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Over 2,000 students protested in eleven University Centres

Over 2,000 students attended protests yesterday in eleven University Centres throughout the country to express the discontent caused by the postponement of the 15 per cent increase of their scholarships until October and by the fact that they failed to receive their usual price cuts for transportation, the National Alliance of the Students’ Association in Romania (ANOSR) announces, according to Mediafax. The protests took place in Bucharest, Iasi, Galati, Suceava, Cluj, Timisoara, Brasov, Sibiu, Alba Iulia, Constanta and Baia Mare. ANOSR wants to outline these issues and to demand the Ministry of Education, Research and Innovation (MECI) to keep its promises of October 2008 that included a 15 per cent increase of the scholarships starting in January 2009. The increase of the sums must be applied retroactively, starting in April 2009, the President of the Alli­ance, Cezar Haj announced in a press release sent to Mediafax yesterday.

Mandate of DNA Prosecutor Doru Tulus extended three months

At the request of the chief prosecutor of DNA, Daniel Morar, the prosecutor general of Romania, Laura Codruta Kovesi, decided to extend the delegation of Doru Tulus in the office of chief prosecutor of the Section on combating offences related to corruption offences, for a period of 90 days. At the proposal of the chief prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Division, Daniel Morar, the prosecutor general of the Prosecutor’s Office of the High Court of Appeals and Justice also decided to delegate Laura Oprean, chief prosecutor of Cluj Territorial Service, in the office of deputy chief prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Division, for a period of 90 days, starting on April 1, 2009, DNA announces.

CSM demands prison sentences for defamation of the deceased

The Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) declared that the laws of the forthcoming Civil Code referring to the damage of the memory of the deceased should be considered a felony – a version of defamation – and introduced in the Criminal Code,” Realitatea TV announces. Therefore, CSM intends to convict persons who “damage the memory of a person who passed away be words, gestures, by exposure to mockery or by the attributing of a defect, of an illness or of a physical disability that should not be publicly revealed even if they were real,” to prison or criminal fine, even if damaging the memory of the deceased does not jeopardize public order.

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Cluj-Napoca Airport registers 19.4 pc hike in number of passengers

The Cluj-Napoca International Airport has registered a 19.43 pc hike in the total number of passengers in the first three months of this year, compared to the similar period last year, Mediafax informs. Thus, in the first half of this year 146.101 passengers were registered, in contrast to a level of 122,336 passengers registered in the same period last year. The Cluj-Napoca International Airport is the country’s third international airport and it operates flights to Frankfurt, Vienna, Budapest, Bologna, Treviso, Florence, Bergamo, Trieste and Munich.

Continental Hotels sells Hello hotel from Bucharest through ‘sale lease-back’

Continental Hotels will sell Hello hotel from Bucharest in a sale lease-back transaction, which supposes to buy back the unit in leasing from a company specialized in such transactions, declared the president of Continental Hotels, Radu Enache, Mediafax informs. The sale and the lease-back of the hotel will be submitted to approval in an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Shareholders, due on May 4, the members of the Board of Administration having to decide with what real estate leasing company they will work. Continental ran a similar operation last year, when it sold and leased-back Ibis hotel, held in Constanta. “This is a funding method which is used. Practically we sell it and we buy it back in installments. A leasing contract will be signed with a specialized company. We negotiate with several such leasing companies,” Enache said. “Now, the hotel is evaluated at around EUR 17 M. We need money to finance other investments in progress,” Enache said.

Dan Ionescu – CEO of company constructing nuclear units 3 and 4

Dan Ionescu, head of directorate at the National Regulatory Agency in the Sector of Energy has been elected as CEO of EnergoNuclear, the project company to develop units number 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda nuclear power station, Mediafax informs, quoting unnamed sources. The EnergoNuclear shareholders met for their first general assembly yesterday, one of the items of the agenda being the election of the chief executive officer of the company. EnergoNuclear is a joint venture including Nuclearelectrica, Enel (Italy), Electrabel (GDF Suez), CEZ (the Czech Republic), Iberdrola (Spain) RWE (Germany) and Arcelor Mittal (Romania). The construction of units 3 and four, each with an installed output of 720 MW, should begin in 2010–2011, the investment being evaluated at EUR 4 bln. The initial term for putting into service the reactors had been 2014–2015, but it was delayed until 2015–2016. The state will hold 51 per cent of the stocks of EnergoNuclear via Nuclearelectrica, CEZ, GDF Suez, Enel and RWE will each hold 9.15 per cent and Arcelor Mittal and Iberdrola 6.2 per cent each.

Orange: Pre-paid Orange cards ordered online come with advantages

The Orange Romania pre-paid cards ordered online will be shipped free of charge to the customer’s address. Upon activation, the user will also receive ten minutes of voice communication services and ten text messages for free, the operator announced yesterday, according to a press release. ‘The new offer is available exclusively online. The Orange PrePay cards ordered online are delivered to the customer’s address free of charge and, upon activation, the user automatically receives 10 minutes of voice communication and 10 text messages in the Orange network,’ reads a press release from Orange Romania. When re-charging on-line ordered cards, Orange Romania customers receive an extra bonus of 10 minutes and ten text messages in the operator’s network for every charged EUR. At the first recharge of every month, Orange PrePay customers also receive a bonus equating to half of the re-charged value for amounts from EUR 4 to EUR 25. Another advantage of the online ordered cards is the 50 per cent discount applicable to the rate of any of the ‘Internet on the mobile’ option.

Vodafone Romania offers 10 free SMS per day

Vodafone Romania launches a new special offer for the Youth SMS service, valid for the users of Vodafone Campus and of the Vodafone offer for youth, according to a press release remitted to the editorial office. Under the new promotional offer, available until July 31, 2009, 10 free SMS can be sent to any Vodafone client at the tariff of 2 eurocents/message (without VAT) to other national networks. In order to benefit from Vodafone special offer, the clients of Vodafone Campus and of Vodafone offer for youth must register themselves on the site www.youthSMS.ro. The service YouthSMS completes the portfolio of special offers, available exclusively online for Vodafone clients, through which they can benefit from additional advantages. On December 31, 2008 Vodafone had 289 million clients around the world.

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