Society

We should talk about education quality, not number of universities

Friday, January 20, 2017 09:42
The Vilnius University students
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
When initiating reform of higher education in Lithuania, persons involved should speak about the quality, not the number of universities, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said.

Lithuanian spending on purchases lowest in Baltics but catching up with Latvia

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 12:39
Euros
DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika
The spending of Lithuanian households on essential goods remains the lowest in the Baltic states, however, is rapidly catching up with Latvia, shows an index of household spending published by the research company Baltic Market Insights (Baltmi). According to the survey, Lithuanians spend an average of nearly 2 euros more than Latvians during a single visit to the store, however, are still behind Estonia.

CIA declassifies document on Lithuania's post-WWII guerrilla fighting

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 12:14
A report about guerrilla fighting against the Soviet occupation after World War II is among hundreds of thousands of declassified documents published online by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Survey finds Lithuanians to be happiest in Baltic states

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 11:17
Residents of Lithuania are happier than Latvians and Estonians, however, all in all, people of all three Baltic states are not as happy as the world population, shows a World Barometer published by Win/Gallup International and Baltic Market Insights.

Seimas passes requirement for indefinite storage of unused embryos

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 14:18
Five embrions
Facebook nuotr.
The Lithuanian parliament passed on Tuesday amendments, initiated by the Peasant and Green Union (LPGU), to the new Law on Assisted Reproduction, putting into place the requirement to indefinitely store unused embryo and allowing embryo donation.

11% support same-sex partnership in Lithuania (3)FREE

Monday, January 16, 2017 14:43
Baltic Pride march in Vilnius
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
Some 11 percent of Lithuanian residents support registration of same-sex partnerships, while 7 percent of those polled support the possibility for homosexuals to enter into marriage, shows a poll.

Great Synagogue must be restored but not until 2027 - Vilnius mayor (1)

Friday, January 13, 2017 11:24
The Great Synagogue of Vilnius that was razed to the ground during the Soviet rule should be rebuilt at least in part, however, the idea cannot be implemented in the nearest decade, says Remigijus Šimašius, mayor of the Lithuanian capital.

Another 16 Syrian refugees arrive in Lithuania (1)

Thursday, January 12, 2017 12:33
Another 16 Syrian refugees have arrived in Lithuania under the EU's resettlement program, the Migration Department said.

Lithuania should have up to 5 state universities (1)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 18:40
The University of Vilnius
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
The number of state universities in Lithuania has to be cut to no more than five, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday.

Preliminary damage of Vilnius sewage spill at EUR 450,000 (1)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 14:11
The preliminary damage caused by the December sewage spill in central Vilnius stands at 450,000 euros, says Marius Svaikauskas, the head of the Vilnius Regional Environment Protection Department.

University of Education and Vytautas Magnus Uni expect to merge by 2018

Thursday, January 5, 2017 16:18
At the Vytautas Magnus University study and innovations forum
Organizatorių archyvo nuotr.
Lithuania's Vytautas Magnus University (VDU) and the Lithuanian University of Education Sciences (LEU) expect to merge by the end of 2017, representatives of both universities said after meeting with Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis on Thursday.

Rescue teams pull cars out of ditch, remove fallen trees amid heavy snow

Thursday, January 5, 2017 13:54
A bus of the road in Lithuania
Jurbarko rajono laikraščio "Šviesa" nuotr.
Fire and rescue services had to pull cars that have slid off the road and to remove felled tree branches amid snowy and windy conditions in Lithuania on Wednesday and in the early hours of Thursday.

Heath Ministry plans to regulate home births

Thursday, January 5, 2017 13:09
Lithuanian Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Wednesday that he will appoint a working group to draw up legislation to regulate home births.

Lithuania's road death toll at lowest level since 1952 (2)

Thursday, January 5, 2017 10:21
Car incident
DELFI / Orestas Gurevičius
Some 189 people were killed on Lithuania's roads in 2016, the lowest number since at least 1952, the Transport Ministry said on Thursday.

1st drunk-driving case in 2017 goes to court under tightened law

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 16:44
A 26-year-old man caught drunk-driving on the New Year's night faces criminal liability under Lithuania's tightened regulations, the Prosecutor General' Office said on Wednesday.

Conservatives initiate special fund for southeast Lithuania

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 13:28
After the parliament voted down the earlier initiative for a special foundation for development of southeastern Lithuania, a group of MPs have again initiated the issue.

IOM Vilnius and Santa visited Rukla refugee reception centreFREE

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 11:40
200 asylum applicants have been relocated and resettled to Lithuania from Greece and Turkey in 2016. Since it is their first Christmas in Lithuania, International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Vilnius together with Rukla refugee reception centre organized an initiative to share the Christmas spirit with them, IOM announced in a press release.

Disabled voters didn't have equal access in 2016 general elections

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 11:11
People with disabilities did not have an equal opportunity to cast their ballots in Lithuania's parliamentary elections last October as more than a half of the polling stations were not adapted for voting by the disabled, Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson Agneta Skardžiuvienė has found.

Lithuania should finish publishing list of KGB agents in 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017 16:36
KGB archives
DELFI (M.Ažušilio nuotr.)
The Lithuanian Genocide and Resistance Research Centre intends to finish publishing names of recruits by the Soviet KGB in 2017.

Lithuania in for windy, rainy weekend

Friday, December 30, 2016 13:15
Lithuania in for windy, rainy weekend
DELFI (K. Čachovskio nuotr.)
The coming weekend in Lithuania will be windy with the possibility of rain, weather services said.

Damage of sewage spill to River Neris may total EUR 300,000

Thursday, December 29, 2016 16:02
The damage caused to the River Neris by the leak of sewage system in Vilnius may total 300,000 euros, the Lithuanian Environment Ministry said on Thursday.

Vilnius mayor expect state of emergency over sewage spill to be lifted shortly

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 15:27
Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius expects that the state of emergency that has been declared in the capital due to an environmental disaster will be lifted shortly.

Russian embassy opens condolence book for plane crash victims

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 11:21
The Russian embassy in Vilnius has said that members of the public will be able to sign a book of condolences for the victims of Sunday's plane crash near Sochi.

Christmas weekend to bring wind, rain, sleet to Lithuania

Friday, December 23, 2016 17:39
The Christmas weekend in Lithuania should be windy and rainy with sleet, weather services said.

Sinkhole forces evacuation of Barclays building in VilniusFREE

Friday, December 23, 2016 17:31
A large sinkhole opened up near Barclays' building in Upės Street in central Vilnius, forcing the evacuation of people from the building.

Most Lithuanians to spend New Year's Eve at home

Friday, December 23, 2016 11:04
The majority of Lithuanians intend to spend the New Year's Eve at home, shows a survey published in the Lietuvos Rytas daily on Friday.

Lithuania can't support 14 strong universities - Minister of Education

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 12:43
Lithuania cannot support 14 strong and competitive universities, therefore, the network will be subjected to change, and the plan will be worked out along with the plan for the implementation of the government's program, says the country's new Education and Science Minister Jurgita Petrauskienė.

Seimas asks Govt to work out university network optimization plan

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 12:36
ISM University
D.Kanclerio nuotr.
The Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday urged the government to draw up proposals for optimizing the network of state universities.

Fewer Lithuanians gave bribes in past 12 months than 2 years ago

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 12:05
Some 16 percent of the Lithuanian population have admitted paying a bribe over the past year, shows a survey published by the Special Investigations Service on Wednesday. In 2014, the number was 24 percent.

Civil Code amendments threaten free speech

Monday, December 19, 2016 12:47
Magazines at a shopping centre
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
The adopted amendments to the Lithuanian Civil Code constitute a threat to free speech, says civil law expert Valentinas Mikelėnas, professor at the Vilnius University.