Posts published in Day: November 25, 2019

Domestic violence second most common crime in Lithuania

Monday, November 25, 2019

Domestic violence remains the second most reported crime in Lithuania after burglary, the police say. Eighty percent of the victims are women who are often put into an awkward position due to inconsistencies of the law. Deputy Commissioner General Edvardas Šileris says that the police received 21,000 domestic violence reports in 2013 and over 50,000 three years later. “The more they [domestic violence victims] report, the more they trust [the…

What do foreigners think about Lithuania?

Monday, November 25, 2019

An in-depth study of Lithuania’s recognition and image abroad shows that relatively few foreigners outside the immediate neighbourhood know much about the country.Lithuanians are generally regarded as welcoming and hard-working people, but also dishonest, especially in Scandinavia., and are associated with the Holocaust in Israel and the US. Most people in Poland know about Lithuania and the country’s image is quite positive there. On the other end of the spectrum,…

Tax on banks and retail chains may come in January, ruling party leader says

Monday, November 25, 2019

The leader of Lithuania’s ruling Farmers and Greens Union expects new taxes on bank assets and major retail chains to be introduced in January. The Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, began hearings on next year’s government spending budget on Monday. “As to the bank and retail chain taxes, decisions are likely to be adopted, effective from January 1,” Ramūnas Karbauskis told reporters on Monday. Critics of the proposed tax on the turnover…

India neglected Russia in favor of the USA and Europe

By Adomas Abromaitis on Monday, November 25, 2019

Once the main importer of the Soviet and then Russian weapons and military equipment, India turned out to be an unstable and unreliable partner for Moscow. The breach of contracts and deals by New Delhi has become a routine and it seems that it does not surprise Russian partners. India, perfectly understanding the mutual interest in relations with Russia, nevertheless is actively seeking ways to fruitful contacts with both Europe…

Estonian FinMin looking into prospect of lowering excise duty for e-cigarettes

Monday, November 25, 2019

The Estonian Ministry of Finance is preparing an analysis with a view to lowering he excise duty on e-cigarettes, the news portal of Estonia’s public broadcaster ERR reported. The main aim of the move under consideration is reducing the black market for e-cigarettes and e-liquids, spokesperson for the ministry Siiri Suutre said. The analysis is planned to be ready by the end of January. Black market is estimated to account…

I am against raising taxes to cover budget deficit – Latkovskis

Monday, November 25, 2019

The head of New Unity’s group at Saeima Ainars Latkovskis told LETA that he is against raising taxes to cover the budget deficit, which is why he too is against the recent proposal to increase the budget deficit. Laktkovskis told LETA if it decided to increase the budget deficit, then this would mean that financing will have to be sought to pay back the borrowed amount. This would mean raising…

Priceless items stolen from Dresden’s Green Vault museum

Monday, November 25, 2019

Authorities in Germany say thieves have carried out a heist at Dresden’s Green Vault, one of the world’s oldest museum containing priceless treasures and jewels. German media reported Monday that the damage could run into the high hundreds of millions of dollars. Dresden police said investigators were at the scene. They planned to provide further information over the course of the day.

People have misconception about defense funding, Lithuanian defmin says

Monday, November 25, 2019

Public disapproval of plans to increase defense spending is affected by unresolved social problems and misconception of funds allocated to national defense, Lithuanian National Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis says, stressing the need to increase the defense budget in response to a fundamentally changed security situation. His comment came in response to a recent public opinion poll showing that more than half of Lithuanian residents are against the political parties’ agreement…

Doctors say ailing Assange needs medical care in hospital

Monday, November 25, 2019

More than 60 doctors have written to British authorities asserting that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange urgently needs medical treatment at a university hospital. The doctors said in a letter published Monday that Assange suffers from psychological problems including depression as well as dental issues and a serious shoulder ailment. Assange is in Belmarsh Prison on the outskirts of London in advance of an extradition hearing set for February. He is…

Estonian parlt committee to visit Brussels to learn about developments in NATO, EU

Monday, November 25, 2019

A delegation of the national defense committee of the Estonian parliament will visit Estonia’s representations to the European Union and NATO in Brussels and NATO Supreme Headquarters in Mons during its three-day visit to Belgium. Chairman of the national defense committee Andres Metsoja said that the purpose of the visit to Brussels was to get an overview of the developments in NATO and the European Union. “Developing of allied relations…