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Eastern Hospital’s Gynaecology Clinic to be provided with 500,000 euros to reduce queues

Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital’s Gynaecology Clinic will be provided with funding of EUR 513,622 from the state budget to help reduce queues.

In pictures: Victims of Brussels’ terror attacks remembered in first anniversary

Remembering those killed and injured in last year’s terror attacks, remembrance events are held on Wednesday, March 22, in the Belgian capital.

Fourteen asylum seekers relocated from Greece to Latvia

As part of the European asylum-seeker resettlement programme, fourteen people in need of international protection were relocated from Greece to Latvia, as confirmed by a representative of Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs.

Fiat Chrysler investigated over alleged breaking of emissions tests

French investigators have opened a probe into possible emissions tests breaking by the Italian-American car builder Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in relation to its diesel cars.

National Alliance does not support increased ticket prices in Riga shuttle buses

On Tuesday, 21 March, Riga City Council’s faction of the National Alliance voted against Transport Department’s proposal to set one ticket price for Rīgas mikroautobusu satiksme shuttle bus services – EUR 1.15.

Visitors will be allowed to take photos of documents stored in National Archive

To simplify the use of documents stored in Latvia’s National Archive, visitors will be allowed to take photos of documents for research and personal purposes, announces Culture Ministry.

Rimi Baltic commences construction of a major logistics centre in Riga

Rimi Baltic has commenced construction of a retail trade industry project in Riga. This project will attract investments of EUR 75 million and make Latvia a Baltic logistical hub, as BNN was informed by the project’s representatives.

EC motivates cities to switch to «smart» street lighting

Town and city governments in the European Union spent a total of around 7.6 billion euros on public street lighting in 2015, but the expenditure could be reduced by even 70% if local governments are willing to invest considerably in new lighting.

CC: largest amounts of Latvian milk are exported to Lithuania and Poland

After assessing the situation on the market after last year’s publicly voiced announcements regarding the possible price rise on dairy products, Latvia’s Competition Council has concluded – the price rise noted in the second half of 2016 was only temporary and is not expected to continue.

March 21 in pictures

BNN offers you to take a look at topical, interesting and simply beautiful pictures of the day.

LMT installs the first mobile 5G connection station in Latvia

Latvijas Mobilais Telefons has installed the first 5G technologies compatible mobile communications station in Latvia, as confirmed by the company.

Kerry: Latvia has multiple advantages when compared with other countries

Latvia is an attractive place for investments. It has a great potential for foreign investments, comments U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrived in Riga this week to learn more about the situation in Latvia and consider investment options.

Prosecutors: information was leaked to the accused in Oligarchs case

The criminal process in the so-called Oligarchs case was launched by the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau with good reason, but it was ended abruptly because of lack of evidence. On top of that, information was leaked to the accused, as Diena was told by the prosecution’s representatives.

Modernising EU VAT – priority of Estonian EU Council presidency

Estonian Minister of Finance Sven Sester has stated that a priority of this year’s upcoming Estonian presidency at the Council of the European Union will be changing of the bloc’s value-added tax.

Latvian authorities help intercept major marijuana shipment in Mediterranean region

During a joint operation by Latvian and other EU navy and air forces, three high-speed crafts attempting to transport nearly three tonnes of marijuana were caught in the Mediterranean region.

Tuberculosis infection rates in Latvia remain some of the highest in EU

Tuberculosis infection rates in Latvia continue to decline. Nevertheless, specialists say that Latvia’s indexes remain some of the highest in the European Union, as reported by Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Cigane: Latvia is co-responsible for Eurozone’s economy; reforms are needed

«Latvia, as a Eurozone member state, is co-responsible for the economic situation in the European Union. We cannot afford to sleep on the laurels of rapid growth started in post-crisis years. Latvia has to be responsible in the realization of recommendations provided by the European Commission,» says chairperson of Saeima’s European Affairs Committee Lolita Cigane.

French presidential candidates defend opposing views in TV debate

With the April French presidential election nearing, two leading candidates of the post have positioned themselves in a televised debate.

Petition to stop the use of wild animals in circus performances submitted to Latvia’s Saeima

A petition signed by more than 26,000 people ‘On humane circus’ has been submitted to the Saeima. This petition asks the government to put an end to the use of wild animals in circus performances, as reported by Animal Freedom movement.

U.S. investigating alleged election interference by Russian government

Alleged interference by Russia into the 2016 U.S. presidential election is being investigated, the leadership of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has stated.

LDDK: national economy lost nearly 800 million euros because of bad roads last year

«Vehicle mass restrictions that are imposed on gravel roads are not a solution – they present an additional obstacle for the national economy,» says Latvian Employers’ Confederation.

Russian authorities readying for construction around Nemtsov’s informal memorial

Since Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was killed in 2015 near the Kremlin, a group of anti-Kremlin activists has there cared for his makeshift memorial, but authorities are now planning to close the site on a bridge opposite Moscow's Red Square for repair construction works.

SP: Markitans’ decision to retire will not affect application of administrative penalty

Guntars Markitans, deputy chief of State Police’s Riga Regional Department, decided to leave his post in police force on Thursday, 23 March, because of reaching appropriate pension age.

RPIVA to organize one final piquet outside of Cabinet of Ministers – Living Chain

On Tuesday, 21 March, Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy will organize a piquet outside the Cabinet of Ministers building with students, employees and supporters taking part in the Living Chain at the end of the piquet. The goal of this protest is to demand the cancellation of RPIVA’s liquidation process.

March 20 in pictures

BNN offers you to take a look at topical, interesting and simply beautiful pictures of the day.