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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-10-06
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather ForecastSunny in most parts of the country with a strong possibility of rain in the northwest from the late afternoon hours. Winds variable, light to moderate, turning strong in parts of the Aegean. Temperatures in Athens will range between 16-26 C and in Thessaloniki from 15-23 C.
(6/10/2003 8:15:00 ́́)
 Budget submitted to Parliament todayIn the midst of numerous strikes and mobilizations taking place, the 2004 state budget was submitted to Parliament today. The budget foresees a 6,2% increase in revenue while spending will increase 6,9%. Spending in the education sector will increase by 8%, social insurance 12,1%, health 7,2%, public administration 13,6%, public order 8% and by 7,8% in the agricultural sector.
(6/10/2003 8:16:00 ́́)
 Strikes and more strike to follow...Striking workers marched in central Athens, chocking traffic and disrupting services today but the government refused their demands for higher pre-election pay hikes. State-run hospitals in Athens operated on emergency staff today, the ambulance services were affected by stoppages, while strikes also closed schools and universities across
 Greece. The labor action hit the National Statistics Service, which will not release economic data this week. Starting Wednesday, taxi drivers will hold a 48-hour nationwide strike, affecting transport to the country's ports and airports. Striking slaughter-house employees and food inspectors are defying a court order to return to work. Officers from
 Greece's police, coast guard and fire department - while remaining at work - began a protest campaign to demand hazard pay.(6/10/2003 8:19:00 ́́)
 Ten year corporate tax rate cut presentedIn a bid to lure further foreign investments, the government announced plans today to cut the corporate tax rate for the next decade. In a draft bill, the government said that for investments over 30 million euro, the corporate tax will be reduced from 35 percent to 25 percent of net profits.
 The provisions of the new developmental law will be put into effect on January 1, 2004. The law will be submitted to Parliament by Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis within the week and also foresees strong motivations for major investments, as well as the promotion of a new tax audit system.(6/10/2003 8:21:00 ́́)
 Greece condemns Israeli air raid in SyriaThe United States chastised Syria today for "harbouring terrorists", but had no harsh words for Israel's air raid near Damascus that followed a Palestinian suicide bombing of an Israeli restaurant.
In the meantime, Athens strongly reacted to the Israeli air raids against a military base in Syria. Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Panyiotis Beglitis stated the Greek government is highly concerned about the tense situation in the Middle East and is closely monitoring all developments.
(6/10/2003 8:26:00 ́́)
 Provocative demonstration in Cyprus yesterday150 members of the extremist right wing organization 'Grey Wolves' held a threatening rally yesterday in the occupied territories of Cyprus in front of the offices of the Turkish-Cypriot newspaper 'Africa'. The extremists chanted threats against two of the newspapers journalists who are opposed to the Denktash 'government' and favor seeking a solution to the political problem through the island's reunification.
In an article today, the newspaper characterized as a surprise the fact that police officials were unequipped with the usual supplies they utilize in political party demonstrations which are opposed to Denktash's policies.
(6/10/2003 8:28:00 ́́)
 UN wants key role in IraqThe U.N. Security Council gathered today to discuss a U.S. draft resolution to rebuild Iraq, but appeared no closer to compromise after the secretary-general ruled out a political role for the United Nations unless it takes the lead. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said after talking to Secretary-General Kofi Annan that Washington is «anxious to receive specific suggestions» to improve its resolution.
But whether there is really room for compromise remains to be seen because of the fundamental difference over dealing with two key post-war issues - when to transfer power to Iraqis and what role the United Nations should play in stabilizing and rebuilding the war-battered country.
(6/10/2003 8:34:00 ́́)
 Sunni militant among five killed in PakistanPakistani Sunni Muslim militant leader and member of parliament Azam Tariq was among five people killed in an attack on his car today on the outskirts of the capital Islamabad, according to police and party officials. Three bodyguards and the driver of the vehicle were also shot and killed, party officials said.
(6/10/2003 8:38:00 ́́)
 Nobel goes to scientists who developed MRI scansTwo scientists who played a key role in developing modern hospital scanners won the 2003 Nobel Prize for medicine today. American Paul Lauterbur and Britain's Peter Mansfield were recognised for their discoveries on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a painless diagnostic method used by doctors to look inside the bodies of millions of patients every year.
(6/10/2003 8:39:00 ́́)