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Saturday 18.08.2018 | Name days: Liene, Helēna, Elena, Ellena, Liena

LDz announces procurement for first stage of railway electrification project

As part of Latvian railway electrification project, a talk procedure was announced 10 August. Conditions for participation were published along with this announcement. Construction of the first line of railway electrification will be part of the first stage of the procurement, as reported by Latvijas dzelzceļš representative Ieva Kārkliņa.

390 Ryanair flights cancelled due to strikes

Close to 400 Ryanair flights have been grounded on Friday because of pilot strikes in five European countries.

Palestinian-Israeli cease-fire in holding after exchange of rockets, bombardment

After two days of Palestinian rockets and Israeli air strikes the two sides are respecting a cease-fire mediated by Egypt in the Middle East.

PUC: no major heating tariff increase is expected in Latvia

No major increase is expected for Latvia’s next heating season, said Public Utilities Commission council chairman Rolands Irklis in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT on Friday, 10 August.

20.8% of Saeima deputy candidates have no higher education

20.8% of candidates participating in 13th Saeima elections do not have higher education, according to information from the Central Election Commission’s website.

Accidental missile in Estonia covered 80 kilometres

The missile accidentally fired by a NATO Spanish fighter jet in Estonia earlier in the week flew 80 kilometres, away from the exercise area and landed near the Endla nature reserve in central Estonia, Postimees reported.

Latvia’s Defence Ministry performs final assessment of 4x4 tactical transport procurement

Defence Ministry currently performs the final assessment of procurement offers for 4x4 light and medium-sized tactical transports for the country’s National Armed Forces.

Heat to back off on weekends in Latvia; weather to become windy

The heat currently present in Latvia will back off on weekends. Some areas may experience rainfall. Weather will become windy on Saturday and Sunday. Warm masses of air will be carried to Latvia by a cyclone next week. Some rain is expected on certain days, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Belarus announces release of arrested journalists

Journalists arrested by Belarusian authorities earlier in the week suspected of breaking into the computer systems of state-run news agency BelTA have been freed, according to investigators.

FVS inspectors notice high meat temperature in certain locations at Riga Central Market

Inspectors of Latvia’ Food and Veterinary Service have noticed high temperature of meat sold at certain spots of Riga Central Market’s Meat Pavilion.

Russian rouble drops after U.S. sanctions announcement

Russia has criticised the sanctions announcement by the U.S. over the poisoning of the Skripals in the UK, would prepare retaliatory measures, but value of the Russian rouble dropped to two-year lows.

Apostolic visit to Lithuania: calls for Church to reveal expenditure now

Ahead of the papal visit on September 22-23, Lithuanian authorities and the Lithuanian Catholic Church have started putting together a budget for the event to make sure it goes smoothly. Most of the Lithuanian institutions in charge of it have already delivered initial estimates, however the Catholic Church insists it will make its financial reports public only after the visit.

August 9 in pictures

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

Politologist: residents should request clearer action plans from politicians

Residents should request clearer action plans from politicians, so that the government can write its declaration after elections based on those plans, says politologist Filips Rajevskis.

Foreign trade turnover in Latvia up 9.1% compared to last year

In June 2018 foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.37 billion, which at current prices was 9.1 % more than in June 2017, of which the exports value of goods rose by 10.7 % and imports value of goods by 7.9 %.

Latvian government promises higher pension indexation for 2018

On 1 October, pensions and benefits or their parts that do not exceed EUR 382 will be increased, says Latvia’s Welfare Ministry.

SES chief accused of hiding transactions worth EUR 300,000 from her income declaration

State Environment Service manager Inga Koļegova failed to disclose transactions worth EUR 300,000 in her income declaration, according to information the prosecutor’s office.

Accidental missile in Estonia: Military finds possible landing site

Following the accidental missile launch by a Spanish NATO fighter jet in Estonia, the Estonian Defence Forces have stated that the area, where the missile fell, has been found.

SRS: cash register reform halfway through in Latvia

The cash register reform in Latvia is halfway through, said State Revenue Service acting director general Dace Pelēkā in an interview to Rīta Panorāma programme of LTV.

Study: one-third of HIV patients in Latvia have experienced discrimination

One-third of people living with HIV in Latvia have experienced discrimination due to their HIV status, according to the initial HIV Stigma Index results.

Estonian exports jump 17% in June with exports to U.S., Latvia

Estonian exporters reached in June, compared to May 2018, a 17% increase in exports, especially due to more goods sold to the U.S., Singapore and Latvia, official statistics show.

«G-spot» of Europe» - Vilnius' new tourism slogan

Vilnius, the capital of mostly Catholic Lithuania, has launched a new, sexually-coloured tourism campaign, where the city is compared to a hidden point of female sexual pleasure.

LMT: digitizing paper documents cannot be considered digital state management

Transforming paper documents to electronic format cannot be considered digital state management, says Latvian mobile communications operator Latvijas Mobilais Telefons president Juris Binde.

Armenia continues arrests in political elite

In Armenia, the arrests of the country's political elite are continuing with the brother of Armenia’s former prime minister Hovik Abrahamyan being arrested suspected of illegal arms procurement and possession on Wednesday, August 8.

Police found 47 foil packages containing narcotics at some apartment in Daugavgrīva

Kurzeme Office of Riga Municipal Police received word around 17:00 on 5 August regarding some group of suspicious people in Daugavgrīva. The group, possibly in a state of narcotic daze, was seen standing outside some apartment building for some time before entering one of the apartments, police say.

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