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'The Cleaner' goes on trial

A MAJOR court case has begun in east Slovakia's Prešov against an alleged Mafia hitman known as 'the Cleaner', who is charged with three 1997 murders and is said to have disposed of some bodies by dissolving them in acid.

Alojz Kromka, who has eight convictions on his police record, is best known for allegedly having gunned down Žilina crime boss Milan Holáň ('the Gorilla') and his bodyguard in that city's Astoria Hotel in November 1997.

Kromka was arrested in October 1998 by Czech police while trying to cross the border into Austria on a false passport. He has been in jail since.

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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

The blockade caused traffic collapse.

Discovery made hard mining work more efficient

Gunpowder was used to blow up the rock for the first time in the Upper Bieber adit for the first time 390 years ago.