Archive for February, 2009

Frost and hail destroy more than 12,000 hectares of cropland in highland region of Puno

Extreme temperatures continue to wreck havoc in Peru’s southern altiplano, where frost and hail have destroyed more than 12,000 hectares of cropland since January, state news agency Andina reported on Thursday. In Puno – where 260,000 hectares of land have been seeded – 12,000 hectares of mainly potato crops have […]

by · February 26, 2009 · 0 comments · Agro, Environment

Eight Peru National Penitenciary Institute regional directors canned following brazen prison escape

Less than a week after Peru’s National Penitenciary Institute, or INPE, confirmed that two drug traffickers waltzed out of two Lima jails with forged court orders of release in hand, the head of INPE sacked eight regional directors on Thursday, daily El Comercio reported.

by · February 26, 2009 · 0 comments · Feature

Peru doctors launch 48-hour strike over pay and benefits

Less than six months after a massive doctors’ strike closed down hospitals and clinics across Peru, physicians launched a 48-hour strike Tuesday over pay and benefits they claim the government has promised, but failed to deliver. Government news agency Andina reported that the majority of state-run hospitals are operating as […]

by · February 24, 2009 · 0 comments · Health Care, Lima, Politics, Provinces

Peru-Chile trade pact to take effect March 1st

Almost three years after it was signed by both South American countries, the Peru-Chile trade deal will take effect this Sunday, said Foreign Affairs and Tourism Minister Mercedes Aráoz.