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  • First Time Ever that All Inmates of Dancing Bears Park Go into Hibernation

    January 20 (BTA) - For the first time ever, all the bears in the Dancing Bears Park in Belitsa have gone into hibernation. The sanctuary was opened in 1999. Nasko and Monty, the last two to succumb to sleep, have been denning for a few days.

  • BTA's Exhibition of Famous "Bulgarian Czechs" Unveiled in Prague

    January 20 (BTA) - A documentary exhibition of famous 'Bulgarian' Czechs in Bulgaria's Post-liberation History was unveiled at the National Library of the Czech Republic in Prague Thursday evening. The exhibition is staged by the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA) with the support of th...

  • Small Distilleries' Production Increased to 1,000 Litres Annually

    January 18 (BTA) - Bulgaria's Parliament Wednesday conclusively amended the Excise Duties and Tax Warehouses Act, re-establishing the pre-2015 rules for specialized small distilleries.

  • Mid-Winter Census Counts 700,000 Water Birds

    January 18 (BTA) - Preliminary data from the 41st mid-winter census of water birds conducted from January 13 to 15 revealed some of the highest numbers registered in recent years. Over 400,000 large white-fronted geese and about 44,000 of the worldwide endangered red-breasted gee...

  • Six New Year-Round Air Services Open from Varna Airport in 2017

    January 18 (BTA) - This year Varna Airport will open six new year-round air services, Fraport Twin Star Airport Management, which operates the airports in Varna and nearby Bourgas, said in a press release Wednesday. Regular flights start in the summer to Dortmund and Munich Memmi...

  • Bulgarian Christmas Charity Campaign Raises Lv 2,590,000 in 2016/2017

    January 17 (BTA) - The Bulgarian Christmas charity campaign is expected to have collected 2,590,000 leva for 2016/2017, according to figures released by the presidential institution at a news conference here on Tuesday. This is the largest amount for the last five years, said the...

  • Bulgarian Pink Tomato Applies for Protection under European Quality Schemes

    December 30 (BTA) - The Kurtovo pink tomato will be one of the 30 products part of the campaign titled "Protect Bulgarian Taste". The main objective of the campaign is to inform more Bulgarian producers about the opportunities for applying under the European mechanism in support ...

  • Experts Call for Sparing Justice for Victims in Cases Involving Children

    December 24 (BTA) - Experts of the Social Activities and Practice Institute (SAPI) insist that there should be sparing justice procedures for crime victims, particularly in cases involving vulnerable groups such as children. Speaking to the press, they said it is important for Bu...

  • Thirty Bulgarian Products to Apply for EU Quality Logos

    December 19 (BTA) - Thirty Bulgarian products will apply for protection under the EU schemes of geographical indications as part of a campaign promoting the authentic taste of local products, Momchil Nekov MEP, who launched the campaign, told a BTA-hosted news conference.

  • Surveys Show Increasing Environmental Awareness In Bulgaria

    December 19 (BTA) - An increasing number of people are showing environmental awareness in respect to the use of plastic bags, two surveys of the Exacta agency show. The surveys were made at the beginning and the end of 2016 and were commissioned by the Ministry of Environment and...

  • Initiative Launched to Promote Northwestern Town of Svoge as Extreme Sport Destination

    December 16 (BTA) - The Town Hall of the northwestern town of Svoge, aided by Ivan Kristoff who is an aviator, rescue worker, and rope access expert in vertical and aerial operations, dubbed Spiderman, launch a platform to promote Svoge as a tourist destination for extreme sports...

  • Monument of Cyrillic Writing to Be Erected in Antarctica

    December 15 (BTA) - A monument to the Cyrillic writing will be erected in Antarctica near the Bulgarian base there. The initiative was announced at a BTA-hosted news conference on Thursday by prominent archaeologist Nikolai Ovcharov, Antarctic scholar Hristo Pimpirev, Mongolian A...

  • Bulgaria's First Central Heating System with Thermal Water Launched in Straldzha

    December 14 (BTA) - Bulgaria's first central heating system with thermal water has just become operational in Straldzha. The launch of the system was announced by Mayor Atanas Kirov. Two schools and two kindergartens in the town are heated entirely with hot water from a nearby sp...

  • Electronic Register Presents Monuments, Sights in Sofia

    December 14 (BTA) - Sofia already has an electronic register of monuments of culture and tourist sights. The register, unveiled on Wednesday by Sofia Deputy Mayor in charge of culture and education Todor Chobanov and head of the Sofia Regional History Museum Nadezhda Kirova-Yovch...

  • Marijuana Use in Bulgaria Is Nearly Epidemic, Expert Alerts

    December 12 (BTA) - The use of marijuana in Bulgaria is assuming nearly epidemic proportions, and the use of amphetamines has increased in the past year, Associate Prof. Vassil Atanassov of the largest specialized toxicological laboratory in the country at the Military Medical Ac...

  • Sofia Public Transport to Have New Ticketing System

    December 9 (BTA) - The Sofia Centre for Urban Mobility, which manages public transportation in the capital, has drawn up a new plan to renovate the public transportation system. The new system will again have a combined fare for more than one means of transport, and will make it ...

  • Koprivshtitsa Folk Festival Selected for UNESCO's Register of Best Safeguarding Practices

    December 2 (BTA) - The Folklore Festival in Koprivshtitsa has been selected for UNESCO's register of best safeguarding practices, said the Culture Ministry on Friday. This happened during the 11th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible C...

  • HIV-Positive Cases in Bulgaria Number 2,460

    November 30 (BTA) - There are 2,460 people living with HIV in Bulgaria, with 193 new cases found so far this year, the Health Ministry said ahead of December 1, marked as World AIDS Day. Of the newly registered HIV-positive cases, 88 per cent were infected through sexual conta...

  • Newly-discovered Inscription Dates Construction of Plovdiv Ancient Theatre A Century Earlier

    November 28 (BTA) - A newly-discovered inscription dates the construction of the ancient theatre in Plovdiv in the 90s of the 1st century AD, and not in 116-117 AD, as it was thought so far, Plovdiv Mayor Ivan Totev told journalists Monday. Totev was accompanied by archaeologist ...

  • Sofia International Women's Club Organizes Its 22nd Christmas Charity Bazaar

    November 28 (BTA) - The International Women's Club Sofia (IWC) is preparing the 22nd edition of its annual Christmas charity bazaar. The event is due on December 4 and will feature over 60 world cultures. The Bazaar offer countries a chance to showcase handmade crafts, clothes...