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Tuesday 23.10.2018 | Name days: Daina, Dainida, Dainis

3.42% of voters have cast their votes in 13th Saeima elections

As of 08:30, a total of 53,007 or 3.42% of Latvians with voting rights have cast their votes in 13th Saeima elections, according to information from Central Election Commission.

All election sites in Latvia open with no incidents

All election sites in Latvia’s five regions opened on time for 13th Saeima elections, as confirmed by Central Election Commission representative Kristīne Bērziņa.

Elections in Latvia

In accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia, state sovereign power belongs to the Latvian Nation. One of the ways residents can use this power is organizing free and democratic elections. 13th Saeima elections will take place in Latvia 6 October 2018.

With help from Omega counter-terrorism unit, State Police rescues a hostage held captive on a yacht

On Wednesday, 3 October, Latvian State Police received information that a Latvian citizen was being held captive on board a yacht in the waters of the Baltic Sea.

Latvian Agriculture Ministry to propose reducing VAT on meat, milk, bread and fish

Agriculture Ministry plans to propose reducing value added tax rate for meat, milk, bread and fish, as confirmed by Agriculture Ministry’s parliamentary secretary Ringolds Arnītis.

Meteorologists predict warm weather in Latvia next week

On Friday, 5 October, Latvia’s coastal regions will experience strong wind, which will calm down around Saturday. Weather will change at the beginning of next week. An anticyclone will approach Latvia from the south-west, bringing warm masses of air to the country, as reported by Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Vatican sued to make it reveal identities of child abusers in clergy

An American citizen, who has unveiled he had been raped by a priest as a child, has sued the Vatican with the aim of identifying accused Catholic clergy members in the world.

Saeima supports «opening KGB bag» in the final reading

Latvian Saeima supported in the final reading the publication of KGB files on the internet. 71 Saeima deputies voted in favour of this decision.

Rubesa: Rail Baltica project will be implemented sooner or later

Rail Baltica project will be implemented sooner or Latvia, said former CEO of RB Rail Baiba Rubesa in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

Lithuania: rural ambulatory care precincts under threat

An overhaul of Lithuania’s hospital network, the brainchild of Lithuania’s Health minister Aurelijus Veryga, has yet to override many hurdles and some say it has stalled amid the overwhelming resistance, however, the new «victim» of it may be the country’s ambulatory care centres that are on the bottom chain of medical services and which are especially popular among the rural population.

Estonia calls for EU unity, not uniformity

Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas has made a speech at the European Parliament in France, where he stressed the need for unity in the European Union, but one that recognises the different views of member states.

After criticism from Brussels, Italy scales down budget deficit ambitions

Italian government has reacted to pressure from the European Union over its spending objectives with an offer reduce its budget deficit targets from 2020.

Rīgas mikroautobusu satiksme becomes the only contender in minibus services procurement

AS Liepājas autobusu parks and AS Nordeka, which had previously submitted numerous complaints about SIA Rīgas satiksme’s organized minibus transport services procurements, have decided to no longer participate in them. With that, the only contender that has applied for the most recent one is Rīgas mikroautobusu satiksme.

Tax avoiders sentenced to prison after SRS criticized court rulings

At the end of September, five people were sentenced to prison for tax avoidance. This ruling comes right after the State Revenue Service criticized the court justice system for previous rulings in criminal cases dealing with financial crimes.

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