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New Penal Code stirs drug debate

ACTIVISTS from Free Choice protested outside parliament against the new Penal Code draft which introduces much stricter sentences for possessing and selling narcotics, news wire SITA reports.

Free Choice wants to legalise the possession of marijuana. The civil association claims that people should have a choice to take soft drugs.

Association representative, Kika Kostková, said current criminal law does not sufficiently distinguish between a drug user and a drug dealer.

She pointed out that possession of soft drugs such as marijuana carries a four- to ten-year prison sentence - the same penalty for causing serious bodily harm, child abandonment, blackmail, the possession of weapons of mass destruction, and child trafficking.

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Kysuce highway stalled due to missing money

Money is missing to finish the section of highway between Žilina and Poland, stopping the completion of the D3 highway project.

Road-blocking protest in Povina, Kysuce, demanding completion of highway bypass - February 16.

Slovak film won Generation Kplus section at Berlinale

The film Little Harbour that won the Crystal Bear – beating movies from many other countries - is the work of (mostly) Slovak women.

Director of Little Harbour, Iveta Grófová, with the Cristal Bear

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

US philosopher with Slovak roots, Michael Novak, dies

The man who advised politicians and even presidents Gerald Ford and James Carter died on February 17, aged 83.

Michael Novak