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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-05-14

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Fuel Market to Be Restored
  • [02] Death Toll in Myanmar Keeps Soaring
  • [03] New OA Partnerships
  • [04] Debate on Constitutional Revision Continues

  • [01] As of Thursday Morning

    Fuel Market to Be Restored

    14 May 2008 22:47:00

    Sources: ΝΕΤ, ΝΕΤ 105.8

    Fuel market in Greece is expected to be smoothed over, after the road tanker owners decided Wednesday to suspend their strike actions. The commercial trucks owners, on the other hand, decided to go on with their strike amid high tensions. The suspension was not decided because their grievances were met, stressed Angelos Falaris, the Federations secretary general. "We decided to end the strike after taking into consideration the social turmoil. Even the remotest village will have been refueled by 6am on Thursday morning," added he.

    Asked whether they fear commercial truck owners reaction to their decision, Falaris argued that their colleagues would consider what is best for the society and stand by their side.

    In the meantime, Transport Minister Kostis Xatzidakis underlined that the strikers have to realize that the society cannot be held captive to one group that demands all its grievances be met. PASOK (Panhellenic Socialist Movement) spokesman Giorgos Papakonstantinou, on the other hand, urged the Government to not give its backing any solution at the expense of the peoples road safety.

    Earlier, Transport Ministry officials had maintained that higher rises would spark a new wave of rises in products and inflationary pressures. In reference to measures regarding restrictions from national roads, the Transport Ministry said that the agreement reached last week provides for a balanced solution for a safe transport of citizens and smooth transport services.

    [02] More Than 38,000 Died

    Death Toll in Myanmar Keeps Soaring

    14 May 2008 18:17:00

    By Nasos Bratsos

    Sources: ANA, AFP

    Myanmars state-run radio released new evidence on the scale of the disaster spread by cyclone Nargis that hit on 3 May. The death toll has reached 38,491, while as many as 27,838 have been reported missing. The injure stand at 1,403. Death toll is feared to rise even more, since the UN has estimated that casualties could even reach 100,000, while British Secretary of State for International Development Douglas Alexander spoke of 200,000 dead. A new cyclone is feared to strike the area, while Myanmars junta keeps giving aid workers a hard time.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [03] 70 New Flights to Asia & Australia

    New OA Partnerships

    14 May 2008 20:09:00

    By Alexandros Moz

    Olympic Airlines, the Greek national air carrier, have announced two new partnerships with Singapore Airlines and Silk Air, offering to passengers flights to more than 70 destinations in Asian and Australia at very attracting rates. Five Australian cities, New Zealand, and several popular Asian destinations, including Vietnam, China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, South Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Bangladesh, Brunei, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and the Philippines, are among the new destinations offered.

    Translated by Areti Christou

    [04] Wrangling over Education Matters

    Debate on Constitutional Revision Continues

    14 May 2008 16:58:00

    Sources: ΝΕΤ, ΝΕΤ 105.8, ANA

    The debate on the constitutional revision continues. On Wednesday, the Greek deputies are discussing the revision of Article 24 on forest land. However, it is highly probably not to be voted, as the opposition parties do not see eye to eye on the matter. On the contrary, Article 57 foreseen the establishment of the MP professional incompatibility is expected to be voted by all the parties apart from the Socialist one. Voted only by the Conservative deputies, Article 16 on Education was viewed as non-revisable

    Translated by Areti Christou


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