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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-12-16

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Injuries during demonstration in Athens
  • [02] Major problems in Northern Greece due to heavy snowfall
  • [03] Omnibus bill ratified in principle
  • [04] ASE opening: Small rise 

  • [01] Injuries during demonstration in Athens

    ANA-MPA/Twenty three policemen were injured, one of them seriously, and main opposition New Democracy MP and former transport minister Costis Hatzidakis was attacked and injured, while 23 people were taken in for questioning and 10 others were arrested in clashes in downtown Athens during a demonstration held within the framework of the 24h nationwide general strike called by the two major trade union umbrella federations GSEE and ADEDY against the government's sweeping changes in labour relations and the new State Budget.ana-mpa

    An Athens prosecutor ordered a preliminary investigation into the incident against Hatzidakis and has also asked the media for media footage in order to identify the assailants.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [02] Major problems in Northern Greece due to heavy snowfall

    ANA-MPA/Heavy snowfall has been reported in the prefectures of Eastern Macedonia as well as in Xanthi prefecture, northeastern Greece. Vehicles travelling on the Egnatia highway, the road connecting the breadth of Greece, were ordered to use snowchains on several parts of the highway. Graders are working all along Egnatia in order to keep the motorway open.ana-mpa

    Traffic problems have also been reported on the Kavala-Drama national highway where snowchains are mandatory.

    According to the local authorities all schools in the area are to remain closed on Thursday

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [03] Omnibus bill ratified in principle

    ANA-MPA/The government's omnibus bill on the implementation of urgent measures for the Greek economy's support programme was ratified in principle with 156 votes in favour and 130 against, on Tuesday night.

    The bill was ratified following a rollcall vote called for by the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the Popular Orthodox Rally party (LAOS).

    Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou, speaking during the debate on the omnibus bill, said that "the government is obtaining its legalising basis from the vote of the latest (local government)elections and the vote of confidence of its deputies and will be judged for what it enacts on the basis of what it received and what it delivers in the next elections."ana-mpa/

    Replying to criticism by the opposition, he stressed that the government is judged on the basis of what it does or tries to do, not on the basis of the political cost on each occasion, but public interest.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [04] ASE opening: Small rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Thursday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.10 percent, standing at 1,486.40 points at 11:15 am, and turnover at 14.273 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving upward, with the biggest gains in Commerce, up 4.21 percent; Health, up 2.56 percent and Technology, up 1.17 percent.

    The only losses were in Media, down 1.64 percent and Telecoms, down 0.43 percent

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.12 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.14 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.33 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 36 were up, 22 were down, and 21 were unchanged.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form


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