The Czech National Anti-Drug Centre in cooperation with customs officers
and the Czech Post uncovered two cases of drugs sales via Dark net.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, the agency’s head Jakub Frydrych said the perpetrators had been sending several kilogrammes of drugs every month from the Czech Republic to destinations all around the world.
The offenders, aged 25 to 28, were apprehended during two separate operations.
Singer songwriter Vladimír Mišík has received the highest number of
nominations for the upcoming Anděl Music Awards, held annually in the
The Czech music legend, who released a new LP in 2019 after a break of six
years, has been nominated in a total of six categories.
The Anděl Awards are voted on by journalists and experts from Czech music scene. The awards ceremony itself will be held in March.
Mišík, who turned 72 last year, has already been inducted to the Anděl Awards hall of fame.
The City of Prague wants to approve a partnership agreement with Vienna,
and considers establishing a similar agreement with Dresden and Munich,
Mayor Zdeněk Hřib told the Czech News Agency on Wednesday.
Earlier this month, Prague signed a sister city contract with the Taiwanese capital Taipei. The Czech capital previously had a sister agreement with Beijing, but a dispute over a clause regarding the One China policy led to it being terminated by the Czech capital last October.
Mr Hřib has also signed a so-called Free Cities Pact with the mayors of Bratislava, Budapest and Warsaw aimed at strengthening cooperation and promoting joint projects.
Around 29,780 new companies were set up in the Czech Republic in 2019,
according to the consultancy company Bisnode. That is the lowest figure
since 2017, but also the third highest in the past decade.
Last year a record number of businesses ceased to exist, with one business shutting down per every two new companies. According to Bisnode, these are mostly companies that were not active or competitive enough.
The Czech Academy of Science is marking the 130th anniversary of its
establishment. The country’s largest research institution was established
on 23 January 1890 by the Emperor Franz Joseph as the Czech Academy of
Sciences, Letters and Arts.
Its establishment was initiated by Josef Hlávka, a Czech entrepreneur, philanthropist and patron of sciences and laid the foundations for the development of modern Czech science outside universities.
Multiple voting in the European Parliament elections will be classified as
a misdemeanour and fined with up to CZK 10,000 under an amendment to the
law on the EP elections passed by the Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday.
The change, which complies with the European Council's decision, will take effect as of next year if it is approved by the Senate and signed into law by President Miloš Zeman.
The opposition Pirate Party failed with their proposal to introduce voting for MEPs at Czech embassies abroad.
Czech cinemas recorded a significant increase in attendance last year, the
Union of Film Distributors said on Wednesday. In 2019, cinema operators
sold over 18 million tickets, which is the highest number since 1993, when
the figure reached nearly 22 million visitors.
Sales reached a record CZK 2.6 billion, a year-on-year increase by 15 percent. The most popular film in 2019 was the Czech comedy Jogging for Love with over 1,500 000 visitors.
The average mortgage rate in the Czech Republic fell to 2.34 percent in
December from 2.35 percent the previous month, according to data from
financial advisors Fincentrum released on Wednesday.
Last month was the 11th in succession that mortage rates fell. They hit their lowest point, 1.77 percent, in December 2016 before again showing an upward trend.
The average amount loaned in new mortgages in December, CZK 2.54 million, was a record high.
The Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, begins a two-day visit to Israel
on Wednesday. Mr. Babiš is set to meet Israel’s president, Reuven
Rivlin, and prime minister, Benjamin Netanjahu, on the opening day of his
stay. On Thursday he will attend the fifth annual World Holocaust Forum in
Jerusalem alongside the presidents of France, Russia and Germany.
Prime Minister Babiš will also meet Czech Holocaust survivors, the chairman of the European Jewish Congress, Moshe Kantor, and Petr Starý, who is the Czech Republic’s liason office in Ramallah.