N E W S – Januar 1999


Teaching process resumes in University “Luigj Gurakuqi” in Shkoder

The students of different faculties of the University “Luigj Gurakuqi” in Shkoder rebegun the lessons on Monday. The vice-rector of this University, Artan Haxhi, told ATA that after the winter holidays, 1 600 students of the 12 faculties resumed normally the teaching process. The measures to welcome the students from the northern and east-northern parts of Albania who live in dormitories were taken in time. According to Mr. Haxhi, the work for improving the students conditions is being carried out through a fund worth 4 million leks, accorded by the state budget. So the demands presented in the Shkodra rectorate at the end of the year by the Independent Students’ Union are met.

Strike of teachers of Shkoder continues

SHKODER, Jan.6 (ata)
The meeting of the activists of the independent education trade unions in the district of Shkoder, held Wednesday, decided that the strike started about two weeks ago by local teachers, must continue until the demands presented two weeks ago to the Ministry of Education and Science are fulfilled. After the meeting between the representatives of this trade union and Minister of Edcuation and Science, Et’hem Ruka on Tuesday, the chairman of the strike commission Pac Sheldia told ATA that they saw a complete readiness on the part of the Minister for the solution of the economic demands of the teachers. In a meeting held Wednesday with the deputy minister Andrea Marko, the strikers were told of the promises of Minister Ruka for the solution to their demands such as the removal of the Solidarity Tax (for the police), the increase of the labour difficulty coefficient by 15 % and the signing of collective labour contracts. Marko said that the collective contract of labour will be signed right after the meeting with two of the biggest trade unions on education. As for the demand for a salary increase, he said it will be presented to the government, while for the Solidarity Tax a proposal will be made to the Ministry of Finance so that it be reduced from 500 to 100 lek per month for the teachers. Marko asked the strikers to end the strike until January 15, a deadline set for the strikers to receive an answer to their demands. But the trade union activists decided that the strike would continue until their demands are met.

Cooperation between Institute of Danish Culture and Albania

TIRANE, jan 18 (ATA)
The several day visit to Tirane of the Secretary General of the Institute of the Danish Culture Finn Andersen marked a higher cooperation between this Institute and Albania. Invited by the Institute of Social Insurances of Albania, Andersen met with personalities of Albanian Government such as with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Paskal Milo, the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Kadri Rrapi, the Minister of Education Et’hem Ruka, the Rector of the Tirane University, Marenglen Spiro, etc. The Institute of Danish Culture started its activity in Albania seven years ago in three main fields: arts, culture, social society. Within this year, the week of Albanian culture will be held in Denmark. Albanian folkloric groups, artists of cinematography will be invited in Denmark and Albanian feature and documentary films will be shown. One of the days of this week will be for the Albanian traditional cooking. In spring this year, a group of doctors from the hospitals of the districts of Tirane, Shkoder, Burrel, Kukes will visit Denmark with the assistance of this Institute. Finn Andersen said that during his talks with Albanian authorities they had agreed to sign an agreement between the Tirane University and that of Copenhagen for assistance in the system of computers, increase of cooperation in the field of social insurances, etc. “Soon our institute will have its affiliate in Tirane,” said Andersen.

Unidentified persons place TNT explosive to leader doorway

A quantity of TNT explosive substance was placed on Tuesday evening at the doorway of the apartment of the local leader of the Socialist party in Shkodra Dashmir Dini. Some 200 grams of TNT were placed at 22.00 at the doorway of the apartment but Dini, himself, managed to defuse it. Police forces rushed to the scene and were investigating on the case. This is the sixth case when explosive substances have been placed at the apartments of local leaders in the city.

First matches of quarter finals of the 47th Cup of Albania to be played on Jan.23

TIRANE, Jan.21 (ATA)
The first matched of the quarter finals of the 47th Cup of Albania in football will be played on the coming Saturday. Follow the teams and the arbiters of the matches:
Lushnja – Tirana, Ylvi Kollari (Tirane)
Apolonia – Partizani, Bujar Pregja (Tirane)
Shqiponja – Vllaznia, Sazan Velçani (Patos)
Flamurtari – Teuta Myrteza Allkja (Elbasan)
The matches will start at 1 p.m.

New prefect nominated in Shkodra

Jetmir Shpuza was nominated on Thursday prefect of Shkodra on decision of the Council of Ministers replacing Ali Lacej. Shpuza, 30, has worked for four years as journalist of Koha Jone newspaper and recently has been director of Radio Shkodra. He has graduated the Albanian language and literature at the “Luigj Gurakuqi” University and has knowledge of English and French languages.

Quarter final matches of 47th Albania Soccer Cup held

TIRANA, Jan. 23 (ATA)
The first matches of the quarterfinal for the 47th Albania Soccer Cup were held on Saturday. These are the following results:
Lushnja – Tirana 1 -1
Apolonia – Partizani 2 -0
Shqiponja – Vllaznia 0 -2
Flamurtari – Teuta 1 -0
The first quarterfinals for the Albanian Soccer Cup were held on 24 January 1998 and these are the results:
Elbasani – Apolonia 4-1
Lushnja – Flamurtari 5-2
Laçi – Tirana 2-1
Partizani – Vllaznia 1-1

New hospitals in Shkoder and Vlore to be built by a Turkish firm

TIRANE, Jan.29 (ATA)
An agreement was signed between the Albanian Ministry of Health and the Turkish Firm “TEPE CONSTRUCTION”, winner of the tender for the construction of new regional hospitals in Shkoder and Vlore. The spokesman of the Ministry of Health, Artur Rada told ATA that these hospital centres will be reconstructed in the context of the project for the health sector, financed by the World Bank. For the hospitals in Albania are provided 7 million USD of which 4 million will be used for the construction of the new buildings, the reconstruction of the existing ones and for their infrastructure, while 3 million will be used for the medical equipment, explains the spokesman. The hospital complex in Shkoder, laying in an area of 3 200 square meters, will be built almost from the beginning and is envisaged to be completed in 12-15 months. Whereas in the hospital complex of Vlore, with an area of 300 square meters work will concentrate on the existing premises and are envisaged to be complete within 7 months. The Turkish firm TEPE CONSTRUCTION is known in the field of construction and reconstruction of hospitals. It has reconstructed hospital centres located in an area of 400 000 square meters in six cities of Turkey.

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