ECONOMIC BRIEFS

Forex reserves up by $853 million

Slovakia's hard currency reserves reached $6.539 billion on July 31, a $853 million increase compared to the end of 1996. NBS reserves were $2.937 billion, a $536 million drop compared to the beginning of 1997. The commercial banks' reserves were $3.602 billion, $1.390 billion up from the beginning of 1997. In July only, the reserves of commercial banks increased by $1.444 billion.

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Grandson turns his blue-haired grandma into an Instagram sensation

President Zuzana Čaputová is one of her nearly 13,000 followers.

Photographer Marek Pupák takes pictures of his grandmother. He also created the blue.grandma profile on Instagram, where he posts the photos of her.

Roundup: Shoe boxes turn into Christmas gift boxes to cheer up lonely older people

People can fill and hand in their own box until December 6.

The White Night Festival takes place in Bratislava during Christmas.

Some schools will open on December 7

Matovič pushed through testing at schools, government is launching a pilot project this weekend.

PM Igor Matovič (front) and Education Minister Branislav Gröhling  (back)

Freed in the Kuciak murder case, guilty of another murder

The Specialised Criminal Court sends Alena Zsuzsová to prison for ordering the murder of former Hurbanovo mayor. She appealed against the verdict, insists she is innocent.

Alena Zsuzsová is escorted to the courtroom.