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2008-08-15 09:01:04

Text of report by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS Vladikavkaz, 15 August: The first batch of Kazakh humanitarian aid for South Ossetian residents will be delivered to South Ossetia, ITAR-TASS has learnt at the information service of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry. "Valeriy Petrov, deputy Kazakh emergencies minister, as well as 10 tonnes of humanitarian aid, will arrive in Vladikavkaz today. The humanitarian aid includes medicines, food products and bedding," the ministry...

2008-08-12 12:00:56

The Russian Federal Service for Supervision in Communications and Mass Communications has warned the editors of Russian mass media that they have "to observe legislation on preventing the spreading of extremist reports", the ITAR-TASS news agency reported on 12 August. The Russian Union of Journalists also called on correspondents covering the South Ossetian conflict to be more restrained in their reports, the RIA Novosti news agency said on 11 August. The federal service reminded the...

2008-08-08 12:00:21

Excerpt from report by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS Bishkek, 8 August: Rescuers of the Altay Territory department of Russia's Ministry of Emergencies have joined in the search for the three Russian mountain climbers who went missing in Kyrgyzstan. So have their relatives. An ITAR-TASS correspondent was told this at the Kyrgyz Ministry of Emergencies today. [Passage omitted: background information] Now, Kyrgyz Ak-Suy and Dzhety-Oguz Districts' search and rescue detachments of the...

2008-08-06 15:00:27

Workers in Russia's Khabarovsk Territory worked Wednesday to restore power to several dozen settlements following a hurricane and thunderstorm. Gale force winds that swept through the area Tuesday night ripped roofs off houses, downed trees and tore up transmission lines blocking roads, Itar-Tass reported. Lightning struck a transformer substation in the village of Svyatogorye starting a fire that burned the facility. In the Vyazemsky district more than 5,500 residents were left without...

2008-07-30 18:00:39

Text of report by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS Kaliningrad, 30 July: Flight departures from the Khrabrovo international airport in Kaliningrad were suspended on Wednesday evening [30 July] because a suspicious package had been found at the entrance to the terminal. Press secretary to the KD Avia airline Yelena Penkovaya has told ITAR-TASS that passengers and airport staff have been evacuated to a safe place. FSB [Federal Security Service], Emergencies Ministry and Interior...

2008-07-29 12:01:02

Excerpt from report by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS Moscow, 29 July: The Vitse-Admiral Zakharyin minesweeper, a fundamentally new mine defence vessel, has joined the Novorossiysk naval base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. ITAR-TASS has learned at the Black Sea Fleet information and public relations service that "the Vitse-Admiral Zakharyin is a new concept of a mine defence ship, whose mine sweeping methods are absolutely different from those used until now". "This project has for...

2008-07-25 12:01:14

Text of report in English by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS Kiev, 25 July: The third unit of the Rivne nuclear power plant was automatically disconnected from the Ukrainian power network and shut down on Thursday [24 July], the Emergency Situations Ministry said. The ministry explained the shutdown with the insufficient level of water in the steam generator's cooler. The radiation is normal, the ministry said. According to Enerhoatom [Ukrainian nuclear energy generating company],...

2008-07-24 06:01:00

The Russian Union of Oil and Gas Industrialists has called upon the country's federal government to reduce prices of petrol, diesel and aviation fuel by slashing taxes, according to Itar-Tass. The president of the Union of Oil and Gas Industrialists, Gennady Shmal, said that while all taxes cannot be done with, they need to be cut so that the price of AI-95 gasoline and diesel will decrease by RUB7 to RUB8. Mr Shmal noted that in Russia the tax component of fuel price is around 55% to...

2008-07-16 18:00:21

The Altai Republic on the southern border of Russia in Central Asia has been hit by at least 158 wildfires this year, officials said. At least three fires were reported to be burning Wednesday in the taiga or coniferous forest, Itar-Tass reported. Last year, there were only 126 fires in 12 months. So far this year, about 8,600 acres have been consumed by fire. About half the fires reported in July were caused by lightning strikes, while the other half are believed to have been...

2008-07-15 09:00:52

The Donetsk-based cable television company Nadezhda has been stripped of its license for broadcasting Russian TV channels, the Russian ITAR-TASS news agency reported on 15 July, quoting company's director-general Vadym Pohorzhelskyy. Pohorzhelskyy said the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting stripped the company of the broadcasting license due to the company's unwillingness to remove the Russian-language channels from its schedule. The Nadezhda broadcasting company...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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