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Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian satellite launched to space

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LituanicaSAT-2 without outer cover

Lituanica SAT-2, a satellite developed by scientists of the Vilnius University (VU) and NanoAvionics company, was launched to space on a rocket from India on Friday, June 23.

The satellite was successfully launched shortly after 7 a.m. (Lithuanian time), NanoAvionics said on social media. The launch is part of the QB50 project aimed at launching a group of small satellites to space to study the lower layers of the thermosphere. Led by the von Karman Institute in Belgium, the project involved scientists from 23 countries and about 50 universities for more than six years, VU said. QB50 should launch 37 satellites. The Lithuanian satellite stands out for being fuelled by chemical fuel, which is tested for the first time on the tiny satellite.

Married men to become deacons for 1st time in Lithuania

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President calls for more sanctions for Russia

The West should expand sanctions for Russia amid the situation in eastern Ukraine, Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaitė stated on Thursday, June 22. In her words, the situation in Ukraine is worsening.

Lawyer appointed to head election watchdog

The Lithuanian parliament has appointed Laura Matjošaitytė, deputy to incumbent chairman of the Central Electoral Commission, to head the election watchdog. The commission was approved two members short of its full line-up.

Lithuania hands note to Belarus

Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday, June 22, handed a diplomatic note to Belarus over violation of its airspace, calling to explanation over the incident and urging to prevent such incidents in the future.

Traffic offenders will have to pay fines to obtain driving licenses

The Lithuanian parliament on Thursday, June 22, passed amendments to tighten sanctions for traffic offenders who fail to pay fines. Under the amendments to the Law on Road Traffic Safety, people will have to pay all of their outstanding traffic fines in order to be issued with a new driving license or have the existing one replaced. Almost 343,000 traffic violations were registered in the country last year and fines for these violations totalled around 15.2 million euros.

Reform of forestry firms postponed

After about 100 employees of forestry companies and representatives of trade unions gathered outside the Lithuanian parliament on Wednesday, June 21, in protest of the planned reform, Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis announced that the approval of the reform would be postponed until fall.

Vilnius cheaper for foreigners than Riga, Tallinn

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Transparency International urges President to veto lobbyism law

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Conservatives to openly pick mayoral candidates

The opposition Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (conservatives), TS-LKD, decided at its council meeting that the party would pick mayoral candidates in open elections in the country’s three largest cities of Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda prior to the 2019 elections to local governments.

Defence minister notes increased military activity

Military activity in the Baltic Sea region has recently heightened, however, the situation is under control, says Lithuania’s Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis.

EU must invest more in its defence

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė says that the European Union must invest more in its defence and do so more efficiently.

Belarusian, Russian arms inspectors in Lithuania

A group of arms inspectors from Belarus and Russia completed an inspection of a selected district in Lithuania, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said. The inspectors looked into whether Lithuania develops its capabilities in a transparent manner and conducts no undeclared military activities. The inspection was performed within the framework of the Vienna Document of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

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