Thousands of people joined in the 19th annual March Against Breast Cancer
through the Czech capital on Saturday. The participants, mostly women,
marched from the Old Town Square to Štvanice island wearing pink t-shirts
and carrying pink balloons sold to raise funds in the fight against the
An estimated 7,000 women in the Czech Republic are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and in about 2,000 cases the disease proves fatal. Women over the age of 45 can be tested for breast cancer free of charge
MPs from all deputies’ clubs in the lower house, with the exception of
the Communists, have supported a proposal to make August 21 a Memorial Day
for victims of invasion and occupation. The draft amendment to the law on
State Holidays was signed by 90 deputies.
According to the proposal, the night of August 20 to 21, 1968, when the Soviet-led troops invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the Prague Spring reform movement, was one of the most tragic days in Czechoslovak modern history. If approved by the Senate and the President, the day would become a day of significance rather than a state holiday.
Hundreds of people attended commemorative events in the village of Lidice
on Saturday marking the 77th anniversary of the its destruction. The Nazis
razed the small Central Bohemian village to the ground and killed over 300
of its inhabitants on June 10, 1942 in one of the worst atrocities in the
country’s modern history.
The events started with a mass at the foundations of the Church of St. Martin where the village stood and continued with a ceremony at a mass grave of the victims of the massacre and a traditional Light for Lidice gathering of children’s choirs.
Among those who took part in the events in Lidice were the speaker of the lower house, Radek Vondráček, as well as survivors of the Lidice tragedy.
An escaped puma has been reportedly spotted in the region of Jindřichův
Hradec in South Bohemia. According to the police the big cat, most likely a
cougar, has been sighted several times since April, but it has only been
People from the region have been advised to restrict their walks and keep away from the local forests until the animal is captured.
Two Brno universities, the Masaryk University and the Mendel University of
Agriculture and Forestry, are celebrating their 100th anniversary on
Saturday. To mark the milestone, the Masaryk University is holding the
largest-ever alumni reunion of Masaryk University, called Festival MUNI
100, at the Brno Exhibition Centre.
The Mendel University has prepared a so-called Student Reunion of the Century, including a tour of the campus, musical performance, exhibitions, workshops or meetings with academic staff. Saturday’s celebrations are a culmination of year-long series of events and activities to mark the 100th anniversary.
A ticket sold in the Czech Republic has won 1.4 billion crowns
(approximately 55 million euros) in the Eurojackpot lottery draw held on
Friday May 14. It is the second highest sum in the history of the country.
The winner has 365 days to come forward and claim the prize, the spokesman
of the Sazka betting company told the Czech News Agency.
The largest Eurojackpot ever paid out was 90 million euros to a Czech player from Pardubice region in 2015. The winner picked up his winnings three weeks after the numbers were drawn, and chose to remain anonymous.
The Czech Parliament will in future propagate excellent Bohemian and
Moravian wines which may be sold under the label “Parliament wine” and
will give them as protocol gifts both here and abroad.
The speaker of the lower house, Radek Vondráček, on Friday handed out awards to those winemakers who won in an open competition allowing them to use the “Parliament wine” label.
He awarded wines in seven categories. Thirty-six winemakers entered the competition with 106 wines.
Czech farmers will receive 32 billion crowns in subsidies in the 2019-2020
period with the bulk of the money coming from EU funds, according to the
spokeswoman of the Czech Agricultural Intervention Fund Vladimíra
They are being drawn by 31,000 farmers and agricultural companies, including those in the Agrofert conglomerate, which is at the centre of a dispute relating to the prime minister’s suspected conflict of interests.
According to Nováková these are direct and compensation subsidies which cannot be questioned in relation to the prime minister’s possible conflict of interests. She added that the EC had not questioned their distribution.