DIKO snubs appointments to semi-state bodies

A DECISION by coalition partner DIKO yesterday not to contest the chairmanships and vice-chairmanships of semi-state organisations was seen last night as another nail in the coffin of the government alliance.

Sometimes pressure groups overstep the line

There has been such a profusion of articles and letters about the iniquities of title deeds and immovable property tax that there can now be no doubt in the public mind that there is and has been corruption, injustice, and at the very least, procrastination, all on a grand scale over many years in Cyprus.

Kitas’ sister must answer to drugs charges

A HUSBAND and wife were yesterday found with a case to answer on drugs charges.

The Assize Court ruled that the 40-year-old woman – younger sister to convicted felon Antonis Prokopiou Kitas – and her Indian husband, 30, had a case to answer regarding four charges of conspiracy to commit a felony and drug trafficking.

Turkish Cypriot airline plans appeal to UK court

TURKISH CYPRIOT airline CTA and its UK tour operator CTA Holidays Limited have decided to file to the UK Court of Appeal against the recent court ruling rejecting their application to permit flights between the UK and the occupied areas.

Legal solution may not provide title deeds for all

ALTHOUGH the property industry has welcomed the radical reform of the whole system for approving and registering built property and issuing title deeds, questions remained yesterday as to how many individual title deeds will not be issued because of a developer’s inability to pay off mortgages on the land.

Sylikiotis tackles deeds issue head on

Minister plans sweeping changes to property law

THE INTERIOR Minister yesterday announced a series of measures, including a town planning amnesty, to untie the “Gordian knot” keeping 130,000 properties on the island without title deeds.

Why are prices high?

This contribution is part of a series of personal views invited by Cyprus Mail on the subject of consumer prices.

Irene Mitsinga, President of the Shopkeepers of Ledra, Onasagorou and Paradon Streets Association

Rare albino wallaby born in Paphos

A RARE albino wallaby born at the Paphos Bird and Animal Park has been meeting the public for the first time. The animal was born on June 19, but has only just begun to leave its mother’s pouch.

A close relative of the kangaroo, the small, white marsupial weighs about 5kg. According to park owner Christos Christoforou, the sex will be distinguishable in about a month.

Bailed rape suspect held after second attack

A SUSPECTED rapist who had been out on bail was yesterday ordered into custody pending his trial after he allegedly broke into the home of and indecently assaulted a second woman.