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Ceturtdiena 02.10.2014 | Name days: Skaidris, Ilma

Vilnius’ Green Bridge Soviet-era guys and gals awaiting final trial

The Soviet-era monuments in Lithuania are gone long time ago with the sweeping national movement in the early 1990s. The Grutas Park in the proximity of the resort of Druskininkai in southern Lithuania, where the statues of Lenin and other Soviet revolutionaries are displayed to «awws» and «ohhs» of the abundant visitors, is the place to stop by to take a glimpse at the gloomy page of the Lithuanian history. But astonishingly to many, Soviet sculptures on the Green Bridge in Vilnius, embroiled in a lengthy and heated debate on their significance, are still catching the attention of the passers-by eyes in the bustling connection of the capital.

Defending interests of Russian minorities in Baltics is Moscow's responsibility, Russian diplomat says

A senior Russian diplomat insists that it is Moscow's responsibility to defend ethnic Russians, who are citizens of other states no matter where live. The frequently repeated position with regard to the Baltics sounds more determined taking into account that protection of the interests of ethnic Russians was one of the arguments Russia used in its attempt to justify the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea.

More than half of all fires are caused by heating systems and boilers

As weather gradually becomes colder, the number of accidents related to fire double in numbers.

Latvians living in Israel will not be able to partake in 12th Saeima elections

The Latvian Central Election Commission has excluded Tel Aviv, Israel, from the list of foreign election sites in the 12th Saeima elections.

Summary: accomplishments of Straujuma’s government

«Because of geopolitical tension, it was necessary to review priorities and look at the most important matters through a prism of security. Knowing that the country’s future is closely related to reasonable political actions, the government made several important decisions in regard to security,» – says Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma.

6,730 citizens have submitted their votes for storage before Saeima elections

Once announced and made available, 6,730 Latvian citizens used the opportunity to submit their votes for storage for the 12th Saeima elections, as reported by head of Central Election Commission’s Information Office Kristīne Bērziņa.

Saeima supports initiative to provide public holiday status to Song Celebration end day

This Tuesday, September 30th, Saeima Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee decided in favour of providing public holiday status to the end day of Song Celebration. This initiative has been passed to the Saeima for the final reading October 2nd.

Seniors in Norway have the best lives; Latvia is on the 35th spot

Life is the best for seniors who live in Norway. Latvia is on the 35th place in regard to quality of life for seniors.

Lembergs’ application to EPRDM: an attempt to avoid the court?

Latvian Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Romāns Naudiņš has received an application from Aivars Lembers, in which the prominent resident of Ventspils asks for answers to a number of questions that are mostly related to the previous Environmental Protection and Regional Development Edmunds Sprūdžs’ request to prosecutor Juris Juriss.

Authorities increase monitoring and control during salmon and sea trout spawn season

Spawning season has begun for Latvian river salmon and trout. In order to protect these precious fish resources, the State Environmental Service has introduced increased monitoring of inland waters and sea area.

Vilks: reduction of income inequality should not remain solely as slogans and promises

«Tax policy stability is a matter for which everyone has to be responsible – politicians, taxpayers and society as a whole. It is one of the most important conditions for successful economic growth,» – notes Latvian Finance Minister Andris Vilks.

First Ebola case in U.S.; patient initially not admitted to hospital

Amid a growing Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, first patient has been diognised with Ebola in the U.S. Due to delayed treatment of the frequently fatal virus disease the patient is in a critical condition.

Latvian voters can submit votes for storage starting from today

From Wednesday, October 1st, and onward 61 out of 953 election sites in Latvia will allow voters to hand their votes for storage for the 12th Saeima elections. Residents are encouraged to use this opportunity to vote if they plan to be away on election day.

Kohver will be swapped, advocate of captured Estonian intelligence official says

Yevgeni Aksyonov, who is the Russian state-appointed lawyer for the captured Estonian counterintelligence official Eston Kohver, expects that Kohver will be exchanged for a captured Russian official sooner or later and that the episode can be evaluated as a part of a secret service war between the two states.

Protests in Hong Kong continue on China's National Day

Hong Kong's protest movement, in which protesters express their support for democratic governance of the special administrative region, continues also on China's National Day devoted to the establishment of Communist China in 1949.

Priority of Estonian MEPs – development of digital single market

Currently, six MP's represent Estonia in the European Parliament. Although they represent four different political parties, most have similar priorities, with the development of the digital single market being on top of the agenda.

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