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  • Ambassador of India Presented Credentials to President of Bulgaria
    on July 29, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    Ambassador of India to Republic of Bulgaria presented his credentials to H.E. Mr. Rumen Radev, President of Republic of Bulgaria on 28 July 2021 in a elegant ceremony held at the President's Office in Sofia. As part of the ceremony, Ambassador Rana was accorded a ceremonial guard of honour.  Ambassador Rana had a meeting with the President of the Republic of Bulgaria and assured him of his full efforts and commitment to work for further expansion of  long-standing friendly relations and close cooperation that exist between India and Bulgaria. After the credentials ceremony, Ambassador Rana laid flowers at the ‘Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’ in Sofia.

  • There Is Such a People Levelled Serious Accusations against Caretaker Finance Minister Assen Vassilev
    on July 29, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Toshko Yordanov, deputy chair of ITN (There Is Such a People) levelled extremely serious accusations against caretaker Minister of Finance Assen Vassilev of theft of intellectual property and illegal business practices. He made this statement after the other so-called protest parties stated they wanted to see some of the ministers from the current caretaker cabinet enter the future government. “Law and morality – these are our rules. Mr. Hristo Ivanov (from Democratic Bulgaria – editorial note) and Mrs. Maya Manolova (from “Stand Up BG! We are coming!” – editorial note) – you obviously do not realize that with your actions you are making Boyko Borissov happy because what you are doing is leading the country to new elections. It would be even more astounding if you do know that and you are still doing it.  If you keep it up that is what is going to happen, and it will be your fault,” Toshko Yordanov said.    

  • Efficacy of Pfizer/BioNTech Coronavirus Vaccine Drops to 84pc after 6 Months
    on July 29, 2021 at 10:33 am

    The efficacy of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine fell from 96% to 84% after six months, a new preprint report by medRxiv showed on Wednesday."Efficacy peaked at 96.2 percent during the interval from 7 days to <2 months post-dose 2, and declined gradually to 83.7 percent from 4 months post-dose 2 to the data cut-off, an average decline of ~6 percent every 2 months," the report said. Ongoing follow-up is needed to understand the persistence of the vaccine effect over time, it added.According to data that has not been reviewed, the vaccine was initially 91% effective at preventing COVID-19 over the course of six months.The US health-oriented news outlet Stat suggested that if the vaccine efficacy keeps declining at the rate described in the study, it will end up being less than 50% within 18 months from the date of vaccination and so a third dose would be required. (ANI/Sputnik)

  • 3 Black Sea Coastal Areas Received 'Protected zone' Status
    on July 29, 2021 at 8:19 am

    The Council of Ministers adopted decision to include the Black Sea coastal areas of Coral, Kara Dere and Pasha Dere in existing protected zones. Details of the decision were announced at a news conference by caretaker Environment and Water Minister Asen Lichev and caretaker Economy Minister Kiril Petkov.Coral is included in the Ropotamo Protected Zone, Kara Dere in the Shkorpilovci Beach Protected Zone and Pasha Dere in the Galata Protected Zone. The purpose of this measure is to stop construction on these territories and to protect nature. According to the caretaker Minister of Economy, this in turn will be useful for tourism and the film industry.The Environment Minister said that the Black Sea coast is not a commodity that can be sold: it is a heritage that must be protected and preserved for the future generations.He noted that big companies from the film industry, like Disney and Netflix, are interested in Bulgaria and will be allowed to film on the "breathtaking nature sites on the Black Sea coast, which today we prevented from being developed".

  • BGN 160 Million Allocated by Caretaker Cabinet under 60/40 Job-retention Scheme
    on July 29, 2021 at 7:58 am

    The caretaker cabinet with decision dated July 28th, allocated further BGN 160 million under the 60/40 job-retention measure  According to the government estimates, this will save 80,000 jobs. With additional BGN 21 million, the Ministry of Social Policy will finance the monthly assistance for parents of children under the age of 14 who do not go to school due to the emergency epidemic situation. BGN 2.5 million have been allocated under the "Together Again" programme to fund 4,117 students, and over BGN 1 million to help under the EU Refugee Facility in Turkey. The 60/40 job-retention measure was introduced in April 2020 to soften the impact of the coronavirus crisis on employment. The state finances 60% of the social insurance costs of employees remaining on the payroll during the coronavirus crisis and the employer pays the remaining 40%.