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October 30, 2020
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Writer Fanus Neagu celebrated his 77th anniversary

An outstanding storyteller and prose writer, inspired especially by peasants’ lives, but also by the Danube-shore lifestyle, in the south-eastern region of the country, especially by the life of his hometown Braila, writer Fanus Neagu turned the impressive age of 77 on Sunday. The entire creation of the writer imposes him as one of the greatest names of Romanian literature, as the picturesque, the lyricism and the lexical savour of his writings granted him a huge and fully deserved success. “I want to live for a few years more if God helps me, to finish another novel and to write some of my dearest childhood memories, in this beautiful language which became more and more familiar to me throughout these 50 years of my career. I was fascinated by this language all my life, as, to quote the great novelist Sadoveanu, “everybody aged from seven to seventy is fascinated by Creanga’s tales.” I am older than 70 now and I am still in love with Creanga, whom I consider the merriest author in the history of Roma­nian literature. He certainly is the merriest, the most energetic and the most serene,” Fanus Neagu declared during his anniversary, in an interview for Agerpres.

Marga Barbu, buried with military honours

The actress Marga Barbu, who passed away on March 31, at the age of 80, due to a heart disease, was buried with military honours on Friday at the Bellu Cemetery in Bucharest. The ceremony was attended by approximately 200 persons. The actress was buried beside her husband, writer Eugen Barbu, on the Artists’ Alley of the Bellu Cemetery. The funeral was also attended by her former stage and film costar, actor Florin Piersic. The artist brought a bouquet of yellow roses to the chapel and declared during the funeral service that he has always loved her and that he will love her for the rest of his life.

“She was very affectionate and very modest. She was so natural,” Piersic described Marga Barbu, his partner in the “Margelatu” and “Haiducii” series of films. The two actors were one of the most beautiful pairs in the history of Romanian film. “I am disappointed by the fact that she was not cast in anything in the last twenty years,” Piersic declared.

Caracal National Theatre reopens after 22 years

PM Emil Boc attended the theatre performance “Strangers in the Night” at Caracal on Saturday evening, the last of a series of three shows that celebrated the reopening of the National Theatre of the city after 22 years of restoration. The Premier expressed his appreciation for the cultural event and for the organizers and outlined the important role of theatre and culture in the time of crisis. “It was an unforgettable evening, attended by exceptional people, hosted by an impressive theatre, and all of these demonstrate that a cultural act can be performed anywhere in Roma­nia if there are devoted people who are willing to dedicate their work to the art of theatre. In the time of crisis, the role of culture is highly important; and people should stru­ggle against crisis by focusing on culture. The theatre is gorgeous, it is a really beautiful building and I am aware that it would have been impossible to realize these things without a great amount of devotion. I was informed that it was built in six years at the beginning of the twentieth century and restored in twenty years but I think the only thing that matters is the fact that, for these three days, Caracal was the centre of the Romanian theatre,” the Prime-Minister said.

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Six arrested over Ilfov ATM theft

Six people were detained by police special intervention forces yesterday morning in connection to a robbery at an ATM in Ilfov County, Realitatea TV said. The thieves entered an institution where the ATM was, tied the security guards and stole over RON 200,000. They were caught shortly after they fled the scene. They were caught while traveling to the capital on a taxi and another vehicle, at a gas station. All the stolen money was recovered.

Miner dies in labour accident

A 48-year-old miner was killed on Saturday at Paroseni mine in Valea Jiului, after a coal layer collapsed and buried the man underneath. The miner was attempting to repair the support beams in the gallery when the ceiling of coal fell over him. In spite of the fact he was ta­ken out of the mine very quickly, he could not be saved, Antena 3 reported. Labour Inspectorate of­ficials and prosecutors began an investigation to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the incident.

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EUR coin could be produced in a weapon factory from Brasov

The EUR coin could be produced in Brasov, once with Romania’s joining the euro zone, more precisely in a weapon production facility, according to Realitatea.net

This statement belongs to Labour Minister, Marian Sarbu, who visited the factory. He said that this initiative would be implemented conditional upon all Brasov MPs promoting it. Labour Minister says that the production of the EUR coin in Brasov will produce jobs and it will give a new chance to Metrom factory. According to the Government officials, Romania expects to adopt the euro in 2014. Yet, because of the financial crisis, it could be that this deadline is not preserved.

BCR renounces Standard & Poor’s standard

The rating agency Standard & Poor’s confirmed the rating for Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR) in relation to long term loans, which they had subsequently withdrawn upon the bank’s request, following the cessation of BCR collaboration, S&P informed, cited by Realitatea.netAt the time of ceasing collaboration, BCR rating for long term credits was BB+ with negative outlook. Following the withdrawal, BCR is no longer under the supervision of S&P. The rating agency specified that the bank would no longer have bond issuance under S&P monitoring.

Metrorex raised fares by 8.5 pc

As of yesterday, April 5, Metrorex raised the subway travel fares by 8.56 per cent, based on a company press release, as Agerpres informs. This adjustment covers inflation over January 2008 – February 2009. The latest raise took place in December 2007. Thus, a two trip-fare costs RON 2.5, a ten-trip fare costs RON 8, and a monthly pass costs RON 25, whereas an one day – pass is RON 5.

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The car leasing could become more expensive

The car leasing could become more expensive if the Government bans companies from retrieving the value added tax charged to installments, realitatea.net informs. Based on an emergency ordinance draft, the companies can no longer deduce their VAT for acquisitions of vehicles with engines of maximum 3.5 l, this provision being valid for the clients belonging to financial leasing companies. Thus, VAT can no longer be deduced for the acquisition of products needed for vehicles, also, such as fuels, spare parts or parts for maintenance, repairs or changes in own production. According to the Association of Financial Companies, the annulment of VAT deductibility for the car acquisition shall affect the carriers and the financial service sector, as well.

GM CEO says bankruptcy will be fast if needed, report

U.S. automaker General Motors Corp will move quickly into bankruptcy if necessary, chief executive Fritz Henderson said in an interview with the Financial Times newspaper. The company warned this week there is a growing risk it could file for bankruptcy by June as it has 60 days to reach deeper concessions with bondholders and unions after its previous restructuring plan was rejected by the U.S. government.

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