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Three schools – one director: education institution head shortage due to low wages and high requirements

It is not only the number of students that is declining in schools. For a time now, there has also been a shortage of education institution heads. There are few willing to take the jobs due to low wages and excessively high requirements. As such, some directors are heading three schools at the same time, lrt.lt writes.

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PM dismisses criticism of gender inequality in his all-men cabinet

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis on Friday dismissed criticism that Lithuania might become the only country in Europe where women are absent from the cabinet of ministers.

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Presidential candidate debate: candidates split into two groups

On Thursday, the first major presidential candidate debate was organised at Vytautas Magnus University (VDU). Following the debate, the lrt.lt portal asked experts for their views on the candidates’ performance. VDU professor Algis Krupavičius saw there being two groups of candidates, while Vilnius Institute of Political Analysis Medias Programme head Donatas Puslys stated that some candidates were fortunate to have good performances.

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Internet connection in Lithuania – one of the cheapest in the European Union

According to the study of the European Commission, Lithuania is among four Member States of the European Union (EU), where the fixed broadband is the least expensive. It is accompanied by Romania, Latvia and Hungary.

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Icelandic payment entrepreneurs establish HQ in Vilnius

Paystra, a fintech company founded and financed by Icelandic payments experts, providing payment services, is establishing its headquarters in Vilnius, Lithuania, and plans to build a team of 30 professionals over the next two years. The company, led by two payment market veterans, will develop and deploy state-of-the-art electronic payment solutions for European merchants, a press release from Invest Lithuania states.

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Punishments for minor felonies to be lessened: community service could apply

It has been proposed that lesser punishments such as house arrest or community service would be set for minor penalties. According to Minister of Justice Elvinas Jankevičius, this would not only reduce the likelihood of repeat offences, but would also save taxpayer money, lrt.lt writes.

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Latvia's private, nongovernmental sectors to be included in national defense system

The Latvian defense ministry proposes developing a comprehensive national defense system that would encompass not only the Baltic country's defense sector and government institutions but also the private sector, nongovernmental organizations and individual residents, the ministry's representatives informed Tuesday.

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Ramūnas Bogdanas. A question for Orthodox believers in Lithuania

A historic event has finally happened. The Istanbul-based Patriarch of Constantinople, who is the first among equals in the entire Orthodox world, signed a Tomos on Sunday, which granted autocephaly. In other terms, he declared it independent, just as free as the Ukrainian state. The Moscow patriarch, an ideological tendril of the Russian world, controlled from the Kremlin, is furious over it.

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Lithuanian Army establishes new battalion for communications and information systems

The Lithuanian Army established on Tuesday its new Communications and Information Systems battalion amid developing new forms of security threats.

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Lietuvos Energijos Gamyba initiates a unique pilot project in the Baltics – a battery energy storage system in the Kaunas hydropower plant

Lithuanian state-owned enterprise Lietuvos Energijos Gamyba, a part of Lietuvos Energija Group, has started preparations for 1 megawatt energy storage system installation in Kaunas Algirdas Brazauskas hydropower plant. Operating in synergy with the plant, the new storage system would become the first and the biggest innovation of this kind in the Baltic States, a press release from the group states.

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Lithuania considers tightening Polish pork imports amid disagreements

Lithuania considers tightening Polish pork imports in response to the neighboring country's recent ban on pork and pig imports from Lithuania, the country's Agriculture Minister Giedrius Surplys said on Friday.

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Vytautas Landsbergis’ wish for the Lithuanian government – less blood, more wisdom

“I hope that things will not be all bad in Lithuania, that we will avoid various collapses, violent actions, against the opposition for example. We are constantly beset by various scandals involving the government, the cabinet. While performing investigations on prior cabinets, it is time to prepare for investigations on this cabinet’s work and mistakes, which may or may not be malicious. There are things to investigate,” professor Vytautas Landsbergis says. On the starting year and what to expect in both domestic and foreign policy, a discussion on Delfi’s Dėmesio Centre with politician Vytautas Landsbergis.

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Founding and operation conditions for civic electoral committees should be more similar to parties’ – political scientist

With a third more civic electoral committees aiming to participate in the municipal elections than during the last, Seimas Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis has stated that the conditions for establishing and operating parties should be simplified or made alike those of the committees. Political scientists believe otherwise – that committee founding and operation conditions should be made more akin to parties, whose accountability to voters is greater, lrt.lt writes.

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Former Lithuanian post heads potentially wasted 3.7 million euro, STT initiates investigation

The Special Investigation Service (STT) has initiated a pre-trial investigation on suspect large-scale property damage and potentially criminal acts of the company’s former heads, a Ministry of Transport and Communications press release states according to lrt.lt.

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Overcoming of schisms goes further or the Ecumenical Patriarchate strikes back

The Patriarchate of Constantinople will expand its presence in Russia through the parishes of the former Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP). There are also negotiations on the restoration of communion with representatives of the so-called Catacomb church.

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Food prices to be announced on official website in Lithuania: ministry

Prices of main food products in five largest Lithuania's retail chains will be regularly announced on an official website in order to give shoppers better understanding about general price level, Lithuania's Ministry of Agriculture announced on Wednesday.

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Lithuania mulls immediate ban of television programs threating national security

The Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania (LRTK), the country's broadcasting regulatory body, initiated law amendments aimed at immediate cancelling of TV programs if they pose threat to national security, local media reported Wednesday.

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Social Democrat Labour seek a president: A. Butkevičius mentioned as a potential candidate to his own surprise

The Lithuanian Social Democratic Labour Party could back the presidential bid of Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis if he chose to run for president, however the party is also considering the candidacies of Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius and former Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius, LSDDP member Juozas Bernatonis told lrt.lt. A. Butkevičius himself assures he is only considering participating in the European Parliament elections.

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Grybauskaitė refuses to enter war of words with Pranckietis: everything is clear

President Dalia Grybauskaitė is refusing to enter a war of words with Seimas Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis, who responded to the president’s New Year’s address, which called to prevent illiteracy and populism to take hold, with criticism.

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Retirement pension rises 7%

With January arriving, pensioners will see an increase to their pensions. Some of them will have their pensions delivered not by Lithuanian Post staff, but new pension carriers. Changes also await those enrolled in pension funds. All those enrolled will be making payments from their wage, while those unwilling to participate in the pension accumulation system will have the right to opt out within half a year, lrt.lt writes.

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