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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-09-10
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 Weather forecastLight cloud is forecast in all parts of the country with a possibility of storms in the afternoon, mainly in the north. Winds north-northwesterly, light to moderate. Temperatures in Athens will range between 18C and 29C and in Thessaloniki between 17C and 28C.
(10/9/2002 1:23:00 μμ)
 Prime-minister Simitis chairs meeting on better planning to deal with natural disastersCompletion and improvement of planning to deal with natural disasters will be the focus of today s meeting of Prime-minister Simitis with the newly appointed general secretary for civil protection and competent ministers.
(10/9/2002 1:26:00 μμ)
 Hopes to break stalmate between goverment and university teachersAn emergency meeting of university deans – attended by Education Minister, Petros Efthimiou- was held yesterday in an effort to break the stalmate between the government and university teaching staff on pay rises and other conditions , which has already cost students one semester.
The meeting concluded with an agreement to set up a 4-member committee –comprising representatives from the Ministries of Education and Finance to discuss all issues in dispute , particularly salaries . According to the agreement , its recommendations would have to result in legislation by August 2003.
The president of the teachers union has indicated he is in favour of the initiative but a final decision on wether to end the ongoing strike will be taken tomorrow, during a meeting of their federation . Only dialogue can contribute towards proper functioning of universities , but dialogue can only be held with open universities , pointed out the education Minister.
(10/9/2002 1:29:00 μμ)
 In-depth investigations into domestic terrorismPolice investigations into domestic terrorism will be in –depth , government spokesman Hristos Protopappas said yesterday when asked to comment on some news reports hinting that the probe will remain at a superficial level. He described as stupid and dangerous various views appearing in media reports , which he said tried either to glorify the terrorists or to damage the political system.
Meanwhile , arrested November 17 suspect, Pavlos Serifis –according to reports- intends to recall part of his testimony involving his uncle Yiannis Serifis . His lawyer , however, refused to confirm the reports , stressing that his client s supplementary testimony will answer all questions.
In parallel the administration of the Evangelismos hospital has asked for evidence in relation to allegations that Savvas Xiros- the first November 17 suspect arrested when a bomb blew up in his hands two months ago- was under the influence of drugs when he was being interrogated by the police.
In the meantime, police are conducting investigations on possible links of Dimitris Koufontinas –who surrendered last week- on the island of Agistri in the Saronic Gulf where he had spent most of his two months on the run. The anti-terror police do not rule out that the might have hidden there the first typewriter of the organisation and the historic 45mm gun .
(10/9/2002 1:31:00 μμ)
 Slight rise in inflation rate for AugustThe inflation rate for August rose slightly from 3.3% the previous month to 3.5%, the national statistical service announced yesterday. On an annual basis , price rises up to 17% were reported inboth good and services especially in fresh fruit and vegetables fery-boat fares and hotel and insurance rates.
At the same time , the growth rate for the Greek economy was 4% in the second quarter of this year. According to Finance Minister Nikos Hristodoulakis , the target of 3.8% for an increase in the gross national product was attainable.
(10/9/2002 1:32:00 μμ)
 N.D leader visits the Olympic Games rowing center in SkiniaOn a visit to Skinia yesterday –where the rowing center for the 2004 Olympic Games is being built – opposition N.D leader Kostas Karamanlis called for the intervention of the archaeological service in Marathon to asses the archaeological finds which have come to light during excavations on the rowing site.
Commenting on Karamanlis remarks , Culture Minsiter , Evangelos Venizelos said they were fruitless and unfortunate and gave assurances that all archaeological finds will be meticulously evaluated.
(10/9/2002 1:34:00 μμ)