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Daily News – March, 29

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2 blasts on Moscow subway kill 37

Russia’s top investigative body said terrorism is suspected in blasts, although there was no immediate confirmation of how explosions happened. Two explosions blasted Moscow’s subway system Monday morning as it was jam-packed with rush-hour passengers, killing at least 37 people, emergency officials and news agencies said. Moscow Emergency Ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova said the dead in the first blast on included 14 people inside the train and another 11 people on the platform at the Lubyanka station in central Moscow. The station is underneath the building that houses the main offices of the Federal Security Service, the KGB’s main successor agency. “The blast hit the second carriage of a metro train that stopped at Lubyanka, at 0756 (0356 GMT),” Andrianova said. She added that the victims were inside the carriage and on the platform.

A second explosion hit the Park Kultury station about 45 minutes later. City police spokesman Viktor Biryukov said at least 12 people were killed in that blast. The last time Moscow was hit by a confirmed terrorist attack was in August 2004, when a suicide bomber blew herself up outside a city subway station, killing 10 people.
Sources: The Associated Press and Reuters 

Voicu challenges Senate vote

Senator Catalin Voicu sent a letter to the Senate, insisting that its vote to have him arrested should be canceled, as he was not present at the debate. In the letter, Voicu demanded that the chamber hear his point of view in its first session this week. Senate Speaker Mircea Geoana confirmed for Mediafax that the letter was received at his office. Voicu’s request will be discussed tomorrow, Geoana added.

Do not raise taxes! Let economy recover!

National Bank of Romania Governor Mugur Isarescu, has veiledly criticised the government’s intention of raising taxes. One of the measures through which the government hopes to make more money for the budget is still the controversial lump-sum tax to be levied on restaurant, taxi, catering, car wash, etc. businesses. SME representatives are in turn unhappy about the fact that the state does not consider their actual economic potential and imposes a range of dues on them which – they claim – will bring to chain bankruptcies. “Let’s not forget that we have been this close, but taxes were still not increased, at least not the important ones, and Romania is now in a re-launch phase. If we are not patient enough to let the economy recover, one option would be to increase taxes. Another option would be to make corrections through the back door, through inflation and exchange rates, but I guarantee you this will not happen in Romania. Correction through inflation has to be avoided because it has been historically demonstrated that the poor end up paying more and speculators get rich in such cases,” Isarescu said during a banking seminar in Ramnicu Valcea. Seven things Romania needs not:

  1. ‘There are chances of economic growth, but we need NO economic boom’;
  2. ‘We need NO economic growth with inflation, as long as inflation is a confidence erosive factor in the long run’;
  3. ‘We need NO growth that would resume foreign deficit’;
  4. ‘We need NO economic growth likely to inflame public debt above the current situation in Greece’;
  5. ‘We need NO economic growth accompanied by unemployment’;
  6. ‘We need NO economic growth with big budget deficits and with big taxes’;
  7. 7. ‘Salaries CANNOT grow without restructuring. Never, never, never!’.

Written by Theophyle

March 29, 2010 at 8:18 am

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