News in brief

Situation calming in Tocache

The final day of the coca-growers’ strike in Tocache passed off without incident. Growers’ representatives are happy that talks with Government officials are now in progress.

Original flag recovered

The first flag of the Republic of Peru ever to be made has been returned to the Government Palace, after it was stolen on February 27th. The flag was designed by “the liberator” José de San Martín, supposedly based on the flights of flamingos that he saw at Paracas. It was recaptured by police when it was being sold at a commercial center in Miraflores.

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Rains forecast in the mountains

Heavy rains and localized storms are forecast for the Central Mountains, particularly in Lima department. Moderate rain is also forecast in Piura, Tumbes,  Lambayeque, Cajamarca, Ancash (Huaraz), Huánuco, Lima, Pasco, Ucayali, San Martín, Arequipa, Cusco and Puno.

Young architect released

An architect from Lima has been released after spending 50 days in jail in Piura. He shares his name with a man wanted for transporting 50kg of base cocaine in December 2002.

President to back Equal Opportunities

President Alan García will tomorrow promulgate the Law of Equal Opportunities between men and women. This is also a key policy of the State of National Agreement, in which Civil Society promises to give priority to the promotion of equal opportunities, recognizing that there are many forms of discrimination and inequality in Peru, particularly against women, children, the elderly, indigenous peoples, and the handicapped, among others.

Peru is one of the world’s top countries for representation of women in government, with congress being very nearly 50% female.

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