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Communist MP breaks journalist’s microphone

Posted by the Editor on September 1, 2009


News / 1 September 2009 | 15:50

Communist MP breaks journalist’s microphone

Ex-speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, Communist Party MP Oleksandr Tkachenko, broke a microphone of the camera crew of the STB TV Channel, Ukrainian radio reported.

A journalist working for the channel, Olha Chervakova, asked Tkachenko to comment on his proposal to cut the number of journalists accredited in parliament. The MP said that journalists should cover rural life instead of spending time in a lunchroom of the Ukrainian parliament.

The MP refused to make any comments, snatching out the journalist’s microphone and throwing it downstairs.

The chairwoman of the parliamentary committee for the freedom of speech, Anna Herman, said that the committee would consider the incident at its next meeting. “We’ll defend journalists and support their right to fulfill their professional tasks in all agencies, including law enforcement agencies,” she said.

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Draft bill on social standards failed

Posted by the Editor on September 1, 2009


News / 1 September 2009 | 14:00

Draft bill on social standards failed

Draft bill on social standards failed

The parliament of Ukraine failed to adopt the draft bill on changes to the state budget regarding the increase of minimal salaries and pensions. Only 200 out of 226 deputies voted for the bill.

After the voting the vice speaker announced a break during which deputies of the Party of Regions blocked the parliamentary platform and presidium. The deputies also blocked with chairs the entries to the session hall.

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BYuT is against increase of pensions and salaries

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News / 1 September 2009 | 11:55

BYuT is against increase of pensions and salaries

BYuT  will not vote for a draft bill on increase of social standards, vice speaker Mykola Tomenko (BYuT faction) told told national TV.
 
“We don’t object to consider the social standards, though we wioll not vote until the economic grounding is clear – at the expense of what they are going to increase pensions and salaries – it is irresponsible,” he said.
 
In response to the question whethe the deputies will collect necessary number of votes without BYuT Tomenko said: “There is a possibility, but it’s a no win situation, as we need to vote for other draft bills and to help the government, while they put us in a blocked situation.”
 
“I doubt that the Party of Regions will let us w ork if the draft bill does not get support of 226 votes,” he added.

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Government debt growing

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News / 1 September 2009 | 10:43

Government debt growing

The total government (direct) debt and the government-backed-debt of Ukraine grew by 16% in July, or USD 4,579 billion to reach USD 33,262 billion, the Finance Ministry reported.
 
The government debt has risen by 35.2% or USD 8,663 billion since the start of the current year. The ministry says the main reasons for the rise in the government debt are the IMF’s third disbursement of USD 3.3 billion under the IMF Stand-By Arrangement, use of internal government bonds and providing with sovereign guarantees.
 
Ukraine’s total government debt in 2008 increased by 40% or USD 7.03 billion, Ukrainian radio reported.

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Yushchenko: Education is top priority in state policy

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News / 1 September 2009 | 10:00

Yushchenko: Education is top priority in state policy

Educational reform should be one of the first priorities for the Ukrainian authorities said President Yushchenko speaking at the meeting with students and faculty of Chernivtsi Yuriy Fedkovych National University, presidential press office reported.

He noted that in recent years were the success in reforming education: the integration of Ukrainian education into the Bologna process, computerization of schools, the ‘school bus’ program, updated textbooks. The expenditures on education have also been increased: in 2000 such expenditures amounted to 2.3 billion and in 2008 – 11.2 bln.

Particularly successful element of education reform the President called the introduction of independent assessment of knowledge of graduates. “We must radically solve the problem of corruption in higher education, particularly at the stage of entrance examinations. We gave a young man a chance to obtain equal access to education trough hard work”, he said.

Victor Yushchenko confirmed that testing has a number of nuances that must be corrected.

The President also expressed hope that the final goal of the education reform is not only upgrading the educational process and content of academic disciplines, but also developing patriotic education of students and the formation of patriotic citizenship.

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