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Customs bust arms firm

Arms firm Unimpex Martin had a Sk31 million ($632,000) shipment of hydraulic presses for making artillery shells, destined for embargoed Myanmar, impounded at the Slovak-Hungarian border after customs officers found the firm had no license for the shipment, and had declared the machines as equipment for making shoes.

Customs police became suspicious because the arms firm had never before been involved in the shoe trade.

Arms shipments from Slovakia to embargoed or 'high-risk' countries have come under scrutiny since the attacks last year on the US, with several suspicious weapons deals intercepted last fall in Bratislava.

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State insulation falls behind expectations, ministry widens support

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the insulation programme.

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the state insulation programme. Illustration stock photo

Fee has a negative impact

Practice shows that municipalities will require investors to pay the fee for development from their own budgets and at the same time to also cover the so-called induced investments.

Some municipalities want to re-think the fee.

Kysuce inhabitants block busy road in protest

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Discovery made hard mining work more efficient

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