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Ceturtdiena 17.01.2019 | Name days: Tenis, Dravis

Daugavpils City Council on hold until minister and KNAB decide what to do with it

Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry has asked Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau to provide information so that it is possible to decide on Daugavpils City Council’s ability to continue working.

Indonesia raises danger level around tsunami volcano

Indonesia's authorities heightened the danger alert level for a volcano that sparked a killer tsunami at the weekend killing over 400 people in the past weekend.

Opinion: construction industry wants answers about Rail Baltica

Although not rapid, growth in the construction sector is expected next year. However, together with that we will also get all unresolved problems, including the shortage of workers and the uncertainty about the organization of big projects, BNN was told by the head of Latvian Partnership of Building Contractors Baiba Fromane.

More progress for Latvia’s new government expected in January

Representatives of political parties in Latvia expect more progress for the government formation process in January.

Most Latvians plan to spend up to EUR 60 on Christmas dinner

This Christmas, 22% of the public plans to spend between 41 to 60 Euro on their Christmas dinner, while almost a quarter plan to spend between 21 to 40 Euro, and 10% up to 20 Euro.

Week in Lithuania. Watchdog: Simpsons might have negative effect on minors

The Radio and Television Commission (RTCL) of Lithuania believes the popular American sitcom, The Simpsons, might be having negative impact on minors, thus, should be shown after 9 p.m. According to the watchdog, certain scenes involving the use of alcohol, polygamy promotion, and talks about sexual intercourse, could be detrimental to minors. The RTCL has asked the TV3 channel airing The Simpsons to provide explanations.

LTAB: it was a relatively peaceful year for vehicle insurance industry

«While 2017 was rich with all kinds of processes for the vehicle insurance sector that had a considerable effect on the market, this year was relatively calm in comparison. Insurers had to pay more attention to sorting out internal processes,» says chairman Motor Insurers' Bureau of Latvia Janis Abašins.

Security Police search Kaimiņš’s office and find no «bug»

Security Police have performed a search in Saeima deputy Artuss Kaimiņ’s office. The ‘suspicious object’ found under his table is reportedly not an audio surveillance device.

Key UK airport reopens after 100 000 passengers affected by drone attack

Over 100 000 flight passengers have been affected as the UK's second-largest airport has been closed to flights due to drones flying over its runway. In the morning of Friday, December 20, the airport has reopened after over a day of no flights at the London Gatwick Airport.

A snowy Christmas for most of Latvia and a rainy one for western Latvia

At the end of the week, the layer of snow in Latvia is expected to increase. Nights will become colder, too. Next week, however, western regions will experience some thaw and rain, whereas eastern regions will remain cold and snowy.

Every fourth Latvian resident uses Smart-ID

More than half a million residents in Latvia use Smart-ID electronic identification solution. Across Baltic States in general, this system is used by more than 1.5 million people.

Saeima asks government members explain legality of MPC system

On Thursday, 20 December, Latvian Saeima supported requests submitted by two parliament deputies in relation to mandatory procurement component system and asked the government to explain Economy Ministry’s subsidized electricity state support scheme and legality of this system.

U.S. widens Russia sanctions over election interference

Washington has introduced new targeted sanctions against Russian citizens, putting them on its blacklist of individuals allegedly involved in a Kremlin-backed campaign to meddle with the 2016 U.S. presidential election and other malign activities.