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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-03-26

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Parliament to Vote Social Security
  • [02] Many Tibetans Surrendered-China

  • [01] Draft Bill Today

    Parliament to Vote Social Security

    26 Mar 2008 09:52:00

    Sources: ΝΕΤ 105.8

    Draft bill on social security system reforms will be passed by the Parliament at noon today, its signing, however, is expected to delay for a few days, necessary for a debate on the opposition parties proposal for the holding of referendum. In a press interview at 12:00 today, SYRIZA president, Alekos Alavanos is to expound SYRIZA positions on the social security system and next have a meeting with the President of the Republic, Karolos Papoulias on the same issue. According to NET 105.8 state radio, in the next hours PASOK president, George Papandreou will take an initiative regarding the social security issue. In the meantime, staging a strike today are Bank of Greece employees, Piraeus and Thessaloniki lawyers while OTE employees are staging a strike from today till Friday in protest against transfer of OTE 20% shares to Dutch Telecom. In another development, employers and employees are holding a dialogue to reach agreement on National Collective Labor Contract. GSEE representatives expect employers to come up with a proposal for higher rises in salaries and wages.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [02] Many Tibetans Surrendered-China

    26 Mar 2008 10:04:00

    More than 600 people have turned themselves in to police following recent violent protests in Lhasa and around Tibet, Chinese state media said today. According to Tibet "Quotidien" newspaper 280 people, suspects of criminal acts in Lhasa on March, 14 where 19 people were killed and 623 injured, had handed themselves in by late Tuesday. Representatives of Tibets government-in-exile put the death toll at 140. Chinese authorities blame Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama of having instigated the violent incidents. "China Daily" earlier report said 381 people in Sichuan province had surrendered. "Most of them are civilians or monks who were either misled or forced said a local Communist party official said. Meanwhile, a group of foreign reporters has been allowed into Lhasa for the first time since the violence began. The group would be able to interview "victims of criminal acts", a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    Read the story on other sources:

    BBC: Many Tibetans surrendered - China


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