Police detained twelve foreigners, including Afghan, Syrian and Gambian nationals, during a raid at Prague’s Main Station on Friday, the police spokesman Jan Daněk told the Czech News Agency. Policemen were checking selected trains in search of illegal immigrants. In the first five months of this year, the Foreign Police uncovered 2418 illegal foreigners in the country, which is 712 more than during the same period last year. The number of people from Kosovo, Syria and Afghanistan who tried to illegally cross the border to Germany has also increased.
Prague governing coalition, the ANO Party, the Social Democrats and the three-way coalition of Greens, Christian Democrats and Mayors and Independents, wants to approve a blanket ban on gambling in the Czech capital, Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová said on Friday. The parties have agreed to approve the ban in September, although it is not yet clear when the new regulation will come in force. The amendment will see the closure of the city’s gambling venues, with the exception of hotel casinos. Several Prague districts have already introduced zero tolerance to gambling on their territories.
The Czech Transport Ministry has backed a plan for a railway link from Prague’s Masaryk train station to Václav Havel international airport. Under the plan, the link will run at least partially underground in Prague 6. From there, trains will continue above ground along track branching off to Kladno, outside of Prague and to the airport itself. The project is slated to cost around 18 billion crowns.
Police are investigating hoax bomb threats that led to the evacuation of two big shopping centers in Prague on Thursday afternoon. The threats concerned the Černy Most shopping center on the outskirts of the city and the Palladium shopping center in central Prague. Traffic in the vicinity of Palladium was rerouted and subway trains passed through the station without stopping from 2.pm pm until 10pm. No explosives were found.
Prague City Hall has made good on the promise to improve conditions for public transport passengers. As of Wednesday, anyone buying the city’s annual transit pass will pay 1,100 crowns less. According to Prague Public Transit, the lower price should see a significant increase in yearly ticket sales.
The 12th annual Prague Museum Night will take place on Saturday 13 June, 2015. This popular cultural event established in 2004 offers people the possibility to visit Prague galleries, museums and other cultural heritage sites in the late night hours. Around 40 institutions are opening their doors to visitors this year.
Close to 1,400 children in Prague 6 have been inoculated against hepatitis A in the wake of a serious water contamination incident late last month. The authorities recommended blanket vaccination of all children in the district after it emerged that water from a sewage pipe had seeped into the water pipe carrying water for consumption. There are 4,000 children registered in the area between the age of one an 15. All are being given the first shot for free, which protects them for a period of 5 years, a second shot which affords protection for a period of 25 years costs 1,000 crowns.
A controversial new building set to be erected next to the 13th century convent of Saint Agnes in the historical centre of Prague has sparked heated controversy. The co-called “Marshmallow House” has become a thorn in the flesh of local inhabitants as well as a number of architects and preservationists.
Doctors have inoculated around 800 children from Prague’s districts of Dejvice and Bubeneč against hepatitis A. Blanket vaccination of children in the Prague 6 district against hepatitis A was recommended by health officials following a serious incident of water contamination. Some 4,000 children between 12 months old and 15 years qualify for the free vaccinations, which started on Friday. The contamination occurred at the end of May when sewage water is believed to have seeped into a pipe carrying water for public consumption. The Prague Waterworks Company is now facing thousands of demands for compensation.
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