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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.

Almost 1,000 children waiting in queues to kindergartens in Riga

There are currently approximately 1,000 children waiting in queues to kindergartens in Riga. Pre-school services are provided in 150 kindergartens, including 71 Latvian, 41 shared Latvian and national minority kindergartens, as well as 38 national minority institutions.

Riga Mayor has no plans to start in Saeima and EP elections

Mayor of Riga and leader of Harmony Nils Ušakovs has no plans to start in this year’s Saeima elections and next year’s European Parliament elections.

PHOTO: general rehearsal of Mara’s Country large-scale dance performance

XXVI Song and XVI Dance Celebration week has reached its mid-point – in four days there have been nearly 30 events that were widely attended. So far Song and Dance Celebration has been attended by approximately 120,000 people. All participants of the celebration have arrived in Riga. Soon the culmination of the celebration will take place in Latvia’s capital – Great Band Concert, Mara’s Country large-scale performance, the final concert Following the Starry Path and Sing Along Night, says XXVI Latvian Song and XVI Dance Celebration public relations specialist Inga Vasiļjeva.

Still no clarity about data protection matters in Latvia’s hospitals

Currently there is no general clarity in regards to realization of data protection matters in hospitals, said chairman of Latvian Hospitals Association Jevgēņijs Kalējs after his meeting with Healthcare Ministry’s representatives.

Weekends expected to be warm in Latvia; weather in eastern parts expected to be rainy

Cyclones will be dictating weather in the coming week – sunny and cloudy days are equally expected. Rain is expected in some region of Latvia almost every day. Some gusts of wind are expected every now and then, but air temperature will nevertheless increase, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Imports forest products up 17% in Latvia in four months

In the first four months of 2018, Latvia imported forest products worth EUR 292,526, which is 17% more when compared to the same period of 2017.

Corruption watchdog suspected of leaking information about businessman Martinsons’ associates

It is entirely possible that information regarding businessman Māris Martinsons’ associates had been leaked from Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, impeding the investigation of the ‘builders’ case’ and the case launched against Bank of Latvia governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs, as reported by Diena.

Police chief: there is no reason to believe law was breached in Vairāk saules case

Although several complaints have been received, there is no reason to believe investigators had breached the law while performing their duties in Vairāk saules criminal case, said Chief of State Police Ints Ķuzis in his interview to Rīta panorama programme of LTV.

New penalties for traffic violations come to force in Latvia

Thursday, 5 July, marked to coming into force of amendments to Latvian Code of Administrative Violations. Changes to the law include more severe penalties for several serious road traffic violations, including use of smart devices while driving, as reported by State Police.

ISB says detained border guards’ duties were associated with procurement projects

Duties of state border guards detained by Internal Security Bureau were associated with public procurements. ISB representative Diāna Petersa notes the three detained private persons are representatives of several companies.

Work group to discuss further increase of wages for doctors in Latvia

On Thursday, 5 July, Latvia’s Healthcare Ministry will be holding a meeting of a work group at 15:00. During this meeting, members of the work group will discuss wage rise for doctors, as confirmed by Latvian Health and Social Care Union chairman Valdis Keris.

NCRPI: unannounced inspections offer a more objective look

National Children's Rights Protection Inspectorate no longer warns about planned inspections. This provides a more objective look at what happens in the institution, says the head of the inspectorate Marianna Dreja.

Prosecutor issues warning to Riga City Council and Rīgas satiksme officials

On 21 June, the prosecutor of the specialized prosecutor’s office for organized crime and other sectors issued a warning to officials of Riga City Council and Rīgas satiksme in regards to nano-water procurement projects, as confirmed by Prosecutor General’s Office public relations specialist Una Rēķe.

Controversial changes prohibiting education in Russian language approved in Latvia

Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis has declared amendments to the Law on Institutions of Higher Education that prohibit private higher education institutions from offering education programmes in Russian language, as detailed in the publication in Latvian Herald.

Air quality in Latvia – pollutants do not exceed permitted limits

Latvia’s Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre’s experts have concluded in their report on the quality of air observed in Latvia last year that none of the pollutants measured in Riga and other Latvian cities had exceeded permitted limits.

CRPC: offered credit rate restriction level is too low

Proposed changes to the Consumer Rights Protection Law proposed to limit non-banking loan services by establishing a credit rate ceiling of 0.07% per day, is too low, said Chief of Consumer Rights Protection Centre Baiba Vītoliņa in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Percentage of shell companies’ deposits in Latvia drops to 0.5%

Since March/April, the number of shell companies among bank clients in Latvia has declined rapidly. Currently the percentage of shell companies’ deposits in Latvian banks does not exceed 0.5%, as reported by Finance and Capital Market Commission.

Work group proposes limiting doctors’ ability to provide state-funded services in several hospitals

A specially formed work group in Latvia proposes limiting doctors’ ability to provide state-funded services in several healthcare institutions, as mentioned in the report on provision of state-funded healthcare in state, municipal and private healthcare institutions.

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