58 more people take Latvian citizenship
The Cabinet of Ministers on August 13 approved citizenship for 58 individuals who have gone though the naturalization process, including two children who gain citizenship alongside parents.
Police foil alleged fake will fraud in Latgale
It sounds like the plot of a classic nineteenth-century novel, but Latvian police say they are ready to bring to justice people involved in a plot to gain land via means of a forged will.
A bridge too far for anti-corruption cops
The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) is asking the prosecutor's office to bring charges against eight persons, including Ugis Broza, an official at the Riga City Council's Transport Department, for various crimes and violations allegedly committed during reconstruction of Salu (Island) Bridge in Riga, the LETA newswire reported August 6.
Tilde beats internet giants in machine translation battle
For the third consecutive year, the Latvia-based language technology company Tilde has won the “Olympics” of the machine translation technology – the WMT 2019 competition. This year Tilde's team participated with its machine translation technology for the English-Lithuanian language pair, outperforming online translation platforms such as Google, Microsoft, and others.
Number of issued drone pilot licenses increases by 59%
The number of unmanned aerial vehicle operator permits issued in 2019 has exceeded significantly the number of permits issued in 2018. There has also been a slight fall in the number of registered offences, according to the data from the Civil Aviation Agency (CAA), reported LSM.lv on August 4.
Health Minister says hospitals will not be shut down
Hospitals in Latvia will not be closed, but from now they will be able to provide only the services that are of sufficient quality, said Health Minister Ilze Viņķele in an interview with Dienas Bizness on July 31.
Remains of about 40 people excavated during roadworks in Rīga
Experts say that the remains found during repair works at the Brasas bridge in Rīga are of Russian Army soldiers, who had been patients at the nearby Rīga Military Hospital. While the burial ground does not have identification markings, it is now clear that the Brasas bridge was built over part of the Rīga Garrison Cemetery, reported Latvian Radio July 26.
Three policemen injured in Ogre chase
On Wednesday, July 24, a driver fleeing police struck a police motorcycle in Ogre, according to LETA. Two more policemen have been injured as well as the fleeing driver, who is now in custody, said Andrejs Sozinovs, Chief of the Criminal Police Department of the State Police, in an interview on Latvian Television.