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UN: 20 million people to face famine over next six months

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned that to avert famine in several African nations and Yemen, the organisation would need 4.4 billion U.S. dollars.

Latvian company to perform reconstruction work at Lithuanian airport

Latvian road construction company A.C.B. has signed a contract in Lithuania with Vilnius International Airport for the reconstruction of the runway. Work will commence in March and will continue until the end of the year.

Moscow to expands demolition of Khrushchev-era blocks of flats

Moscow city local government in Russia has decided to demolish some 8,000 blocks of flats built in the 1950s and 1960s in a massive programme that plans to rehouse 1.6 million people over the coming years.

Popular Dutch anti-Islam politician sees his security information leaked

The leader of nationalist Dutch Party for Freedom, Geert Wilders, which is expected to emerge as the most popular party in upcoming Dutch parliamentary election, has seen his location allegedly leaked to a Moroccan criminal gang.

Kalejs: wages of medical personnel are critical; wage increase is state responsibility

«The situation with wages of medical personnel in state and municipal healthcare institutions is critical. It can only be changed by allocating additional funding, because the heads of healthcare institutions have no tools to increase wages,» BNN was told by Latvian Hospital Association in response to comments in regards to the state of wages of maternity hospital medical personnel.

EC: Latvia’s tax structure does not contribute to growth

«Latvia’s economic growth will be relatively rapid, but income inequality is a major problem that needs to be prevented,» concluded the European Commission in the latest report on economic development of member states.

Study in schools proves connection between health problems and classroom air

Microbiologists in Finland have extensively analysed the health of school teachers and stated that it has been scientifically proved for the first time that there is a direct connection between the quality of air in rooms and human health.

Recommendations on making waste sorting a habit

«Waste sorting will become an everyday habit in households in Latvia in the next several years,» says waste management company Ragn-Sells representative Inese Letinska.

Only five asylum seekers remain in Latvia

Only five asylum seekers resettled in Latvia as part of the EU refugee resettlement programme currently remain in the country – one family of three and two individuals, one of which intends to leave the country in the near future, said manager of Safe Home asylum Sandra Zalcmane told 900 seconds programme of LNT.

February 22 in pictures

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

Ascendum: the country needs a strong NGO sector

Non-governmental organizations do not wish to play the role of a guard dog in the work with the government and state administration, because Latvia’s civil society is mature enough to the an equal cooperation partner for the government, states Ascendum association.

State has to register adoptions by same-sex couples, Estonian court rules

According to a ruling by the Tallinn administrative court, the Estonian Interior Ministry should have made entered in the population register adoptions made by a same-sex couple that has registered its partnership.

Dobeles dzirnavnieks: organic animal feed – Latvia’s potential export product

Latvian grains processing company Dobeles dzirnavnieks has commenced production of organic animal feed, adding that it is a potential export product.

CAMART2 – most massive project in Latvia’s scientific history

The biggest project in Latvia’s scientific history – CAMART2 – has been opened in a positive atmosphere. «Commencement of the largest international scientific project in our country’s history once again proves the high level of competence of our scientists. With CAMART2, Latvia becomes a Baltic Silicon Valley,» says Latvian Education and Science Minister Karlis Sadurskis.

EUR 1.8 million to be invested in Estonian new e-Police

With the development of Estonia’s new e-Police system continuing, it is planned to invest 1.8 million euros in its third stage, as police expect a faster and more practical revamp of the current software and procedure.

Latvia to procure nearly fifty used howitzers; first ones to be supplied in autumn

Latvian National Armed Forces will sign an agreement with Austrian Defence and Sports Ministry for the procurement of M109 series 155mm self-propelled artillery system. This agreement includes not only the procurement of howitzers, but also fire support centre and driver training platform procurement, as reported by Latvian Defence Ministry.

Credit institutions in Latvia to secure payment accounts for all residents

From now on all residents will be provided with the option to use payment account service in credit institutions, as reported by Saeima press-service.

90 years – such average life expectancy forecast for women in South Korea

Women in South Korea would be the first among other countries to reach an average life expectancy of over 90 years, scientists conclude.

Industry experts wish to reduce VAT on food in Latvia

During the first meeting, industry experts began considering opportunities for reducing value added tax rate on food or certain food product groups.

Swedish police investigate riot in Stockholm

Police in Sweden has started an investigation into a riot that broke out this week a mainly immigrant part of Stockholm.

Expert: Latvia still has the highest unemployment level among Baltics

«Tendencies on the labour market will become more positive this year. Queues of unemployed people are expected to decline more quickly. Unemployment will be reduced by negative demographic trends too, but there will not be any sharp changes.

February 21 in pictures

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

Augulis: Pasažieru vilciens has to resolve the matter with procurement of 32 trains

The greatest challenge for Pasažieru vilciens this year will be the continuation of the procurement procedure of new trains. This project is expected to conclude with the successful procurement of 32 new trains by the end of the year, says Latvian Transport Minister Uldis Augulis.

EU: Privacy settings in Windows 10 are concerning

Representatives of EU’s member state data protection watchdogs have stated that concern remains about privacy settings on Microsoft Windows 10 operating system, although the software firm has announced some changes to its installation.

Non-declaration of cash to be applied with fine equal to 5% of the amount

In the event of non-declaration of cash money when crossing the border of the Republic of Latvia, a fine equal to 5% of the amount will be applied. This was decided by the Cabinet of Ministers during the viewing of Finance Ministry’s amendments to the Law on Declaration of Cash at the State Border.

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