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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-01-10

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  • [01] PM Karamanlis to begin 3-day state visit to India
  • [02] Greek inflation at 3.9% in Dec

  • [01] PM Karamanlis to begin 3-day state visit to India

    Prime inister Costas Karamanlis is due to leave on Thursday for a three-day official visit to India, where he will meet the following day in New Delhi with the Indian state and political leadership.

    Karamanlis' itinerary on Friday includes separate meetings with Indian prime minister Manmohan Sing, President Pratibha Patil, Vice President Hamid Ansari, external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee, and main opposition Bharatiya Janata party (BJP-Indian Popular Party) leader Rajnath Singh.

    At noon on Friday, Karamanlis will attend a luncheon in his honor hosted by the Indian Chambers of Commerce, which will be attended by Indian commerce and industry minister Kamal Nath, while on Friday night an official dinner will be held in honor of the Greek prime minister.

    On Saturday morning, Karamanlis leaves New Delhi for Agra.

    Karamanlis will be accompanied on his India visit by Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, minister of state and government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos, and head of the prime minister's press office Yiannis Adrianos.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.

    [02] Greek inflation at 3.9% in Dec

    <!--Greece's annual inflation rate rose to 3.9 percent in December, compared with the same month in 2006, the National Statistical Service said on Thursday.

    The service, in a monthly report, said the inflation rate - measured by the consumer's price index - rose 0.4 pct in December from November 2007.

    NSS attributed the 3.9-pct increase of the inflation rate to a 4.8-pct increase in the food and beverage prices index, a 3.1-pct rise in clothing and footwear, a 8.7-pct increase in housing prices, a 4.7-pct rise in transportation prices, a 4.6-pct increase in education prices, a 4.4-pct rise in cafe/restaurant prices and a 2.5-pct increase in other goods and services.

    Greece's harmonised inflation rate also rose to 3.9 pct in December. Manolis Kontopyrakis, NSS' secretary-general, added that any forecast over the course of the inflation rate in 2008 would be groundless due to volatility in international oil prices.


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