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Tuesday 18.02.2020 | Name days: Kintija, Kora

Ex-LDz chief Magonis claims 500 000 euros was payment for lobbying interests

The ex-chairman of state company Latvian Railway Uģis Magonis has testified in court that the EUR 500 000 was paid to him not as a bribe but as payment for lobbying the interests of Estonian millionaire Oleg Osinovsky’s indirectly owned companies’ interest in Russia, as reported by public media lsm.lv.

Nurse in Germany sentenced to life in prison after attacks on babies

A court in Germany has been sentenced to life imprisonment after found guilty of attempted murder of prematurely-born infants. It was found she administered unnecessary injections to three babies in her care.

Justice Minister suspects «high level» cover of illegal cigarette business

Law enforcers’ failure to put a stop to circulation of illegal circulates raises suspicions about «high level» cover of this criminal activity, said Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns in an interview to LTV programme Rīta panorama.

Excellent reputation and «backbone» – qualities Latvia’s next prosecutor general should have

Some of the potential prosecutor general candidates have no desire to stand candidate or they refuse to publicly comment their decision in the event of them being offered such an opportunity.

Turkey blames NATO ally France for siding with «terrorists»

French President Emmanuel Macron «sponsors terrorism», Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said a week before a key NATO summit next week.

70 people receive acute intestinal infection in Liepaja

70 people who dined at Baltic Restaurant, which is located on the territory of Lauma Fabrics company, fell ill with acute intestinal infection in Liepaja, as reported by SPKC.

Overall level of construction costs in Latvia remains unchanged

Compared to September, level of construction costs in Latvia in October 2019 remained the same. Labour remuneration of workers increased by 0.2 %, maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment did not change significantly, but prices of building materials reduced by 0.1 %.

Doctors protest outside Saeima: Let’s not be like beaten dogs returning home!

During the protest held on Thursday, 28 November, leaders of doctors’ organizations urged deputies of the Saeima to study healthcare workers’ everyday life and promised to not act like beaten dogs returning home.

Minister: number of universities in Latvia is not optimal

Considering the current situation with Latvia’s national economy and demography, the number of universities in the country is not optimal, said Education and Science Minister Ilga Šuplinska in an interview to Latvijas Radio on Thursday, 28 November.

Germany to increase its NATO spending to U.S. level

Germany plans to spend more in its payments to NATO budget seeking to match U.S. contribution from 2021, German media report after Berlin has been criticised by Washington of not meeting NATO recommendations in national defence spending.

Rail Baltica employees: the project is in critical state due to poor management

The Rail Baltica railway project is in a critical state due to poor corporate management and conflict of interests, as outlined by 62 employees of AS RB Rail joint Baltic company in a public statement.

Latvia’s president announced next year’s state budget

On Thursday, 28 November, Latvia’s President Egils Levits announced the country’s budget for 2020. Both the Law on State Budget 2020 and 27 accompanying laws have been published in the Latvian Herald.

Revelation of Riga Central Market's «cigarette mafia» prompts thoughts about penalty changes

Reacting to the reveal of a so-called cigarette mafia at Riga Central Market, officials from Interior Affairs Ministry and Justice Ministry will meet on 29 November to discuss possible penalty policy changes against people engaged in circulation of illegal cigarettes.

Bank: one-third of Latvian residents cannot afford saving on all pension levels

36% of Latvian residents lack sufficient financial capabilities to make savings on all available pension levels, including voluntary pension 3rd level. In Lithuania such an option is not available to 25% of residents and in Estonia – to 18% of residents, according to data from Luminor bank’s survey.


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