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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-05-25

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  • [01] ND Leads
  • [02] International Conference on Myanmar
  • [03] Pakistani Reporter Shot Dead
  • [04] 266 Hours under the Rubble

  • [01] ND Leads

    25 May 2008 10:09:00 (Last updated: 25 May 2008 13:57:21)

    Sources: ΝΕΤ 105.8

    As per an MRB poll commissioned by Eleftheros Typos newspaper, the ND ruling party is ahead PASOK by 3.1%. Regarding intention vote, ND (Conservatives) is ahead with 31.1%, PASOK (Socialists) follows with 28%, SYN (Coalition of the Left) comes third with 14.1%, KKE (Communists) fourth with 6.9%, followed by LAOS (Popular Orthodox Party) with 4.1%. In reply to a question as to which party can tackle in the best way Greeces problems, 29.1% believe the ND party, 23.5% PASOK and 23.1% no party. In parallel, 36.1% consider Kostas Karamanlis the best man for the post of premiership, 19.1% George Papandreou, while 15% Alexis Tsipras, while 20.3% have chosen nobody. Finally, the majority believe that they are financially worse off compared to 2007, attributing this development to the high cost of living.

    ALKO Poll

    In another poll conducted by ALKO on behalf of Proto Thema newspaper, ND is ahead PASOK by 1.8%. In reply to a question as to which party would you vote for if elections were to be held next Sunday, 27.5% would vote for the ND party, 25.7% for PASOK, 6,8% for KKE, 11.2% for SYRIZA, 3.5% for LAOS, 2.9% for another party, 5.1% would cast a blank ballot and 17.3% refused to answer.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [02] International Conference on Myanmar

    25 May 2008 10:27:00 (Last updated: 25 May 2008 13:50:52)

    By Nasos Bratsos

    Sources: ANA, AFP

    Fifty two delegations and 24 aid organisations are attending the one-day meeting jointly organised by the United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Myanmar on the victims of Cyclone Nargis. Being an ASEAN member, Myanmar hopes to be given over $US10 billion. Cyclone Nargis left nearly 134,000 people dead or missing and up to 2.5 million destitute, while large areas of the stricken Irrawaddy Delta have not been reached. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stressed that the government had agreed that immediate action should be taken so that humanitarian aid reaches the cyclone victims and aid organisations to be granted access to the devastated areas.

    China's Position

    The Chinese Foreign minister told an international conference that China appreciates the UN Secretary Generals efforts, adding that it supports the UN role for Myanmar.

    Greek Aid

    Meanwhile, Mercury departed from Lavrio port Saturday evening for Myanmar. It is carrying medicine, tents and foodstuffs collected by the Ministries of Defence and Health, the Greek Red Cross, non-governmental organizations, companies and individuals. Hellenic Aid has already sent to Myanmar humanitarian aid by air.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [03] Pakistani Reporter Shot Dead

    25 May 2008 11:16:00

    By Nasos Bratsos

    Sources: ANA, AFP

    Journalists held a protest march in Islamabad for the assassination of their fellow journalist Mohammed Ibrahim, 44, who was shot dead in Pakistan after returning from an interview he had taken from the local Taliban spokesman Maulvi Omar on Thursday. The culprits stole the victims camera, notebook, mobile phone and motorcycle. Meanwhile, addressing a crowd of 5,000 people, Maulvi Omar condemned the assassination promising to punish the culprits when discovered.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [04] 266 Hours under the Rubble

    25 May 2008 10:40:00

    Sources: ANA-REUTERS

    A survivor has been pulled from the rubble some 11 days after being buried, according to the Chinese state television. Xiao Zhihu, an 80-year-old partially paralysed man, was trapped under a collapsed pillar of his house in Mianzhu city for 266 hours after the huge tremor hit China. He survived because his wife was able to pass food and water to him through the rubble, according to the broadcast. At the same time, the authorities appear optimistic over the final number of victims, as the PM announced on Saturday that the number of victims may reach 30,000 and the missing 30,000. As per official data to date the number of dead has reached 60,000, while the quake was the worst to hit China in the last 30 years.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

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