Police are monitoring a techno party in Čížkov, near the west Bohemian
town of Pilsen, this weekend. Some 2,000 people are attending the event,
which got underway on Friday night. Police have been dealing only with
minor offences related to transportation and drug abuse, police spokeswoman
told the Czech News Agency on Saturday.
This Saturday marks 15 years since an infamous police crack-down on a huge illegal techno music festival, known as Czechtek, which had spilled over onto private property. The intervention left dozens of people injured on both sides.
Leading philosophers from all around the world will gather in Prague next
week for the International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of
Science and Technology. The four-year event, organised by the International
Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, will take place
at the premises of the Czech Technical University in Prague’s Dejvice.
One of the three main lectures will be delivered by Heather Douglas, a world-known philosopher of science best known for her work on the role of values in science, the importance of science for policymaking, and the history of philosophy of science. The motto of this year’s event is "Bridging across academic cultures".
A painting by Czech artist Pasta Oner will be auctioned at London’s
Sothebys in autumn. The picture, called Pipe and Phone, is currently on
display at Kodl art gallery in the centre of Prague. Its purchase price is
estimated at 280,000 to 420,000 thousand crowns.
The annual Sotheby’s auction, called 20th Century Art: A Different Perspective, showcases works by important modern and contemporary artists from Central and Eastern Europe. It is due to take place from November 4 to 12.
A historic chimney in Ostrava, known as Strakáč, was demolished in the
early hours of Saturday, despite petitions to preserve the industrial
The red-and-white brick chimney was built in the 1960s as part of a former industrial complex in Dolní Vítkovice near Ostrava. It was over 100 metres tall and weighed around 10,000 tonnes.
According to authorities, the chimney presented an environmental burden. The Ministry of Culture refused to pronounce the chimney a national cultural heritage site.
The Rail Safety Inspection office reports that the number of rail-related
incidents in the first six months of 2019 amounted to 634, which is 15-
percent increase on the same period last year. The biggest accident took
place in Brno in March, with 23 people being injured in a head-on collision
of passenger trains.
The number of railway crossing incidents in the same period increased by 11 percent on the previous year, to 92, resulting in 13 deaths. The Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration plans to equip 132 out of the total 164 rail crossings on first class roads with barriers by the end of the year.
Russia bears full responsibility for the collapse of the INF treaty
(Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty), which contributed to peace and
security on the European Continent for 30 years, Czech Foreign Minister
Tomáš Petříček told journalists on Friday in response to the US
The United States formally withdrew from the Cold War-era nuclear missile pact with Russia after giving Moscow six months to come into compliance with it. Petříček said the Czech Republic supported negotiations on a new, ideally broader treaty that would replace it.
The INF, or The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, Treaty was signed between the former Soviet Union and the United States on December 8, 1987 and entered into force on June 1, 1988. The treaty covered deployed and non-deployed ground-based short-range missiles (from 500 to 1,000 kilometres) and intermediate-range missiles (from 1,000 to 5,500 kilometres).
The Ministry of Justice has apologized to Czech Radio’s investigative
journalist Janek Kroupa for having illegally wiretapped his phone for a
period of over five months in 2011 and 2012 in connection with an
investigation into suspected corruption involving the purchase of Pandur
armoured vehicles for the military.
The police wiretapped Kroupa and several other top officials in order to ascertain who had leaked information from police files on the case.
The ministry was ordered to apologize by the Supreme Court which ruled that it had overstepped its powers and that journalists could only be wiretapped in exceptional cases.
The Czech Foreign Ministry has announced that in order to improve its
services to the public it has introduced the post of “Ombudsman for
Consular Services“ as of August 1.
The ombudsman will monitor the quality of consular services provided, deal with complaints and help find solutions to existing problems. The office will also be open to suggestions as to how to improve consular services for the public.
The post has been set up on a temporary basis for the course of the summer and will be made permanent if it proves useful.
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