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Saturday 19.08.2017 | Name days: Melānija, Imanta

Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry condemns terrorist attacks in Iraq

Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry condemns the two terrorist attacks that took place in Baghdad, Iraq, on 30 May, killing more than twenty people and injuring several dozen. Attacks were carried out with two car explosions. One went off in Karrada district near an ice cream café and the other went off in Karkh district.

Security Police to remain on high alert before and after elections

During the pre-election period and on the day of elections, Latvia’s Security Police, similar to previous elections, will be on high alert to ensure compliance with requirements of the Constitution and other regulations, as noted by SP representatives.

Latvia commences international information exchange about financial institutions’ accounts

To improve global efforts for combating cross-border tax fraud and preventing tax avoidance, 52 countries – including Latvia – will commence automatic information exchange about financial institutions’ accounts in September, as BNN was informed by SRS.

Barca: customer service has to be improved in disability evaluation

Health and Labour Ability Evaluation State Commission has a certain level of trust with deputies. Nevertheless, the institution’s work can use improvements to reduce waiting time for patients and improve overall customer service standards, notes chairperson of Saeima’s Social and Employment Matters Committee Aija Barca.

Offices of Russian internet giant raided in Ukraine in treason case

The offices of Russian web search company Yandex have been raided as Ukrainian State Security Service is performing a treason investigation and looking into establishing if Ukrainian users' data had been illegally collected and transmitted to Russian security services.

Car trader: market to develop the most rapidly in Lithuania and Estonia

Compared with the same period of last year, car trading has demonstrated moderate growth of 1% in the first four months of 2017, says Wess council chairman Aleksandrs Oskins.

Corruption inquiry launched at human rights organisation – Council of Europe

At the human rights monitoring organisation, the Council of Europe, an inquiry has been launched into claims that corrupt dealings have been performed in relation to possible human rights abuses in Azerbaijan.

SPRK establishes significantly lower natural gas cross-border transmission tariffs

On Tuesday, 30 May, the council of Public Utilities Commission approved Conexus Baltic Grid natural gas transmission services tariff project, as confirmed by the commission.

May 30 in pictures

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

President supports idea to gradually stop using plastic bottles for alcohol

During his meeting with Latvian Food Traders Federation and representatives of Latvian Beer Brewers Union, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis agreed with participants of the discussion to gradually stop using plastic bottles in turnover of alcoholic drinks, as reported by the State President’s Chancellery.

Population decline continues in Latvia; Riga’s population increases

At the beginning of 2017, Latvia population accounted for 1 million 950 thousand, which is 18.8 thousand people fewer than a year ago. In 2016, population declined by 0.97 % ( 0.87 % in 2015).

In pictures: Macaques and hot spring in Japan

Warm temperatures in the Baltics prompt people to test water temperature in lakes and the sea. In Japan, macaques have no need for such measurements in the hot springs they enjoy.

Study: Google and Swedbank remain the most popular brand titles in Baltics

A study shows that Google is the most popular brand in Lithuania and Estonia. Swedbank, meanwhile, is the leading brand in Latvia, admits Kantar Emor researcher Aivar Voog.

April’s retail trade turnover up 2.8% in Latvia

Compared to April 2016, total retail trade turnover rose by 2.8 % in April 2017. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 1.7 % and turnover of retail trade in non-food products grew by 4.0 %.

Finnish manufacturer relocates part of Estonian operations to India

Finnish-owned AS Kolmeks, which is a producer of components for electric motors and industrial robots based in the Southern Estonian city of Viljandi, is set to relocate part of operations to India.

Agreement reached with EC over MPC discount for energy-heavy manufacturers

After nearly a two-year long coordination process, Economy Ministry has received approval from the European Commission in relation to provision of state support to energy-heavy manufacturing companies that is intended to reduce the costs of those companies for electricity in relation to mandatory procurement component’s proportion in the end price of electricity, as BNN was informed by the ministry.

Association: Latvia has a distorted patient motivation for active rehabilitation

Latvian Association of Professional Rehabilitation Organizations believes Health and Labour Expert Physicians' State Commission’s reform would be rushed and would not provide intended results without first performing a change of the disability and labour ability inspection system.

Taxify and Uber drivers in Estonia declare 450,000 euros of income

Estonians, informing the state for income acquired through Uber and Taxify informal taxi services in 2016, have declared revenue totalling 450,000 euros, which is a jump from 67,800 euros.

State Audit elected in European Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions board

Latvia’s State Audit has been elected in the board of European Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions. This makes it one of eight board members for the next six years.

Discussions take place about the need to differentiate planned «healthcare fees»

An equal fixed payment rate for healthcare may not be the best solution, believes Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis. Coalition partners agree with the prime minister. They believe such a payment should be differentiated if it ever introduced.

Expert discussion: a unified transit corridor offer is desperately needed

«What is most important right now is the immediate creation of a unified transit corridor and a strategic plan for the development of the entire industry, as well as approval of strategic documents for the industry’s future activities,» as concluded at a discussion organized by Baltic Association – Transport and Logistics on the effect the new tax reform may have on the industry under conditions of declining cargoes.

Putin in France calls for lifting sanctions against Russian officials and companies

In a meeting with the new French President, Emmanuel Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for stronger economic relations and the lifting of sanctions imposed on Russia for its aggression against Ukraine.

Free skin test uncovers skin cancer for several Latvian residents

«The situation with skin cancer in Latvia requires attention, because three melanomas have been found among 3,000 people within eight hours. This shows a serious situation in the country,» BNN was told by chairman of Dermatologists Against Skin Cancer association Raimonds Karls.

Russian capital hit by tragic thunderstorm

Russian capital Moscow has been hit by a powerful thunderstorm that has taken the lives of at least 11 people. The storm on Monday, May 29, toppled hundreds of trees and that electrical cables were damaged as Moscow was lashed with high winds, hail and torrential rain.

Aseradens: businessmen are important partners for the country’s development

This week, Latvian Economy Minister Arvils Aseradens will invite businesses to contribute to development of innovations, adding that the country’s healthy development requires businessmen as invaluable partners, because development of products, services or innovations also contributes to the development of separate industries, as BNN was informed by Economy Ministry.

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