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Ceturtdiena 23.01.2020 | Name days: Strauta, Grieta

Unexpectedly, Riga City Council refuses to provide funding to Rīgas satiksme

On Monday, 28 October, Riga City Council’s Finance and Administration Affairs Committee supported amendments to the 2019 budget. At the same time, for the first time in years members of the committee approved no plans for additional funding allocation to public transport company SIA Rīgas satiksme.

Software fraud reported in multiple Latvian state institutions

Fraud with suspicious software procurements may have taken place at Latvia’s Interior Affairs Ministry, as reported by TV3 programme Nekā personīga.

Minister: Latvia has prepared for Brexit as best as possible

«We have prepared for Brexit as best as possible in this situation,» said Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Monday, 28 October.

Russia arrests conscript after tragic shooting spree in army base

A Russian court has charged a conscript soldier over a recent shooting attack at a Siberia army base that left eight military personnel dead, Russian state news agency TASS reports.

Party leader says Saeima’s dismissal would not improve funding for healthcare

Even if the healthcare workers trade union could accomplish Saeima’s dismissal, which they have promised to do if politicians do not increase funding for healthcare, it would not help increase funding, said the leader of the National Alliance «All for Latvia/For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK» Raivis Dzintars in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Weather to briefly become winter-like in Latvia this week

This week the sky in Latvia will be mostly covered by clouds. This means some precipitation is expected. As colder masses of air flow into the country, air temperature may drop as far as -5° C. Some regions may experience snowfall, as reported by Latvia’s State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Russian delegation boycotts Baltic speaker addresses at Council of Europe

In the Council of Europe human rights organisation, the addresses of the speakers of Baltic parliaments, have been boycotted by the delegation of Russia, which has been recently readmitted to the organisation despite years of aggression against Ukraine.

Latvia’s largest opposition party Harmony changes leadership

Harmony, Latvia’s largest opposition party in the parliament, has voted in its convention to replace former Riga Mayor Nils Ušakovs with veteran legislator Jānis Urbanovičs as the chairman of the party.

EU pauses its Brexit delay decision until UK decides on early election

Last week, many professions expressed their readiness to go on strike. Latvian doctors, dissatisfied with what the state has earmarked in the national budget to health care, announced a strike, when all medical staff, except ambulance workers, are called not to go to work.

Teachers in Latvia warn of protest as they seek guarantees to pay rise

The Council of the Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees decided that a protest of education workers would take place in March, 2020, if by then guarantees for a planned wage increase would not be received, said LIZDA chair Inga Vanaga.

Turkey deported Syrian refugees with threats, deceit, Amnesty International finds

The human rights organisation Amnesty International has found in months of interviews with Syrian refugees that Turkey has returned dozens of them with force or deceit to the so-called safe zone. Turkey argues that refugees have been returned voluntarily.

Audit: Latvia’s Richest municipality spending money without reason

Latvia’s richest municipality, the Garkalne novads Council, spends taxpayer money without substantiating it and even wasteful, the State Audit Office has found in a highly critical audit.

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