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Emergency Situations Ministry to increase number of rescuers cutting administrative staff

Posted by the Editor on January 25, 2012


News / 25 January 2012 | 18:01

Emergency Situations Ministry to increase number of rescuers cutting administrative staff

Emergency Situations Ministry to increase number of rescuers cutting administrative staff

By the order of Emergency Situations Minister Viktor Baloha, the Ministry increased the number of rescuers cutting the number of administrative positions, ForUm learned from the press office of the department.

The order says to increase the staff of rescue groups and departments, directly involved into emergency situations’ liquidation, by 800 positions. The reformation also provides for liquidation of 300 separate secondary institutions in regions and creation of 27 assistance centers – one in each region. The number of administrative positions, like personnel officers, financial experts, backup officials and similar, will be reduced by 20%.

The main goal of the reformation is to improve the department, to eliminate duplication of functions, to reduce the number of managing institutions, as well as to increase the number of rescuers without increase of total number of Ministry’s staff in regions.

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Progressive socialists sue president for law on parliamentary elections

Posted by the Editor on January 25, 2012


News / 25 January 2012 | 17:30

Progressive socialists sue president for law on parliamentary elections

Progressive socialists sue president for law on parliamentary elections

The High Administrative Court of Ukraine has accepted for consideration and opened proceedings on a lawsuit lodged by Deputy Head of the Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine Volodymyr Marchenko against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, the party’s press office has reported, according to UKRINFORM.

The progressive socialists, whose rating in the upcoming parliamentary elections in October 2012 is estimated by sociologists at 0.3%, are demanding that the actions of Yanukovych, who signed the Ukrainian law on the election of people’s deputies of Ukraine on December 8, 2011, be declared unlawful. The plaintiff demanded that the president veto this law, because it, in the party’s opinion, “violates the rights of Ukrainian citizens and prevents their free will in the elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, which are scheduled for October 28, 2012.”

As reported, the law on parliamentary elections, which was adopted by parliament on November 17, 2011, envisages the introduction of the 5% election threshold and bans the participation of blocs of political parties in parliamentary elections, which displeases the so-called “small” parties.

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Kharkiv Chornobyl disaster liquidators went on indefinite strike

Posted by the Editor on January 25, 2012


News / 25 January 2012 | 16:53

Kharkiv Chornobyl disaster liquidators went on indefinite strike

Kharkiv Chornobyl disaster liquidators went on indefinite strike

About a hundred Chornobyl disaster liquidators went on a protest at a central square in Kharkiv on Wednesday demanding the observance of the Ukrainian law on the status and social protection of citizens affected by the Chornobyl disaster.

“We’ll come out here every day, except weekends, despite the frost. We’ll protest until the government restarts to implement court rulings. We demand to end political repression against Chornobyl disaster liquidators using the prosecutor’s office, the police and the financial inspection for this purpose. The financial inspection has no official right to check medical records of Chornobyl disaster liquidators, but still they’re using secret medical information and keep holding inspections. We also demand the dismissal of Kharkiv deputy governor Ihor Shurma, who is secretly leading repression against Chornobyl disaster liquidators,” one of the organizers of the rally, Valeriy Beliakov, said, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

Chairman of the all-Ukrainian association of Chornobyl disaster liquidators Volodymyr Proskurin said that he had information that the authorities plan to institute new criminal cases against Chornobyl disaster liquidators.

“We received information that deputy governor of Kharkiv region Ihor Shurma held a meeting with representatives of the law enforcement agencies, including prosecutors, investigating agencies and officials of the department on fighting against organized crime. At meeting they demanded to open new criminal cases against some Chornobyl activists from Kharkiv regarding possible fraud of our disabilities,” he said.

“Since there are no legal reasons to send us for any medical examinations, Shurma demanded that the investigator issue an order for out detention and forced transfer to Dnipropetrovsk to a specialized research institute for disability matters,” Proskurin said.

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85% of entrepreneurs switch to simplified taxation system

Posted by the Editor on January 25, 2012


News / 25 January 2012 | 16:16

85% of entrepreneurs switch to simplified taxation system

85% of entrepreneurs switch to simplified taxation system

Eight-five percent of entrepreneurs have switched to the simplified taxation system, Chairman of the State Tax Service of Ukraine Oleksandr Klymenko said at a briefing at the Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday.

“As far as I know, more than 85% of businesses have already managed to re-register themselves as of the morning [on January 25],” Klymenko said, UKRINFORM reports.

He said that tax service offices would continue their work on the last day of the submission of applications for the transition to the simplified model and service all clients.

As UKRINFORM reported, a law introducing amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine and some other legislative acts on the simplified taxation system, accounting and reporting of small businesses came into force on January 1, 2012.

In order to switch to a simplified taxation system, business entities were required to submit applications by January 25, 2012.

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Blyznyuk: Ukraine will have enough coal for another 400 years

Posted by the Editor on January 25, 2012


News / 25 January 2012 | 15:45

Blyznyuk: Ukraine will have enough coal for another 400 years

Blyznyuk: Ukraine will have enough coal for another 400 years

Heating with coal is cheaper than Russian gas, Minister for regional development and housing and communal services Anatoly Blyznyuk told a briefing in the Cabinet, ForUm correspondent reports.

The Minister confirmed that his department supports the initiative of Energy Minister Yuri Boiko to redirect Ukrainian power plants from gas to coal.

According to the Minister, Ukraine has explored coal reserves for another 400 years minimum. “That’s why our goal is transfer to coal,” Blyznyuk assured.

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Rivne region to use peat instead of gas

Posted by the Editor on January 25, 2012


News / 25 January 2012 | 15:19

Rivne region to use peat instead of gas

Rivne region to use peat instead of gas

Rejecting expensive Russian gas Rivne region will promote peat production, deputy governor of the region Volodymyr Novak said, presenting projects on energy saving and energy efficiency to participants of interregional case study.

According to the press office of the regional administration, Novak said the region would focus on usage of local resources.

Last year the state enterprise on peat production increased the production by 15% comparing to 2010. Peat briquettes and milling fuel peat meet the demand of housing and communal services of Rivne region, as it has high heating capacity, the official informed.

Scientists and experts have calculated that 78 tons of peat briquettes replace 36 thousand cu m of gas, hence usage of peat energy saves up to 144 thousand hryvnias. “Retargeting of boiler-houses to local energy resource allows saving money and promoting peat production,” Novak summed up.

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Ministers failed to agree on time conversion in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on January 25, 2012


News / 25 January 2012 | 14:44

Ministers failed to agree on time conversion in Ukraine

Ministers failed to agree on time conversion in Ukraine

The government has postponed the consideration of the draft bill on time order on the territory of Ukraine till the next week, Emergency Situations Minister Viktor Baloha told journalists after the session of the Cabinet, ForUm correspondent reports.

According to Baloha, the draft bill was submitted by Economy Ministry with a request to regulate the issue and to reject time conversion, but the government decided to postpone the consideration.
“The draft bill has not been approved today. Later we will hold a meeting with Prime Minister Azarov,” the official said.

Baloha also informed that vice PM Borys Kolesnikov supported the idea to switch to summer time and remain there, in the third time zone. “Kolesnikov says we should bring Ukraine to the third time zone for Russians to be comfortable to visit us,” the Minister added.

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Health Minister stands against time conversion

Posted by the Editor on January 25, 2012


News / 25 January 2012 | 14:25

Health Minister stands against time conversion

Health Minister stands against time conversion

There is no need to switch to summer time, Health Minister of Ukraine Oleksandr Anishchenko told journalists commenting on today’s consideration of the draft bill on time order on the territory of Ukraine, ForUm correspondent reports.

“It’s not winter or summer time to affect the health, but the time conversion. My position is clear – to have the same time at winter, spring, summer and autumn,” the Minister pointed out.

Apart from other affects, time conversion confuses the biological rhythm of a man, Anishchenko told journalists.

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