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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 02-08-28

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From: The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation at <http://www.cybc.com.cy/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Headlines
  • [02] Atik fine
  • [03] Pitto cyta
  • [04] Petrol
  • [05] Turkey Ecevit
  • [06] Iraq war
  • [07] Bin Laden
  • [08] Mideast
  • [09] Milosevic
  • [10] India foetus
  • [11] Paphos theft
  • [12] Tailer
  • [13] Weather WEDNESDAY 28 AUGUST 2002

  • [01] Headlines

    The Fair Competition committee has fined the Telecommunications Authority twenty million pounds for its pricing policy in the last four years,

    The Cabinet is today expected to approve a liberalization in the price of petrol,

    Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said today it was too late for parliament to delay an early election now set for November 3rd,

    AND

    Osama Bin Laden is alive and moving between the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan

    [02] Atik fine

    The Fair Competition committee has fined the Telecommunications Authority twenty million pounds for its pricing policy in the last four years. The fine was imposed because CYTA is thought to have charged high rates in a monopoly rate, incurring incredibly high rates. In statements to our station, the president of the committee Christodoulos Tselepos said that the authority misused its position by imposing unfair prices in providing telecommunications services. Tselepos clarified thar while CYTA had estimaed 23 million pound profits for 2000, the profits musteriously surpassed 64 million pounds. This, he added, has been going on for the past four years.

    [03] Pitto cyta

    Meanwhile, the president of the house trasport committee stated that deputies will look into the issue, saying that when a non-profit organisation such as CYTA makes such profits, then it has to change its pricing policy, where possible. He also noted that with the liberalisation of the telecommunications market as of first of January, things are bound to change.

    [04] Petrol

    The Cabinet is today expected to approve a liberalization in the price of petrol. According to our stations' sources, the ministry of commerce drew up a proposal, based on a study by a foreign company. The liberalization of petrol will cancel out mutual subsidies in various products leadind to an increase in the price of petrol, gas and crude oil.

    [05] Turkey Ecevit

    Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said today it was too late for parliament to delay an early election now set for November 3rd.

    Government infighting between Ecevit's coalition partners forced parliament in July to call snap polls, a move welcomed by financial markets worried months of political uncertainty could wreck a 16 billion dollar International Monetary Fund recovery programme.

    Ecevit called for the left to unite around him ahead of the elections.

    Mainstream parties are badly divided ahead of the election, with a party suspected by the military of Islamist leanings leading opinion polls.

    Markets are closely following the efforts of economy guru Kemal Dervis and others to build a unified centre-left platform that could mount a serious challenge.

    [06] Iraq war

    Renewed U.S. talk of war to topple Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein drew defiance from Baghdad and a warning from Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak that any such attack could plunge the Middle East into chaos.

    U.S. warplanes attacked a radar site in northern Iraq and an air defence command facility in the south after what the U.S. military called hostile acts against U.S. and British jets patrolling two no-fly zones in Iraqi airspace.

    The allied planes struck as Arab leaders digested today's call from U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney for pre-emptive action against Iraq, saying Baghdad's weapons of mass destruction posed a mortal danger to the United States.

    In Baghdad, President Saddam Hussein told Qatar's foreign minister that a U.S. assault on Iraq would be an attack on "all the Arab nation".

    Saddam said Iraq had implemented all its obligations under U.N. Security Council resolutions and accused the world body of failing to reciprocate by lifting crippling sanctions imposed 12 years ago for Baghdad's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

    [07] Bin Laden

    U.S. commanders appear to have concluded that Osama bin Laden is moving among mountain hideouts along a 402km stretch of the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

    The New York Times cites some American officers as saying the assumption driving the manhunt is that the al Qaeda leader and his top lieutenant, Ayman al Zawahiri, are alive.

    The unidentified sources cited Afghan and Pakistani intelligence reports that have spoken of bin Laden and an entourage of several dozen moving more than once since the American bombing of the Tora Bora mountains late last year.

    Some of those reports have suggested that the fugitives may have moved through the mountains on horseback, probably on cloudy nights to elude aerial surveillance, the newspaper said.

    The region being searched covers four provinces and the adjoining Pakistani tribal areas, where suspicions of outsiders run high.

    [08] Mideast

    Israeli ground and naval forces raided a coastal area of the Gaza Strip, overshadowing efforts to restart a stalled security deal meant to ease Israel's military clampdown on the Palestinians.

    Israeli security sources said the incursion, the deepest in the area during a 23-month-old Palestinian uprising, was launched after the discovery of a suspected arms smuggling operation involving barrels found floating offshore.

    Despite that, Israeli Defence Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer and Palestinian Interior Minister Razzak al-Yahya planned to go ahead with talks today aimed at overcoming obstacles to a plan seen as a test case for a broader ceasefire.

    Meanwhile, Denmark, the current holder of the EU presidency, suggested the creation of an independent Palestinian state in 2005 as a part of a plan aimed at reviving the shattered Middle East peace process.

    Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller will present the plan to his 14 European Union colleagues when they gather for an informal meeting in the country later this week.

    [09] Milosevic

    Doctors have advised regular rest periods for Slobodan Milosevic because of his high blood pressure.

    The doctor advises that sufficient rest periods for the accused be incorporated into the conduct of the trial as a result of the high blood pressure.

    The doctor recommends "a period of four consecutive rest days every two weeks of trial," the chief judge of the court said, adding that judges thought the advice should be followed "not literally, but as far as the spirit is concerned".

    Milosevic was asked last month to undergo a check-up by a cardiologist because doctors said he faced "severe cardiovascular risk".

    The landmark trial, expected to last at least two years has been adjourned several times since it started in February because of Milosevic's health problems.

    [10] India foetus

    Indian doctors have removed a foetus weighing one kilogram from a six-month-old boy.

    Dr Pradip Kumar Mukherjee, who led the team of Calcutta doctors that operated on the boy on Monday, said it is a rare case.

    We could not believe, he added, that we would have to remove a dead foetus weighing a kilogram from a child weighing 6.5 kilograms

    Doctors use the medical term "foetus in fetu" to describe a phenomenon in which an imperfect foetus is contained within the body of its sibling.

    In November 2000, doctors at another nursing home in Calcutta removed a foetus weighing 230 grams from a 40-day-old infant.

    [11] Paphos theft

    Police in Paphos are investigating a grand theft of various items worth forty thousand pounds. A Dubai woman said that the robbers broke into her house in the village of Tala last night and made off with jewellery, two mobile phones, a camera and other items.

    [12] Tailer

    In another sign Hong Kong's economy may be going to the dogs, a local pet shop is renting out pooches by the week in a bid to bring in more business.

    Shop owner Danny Tam said his strategy of "rent first, buy later" could also cut down on the growing number of dogs being abandoned in the territory because their owners have grown tired of them.

    Tam said his business has grown five fold since he launched the new marketing strategy in early summer and fewer than 10 percent of his dogs have been returned.

    Rental charges vary from 90-180 us dollars a week, depending on the breed of the dog. But customers have to pay a deposit equal to the full value of the animal.

    [13] Weather

    It will be mainly fine this afternoon, with moderate seabreezes force four over slight seas. Temperatures are expected to rise to 35 degrees inland, 33 on the south and east coast, 30 on the west and north coast and 27 on the mountains. Tonight it will remain mainly fine northwesterly, force two to three, over slight seas. Temperatures will drop to 22 degrees inland and on the south coast, 20 on the west coast and 16 on the mountains. The fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.
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