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City Hall’s investments, Mayor inspected work for reconstruction of ‘Siri Kodra’ school

Tirana’s Mayor, Erion Veliaj today inspected work for the reconstruction of the ‘Siri Kodra’ school, where he reconfirmed that the City Hall will complete the reconstruction of educational institutions before the beginning of the new school year. During the inspection, …

Gas stations, City Hall has blocked 15 businesses without licenses

Tirana’s city hall continues with its operation to block gas stations operating illegally, that is, without licenses and necessary documents, along with the operators that have not paid their local taxes. The city hall blocked 24 gas stations in the …

Loans for consumption, bank of Albania: An increase of 5.7% in the second quarter

According to the Bank of Albania, in the past three months Albanian people have  mostly taken loans to cover their daily consumption. According to the data, loans for individuals have increased by 2.1 billion lek, more than when compared to …

‘IMSI Catcher’, Court rejects prosecution’s request for computer data

Tirana’s court today rejected the request by the prosecution to take data found on some equipment seized from the office of the State Police Director and the IT expert. The presiding judge considered the prosecution’s request to be unfounded. The …

Deliberate fires, 35 people are being investigated by prosecution

Prosecutors have launched investigations regarding 35 individual, all accused of committing arson. 12 people were arrested; a further 19 are being investigated while free, while another 4 have active warrants for their arrest. According to police, some of the main …

Fires in Diber, Prefect calls on local police to arrest arsonists

Dibra has been one of the areas most affected by fires this summer. Dibra’s Prefect told Ora News that many of the infernos in the area resulted from deliberate actions by citizens. The prefect blames irresponsible shepherds who, in an …

Fires in Albania, 5 blazes the past 24 hours

The Civil Emergency Service has reported 5 new fires in the past 24 hours. Affected areas include Tiranë, Korçë, Vlorë and Gjirokastër. 50 firefighting teams with 7 vehicles, 60 military forces, and 48 employees of the forests directory and city …

Big ring road, Tirana’s Mayor announces it will open by September

Tirana’s mayor, Erion Veliaj announced today that the big ring road will open in September.   As the mayor inspected the work that the City Hall has begun for the reconstruction of the big ring road, Mr. Veliaj advised that …

Viruses on summer days, Infections, heat stroke are the most common problems

Respiratory infections, food poisoning, fever, heat stroke and dehydration are all more than common during these hot summer days.   According to data from Tirana’s hospital, around 90-100 people with such symptoms visit the emergency room each day.   Doctors …

Nothing new from Kosovo, Fifth plenary session failed to elect the Assembly Speaker

Kosovo’s parliament failed for the fifth time to elect a new assembly speaker and vice speakers, because they lack the necessary quorum.   The representatives from the parties the Democratic Party of Kosovo, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo …

Reactions on road accident, DP: Prosecutor & Assembly Speaker to remove MP’s immunity

The Democratic Party has again reacted to the road accident involving the PJIU MP.   The Democratic Party is asking the Prosecutor General and Assembly Speaker to remove the MP’s immunity and to start a thorough investigation into the PJIU’s …

PJIU MP on road accident, Aqif Rakipi: I was not driving at high speeds

The MP of the Party for Justice, Integrity and Unity, Aqif Rakipi, who crushed a pedestrian to death with his vehicle in the early hours of Saturday, has denied all accusations against him.   In a communication with Ora News, …

Fires in Albania, Situation has improved, 5 blazes in past 24 hours

The Civil Emergency Service has reported 5 new fires in the past 24 hours. Affected areas include Korçë, Vlorë, Shkodër, Lezhë and Dibër.   The recent rainfall has been somewhat of a saving-grace, seemingly improving the fire situation significantly across …

Tourist season,High number of tourists at Morina’s border point

A significant number of tourists have crossed Morina’s border point in Kukës again this morning and last night.   Just today, Albanian Border Police have already welcomed 40,000 citizens in 20,000 vehicles from Kosovo, through the Morina border point.   …

Electronic bracelets,Ministry of Justice asks for dismissal of its secretary general

At the conclusion of the administrative investigation regarding the electronic ankle monitoring bracelets, the Ministry has found violations of law by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice, who is currently suspended from duty.   According to the minister, …

PJIU’s MP accident,DP suspicious of manipulation of evidence

The Democratic Party has reacted to the road accident involving the MP from the PJIU, which caused the death of a pedestrian.   Through a statement issued to the media, the Democratic Party says that the event is being hidden …

Road accident, PJIU MP hit a pedestrian by his vehicle, causing his death

An MP from the Party for Justice, Integrity and Unity, Aqif Rakipi was involved in a road accident in the early hours of this morning on the Vorë-Tiranë road.   The PJIU MP hit a 54 year old person with …

Fires in Albania,8 blazes erupted in the past 24 hours

The Civil Emergency Service has reported 8 new fires in the past 24 hours. Affected areas include Tiranë, Dibër, Durrës, Vlorë and Gjirokastër.   75 fire-fighting teams, assisted by 13 firefighting vehicles, 100 military forces, helicopters, dozens of volunteers and …

‘National Arena’, Mayor Veliaj inspects work on the new stadium of Tirane

Tirana’s Mayor, Erion Veliaj inspected work for the construction of the “National Arena” stadium in the capital, and declared that work is going ahead at a rapid pace. The stadium will be ready and welcoming both athletes and fans within …

Blocking of gas stations, 20 subjects apply for licensing as City Hall begins checks

After the declaration by the Chief of the Emergency Service regarding earthquakes, the experts from the Institute of Geosciences responded by advising that earthquakes cannot always be predicted. According to the experts, there is a probability that earthquakes can happen …

Muslim believers on fires, Tirana’s Mufti calls on Muslims & citizens to join the operations

Muslim believers have responded positively to the call of the firefighting service to be part of volunteer operations to extinguish flames all around the country. Some Muslim believers participated in an operation in the Pezë area, working together with firefighting …

Battle with the flames, Viva helicopters and helicopters from Greece come to aid

Helicopters from the Viva Company continue with the operation to extinguish fires all around the country. Aiding firefighting teams and military forces that are battling with the flames, Viva helicopters have resumed operations in the south of the country, including …

Fires in Albania, 19 blazes erupted in the past 24 hours

The Civil Emergency Service has reported 19 new fires in the past 24 hours. Affected areas include Tiranë, Dibër, Elbasan, Vlorë and Gjirokastër. 124 fire-fighting teams, assisted by 22 firefighting vehicles, 110 military forces, helicopters, dozens of volunteers and employees …

Situation in Kosovo, parliament once again failed to elect assembly speaker

Kosovo’s parliament once again failed to elect a new assembly speaker and vice speakers, because of lacking the necessary quorum. The representatives from the parties the Democratic Party of Kosovo, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo and the PAN …

Dereliction of duty, SSA files a lawsuit against officials of Roskovec City Hall

The State Supreme Audit Commission has filed a lawsuit to prosecute four directors and 2 persons responsible of individual sectors at the Roskovec City Hall. The SSA accuses the officials of dereliction of duty and determined that the economic damage …

Unlicensed gas stations, City Hall started today with document checks

Tirana’s City Hall has begun its operation to check that gas stations are operating with all necessary documents and licenses. The Vice Mayor declared that there will be zero tolerance for violators of the law, and that administrative measures including …

Risk from earthquakes, Chief of Emergency Service warns of earthquakes by end of year

The Chief of the Emergency Service, Mr. Prençi held a meeting with Tirana’s Prefect and Firefighting Service to discuss the fire situation. The Chief of the Emergency Service declared that the country is also at risk from earthquakes and floods. …

Fire in Diber, situation continues to be problematic in Ulëz

The administrative unit of Ulëz, in Dibra, continues to be one of the most problematic areas and most at risk of fire. This morning, a large fire posed a significant risk to local houses. Dozens of hectares of pines were …

Fires in Albania, head of emergency service: 600 fires in three months

Albania is ranked among the countries with the highest number of fires this Summer. The Chief of the Civil Emergency Service has announced that there have been 600 fires registered in the past three months, burning thousands of hectares of …

PM on fires, Rama: We are handling the situation with success

Through a posting on his facebook page, Prime Minister Edi Rama has declared that the fire situation will continue to be problematic over the coming days. The Prime Minister informs that state’s capacity to face such situations is inadequate, but …

Fires in Albania, 13 blazes erupted in past 24 hours

The Civil Emergency Service has reported 13 new fires in the past 24 hours. Affected areas include Dibër, Lezhë, Tiranë, Elbasan, Fier, Durrës, Gjirokastër and Berat. 128 fire-fighting teams, assisted by 21 firefighting vehicles, 215 military forces, helicopters, dozens of …

Fires in Dibra areas, Problematic situation in Bulqizë, Viva helicopters come to aid

The fire situation is problematic in Mat, Klos, and Bulqizë, where there are still active blazes. Dibra’s prefect told Ora News that firefighting teams are engaged to extinguish the flames, adding that the fires are not risking nearby houses. Volunteer …

Electronic bracelets, bracelets will now to be administered by Probation Service

Recently, there has been a debate about the ankle bracelets used to electronically monitor the movement of persons under house arrest or on probation. The Minister of Justice has asked that the probation service administer the electronic bracelets, and not …

Unlicensed gas stations, City Hall will check for necessary documents and licenses

Gas stations without a license will no longer be allowed to operate in the capital. Tirana’s City Hall reported today that it will launch an operation for blocking all gas stations that exercise their activity without relevant licenses and necessary …

Tourist season, 26,000 people enter Albania via Port of Vlora since July

Since the beginning of July, around 26,000 people have entered Albania through the port of Vlora. The data has been confirmed by the Chief of Marketing at the Port of Vlora, who says that 30% of arrivals are foreigners, mainly …

Summer camp for the disabled, Archbishop Angelo Massafra praises initiative

A summer camp for disabled youth has been set up in Velipojë, giving the opportunity to be integrated into daily life and enjoy the tourist area of Velipoja. Shkodra’s archbishop, Angelo Massafra and the Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature of …

Fires in Albania, 14 blazes erupted in 24 past hours

The Civil Emergency Service has reported 14 new fires in the past 24 hours. Affected areas include Diber, Tirane, Berat, Lezhe, Elbasan, Fier, Durres and Korçë. 98 fire-fighting teams, assisted by 13 firefighting vehicles, 140 military forces and some helicopters, …

Hot weather, Temperatures to exceed 40 degrees Celsius this week

You might not be surprised to hear that the extremely high temperatures will continue this week; the entire country to be swept with hot weather. This situation is not only affecting Albania, but the entire Balkan region. The Institute of …

German model, a group of DP MPs will be trained by German MPs

The need for a strong and qualitative opposition has made the Democratic Party chairman, Lulzim Basha ask for some experienced German assistance. Sources told Ora News that the DP chairman has asked the German Foundation “Konrad Adenaur” to organize a …

US state department’s report, Iranian terrorism has arrived in Albania

The US State Department has publicized its report on Terrorism in 2016, noting that Iranian terrorism has arrived in Albania. The report mentions Albania, not as a supportive country, but as a target of terrorism. According to this report, our …

State supreme audit, SSA files a lawsuit against two former directors for violations

The State Supreme Audit Commission has filed a lawsuit against two former Directors and two former Specialists from the Local Commission for the Verification of Property Titles in Lezhë. According to the report drafted by the State Supreme Audit, the …

City hall’s investment in schools, Mayor vows to construct 20 schools by end of mandate

The City Hall continues with its investments in Tirana’s schools. The ‘Hoxha Tahsin’ school will be ready by September to welcome 1,000 students from the capital. Also, three other schools are being reconstructed in order to be completed by September. …

Fire situation, Minister of Defense advises situation is difficult

The Minister of Defense, Mimi Kodheli today discussed the difficulties in coping with the fire situation in the country, due to the hot weather and drought. During a press conference, the Minister of Defense gave information on the missions undertaken …

Fires in Albania, 9 blazes erupted in past 24 hours, fire in Dukat now extinguished

The Civil Emergency Service has reported 9 new fires in the past 24 hours. Affected areas include Dibër, Vlorë, Elbasan, Berat, Durrës and Tiranë. The fire-fighting teams, assisted by firefighting vehicles, military forces and some helicopters, have all been battling …

Gas explosion in Velipoje, Son of restaurant owner also dies due to severe burns

The death toll caused by the explosion, which occurred several days ago at a restaurant in Velipojë, has now risen to two. The explosion, caused by gas leaking from a tank with a capacity of 1000L, has caused the death …

City hall’s investments, Mayor inspects completed work at kindergarten 17

Tirana’s City Hall continues with its investments in the capital’s kindergartens. Today, the mayor visited the reconstructed kindergarten 17, belonging to administrative unit number 7. The City Hall has completed the reconstruction of the kindergarten, which will welcome around 120 …

Center of albanian studies, Race for the selection of a new director has sparked debate

The Minister of Education has announced the opening of the application process, in order to select the new Director of the Albanology Study Centre. The former director of the center resigned last year, and since that time, the position has …

Vanity fair on Albania, Italian magazine praises Tirana, Albanian beaches & delicious food

The world’s most popular magazines are dedicating more and more of their pages to informing their reader base about Albania, especially about the currently transforming Tirana! The prestigious Italian magazine, Vanity Fair, has written an article about the changes the …

City hall’s investments, Mayor inspects work for reconstruction of ‘Zogu i Zi’

Tirana’s city hall will rehabilitate the roundabout at the ‘Zogu i Zi’ area, a project that is expected to be completed by the beginning of September. Tirana’s Mayor, Erion Veliaj inspected the work today and explained the new project. “This …

Albanian economy, Moody’s affirms Albania’s B1 rating, maintaining stable outlook

Moody’s Investors Service, or “Moody’s”, has today affirmed the Government of Albania’s B1 long-term foreign and local currency issuer ratings and the B1 foreign currency senior unsecured rating, with the outlook remaining stable. The decision to affirm Albania’s credit rating …

Summer season, high number of tourists at Morina’s border point

A significant number of tourists have crossed Morina’s border point in Kukës this morning and last night. Just today, Albanian Border Police have already welcomed 11,000 citizens from Kosovo through the Morina border point. Thousands of vehicles and buses from …

Fires in Albania, 15 blazes in past 24 hours, helicopters from Greece come to aid

The Civil Emergency Service has reported 15 new fires in the past 24 hours. Affected areas include Tirane, Vlorë, Durrës, Elbasan, Korçë, Gjirokastër, Dibër, and Lezhë. 125 fire-fighting teams, assisted by firefighting vehicles, 160 military forces and some helicopters, have …

New parliamentary session , DP chairman to elect members of DP for parliamentary bodies

Even though autumn will see the Democratic Party will focus its attention on an analysis over the loss in parliamentary elections on June 25, DP chairman Lulzim Basha is thinking about who will represent the Democratic Party in parliamentary bodies. …

Traveling to EU countries, State Police director issued new exit rules to be followed

Albania has strengthened its exit requirements at border points, for anyone travelling to a country within the European Union. Sources told Ora News that the Director of State Police, Haki Çako has issued an order to be implemented at all …

Fires in Albania, 15 blazes in past 24 hours, situation continues to be problematic

The Civil Emergency Service have reported 15 new fires in the past 24 hours, in areas across the country such as Tiranë, Vlorë, Dibër, Elbasan, Shkodër, Fier, Berat and Lezha. 109 fire-fighting teams, assisted by 24 firefighting vehicles, 90 military …

Fires’ situation, Minister of Interior held a meeting with President Ilir Meta

The Minister of Interior, Dritan Demiraj, held a meeting lasting 40 minutes with President Ilir Meta, reporting on the fire situation across the country and the measures being taken to combat them. According to an announcement from the President’s office, …

Offices for registration of immovable properties, Minister of Justice suspends the approval of directors’ resignations

The Minister of Justice, Gazmend Bardhi has decided NOT to approve the requests for resignation by the Directors of the Offices for the Registration of Immovable Properties. Through a statement issued to the media, the Minister of Justice requested an …

‘Rama confirms his failure’, DP MP Tabaku: Tour of hearings highlights bad governance

Democratic Party MP, Jorida Tabaku gave an interview with an Ora News journalist, commenting on the Prime Minister’s tour of hearings and the massive dismissals of directors. She stated that this is a testimony of the bad governance these past …

City hall’s investments, Tirana’s Mayor inspected work for rehabilitation of Selita

The City Hall continues to make investments across Tiranë. The latest addition to the list of projects is a residential block in the Selitë area, which is finally undergoing a complete rehabilitation after 30 years. The mayor inspected the work, …