The health of Czech president Miloš Zeman is very good, according to a
detailed examination carried out by a team of doctors at Prague’s Na
Homolce hospital. The news was announced by the president’s spokesman
Jiří Ovčáček and doctor Martin Holcát at a press conference on
According to the health screening, the Czech head of state suffers from polyfunctional neuropathy, which makes it difficult for him to walk.
Zeman says he wants to stand for re-election as president in a vote which should culminate at the start of 2018.
Historians have specified the number of victims of the 1968 Soviet-led
occupation of Czechoslovakia. According to the new figures, 137 Czechs and
Slovaks died as a result of the occupation by the end of 1968. Over 400
people were killed by Soviet or Warsaw Pact troops who occupied the country
The new book by historians Prokop Tomek and Ivan Pejčoch called Occupation 1968 was presented on Thursday. According to the authors, they were able to specify the figures thanks to newly discovered archive material.
Pyro-technicians have found more than 800 pieces of ammunition at the site
of a former munition factory near Břeclav in south Moravia. The factory
was destroyed by a blast shortly after the end of WWII. Clean up-work in
the area, which covers approximately 500 hectares, has been underway since
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Interior Minister Milan Chovanec visited the site on Thursday to oversee see the cleaning operations. Thousands of pieces of ammunition are expected to be still scattered around the forest-covered area, which is closed to the public due to safety reasons.
President Miloš Zeman will receive an award from the US-based Gershon
Jacobson Jewish Continuity fund. The prize is awarded at the Jewish 100
Gala, organized by The Algemeiner Journal, a Jewish newspaper highlighting
Jewish and Israeli issues across the globe.
The newspaper annually awards 100 people for positively influencing Jewish life. Zeman will receive the prize on September 18 in New York, a day before attending the UN general assembly.
A court in Hong Kong has sent a Czech man to prison for 27 years for drug smuggling, the news site iRadio.cz reported on Thursday. According to the website, the Czech will not appeal against the verdict, because it would slow down the extradition process. The man, who is 63, said at a court hearing in March that he was innocent and didn’t know about how the drugs came to be in his luggage.
The roof of the Lucerna Palace in the centre of Prague opens to the public on Thursday. The project has been initiated by café owner and civic activist Ondřej Kobza, who rents the terraces from the building’s owner Dagmar Havlová, sister-in-law of the late president Václav Havel. Kobza has been gradually reconstructing the space and plans to open a community garden there next year. The rooftops of Lucerna Palace will be open from Wednesday afternoon until August 23. Situated on Wenceslas Square, the Lucerna Palace was established in 1907 by the grandfather of the late president.
Farmers, who suffered losses due to this year’s drought, could receive
compensation to the tune of 1.2 billion crowns, agriculture minister Marian
Jurečka said on Wednesday. He added that the losses will be calculated
within the next two or three weeks.
According to the Czech Statistical Office, the harvest of grain this year will be 13.2 percent lower than in the previous one. The quality of the grain is also expected to be lower due the dry weather.
Karolína Plíšková has advanced to the third round at the Cincinnati
Open. The world number one had little trouble in overcoming Natalia
Vikhlyantseva of Russia 6–2 6–3. However, Plíšková’s compatriot
Petra Kvitová has exited the tournament after being beaten 2–6 3–6 by
Sloane Stephens of the USA.
Earlier leading Czech players Tomáš Berdych, Lucie Šafářová and Barbora Strýcová were all knocked out in the first round in Cincinnati.
The Senate has rejected the nomination of Karel Srp as a member of the
board of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. The vote
followed a recommendation from the Senate’s electoral commission, which
said that as a former member of the Communist Party he did not fulfill the
conditions to serve on the board.
Mr. Srp, who was nominated by President Miloš Zeman, said last week that he could not recall whether he had been in the Communist Party in the Prague Spring period 50 years ago. In the 1980s he headed Jazz Section, a music-focused group permitted by the Communists that also supported underground activities.
The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes oversees Communist-era secret police files and conducts research into modern Czech history.