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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-03-31

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  • [01] Opening hours for archaeological sites until April 30
  • [02] Bank robber botches heist, 2 arrests
  • [03] Tripolis-Pyrgos highway reopens for Easter
  • [04] Govt, opposition parties clash over borrowing cost

  • [01] Opening hours for archaeological sites until April 30

    (ANA-MPA) -- Off-season opening hours for archaeological sites, museums and state monuments (in effect from Nov. 1, 2009 until March 31, 2010) will be expanded a month until April 30, the ministry of culture and tourism announced on Wednesday.

    During the upcoming Easter holidays opening hours will be:

    Good Friday, Apr. 2: 12.00-17.00

    Bright Saturday, Apr. 3: 08.30-15.00

    Easter Sunday, Apr. 4: Closed

    Monday after Easter, Apr. 5: 08.30-15.00

    May 1: Closed

    [02] Bank robber botches heist, 2 arrests

    A local man and an Albanian national were arrested by police following a botched bank robbery in the northern Athens district of Nea Erythrea on Wednesday.

    The first suspect, sporting a suit and tie, entered an Alpha Bank branch holding a package and threatening the bank manager that it contained a bomb. He subsequently emptied cashiers' trays and demanded that the bank safe be opened. A time delay on the safe and activation of a silent alarm allowed law enforcement officers to surround the building.

    Police at the scene first arrested the Albanian man, who was allegedly acting as a "lookout" outside the bank. The second suspect surrendered shortly thereafter.

    An investigation is underway to determine if the duo is involved in other robberies.

    [03] Tripolis-Pyrgos highway reopens for Easter

    The Tripolis- Pyrgos (Central and Western Peloponnese) stretch of the national highway, which has been closed to traffic since Monday morning due to a landslide, will reopen on Thursday noon in order to facilitate the Easter holidaymakers.

    It was announced on Wednesday that one lane will reopen on Thursday to facilitate travelers, and will reclose after Easter for completion of the restoration works.

    Police have placed signs on the roads to inform the drivers.

    [04] Govt, opposition parties clash over borrowing cost

    ANA-MPA/Government and opposition political parties clashed in Parliament on Wednesday over a debate on a new tax draft bill, with opposition parties focusing their criticism on high borrowing rates.

    Greek Finance Minister George Papakonstantinou, addressing a parliamentary commission, said the country was borrowing at a lowest cost each time it was returning to international markets, and stressed this development was attributed to government measures aimed at cutting borrowing cost. Commenting on a seven-year syndicated bond issue, the Greek minister said the issue was designed for a specific group of interested investors. "The country continues to borrow money at a higher cost," Papakonstantinou said, adding he was confident that borrowing costs would fall gradually as the country fully implemented its stability program. The Greek minister stressed the government has completed its borrowing plan for April -which is the most difficult month.

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