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    BETA DAILY NEWS February 1, Internet HEADLINES Teachers Strike Starts in Serbia -- Court-Appointed Manager Takes over Company That Prints Glas Javnosti --
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      BETA DAILY NEWS February 1, Internet

      HEADLINES

      Teachers Strike Starts in Serbia -- Court-Appointed Manager Takes over
      Company That Prints Glas Javnosti -- Ruling Coalition Launches Campaign
      against Renewal Movement over Traffic Problems in Capital -- Albanians in
      Southern Serbia Call for International Observers -- Support for Montenegro
      Independence Down -- Industrial Production Down 24.1 percent

      FR Yugoslavia

      SERBIAN TEACHERS GO ON STRIKE. Teachers in a number of elementary
      and secondary schools in Serbia went on strike on Jan. 31, by shortening classes
      from 45 to 30 minutes.

      Precise information concerning the exact number of teachers who responded to a
      call by several trade unions and went on strike can be expected in the next two
      days, the unions said.

      Four trade unions in Serbia which are gathering some 80 percent of the teachers
      are demanding the payment of salary arrears and other benefits, as well as higher
      salaries.

      Serbian Education Minister Jovo Todorovic said that on Jan. 31, the Serbian
      government paid out the second portion of the December salary to teachers.

      A union official, Branislav Pavlovic, said that he has information that the other
      portion of the December salary was transferred to the accounts of schools in
      Belgrade and Vojvodina, but that the teachers had not yet received their money.

      BETA was told in the Serbian Teachers Union that 13 Belgrade schools out of
      the union's 20 members went on strike.

      BETA was told in the union of Vojvodina teachers that most of the 160 schools
      which are members of this union were also on strike.

      The strike was organized in schools in other Serbian towns such as Vranje, Nis,
      Valjevo, Leskovac.

      Some 50 percent of the teachers in Kragujevac, Kraljevo, Cacak, Lucani,
      Ivanjica, Gornji Milanovac and Uzice also joined the strike.

      FATE OF ABC GRAFIKA PRINTING COMPANY STILL UNCLEAR.
      Court-appointed manager Dusan Abramovic took charge of the bankrupt ABC
      Grafika printing company on Jan. 31. Court officials showed up at the offices of
      ABC Produkt, founder of ABC Grafika, later in the day to take an inventory of
      its property.

      Former ABC Grafika manager and acting editor in chief of the Glas Javnosti
      newspaper Slavoljub Kacarevic told BETA that the court-appointed manager had
      not yet decided whether or not to shut the company down.

      The Belgrade Commercial Court initiated bankruptcy proceedings against ABC
      Grafika saying that it could not repay over 80 million dinars in debts even though
      the company earlier reached an agreement with its creditors.

      Kacarevic said ABC Grafika's legal counsel had filed an appeal with a higher
      court on Jan. 31.

      He added that the bankruptcy proceedings against the company and the court
      ordered inventory of ABC Product "are an effort to de facto ban the publication
      of Glas Javnosti and all other papers that are printed by ABC Product." Glas
      Javnosti was available at newsstands in Belgrade on the evening of Jan. 31.

      PRIVATE BUSSING COMPANIES ON STRIKE IN BELGRADE, CITY
      TRANSPORT IN CHAOS. Most of Belgrade's privately-owned bussing
      companies refused to send out any buses on Jan. 31, in response to a negative
      answer to their request for a price hike that would increase the price of bus
      tickets from three to eight dinars.

      Very few of the 800 registered privately-owned buses were on the streets of
      Belgrade. A marked increase in the number of taxis was more than apparent,
      however.

      Transportation companies are demanding higher prices (prices have not changed
      for almost four years) claiming that they simply cannot cover expenses for fuel
      and spare parts.

      Belgrade city council executive board deputy chairman Aleksandar Milutinovic
      on Jan. 31 called on the private bussing companies to halt their strike, city council
      said in a statement.

      The statement went on to say that Belgrade city council would again ask the
      Serbian government to authorize the price hike.

      "The city has asked the republic to allow a price increase several times but the
      answer was always negative," said Milutinovic.

      "We, of course, never asked that the prices be economic, taking care to preserve
      the standard of living of Belgrade residents," he said, adding that the Serbian
      government was inciting the public transportation chaos so that it could transfer
      the blame to the city authorities.

      Belgrade city council has been unwilling to authorize an increase in busing fees,
      claiming it does not have the authority.

      STATE TV, RULING PARTIES BLAST BELGRADE AUTHORITIES
      OVER TRANSPORTATION STRIKE. State television and the ruling parties
      strongly criticized the Belgrade city authorities on Jan. 31 over the collapse of
      public transportation in the Yugoslav capital.

      State television devoted the first 12 minutes of its prime time news to blasting the
      Belgrade city authorities, saying that the transportation problems were a result of
      "chaos in the Serbian Renewal Movement-run city council which is incapable of
      organizing public transportation."

      It also aired footage of Belgrade residents and officials of the ruling parties
      blaming the city government for the breakdown of public transportation.

      ALBANIANS FROM SOUTHERN SERBIA DEMAND U.N. OR OSCE
      MONITORS

      ALBANIANS ATTACK POLICE PATROL IN SOUTHERN SERBIA

      NUMBER OF SUPPORTERS OF INDEPENDENT MONTENEGRO
      DROPS

      MILOSEVIC FORCES MONTENEGRO OUT OF YUGOSLAVIA SAYS
      DJUKANOVIC

      PICKERING: U.S. WOULD OPPOSE SERB MILITARY ACTION
      AGAINST MONTENEGRO

      OPPOSITION'S VICTORY IN SERBIA WOULD OPEN DIALOG WITH
      MONTENEGRO

      LAWYER VUJIN FOUND IN CONTEMPT OF HAGUE TRIBUNAL

      FORMER KLA MEMBERS LEAVE KOSOVO PROTECTION CORPS

      BUKOSHI SAYS HIS GOVERNMENT HAS MANDATE UNTIL NEXT
      ELECTIONS

      SERBIAN ASSOCIATION OF JOURNALISTS DEMANDS THAT EU LIFT
      TRAVEL BAN ON JOURNALISTS

      INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTS URGE AUTHORITIES TO REPEAL
      INFORMATION LAW

      MINISTER SAYS INFORMATION LAW STOPPED LIES

      KOSTUNICA SAYS NO LIFTING OF SANCTIONS BEFORE NEW
      GOVERNMENT ELECTED

      KOSOVO, SLOVENIAN BUSINESSMEN INTERESTED IN
      COOPERATION

      INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION IN 1999 DROPS 24.1 PERCENT

      GERMANY TO BEGIN ISSUING VISAS IN BELGRADE AS OF FEB. 7

      Macedonia

      ALBANIANS IN MACEDONIA DO NOT DEMAND FEDERALIZATION
      OR SECESSION SAYS XHAFERI

      PRESS REVIEW

      VECERNJE NOVOSTI -- SOCIALISTS TO CALL ELECTIONS AFTER
      PARTY CONGRESS

      FRONT PAGE REVIEW

      EVENTS OF THE DAY - FEB. 1

      PRISTINA - The Temporary Administrative Council of Kosovo should official
      began to operate. All underground institutions are at the same time supposed to
      cease to exist.

      BELGRADE - 11 a.m. - Managing board meeting. The main item on the agenda
      is experience gained from and the results of privatization in Yugoslavia.

      BELGRADE - 11 a.m. - Democratic Alternative press conference. The party is
      a member of the DAN coalition.

      BELGRADE - Noon - Serbian Renewal Movement press conference.

      BELGRADE - 1 p.m. - Press conference of the student movement Otpor on
      criminal charges filed by Otpor activists in Kragujevac against the Lid
      newspaper.

      BANJALUKA - 10 a.m. - Continuation of Republika Srpska government
      meeting. Premier Milorad Dodik's Party of Independent Social Democrats will
      hold a press conference at 11 a.m.

      WEATHER FORECAST FOR FEB. 2

      It will be foggy in the morning, but sunny and warmer during the day. Morning
      temperatures will be between minus 2 and 4 degrees Celsius, and 6 degrees
      along the Adriatic coast. Daily highs will be between 10 and 15 degrees, with up
      to 18 degrees on the Montenegrin coast.

      Belgrade is facing another sunny and warmer day, with light westerly wind.
      Morning temperatures will be around 5, and daily highs will reach 14 degrees
      Celsius.
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