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Public servants get four-percent raise

Public servants and state employees are getting a raise in 2008.

Public servants will see their salaries rise by four percent, while state employees can expect a three-percent raise, it was announced on August 20.

The pay hike is the result of negotiations on contracts for 2008 between the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and the Family and representatives of employees whose jobs are designated as being in the public interest, the TASR newswire reported.

Both documents are expected to be ratified on October 17.

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Infertility in men is increasing with those in their 40s better off then those in their 20s

Treatment of infertility can cost tens, or even several thousand euros. Only part of the cost is covered by health insurance companies.

To be fertile, a man has to have 15 million sperms per milligram of ejaculate, of which 4 million must be healthy.

Budgetary deficit supposed to be under 1 percent for the first time

MPs approved the public administration budget for the next year, with 82 voting for it, and 59 against.

Finance Minister Peter Kažimír

Google helps users of public transport in Bratislava

Following Žilina, Košice and Nitra, Bratislava now has routes and timetables for public transport on Google maps.

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President to appoint missing Constitutional Court justices

The court will have its full complement of judges after three years.

President Andrej Kiska