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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-10-09

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] Local government elections
  • [03] Parliament s decision ends garbage collectors strike
  • [04] Defence Minister announces measures to combat social isolation in
  • [05] Inflation rate unchanged in September

  • [01] Weather forecast

    A mainly fine day is forecast with some cloudy patches and possibility of rain in western and southern Greece, Thrace and the islands of eastern Aegean.

    Temperatures in Athens will range from 16 to 26 C and in Thessaloniki from 13 to 23 C.

    (9/10/2002 12:14:00 μμ)

    [02] Local government elections

    Addressing the ruling Pasok party s parliamentary group yesterday, Prime-minister Kostas Simitis issued an indirect invitation to all progressive citizens and leftists parties to present a united front against right wing movements in next Sunday s local government elections. Mr. Simitis launched a strong attack against the main opposition N.D accusing it of cooperation with the extreme right wing, and cultivation of a polarisation climate. He also accused the conservative N.D party of political opportunism and lack of program.

    In reply , N.D party leader , Kostas Karamanlis accused the government of following division tactics and a black propaganda fabricating imaginative and extreme scenaria.

    Meanwhile, tempers were frayed , as unregistered voters were obliged to queue again yesterday for information about how and where they could cast their ballots . The government reiterated charges that Athens city Hall was to blame for confusion about electoral districts , but the mayor , Dimitris Avramopoulos , insisted that the government was exclusively responsible for any procedures relating to elections.

    (9/10/2002 12:14:00 μμ)

    [03] Parliament s decision ends garbage collectors strike

    Tonnes of uncollected garbage have piled up in Thessaloniki due to the 9-day strike by municipal workers.

    However , the Greek parliament yesterday has given a solution to the deadlock with its unanimous decision to authorise local government to pay production bonuses to gabbage collectors . According to the president of the parliament , Apostolos Kaklamanis, the parliament has committed itself to table a bill in parliament in the event the Inspection Council judges the action illegal.

    (9/10/2002 12:16:00 μμ)

    [04] Defence Minister announces measures to combat social isolation in the armed forces

    National Defence Minister , Yiannos Papantoniou has announced a package of 8 measures to combat social isolation of those serving in the armed forces.

    Among others the measures provide for direct economic aid of soldiers from low-income families , possibility to study in vocational centers and free medical insurance to uninsured members of their families.

    (9/10/2002 12:16:00 μμ)

    [05] Inflation rate unchanged in September

    Inflation rate remained unchanged at 3,5% in September despite the negative climate in global economy.

    In the meantime , the Economics Ministry begins today a briefing campaign on the value of the euro and mainly on the value of the euro coins.

    (9/10/2002 12:17:00 μμ)


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