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23rd August, 2019
Kayak champions disqualified
Kayak champions Anna Kárász and Danuta Kozák were disqualified at Thursday’s 500-metre kayak event at the Olympic qualification world championship in Szeged.
23rd August, 2019
Three die when train collides with car
Three people died in a car when it collided with an international train between Kismaros and Nagymaros, Pest county, on a railway crossing Wednesday evening, police announced.
23rd August, 2019
Renowned sax player dies
Saxophone player Gyula Fekete, better known as Saxi Maxi, famous for his role in the groups Hungária and Dolly Roll, died Wednesday at the age of 67 following a protracted illness.
22nd August, 2019
Indotek renews malls in Debrecen, Szeged
Indotek Group is renewing its shopping malls in Debrecen and Szeged, Portfolio learned on Wednesday.
22nd August, 2019
Accidents up over long weekend
Police reported nearly 250 injuries in road accidents over the long holiday weekend. Ten people were killed in nine fatal traffic accidents, while 76 people sustained severe injuries and 162 others light injuries.
21st August, 2019
Soros vows to grant more funds to CEU
Hungarian-born US billionaire George Soros has pledged in a letter that he and his Open Society Foundations will increase funding for the Central European University (CEU).
21st August, 2019
Fire extinguished on Budapest roof
Fire fighters extinguished a fire that broke out on the roof of a condominium on Soroksári út in the Ninth District of Budapest on Monday.
16th August, 2019
Authorities to investigate Facebook
Information authority NAIH has launched an investigation into Facebook’s voice recording practices, it was announced on Thursday.
16th August, 2019
Wizz Air pays Ft 250mn in compensation
Wizz Air has started to pay compensation to passengers who used its Wizz Flex services, Index has learned.
16th August, 2019
Volunteers clear away Tisza litter
Volunteers collected 8-10 tons of garbage along 80km of the Tisza river in the seventh annual PET Cup.
15th August, 2019
Sziget Festival revenues drop
The number of visitors of the Sziget Festival dropped this year to some 530,000 from last year’s record attendance of 565,000, and profits will be lower as a result, Népszava reports.
15th August, 2019
Police chief resigns following scandal
A sound recording has been made public in which the chief of police in Karcag, Zoltán Teleki, tells officers not to punish doctors because then they would not get check-ups and visits without having to wait their turn.
14th August, 2019
T-Systems wins bicycle scheme bid
T-Systems Magyarország has won the task of establishing a shared bicycle-sharing scheme in Esztergom, Hungary and Stúrovo, Slovakia, two towns connected by a bridge over the Danube, it was announced on the EU public procurement website on Tuesday.
14th August, 2019
Nébih finds metal in sausage in Tesco
After a purchaser reported it, Nébih has found pieces of metal in a Kaisers brand Arany Pulyka párizsi sausage in a Tesco store, the food safety authority Nébih announced on its website on Tuesday.
14th August, 2019
Tax agents find faults in Balaton area
Tax and customs agents found irregularities in almost one out of every four enterprises during recent checks on Balaton area businesses.
13th August, 2019
Biggest drug haul in Sziget history
Police arrested two Dutch men last week as they seized the largest quantity of illegal drugs ever discovered at the Sziget Festival.
13th August, 2019
Budapest renewing parks, playgrounds
City-owned Főkert Nonprofit is renovating seven parks at a cost of more than Ft 2 billion, the Budapest park and public area maintenance company announced on Monday.
12th August, 2019
Landfill in flames by the Balaton
Fire broke out at the Királyszentistván landfill site near Lake Balaton on Saturday morning, affecting an area of more than a thousand square metres and was still burning on Sunday afternoon, Veszprém county Disaster Management reports.
12th August, 2019
Non-Hungarian EU citizens may vote
Non-Hungarian EU citizens with a Hungarian address are automatically included on the list of eligible voters for the October 13 local elections.
9th August, 2019
Panic causes stampede at Sziget
Concertgoers had to climb over bars and countertops surrounding the area as an audience of tens of thousands began to leave following Wednesday night’s Ed Sheeran show at the Sziget festival.
9th August, 2019
RegioJet trains coming to Hungary
Czech company RegioJet will extend its train service to Budapest from June 2020 as an extension of its Prague-Vienna line, the private railway operator announced on Thursday.
7th August, 2019
Sziget fest opens today
The 27th annual Sziget festival opens today with a performance by English singer Ed Sheeran, the biggest star of this year’s event.
7th August, 2019
Cabinet might buy another Munkácsy collection
The cabinet is planning to purchase another collection of paintings by 19th-century artist Mihály Munkácsy and to establish a new museum to exhibit them, it emerges from a secret proposal obtained by HVG.
6th August, 2019
Coca-Cola defends gay-positive ads
The Coca-Cola company issued a statement Monday morning defending its ad campaign advocating tolerance of gay and lesbian lifestyles.
6th August, 2019
Migrants caught at Romanian border
Romanian border police captured 38 migrants bound for Hungary near the Hungarian border, Magyar Hírlap reports.
5th August, 2019
Gov’t to build circus behind Nyugati
The land behind Budapest’s Nyugati train station is to be the site of a permanent circus, as outlined in a proposal put forward by Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler.
5th August, 2019
Domingo and son to sing in Szeged
Spanish star tenor Plácido Domingo and his son, Plácido Domingo Jr., will perform together for the first time at the opening of Szeged’s Szent Gellért Forum youth and sports centre on August 28.
2nd August, 2019
Plug-in hybrids under scrutiny
The Ministry of Innovation and Technology is working to amend the rules on which vehicles would be entitled to green license plates, Portfolio writes.
2nd August, 2019
Night flights to end over Budapest
Flights over Budapest during late night hours will be ceased, Budapest mayor István Tarlós told a press briefing on Thursday.
2nd August, 2019
Exhibition featuring posters of Vajna’s films
Posters from film producer Andy Vajna’s 42 films, as well as photographs and personal relics, are on display at an exhibition in Budapest.
1st August, 2019
Two people denied meals at transit zone
Hungarian authorities have denied meals to another two asylum seekers at the Röszke transit zone near the Serbian border, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee wrote on its Twitter page on Wednesday.
1st August, 2019
LOT to launch direct Budapest-Seoul flight
Polish airline LOT will launch direct flights from Budapest to Seoul three times a week starting September 22, CEO Rafal Milczarski announced in Budapest on Wednesday.
1st August, 2019
Wizz Air to pay Ft 250 million in compensation
Discount airline Wizz Air is to pay around Ft 250 million in compensation to passengers who have used the Wizz Flex service since 2010.
31st July, 2019
DK calls for air conditioning in hospitals
Democratic Coalition has called on the government to install air conditioning units in hospital operating rooms, intensive wards and patient rooms.
31st July, 2019
Formula One teams arrive for Grand Prix
Formula One teams are continually arriving at Mogyoród, the site of this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
30th July, 2019
Toxicologist: 800,000 alcoholics in Hungary
There are 800,000 alcoholics in Hungary, nearly one in every family, toxicologist Gábor Zacher told state television channel M1 on Monday.
30th July, 2019
Gov’t office orders inquiry on diverted flight
PMO state secretary for public services Bence Tuzson has ordered an immediate inquiry at the Capital Government Office over the diversion of a Ryanair flight, the PMO announced on Monday.
30th July, 2019
Film Marathon comes to Budapest
The connection between film and music will be at the centre of the 3rd Budapest Classical Film Marathon, where some 100 films will be screened free of charge for eight days beginning September 4.
29th July, 2019
Home sales to reach ten-year high in 2019
The number of home sales is on track to reach 175,000 this year, a ten-year high, according to real estate website ingatlan.com.
29th July, 2019
Budapest Airport gets ready for peak traffic
Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport has introduced extraordinary measures to deal with extremely high passenger traffic expected in late July and early August, the airport operator announced on Friday.
29th July, 2019
Hungarian swimmer suspected of sexual harassment
Hungarian Olympic bronze medal winner Tamás Kenderesi has been disallowed by South Korean authorities from leaving the country on suspicion of sexual harassment. The 22-year-old, who is taking part in the Gwangju world championships, was detained early Sunday morning and questioned at one of the city’s police stations following an incident at a nightclub, Reuters reports.
26th July, 2019
Self-service counters now at Auchan
There will be self-checkout counters in every Auchan store in Hungary by 2020, the retail chain has announced.
26th July, 2019
Cabinet to spend Ft 327bn on sports
The cabinet allocates Ft 327 billion to sports in next year’s budget, four times more than in the 2010 budget, and Ft 24 billion more than this year, sports state secretary Tünde Szabó told a press conference on Thursday.
26th July, 2019
Young Hungarians prefer smaller festivals
Hungarians under 30 would rather party at smaller festivals, such as the week-long Efott at Lake Velence, instead of the world famous Sziget or Balaton Sound events, according to K&H research.
25th July, 2019
Doctors leaving in smaller numbers
A total of 979 doctors and dentists asked for official certificates last year in order to be able to work abroad, and nearly 500 skilled workers also began a new life in other countries, Világgazdaság reports.
25th July, 2019
Distiller creates first Hungarian gin
Lawyer Bálint Dámosy has started up the first gin distillery in Hungary under the brand name Opera, having spotted a gap in the market.
25th July, 2019
Six dead bodies found in Danube
Rescue teams searching the Danube for the victims of the pleasure boat Hableány have in the past two months also found the bodies of six persons who did not lose their life in the May 29 disaster.
24th July, 2019
Tesco converting stores into malls
Tesco is transforming many of its largest outlets in Hungary into small shopping malls, the head of Central Europe operations Matt Simister told Magyar Nemzet in an interview.
24th July, 2019
Migrants nearly suffocated in van
The Sopron sub-county court yesterday ordered the custodial detention of a Romanian man who transported 16 illegal immigrants in his goods delivery ban on Sunday.
24th July, 2019
Budapest rents keep increasing
Rents in Budapest’s outer districts are catching up with those in the more central districts, according to Balla Real Estate.
23rd July, 2019
Downtown bar robbers charged
The manager of a downtown bar, along with a bartender and three regular customers have been charged with systematically doping and robbing customers three years ago, prosecutors announced on Monday.
23rd July, 2019
Festival received Ft 200mn to show Orbán videos
Festival organiser Sziget was paid Ft 207.5 million by a state institution to show videos of Viktor Orbán’s speeches from 1989 on giant screens during this summer’s Balaton Sound and Volt summer festivals, website g7 reports.
23rd July, 2019
Hosszú wins fourth medley world title
Swimming star Katinka Hosszú won her fourth consecutive world title in the 200-metre medley event at the Gwangju world swimming championships on Monday.
22nd July, 2019
Half of police consider resigning
Nearly one in two law enforcement officials are thinking of resigning, even as trade union data indicates that the services are already under-staffed.
22nd July, 2019
Áder giving money to green start-ups
President János Áder’s foundation, Kék Bolygó (“Blue Planet”), has set up an investment firm that will support project ideas promoting environmentally conscious farming and climate protection, Magyar Narancs reports.
19th July, 2019
28,000 Hungarians apply for residence permit in UK
More than 900,000 foreign EU citizens, including nearly 28,000 Hungarians, have applied for residence status to the British authorities, the UK government reports.
19th July, 2019
Orbán on cheap flight, no bodyguards
Viktor Orbán took a Wizz Air flight from Milan to Budapest on Monday, HVG reports, based on a reader’s account.
19th July, 2019
Red Cross helps storm victims
The Hungarian Red Cross is giving out food, sanitary packages and building materials to the victims of recent extreme storms in Szabolcs county, it was announced on Thursday.
18th July, 2019
Szijjártó opposes care for migrants
It is unacceptable to propose that UN member states should provide the same healthcare to illegal immigrants as to their resident citizens, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó declared at Wednesday’s sitting of the UN Economic and Social Council.
18th July, 2019
Flydubai postpones launch of Budapest flights
Flydubai airlines has postponed the launch of its flights to Budapest planned for October 1, due to the grounding of its fleet of Boeing 737 Max aircraft, website Arabian Business reports.
18th July, 2019
Tímea Vajna inherits fortune
According to official papers, the widow of Andy Vajna, Tímea Vajna is the inheritor of the late film producer’s estimated Ft 50-100 billion fortune, but the situation is not clear-cut.
17th July, 2019
Lázár offers rides in a new Lada
Former Prime Minister’s Office leader and Hódmezővásárhely mayor János Lázár has invited members of the public to share a ride with him in a new Lada vehicle and discuss current issues.
17th July, 2019
Spanish chain opens Budapest hotel
The four-star Barceló Budapest hotel has opened following a Ft 15 billion investment, it was announced on Tuesday.
16th July, 2019
Apple’s Wozniak to visit Hungary
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple with Steve Jobs, is to be a guest speaker at the Novathon conference on October 30 organised by CIB bank and its parent company Intesa Sanpaolo in Budapest.
16th July, 2019
Serb caught with Ft 40mn in drugs and weapons
Police announced the capture in Budapest of a Serbian man with Ft 40 million worth of drugs and weapons.
15th July, 2019
Home sales drop as households wait
Home sales in Hungary were down 20% year-on-year to 10,542 in June, property broker chain Duna House announced on Friday.
15th July, 2019
Bock invests in expansion product
The Bock Winery will invest Ft 1.6 billion by the end of 2020 to expand its portfolio, bringing new premium quality wine and grape juice to the market as well as cold-dried fruit products, the Villány-based company announced.
15th July, 2019
Mild earthquake rattles Biatorbágy
An earthquake of 2.4 magnitude occurred in the Biatorbágy area, 25km west of Budapest at 2.41 p.m. Saturday, the Kövesligethy Radó Seismology Observatory reported.
12th July, 2019
V-Tel launches mobile service
After years of preparation, V-Telecom Hungary (V-Tel) launched its mobile services on July 1, the company announced on Thursday.
12th July, 2019
50 border guards convicted
The Military Council of the Capital Court has convicted 50 of 51 border police at Záhony who were accused of accepting bribes on the job as part of a criminal organisation.
12th July, 2019
Romanian actor to play Orbán in film
Romanian actor Radu Banzaru will play Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in a movie about German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
11th July, 2019
Hungary leads EU in property price rise
Hungary is experiencing the most drastic rise in real estate prices in the whole of the EU, according to Eurostat data.
11th July, 2019
Ancient king’s original burial place found
Archaeologists believe they have found the original burial place of 11th-century King Péter Orseolo in the crypt of Pécs cathedral, during excavations of recent months, it was announced on Wednesday.
11th July, 2019
Tarlós opens swimming complex
Budapest mayor István Tarlós on Wednesday opened the spa and swimming complex in Pesterzsébet, Budapest’s 20th District, renovated at a cost of more than Ft 3 billion.
10th July, 2019
Hungarians visit banks less frequently
Customers are visiting bank branches less frequently and fewer transactions are carried out there as more services have become available in electronic form, Világgazdaság writes.
10th July, 2019
Index reporter banned from Parliament
Index journalist Tamás Fábián was banned from entering Parliament until the end of the year on Tuesday, because of an interview he conducted in a corridor.
10th July, 2019
Greenpeace objects to plastic bags
Greenpeace activists installed statues of whales trapped in plastic and other waste products outside Parliament on Kossuth tér on Tuesday to draw attention to the problem of worldwide plastic pollution.
9th July, 2019
Volánbusz recruiting with special bus
State coach company Volánbusz will tour summer festivals with a special bus equipped with a driving simulator, to recruit potential employees.
9th July, 2019
City’s longest tram line completed
The new 1.7km section of Budapest’s No. 1 tram line linking Fehérvári út and Etele tér is to be officially opened today.
9th July, 2019
Four Hungarian universities in top 200
Semmelweis University has been ranked 41st in Europe in terms of teaching and learning environment by Times Higher Education, it was announced yesterday.
8th July, 2019
Ft 260bn for tourism projects
Development funds available for tourism under the Széchenyi 2020 program in the current EU’s 2014-20 budget cycle will reach Ft 260 billion, Innovation and Technology Ministry state secretary Tamás Schanda said on Friday.
8th July, 2019
Body of Hableány victim recovered
The body of a 27th victim of the Hableány boating disaster was found in the Danube near Makád, 50km south of Budapest, on Friday.
8th July, 2019
National Theatre generates Ft 150mn in losses
The National Theatre, run by Attila Vidnyánszky, closed last year with a Ft 150 million loss, although it received nearly Ft 2 billion in state funds, HVG reports.
5th July, 2019
Szijjártó opens consulate in Vancouver
Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó opened Hungary’s westernmost permanent consulate in Vancouver, Canada on Thursday.
5th July, 2019
Police bans anti-Pride demo
Police have banned a counter-demonstration by Mi Hazánk that the far-right party planned to hold this Saturday during the Budapest Pride parade.
5th July, 2019
Kertész exhibition opens at museum
An exhibition of photographs, letters, postcards, documents and interviews with photographer André Kertész opened at the Petőfi Literary Museum on Wednesday.
4th July, 2019
Ogreco to launch e-scooter sharing service
Hungarian-owned Ogreco will launch its electronic scooter sharing service next week with a fleet of 100 in downtown Budapest, the company told state news agency MTI.
4th July, 2019
Nébih launches campaign against food waste
The food safety organisation Nébih launched an awareness campaign against the waste of vegetables and fruits, it announced on Wednesday.
4th July, 2019
Bridge open to pedestrians in July
Szabadság híd in Budapest will be open to pedestrians on weekends in July, the Budapest transport centre BKK said in a statement on Wednesday.
3rd July, 2019
DriveNow to reach Budapest airport
Liszt Ferenc International Airport will be accessible to drivers using Hungary’s car sharing service DriveNow from July 1, the company has announced.
3rd July, 2019
Physicians start returning home – Kásler
The number of Hungarian physicians working abroad has decreased, Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler told a press briefing on Tuesday, adding that the negative trend experienced before 2010 has now passed.
2nd July, 2019
NKM ends free e-car supercharging
NKM Mobilitás, a member of the state utility group NKM, will begin charging Ft 50 per minute for using its electric car super chargers on July 1, the state-owned company announced on Monday.
2nd July, 2019
Man driven around for 5 hours after heart op
A man with heart disease who had just undergone an operation was driven around in a car for five hours, one of the man’s relatives reported on a Facebook page.
2nd July, 2019
Average heat record broken in June
Hungary experienced record high temperatures in June, the National Weather Service announced on its website on Monday.
1st July, 2019
MNB fines MagNet Bank
MNB has fined MagNet Bank Ft 19 million for infractions it has made since January 2014, the financial supervisory announced on Friday.
1st July, 2019
Outpatient clinics and pharmacies closed Monday
Outpatient clinics and pharmacies will remain closed on Monday, July 1 to mark the birthday of physician Ignác Semmelweis, known as the “saviour of mothers”.
1st July, 2019
Over 9,000 people swim across Lake Balaton
Some 9,724 people swam across Lake Balaton on Saturday for the 37th annual Lidl Balaton Cross Swimming event.
28th June, 2019
Surrealist exhibition opens in Buda
A large-scale exhibition presenting the Surrealist movement in nearly 120 paintings, graphic designs, sculptures, photographs, films and documents opened at the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest on Thursday.
28th June, 2019
Hungary to host Fed Cup tournaments over 3 years
Budapest will be the first city to host the women’s world team tennis Fed Cup tournament in its new format next year, it was announced at London’s Queen’s Tennis Club on Thursday.
27th June, 2019
Drive Now starts services on July 1
Drive Now is launching its services in Budapest on July 1, the premium car-sharing company announced on Wednesday.
27th June, 2019
Hungarians comfortable with cash
Some 46% of Hungarians are cash users by habit although they are aware of available electronic payment options, the Association of Electronic Payment Service Providers found in a survey.
27th June, 2019
Government paving unpaved roads
Some 45km of unpaved road in Budapest will be paved by the end of the year, ministerial commissioner Kristóf Szatmáry said on Wednesday.
26th June, 2019
Casinos earn more, pay less tax
Revenues of Hungary’s casinos rose by more than Ft 6 billion last year to Ft 38.7 billion, boosting their post-tax profit by nearly Ft 3 billion to Ft 11.6 billion.
26th June, 2019
MKKP bus stop destroyed
A bus stop built by the Two-Tailed Dog Party (MKKP) in Szombathely from public donations has been pulled down by unknown persons in the middle of the night, shortly before it was to be formally approved.

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