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Train tender charges laid

POLICE HAVE charged several Transport Ministry officials with misusing classified information in a railways procurement scandal this summer that saw the dismissal of Transport Minister Jozef Macejko.

Apart from Macejko himself, deputy Minister Michal Balog and head of office Peter Klučka were also charged.

Former Czechoslovak Trade Minister Jozef Bakšay was charged with attempted corruption of PM Mikuláš Dzurinda's brother Miroslav, who was head of a tender commission to pick a supplier of 35 new light-weight train engines for the state railways firm.

The tender was originally won by a consortium between the Swiss firm Stadler Bussnang and ŽOS Vrútky of Slovakia, but the decision was reviewed after senior ministry officials said the price bid had been almost Sk1 billion higher than a competing bid.

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End of investigative show a cause for concern

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Proxy for Roma criticises minister Kaliňák for ethnical and group discrimination

The government proxy slammed Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák for the draft law on repressing criminality in Roma settlements, for populist discrimination and preferring repression to prevention.

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Slovak racer Svitko finished at Dakar Video

After a serious fall in the tenth leg, Slovak motorcyclist Štefan Svitko resigned from the 40th year of the Dakar Rally due to pain in his upper body.

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Carmakers in Slovakia produced more than one million cars last year

2018 will be critical for Slovakia’s automotive industry, claim sector’s representatives.

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