The investment group J&T is planning to build a new 42-storey skyscraper in Prague's Holesovice district which would be the tallest building in the city, the weekly Euro reported. It said the new skyscraper should be tens of metres higher than the current highest construction, an unfinished Czech Radio building in Prague 4 which measures 109 m.
Customs officers in the Czech Republic's second largest city of Brno confiscated counterfeit goods on Sunday worth an estimated 80 million crowns - the equivalent of around 3.7 million US dollars. Police moved in at a supplier's in what was the third day of raids at markets in various parts of the country. A spokesman said that it was one of the most successful raids ever in the south Moravian region. Most of the products confiscated are imitation brand-name goods: perfumes, textiles, and entertainment goods, weighing in at a total of around 50 tonnes. The Brno site raided on Sunday is not open to the general public but strictly to retailers.
Almost six hundred years ago, the Jewish community in what is now west Bohemia bought some land on the outskirts of Plzen, west Bohemia, to build a cemetery. A few decades later the land was confiscated and the community expelled. Since then, very little has been known about the location of the burial site. But now, a team of archaeologists say the cemetery is right beneath land that is to house a new billion-crown commercial centre. Dita Asiedu reports:
In Business News: over a billion dollars worth of PPPs are planned, says a Finance Ministry official; farmers want the next government to halt the continual decline in output in their industry; Czech tourists spent more money on holidays at home than abroad in 2005; and the biggest factory outlet in the country should open at Prague airport next year.
This year we have had a glorious and mild autumn with few signs of the winter to come. So it seems so much the more strange to see Christmas trees, Santa Claus and jingling bells here in the heart of Prague. Christmas decorations are already going up in shops around the city, and the prize for milking the Yuletide season for all its worth has to go to the Flora Palace shopping centre in the district of Vinohrady. Ever since mid-October it has been decked out in its full seasonal regalia. Alexander Ohrn went down there to see how people feel about
In the past, the Holesovice district near the centre of Prague was a busy industrial area, which was also home to the city's main harbour and docklands. Over the last few decades, however, Holesovice has experienced something of a decline. Many of the factories that were located here have closed down, and its once lively port area is now a sleepy backwater.
Czech customs officers have seized over 20 tonnes of apparently fake brand products at a open-air market at the Hate border crossing in South Moravia. The goods included clothing and shoes as well as pirated CDs and DVDs, worth an estimated 25 million crowns. This was another in a series of raids on border markets aimed at stemming out trade with smuggled and fake brand products.