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Sunday 19.08.2018 | Name days: Melānija, Imanta

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

«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.

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.

U.S. to punish Russia with sanctions over Skripals' poisoning

The U.S. has stated it would introduce new sanctions against Russia in August after it concluded that Russia had used an illegal nerve agent against a former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK.

Inflation in Latvia reached 2.6% in July

Compared to July 2017, the average level of consumer price rose by 2.6 % in July 2018. Prices of goods grew by 2.4 % and prices of services by 3.2 %.

Latvian government to pull young parents back to labour market

Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has reached an agreement with Welfare Minister Janis Reirs in the formation of a work group that would search for a solution to provide employment to young parents without them losing 70% of state benefits during parental leave.

Estonian Reform Party wants to lower alcohol excise tax

With Estonian political parties positioning themselves for the parliamentary election of March 2019, the opposition Reform Party has decided to focus on changing the current government's tax policy.

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