serving in the district of Permet was arrested last Saturday by local police under the charge of robbing through violence some passengers from Tepelene.

    After the signal reached the commissariat, the police group could catch the soldier Gentian Lapi, 20, who, in cooperation with three other people, had robbed some people from Tepelene, the chief of the police commissariat lieutenant colonel Fadajev Kerpaci told ATA.

    According to him, Lapi had taken from the passengers valuable things and money, by threatening them. /dast/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [05] Projects for public works for 1999 drafted

    SHKODER, Jan.10 (ata) - By M Malja: The experience of the past year has been an encouragement that the public works projects for 1999 in the district of Shkoder, be drafted in time.

    The director of the Office of Labour in the district council, Pavllo Jako told ATA that so far 12 projects have been prepared with the aim of further rehabilitating the infrastructure, roads, aqueducts, irrigation channels, etc.

    According to him, with their approval by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, about 15 million lek will be provided.

    Jako said that the work for the realisation of the projects will create jobs for about 1 thousand people from the city and the communes, thus easing the situation of unemployment in that district.

    During 1998 about 36 projects of public works to the tune of 54 million lek, were applied. The number of the people working with these projects amounted to 2 100, and they are mainly people who were receiving economic assistance from the state. /dast/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [06] Ship with smuggling fuel seized in Saranda

    SARANDA, Jan. 10 (ATA) - By Sh. Hajno: The ship "ALSADI," loaded with smuggling fuel was seized on Saturday, sources from the police commissariat in Saranda reported.

    The police chief of this commissariat, Edmond Kule, told ATA that the ship "ALSADI," with Honduran flag, was noticed by the border police service in vicinity of Saranda bay since 6 January. The ship was blocked after the controls which verified that the documents were irregular and the crew of the ship had dealt with smuggling, Kule explained.

    According him, two members of the crew were detained, the Greek citizens: Johanis Veziridhis, 52, and Vasilis Pelekaqis, 48, under the charge of exercising smuggling and illegal passing of the border. While the owner of the border, Jorgo Diamandi, inhabitant of Ioannina, was not present just when the ship was blocked.

    The ship has been sequestrated, but taking into consideration the unsuitable conditions of the Saranda port, it should be anchored in one of the other ports of Albania, because its load is very dangerous.

    Sources from the border and criminal police reported that according to the documentation, the ship is supposed to have 270 000 liters of fuel.

    According to Kule, this ship, which has changed the names several times, has exercised smuggling at least in 17 cases during 1997. Its previous name has been "Dimitrios."

    It is the first case over the last two years that a ship, loaded with smuggling goods, is sequestrated. /dast/mt/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [07] Heavy break-down in Fierza hydropower station

    TIRANA, Jan. 10 (ATA) - A heavy break-down occurred Sunday in the hydropower station of Fierza by damaging one of its transformers as a result of a powerful explosion, the Albanian power generation and distribution firm (KESH) reported to ATA.

    According to this report, by 09:00 on Sunday, at the time when the work in the hydropower station was going on normally, a powerful explosion happened in the Transformer no. 3 by burning it. Due to the rapid operation of the staff and the assistance given by the bodies of the Defence Ministry, the fire was extinguished after three hours.

    KESH took all the necessary measures to import electric energy from the other systems in order to supply the country with electric energy. /dast/mt/

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