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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-09-07

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

Albanian Telegraphic Agency

CONTENTS

  • [01] Licences for three construction firms lifted by Public and Transport Ministry
  • [02] Press review
  • [03] Fines are put but not paid
  • [04] Money exchange rates in Tirana market
  • [05] Work for rehabilitation of Sarande-Limion road coming to an end
  • [06] Nearly 5 million Euro for rehabilitation of water system in Pogradec
  • [07] An up-to-date book-store to be opened in Tirane in October
  • [08] $120 thousand earmarked for "L. Borici" stadium in Shkoder
  • [09] Albpetrol reconstruction has resulted in production increase
  • [10] Berisha says Prosecutor's office obstacles investigations on Hajdari case
  • [11] Malaysia Foreign Minister arrives in Tirane for formal visit
  • [12] Socialist legislators discuss Stability Pact
  • [13] Greece provides 120 million drachmas for education in Gjirokaster
  • [14] Prosecutor's office reacts against Albanian DP chairman statement
  • [15] Cooperation with foreign foundations on university books
  • [16] Bank of Albania provides government with 8.8 billion leks
  • [17] Budget deficit increases
  • [18] KESH to be divided in power generation and distribution sectors
  • [19] Majko asks resumption of Malaysian investments in Albania
  • [20] Albanian-Malaysian projects to be realised next year
  • [21] Malaysian Foreign Minister interrupts visit to Albania
  • [22] Teaching programme for Greek minority school children improved
  • [23] Albanian PM sends message of condolences to Simits

  • [01] Licences for three construction firms lifted by Public and Transport Ministry

    TIRANE, Sept. 7 (ata) - By E Metaj: The Albanian Ministry of Public Works and Transport has decided to lift the licences for three construction firms for constructions which do not respond to the building standards, sources from the ministry said.

    According to the same sources, the construction company ENDI had its licence removed for a low quality work in the asphalting of the road of Currila, Durres city, the construction company LIKA Fier for low quality work in the asphalting of the streets in Fier city and the company YY Albania Construction & Development, Tirane, for failure to observe the technical standards for the construction of buildings and for low quality.

    Some days ago, the Minister of Public Works and Transport, Ingrid Shuli presented an indictment to prosecutor's office for the construction firm YY Albania Construction & Development, ltd. for low quality in construction. /lh/xh/

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    [02] Press review

    TIRANE, Sept. 7 (ata) - Follow some of the main headlines of the dailies on Tuesday:

    Koha Jone, Independent daily paper

    - "SHIK searching into money of custom officers." Premier's order to be executed by Poci and Klosi. - "Boom boomerang." Premier Majko warned yesterday that after some months Albania will have a real economic boom. - "Death penalty must be lifted." President's adviser, Sollaku, "We have no other way out." - "Opposition demanding head of Gjinushi."

    Gazeta Shqiptare, Independent daily

    - "Russians kill three Serbs." KFOR - They proved to be neutral. - "Barber from Fier who has cut the hair of Haxhi Lleshi, Rita Marko ...Zani." The 70- year old barber who cut the hair of VIPs - "Attempt on life of former Rinas chief." - "From today, a mobile phone subscription costs 60 thousand lek."

    Shekulli, independent daily.

    - "'Friends" give us time." The Government reacts to suggestions by the European Community. - "Skender Gjinushi must leave his post - Meksi." - "Monster of Skrapar kills brother and sister-in-law." Later he commits suicide. - "Here are Chinese-like acts of Nano - Server Pellumbi."

    Albania, independent daily.

    - "Berisha-Pollo, grass-roots fight." The two rivals direct from Tirana the campaign to seek support from grass-roots. - "DP before a great test." - "Mafia of coffee, 6 million dollars contraband."

    Ekonomia, daily paper of Albanian Agency for Economic Development

    - "Tariffs for mobile phone subscription to be 40 per cent lower." - "1 billion USD!" The articles treats the financial and economic situation for 94 public share-holding companies. - "Verification of personalities assets starts."

    Zeri i Popullit, daily of the Socialist Party of Albania

    - "Debate starts in SP." - "Servet Pellumbi on acts of Berisha and proposals by Nano: "Number one, a not yet reformed concept." - "Greek credit, first 17 lists to be verified by Government." - "President proposed to be a party member again. DP Statute, like that of Serbs and unconstitutional.

    Rilindja Demokratike, daily newspaper of the Democratic Party of Albania

    - "Decentralization in decision-making." National Council adopted new draft- statute of DP." - "Great contest at all levels." - "Zani gang sets on fire Shehaj bar." - "Greek mafia of assistance becomes active."

    Republika, daily paper of the Republican Party of Albania.

    - "Nano, like a Chinese - Pellumbi." - Politics without head or tail." - "None of kiosks will be permitted - Roshi." /s.s./xh/

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    [03] Fines are put but not paid

    ELBASAN,Sept. 7 (ata) By M. Lulja: - Forestry police in Elbasan district, noting the serios damages in several district forests, has collected fines which amount no more than 500 thousand leks.

    The most problematic areas for the forestry police are the districts Labinot -Mal, Shushice, Tregan and Paper where the number of damagers is bigger, told ATA the police sector chief in the district forestry department.

    According to him, 199 fines have been put throughout the district but none has been cashed since the fine invoices continue to "sleep" in the finance offices, waiting to be paid.

    Central Albania including Elbasan is rich in forests, but they are being daily damaged due to serios abuses. /gs/xh/

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    [04] Money exchange rates in Tirana market

    TIRANA, Sept. 7 (ata) By D.Koça: The dollar has maintained the same values in Tirana market on Tuesday as compared with the previous day, in its exchange rate with local money lek.

    Foreign currency exchange rate on Tuesday

    Kind of currency Bought Sold USD 135,7 136 DM 73,7 74 LIT(1000) 73,7 74 GRD(100) 43,6 44,1 /lh/xh/

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    [05] Work for rehabilitation of Sarande-Limion road coming to an end

    SARANDE, Sept. 7 (ata) - By Sh. Hajno: The work for the rehabilitation of the road linking Saranda with the suburb quarter of Limion, 1.5 km long, has entered the final stage, the mayor Çapajev Zera told ATA on Tuesday.

    According to him, the fund of 7.7 million lek was an investment made upon the initiative of Premier Pandeli Majko during a meeting he had with local authorities in July.

    Zera added they they had demanded a supplementary fund of 2.5 million lek for the necessary work in sewage and other water pipeline system.

    Over the last two years, the infrastructure of this city has been rehabilitated considerably with a fund of more than 6 million lek by the Albanian Government. /lh/xh/

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    [06] Nearly 5 million Euro for rehabilitation of water system in Pogradec

    POGRADEC, Sept.7 (ata) By B. Fejzullai: The project for the total water system rehabilitation of Pogradec town, financed by the EU through PHARE programe with 5 million Euros, has completed.

    The district council chief said that the project includes the construction of the puming station in Tushemisht, of the main water pipeline 4000 m long and the installation of water meters in all houses. /gs/xh/

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    [07] An up-to-date book-store to be opened in Tirane in October

    TIRANE, September 7 (ATA) - By Ornela Kadaifçiu: After the inauguration of the cinema, Tirane is expected to have a contemporary book shop which will be installed in the grounds of the Cultural Palace in October.

    Adrian Misha, President of the Distribution Agency "Adrian Co", company which has undertaken the construction of this book-shop, reveals that "the first steps for the construction of this book-store are made, while its inauguration is thought to be made in October".

    About 15 000 titles of books will be initially presented to the book- shop.

    The cost of expenses is not made public yet, but Misha said that only the structure and the lightening of it cost about $ 30 000.

    The book-shop is a project of the Albanian Ministry of Culture and European Council. /lh/A.A/

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    [08] $120 thousand earmarked for "L. Borici" stadium in Shkoder

    SHKODER, Sept. 7 (ata) By M. Malja: Albanian Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports has earmarked $120 thousand for the second phase of works to improve situation in the stadium "L. Borici" in the city of Shkoder, the municipal secretary Shkoder city-hall Bardhosh Shaqiri, reported on Tuesday.

    He said that this fund will be used to buy about 17 thousand plastic seats to be placed on the stairs of the stadium. In this way, the stadium will meet the criteria for internatinal matches to be played in it.

    The first phase of rehabilitation was over last year with a fund of $100 thousand provided by UEFA. The sum was used to improve the green field, its fencing, the inner environment reconstruction etc. /lh/gs/xh/

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    [09] Albpetrol reconstruction has resulted in production increase

    TIRANE, September 7 (ATA) - By M.Pupa: The biggest oil Company in Albania, Albpetrol, has become more productive during this year.

    Albanian Minister of Economy and Privatization, Ylli Bufi, told ATA on Tuesday that despite the problems following this company during the reconstruction phase that was carried out during the outgoing year, the main objective, that of transforming all the sectors in share-holding companies, is achieved by paving in this way the road towards privatization.

    Approximately 857 tons a day are produced by this company during the second three-month period of 1999, while the production during July amounted to 980 tons of oil.

    The increase of production is accompanied with the reduction of oil price, where in the first three-month period the cost of one ton of oil was 9800 Leks, while during the second three-month period the price was 8800 Leks versus 8100 Leks that was in July.

    The main problem of Albpetrol syndicate was the increase of the wage, but according to minister Bufi an increase in the wages of the employers will soon be implemented in Albpetrol sectors.

    Albpetrol presents 40% of the domestic gasoline production. /lh/A.A/

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    [10] Berisha says Prosecutor's office obstacles investigations on Hajdari case

    TIRANE, Sept. 7 (ATA) By A. Haxhiu: - Sali Berisha, Democratic Party leader, accused during a press conference on Tuesday the Prosecutor's Office for hindering investigations on unveiling the deputy's assassination, Azem Hajdari, which occurred in September of the previous year.

    "Not only neglects in this direction are encountered but the prosecutors' group has been paid for covering the truth. Several witnesses left Albania assisted by Prosecutor's office itself so that they did not declare the truth", Berisha said.

    Further on, Berisha said that on September 12, DP will organize a series of activities and a meeting in "Skenderbej" Square in commemoration of the deputy Hajdari. He added that the coming DP congress to be held by the end of September, where Azem Hajdari will be proposed DP president of honor.

    In meantime, sources from the investigation directory in the General Prosecution estimated as untrue the accuses of DP chairmen against the Prosecution office. /lh/A.A/

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    [11] Malaysia Foreign Minister arrives in Tirane for formal visit

    TIRANE, Sept 7 (ATA)-By I. Paco,

    Malaysia's Foreign Minister Dauk Seri Sayed Albar arrived in Tirane on Monday for a formal two-day visit.

    Albar will start official talks with his Albanian counterpart Paskal Milo at the Foreign Ministry this afternoon.

    He will conduct separate meetings tomorrow with senior state authorities including Prime Minister Pandeli Majko and President Rexhep Meidani.

    Tomorrow Albar will visit the Malaysian construction company and meet with Minister of Economy Ylli Bufi.

    Before leaving Tirane on Wednesday Albar will hold a joint conference with his counterpart.

    Albar first visited Tirane on September 29, 1995, when he was Minister of Defence of Malaysia. /led/lm/

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    [12] Socialist legislators discuss Stability Pact

    TIRANE, Sept 7 (ATA)-By A. Gjakova, The socialist deputies on Tuesday discussed the draft-laws planned to be included in the agenda of Thursday parliamentary session and well as the parliamentary debate about the Stability Pact due on Thursday.

    The session on the Stability Pact has been requested by the Democratic Party. /led/lm/

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    [13] Greece provides 120 million drachmas for education in Gjirokaster

    GJIROKASTER, Sept 7 (ATA)-By H.Cani, Greek government has earmarked a fund of 120 million drachmas for Education in Gjirokaster, sources from the district education department reported.

    The largest part of this investment will address to the pedagogical secondary school while the rest will be used for the district school premises, especially for the minority schools.

    Also earlier the Greek government has invested in education in Gjirokaster and this has helped not only in improving the conditions of education but also in upgrading teaching quality. /led/lm/

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    [14] Prosecutor's office reacts against Albanian DP chairman statement

    TIRANE, Sept 7 (ATA)-By Th. Thanasi, The General Prosecutor's office on Tuesday reacted against the latest statement of the Democratic Party (DP) chairman, Sali Berisha, considering it a continuation of his previous statements to misinform public opinion, sources from the General Prosecutor's Office Investigation Department report.

    At a news confrence on Tuesday Berisha accused the Prosecutor's office of hindering investigations into the murder of DP deputy Azem Hajdari in September 1998.

    "Not only they have not worked in this direction but, on the contrary, the group of prosecutors has been remunerated for not bringing the truth to light," said Berisha.

    The prosecutor's office reacts by saying that "it is not true the prosucecutors of Hajdari case have been remunerated".

    According to the above sources, the group of prosecutors of this case, in consultation with foreign prosecutors, insists that Berisha, himself, as well as other persons from the DP headquarters, who have declared they have proofs of Azem Hajdari's perpetrators, come to provide explanations about Hajdari case. /led/lm/

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    [15] Cooperation with foreign foundations on university books

    TIRANE, Sept 7 (ATA)- By P Shuteriqi, Nearly 2 million leks, provided by the Ministry of Science and Education, will be used for the publication of 60 university texts, the director of the University Book Publishing House, Artan Xhaxhiu, told ATA.

    The lack of funds this year, said Xhaxhiu, makes us address specialised international institutions and organisations such as Mercy Corps International (MCI) for cooperation.

    This project has also been supported by the director of the foundation Renne Vendetti.

    Approximately $40 000 are intended to be secured, said Xhaxhiu. MCI has been active in Albania since several years ago, mainly in the field of education, and has gained new impetus following the crisis in Kosova. /led/so/lm/

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    [16] Bank of Albania provides government with 8.8 billion leks

    TIRANE, Sept 7 (ATA)-by E. Metaj, The Bank of Albania has provided the state budged with 8,8 billion leks, form its realised profit over seven months of 1999, sources form the Finance Ministry told ATA.

    The largest transferences from the Bank of Albania to the state budget have been realised in March 1999. The profit transferred this month has been 4,456 billion leks. Some two billion leks were transferred in February, 0,644 billion in April, 1,149 billion in June and 0,565 billion in July. /led/lm/

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    [17] Budget deficit increases

    TIRANE, Sept 7 (ATA)-By D. Koca, The budget deficit in Albania over seven months of 1999 has increased to 26,8 billion leks from 21,5 billion leks over six months, according to final data provided by the Finance Ministry.

    Over this period some 86,4 billion leks have been spent while 75,7 billion leks cashed. Over seven months, the customs administration has deposited 20 billion leks to the state budget, with a deficit of 1,2 billion leks. /led/lm/

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    [18] KESH to be divided in power generation and distribution sectors

    TIRANE, Sept 7 (ATA)-By M. Pupa,

    The Albanian Power Generation and Distribution Firm (KESH) is expected to be divided into two sectors: power generation and distribution.

    The aim of this division is to make the local government more interested in collecting incomes," said Ylli Bufi, Minister of Economy and Privatisation.

    According to Bufi, in the distribution sector the state shares will be divided between the KESH itself and the local government structures.

    This corporation, despite the potential administered in the power generation and distribution, continues to suffer great losses because of debtors who do not pay the energy consumption bills. The losses are estimated at around US$ 70 million.

    The reconstruction of KESH and its division in two sectors seems to be found as a form to come out of the difficult financial state. The local government bodies, which will have a part of the shares in the distribution sector, are thought to be more motivated to collect the money from the consumers they have under their jurisdiction.

    The incomes to be collected will directly go to investment for the reconstruction of the power generation and distribution network. /a.gj/lm/

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    [19] Majko asks resumption of Malaysian investments in Albania

    TIRANE, Sept 7 (ATA)-By E. Nepravishta, Albanian Prime Minister Pandeli Majko on Tuesday asked the resumption of Malaysian investments in Albania, suspended during the crisis period in Kosova.

    "The Malaysian investments in Albania which have remained halfway will go ahead," said Majko at a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Malaysia, Dauk Seri Syed Hamid Albar, at the Prime minister's office today.

    Majko expressed his conviction that in the future Malaysia's investments will be present all over the region and appreciated this country's attention to the relations with Kosova.

    He also appreciated the aid provided by Malaysia during the crisis in the region.

    Albar, who arrived in Albania today for a two-day visit, expressed himself in favour of continuing Malaysian investments in Albania.

    In Albania Malaysia had mainly invested in construction and education. /lm/

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    [20] Albanian-Malaysian projects to be realised next year

    TIRANE, Sept 7 (ATA)-By I. Luto,

    Albania and Malaysia on Tuesday expressed their common will to improve and further develop bilateral relations.

    Albanian Foreign Minister Paskal Milo on Tuesday, after meeting his Malaysian counterpart, Albar, said that his visit to Albania aimed at identifying the fields and new possibilities of bilateral cooperation.

    Milo expressed optimism that the joint projects will be realised next year. Albar said that political stability in Albania and the legal framework in defence of foreign investments will attract Malaysian investment, especially in infrastructure.

    So far, the cooperation has been concentrated mainly on education. Albanian students have been granted scholarships in Malaysia's universities and technical assistance has been provided to Albania in the framework of Malaysia's programmes on technology and cooperation.

    The meeting of both ministers also focused on the Kosova issue and the measures to be taken to improve the situation there. /so/lm/

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    [21] Malaysian Foreign Minister interrupts visit to Albania

    TIRANE, Sept 7 (ATA)-Malaysian Foreign Minister Hamid Albar cancels the meetings scheduled for the second day of his formal visit to Albania because of unforeseen engagements.

    The Foreign Ministry Press and Information office told ATA on Tuesday evening that Albar will depart on Wednesday morning. /led/so/lm/

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    [22] Teaching programme for Greek minority school children improved

    GJIROKASTER, Sept 7 (ATA)- By H.Çani, For the academic year 1999-2000 the teaching programme for the Greek minority children in Gjirokaster will undergo several changes, sources from the district's educational department told ATA on Tuesday.

    A new subject "Knowledge on the history of Greek people", which broadens the knowledge of the minority children on the people with whom they share their nationality, will be added for the first time to the teaching programme of the 8 year school.

    Besides this, language and reading in the mother tongue will be compulsory in the final exams in these schools, and another hour will be added to the elementary school classes to better improve Greek and Albanian language.

    In minority schools, in contrast with the last year, teachers' demands for employment have increased, also due to the subsidies provided by the Greek Ministry of Education. /led/so/lm/

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    [23] Albanian PM sends message of condolences to Simits

    TIRANE, Sept 7 (ATA)-Prime Minister Pandeli Majko, on behalf of the Albanian government, condoles with Greek Prime Minister Costas Simits on the Greek citizens who lost their life in today's natural disaster.

    "I hope this difficult moment be of less pain to the Greek people and your government", says the message of condolences sent to the Greek Prime Minister Simits. /led/lm/

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