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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-01-30

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] 100.000 dead people estimated in India
  • [02] Bad weather wave expected in Greece
  • [03] 5,5% rise in low pensions
  • [04] Greek average growth rate higher than Europe's says Papantoniou
  • [05] Post Office drops interest rates for housing programmes
  • [06] Hospital doctors on a 48-hour strike
  • [07] Government reshuffle out of the question says Reppas
  • [08] Karamanlis and Chrysochoides agree on measures against terrorism
  • [09] Papariga asks for the return of Greek soldiers and students
  • [10] 0,89% drop in Athens Stock Exchange yesterday
  • [11] Zaphiropoulos meets with Albanian Prime minister
  • [12] Albanians arrested for possesion of drugs
  • [13] Spinal cord of cattle dangerous say European Agriculture ministers
  • [14] The European youth to compete for balanced diet this year

  • NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA-5 THE VOICE OF GREECE

    30/1/2001 10:25:24 рм

    [01] 100.000 dead people estimated in India

    According to the Indian Defence minister George Fernandez in India, at least 100.000 people have lost their lives from the strong earth tremor, which hit the country last Friday, and 200.000 have been injured.

    Numerous countries, including Greece, are sending humanitarian aid to India, in an effort to help the country face the huge problems caused by the disaster. Besides, government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated that Prime minister Costas Simitis' visit to Indian will take place according to plan.

    [02] Bad weather wave expected in Greece

    A strong bad weather wave coming from the West, with rain, thunderstorms and gale force South winds is expected today, Tuesday, as forecast by the National Meteorological Service.

    Due to the intensity of the expected bad weather wave, the General Secretariat for the Protection of Civilians recommends extra care. From its side the state is on the alert.

    [03] 5,5% rise in low pensions

    The government's pre-election commitment to rise the lowest pensions of the Social Security Fund to 152.000 drachmas is being materialized. A 5,5% raise in low pensions of all Insurance Funds is provided for by yesterday's circular issued by the National Economy ministry.

    [04] Greek average growth rate higher than Europe's says Papantoniou

    In the past five years, the growth rate of the Greek economy has been higher than the average growth rate in the European Union, said National Economy minister Yannos Papantoniou from Ioannina yesterday, forecasting a further growth.

    Mr. Papantoniou made special reference to the Third Community Support Framework, stressing that it constituted the growth tool aiming at the achievement of a real convergence with the European Union .

    In the meantime, the National Economy ministry has announced the hiring of thousands of employees in the public sector, with main objective to absorb community programs.

    [05] Post Office drops interest rates for housing programmes

    The Post Office has dropped interest rates of loans used for housing programmes offered to civil servants. Additionally, the amount of the loans has risen, while new loans will be offered from now for the repair of houses.

    [06] Hospital doctors on a 48-hour strike

    Hospital doctors have decided to stage a 48 hour strike today and tomorrow, in protest at the new draftbill providing for reforms in the National Health System. At the same time University doctors will abstain from their work for four days.

    [07] Government reshuffle out of the question says Reppas

    A government reshuffle is out of the question, government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said yesterday, stressing that "tired" were all those in the opposition who exhausted themselves in unproductive denouncements.

    It is reminded that the description "tired" was contained in the Prime minister's speech during his tour of the island of Crete and gave rise to numerous scenarios and questions regarding changes in the ministers' cabinet.

    Mr. Simitis clarified that his statement referred to the New Democracy party.

    Relevantly, acting government spokesman Tilemachos Hytiris stated that the Prime minister examined his ministers' efficiency on a daily basis and would decided himself who he would replace.

    [08] Karamanlis and Chrysochoides agree on measures against terrorism

    A climate of consent prevailed during yesterday's meeting between Public Order minister Michalis Chrysochoidis and New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis, who discussed the issue of terrorism.

    Mr. Chrysochoidis informed Mr. Karamanlis on the efforts being made in order to combat terrorism, and the legislative initiative to be undertaken by the government. Mr. Karamanlis agreed on the law changes promoted by the government.

    [09] Papariga asks for the return of Greek soldiers and students

    The Secretary General of the Greek Communist party Aleka Papariga, who concluded her visit to Yugoslavia yesterday, asked for the return of the Greek soldiers and students from Yugoslavia and the withdrawal of NAT0 from the Balkans.

    [10] 0,89% drop in Athens Stock Exchange yesterday

    The General Share Price Index of the Athens Stock Exchange fell slightly by 0.89% yesterday, closing at 3.044,58 points.

    [11] Zaphiropoulos meets with Albanian Prime minister

    National Economy undersecretary Yiannis Zaphiropoulos, who is on an official visit to Albnania, met with the Albanian Prime minister Ilir Meta yesterday.The two men discussed about the two countries bilateral relations and the situation in the region.

    Specifically they examined the materialization of the Greek plan for the economic re-structuring of the Balkans, the faster absorption of the Greek loan for the boosting of the social infrastructure of Albania, as well as the better use of the development aid Greece is offering to Albania.

    [12] Albanians arrested for possesion of drugs

    Four Albanians were arrested yesterday at Kolonos for having eleven kilos of cocaine and four kilos of heroin in their possesion. The drugs were confiscated.

    [13] Spinal cord of cattle dangerous say European Agriculture ministers

    The European Union Agriculture ministers reached to the conclusion that the spinal cord of cattle should be removed and not be sold. The same applies to the meat around the spinal cord.

    However, the final decision on the issue should have be made by the European Council.

    [14] The European youth to compete for balanced diet this year

    This year's competition for the New Consumer, supported by Commision, is dealing with nutrition and specifically with a balanced diet.

    The competition will give the opportunity to all Europeans up to 16 years old to work hard in groups in all European Union countries.

    The initiative for the competition belongs to a non-governmental organisation called "European Expression" set up in 1989.


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