Cyprus pres­i­dent urges probe into air­line bid­ding

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NICOSIA (AFP) – Cypriot Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades yes­ter­day called for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Cyprus Air­ways bid­ding process, say­ing he will re­sign if it is found that he in­flu­enced the process in any way. The move comes after press al­le­ga­tions ac­cused his ex-law firm of rep­re­sent­ing bid­der Ryanair in the state sale of Cyprus Air­ways. Leaked doc­u­ments, pub­lished by the Phileleft­heros daily, in­di­cated that the gov­ern­ment was al­legedly pur­su­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions with Ryanair de­spite it of­fer­ing far less than re­jected in­ter­ested par­ties. Although Anas­tasi­ades sev­ered ties with the law firm – which bares his name – when he be­came presi-

Lead­ing al­ter­na­tive tele­com provider Forth­net, owner of the Nova satel­lite TV plat­form, yes­ter­day an­nounced a record num­ber of sub­scribers at endSeptem­ber, to­tal­ing 1.177 mil­lion. It also re­ported a 41.3 per­cent yearly rise in triple­play (phone-In­ter­net-TV) clients and a 20.2 per­cent in­crease in pay-TV cus­tomers.

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