|Wednesday, 23 October 2019|
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 01-02-08
From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>
 HEADLINES--- The Cyprus Stock Exchange All Share Index dropped today to its lowest since 1992.
--- Panicos Tziakourmas is expected to be taken before an illegal court in the Turkish occupied areas today.
--- Israeli officials today rejected a Palestinian call to resume peace negotiations at the point where they ended under the administration of outgoing leader Ehud Barak.
--- Thousands of traumatised cows have been wandering around in a daze in a cow shelter in quake-hit western India since the devastating tremors ripped through the region two weeks ago.
 StockThe Cyprus Stock Exchange All Share Index dropped further today, recording losses of 2,56 percent.
The Index closed at its lowest since July 1992, that is 202,96 units.
The volume of transactions reached 9,3 million pounds.
 BellThe Presidential Palace has dismissed allegations that the Democratic Rally had proposed in 1985 the legislation, which recently allowed the House of Representatives to throw out the proposed funds for the purchase of the Bell helicopters.
In a statement, the Presidential Palace stresses that this legislation had been proposed neither by the President himself nor the Democratic Rally, but was put forward by other political parties and voted in unanimously.
The statement reads that the government believes this legislation should be amended.
 TziakourmasPanicos Tziakourmas, who was abducted on December 13 within the British Bases, is expected to be taken before an illegal court in the Turkish occupied areas today.
His wife, Niki, and his two brothers, Kyriacos and Andreas, have already crossed into the Turkish occupied areas to observe the so-called trial.
 MissingA House of Representatives delegation is currently in Brussels, to promote the issue of persons still missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island.
The delegation met with European Union officials to discuss the humanitarian issue of determining the fate of missing persons.
 PatsalidesPolice have not yet located Petros Patsalides, who escaped two days ago.
Patsalides managed to break free when policemen took him to an area inside the old town of Nicosia, to be shown where guns were hidden.
 DrugsPolice have arrested another young person for growing, using and trafficking drugs.
Policemen arrested the young person outside his house, when he tried to sell a small quantity of cannabis to an under cover officer.
The young man told the Police the cannabis was for his own personal use and that he grew the plant himself.
 RoadtaxThe Transport Department of the Ministry of Communications and Works has announced it has finished sending out road tax renewal forms and urges motorists to renew their taxes as soon as possible.
Road tax renewals are carried out at all cooperative banks.
The Ministry urges motorists who have not yet received their forms to apply for their road tax renewals at the district offices of the Transport Department.
 MideastAn adviser to Israeli Prime Minister-elect Ariel Sharon today rejected a Palestinian call to resume peace negotiations at the point where they ended under the administration of outgoing leader Ehud Barak.
Arch-hawk Sharon is due later today to begin coalition talks with Barak's centre-left Labour Party in a push to meet a late March deadline to form a new government and pass the state budget, or face a new ballot for prime minister and parliament.
But the Sharon adviser, Zalman Shoval, a former ambassador to Washington, put the Palestinians -- and Labour -- on notice that the Likud leader intended to sweep old proposals off the negotiating table.
In a statement after its weekly meeting yestreday, the Palestinian Authority called on a Sharon government "to resume the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations from the point they have reached".
Barak, who lost to Likud leader Sharon by a landslide in a prime ministerial election on Tuesday, was reported to have offered the Palestinians more than 90 percent of the West Bank and compromises on sovereignty over Arab East Jerusalem.
After his crushing defeat, Barak announced he would step down as Labour leader and resign from parliament once Sharon formed a new government.
Leading Labour party member Haim Ramon said the task of drafting a joint platform on peacemaking with the Palestinians, over which Labour and Likud are deeply divided, might be impossible to achieve.
Meanwhile, the Islamic resistance movement Hamas said today the election of rightist Sharon as Israeli Prime Minister gave Arabs a "big chance" to scrap peace talks and start a Jihad, or holy war, against the Jewish state.
A politburo member of Hamas, which has claimed a string of bloody attacks against Israeli targets in the past, said his group would step up its guerrilla war against Israel in the coming period.
He said he expected Sharon to give more freedom to Jewish settlers to attack Palestinians and to use more force to crush a five-month-old Palestinian uprising against Israeli rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Hamas strongly opposes a 1993 Palestinian-Israeli peace deal which gave Palestinians limited self-rule in parts of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
It is also taking a leading role in the Palestinian uprising which erupted after Sharon visited a sensitive religious site in Jerusalem sacred to Muslims and Jews. At least 383 people, mostly Palestinians, have been killed in violence since then.
 MineA miner trapped in a flooded coal pit in eastern India for nearly six days was brought out alive today but the body of another man was found later.
The miner, one of 29 men trapped in the colliery since Friday, was rushed to hospital unconscious but later recovered to speak to relatives.
He said he had found an air pocket where he survived by drinking water.
Company officials had said chances of finding anyone alive in the submerged mine were remote after naval divers failed to make any contact with the trapped men. The divers found the body of one of the miners early in the rescue effort.
At least 100 miners were working underground when the disaster struck on Friday. Sixty-five miners were rescued immediately. Later the mining company said there were 30 men trapped below.
Security has been tightened around the mine after relatives of the miners protested against the slow pace of the rescue.
 CowsThousands of traumatised cows have been wandering around in a daze in a cow shelter in quake-hit western India since the devastating tremors ripped through the region two weeks ago.
The animals have been gripped by panic because of a series of aftershocks in Gujarat, known for its hugely successful dairy farming business, after the massive quake struck on January 26
An animal rights activist said the cows have been in a constant rotary movement.
Gujarat is known for what is described as India's White Revolution because of a successful dairy cooperative which has made the state one of the country's largest milk producers.
The aimless movement of about 4.000 cows suggested the animals were highly stressed after the country's worst natural disaster which killed at least 30.000 people, left tens of thousands homeless and flattened buildings across the region.
Activists said veterinarian doctors were treating many injured cows in the cow shelter in Bhachau, which lies close to the epicentre of the quake.
Villagers, many of whom depend on the cows for their livelihood, said they were also grappling with the enormous task of finding fodder for surviving animals and burning cattle carcasses pulled out from under the rubble.
 WorldAnd now for a look at other developments around the world in brief.
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In the United States, authorities are weighing charges against a 47-year-old accountant from Evansville, Indiana, who police said fired several shots outside the White House, touching off a massive security alert before he was shot by a Secret Service officer and subdued.
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In Indonesia, supporters of President Abdurrahman Wahid torched the office of a rival party as the embattled Indonesian leader said he would visit his political heartland to try restore calm.
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In Vietnam, soldiers, riot police and military helicopters patrolled two coffee growing provinces in the country's central highlands after a wave of sometimes violent protests by ethnic hill farmers over religion and land.
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North and South Korea have agreed to a code of conduct on the removal of thousands of land mines strewn along an old railroad and highway near their heavily-armed border.
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Russia's only independent national television station said prosecutors were trying to force it off the air with an overnight raid on its bank.
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European foreign policy chief Javier Solana, who headed NATO during the alliance's bombing of Yugoslavia, arrived in Belgrade for a visit which has provoked protests from Serb nationalists.
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The Philippines said it was reviving peace talks with Muslim separatists, a change of policy from disgraced former president Joseph Estrada who launched a full-scale war on the rebels last year.
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Bangladesh is again paralysed by a countrywide strike and an opposition leader warned that the protest was a "signal of a mass upsurge" against the government.
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A Muslim rebel group from Myanmar said some 450 people were killed and more than 1.500 wounded in ethnic violence in western Myanmar.
 WeatherThis afternoon will generally fine with a few sparse clouds.
Winds will be northerly to northeasterly, moderate, four beaufort, and in windward areas strong, five beaufort, over moderate seas.
Tonight will be generally clear.
Winds will be northwesterly to northeasterly, light, three beaufort, and locally moderate, four beaufort, over moderate seas.
Temperatures will drop to 5 degrees inland, to 7 along the coast, and to 2 over the mountains.