A new permanent exhibition in honour of Jan Palach in the house where he
grew up in Všetaty, Central Bohemia will open on August 21, a spokesperson
for operators the National Museum told iDnes.cz. Palach died after setting
himself alight in Prague on 16 January 1969 in protest at apathy in the
face of the Soviet occupation.
In connection with next week’s 50th anniversary of the then student’s act, memorial tiles are to be unveiled at spots in the courtyard of Charles University where his coffin stood in 1969.
There will also be an outdoor exhibition commemorating Palach’s self-sacrifice at the top of Prague’s Wenceslas Square, where he set himself on fire. Other events are also taking place in connection with the anniversary.
Year-on-year growth in industrial output in the Czech Republic slowed to
4.8 percent in November, according to official data released on Tuesday. In
October growth had reached 6.7 percent. However, taking into account
seasonal factors, industrial output actually rose by 0.9 percent.
The main driver of growth remained motor vehicle production, which went up by 10.2 percent. By contrast construction stagnated in the 11th month of 2018 following growth of 10.4 percent in October.
One-quarter of the players in Czech football’s top division are
foreigners, iRozhlas.cz reported on Tuesday. Of the 354 players who made
appearances in the autumn part of the season, 90 were not from the Czech
Republic, the news site said.
While Slovaks, as is traditional, account for a large number of them, footballers from Eastern European and African states are also making their mark. Foreigners have been the top scorers at half of the top flight’s 16 clubs so far this season.
The Czech government has ordered the administrators of the country’s
critical infrastructure to carry out an analysis of the risks of using
software and hardware produced by Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE. This
concerns a total of 160 public and private organisations.
The National Cyber and Security Information Agency has been instructed to provide them with assistance in this regard, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said on Tuesday.
The National Cyber and Security Information Agency last month flagged up the usage of Huawei and ZTE products as a potential security threat.
Last year 565 people died on Czech roads, which was 63 more than the
previous year and the highest figure in three years. Numbers presented by
the police on Tuesday morning also showed that the deaths of motorcyclists
increased by over 40 percent in 2018.
Transport police were called out to over 100,000 traffic accidents last year, the division’s chief, Tomáš Lerch, told journalists.
Almost 2,500 people were left with serious injuries after collisions in 2018. Over 25,000 suffered minor injuries.
The Ministry of Education has fined six foreign universities or branches of
them on Czech territory, Czech Radio’s iRozhlas news site reported on
Tuesday. The universities lack the required licenses to teach in this
country. The ministry is not permitted to reveal their names.
Officials have also filed criminal complaints against two third-level institutions for failing to return admission fees paid by people who never started courses. Administrative proceedings are also being conducted with five schools.
Sixteen foreign universities have fulfilled all legal requirements to offer services in the Czech Republic and passed Ministry of Education checks.
An internal audit within the state-owned agency CzechTourism has revealed
dozens of suspicious contracts, Czech Television reports. The audit was
triggered by a police raid in November at the Ministry of Regional
Development, which had numerous contracts with the agency.
It found that over 50 percent of funds were invested into just three regions of the country, and a fifth of the tenders were carried out by just four firms. Police are investigating Regional Development Minister Klára Dostálová and CzechTourism head Aleš Pangrác for possible fraud in this regard.
The Czech government has agreed on special legislation in the event of a
“hard Brexit” to treat Britons living here as if they were EU nationals
up until December 31, 2020.
That date mirrors one for a similar policy which the British government has
announced for EU nationals living within the UK. The Czechs government
hopes to get the legislation passed as soon as possible.
The draft special legislation was prepared primarily by the Interior Ministry and is to be put into action if a hard Brexit were to take place in March 2019.
Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček will meet with Chinese
Ambassador Zhang Jianmin on Thursday to discuss a dispute relating to
Huawei and ZTE products, a spokesperson for the Czech Foreign Ministry
said. Mr. Zhang had met personally with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš in
December after the Czech National Bureau for Cyber Security said the
Chinese-made products posed a security threat.
However, the two do not agree about what was said at the meeting. On Sunday, Mr. Babiš said that a Chinese Embassy statement – seeming to suggest that the Czech leader had apologised over the matter – was “nonsense and a lie”.