N E W S – Januar 2003

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Transformer of Vau i Dejes substation damaged

SHKODER, Jan 1 (ATA)-By M. Malja, One of the transformers of Vau Dejes Hydro-Power Station substation in Shkoder district was damaged early this morning because of the heavy load, according to sources from the hydro-power station. This has caused curtailment of electric power in the districts of Shkoder, Lezhe and Malesi e Madhe. Meanwhile, the Minister of Energy and Industry, Viktor Doda, as well as senior officials of the Electric Power Generation and Distribution Firm (KESH), went to Shkoder district today to follow the situation closely. Specialists of the Vau i Dejes Hydro-Power station and KESH are working to repair it as soon as possible.
/s.s./lm/ — 2001-01-01

Fund of 55 million lek allocated for Shkoder-Murriqan road

SHKODER, Jan 2 /ATA-M.Malja/ – A fund of 55 million lek have been allocated in 2003 state budget for the second stage of rehabilitation of Shkoder-Murriqan road. Sources from this district told Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA) that “this fund will serve to complete rehabilitation of the road from Zus village to Murriqan, 11 kilometers long.” The tender to asses the company that will carry out workings will be held this month. Last year was completed the first stage of this project with a fund of 17.1 million leks.
/s.s./E.H/ — 2001-01-02

Works are under way to repair transformer of Vau i Dejes hydro-power station

SHKODER, Jan 2 /ATA/ By M.Malja: -Specialists of Albanian Power Corporation (KESH) and workers of the hydro-power station of Vau i Dejes are working to repair the transformer which broke down early on Wednesday due to the electric overcharge. This fault caused frequent power cuts in Shkoder and Lezhe districts, because there is only one transformer which supplies them with power. Specialists of KESH have drawn up a chart for the distribution of energy in the two districts, but this transformer cannot meet this region’s need for power supply.
/d.k/aid/ — 2001-01-02

Construction work in Shkoder was 30% higher

SHKODER, January 3 /ATA/- by M.Malja- The construction volume during last year in Shkoder area, in Northern Albania, experienced an increase of 30% more as compared to 2001. Mimoza Volumi, expert of the Statistics close to local INSTAT Office told to ATA that all this work has been carried out by 128 construction firms, 15 of which established during 2002″. Most of these construction firms have been involved in setting up dwelling places mainly of the villa type, service shops or places of other production businesses. She made mention of two new plants built recently, that of oil processing and duralumin productions, one of them built in Oblik village located some 4 km away from the town, and the other in the former industrial area on the part of Albanian businessmen. There were invested 1 million dollars for the construction of these two factories of contemporary technology. Over 40 of these firms have won bids for implementing projects financed by the state budget money and foreign donators. The same source also made known that “these firms have applied over 50 projects worth 3 million dollars mainly on the rehabilitation of the roads, water supply system, schools and health sector. Among the most important projects applied during last year there can be made mention reconstruction of road Shkoder-Velipoje, Shkoder-Muriqan, watermain, three new school buildings, reconstruction of Shkoder-Bajze railways and Buna bridge.
/d.k/p.s./ — 2003-01-03

Shkoder: Foresti gets “Doctor Honourees Cause”

SHKODER, Jan 14 /ATA/ – by M.Malja – Rectorate of “Luigj Gurakuqi” University in Shkoder town, in Northern Albania, Tuesday noon awarded to Italy’s ex-ambassador to Tirana Paolo Foresti the high title “Doctor Honourees Cause”. During the ceremony organised on this occasion, deputy Rector Artan Haxhi said that “today we are honouring a special friend of ours, a friend of Shkoder and of the Albanians, ex-Ambassador of Italy Paolo Foresti, who has contributed for the integration of Albania and its introduction into the road of development, planting peace and fraternity through establishment of linking close bridges with the Italian people”. On his part Italian Minister of Community policies, Rocco Buttiglione, said during the ceremony that “relations Albania-Italy are fine and are advancing in the proper way. In their strengthening a special role has been played by ex-Ambassador Foresti, who used to work in Albania during a very hard period of the Albanian people.” Meanwhile, deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ilir Meta said during the ceremony that “relations with Italy are strategic because Italy will be a support for Albania’s membership into the NATO and the EU. And we have got such a backing by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, President Ciampi and Minister Buttiglione.” And according to Meta, ex-Ambassador Foresti has a special merit for the good relations existing between the two countries. He has worked for the expounding of bilateral relations in the economic and cultural fields. It was Rector Mahir Hoti who handed over to Foresti the award “Doctor Honourees Cause” under the motif “Distinguished personality in the field of national politics, a mature diplomat, who remains an outstanding example of scientific capability into the important processes of evolution of international relations”.
/d.k/p.s./ — 2003-01-14

Vau i Dejes hydropower station to be rehabilitated

SHKODER, Jan 16 /ATA/ – By M.Malja – Rehabilitation of Vau i Dejes hydropower station in Shkodra area is underway. Sabri Barbullushi, the Manager of the hydropower station told to ATA that “with a fund of 45 million dollars accorded by the World Bank will be used for the rehabilitation of hydropowers of Fierza, Vau i Dejes, Ulez and Shkopet”. According to him, there are 8 million dollars accorded for rehabilitation of Vau i Dejes hydropower station. The project is drafted by experts of the Albanian Power Corporation (KESH). The original project was compiled since 1994, but because of lack of funds it was not realised. Work is expected to be finished by the end of the current year. By that time, the hydropower station will have a contemporary technology and production of electric power will be increased. This is the first investment in 30 years on the first hydropower station built on Drini river, in Northern Albania. The two other hydropower stations on this river are Fierza hydropower station set up in 1981 and that of Koman built in 1985.
/d.k/p.s./ — 2003-01-16

Jup Kastrati, a distinguished personality of 21-rst century

SHKODER, Jan 17 /ATA/- By M.Malja – Prof.Dr. Jup Kastrati, for his contribution in the fields of linguistics and albanology, is selected by Cambridge International Biographical Centre for the course on publication of biographies of the outstanding intellectuals of the 21-rst century. His name has been included in the special edition of this centre “2000 distinguished personalities of the 21-rst century”. Just a little time ago, it was the American Institute of Biographies that awarded him the title “A brilliant mind of the 21-rst century”.
/d.k/p.s./ — 2003-01-17

Sport: Soccer: Another Montenegron joins Vllaznia team

SHKODER, Jan 19 /ATA/- By M.Malja- After the arrival of the mid-field player from Ukraine, Romanishin, to the Shkodra team of Vllaznia is joined while in Ulqin, Montenegro, even defender from Montenegro Rudovic. Sources close to Vllaznia make known that the well-known Sutjeska defender Rudovic will be under supervision of coach Hysen Dedja before he begins to play. Vllaznia team has also two other Montengron players Gjokovic and Borac. Vllaznia team is actually in the Montengron town of Ulqin since two weeks for training.
/A.KE/p.s./A.A/ — 2003-01-19

OSCE backs opening of Albania – EU negotiations – Liponnen

SHKODRA, Jan 29 (ATA) – By M. Malja, Ambassador of OSCE’s Presence in Tirana Osmo Liponnen declared in Shkoder on Wednesday that the organisation he represents backs opening of negotiations between Albania and the European Union (EU). During a meeting on Wednesday with journalists, Liponnen, focusing on this issue, underlined that “opening of negotiations is of great importance to Albania, because this process is not easy to be accomplished and your country should meet some of the tasks requested for joining the EU”.
/d.k/desi/lm/ — 2003-01-29

First Albanian Cardinal, Monseigneur Mikel Koliqi

TIRANE, Jan 29 (ATA)-Monseigneur Mikel Koliqi died six years ago at the age of 94. He was the first Albanian Cardinal, honoured citizen and officiating priest, whose figure was enhanced in silence. Koliqi was born in Shkoder in September 1902. He graduated from the secondary and higher school in Italy. After finishing studies for Theology in Milan of Italy he returned to Albania where he was ordained officiating priest at the age of 29. His stay in Italy for several years did not distance him from his country. In 1936 Koliqi was nominated parson of Shkoder and later General Vicar; loyal son of the Holy See. Being talented in music he formed a small modern chorus of the Cathedral in Shkoder, where he founded the Catholic Action for the Youth and became first director of review “The Bell of Sunday”, a religious and cultural review, which was closed in December 1944. With the coming of communist regime, Koliqi was arrested and sentenced to four years imprisonment. In 1953 he was sent to exile and later sentenced again to 15 years term. With the coming of democracy in Albania Koliqi was awarded the title “Monseigneur”, the title “Torchbearer of democracy” by the People’s Assembly and held the task of the parson of Shkoder until 1992. In December 1994, Pope John Paul II wards him the degree of the Cardinal. “Now my nomination as cardinal makes the eyes of the world turn at our forgotten homeland,” said Koliqi after the award.
/a.t/f.n/lm/ — 2003-01-29

Albania – Montengro relations consolidated – Meta

PODGORICE, Jan 30 (ATA)-By I. Alicka, Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Ilir Meta told a joint news conference with Montengrin Foreign Minister Dragisha Burzan on Thursday that “all meetings confirmed that the relations between the two countries are consolidated”. “This visit reconfirmed the good cooperation between the two countries, a concrete communication and concrete projects, which express the will for further strengthening of relations.” Burzan told the conference. “We have discussed two important issues in bilateral developments, the agreement for the protection of the Shkoder Lake waters and that of defending the rights of the minorities,” he added. Meta said that many projects have been realised and other will be realised in a near future, dwelling on the Elbasan – Podgorice electric power connection line, on the agreement on water economies and their joint administration as well as on the great prospects of cooperation between the two countries in tourism. Meta said that the Albanians residing in Montenegro should be increasingly integrated with the institutional, political and economic systems of Montenegro, adding that “in the same way we are committed to creating vast opportunities for the Montengrins in Albania, as strengthening of inter-ethnic cohabitation is a condition for the stability of the two countries.

Asked how he considers the examination of the constitutional charter by the parliament of Serbia and Montenegro also in the framework of the Kosova status, and what is its effect on the relations between the two countries, Meta said that “it is the right of Serbia and Montenegro to determine their future, it is the right of Kosova to determine its future and it is not fair for certain peoples to determine the destiny of other peoples”. “The issue of Kosova is a matter of international institutions and of the Security Council rather than an internal matter. This issue will not affect the relations between the two countries. It will not affect the Albania-Serbia relations, either,” said Meta. “The Kosova issue should be determined by the expression of the will of its citizens without distinction of ethnic groups, in understanding with the international factor so as to strengthen Western Balkans and Southeastern Europe”.
/xh.c/d.k/lm/ — 2003-01-30

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