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Government to declare emergency over Vilnius' Gediminas Hill

Monday, June 26, 2017 12:42
The Lithuanian government plans to declare an emergency situation over the Gediminas Castle Hill to make funds available for saving the crumbling historical hill in the center of Vilnius, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Monday.

A reduced publishing until 28 June

Monday, June 26, 2017 09:10
Dear readers, due to some technical difficulties, the Lithuania Tribune will publish on a limited schedule until 28 June. Sorry for this inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

New Lithuania’s admirer from IndiaFREE

Saturday, June 24, 2017 16:35
Read an interview with businessman from India Utsava Kasera. He is in love with Lithuania and planning to return again!

Married men to become diacons for 1st time in Lithuania

Friday, June 23, 2017 10:36
A priest
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Lithuania's Catholic Church will for the first time ordain married men as deacons, Kauno Diena daily said.

Traffic offenders will have to pay fines to obtain driving licenses

Thursday, June 22, 2017 14:30
The Lithuanian parliament on Thursday passed amendments to tighten sanctions for traffic offenders who fail to pay fines.

2 injured as US troops' truck collides with 2 passenger cars near Vilnius

Thursday, June 22, 2017 13:52
Two women, one of them pregnant, were injured as a truck carrying US troops collided with two passenger cars on the outskirts of Vilnius on Thursday, police said.

Large-scale international drug smuggling case goes to Lithuanian court

Thursday, June 22, 2017 13:15
Marijuana
Klaipėdos aps. VPK
A case involving an international drug smuggling ring has been recently sent to a Lithuanian court, the Lithuanian Customs said on Thursday.

Up to 50,000 expected in Vilnius for Matulionis beatification

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 12:11
Bishop Teofilius Matulionis. Teofilis Pilkis Photo
Asm. archyvas
Up to 50,000 people may attend festivities in Vilnius on Sunday for beatification of Teofilius Matulionis, organizers say, as police plans to boost its presence in the Lithuanian capital.

US military vehicle runs into civilian car in Lithuania, leaves 3 injured

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 17:07
US military vehicle runs into civilian car in Lithuania, leaves 3 injured
Romas Sadauskas-Kvietkevičius
A vehicle of US troops collided into a civilian automobile in Marijampole, southwestern Lithuania, on Tuesday, leaving three female passengers of the automobile injured.

Lithuania jumps to 16th place on European Innovation Scoreboard

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 16:54
Lithuania jumps to 16th place on European Innovation Scoreboard
Organizatorių archyvas
Lithuania climbed eight positions to the 16th place on the 2017 European Innovation Scoreboard published by the European Commission (EC), posting the highest increase among all 28 countries of the European Union, however, still lagging behind Estonia.

US serviceman fined for urinating on wall of ministry building

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 14:56
A US serviceman early on Tuesday was caught urinating on the wall of the Interior Ministry's building in the center of Vilnius and was issued with a 15-euro fine by the police.

Ban on mobile phones in pedestrian crossings proposed in Lithuania (1)

Monday, June 19, 2017 17:34
Amendments have been registered at the parliament, banning the use of mobile devices on pedestrian crossings.

Monument to pioneers of reformation, Lithuanian writing planned in Vilnius

Monday, June 19, 2017 17:28
Culture Minister Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson and Diana Stomienė
Marius Žičius
A monument to pioneers of reformation and Lithuanian writing is planned in Vilnius.

Expats angry at plans to scrap panel for affairs of Lithuanians living abroad

Monday, June 19, 2017 16:24
The Lithuanian World Community has expressed disapproval of the Foreign Ministry's plans to scrap the Commission for Coordination of Affairs of Lithuanians Living Abroad.

Posters with Soviet symbols removed from 2 houses in Lithuania's Salcininkai district

Friday, June 16, 2017 13:13
Lithuanian border guards on Thursday removed posters with Soviet symbols from two houses Dieveniskes, a small town in the eastern district of Salcininkai, the State Border Guard Service said.

Vilnius mayor denounces racist remarks by BC Lietuvos Rytas president

Friday, June 16, 2017 12:51
Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Simasius on Friday denounced racist remarks by Gedvydas Vainauskas, president of BC Lietuvos Rytas, a professional basketball club based in the Lithuanian capital, about the number of black players on the team.

Lithuania's Neringa seeks to put stop to renting out of yachts as hotel rooms - daily

Friday, June 16, 2017 11:53
The heads of Lithuania's Curonian Spit municipality of Neringa are concerned over the practice of renting out yachts docked at the Nida port to tourists as hotels, the daily Lietuvos Zinios reported on Friday.

Lithuanians disapprove of Labor Code, approval of PM, ruling party falls - BNS/RAIT survey

Friday, June 16, 2017 10:36
Lithuanians do not approve of the Labor Code and their confidence in the ruling Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) and Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is declining, according to a survey conducted by the pollster RAIT for BNS.

Parliament cuts short meeting due to power outage on Thursday, traffic lights off in Vilnius

Friday, June 16, 2017 09:07
Interruption of power supply in central Vilnius on Thursday afternoon caused the Lithuanian parliament to cut short its plenary meeting. Traffic lights were off in all of the Lithuanian capital.

Attempt to allow partnership for both different and same-sex couples in Lithuania fails

Thursday, June 15, 2017 14:23
An attempt to recognize in law civil partnerships for both unmarried opposite-sex couples and same-sex couples in Lithuania on Thursday failed to clear the first hurdle in the parliament.

Latest WHO data: Annual alcohol consumption at 16.3 liters per capita in Lithuania

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 11:19
The World Health Organization (WHO) has published latest and still unconfirmed data, which suggests that alcohol consumption in Lithuania is at 16.3 liters per every resident over the age of 15. Although the figure is lower than the earlier data, Lithuania is still the top drinker worldwide, a WHO official said.

Jewish museum not planned at Vilnius Sports Palace - Prime Minister

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 10:31
A new tender should be called by this fall for construction of a Congress Center to replace the former Vilnius Sports Palace, Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says, adding that no museum of Jewish history would be opened there.

Police fines Latvian man for wearing T-shirt with Soviet signs

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 15:09
Police of the Lithuanian port city of Klaipeda imposed a 75-euro fine upon a Latvian citizen who wore a T-shirt with Soviet symbols in public.

Law-enforcement suspends probe into hacking of BNS Lithuania system

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 08:51
Lithuanian law-enforcement officials have suspended their pre-trial investigation into the hacking of the system of the Baltic News Service's Vilnius bureau, saying that they are unable, at least for now, to track down the hacker, who used a system that ensures anonymity of the user.

Report shows significant rise in number of overdose deaths in Lithuania

Monday, June 12, 2017 12:19
Report shows significant rise in number of overdose deaths in Lithuania
Klaipėdos aps. VPK
The number of deaths from drug overdose in Europe has risen for the third year in a row and Lithuania is among five European nations that recorded a considerable increase in fatal overdoses, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) said in a report published this week.

Prosecutors ask Vilnius authorities to step up protection of Pilsudski's heart grave

Monday, June 12, 2017 12:03
Prosecutors have asked the mayor of Vilnius and the capital's police chief to step up the protection of the grave of Jozef Pilsudski's mother in which the Polish marshal's heart is buried.

Official emigration volumes down in Lithuania in May

Monday, June 12, 2017 11:36
Pranešta, kad užminuotas Kauno oro uostas
Kas vyksta Kaune / Rokas Tenys
The volume of official emigration from Lithuania has declined – the number of declared emigrations was down by nearly 500 in May from April, Statistics Lithuania said.

Some 50,000 Lithuanians support European initiative on family definition

Monday, June 12, 2017 10:08
Around 50,000 people in Lithuania have supported a European initiative to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman and family as based on marriage or descent, the Free Society Institute, a Lithuanian civil initiative group, said.

Lithuanian police, border guards join search for seal killers

Thursday, June 8, 2017 09:26
Lithuanian border guards and police are helping environmental protection officers in their efforts to find the killers of more than 20 red-listed seals found dead on the country's Baltic Sea coast this year, the Environment Ministry said on Wednesday.

The Jewish Quarter in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania – isolation or privilege?

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 16:56
Žydų (Jews) street in Vilnius
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Quarters comprising of several streets that were designed along religious, ethnic or professional lines were a regular way of life in European cities during the Middle Ages. Thus the settling of Jews, who employed the use of a section of the city that was delegated to them by law did not go counter to the pattern that had developed for settling in cities. Orthodox believers, Germans, Jews, butchers, glass makers and others who established themselves in Great Duchy of Lithuania (GDL) cities divided up living space in a similar manner. Thus Jews brought traditions to the GDL that were typical for them in the quarters they lived, traditions that coincided with other trends that managed to express themselves in GDL cities.