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Potential soldiers line up to join national armed forces

Despite Latvia abandoned obligatory military service already back in 2006, there is growing popularity in the National Armed Forces (NAF). Since it is more economical to place funds in training professional soldiers, it is no longer economical to restore obligatory military service, Sandra Brale, representative of the Defence Ministry, told the news portal BNN.

University of Latvia teams win in Baltic programming competition

The University of Latvia’s teams have gained the top places in the programming competition, which was organized among 38 student teams from the Baltic universities.

Gemius: BNN page users live in Riga and shop online

The international online research agency Gemius has published a rating of Latvian websites according to socio-demographic criteria as sex, occupation, language, online shopping habits and others. According to gemiusAudience, the rating shows which websites attract the highest proportion of representatives belonging to one or another group.

Photos of the Week 2011.09.30

Each Friday BNN-NEWS.COM offers the most interesting, the most scandalous and simply the most beautiful pictures from all over the world.

Pietiek.com sees signs of «envelope wages» in Sprudzs' company

The annual report of Zatlers Reform Party's prime minister candidate Edmunds Sprudzs' company Hansaworld Latvia suggests signs of "envelope wages", reports the portal Pietiek.com.

Brent price surpasses 104 dollars

On Friday, September 30, Brent crude exceeded 104 U.S. dollars per barrel. The price level continues to indicate the likelihood of largest quarterly decrease in the 15-month period, given the economic slowdown is significantly affecting the fuel demand.

Survey: visa-free regime with Russia would make Latvia’s residents travel more

Almost one in two or 46% of Latvia’s residents admit they would travel to Russia more often if there were visa-free regime between both countries. Moreover, St. Petersburg would be the first travel destination, according to the leading Baltic passenger carrier Lux Express Latvia survey.

Court ruling: ER not allowed to register changes in airBaltic capital

Riga District Court has ruled that the Enterprise Register will not be allowed to make any entries regarding AS Air Baltic Corporation (airBaltic) capital, according to the ER representative Baiba Vismane.

Most favoured brand in Latvia for second straight year – Google

Google has been recognized as the most loved brand in Latvia for the second year in a row. Inbox.lv ranks the second, while the store chain Maxima – the third.

Strautins: intention to save airBaltic is a normal solution

57.6 million lats intended to save the Latvian national airline airBaltic is not too much, given that the company is crucial not only for tourism, but the whole economy in general, says Peteris strautins, DnB Nord bank economist.

Vilks: tarnished airBaltic is a spit in Latvia’s face

Progress has not been achieved in negotiations with the shareholder Baltic Aviation Systems on the national airline airBaltic. There is still uncertainty and it seems that the private shareholder needs more time to make some sort of a change, says the Finance Minister Andris Vilks.

President of Latvia pleased about politicians’ views on solving priority issues

Upon concluding the first round of negotiations with representatives of the political forces elected in the 11th Saeima, the President of Latvia Andris Berzins welcomed the politicians’ opinions on the future fiscal policy’s objectives and basic principles, as well as the employment and demographic priority issue solving.

Criminal case launched against former Jurmala Municipality’s official

The anti-corruption bureau has filed criminal prosecution materials to Jurmala City Prosecutor’s Office, proposing to prosecute former executive of Jurmala Municipality’s company for inaction (breach of duty) that has substantially damaged Municipality’s interests, the anti-corruption bureau informs BNN.

Parex Bank sells leasing companies in Russia

Parex Bank has concluded a deal on selling its Russian subsidiary Parex Leasing and Extroleasing to companies from Unicorbank (Russia) Group, Marita Ozolina-Tumanovska, head of the bank’s Communications and Marketing Directorate, informs the news portal BNN.

Lithuania to decide on organizing dual citizenship referendum

This week, the issue of holding a referendum on the dual citizenship introduction has come to the Lithuanian Parliament's deputies, seeing that the Lithuanian Human Rights Committee plans to include it on the Parliamentary agenda.

Seven banks pay Competition Council’s set fines

Seven out of the twenty-two banks have paid the fine for restrictive agreement on payment card fees, as ordered by the Competition Council.

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