GREECE-ITALY: Talks between the Greek government and the Italian prime minister, Mr Alcide de Gasperi, on issued of interest to both countries, began officially yesterday evening at the Foreign Ministry. The talks centered mainly on political and economic issues, the resolution of which would further existing friendly bilateral relations in the service of peace and the economic interests of both countries. NATIONAL-ATHENS BANKS: A strike called the day before yesterday by National Bank staff to protest the decision to merge the bank with the Bank of Athens is to continue for another 48 hours following a decision by the union. As of tomorrow morning the strike will include all branches in the provinces as well. (…) Out of the some 2,500 staff members in Athens and Piraeus branches, only 40-50 came to work yesterday, according to the union. ODEON OF HEROD ATTICUS: The relevant department of the Education Ministry has announced that the refurbishment of the marble in the Herod Atticus Theater will have been completed by spring as far up as the first section of seats. SPORTSWRITERS: An Athens court has announced that the Association of Sportswriters has been recognized as a labor union. (…) The association has eight founding members.