Making the news headlines in Barcelona today are the following stories:
LA VANGUARDIA (Castilian / Catalan)
From 2013, taxis will have the same flat rate for trips to Barcelona El Prat airport, which will eliminate the supplement costs such as extra suitcases; An expected 525,000 vehicles will escape the city this weekend for la Segunda Pascua (The Second Easter), most probably towards seaside destinations due to the good weather forecast; Half of Barcelona's new bus network will be operational in 2013, of which there will be 17 vertical lines (joining sea and mountains), 8 horizontal (running between the rivers), and 3 which will cross the city diagonally.
EL PERIODICO (Castilian / Catalan)
Two hostages have been released in Guinea thanks to the performance of the Catalan police, which reported that the two hostages were Indian citizens who had tried to enter Spain with an organised network of illegal immigrants; The Mossos d'Esquadra and the Guardia Urbana have discovered and dismantled a drug den in Gràcia, which was said to be trafficking hash and marihuana; The government is recovering the idea of a powerful public bank in discussions regarding the financial restruction and reformation of Spain, but it is likely to be delayed until 2013
EL PUNT-AVUI (Catalan)
The CNMV has suspending stock market trading of Bankia, a measure applied by the Comissió Nacional del Mercat de Valors which is likely to decrease the value of the bank dramatically; Calçada argues that Parliament should declare independence