Government aims to reduce inequality

THE government has outlined further steps it intends to take to improve women’s rights in line with the 1995 ‘Beijing Platform for Action’, which created worldwide standards and suggestions for governments to reduce gender discrimination.

Tourists remanded after Ecstasy find

FOUR Swedish tourists staying in Ayia Napa were yesterday remanded in custody for six days in connection with the alleged possession of 28 tablets of Ecstasy.

Kemal loses race to find donor

A TURKISH Cypriot boy whose leukaemia sparked a worldwide search for a suitable bone marrow donor has lost a race against time, and his heartbroken father is taking him back home from Britain to Nicosia.

Police deny claims of racism in death of Sri Lankan

THE IMMIGRATION Service has denied claims by the Immigrant Support Action Group (ISAG) that the death of a 35-year-old Sri Lankan man was the result of racist and inhuman treatment by department officers.

Mahalil Silva arrived at Larnaca airport on July 6 from Dubai where he used to work.

Villager killed in car crash

A 30-year-old man was killed in an accident yesterday at Zopigi village in the Limassol district when his car plunged from a height of four metres into the yard of a house.

Drug prices ‘could be cut in half’

HIGH-PRICED drugs charges in Cyprus could be cut by up to 50 per cent if Health Minister Frixos Savvides gets a bill through the House to break the legal ‘stranglehold’ drug importers have had for years.

He aims to introduce the law change this autumn, opening up the market to help drive down prices.

Man held over ‘Egypt drugs girl’ case

POLICE said yesterday they have detained a 21-year-old Nicosia man thought to be connected with the case of a 19-year-old woman arrested in Egypt last week for allegedly possessing 3.5 kilos of drugs.

The man was up in court yesterday but the judge adjourned the hearing after his defence lawyer claimed his client had been abused by police while in custody.

No burial place for Buddhist woman who died in Cyprus

THE family of a Buddhist woman who died in Cyprus seven days ago have not been able to lay her to rest as they cannot afford to send her body back to Thailand and the Church will not allow her burial in an Orthodox cemetery.

Banks get OK for investment loans

Jean Christou

THE Central Bank yesterday lifted all restrictions on lending for investment, ten months after they were brought in to curb an uncontrolled flood of borrowing to play the stock market.