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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-06-16

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  • [01] Inner Cabinet to discuss Development Ministry issues
  • [02] Ilegal immigrants detained
  • [03] Event on Cavafy, Kazantzakis

  • [01] Inner Cabinet to discuss Development Ministry issues

    Prime minister Costas Karamanlis will chair a meeting of the Inner Cabinet on Tuesday morning. The Inner Cabinet is slated to examine issues falling under the authority of the development ministry.

    Meanwhile, Karamanlis was briefed on progress in urban transport and 'green' transport, as well as the telecoms sector and Olympic Airways, in a meeting with transport and communications minister Costis Hatzidakis on the weekend.

    [02] Ilegal immigrants detained

    A Coastguard patrol boat picked up 19 illegal immigrants early Monday from the sea area east of Farmakonissi island, near Leros, in the eastern Aegean.

    The 19 men, who lacked travel documents, were taken to the port authority on nearby Leros island, where they stated that the had set sail on an inflatable boat from the Turkish coast, with the aim of illegally entering into Greece.

    They destroyed the inflatable boat and jumped into the sea, however, when they were spotted by the parol boat.

    The 19 men were taken for precautionary medical examinations, while a preliminary investigation is being conducted by the local port authority.

    [03] Event on Cavafy, Kazantzakis

    An event dedicated to Greek literature, and more specifically world-renowned poet Constantinos Cavafy and writer Nikos Kazantzakis will take place in Bucharest on Thursday, in the Auditorium of the Bucharest Museum of Art, with the participation of eminent Romanian academics.

    The event, under the aegis of the Greek embassy to Romania, will mark the 145th anniversary of the birth (and 75th anniversary of the death) of the Alexandria-born poet and the 125th anniversary of the Cretan writer's birth.

    Greek ambassador in Bucharest George Poukamisas will inaugurate the event, while World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) president Stefanos Tamvakis and Ekaterini Sofianou, president of the event's sponsor, SofMedica, will address brief greetings. Addresses will further be delivered by Romanian literary historian and critic and dean of the Romanian Academy's literary department Eugen Simion, who will speak on Cavafy, and literature professor and comparative critic Elisabeta Lasconi will speak on Kazantzakis.

    Also, presentations will be made of two new bilingual publications that were circulated this year: Poeme (Poems) of Cavafy, by the Omonia publishing house, and Kazantzakis' Hristos rastingnit din nou (Christ Recrucified), by the Humanistas publishing firm.

    Excerpts of works by the two Greek literary greats will also be read out by Bucharest National Theater actors.

    Caption: 1933 photograph of Nikos Kazantzakis, from the Nikos Kazantzakis Museum. (ANA-MPA files)

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