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21st January, 2016

More homeless enter night shelters

An increasing number of homeless people use night shelters, due to the cold weather. Zoltan Aknai, director of the Menhely foundation, said night shelters were filled to 96% of capacity in Budapest and 94% nationwide on Tuesday night.

Aknai stressed that the shelters have made preparations to admit those who would like to spend the night in a covered place. (inforadio.hu)
21st January, 2016

Police evacuate former Socialist HQ

Police on Wednesday evacuated the former Socialist Party headquarters on II. Janos Pal papa ter and welded the doors shut.

Two companies, Starline Hungary and Park View Hotel, have been engaged in litigation over the ownership of the building for years.

In the meantime, the four-storey structure has become a refuge for homeless people, five of whom were injured when a fire broke out in the building on the weekend.

The Socialist Party sold the 5,000m2 building nine years ago for Ft 1 billion. (N pp.1&3)
21st January, 2016

Violinist Devich dies at 81

Classical violinist Sandor Devich, a founding member of the Bartok String Quartet, died in Budapest at the age of 81 on Wednesday.

Devich was a defining member of the Hungarian classical music scene.

He gained world recognition, not only as a musician but also taught at the Academy of Music and wrote numerous articles and several books. (MH p.12; inforadio.hu; mti.hu)
21st January, 2016

State may give up Brueghel painting

Prime Ministerís Office leader Janos Lazar has acknowledged that the state is unable to prove its ownership of the 1566 painting The Sermon of St John the Baptist by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, currently held by the Museum of Fine Arts.

Veronika Batthyany-Starttmann and Adam Batthyany claimed ownership of the artwork on August 26, 2015.

However, Lazar said the painting will remain with the museum until the claimants support with documents that they have the right to take the painting into possession.

A final decision on the right of ownership must be made by the courts, he said. (MH p.12; MI p.6; vs.hu; napi.hu)

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