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IBM back in treasury tender game

IBM SLOVAKIA has asked Transparency International, a corruption watchdog, to look into Slovakia's troubled tender for the State Treasury's IT system, throwing a wrench into the Finance Ministry's fifth attempt to select a winner.

After having its fourth tender cancelled in April because of complaints by Siemens Business Services that it had been unfairly excluded, the Finance Ministry decided in late July to select an eventual winner through closed negotiations with both Siemens and HP, the winner of all previous tenders.

IBM, however, says they have been unfairly excluded from the contract, although they had submitted a bid last May.

Officials from the Finance Ministry said they had not accepted the IBM bid in May because the tender had been cancelled, and they had not considered it in July's decision because IBM's 600-page bid had not been evaluated.

IBM claims its bid of Sk918 million to provide a comprehensive package of hardware, software and services to the treasury is Sk300 million lower than the cheapest bid in April's cancelled tender.

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EC scrutinises state aid for Jaguar Photo

There is a question whether the scrutiny may impact the carmaker’s plans to invest in Slovakia.

The construction site of a brand new plant of Jaguar Land Rover near Nitra.

Vote-buying scandal lands village mayor in court

Some Roma claiming the mayor of Gemerská Poloma, Miroslav Michalka was buying votes, have changed their testimonies.

Stanislav Kučerák (blue shirt) is a key witness in the vote-buying case.

Police president refuses the proposals of students

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How to sell Slovak books to English readers

Slovak literature makes it to the big bookstores of London, but it is unlikely to become a bestseller yet.

On Wednesday, Slovak literature will be presented in one of the biggest bookstores in London. Among the new books translated into English is also the anthology of current Slovak prose selected and translated by Magdalena Mullek and Júlia Sherwood.