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Monday 23.07.2018 | Name days: Magda, Magone, Mērija

External trade turnover in Latvia grew 9.6% in May

In May 2018 foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.32 billion, at current prices constituting 9.6 % more than in May 2017, of which exports value of goods rose by 8.5 % and imports value of goods by 10.4 %.

July 11 in pictures

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

Will funding volumes remain the same for culture after Latvia’s centenary?

Latvia should continue investments in Song and Dance Celebration infrastructure, said Culture Minister Dace Melbārde in an interview to LNT.

Prosecutor’s office ends case on OCMA official’s involvement in fictive marriage organization

The Prosecutor General’s Office has ended the case launched against and official of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, who was allegedly involved in organization of fictive marriages, as reported by LNT News on Tuesday, 10 July.

Unemployment level in Latvia remained 6.4% in June

At the end of June, the level of registered unemployment in Latvia was 6.4% of the economically active population, which is the same as it was a month prior, as reported by State Employment Agency.

Government approves changes to animal product trade among EU member states

On Tuesday, 10 July, Latvia’s government approved Agriculture Ministry’s prepared amendments to veterinary requirements, control and monitoring of animal product trade with EU member states, as confirmed by the ministry.

Investors optimistic – exchange indexes and oil prices up

Share prices increased in world stock exchanges on Tuesday, 10 July, which helped improved investors’ optimism about the upcoming business season, especially in the United States of America.

Fifth African swine fever outbreak recorded for domestic pigs in Brocēni

A case of African swine fever has been recorded in a farm in Blīdene Parish of Brocēni County. The disease was found in an enclosure with five pigs, as confirmed by Food and Veterinary Service.

Skycop: airline strikes picking up in strength; losses reach six billion

Compared to the previous year, 2018 so far has not been successful. Fuel prices have increase, as have employee strikes, which continue creating serious problems for European airlines, as BNN was informed by representatives of flight compensation request processing company Skycop.

July 10 in pictures

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NAF: Latvia’s army will need well-trained soldiers in coming years

Latvia’s army will require modernization and well-trained soldiers in the near future, said Commander of Latvia’s Armed Forces Lieutenant General Leonīds Kalniņš in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

This year’s harvest time in Latvia planned two weeks earlier than usual

Winter barley has already reached the necessary stage of development. Once the period of precipitation has ended, harvest will begin. This year’s harvest is planned two weeks earlier than usual, according to specialists of Baltic Agro company.

Consumer prices increase by 2.8% in Latvia; fuel prices up by 17.5%

Compared to June 2017, the average level of consumer prices rose by 2.8 % in June 2018. Prices of goods increased by 2.5 % and prices of services grew by 3.3 %. Compared to 2015, consumer prices had increased by 6.5 % in June 2018. Prices of goods grew by 5.3 %, while prices of services rose by 9.5 %.

Security office requests prosecution of OCMA official for organizing fictive marriage

Internal Security Bureau has asked the prosecutor’s office to commence criminal prosecution of an official of Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs for organizing a fictive marriage.

Economy Ministry warns 62 MPC recipients about their tax debts

Tax debt warnings have been presented to 62 businessmen provided with permits to sell electricity within mandatory procurement component system, as BNN was informed by Economy Ministry.

Canada decides to extend rule over NATO multi-national battalion in Ādaži for four years

Canada has decided to extend its rule over NATO’s multi-national battalion stationed in Latvia for four more years, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Pierre James Trudeau confirmed at a press-conference.

PHOTO: conclusion of XXVI Latvia’s Song and XVI Dance Celebration

The XXVI Latvian Song and XVI Dance Celebration was attended by approximately half a million people. A new record was set for the number of people attending the closing concert and Sing Along Night event afterwards. Organizers and representatives of security services say the celebration was successful – the event was emotionally saturated and at the same time peaceful.

More than one-third of Latvians plan to travel to Vilnius by bus this summer

51% of Latvian residents have plans to travel to Vilnius this summer, according to results of a survey by Norstat Latvia and Lux Express.

UGF received nearly two-thirds of all donations paid to parties in June

In June 2018, the Union of Greens and Farmers received the most generous donations among Latvia’s political parties. EUR 98,599 or 62.7% of donations paid to political parties in that month were received by UGF, according to information from the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau.

Weather in Latvia will be warm and rainy this week

This week in Latvia is expected to be warm. On certain days, however, air temperature may reach +27° C. Nevertheless, in the second half of the week a precipitation zone will pass through Latvia, bringing heavy rain and thunderstorms, as reported by Latvia’s State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Week in Lithuania. Amnesty of mothers in prison proposed for papal visit

Ramūnas Karbauskis, leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, has proposed announcing an amnesty on the occasion of Lithuania's centenary and the upcoming visit of Pope Francis.

BNN summary of the week: festivities in Latvia; free bus trips in Estonia; double-citizenship resolution in Lithuania

BNN offers a summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories: Change; Direction; Suspicion; Decline; Fight; Growth; Festivities.

Demand for painkillers increases during Song and Dance Celebration

Since the beginning of Latvia’s Song and Dance Celebration demand for painkillers, seething creams and bandages has increased in pharmacies. According to information compiled by BENU Aptieka, demand for those products has grown 20-25%.

SRS requests commencement of criminal process for smuggling of narcotics

Latvia’s State Revenue Service has requested commencement of criminal prosecution of a case revolving around smuggling of narcotics in postal packages, as BNN was informed by the service.

Photos of the week, 06.07.2018

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