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  • HCIP annual inflation rate same as last year

    The annual rate of inflation last month as measured by the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices stood at 1.4 per cent. The National Statistics Office said this was the same as the annual rate a year earlier. The main upward impacts were brought...

  • ‘Halt development near Ta’ Ħaġrat’

    Environment groups Flimkien Għal Ambjent Aħjar and Ramblers have called on the authorities to halt the development of a villa close to the Unesco-protected Ta’ Ħaġrat temples in Mġarr. The organisations said Malta’s rich built heritage was under...

  • Agreement to discuss issues reached between MUMN, health authorities

    Agreement has been reached between the Health Division and the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses that long standing disputes at Gozo General, Mater Dei and Boffa hospitals should be discussed. The union said that, as a result, it was calling off...

  • Deposits with resident monetary financial institutions

    Deposits belonging to residents of Malta and held with resident monetary financial institutions (MFI) expanded by €220.6 million, or 2.3 per cent, the Central Bank said. Consequently, the annual growth rate rose to 10.1 per cent, from 8.8 per cent...

  • Libyan students protest outside Ta' Giorni Institute

    Some 30 students of the Libyan Institute at Ta’ Giorni are holding a peaceful protest outside the institute this morning because they were not granted an extension to continue their studies. The students said they took a six-month study course at...

  • Parishioners ignore Curia on procession

    Mġarr parishioners yesterday defied the orders of the Curia and their new parish priest to go ahead with a procession that included five statues and countless actors. According to a ruling handed down by the Curia on March 28, the procession could...

  • Soprano sings for breast cancer aid

    Breast cancer kills and only research can prevent it. With this in mind, two organisations working to beat breast cancer have joined forces to organise a concert to bring in funds to help raise more awareness and conduct research on the...

  • Unemployed running after ‘phantom jobs’

    Almost half of those on the unemployment register are seeking jobs that do not exist, according to the head of the government’s employment agency. As a result, hundreds are “stuck” on the unemployment register. Employment and Training Corporation...

  • Press digest

    The following are the top stories in the national and international press today. Times of Malta quotes Prime Minister Joseph Muscat saying that the decriminalisation of minor drug-related offences is next on the list following the introduction of...

  • Unemployed running after ‘phantom jobs’

    Almost half of those on the unemployment register are seeking jobs that do not exist, according to the head of the government’s employment agency. As a result, hundreds are “stuck” on the unemployment register. Employment and Training Corporation...

  • Parishioners ignore Curia on procession

    Mġarr parishioners yesterday defied the orders of the Curia and their new parish priest to go ahead with a procession that included five statues and countless actors. According to a ruling handed down by the Curia on March 28, the procession could...

  • Escaped migrant sent back to Malta from Denmark

    The mother of a three-month-old baby girl has been given a suspended jail term after admitting leaving the island illegally and making it to Denmark before being returned to Malta. Jemila Nuru, 26, pleaded guilty to leaving the island without the...

  • 10 migrants repatriated

    Ten migrants have been repatriated to Accra, Ghana. The repatriation was made on an Air Malta aircraft, with most of the costs being funded by the EU. The migrants had been refused asylum. They were repatriated under heavy escort. Prime Minister...

  • Policewoman assaulted at Mt Carmel Hospital

    A policewoman has been hospitalised after being assaulted by a foreign woman in the Forensic Unit of Mt Carmel Hospital. The incident happened at about 7 p.m. The incident developed when the officer stepped in to stop a fight. Her injuries are not...

  • Billboards policy under review

    Transport Malta is reviewing the legal framework regulating the placing of billboards. Transport Minister Joe Mizzi was replying to a parliamentary question by Nationalist MP Toni Bezzina, who had referred to a report in The Sunday Times of Malta...

  • Audit Office finds wide divergences in Wasteserv project spending

    The National Audit Office (NAO) has reported wide variations in cost estimates and actual spending on projects by Wasteserv Malta between 2006 and 2012. The report, entitled ‘An Analysis of Wasteserv Malta Limited’s Procurement: A Case Study...

  • Muscat: Next is decriminalisation of drugs in certain circumstances

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat this afternoon hailed the introduction of civil unions and said that next on the list would be the decriminalisation of some drugs when in small amounts and for first time offenders. Speaking at a Labour Party press...

  • Man admits sexually assaulting two girls, sentencing postponed at his request

    A Libyan man following a vocational course in Malta has admitted in court to sexually assaulting two 17-year-old girls, harassing them and offending public morals. Farhat Fethalla, 41, who lives at Ta’ Giorni, admitted to the charges but asked for...

  • Updated - Banning gay adoptions would have been unconstitutional - Labour MP

    Keeping gay adoptions out of the Civil Unions Bill would have made the law on adoptions unconstitutional, Labour MP Deborah Schembri said today. In a statement, she noted that within minutes of approving the Civil Unions Bill yesterday, the House...

  • Inmates put on show for victim support

    Inmates are all set to perform in tonight’s first live Cenacle to be held at the prison through which, in another first, they will raise money for Victim Support Malta. The initiative is the first collaboration between prison inmates and the NGO...

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