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Social insurance bill sunk

PARLIAMNET turned down the Labour Ministry's proposal for an amendment to the social insurance law which would have given minister Ľudovít Kaník a free hand to withdraw directors of the social security provider Sociálna Poisťovňa, the daily SME wrote.

The amendment would have omitted from the the document the section that defines just cause for dismissal of the provider's directors.

The draft failed due to the reluctance of the deputies of the New Citizens Alliance, Hungarian Coalition Party, and Christian Democratic Movements to stand behind Kaník's reform.

Only recently, Education Minister Martin Fronc also failed in his reform when the parliament rejected his party's proposal for the installation of university tuition fees.

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Slow down, fashion

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In shallow waters, experts are expendable

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Blog: Exploring 20th century military sites in Bratislava

It seems to be the fate of military sites and objects in Bratislava that none of them were ever used for the purposes they were built for - cavernas from WWI, bunkers from WWII, nuclear shelters or the anti-aircraft…

One nuclear shelter with a capacity for several hundred people now serves as a music club with suitable name Subclub (formerly U-club).