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December 2001

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Some 187 illegal electric connections cut in Shkoder
SHKODER, Dec 26 (ata) - By M Malja: The Energy Distribution Corporation of Albania (KESH) affiliate in Shkoder cut in the last two days some 187 illegal energy connections in this city. The director of energy police told ATA that the operation focused in 120 private bars and 68 families whose electricity was cut because they were illegally made. During this year, 3878 illegal electric connections or 1000 more than a year ago, mostly private subjects, have been immediately cut. Sources of the electric affiliate said that now on district scale 42 percent of the consumers from 20 percent a month ago, pay for the electric energy they use. Presently, five groups with representatives of the electric affiliate and electric police are working in four regions of the city to accelerate the process for the payment of the debt that private consumers and family consumers have to the electric affiliate.
/s.sh/dori/xh/ -- 2001-12-26

Weightlifter Sylkja again in Vllaznia team
SHKODER, Dec 26 (ATA) By M. Malja: The issue of the talented Shkoder weightlifter, Renato Sylkja, will be solved in a few days between the two clubs, Vllaznia and Dinamo. "We, as a club, as we were not able to meet some requests, mainly financial ones, we had let our weightlifter Renato Sylkja free and everything depended on him to go to whatever club he wanted to", Vllaznia coach, Muhamet Tuzi says. Immediately, Dinamo club attempted to take Sulkja in its team. According to Tuzi, everything between the two clubs was done in a normal way, but meanwhile, there was continuous interest to keep the 22-year old in Vllaznia team. Finally, in a short time, the economic requests that the champion of Albania had made, were totally satisfied. After that, Syjkja was again Vllaznia's property. The wightlifter stated that "now all the conditions have been met, so that the only thing left is my maximal commitment in training to achieve the results I aim at". Vllaznia weightlifting team has been proclaimed champion of Albania the current year. New weightlifters have been included in the team, who aim at bringing this sport at the level it was years ago.
/A.KE/aid/ -- 2001-12-26

Movement of people at Hani i Hotit border crossing five times higher in Koplik
KOPLIK, Dec 25 (ATA)-By M. Malja, At the Hani i Hotit border crossing point, Malesi e Madhe, the movement of people crossing Albania to Montenegro or vice-versa has doubled. According to police commander of this crossing, Nazmi Hasa, some 1200-1500 people cross to the neighbouring country, out of 300 crossing earlier. "Most of them are small traders selling confections, electric appliances and other items on the markets of Tuzi and Podgorice and brought from them fruits, alcoholic drinks, food and other items," said Hasa. Sources from the Hani i Hotit customs report that this year's end there has been an increase of goods' quantity imported from Montenegro, Slovenia and Croatia, which enter Albania through this border crossing. The border crossing point of Hani i Hotit opened in February last year, following an agreement signed in Shkoder between the Albanian and Montenegrin governments. It was kept closed unilaterally by the Yugoslav side since March '97.
/s.sh/dori/lm/ -- 2001-12-27

"Miss Albania 2000" in European beauty competition
TIRANA, Dec 28 (ATA) By A.Bekteshi: Gentiana Ramadani, "Miss Albania 2000" will represent Albania in the big "Miss Europe 2001" show to be held tomorrow (December 29) in Beirut of Lebanon. "Miss Europe" show, which has been organized for 52 years, has been described as the oldest beauty contest in the world. Its realization is enabled by Mondial Event Organization (M.B.O) and will be broadcast by 45 TV channels in the World Vision and Mondo Vizion. Participating in "Miss Europe" show are official Misses of all the states of Europe."Miss Albania 2000", Gentiana Ramadani participates in this show thanks to the co-operation of Jon Music with Mondial Event Organization. Gentiana Ramadani, who won "Miss Albania 2000" prize, among 31 girls who competed from different regions of Albania, comes from Shkoder. She is 1.77 tall, blonde and studies in the Journalism Faculty in Tirana. Ramadani has been described as "successful in some TV shows where she has participated lately.
/f.n/aid/ -- 2001-12-28

Sport: Ten best Shkodra sportsmen proclaimed
Shkoder, December 28, ATA) by M.Malja- The townhall of Shkoder in collaboration with Sport Club Vllaznia and TV Rozafa held the survey-show of choosing the best sportsmen of the town. The best artists of the town attended the activity and greeted it with their songs and humour. The jury proclaimed as the best 10 sportsmen: Vioresin Sinani (Soccer) Klodian Duro (soccer) Genc Barkici (weightlifting) Renato Sylkja (weightlifting) Besnik Limani (Box) Sokol Buliqi (box) Seat Bushati (Box) Artur Govoci (Box) Ardian Zhuri (athletics) Rovena Marku (Swimming) Some distinguished sportmen in years were honoured with the award "Palok Nika", given by the Townhall council. Among them was Bimo Fakja , the ex footballer (after death). While the best three coaches of the year were selected Zef Gjoni (box), Esat Rakiqi (soccer) and Muhamet Tuzi (weightlifting). The survey on the best 10 sportsmen of the year has been held in this district since 30 years. The private firms and the townhall distributed symbolic presents to the best sportsmen.
/A.KE/p.s./ -- 2001-12-28

Prime minister Ilir Meta: Shkodra town will keep on being in governmental projects
- PM meets representatives of Local Authority -
Shkoder, December 28 (ATA) by Myfit Malja - Friday midday PM Ilir Meta said that Shkodra town will continuo to be in governmental projects. Meta made the statement during a meeting with Local Authority representatives of the town. Meta said that the investments will be double this year. He made mention of the superhighway Shkoder-Lezhe and the second stage of the road Shkoder-Velipoje. According to him it will also start the rehabilitation of the road Shkoder-Murriqan, which will pave the way to the opening of the border crossing point of Murriqan. Meta promised investments in the infrstructure of Shkoder town to bring it in line with the contemporary standards. The mayor of Shkoder Ormir Rusi underlined that the investments promised by the government during this year are proceeding in the right way. He presented also several requests like the improvement of the supply with electric energy of the town, the improvement of the public order, the reconstruction of the Buna bridge, the beginning of the movement of the ferries from Shkodra towards Montenegro. The Transport ministry took over the task of meeting these demands.
/ira/vik/p.s./ -- 2001-12-28

Some US$ 9,1 million realised from export in 11 months
SHKODER, Dec 29 (ATA)- By M. Malja The various firms and enterprises in the district of Shkoder over the period January-November this year have increased their production by 11,4% in comparison to the same period last year. According to experts of statistics office in Prefecture, Fatos Kopliku, over this period nearly US$ 9,1 million of incomes or US$ 2,7 million more than the same period last year have been realised from the export. The main place in the goods export is taken by the various articles of clothing produced by 37 local and foreign firms operating in this city. For the first time after ten years the export of agricultural products has started this year towards Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia such as tomatoes, peppers, melons and so on.
/s.s/dori/sm/ -- 2001-12-29

Exhibition of Shkodra painters
SHKODER, Dec 29 (ATA)- An exhibition of paintings was opened on Saturday in the Private Gallery "Art Shkodra" with the best works of the renown painters of Shkodra such as Ismail Lulani, Agim Kadillari, Zhaneta Kadillari, Andi Hila, Gjovalin Paci, Gjovalin Lucaj. The painter Skender Kraja told that "the topics of this exhibition's works were the still-life, landscapes and portraits." Among the works that drew attention were the landscapes from Vermoshi, the painting "The woman highlander of Shkodra", "The lake of Shkodra" and so on. This was the tenth exhibition the painters from Shkodra have opened during this year. In the meantime six painters from Shkodra have opened two exhibitions in Montenegro and Ulqin as well as in Vienna (Austria).
/f.n/sm/ -- 2001-12-29

Road axes linking Shkoder with northern areas opened
SHKODER, Dec 19 (ATA) By M. Malja: All the road axes linking Shkoder with the northern areas of Albania have been reopened for the movement of vehicles early on Wednesday. Sources from Shkoder Prefecture, told ATA that "the movement of vehicles in Shkoder-Koman, Shkoder-Puke, Puke-Fushe-Arrez, Puke-Mirdite and Fushe Arrez-Kukes axes has already began". The representative of the prefecture in Puke district, Fadil Coba, stressed that "the only segments in which works are under way is that of Qafe Mali-Tropoja". Workers of the road maintenance enterprise of Shkoder and Puke city, carried out the works to open these segments, using 5 snowploughs, 4 heavy transport means and so on. The only concern for the inhabitants of Puka city remains the repair of the main water pipe of the aqueduct damaged two days ago due to the land slide. Sources from the water supply enterprise of this city stated that the improvement of the atmospheric conditions during the last days will enable the repair of the water supply pipe in a short time. According to sources from Puka police, the forces of the sector of the road traffic are placed at alert not to allow any vehicle move without chains.
/dori/IR/aid/ -- 2001-12-19

Italy invests 82 billion lira on energetic system
Tirana, December 20, (ATA) - The Italian government has approved an 82 billion lira investment on the energetic sector in Albania. The Italian ambassador to Tirana Mario Bova said during a press conference Thursday "that the Italian government considers the energy sector as an absolute priority of its intervention in the framework of co-operation in Albania, in view of the grave crisis the country is passing through". "To this aim the Italian government has allocated a fund of 52 billion lira some times ago. The decision of 5 December 2001 adds to this sum the amount of 82 billion lira and that in the framework of co-operation plan 1998-2001", ambassador Bova said. In regard to the financial backing of 82 billion liras, it is aimed to be used on the main areas, including the building of the new seat of the Electroenergetic corporation of Albania and the restructuring of 8 periphery buildings. The fund will cover also the building of a modern and transparent system of the bills and absorb of the incomes. The project also aims the strengthening of the maintenance system, through the supply with vehicles and equipments, as well as the supply and the rehabilitation of the system of transmission and distribution. In this framework there will be rehabilitated the distribution networks of Durres and Pogradec and there will be strengthened the substations Tirana 2,Tirana Center,Kashar and Pogradec. According to the Italian ambassador Mario Bova the Italian government has supported the Albanian energetic system, through the measures of a structural character, but also through the emergency aids to overcome the various energetic crisis, the last of which was that of winter 2000-2001. The aid consisted in the payment of the rent of movable substations of Tirana,Shkoder and Durres. In September 2000 it was also given another financial backing of 3.8 billion liras on an activity in support of the management of the Albanian Electric Corporation on the part of ENEL. As a result of the improvements in the management of Albanian Electric Corporation, thanks to this intervention it was reached the unblock of the finances in the energetic sector on the part of the international donators.
/toni/a.gj/p.s./ -- 2001-12-20

Rehabilitation of Koman-Palaj road ends
SHKODER, Dec 20 (ATA) By M.Malja: The complete rehabilitation of Koman-Palaj road, 3,5 kilometers long ended. The chief of investments' office in Shkoder Prefecture, Zef Fistani, told ATA that, through the 11 million lek fund allocated by the Albanian Development Fund (FZHSH), the rehabilitation of the road linking Palaj village with the national road which links Shkoder with Koman, ended last days. The works in this object were carried out by the local construction company "Pjetri", which according to the project, widened the current axis and laid it with gravel, built three works of art, and so on. During the current year in Shkoder city, through the 40,3 million lek fund allocated by the Albanian government, 12 rural roads in some communes of Shkoder district were rehabilitated. meanwhile, through financing of various non-governmental organizations which operate in this district, other 6 roads have been rehabilitated in this district, in Bushat, Mes and Rrethina communes.
/s.s/aid/ -- 2001-12-20

Soccer: Fresh forces expected in ranks of Vllaznia team
SHKODER, Dec 22 (ATA) - By M.Malja: Some other football players are expected to join the team of Vllaznia during the second phase of national championship. Sources from "Vllaznia" sports-club report that after nomination of Astrit Hafizi as head of the Shkodra team, the football players Gjeloshi, Oltion Asllani and Albert Duro are expected to join the team. The Montenegrin player Asim Gjokovic, who left the team at the end of the previous season, is expected to return as well.
/s.s/A.KE/A.A/ -- 2001-12-22

Supplementary funds for new aqueduct in Velipoja
SHKODER, Dec 23 (ATA)- By M.Malja, The state budget has recently allocated a supplementary fund worth 20 million lek to end operations in the new aqueduct of Velipoja commune, 30 kilometers far from Shkodra. The Manager of the Investments Office in this Prefecture, Zef Fistani, states that this fund will be invested to supply with potable water the villages of Mali Kolaj, Mali Gjymit and Luar, that were not included in the initial project. Works to built this aqueduct commenced nearly 8 months ago, through a fund worth 38,8 million lek provided by the state budget. Works, financed by the supplementary fund are envisaged to end in March, 2002. Seven new aqueducts have been built in Shkodra during 2001, six of which through the credit of the Austrian government worth 13 million schillings.
/s.sh/so/ -- 2001-12-23

Army starts operation for distribution of humanitarian aids in northeastern zones
TIRANE, Dec 23 (ATA)- By I. Alicka The Army's operation for sending food articles and medicines in the areas blocked as a result of the bad weather started on Sunday in the northeast of the country, the Press Department close to Defense Ministry announced to ATA. The operation for distribution of aids is being carried out in the air by the Regiment of Helicopters in cooperation with command of Logistic Support which are carrying aids to the area of Tropoja and Kukes. By ground ways the distribution of aids started with the departure of a motor convoy which comprises vehicles of the Logistic Support Command and Albanian Red Cross. This motor convoy will follow the road Tirana-Qafa e Malit-Kukes. The ceremony for the start of distribution of aids by air ways was held today (on Sunday )in the helicopters regiment. Present in it were deputy/ Chief of the General Staff of Armed Forces Brigadier Arian Zaimi and deputy/ minister of Local Government Halil Lalaj as well as representatives of Albanian Red Cross. The Brigadier Arian Zaimi told the media that "the vehicles of the Command of Logistic Support of the Transportation Brigade and helicopters of Farka regiment are on high alert so that the goods insured by Albanian Red Cross be transported in time to the proper destination. In the meantime, according to the recent data arrived in the United Operational Center of the Emergency Management in Defense Ministry, all national roads are passable and open and the work for opening the secondary roads is under way. According to the Press Department in Defense Ministry, military police is patrolling the directions Shkoder-Qafa e Malit-Kukes and Ulez-Burrel-Peshkopi to get under control the axes in northeastern areas.
/ira/sm/ -- 2001-12-23

Shkoder: State budget finances 44,9 million lek for two new schools
SHKODER, Dec 24 (ATA)- By M. Malja The fund worth 44,9 million lek out of the state budget has enabled the start of construction of two eight-year schools in district of Shkoder. The district's education director Agim Shima told ATA that "the new schools are being built in villages Boks and Daragjat of communes of Mes and Dajc." According to him, the buildings will be two-storied with 10 classrooms each as well as all the premises needed for the teaching process. The respective projects are being implemented by local construction firms "Curri" and "Pjetri" which aim to complete these facilities within the first six-month period next year. Over this year two new eight-year schools were built in villages of Rragam and Koman with 41,4 million lek out of the state budget.
/s.sh/dori/sm/ -- 2001-12-24

Chinese govt allocates grant to KESH
TIRANA, Dec 24 (ATA) - An agreement on delivery of a five-million-Jen-worth grant, that China's government offers to the Albanian Power Generation and Distribution Company (KESH), was signed last week in Pekin, in the third session of joint Albania/Chinese commission, Sokol Gjoka, spokesman of Foreign Ministry, reported on Monday to ATA. Albania's delegation, attending this session, was composed of some representatives of several government institutions. One of the problems treated in the proceedings of this session was realization of a cooperation protocol for 2001-2002 period, mainly in field of reciprocal interest such as that of transport, trade, customs and others. In the meeting was discussed as well on the progress of proceedings of Bushat hydro power station, in Shkoder. The agreement of conversion of Albania's foreign debt to People's Republic of China with a long-time liquidity credit, on bases on Paris Club terms, was as well reached, Gjoka added.
/le.ko/ira/A.A/ -- 2001-12-24

Operation on delivery of aid to snow-covered areas underway
TIRANA, Dec 24 (ATA) - By Inxhi Alickaj: The heavy snow falls of last twenty-four hours have blocked again the roads in the northeastern areas of Albania, information department close to the Ministry of Defence reports. According to the data issued by this directory Qafa e Malit - Kukes, Qafa e Malit - Fierze, Shkoder- Vau i Dejes, Puke - Fushe Arrez, and Bulqize - Burrel road segments are cleared by the huge-amount piles of snow. Under these conditions, the engineering brigade is actually working for opening the roads in two directions: Fushe Arrez - Puke and Vau i Dejes - Puke. Forces of civil defence are working for unblocking Peshkopi- Burrel road segment. Meanwhile, the operation on delivery of humanitarian aid to the remote zones is continuing. The convoy of vehicles, which left a day ago for Kukes, have reached the destination, and the local government structures are undertaking all the measures for delivering all goods. Operation on transport of 30 tons of goods form army reserves towards Tropoja, and transport of 100 tons of wheat from the state reserves towards the northeastern zones is actually being prepared. Albanian Red Cross has offered 25 tons of tinned food items, which will start being transported on Tuesday in snow-covered zones.
/ira/vik/A.A/ -- 2001-12-24

Chairman of Albania's Bishopric Conference sends greetings address on Christmas occasion
SHKODER, Dec 24 (ATA)- By M.Malja, Chairman of Albania's Bishopric Conference, Eminence Angelo Massafra has sent a greetings address to all catholic believers on Christmas occasion. "We have approached the first Christmas of the third millennium and I would like to wish Merry Christmas to all families that are jobless and depend on social assistance only, families that live home-bound just because of blood-feud, mothers who suffer for their children in emigration", the address stresses. "This celebration gives us the gift of peace, of the peace that the world can not find, the peace of heart, the peace among families. It gives us the security for a more serene life for all, for the children", Massafra emphasises in his address. "Christmas is our celebration, is the feast where we hope for a better feast, because we take hope in the word hope, in the word of God", the address of the Chairman of Albania's Bishopric Conference, Eminence Angelo Massafra states in conclusion.
/f.n/so/ -- 2001-12-24

Soccer: Fresh forces expected in ranks of Vllaznia team
SHKODER, Dec 22 (ATA) - By M.Malja: Some other football players are expected to join the team of Vllaznia during the second phase of national championship. Sources from "Vllaznia" sports-club report that after nomination of Astrit Hafizi as head of the Shkodra team, the football players Gjeloshi, Oltion Asllani and Albert Duro are expected to join the team. The Montenegrin player Asim Gjokovic, who left the team at the end of the previous season, is expected to return as well.
/s.s/A.KE/A.A/ -- 2001-12-22

Corpses of four fishermen, drowned in waters of Shkoder Lake, found
SHKODER, Dec 22 (ATA) - The dead corpses of four fishermen, drowned in the very early hours of Saturday in the waters of Shkoder Lake, were found later in the day, following some intensive hours of joint search of police forces and inhabitants of nearby areas. "In vicinity of Shtoj village, about 12 kilometers away from the city of Koplik, were found the dead bodies of citizens Ali Hamza, Skender Sadiku, Xhevit Haxhia, (police in Shkoder commissariat) and Alket Sadiku", official sources from the local police told ATA. According to them the victims were fishing in the Shkoder Lake, about 1,5 kilometers far from the shore, but their boat has gone up-sided-down due to turmoiled sea, causing their death. This is the second time within a few months when citizens are drawn in the Shkoder Lake while fishing.
/s.srimi./A.A/ -- 2001-12-22

There will be no untimely elections
The boycott of vote of confidence session - SP head declares in Shkoder
SHKODER, Dec. 21 (ATA) - By M.Malja: Albanian Socialist Party, SP, head Fatos Nano stated on Friday in Shkoder, at this city party branch meeting, that non-performance of necessary changes in the government by Premier Ilir Meta, will lead to the boycott of the parliament session for vote of confidence of new ministers. "We will again boycott on Monday's parliament session if Ilir Meta does not make the necessary changes", Nano said, speaking on behalf of the lawmakers who abandoned Thursday's parliament session. SP chairman asked the Premier to commit himself in solution of crisis, "in the contrary, he will be responsible for it." Along this stance, which seems to be far from compromise, SP head guaranteed that there will be no early elections, and that the solution to the crisis will be found in less extreme ways. He announced convention of a referendum in January, and holding of the SP extraordinary congress in March of coming year. "On bases of the status, the referendum can be held after collection of 1/3 of signs of party's members, and an extraordinary congress of the party will be held in March not in Tirana, but in Shkoder or in Vlore, where the party will be cleaned, and SP will become a real democratic party", Nano said. SP head asked President Meidani to get distanced from the declarations of Parliament Speaker Namik Dokle on dissolution of Parliament, and to start investigations for "the huge amount abuses made in the country's finances, especially in the Ministry of Finances", as he said. In the SP meeting of Shkoder, where the Opposition has a strong electorate, Fatos Nano appealed for its (Opposition) co-operation in the fight against contraband, different traffics, and in efforts to construct the rule of law."
/ira/vik/A.A/ -- 2001-12-21

Activist's meeting of Socialist Party begins
SHKODER, Dec 21 (ATA) By M.Malja: The activists' meeting of the Socialist Party of Shkoder district began on Friday before noon in Shkoder city. Attending the meeting is the SP's head, Fatos Nano, who has been recieved by members and supporters of SP in Bushat village, and the SP Organisative Secretary, Petro Koci. Currently, the SP head for Shkoder branch, Ndreke Ruka is discussing in the activist' meeting, after whom the head of the Socialist Party, Fatos Nano is expected to take the floor.
/dori/aid/ -- 2001-12-21

Nano: Referendum in January
Extraordinary congress in March in Shkoder or Vlore - SP chairman states in the meeting of the activists in Shkoder
SHKODER, Dec. 21 (ata)- By M. Malja SP chairman, Fatos Nano, declared in Shkoder in the meeting of the activists of SP, that a referendum will be held in January whereas in March will be held the extraordinary congress of the party. "On the bases of a statute with the collection of 1/3 of the signatures of the members of the party, will be held a referendum in January and in March will be held an extraordinary congress of the party, not in Tirana but in Shkoder or Vlora where the party will be cleared in order to be a real democratic party", said Nano. Socialist Party chairman asked Premier Ilir Meta to become part of the solution and the problems that are created lately in the party. "Meta should be engaged in this process and he should be responsible for the solution of this situation. On the contrary, he will be responsible for the situation", Nano stated. In the meantime, he called on the "responsible" opposition to be part or participate in the process of the fight against smuggling, different trafficking as well as in the fight for the construction of the legal state. "Thus, with the support of the opposition we will construct a strong state which will serve to all the citizens", Socialist Party chairman Fatos Nano stated.
/ira/vik/IR/ -- 2001-12-21

Police Chief of crimes in Malesia e Madhe injured
KOPLIK, Dec 21 (ATA)- By M.Malja, The chief of crimes in Malesia e Madhe district police, Prel Pjetrushi was wounded on Friday evening by individuals not yet identified. The incident took place at about 19.30, while Pjetrushi, 36, was driving on Koplik-Shkoder road, sources from the local police report. "Some individuals, not yet identified have fired on his vehicle, injuring the chief of crimes, sources report. Pjetrushi was immediately taken to the hospital of Shkodra where he went through an operation on his shoulder. Sources from the hospital report that the conditions of the chief are not life-threatening. The investigating team rushed to the site and is currently working to throw light into this crime and identify its authors.
/s.sh./so/ -- 2001-12-21

Rehabilitation of Koman-Palaj road ends
SHKODER, Dec 20 (ATA) By M.Malja: The complete rehabilitation of Koman-Palaj road, 3,5 kilometers long ended. The chief of investments' office in Shkoder Prefecture, Zef Fistani, told ATA that, through the 11 million lek fund allocated by the Albanian Development Fund (FZHSH), the rehabilitation of the road linking Palaj village with the national road which links Shkoder with Koman, ended last days. The works in this object were carried out by the local construction company "Pjetri", which according to the project, widened the current axis and laid it with gravel, built three works of art, and so on. During the current year in Shkoder city, through the 40,3 million lek fund allocated by the Albanian government, 12 rural roads in some communes of Shkoder district were rehabilitated. meanwhile, through financing of various non-governmental organizations which operate in this district, other 6 roads have been rehabilitated in this district, in Bushat, Mes and Rrethina communes.
/s.s/aid/ -- 2001-12-20

Italy invests 82 billion lira on energetic system
Tirana, December 20, (ATA) -The Italian government has approved an 82 billion lira investment on the energetic sector in Albania. The Italian ambassador to Tirana Mario Bova said during a press conference Thursday "that the Italian government considers the energy sector as an absolute priority of its intervention in the framework of co-operation in Albania, in view of the grave crisis the country is passing through". "To this aim the Italian government has allocated a fund of 52 billion lira some times ago. The decision of 5 December 2001 adds to this sum the amount of 82 billion lira and that in the framework of co-operation plan 1998-2001", ambassador Bova said. In regard to the financial backing of 82 billion liras, it is aimed to be used on the main areas, including the building of the new seat of the Electroenergetic corporation of Albania and the restructuring of 8 periphery buildings. The fund will cover also the building of a modern and transparent system of the bills and absorb of the incomes. The project also aims the strengthening of the maintenance system, through the supply with vehicles and equipments, as well as the supply and the rehabilitation of the system of transmission and distribution. In this framework there will be rehabilitated the distribution networks of Durres and Pogradec and there will be strengthened the substations Tirana 2,Tirana Center,Kashar and Pogradec. According to the Italian ambassador Mario Bova the Italian government has supported the Albanian energetic system, through the measures of a structural character, but also through the emergency aids to overcome the various energetic crisis, the last of which was that of winter 2000-2001. The aid consisted in the payment of the rent of movable substations of Tirana,Shkoder and Durres. In September 2000 it was also given another financial backing of 3.8 billion liras on an activity in support of the management of the Albanian Electric Corporation on the part of ENEL. As a result of the improvements in the management of Albanian Electric Corporation, thanks to this intervention it was reached the unblock of the finances in the energetic sector on the part of the international donators.
/toni/a.gj/p.s./ -- 2001-12-20

Road axes linking Shkoder with northern areas opened
SHKODER, Dec 19 (ATA) By M. Malja: All the road axes linking Shkoder with the northern areas of Albania have been reopened for the movement of vehicles early on Wednesday. Sources from Shkoder Prefecture, told ATA that "the movement of vehicles in Shkoder-Koman, Shkoder-Puke, Puke-Fushe-Arrez, Puke-Mirdite and Fushe Arrez-Kukes axes has already began". The representative of the prefecture in Puke district, Fadil Coba, stressed that "the only segments in which works are under way is that of Qafe Mali-Tropoja". Workers of the road maintenance enterprise of Shkoder and Puke city, carried out the works to open these segments, using 5 snowploughs, 4 heavy transport means and so on. The only concern for the inhabitants of Puka city remains the repair of the main water pipe of the aqueduct damaged two days ago due to the land slide. Sources from the water supply enterprise of this city stated that the improvement of the atmospheric conditions during the last days will enable the repair of the water supply pipe in a short time. According to sources from Puka police, the forces of the sector of the road traffic are placed at alert not to allow any vehicle move without chains.
/dori/IR/aid/ -- 2001-12-19

Work for clearing national roads from snow, underway
SHKODER, Dec 18 (ATA)- By M. Malja The rise of temperatures today (on Tuesday) by 3-4 degrees Celsius in comparison to Monday has rendered easier the work of maintenance enterprise Rruga Ura of the three districts of Shkoder prefecture for opening the road-axes. Representative of Shkodra prefecture in Puke Fadil Coba told ATA that "over 40 workers of the enterprise Rruga-Ura, 4 snow ploughs and several heavy vehicles are engaged in opening the segments Puke-Luf, Puke-Fushe Arrez and Fushe-Qafe Mali where the snow thickness reaches 1,5 meters. According to him, the road segment Shkoder-Puke has been re-opened two times but it was blocked again as a result of the piles of snow mainly in Luf 5 km away from the city of Puke. Currently the re-opening of this segment is towards the end. Also the work for re-opening of the road segments Puke-Fushe Arrez and Fushe Arrez-Qafe Mali which links this district with Kukes and Tropoje is underway. Police sources make known, that after the axis Shkoder-Puke be re-opened, no vehicle will be permitted to move without chains.
/dori/sm/ -- 2001-12-18

Soccer: Bajko quits Vllaznia
TIRANE, Dec 17 (ATA)-By E. Todhe, The coach of Vllaznia, Neptun Bajko, left the direction of this team. The reasons of this act are not yet clear, but Bajko himself told ATA that "even if I won the two last matches, I would have left". Bajko took over the direction of the team in the fifth week of the championship after the departure of the Montenegrin coach, Haxhiosmanovic. Now Vllaznia ranks the fifth in the classification table with 21 points. Sources from the Shkoder club report that the possible candidature to take up the direction of the team is that of Astrit Hafizi.
/a.ke/lm/ -- 2001-12-17

Heavy snow falls in Shkoder Prefecture
SHKODER, Dec 15 (ATA) By M.Malja: Heavy snow falls have started to fall early on Saturday in three districts of Shkoder Prefecture, which are continuing intensely even during noon. Sources from the Prefecture made known for ATA, that "till noon the snow's thickness amounts to 10 centimetres, while in the remote areas of this district it varies from 30 to 50 centimetres". The snow has covered on Saturday morning even Shkoder city, while its thickness in the mountainous areas is 20-30 centimetres. The same situation is in Malesi e Madhe district. Under these conditions, the branch of traffic police has increased the control services in the road axes of this district. In some road segments the vehicles are not allowed to move without chains. No accident has been recorded so far. Meanwhile, the workers of the road-bridges maintenance enterprise in three districts of Shkoder Prefecture, are working to keep the national roads open.
/s.sh/dori/aid/ -- 2001-12-15

Watersupply system of Barbullush completed with Austrian investment
Shkoder, December 15 (ATA) by M.Malja - It is completed the new watersupply system of potable water for the residents of the commune of Barbullush,20 km away from Shkodra. According to the specialist of the investment office of the prefecture Bardhi Shllaku the Austrian government allocated a fund of 4.5 million shillings for the construction of this watersupply system."This fund was used to build some 5.3 km main and secondary tubes, there were set up water deposits in the center of the commune and in Mape village",he said. The construction work in this object were carried out by the native construction firm "Pjetri",which concluded them within seven months,in line with the dateline of the project determined in the project. Thanks to beginning of the work on the part of this watersupply,there are 6 thousand inhabitants of this commune who are supplied 24 hours a day with potable water . A few days ago ,thanks to the fund of 7.2 million shillings allocated by the Austrian government,there were completed the new watersupplies for the villages Bushat,Raxe-Bushat,Kryebushat and Plesh (commune Bushat).In the meantime there are being given the finishing touches to the watersupply system of Obilike (commune of Ana e Malit),on which there have been allocated 3 million shillings.
/s.sh/dori/p.s./ -- 2001-12-15

12 projects on rural infrastructure implemented in Shkoder
SHKODER, Dec 14 (ATA)- By M. Malja Implementation of 12 projects for improvement of road infrastructure in the rural areas of Shkodra district has concluded these days. Chief of investments office in prefecture Zef Fistani told ATA that "the projects worth 51,8 million lek allocated by the state budget and Albanian Development Fund (ADF) were implemented in 10 communes of the district." According to him, the operations were carried out by 6 construction companies within 7 months according the deadlines set in projects. 7 projects for reconstruction of roads in communes of Mjede, Hajmel, Mes and so on were realised in this district last year. The operations were carried out through a financing worth 24,9 million lek out of the state budget. According to the same source, 24 projects were drafted for next year which aim at improving the rural infrastructure in particular the road one.
/s.sh/dori/sm/ -- 2001-12-14

District of Shkoder engulfed by low temperatures
SHKODER, Dec 12 (ATA) - By M.Malja: The low temperatures of recent days have been present even in Shkoder Region. Selami Dibra, specialist in the meteorologic station of the city, told ATA that "the temperatures have fallen by 6 degrees in the last two evenings". According to him, the temperatures have caused many obstacles in supply with electric-power, food articles for people and animals, especially in the remote villages, and the road axes are blocked in Iballe, Vemosh, Dukagjin and other places.
/dori/A.A/ -- 2001-12-12

Fifteen projects implemented in Shkodra to reduce unemployment
SHKODER, Dec 11 (ATA)- By M. Malja, Fifteen projects have been implemented in Shkodra during 2001 to encourage employment. According to the Director of Labor office, Pavllo Jako, the projects have aimed to increase employment in sectors such as construction, wood processing and other. Some 976 people have been hired through these projects. Sources from this office stated that "the value of the implementation of the above mentioned projects amounts to over 52 million lek". Two other projects, worth 6 million lek, are reported to commence soon, where 276 people will be employed.
/dori/so/ -- 2001-12-11

First Albanian novel
December 10, 1913, was published the first book in prose in Albanian language, "Shkodra e rrethueme" (Siege of Shkodra), written by the writer Ndoc Nikaj. It was this book that opened the way to the Albanian novel.

Shkoder: Around 7140 people work in illegal jobs
SHKODER, Dec 7 (ATA) By M.Malja: The number of the workers who employed in illegal jobs in companies and different private subjects in Shkoder district amounts to 7140. The head of the Regional Office of Labour, Pavllo Jako told ATA that the illegal job is typical of construction companies mainly, in wood processing industry, agr.food one and so on. During the current year, the Inspectorate of Labour close to this Directorate has exerted controls in 732 comapnies and private subjects and has imposed fines, which vary from 7 thousand lek to 70 thousand lek, on 132 of them. According to the same source, the number of employed in illegal jobs is estimated to greater than the above mentioned figure, as there are a lot of people who run activities which are not licensed and it is impossible controll them. Meanwhile, it is learned that the office of labour has created jobs for around 300 Shkoder girls and women in clothing industry, but so far only a few of them have been registered close to these companies. This is beacuse a part of them work illegally and receive economic assistance from the Municipality. For this purpose, the office of Labour has demanded the removal from the economic scheme of the persons who are offered jobs.
/dori/aid/ -- 2001-12-07

40% of the private subjects don't pay local taxes
Shkoder,december 6,(ATA) by M.Malja - 40% of the private subjects of Shkoder town don't pay local taxes. The man in charge of the taxes and tariffs of Shkoder townhall Ahmet Omi told to the ATA that on the basis of a check exercised on the part of the Inspectoriate and the tax office of the municipality, it came out that 40% of the private subjects of Shkodra town don't pay the local taxes. According to him,"the total sum this subjects owe to the municipality surpasses the sum of 24.5 million leke". The above sum is considered big for the budget of this municipality, and as a consequence it is obliged not to realize several projects foreseen in the field of infrastructure,education,culture and sports.The failure to pay the taxes from this part of the business community is appreciated by the heads of the tax office as a negative trend in regard to the failure to meet the obligations for the coming tax system year which begins on January 1. In order to solve the problem the municipality has asked the tax office not to register any private subject without paying first the fiscal obligations at the municipality.In the meantime, in order to urge the private sector to pay the local taxes ,the townhall council has made a decrease of several taxes which are dependent of the townhall,like that of the cleaning, property, notices etc.
/s.s./p.s./ -- 2001-12-06

Lezhe-Balldren road near completion
TIRANE, Dec. 6 (ata)- By N. Mano The works in the road Lezhe-Balldren will complete at the end of December, sources of Ministry of Transports made known. The rehabilitation of the road Lezhe-Shkoder in total costs worth 438 million lek with funds from the state budget. The axis Lezhe-Balldren is its constituent part and is some 6.2 km long. So far the main works have finished in this road axis such as: extension, the support walls, the works of art as well as the removals of the electric lines, phone lines and water-supply networks.
/a.gj/IR/ -- 2001-12-06

Sport: Soccer "Loro Borici" stadium, ready for Vllaznia-Teuta match
SHKODER, December 6 (ATA) By M.Malja: "Loro Borici" stadium in Shkoder will open its doors after 6 months. The first who will play in the new field are Vllaznia and Teuta soccer players. According to the president of Vllaznia, Myftar Cela, before the match, a show with songs and humour will be given for the spectators. The complete reconstruction of the stadium was done through the 35 million fund allocated by the sate budget, meeting the first condition required by UEFA. The secretary of Vllaznia club, Ramazan Rragani, said that othere funds promised by the federation are expected. "We have been promised by FSH (Albanian Federation) that the illumination of the stadium will be done through UEFA's funds, whereas we will wait for another fund allocated by Albanian Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sports.
/A.KE/aid/ -- 2001-12-06

30-year old who peddled narcotics arrested
SHKODER, December 4 (ATA) By M.Malja: A 30-year old from Shllak commune (Shkoder) was detained on Tuesday in "Skenderbeg" neighbourhood of Shkoder city by the regional office of the fight against drugs, as he was caught in the act while peddling narcotics. According to official sources from local police, at around 12.30 on Tuesday, the national Nike Nojza from Ndrej village of Shllak commune (Shkoder), who was peddling near the civil hospital 13 doses of heroin was detained. During the control exerted in his "Benz", an automatic rifle and two cartridge clips illegally possessed were found. Since the beginning of the current year, Shkoder police has detained 10 people, suspected of peddling narcotics and has destroyed nearly 640 thousand "cannabis sativa" narcotic plants sown in various areas of the district.
/rimi/aid -- 2001-12-04

Environmentalists demand proclamation of Shkoder lake "National Park"
SHKODER, December 3 (ATA) By M.Malja: The Shkoder lake must be protected by the state and be proclaimed a "National Park". This was the request Shkoder environmentalists presented to the Ministry of Environment on order to curb the pollution of the lake and the extinction of the seriously endangered species of this lake. In the meeting held on Monday, Shkoder environmentalists have put forward the risk that this lake becomes a polluted place, while they have presented the endangered habitats. According to the head of the regional Agency of, Viktor Jubani among the endangered species are rare kinds not only in a national scale, but in a regional one also". In the meeting, it was admitted that the situation of the fish is not known. This is because in a lot of cases the fishing is done through TNT or electric power, especially in the time and place of reproduction. The bridges of the lakes close to the city are the favourite sites for the dumping of the construction materials such as inert materials. This has made that a lot of fowls leave the Albanian side of the lake, among which the great cormorant, which is currently found only in the Montenegrin coast. The environmentalists have demanded that the Albanian state takes protection measures, as the Montenegrin part has done, which has declared the Shkoder lake a "National park" and strictly protects by law the natural values of this lake.
/dori/aid/ -- 2001-12-03

Soccer: Tomorri - Vllaznia 0-2
TIRANE, Dec 2 (ATA)-The match between the Tomori and Vllaznia teams, played on Sunday afternoon at the stadium of Berat town, ended with the victory of Shkoder players 2:0. The match was part of the 11th week of national championship.
/a.ke/lm/ -- 2001-12-02

Two fishermen drowned in Shkoder lake
SHKODER, Dec 2 (ATA)-By M. Malja, Two fishermen from Malesia e Madhe were drowned on Sunday while fishing in the Shkoder Lake waters. Official police sources report that "the event took place at around 00.30 today when the two fishermen, inhabitants of Kamice village, Melesi e Madhe, were drowned in the lake because of the big waves and of falling in the low temperature water". The police informed by inhabitants of the zone around the Lake, in cooperation with several divers coming from Durres Port, started to search the fishers' bodies. The body of one of the fisherman was found by midday while searches continue.
/rimi/lm/ -- 2001-12-02

Sport: Four best wrestlers were awarded sports prize "Paloke Nika"
SHKODER, Dec 2 (ATA)- By M. Malja The Municipal Council of Shkodra city awarded the four best wrestlers of this city the sports prize "Paloke Nika". The sports inspector in the town-hall told ATA that "at proposal of the sports club Vllaznia, the municipal council awarded in its regular meeting the talented wrestlers of Shkodra Eljaz Guri, Naim Pepa (after death) Paulin Sterkaj and Nikoll Grima the sports prize "Paloke Nika" under the motivation "For their contribution to the qualitative improvement of wrestling as well as the achievement of high results in national and international activities."
/A.KE/sm/ -- 2001-12-02

Shkoder: Show luck show 2001
Shkoder, Dec 1,(ATA) by M.Malja- The spectacle "Show luck show 2001" with the participation of the well known Shkodra singers and humorists as well as of the artists invited from the other districts of the country has been welcomed this week-end by the Shkoder artlovers. The organizers of this activity was Radio and TV Shkodra. Well known singers of the folk song and the light music like Aurela Gace,Vesel Pelingu(from Ulqin)Mukades Canga as well as humorists of the town's variety show have been the protagonists of this activity which did have in its programme various games and competitions . It was broadcasted live from TV Shkodra while it was followed by thousand viewers of this TV station in the town of Shkoder as well as in the surrounding areas. The manager of the Shkoder TV Erzen Kuperaj told to the ATA that such spectacles will be hold once in two weeks with the participation of the humorists and the best singers of the country who will be invited in these spectacles.
/f.n/p.s./ -- 2001-12-01

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