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Ceturtdiena 24.04.2014 | Name days: Nameda, Visvaldis, Ritvaldis

Residents will be allowed to deposit lats at ATMs for two more weeks

Even though most residents had deposited their remaining cash prior to currency conversion, there are still some Latvian residents who still have some money left to deposit. The transition period will last for two more weeks – until January 14.

New Year’s Eve of 2013 – the most profitable since the end of the crisis

This New Year’s Eve was the most profitable once in Latvia for organizers of festive events, restaurants and hotels since the end of the crisis, as it was confirmed by interviewed organizers.

In pictures: New Year's celebrations from around the globe

BNN congratulates readers in the year 2014 and offers an insight into New Year's celebrations from Beijing, Moscow, New York and other places.

Latvians are in no hurry to withdraw euro from ATMs

Residents have not been rather active in regard to money withdrawal from ATMs one day after Latvia’s joining of Eurozone. Citadele Banka reports residents withdrew three times less money from ATMs on January 1 than any other day.

Latvian PM hopes a new government will be formed within two or three weeks

‘I hope the new government will start working within the next two or three weeks,’ – said Valdis Dombrovskis, who had announced his resignation shortly after the Zolitude tragedy.

December 31 – January 1 public transport services are free of charge

Throughout December 31 and January 1, residents will be able to use public transport services free of charge. This does not apply to minibus and night routes.

All road traffic to be closed off at November 11 Waterfront for New Year’s celebration

Due to the New Year’s celebration, all traffic along November 11 Waterfront will be closed off for 06:00 December 31 – 15:00 January 1. This applies to all transport except for those with special permission.

130 portraits of Valdis Dombrovskis were sent to private collectors this year

A total of 130 portraits of Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis complete with his signature were sent to private collectors in 2013.

SFRS provides useful advice how to have a safe New Year’s celebration

If you plan to use different fireworks in your New Year’s celebration, remember to:

Information regarding President Andris Bērziņš health to be provided within the month

The request to provide information on the current state of health of President Andris Bērziņš has been received and will be reviewed, as reported by the State President’s Chancellery. However, representatives could not explain why a whole month is required to provide a reply to such a simple question.

Reform Party: cooperation with Unity may lead to our parties becoming closer

The agreement that was reached between Unity and Reform Party will not lead to the latter end up being liquidating. It will only make the two parties closer to one another, says Chairman of RP Edmunds Demiters.

Head of CPCB to be asked to cancel his decision to dismiss Juta Strīķe

The trade union of Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau will ask Chief of CPCB Yaroslav Strenchenok to cancel his decision to dismiss Deputy Chief of CPCB Juta Strīķe.

India-detained Estonian seamen released on bond

In Southern India, 14 Estonian «pirate hunters» detained in October have been freed on bond, but without permission to leave the country.

Opinion: elections could make it that there may not be a foreign policy to speak of next year

Because of the upcoming elections in Latvia next year, there may not be a foreign policy to speak of, says Director of Latvian Institute of International Affairs Andris Sprūds.

Officials request fines not to be applied to consumers whose solvency was not evaluated

Economy Minister Daniels Pavļuts and Consumer Rights Protection Centre manager Baiba Vītoliņa have sent an official letter to fast loan companies and their associations, asking not to apply fines to consumers if their solvency wan not evaluated properly prior to allocating a loan.

Several destructive storms have affected UK in one week

Meteorologists in the Britain have warned about coming storms just days after strong winds and heavy rainfall left 43,000 people without electricity and 1,200 homes flooded.

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