Consumer rights watchdog fines classifieds website

The Consumer Rights Protection Center has fined companies SIA Internet and SIA SS, each has to pay a €15,000 fine for their unfair business practices, as the center's representative Sanita Gertmane told LETA.

Toxic substance found in dog food

Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs was under renewed pressure August 18, this time not because of his role in the scandalous 'Oligarch conversations' but because of dog food.

Riga Airport to purchase body scanners

The Riga International Airport plans on buying body scanners next year, Juris Kanels, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at the airport told Latvian Radio.

Police bust ring selling luxury cars illegally

The Financial Police of the State Revenue Service in August busted an organized group that had been illegally selling luxury automobiles and household equipment, avoiding to pay more than €2.8 million in value added tax (VAT), LETA was told at the Revenue Service.

People of Jelgava unhappy with state of roads

With the influx of EU funds, Jelgava - the fourth largest city in Latvia - has largely shed its reputation for a sorry state of roads. However, just 120 km out of the city's 260-km road network are covered with a hard surface while the rest have a gravel surface and some vehicle paths are just grooves in the soil.

Police arrest 110 in huge Chinese swoop

Latvian State Police said August 15 they had undertaken a major operation August 14 in and around Riga during which they arrested 110 people, including large numbers of foreign nationals.

Students get international scholarships

On 14 August, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs presented award certificates for the United World College (UWC) scholarships to Latvian secondary school students on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the UWC movement in Latvia. Three students will soon be representing Latvia at UWC’s schools and colleges in Armenia, Italy and Norway.

Canada adds artillery battery to its Latvian forces

On August 13 additional soldiers and equipment of the Canadian military arrived at the port of Riga to join those already in place as part of NATO's 'enhanced Forward Presence' (eFP, sic) multinational battlegroup.

Latvian soldier receives posthumous U.S. honor

A street in the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, U.S., has been named after Sergeant Voldemars Ansevics, a Latvian soldier who died in the line of duty while participating in the international military operation in Afghanistan in 2009, according to sargs.lv, the military news portal of the Latvian Defense Ministry.

Defense Ministry wants new, official 'Soldiers' Day'

Latvia's Ministry of Defense is calling for the establishment of an official 'Soldiers' Day' on the national calendar in addition to the existing Lāčplēsis Day on November 11 when people traditionally remember military personnel.

Exit exams will be in Latvian only, says government

On August 8 Latvia's government supported Education Ministry rules saying students at grade 9 and 12 will have to pass exit exams in Latvian as opposed to minority languages like Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, etc.

Anti-graft squad won't start case against Agriculture Minister

The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) won't start a criminal procedure against Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs (Greens and Farmers Union) over allegedly undeclared land property in the Freeport of Riga, KNAB told the press August 8.

Healthcare financing law ready in weeks, promises PM

The first draft of a new law on healthcare financing will be produced by the meeting of the National Trilateral Cooperation Council planned in late August, Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens and Farmers Union) told the press after a meeting of ruling coalition parties on Monday.

Demographic slump to change Latvia's economy

As Latvia is seeing a demographic slump, schools and kindergartens will have to close within the next few years. It is also forecast that Latvia will have to revise its immigration policies, reported LTV on August 6.

Things of Latvia: Two-liter beer bottles

Soon, the Mother Of All Bottles will be no longer. There will instead be a lack, an emptiness, a void at which confused-looking men with three day stubble will stare with regret.

Alleged Ukraine fighter acquitted

The Riga City Vidzeme District Court on August 4 acquitted Artjoms Skripniks, a man from the south-eastern Latvian city of Daugavpils, who was charged with illegal participation in the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

Join the hunt for Latvia's most wanted

Eurocops are asking the public for help tracking down the continent's most-wanted criminals, with two Latvian drug smugglers and an armed robber among their number.