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Thursday, 23.10.2014, 03:39
78% of economically-active residents of Latvia, aged between 18 and 55, are in favor of a president elected by popular vote, according to a survey conducted by TNS and LNT television, reports LETA.
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Today the government of Latvia approved of the Welfare Ministry's proposal that, starting from 2017, a new level of minimum monthly income will be adopted, which will be used in calculating, for instance, the minimum welfare amount, non-taxable income, and various benefits, informs LETA.
During the first nine months of 2014 mortality decline was observed in Latvia. Provisional data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that 21 155 deaths were registered in the country, which is 387 fewer than in the first nine months of 2013. However, the number of deaths increased in September.
The actions of radical left non-governmental organizations (NGO) and spreading of false information are leaving a negative impact on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) opinion about the actual situation of national minorities in Latvia, Ombudsman Juris Jansons believes, cites LETA.
The Estonian government approved on Thursday a draft law which adds to the tobacco law a prohibition on selling to minors products that are meant for using a tobacco product, such as hookahs, pipes, cigarette papers and filters and objects that can be used as tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes and their accessories, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
Minister of Social Security and Labour in Lithuania Algimanta Pabedinskiene says that additional investment and creation of new jobs can considerably contribute to the reduction of poverty, informs LETA/ELTA.
Lithuania's possibilities of increasing the number of troops will depend on the national defence funding, said President Dalia Grybauskaite. She did not rule out a possibility of returning to mandatory military service in the future, should the need arise, informs LETA/ELTA.