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Wednesday 20.03.2019 | Name days: Made, Irbe

Prime Minister: we cannot spend money intended for development on teachers’ wages

We cannot afford to spend the money intended for development on teachers’ wages, said Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Wednesday, 6 March.

Riga City Council workers, including Ušakovs and Burovs, get bigger wages

At the beginning of the year, employees of Riga City Council, including Mayor Nils Ušakovs and Vice-Mayor Oļegs Burovs, received larger wages, as reported by LNT News.

EU, British negotiators hold withdrawal talks without success

As the European Union and the United Kingdom continue to discuss possible guarantees on the Irish backstop in their Brexit deal, head of the EU delegation of negotiators and senior British officials concluded the latest round of talks with no visible result.

Latvian government approves 2019 budget draft

On Tuesday, 5 March, Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers approved a legislative draft for the state budget of 2019, as confirmed by Finance Ministry’s representatives.

Survey: 20% of Latvia’s small and medium-sized businesses offer goods and services online

20% of small and medium-sized companies in Latvia offer their goods and services on the internet. 22% of Lithuanian and 25% of Estonian small and medium-sized companies do this, too, according to results of a survey by SEB Bank.

AIDS seemingly cured second time by stem cell transplant

An unnamed Briton has become the second AIDS patient not showing sings of the sydrome, according to doctors cited by AP news agency.

Number of tourists in Riga reached a new record last year – 3.5 million

Last year, Riga attracted a record large number of tourists – 3.5 million of foreign guests visited Latvia’s capital city in 2018, according to information compiled by Live Riga. The largest number of visitors came from Germany – 176.9 thousand or 11.9% of all foreign guests.

Latvian minister puts on hold e-health system’s third stage

Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele has decided to put on hold commencement of the third stage of e-health system to instead clarify planned activities, organize priorities and give more time to Healthcare Ministry and National Health System, so that they are able to meet with e-health users’ representatives and discuss planned activities with them.

Warning: ice on roads in Vidzeme and Latgame complicates driving conditions

In some places in Vidzeme and Latgale ice on state and regional roads complicates driving conditions, as confirmed by Latvian State Roads.

Riga City Council allocates requested EUR 130 million grant to Rīgas satiksme

During a meeting of shareholders and board members of SIA Rīgas satiksme, it was decided to provide the company with EUR 130 million grant, as well as continue optimizing the company’s expenses, said Riga City Council Chairman Nils Ušakovs.

Vilnius to suggest Belarus to run Astravyets nuclear plant on gas from Lithuania

The head of the Lithuanian government has voiced plans to ask Belarus to change the fuel of its near-complete nuclear power plant to gas provided from Lithuania’s liquefied natural gas terminal and a planned gas connection with Poland.

Business contest in Liepaja receives 31 projects for a total amount EUR 515,000

The small and medium-sized commercial associations projects co-financing proposal launched by Liepaja Municipality has received 31 projects with for a total amount of EUR 515,000, BNN was told by Liapaja city’s municipal administration’s public relations specialist Daces Freidenfeldes.

Prosecutor hit by wage cut after Saeima deputy Askolds Kļaviņš’s criminal case

Prosecutor General Ēriks Kalnmeiers has decided to reduce for six months the wage of prosecutor Arvis Miglāns for violating the law in the criminal case launched against former Saeima deputy Askolds Kļaviņš.

Could Latvia attract lacking medical personnel from Ukraine and Belarus?

In spite of wage growth, Latvia still suffers from shortage of medical personnel in hospitals and ambulance brigades, said Latvian Medical Association’s leader Ilze Aizsilniece in an interview to LNT.

First ceasefire in Kashmir after Pakistan-India clashes

The military clashes between South Asian nuclear powers India and Pakistan have stopped giving civilians time to flee to safety after six days of military aviation, artillery and light arms' clashes. In Pakistani-administered Kashmir, at least eight civilians and two soldiers have fallen since the escalation came following India's airstrike early last week inside Pakistan.