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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation: News in English, 05-07-28

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Headlines
  • [02] Explosion investigation
  • [03] Airports
  • [04] Drug use
  • [05] London Security
  • [06] Weather India
  • [07] Energy India fire
  • [08] Bulgaria Cabinet
  • [09] Weather THURSDAY 28th JULY 2005

  • [01] Headlines

    An investigation is under way into the causes of an explosion of an anti-tank missile during an exercise in a National Guard in Nicosia, resulting in the serious injury of three officers with 15 soldiers suffering lighter injuries,

    Larnaca and Paphos international airports will undergo five million pound facelifts in order to cover existing structural needs, until the strategic investor is able to start constructing new buildings,

    and

    London's chief policeman warned today that there could be more cells of would-be bombers at large in Britain after two waves of attacks on the capital in the last three weeks.

    [02] Explosion investigation

    An investigation is under way into the causes of an explosion of an anti-tank missile during an exercise in a National Guard in Nicosia, resulting in the serious injury of three officers with 15 soldiers suffering lighter injuries. An eighteen year old sergeant, that was due to complete his service in a few days time, has been rushed off to Israel, at a specialist military injuries hospital. Deputies posed questions over the causes of the incident, during a meeting of the house of representatives defence committee. The basic question is why live fire was used in the exercise, instead of a dummy. One of the possible explanations given is that the missile hit the ground and exploded at a distance while another is that it got stuck on soft soil, without exploding. All injuries were a result of the fumes from the explosion and if the missile had exploded near soldiers, the results would have been even more tragic.

    [03] Airports

    Larnaca and Paphos international airports will undergo a total of five million pound facelifts in order to cover existing structural needs, until the strategic investor is able to start constructing new buildings. Communications minister Charis Thrasou, said during a visit at Larnaca airport, that improvement works will have been completed by early next year. They involve improvements to the arrival lounge, the baggage carrying system as well as the expansion of the parking place, that will be able to take 800 cars. At paphos airport, the parking place will be expanded and new buses and aeroplane ladders will be bought.

    [04] Drug use

    Twenty five people have died from drug use in Cyprus in the past one and a half year, most from heroin use. According to National Centre of Drug Information and Verification statistics, Cyprus, is in a tragic third position among EU member states regarding deaths from addictive substances. Denmark tops the table, with Luxemburg in second. Cyprus is also second highest among the ten new members, after the Czech republic.

    [05] London Security

    London's chief policeman warned today that there could be more cells of would-be bombers at large in Britain after two waves of attacks on the capital in the last three weeks.

    It does remain possible, Sir Ian Blair added, that those at large will strike again. It does also remain possible that there are other cells that are capable and intent on striking again.

    They are not amateurs. They made one mistake and we are very lucky.

    [06] Weather India

    Nearly 450 people have been killed by floods and landslides in western India and thousands remained stranded in the nation's financial capital, Bombay, following the worst ever monsoon rains in the region.

    Half the deaths were in Bombay, a city of 15 million where rail, road and air travel began resuming tentatively after two full days of severe disruption.

    As more rain fell across the region, rescuers were trying to recover the bodies of an estimated 100 people buried under an avalanche of mud in a village 150 km south of Bombay.

    Phone links in Bombay were still patchy, schools were shut and many commuters were stranded for a third day as many trains and buses were cancelled. The airport, India's busiest, started allowing some flights to take off after being shut for two days.

    [07] Energy India fire

    Twelve people died and 367 were rescued after fire destroyed an oil platform off India's west coast, and officials said it may take a year to rebuild a platform that produced a sixth of the country's oil.

    Oil Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar said that it would take a month to restore 70 percent of the platform's output of 110 thousand barrels.

    An official at platform owner Oil and Natural Gas Corp. said the platform would be replaced with a new structure by the end of next year.

    It was destroyed when a support vessel lost control in rough seas and collided with the structure.

    Coast Guard officials said several helicopters, six navy and two coast guard ships, and many civilian vessels were scouring very rough seas in bad weather for any survivors of the fire.

    The sunken platform is about 160 km southwest of India's financial hub, Bombay, where heavy rains and severe flooding have already stretched emergency services.

    [08] Bulgaria Cabinet

    Bulgaria's Socialist party today admitted defeat in its effort to form a minority government after parliament voted down its proposed cabinet in a confidence vote.

    Socialist leader Sergei Stanishev, proposed for the post of prime minister told reporters that wth the lack of a necessary majority, the Socialist party's mandate for forming a government has been exhausted.

    In a secret ballot held late yesterday, deputies narrowly rejected the cabinet proposed by the Socialists and their ethnic-Turkish allies, who control only 116 of the 240 deputies elected in inconclusive June 25th polls.

    [09] Weather

    It will be generally fine and warm this afternoon. Winds will be generally moderate southwesterly to northwesterly, force four turning strong force five in southern windward areas, over slight seas. Temperatures will rise to 40 degrees celsius inland, 35 on the southern and eastern coastal areas, 31 on the western coastal areas and 30 over the mountains. Tonight it will be generally fine, but thin mist and low clouds are expected to form, mostly at dawn. Winds will remain southwesterly to northwesterly, initially light to moderate, force three to four, later turning light, force three, over slight seas. Temperatures will drop to 23 degrees celsius inland and in coastal areas and 21 over the mountains. The fire hazard is extremely high in all forest areas.
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