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Mucha’s Slav Epic goes on display in Japan within Year of Czech Culture

Alphonse Mucha’s cycle of paintings the Slav Epic has gone on display in the Japanese capital Tokyo. The exhibition is part of a Year of Czech Culture in Japan organised in connection with the 60th anniversary of the renewal of diplomatic relations between the two states. The Slav Epic exhibition, which is expected to attract up to a quarter of a million visitors in three months, was opened by the Czech minister of culture, Daniel Herman. There has been some opposition to the sending of the paintings to Japan, with restorers warning that the canvases could be damaged.

Central bank made biggest intervention on currency markets in January

The Czech National Bank made its biggest ever intervention on the currency markets in one month in January, according to figures released on Tuesday. The central bank spent around CZK 391 billion buying euros in January in a bid to keep the Czech crown down to around 27 to the common European currency. The policy of keeping the crown weak was launched in late 2013. Czech National Bank officials say it will be discontinued this year. Analysts say anticipation of the change has made the crown more subject to currency speculation. The divisive intervention policy has cost the CNB CZK 1.3 trillion to date.

Social Democrats lose 10 percent of members in two years

Coalition leaders the Social Democrats lost around a tenth of their members in the last two years, according to a report prepared for next weekend’s party congress quoted by the Czech News Agency. At the end of December the Social Democrats had just under 20,500 members, around 2,200 fewer than at the end of 2014. In the same period 57 local branches were shut down.

Woman gets 30 years for knife killing at Prague shopping centre

A woman who brutally stabbed a stranger to death at a Prague shopping centre last year has received a 30-year prison term. Michelle Sudků was also ordered by the Prague Municipal Court to pay compensation of CZK 850,000 to the family of her victim. Sudků’s plea that she was insane at the time of the killing, which took place at the capital’s Nový Smíchov shopping complex, was rejected. She was also found guilty of attempting to strangle a girl at a café.

Scouts mapping fates of predecessors who died in WWII

Czech scouts have begun mapping the fates of scouts who died during World War II in battle, in concentration camps or in prisons, Czech Television reported on Tuesday. Within the project War Heroes they are attempting to trace their fallen predecessors’ life stories in a bid to preserve them for future generations of Czech scouts. The Nazis banned the scouts in 1940 and many of its members joined the resistance. Around 700 died in the course of the war.

Malaysia’s first Czech film festival set for later this week

The first Czech Film Festival in Malaysia is set to take place from March 9 to 12. Organised by the Czech Embassy in the capital Kuala Lumpur it will feature five Czech movies, including the Oscar winning Kolya, The Elementary School and Dark Blue World.

Weather forecast

Wednesday should see rain and some bright spells. Temperatures are expected to reach up to around 8 degrees Celsius. Weather conditions will remain similar for the rest of the week, though daytime highs should rise to up to 14 degrees Celsius.