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Minister of Education gets university network optimization proposals

Monday, February 27, 2017 10:09
The Lithuanian Education and Science Ministry has received proposals from interested institutions on how to optimize of the network of universities.

No traces of radioactive iodine detected in Lithuania - official

Friday, February 24, 2017 15:10
As Europe is looking into the causes of a radioactive iodine leak that has been detected in different countries in recent weeks, a Lithuanian official says that no traces of iodine have been recorded in Lithuania, adding that the levels of radioactive iodine detected across Europe pose no threat to humans.

Refugees to be relocated only to municipalities ready to accept them - SocMin

Friday, February 24, 2017 14:45
Refugees will be relocated from camps in Greece, Turkey or Italy directly to Lithuanian municipalities that will be willing and ready to take them in, Social Security and Labour Minister Linas Kukuraitis said on Friday.

Peculiar Path from Las Vegas to Lithuania

Thursday, February 23, 2017 08:52
Imagine that one day you pack your suitcase and utterly alone fly out for a month to an unfamiliar country located on the other side of the world. Sounds crazy, but catchy, doesn’t it?

Biggest cities fear new planned refugee integration scheme (1)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:42
Mayors of some of Lithuania's biggest cities fear the government's plans to move refugees directly to municipalities from April and bypass the stopover in the Rukla Refugee Reception Centre, Lietuvos Žinios daily said on Wednesday.

Vilnius selects best concept for monument to national revival leader Basanavičius

Monday, February 20, 2017 17:54
Vilnius' local authority has selected the best concept for a monument to Jonas Basanavičius, one of the most prominent pioneers of the Lithuanian national revival movement of the late 19th century, that is planned to be erected in the capital's Old Town.

Lithuania to relocate refugees directly to municipalities from April (1)

Monday, February 20, 2017 14:31
Lithuania's non-governmental organizations should shortly provide a list of municipalities willing to receive refugees directly from camps in Greece, Turkey or Italy, with plans to implement the new scheme starting April, says Social Security and Labour Minister Linas Kukuraitis.

PM's residence in Turniškės empty (1)

Monday, February 20, 2017 11:08
The prime minister's residence in Turniškės, a prestigious suburb in Vilnius, is empty until Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis decides where he wants to live. After taking office a few months ago, Skvernelis has pledged to decide shortly.

Ministers off to Rukla to inquire about refugee integration issues (1)

Monday, February 20, 2017 11:07
Refugee Reception Centre in Rukla in the Summer
DELFI / Eglė Digrytė
Lithuania's ministers of interior affairs and social security and labour, Eimutis Misiūnas and Linas Kukuraitis, are Monday going to the Refugee Reception Centre in Rukla to inquire about refugee integration issues.

Authorities mull transferring Soviet-era Green Bridge sculptures to museum (2)

Friday, February 17, 2017 15:27
The authorities are considering transferring Soviet-era sculptures removed from Vilnius' Green Bridge to the Lithuanian Art Museum, which could in turn give them for display to Grutas, a Soviet-era theme park in the southern part of the country, Culture Minister Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson said on Friday.

Novozymes Prize goes to Šikšnys and Charpentier

Friday, February 17, 2017 11:56
The 2017 Novozymes Prize is being awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier, Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, Germany, and Virginijus Šikšnys, Professor and Head of the Department of Protein–Nucleic acids Interactions at the Institute of Biotechnology of Vilnius University in Lithuania, the University of Vilnius announced.

Lithuanian archbishop Matulionis to be beatified in June

Friday, February 17, 2017 10:49
Pope Francis has set the date for beatification of Lithuanian Archbishop Teofilius Matulionis – he will be announced blessed in Vilnius on June 25.

Lithuania didn't break down, stood up strong - Grybauskaitė

Thursday, February 16, 2017 18:42
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė has extended congratulations to the nation of Day of Restoration of State, urging people to remain strong and unbreakable.

Happy Independence day! (2)FREE

Thursday, February 16, 2017 10:10
Lithuania celebrates the Day of Restoration of the State, commemorating the 99th anniversary since the nation declared independence from the Russian Empire on February 16, 1918.

MG Baltic concern offers EUR 1 mln for original Independence Act

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 12:23
Signatories of February 16 Independence Act
Lietuvos nacionalinio muziejaus archyvas
MG Baltic, a concern controlled by businessman Darius Mockus, on Wednesday offered one million euros for the original of the Independence Act of February 16 1918.

January 13 coup victims to be offered free legal aid

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 11:02
The January 13 case
TEISMAI.LT
Free legal assistance will be offered to victims of the January 13 1991 attempted coup in the case of compensation of damages, Lithuania's Justice Ministry said.

Human rights defenders welcome ban on violence against children

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 09:54
The Council of Europe's commissioner and a US-based organization Human Rights Watch on Tuesday welcomed the Lithuanian decision to ban corporal punishment of children.

Corporal punishment ban to ban vindication of aggressors - prosecutor

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 09:42
Lithuanian prosecutors are astonished by court rulings to vindicate parents for violence against underage children, says Prosecutor General Evaldas Pašilis, expressing hope that the parliament will pass amendments to the Framework Law on Children's Rights Protection will eliminate such cases.

Different approaches to family role, child protection are compatible - SocMin

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 14:08
Lithuanian Social Security and Labour Minister Linas Kukuraitis says that two competing approaches, one of which centers on children's rights and the other underlines the importance of the family, are compatible.

Lithuania may lower school entrance age to six

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:43
Children in Lithuania should attend school from the age of six so that they graduate before they turn 19 or 20, Eugenijus Jovaiša, head of the Seimas Committee on Education and Science, said on Tuesday.

Lithuania sounded like some country out of an American soap opera – historian RowellFREE

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 11:54
“For the Western reader who has no background knowledge all that seems to be happening is that crazy Belarusians arguing with crazy Lithuanians. The reader sees no difference between the two. . There’s no point in arguing with ‘idiots’ but you can still make your point known without getting angry. In Lithuania they do say however that there are lots of truths and that’s nonsense. The truth is one thing but there are lots of opinions” – that’s what Lithuanian Institute of History scholar Dr. Stephen Rowell says. He together with his colleague Dr. Darius Baronas are were awarded the 2016 Lithuanian Science Prize for their monograph “Lithuania’s Transformation: Pagan Barbarians become Christians of the Late Middle Ages” which has been published in English.

Local authorities welcome plans to build Jewish museum in ŠeduvaFREE

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10:49
Local authorities in the northern Lithuanian district of Radviliškis on Monday welcomed plans to build a privately-financed state-of-the-art Jewish museum in Šeduva that will be dedicated to the life of Jews in small Lithuanian towns in the pre-Holocaust era.

JustMin bars Russia's TV Channel from using Lithuanian name in title

Monday, February 13, 2017 11:28
PBK
Augustas Didžgalvis
Lithuania's Justice Ministry has banned the use of the Lithuanian name in titles of the Lietuvos Laikas and Litovskoye Vremia Lithuanian- and Russian-language broadcasts.

World class museum will open In LithuaniaFREE

Monday, February 13, 2017 09:22
International museum professionals and architects are working on Museum of Šeduva Jewish history, which will be using the most advanced technologies to tell its visitors about the history and culture of similar Litvak shtetls.

Seimas not to rush with Natl Minority Law, name-spelling - Speaker

Friday, February 10, 2017 14:41
The National Minority Law and spelling of non-Lithuanian names in personal documents will not be rushed, as they are still subject to discussions and proposals, says Lithuanian Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis.

Understanding Lithuania (15)FREE

Friday, February 10, 2017 11:03
It is often said that to understand a culture you first need to understand the language. There’s definitely something in that but I’ll come back to that later.

Jewish property compensation funds used properly in 2016 - auditors

Thursday, February 9, 2017 12:24
Žydų (Jews) Str. in Vilnius
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The Lithuanian National Audit Office (NAO), which in previous years identified certain irregularities in the use of compensation funds for Jewish religious communities' immovable property, says that the latest audit of the Good Will Foundation, which administers the money, has revealed no problems.

Lithuania: my journey of returnFREE

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 15:23
As a Cape Town born Jew, my life has come full circle. Although I was born after his death, my zeida, Rabbi Shimon Ze’ev Aysenberg, played an indelible influence in my life. My father, Isaac Eisenberg, born in a stable in Mogilov, Belarus, in 1922, a medical doctor and writer, spent his life interpreting his childhood memories.

President proposes amendments to allow Snoras' CEO trial in absentia

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 11:56
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Wednesday proposed amendments that would enable prosecution of financial offenders who have fled the country.

Minister of Education: University students numbers to fall until 2025

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 11:11
Lithuania's higher education network needs restructuring is needed not only to ensure better quality but also in response to demographic numbers, as the number of university student will be on the downward scale up until 2025, says Lithuania's Education and Science Minister Jurgita Petrauskienė.