In Brief


Workers to strike again next Monday unless ministry redrafts its proposal unless ministry redrafts its proposal Bank employees are to stage another 24-hour strike next Monday, unionists said yesterday after an all-day walkout caused disruptions at banks across the country. The Greek Federation of Bank Employees’ Unions (OTOE) said it would only resume negotiations with Economy Ministry officials if they withdraw their latest proposal. OTOE is pushing for the creation of a single auxiliary pension fund. FUEL INSPECTIONS 17 Attica traders reported The Development Ministry yesterday reported 17 fuel traders to a prosecutor after state inspections revealed irregularities in the fuel deliveries made by trucks to different parts of Attica. In most cases, the trucks were found to have leftover fuel in their tanks after deliveries, indicating that customers had not received the full amount of fuel due. Ministry officials reported the 17 cases after conducting 147 inspections. Turkish violations Ten formations of 26 Turkish fighter jets yesterday violated Greek national air space in the northern and central Aegean six times before being chased off by Greek fighters. In three cases, the planes engaged in simulated dogfights. Omonia shooting Police in Athens were yesterday investigating the fatal shooting of a 54-year-old man who was found in the bathroom of his apartment in the central district of Omonia. The body of Vassilis Papadopoulos bore a gunshot wound to the left temple, according to the coroner. There was no sign of forced entry into the apartment, according to police who appear to have ruled out suicide. Psytalleia waste Officials of the Athens Water and Sewage Company (EYDAP) yesterday reassured journalists that the 120,000 tons of sludge that has accumulated at the sewage-processing plant on Psyttaleia are not a threat to the environment. The journalists were briefed during a visit to the islet where a sludge-drying plant is to be built by mid-2007. Public Works Minister Giorgos Souflias last week put the weight of amassed sludge at 180,000 tons. Drunk drivers Attica police said yesterday that they caught 90 motorists driving under the influence of excessive alcohol over the weekend. Police stopped a total of 2,638 drivers and recorded 225 cases of speeding, 134 cases of non-use of a seatbelt and 35 cases of motorists running red lights. Hariri service A memorial service for former prime minister of Lebanon Rafik Hariri is to be held at 7 p.m. today at the Aghia Olga Church in the Nimits Hospital on Vassilissis Sofias Avenue. Hariri was killed by a car bomb in Beirut last week. Migrants detained Leros coast guard officials on Sunday detained 24 illegal immigrants after spotting them on the neighboring islet of Farmakonisi, the Merchant Marine Ministry said yesterday. Four would-be migrants who had reached Lesvos in two inflatable dinghies were also detained on Sunday, the ministry said. Gas transfer Firemen in Thebes yesterday supervised the transfer of propane from a truck that had suffered a valve problem to another truck belonging to the same firm. The two-hour transfer was carried out near the military base at Thebes where the problem occurred.

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