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Minister: US military presence in Lithuania will become more apparent

By enhancing US military presence in Europe and providing this cause more funding, American soldiers stationed in Lithuania will be able to bring in more modern combat vehicles, announced Lithuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas on Thursday, 31 March.

Number of death caused by road traffic accidents down 14% in Latvia

In 2015, Latvia experienced some of the highest indexes in the European Union in terms of the number of deaths that were caused by road traffic accidents, according to information published by the European Commission.

How to get rid of teeth grinding and its consequences?

Teeth grinding or bruxism is one of the most common causes for teeth wear and hypersensitivity, which can cause headaches as a result of jaw tension. Marita Soha, head of Signal brand in Latvia and chairperson of Latvian Dental Hygienists Association, offers five pieces of advice on how to get rid of teeth grinding habit.

Celebrity Interior minister steps down, doubts loom over his political durability

Seemingly scratch-proof Lithuanian Interior minister Saulius Skvernelis, who has been for months Lithuania’s most popular politician enjoying 60 percent favourability, has taken a steep plunge – into uncertainty after announcing of his resignation from the post.

Statoil to change its name in April

At the beginning of April, Statoil Fuel & Retail Latvia will change its legal name to Circle K Latvia. It is the first step towards changing the name of the brand. This process will continue until 2018.

BATL: cargo decline in the first months was dramatic

During a meeting between Latvian Railway and Baltic Association – Transport and Logistics, the two sides discussed topical problems in the industry to assist with development. LDz and BATL agreed to cooperate more closely in order to resolve matters significant to the development of the transit industry.

Lithuanian intelligence concerned over West’s reduced focus on Russia

Lithuanian intelligence body has found that there is concern in the context of national security that the migration wave and terrorism have distracted the attention of the West from Russia’s aggressive attitude towards its neighbouring countries.

USA to send a land forces brigade combat group to Eastern Europe

In February 2017, USA plans to send a land forces brigade combat group to Eastern Europe. Latvia’s Defence Ministry is currently not aware how many troops and combat vehicles will be sent to Latvia, as reported by the ministry.

Experts: safety should be enhanced mainly in healthcare and state administration buildings

Last year, Construction State Control Bureau had carried out inspections in 146 public buildings in Latvia. 86% or 125 inspected buildings are considered safe. In 14% of inspected buildings, experts noted flaws that have to be fixed.

Ministries criticized for delayed realization of finances provided by EU funds

On Wednesday, 30 March, deputies of Saeima’s European Affairs Committee criticized ministries for delays in the realization of financing provided by European funds, especially considering the importance of European funding for Latvia’s national economy.

March 30 in pictures

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

2015 marked a record-high increase in the number of payment card transactions

Over the past five years, the number of transactions carried out using payment cards in stores or online continued to grow. This is demonstrated by information compiled by SEB Bank.

Mūrniece: Warsaw summit should result in increased NATO presence in Baltic States

It is important for Latvia to make sure the NATO summit in Warsaw results in decisions regarding increased presence of NATO forces in the Baltic region, as noted by Saeima speaker Ināra Mūrniece during her meeting with US and NATO Forces in Europe Commander Philip Mark Breedlove on Wednesday, 30 March.

A single terrorist attack can scare off 140,000 potential tourists

Modern-age tourism is a hyper-mobile industry. It is closely tied to global economy. Leading tourism specialists and researchers admit that influence of potential political and security crises will likely grow in the future, as noted by head of Turība business school’s Tourism and Hospitality Faculty Professor, Dr. of Geography Maija Rozīte.

Signature collection begins to lift PIT for state funded pensions

On 30 March, ManaBalss.lv portal launched a petition titled ‘Pension without tax’. The goal of this initiative is to lift PIT from 1st level state funded pensions. In order for this initiative to be submitted to the Saeima for review, it needs to receive 10,000 signatures from residents.

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