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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-08-28

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CONTENTS

  • [01] Gasoline up diezel oil down.
  • [02] Weather forecast.
  • [03] Archibishop Hristodoulos announced the number of signatures supporting
  • [04] Pasok party pre-congress meetings.
  • [05] The ND party President meets with the presidium of the GSEE.
  • [06] Four-digit telephone number to inform farmers.
  • [07] Prime-minister Simitis congratulates Greek world champions.
  • [08] Prime-minister Simitis chairs Interministerial Committee for the
  • [09] National Committee on the euro currency meets tomorrow.
  • [10] Earthquake, 4.5 on the Richter scale shook the island of Skyros.
  • [11] Three companies expresed interest for Hellenic Petroleum company.
  • [12] Report sees 132 million children hungry children in 2020.
  • [13] Turkish Cypriot leader meets with UN Secretary General .
  • [14] NATO mission in FYROM rolls on , problems loom.

  • NEWS IN ENGLISH THE VOICE OF GREECE

    28/8/2001 4:41:00 μμ

    Weather forecast. Archibishop Hristodoulos announced the number of signatures supporting the optional inclusion of religion on state-issued ID cards. Pasok party pre-congress meetings. The ND party President meets with the presidium of the GSEE. Four-digit telephone number to inform farmers. Prime-minister Simitis congratulates Greek world champions. Prime-minister Simitis chairs Interministerial Committee for the Olympiad. Gasoline up , diezel oil down. National Committee on the euro currency meets tomorrow. Earthquake, 4.5 on the Richter scale shook the island of Skyros. Three companies expresed interest for Hellenic Petroleum company. Report sees 132 million children hungry children in 2020. Turkish Cypriot leader meets with UN Secretary General . NATO mission in FYROM rolls on , problems loom.

    [01] Gasoline up diezel oil down.

    As of tomorrow , gasoline will be sold 4 drs higher per litter while diezel oil will go down by 1,5 drs per litter.

    [02] Weather forecast.

    Sunshine is forecast in all parts of the country , with scattered cloud on the mainland from early evening. Winds northerly, light to moderate, turning strong in the southeastern Aegean. On the mainland, temperatures will range from 18C to 35C; and in the islands from 22C to 33C. Sunny in Athens, with temperatures between 23C and 34C. Same in Thessaloniki, with temperatures from 21C to 33C.

    [03] Archibishop Hristodoulos announced the number of signatures supporting the optional inclusion of religion on state-issued ID cards.

    Archibishop of Athens and all Greece Hristodoulos today announced the exact number of signatures -3.008.900 collected by the Church of Greece within the framework of its campaign calling for a referendum to be held on the optional listing of religion on the state issued ID cards. In his speech , Mr.Hristodoulos spoke of an arrogant stand by the government and refusal to hold a dialogue with the Church. He also underlined that all efforts by those who tried to undermine the Church and divide the people failed. Mr .Hristodoulos also stressed that the Church does not oppose to any political formations and specially the countrys government but argues with the specific decision which he described as inconceivable and untimely. Archibishop Hristodoulos underlined that the collection of signatures equaled a referendum initiative stressing that the people spoke in a courageous and civilised way and called the government to hold either a referendum or to table a new bill in the parliament stressing that nothing can close the doors to human societies unless the people themselves want it . Concluding , Archibishop Hristodoulos said that the Holy Synod will decide on the next moves of the Church in its next session in October. According to government sources , the government remains firm on its decision to abolish the listing of religion from the ID cards. Archibishop Hristodoulos aim for secular role offends religious fellings. Following his meeting with Foreign Minister Giorge Papandreou today, the President of the Coalition of the Left and Progress party Nikos Konstantopoulos said that the Archbishops aim for a secular role should offend the religious feelings of those who see a movement by the leadership of the Clergy which has no relation with Theology or the Church . Foreign Minister , George Papandreou will today brief on foreign policy issues , Pasok party deputies participating in the parliaments third summer session.

    [04] Pasok party pre-congress meetings.

    The Pasok party Committee meets today to examine political positions in view of the congress in October. The Pasok party Executive Office mets tomorrow to reexamine the text on the partys constitution and political positions before its submission to the partys Central Committee on Friday. In the meantime during yesterdays meeting of the Pasok party Executive Office , Prime-minister Kostas Simitis appeared open to amendment moves stressing that this congress should mark the beginning of a new political era.

    [05] The ND party President meets with the presidium of the GSEE.

    The President of the ND party , Kostas Karamanlis met with the Presidium of the General Confederation of Greek Workers GSEE this morning in view of the Thessaloniki International Fair , while Prime-minister Simitis will meet with the presidium of the GSEE next Monday.

    [06] Four-digit telephone number to inform farmers.

    Farmers can from now on call the 4-digit number 14 64 to get information on social security issues . Labour Minister Tasos Yianitsis is expected to make relevant announcements

    [07] Prime-minister Simitis congratulates Greek world champions.

    Prime-minister Simitis received the Greek world champions at the Maximos Mansion today to personally congratulate them on their achievements.

    [08] Prime-minister Simitis chairs Interministerial Committee for the Olympiad.

    Prime-minister Simitis will chair a meeting of the Interministerial Committee for the Olympiad this morning. Talks will focus on the progress of works related to the construction f the reportersvillage , construction of the Olympic village and the progress of road networks

    [09] National Committee on the euro currency meets tomorrow.

    The National Committee on the unified european currency meets tomorrow to approve the Economics Ministry draftbill on the adoption of the euro currency in transactions and set the dates for the opening of the briefing campaign on the euro currency.

    [10] Earthquake, 4.5 on the Richter scale shook the island of Skyros.

    Earthquake, 4.5 on the Richter scale shook the island of Skyros. A moderate quake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale jolted the Aegean island of Skyros early today at 00.45 a.m. According to the Geodynamic Institute of the National Observatory in Athens and the Geophysics Lab at Thessaloniki University, the epicentre of the quake was in the sea north of Skyros and some 140 kilometres northeast of Athens. There were no reports of damage or injuries. Skyros had been struck by a major earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale on July 26 this year, which had originated in roughly the same spot and caused extensive damage on the island, though fortunately there were no casualties.

    [11] Three companies expresed interest for Hellenic Petroleum company.

    Three companies on Monday expressed interest in a tender to find a strategic partner for Hellenic Petroleum SA that will take the firm, a heavily traded stock on the Athens bourse, into the private sector. The firms or consortiums to express interest were the Latsis Group with Lukoil of Russia; OMV Aktiengesellschaft of Austria; and Yukos Oil Company of Russia, the tender's consultants said in a statement. The government wants to privatise a majority holding in Hellenic Petroleum, relinquishing control of the energy group to private owners. The General Confederation of Labour of Greece, the country's largest trade union umbrella group, has called on the government to scrap its plan to sell the new 15-30 percent stake in the firm. Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis has said that the shares will be sold to a strategic investor in the same sector, allowing Hellenic Petroleum to go global and reinforce its presence in the Balkans.

    [12] Report sees 132 million children hungry children in 2020.

    Over 132 children are expected to be malnurished in 2020 according to a report by the International Food Policy Research Institute based in Washington. In its 2020 Global Food Outlook report , IFPRI projected the most likely food situation in the next 20 years unless goverments made major changes in farm, economic policies and investments.

    [13] Turkish Cypriot leader meets with UN Secretary General .

    Turkish Cypriot leader Raulf Dektash will meet with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan In Salzburg Austria today.

    [14] NATO mission in FYROM rolls on , problems loom.

    NATO soldiers were set today to collect hundreds more weapons from ethnic Albanian guerillas in FYROM after an initial haul of more than 400 , but several potential obstacles to peace loomed on the horizon. The NATO alliance General Secretary , George Robertson condemned the killing of the British soldier , clarifying however that it would not deter NATOs peace mission. FYROM government , however has expressed strong doubts about both the peace process and NATOs role in it .
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