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Athens News Agency: News in English, 02-03-26

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  • [01] Press strike on Wed., Thursday
  • [02] ASE ends below 2,300 level on Tuesday
  • [03] Greek PM briefed on Acropolis' 'facelift'

  • [01] Press strike on Wed., Thursday

    26/03/2002 19:40:45

    The Athens News Agencys (ANA) special foreign-language services will not operate on Wednesday and Thursday due to the 48-hour nationwide strike called by the Athens Journalists Union (ESHEA). Additionally, the ?Daily Bulletin? will not appear on Thursday and Friday due to the strike.

    [02] ASE ends below 2,300 level on Tuesday

    26/03/2002 16:45:04

    Equity prices came under pressure on Tuesday after a three-day holiday in the Athens Stock Exchange pushing the general index below the 2,300 level.

    Lack of buying interest combined with worries over a significant fall in profits by several listed companies and a negative climate in international markets, kept investors away from the Greek market.

    The general index fell 0.95 percent to 2,294.85 points, with turnover a low 93.25 million euros.

    All sector indices ended lower. The Textile, Wholesale and Retail sectors suffered the heaviest percentage losses (3.31 percent, 3.24 percent and 3.03 percent, respectively).

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavy traded stocks ended 0.77 percent lower, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index fell 1.70 percent and the FTSE/ASE SmallCap 80 index dropped 2.26 percent.

    Broadly, decliners led advancers by 318 to 24 with another 17 issues unchanged.

    [03] Greek PM briefed on Acropolis' 'facelift'

    26/03/2002 16:43:45

    Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis toured the Acropolis in downtown Athens on Tuesday, where he was briefed by the culture ministrys leadership and affiliated archaeologists over the ongoing restoration of several ancient structures atop one of the worlds premier cultural heritage sites.

    Restoration of the incomparable 5th century BC Parthenon the best known monument atop the Acropolis as well as on the seminal Propylaea and the temple of Athena Nike (victory) is considered imperative to prevent further damage from an ill-fated attempt in the early 20th century to prop up the Classical-era temples, as well as to better showcase the Acropolis in light of the 2004 Olympics in the Greek capital.

    Simitis was briefed on the course of the Acropolis restoration and the new pedestrian ways being created in the vicinity of the hill adoringly referred to as the ?sacred rock? by generations of Greeks. The latter project is part of the culture ministrys ambitious plan to unify Athens central archaeological sites with walkways and greenspaces.

    Headed by the state-run Acropolis Restoration Service, efforts include the often pain-staking and delicate work of dissembling and then reassembling the temples, column by column, one pediment at a time.

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