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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 98-08-19

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From: The Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA) Home Page at <http://www.telpress.it/ata>

Albanian Telegraphic Agency


  • [01] At least 800 persons lost, dispersed and abducted in Kosova
  • [02] Water cleaning facility in Boville reservoir tested
  • [03] First auction for former loan-taking companies assets on August 28
  • [04] Unemployment in Albania
  • [05] Yugoslav party refuses meeting Albanian party
  • [06] High temperatures lead to new records in imports of air-conditioners and water deposits
  • [07] Karma cooper mineral area attracts foreign companies
  • [08] Scientific Research institutes demand treatment as special important objects
  • [09] Antidrugs: 250 plants of cannabis uprooted and destroyed
  • [10] New private school "Nehemia" to open its doors in Pogradec
  • [11] "Cooperative Assembly" military exercises continue in Albania
  • [12] French troops lead humanitarian NATO project in Albania

  • [01] At least 800 persons lost, dispersed and abducted in Kosova

    At least 800 persons lost, dispersed and abducted in Kosova

    - Committee for Defence of Human Rights in Prishtina -

    PRISHTINA, 18 August - ATA correspondent Behlul Jashari reports from Prishtina: - At least 800 people have been taken hostage or abducted by the Serbian military forces, during military operations of this year in Kosova.

    Council for the Defence of Human Rights in Prishtina published today their names and issued a call to the people to declare and gather evidence for other such cases.

    The Council has addressed a call to all international organizations to engage in the actions for the liberation of all the missing people, for investigation into the missing and the massive graves in Kosova, in which many Albanians whose fate is not yet known, are believed to have been placed./fh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [02] Water cleaning facility in Boville reservoir tested

    Water cleaning facility in Boville reservoir tested

    TIRANE, August 18 (ata) - By M Pupa: After the cleaning process of the tubes at a length of 10 km which link the dam with the cleaning facility, the test in the cleaning facility itself started, the director of the Project, Arben Zajmi told ATA.

    The tests will verify if there is any loss of water or damage in the whole network, along with the chlorinity of the water.

    According to Zajmi, there are over 2 million cubic meters of water in the lake of Boville, which is sufficient for a quantity of 600 l/sec of water in the network, with a quantity of 120 l/sec in a near future. In the final stage when the lake will reach the set quotas, Boville reservoir will supply Tirane with 1800 l/sec of water.

    The promise of the constructors of the project is that by the end of this month, the water of Boville with about 600 l/sec go into the water distribution system of the capital, Tirane. /xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [03] First auction for former loan-taking companies assets on August 28

    TIRANE, August 18 (ata) - By Lolita Thanasi: The Monitoring Group and Deloitte & Touche Company have started the procedures for the selling of the assets of the former loan-taking companies and for the auctions. On August 1998, the first auction will take place and the three catalogues published on this occasion have already been put on sale.

    The first catalogue displays for sale cars, lorries, vans, office furniture and equipment, tv sets, etc.

    The second catalogue has two water tanks, three-way tippers, refrigerator trucks and tourist buses.

    The third catalogue has real estates, such as Iliria bar in Durres, the storehouse "Uji i Ftohte" in Vlore, etc. /xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [04] Unemployment in Albania

    - Declared figures not very realistic

    TIRANE, 18 August /ATA - Lolita Thanasi/ - The number of registered unemployed at the offices of employment, at the end of July was 219,303 or 17.2% of the active labour force of our country (valuated in 1,273,920 according to INSTAT), at a time when at the end of the last year these figures were respectively 193,526 and 15.2%.

    These percentages reflect the unemployed people registered in the state offices of employment against the active labour force in the country.

    Number of unemployed and the level of unemployment in Albania has been recently an issue of debates and arguments, which by no means contradict each other but are almost all the same acceptable.

    The most discussed issue is of course the official number of unemployed. According to some international officials, Albania should have a very high rate of unemployment and that government should do a better evaluation of the hidden unemployment in the rural areas.

    There is also another version, which suggests that to have a more realistic number of unemployed it should be valuated only in towns and excluding thus the rural population in the estimation of active labour force in the country.

    "This contradiction rises because of the definition or agreement on who should be included in the notion of unemployed", said for ATA, Eduart Prodani, Director of National Service of Employment.

    According to International Labour Organisation (ILO), and accepted in general, an unemployed person is called one who is declared as such in a public office (office of employment) and is ready to start immediately a new job that is offered. This is called a registered unemployment and most countries mean this kind of unemployment when declare different data or the level of unemployment, said he./fh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [05] Yugoslav party refuses meeting Albanian party

    TIRANE, August 19 (ata) - The Yugoslav party has refused meeting the Albanian party following the incident of Tuesday on the state border between the two countries in Tropoje district.

    "With regard to yesterday's incident, where three artillery shells fell nearly 1000 meters near villages Padesh and Kamenice of Tropoje, the spokesman of the Public Order Ministry told ATA, the Albanian party handed over a letter to the Yugoslav party. The latter said "We shall inform our commission and will give a formal response."

    But the Yugoslav party not only did not appear in the meeting, said the spokesman, but it sent to the border point two trucks with soldiers.

    It is not the first time that Yugoslav authorities do not come in meetings, the spokesman added. /s.s/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [06] High temperatures lead to new records in imports of air-conditioners and water deposits

    TIRANE, August 18 (ata) - By D Koca: The imports of air-conditioners, boilers and fans have broken all records in July in Albania.

    According to information of the Statistics Department in the General Customs Department, the import of these commodities over July has registered high figures up to 876.5 million lek. This is a result of the very great demands for these items in the Albanian market, ensuring great profits for the traders of these articles in the past two months.

    The group of commodities named "Foods" also during this month took a considerable weight in imports, worth 1 366 billion lek. The highest figure is that of flour import with 670.2 million lek, followed by cooking oil with 353.8 million lek.

    High indices of 687.6 million lek are also registered in the imports of vehicles, while the imports of pharmaceutical products have been as high as 675 million lek.

    An important place in Albanian imports takes the fuel with 552 million lek, whose imports have been on the increase. /xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [07] Karma cooper mineral area attracts foreign companies

    TIRANA, 18 August /ATA - Nini Mano/ - Karma cooper resources have attracted the interest of some foreign companies, sources of Albakri told today to ATA.

    Mineral resources of Karma are one of the richest areas in cooper mineral ore, and has a high percentage of cooper, specialist of Albakri told ATA. It is estimated that cooper mineral reserves discovered until today are at about 1.2 million ton.

    According to specialists, the prospect of these reserves is very bright. This area is valuated second, after that of Mullet, according to reserves of cooper ore.

    On the conditions when Albakri itself has not financial possibilities to open this mine, it is of interest intervention of foreign companies. First invitation for this mine have arrived in Albakri by well-known international companies.

    Some of them are from China, Canada, Italy and others. According to officials in Albakri, very soon will be vbaluated the possibility to put this rich area in efficency./fh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [08] Scientific Research institutes demand treatment as special important objects

    TIRANE, August 18 (ata) - By Etleva Xhajanka: Scientific Research institutes demanded today to be included in the group of special important objects, because the site on which its building has been constructed risks to be taken by people who pretend to be its owners.

    The leaders of the institutes and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food have asked local and central governments to solve this problem definitely so that the scientific studies and experiments for higher agricultural and livestock productions keep going. /xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [09] Antidrugs: 250 plants of cannabis uprooted and destroyed

    TIRANE, 19 August /ATA/ - Tuesday police operations led by Regional Office of the Fight against Drugs resulted in uprooting and destruction of 250 narcotic plants (Cannabis) in regions of Durres and Elbasan.

    Spokesman of Ministry of Public Order told to ATA that during an operation of the Regional Office of the Fight against Drugs were destroyed about 200 plants of (Cannabis), planted on private gardens in the village Shutel, Durres.

    On the same day, in a separate action in the villages Mollas and Klos of Elbasani district, were uprooted and destroyed 50 plants of the same kind.

    Spokesman said that against those people, who have planted those plants in the personal gardens, is opened a penal procedure./fh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [10] New private school "Nehemia" to open its doors in Pogradec

    PROGRADEC, August 19 (ata) - By H Balliu: A new private school, the first of this kind in Pogradec, initially elementary to be extended later up to the 12th grade, will be inaugurated this school year in this district.

    It is the German Christian Foundation Nehemia, which operates since 1992 in that city that enables the opening of the school, thus making its contribution also to the field of education.

    Artan Shkembi, director of the school, told ATA that the the school creates a new possibility for the education of children in Pogradec.

    The school will apply high standards of education, will have qualified teachers with the community of parents helping in solving its problems, said the President of Nehemia Foundation, Arnold Geiger.

    The private school Nehemia will be laic and the lessons will be in Albanian. At the end of the school, the pupils will master the English and German languages and the computer, they will have knowledge in the fields of art and music, etc. /a.ke/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [11] "Cooperative Assembly" military exercises continue in Albania

    - Albanian units represented with dignity among NATO troops -

    BIZE, 19 August /ATA - Enkelejda Koraqi/ - The second day of the military exercises "Cooperative Assembly", continued its procedure with joint military demonstrations of peace support troops.

    All the region where the exercises are held, resemble a theatre of war, where all troops present act in a synchronized way.

    Albanian unit of commando troops, has accomplished Tuesday, together with Turkish forces an operation on the clearing of mined areas, with the duty of detecting mined areas, finding out the kind of mine and ways of their discharging and their destruction.

    Later on the exercises continued with demonstrations of climbers units. From a height of 30-40 metre, in a rocky area almost in a vertical line, with a high rate of danger, the Albanian units, in cooperation with Italian troops, demonstrated ways of descending together with alpine equipment.

    During these demonstrations Albanian units showed that are able to coordinate their actions in equal conditions with armies of the NATO countries, fulfilling successfully all elements of the program of these exercises./fh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [12] French troops lead humanitarian NATO project in Albania

    TIRANA, August 19 (ATA)-By E. Koraqi, In the context of joint exercises "Cooperative Assembly" in the town of Kruja, the engineers' company of the French army are heading the project for the construction of a school.

    The building of the school shows that the training unfolds both a military and a humanitarian character.

    Some 245 engineers and soldiers from four countries are working to realise this project successfully.

    The team participating in the plan for school repair includes a French company of 139 soldiers, several Albanian engineers, 39 Italian troops and 37 U.S. troops.

    The fund for all works exceeds $120 000. The leader of this project, French Lieutenant-Colonel Michel Bioret said that he was much impressed of the cooperation of all those involved in this humanitarian plan. /das/lm/

    From the Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA) Home Page at http://www.telpress.it/ata

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