Society

Lithuania's rate of smokers above EU average (1)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 13:12
Ashtray
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
The average share of smokers of cigarettes in Lithuania is higher than that in the rest of the European Union, Eurostat said on Wednesday.

University index published in Lithuania

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 13:03
The University of Vilnius
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
Computer engineering is best taught at the Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), finances at the ISM University of Management and Economics, while pedagogics at the Vytautas Magnus University (VDU), according to a comparison of studies published in the Reitingai magazine.

NGOs call for protection order against domestic violence

Monday, December 5, 2016 11:38
Lithuanian non-governmental organizations providing support to victims of domestic violence will seek that the country's laws stipulate a protection order against violence.

Snowfall reported across Lithuania, with slippery stretches of roads (1)

Friday, December 2, 2016 15:21
Traffic conditions are burdened by heavy snowfall across Lithuania on Friday, with slippery stretches reported on roads and highways, the Lithuanian Road Administration said.

Large group of MPs return to bill of embryo freezing

Friday, December 2, 2016 12:59
Five embrions
Facebook nuotr.
A group of Lithuanian parliamentarians have registered amendments to the Assisted Insemination Bill adopted by the earlier parliament and yet not enforced, proposing to return to the conservative version of the law, which envisages limiting the number of embryos that are created during the procedure.

Refugees asking for help to integrate but not for allowances – studyFREE

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 15:26
We are asking for the chance of ‘gaining a foothold’ but not for allowances, relocated and resettled persons to Lithuania say in a study done by the Vilnius office of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

We must ensure interests of all those living together - JustMin candidate

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 12:45
Julius Pagojus
DELFI (K. Čachovskio nuotr.)
Lithuania must ensure the representation of the interests of all persons living together, Julius Pagojus, the candidate to become the country's next justice minister, said on Tuesday.

Vilnius to hold discussion on Kazys ŠkirpaFREE

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 11:54
Lithuania's ambassador to the Nazi Germany Kazys Škirpa signs the act of the Klaipėda region hand over to the Nazi Germany. Seated Lithuania's ForMin J. Urbšys and his German counterpart  J. von Ribentrop.  1939 March 23 d.
Organizacijos nuotr.
The Vilnius Town Hall is hosting on Tuesday evening a discussion on whether or not to rename a street named after Kazys Škirpa, which is located in the heart of the capital.

New Orthodox church opens in Klaipėda

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 15:01
A new church of Orthodox Old Believers was opened in the Lithuanian port city of Klaipėda on Monday.

Lithuania must streamline its higher education network

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 13:05
Mindaugas Lingė
DELFI (K.Čachovskio nuotr.)
Lithuania's new government must streamline the network of universities and other higher education institutions amid a rapid decrease in student numbers, an advisor to President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Tuesday.

Peasant considers two name versions in passport

Monday, November 21, 2016 10:16
Lithuania's ruling Peasant and Green Union is considering a new idea on spelling non-Lithuanian names in passports. The party suggests entering both versions – in Lithuanian characters and in Latin characters – on the main page of the passport, with only the Lithuanian version entered in registers.

Alcohol banned from Seimas' restaurant, but allowed during receptions

Friday, November 18, 2016 13:16
The board of the Lithuanian Seimas decided on Friday that alcoholic beverages will no longer be sold in the parliament's restaurant and cafes, but will continue to be allowed during official receptions.

International Christmas Charity Bazaar to offer outstanding gift ideasFREE

Friday, November 18, 2016 12:04
FLTR Birutė Vizgirdienė, Kamila Korejwo, Liana Jagniatinskyte, Irina Tuminiene, Benita Guillaume, Rima Ingstad, Ethel Cushing, Edita Raguckiene, Janina Butkevičienė, Dovilė Rūkaitė
Ludo Segers @ The Lithuania Tribune
On 3 December, the International Women's Association of Vilnius will organise the 14th International Christmas Charity Bazaar in the Vilnius Town Hall. The Charity Bazaar will benefit a large selection of good causes and help some of the most vulnerable in society.

Peasants & Greens plan conservative family policy changes

Friday, November 18, 2016 11:41
The Lithuanian Peasant and Green Union (LPGU) is planning conservative changes in the field of family policy, despite opposition from its coalition partner, the Social Democratic Party (LSDP), the daily Lietuvos Žinios reported on Friday.

PM candidate has proposal on original name-spelling in passports

Thursday, November 17, 2016 17:02
Polish and Lithuanian flags
DELFI (K.Čachovskio nuotr.)
Saulius Skvernelis, candidate for Lithuania's prime minister longing for better relations with the neighboring Poland, says he has another idea about original spelling of personal names in documents.

Corruption barometer: 1 in 4 Lithuanians paid bribe in past year

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 10:40
Lithuania remains among the most corrupt European countries – although Lithuanian residents paid fewer bribes to doctors and police officers in the past year, one in four residents have paid a bribe in the past 12 months, shows the Global Corruption Barometer published by Transparency International.

Trump won the election, a Lithuanian won 9,000 EURFREE

Thursday, November 10, 2016 11:58
While the world expresses surprise that Donald Trump has won the United States presidential election, one Lithuanian citizen from Southwest Lithuania rejoices having won 9,000 Euros. A year ago the man bet 1,000 Euros and believed that Clinton was going to lose and no one else but Trump will win the election. At that time betting offers at the betting company “TOP sport on the 45th US president’s victory ratio was of one to nine.

Incident in Rukla appears to be provoked by refugees, elder says

Friday, November 4, 2016 11:16
Gintas Jasiulionis
Facebook nuotr.
The elder of Rukla, a central Lithuanian town where a refugee reception center is located, says that a recent incident involving local and Syrian teenagers could have been provoked by the migrants themselves, the daily Lietuvos Rytas reported on Friday.

Socmin to call for faster processing of asylum applicationsFREE

Friday, November 4, 2016 09:03
Algimanta Pabedinskienė
DELFI (M. Ažušilio nuotr.)
Lithuania's Social Security and Labour Minister Algimanta Pabedinskienė has said following attacks on refugees in Rukla that asylum applications should be processed faster by migration authorities.

Pentecostals recognized as religious community in Lithuania

Friday, November 4, 2016 08:58
Cross
Vida Press nuotr.
Lithuania's parliament has granted the status of a religious community recognized by the state to the Lithuanian Evangelical Christian Union (Pentecostals).

Iraqi family going to Lithuanian court after residence permit refusal

Friday, November 4, 2016 08:51
Vilnius Municipality Court
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
An Iraqi family of seven that has been relocated to Lithuania but refused a residence permit here has turned to court over the Migration Department's decision.

Vėlinės in LithuaniaFREE

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 09:43
All Saints' Day, observed on November 1st, is an important holiday celebrated, notably, in Poland and Lithuania, which the opportunity to recognize the deceased.

Locals throw stones at Syrian teens in Lithuania's Rukla

Friday, October 28, 2016 18:33
Local youths on Friday threw stones at Syrian teenagers from a refugee reception center in Rukla, in central Lithuania, the police said.

2 refugee families escape from Refugee Reception Center in Lithuania

Friday, October 28, 2016 07:24
Two refugee families have left the Refugee Reception Centre in Rukla, eastern Lithuania, and attempted to leave the country.

Supreme Court quashes genocide conviction after ECHR decision

Thursday, October 27, 2016 16:28
The Lithuanian Supreme Court on Thursday quashed the conviction of Vytautas Vasiliauskas, a former Soviet state security officer sentenced for genocide.

UNHCR praises Lithuania for having prevented increased statelessnessFREE

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 11:06
Across the world, more than ten million people are not considered citizens by any state and face serious everyday difficulties, including limited access to basic rights.

Kaunas family to be awarded as Righteous Among NationsFREE

Friday, October 21, 2016 10:37
Israel's Ambassador to Lithuania Amir Maimon will Friday award the Yad Vashem medal and honors of Righteous Among the Nations to the Blažaičiai family, which risked their lives during World War II to rescue Jews from Nazi genocide.

President says to recommend new govt to learn from Finland's education reform

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 15:39
Noting that university mergers are inevitable in Lithuania, President Dalia Grybauskaitė says that she will recommend that the new government learn from Finland's successful higher education reform experience.

Child pornography ring cracked in Lithuania in international operationFREE

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 12:35
In an international operation against sexual abuse of children, officers of the Lithuanian Criminal Police Bureau have established eight individuals distributing a large number of pornographic files featuring small children.

Another 11 refugees relocated to LithuaniaFREE

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 09:35
Refugees at the Rukla refugees centre
DELFI (E.Digrytės nuotr.)
Another 11 Syrian and Iraqi refugees arrived in Lithuania on Tuesday evening under the European Union's (EU) relocation program.