Over thirty people were injured, 16 of them seriously, when a bus carrying mainly elderly people swerved off the road and fell three metres into an industrial yard in Budapest last Tuesday morning. Ambulance service spokesman Pál GyĹ‘rfi said that 36 people were injured when the bus left Grassalkovich utca in District XXII, skipped a ditch and then fell before crashing into a building. None of the injuries suffered were life-threatening and consisted largely of broken bones.
More police officers have been posted across Budapest to protect foreign tourists and also help them with any queries, Budapest Police Chief Gábor Tóth said last Tuesday. Tóth said that the officers had largely been placed in metro and railway stations and points in the city centre, where foreigners were more exposed to street crime. Information points have also been set up at HĹ‘sök tere, Kálvin tér and Nyugati tér, complete with interpreters, to help lost tourist find their way.
The water in Lake Balaton, nicknamed the Hungarian Sea, is currently top quality, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) told MTI news agency last Tuesday. The good weather means that the hordes have descended upon the shores of Balaton sooner than normal, but the MTA said there was nothing to worry about. A study showed that microscopic algae have appeared in the water sooner than expected, but the level is at 20% of the allowed limit. The academy also said that a multitude of frogs and other insects also show that the water is cleaner than it has been during the last ten years.
A Hungarian rescue dog named Kuba has won the rubble search category in the 13th IRO Search and Rescue Dog World Championship, a spokesperson of the Hungarian team told MTI news agency last Monday. The Belgian Malinois beat off competition from 137 dogs from 18 countries to find three people buried under ruins while distracted by smoke, noise and other people.
Serbian police have established that Sefedini Agim, the man accused of murdering media mogul János FenyĹ‘ in February 1998, arrived in Budapest just a week before the murder, the daily Magyar Hírlap reported last week. However, police said last week that crucial DNA samples found at the crime scene did not match the accused. Agim, 33, stands accused of shooting the victim as he sat in his car waiting for traffic lights to change on the Buda side of Margit híd.
A top academic last week claimed that half of all medical students at Hungarian universities would be foreign within the next five years, citing financial benefits as the reason. The business daily Világgazdaság quoted Tivadar Tulassay, rector of Semmelweis University, as saying that the state has to pay HUF 1.2 million (EUR 4,879) per annum for Hungarian students, but that foreign students actually pay HUF 2.8 million (EUR 11,386) and cost the state nothing.
A policeman in the southern town of Baja has been fired after customs officers found around 50,000 cartons of cigarettes worth HUF 25 million (EUR 101,581) in a lorry parked in his courtyard last Tuesday, local media reported. Zoltán T. claimed that the cigarettes, which carried no customs tags, were not his. He said he allowed lorry driver, who he did not know, to park the lorry in his courtyard after it broke down.
The daughter and one of the sons of US Ambassador to Hungary April Foley were caught up in bar scuffle in District VIII, Kossuth Rádió reported. Budapest Police spokesman Tibor Jármy said that a fight broke out after two groups of people got into an argument, resulting in light injuries to one person. US Embassy spokeswomanÂ Kate Byrnes refused to comment on the issue, saying it was a private family matter.
A zoo in the town of Veszprém (north of Lake Balaton) has adopted a two-and-a-half tonne white Rhino called Pablo. The safari park in Hannover, Germany where the humungous herbivore lived no longer had enough room for him, explained a spokesman last week. Veszprém zoo has built a special one-hectare enclosure for Pablo, and plans to find him some friends to share his new home with in the near future. Spokesman Lajos Endredi said the zoo will be participating in a programme to save the critically endangered species. Hungary’s other famous rhino, the calf that become the first white rhino to be born after artificial insemination, is doing well, Budapest Zoo said last week. Layla, who was born on 23 January this year, is already approaching 300 kilograms.Â
A policeman unintentionally shot a colleague last Thursday at the Teve utca headquarters of the Budapest police, the daily Népszabadság reported last week. The exact circumstances surrounding the shooting are unclear, but it appears that detectives were kitting up for shooting practice when a gun was accidentally fired. The bullet passed through a plasterboard wall and a colleague on the other side – who was also getting ready to brush up his marksmanship – was wounded in the arm. The hapless victim was operated on at the Uzsoki hospital, and his condition is said to be not serious. An inquiry into the incident has been launched.