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Lithuanian village honors goats in annual pageant
27 June 2016 - The Lithuanian village of Ramygala held its annual goat beauty pageant on Sunday, 26 June. Around 500 people braved the summer heat to attend the parade in honor of the goat, a traditional symbol of the northern village. (more)

Lithuania bans GM crops as biotech industry loses more ground
21 September 2015 - Lithuanian Agriculture Minister, Virginija Baltraitienė, announced last week that the Baltic country has demanded an EU opt-out regarding the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops. Northern Ireland and Lithuania have followed France, who announced their decision last week, and also Greece and Latvia in asking for an opt-out from growing GM crops. (more)

Litvak Jewish art gets first global show after almost a century
9 December 2014 - Scenes from Jerusalem and 1920s Paris are among the rare works showcasing Lithuania's Jewish artists from the last century that are going on show as a collection abroad for the first time. Lithuania was a major heartland of European Jewry, famed for its talmudical academies and bookish Jews known as Litvaks. 'The Lithuanian government has been putting a lot of effort into the preservation and promotion of the legacy of Lithuanian Jews,' Lithuania's Vice Minister of Culture Romas Jarockis said on a visit to London last week. (more)

Procession of Three Kings to mark end of Christmas period in Lithuania
6 January 2014 - The procession of the Three Kings (the Three Wise Men), which marks the end of the Christmas period, will take place in Lithuania's capital Vilnius. The twelve days of Christmas end with the Feast of Epiphany also called The Adoration of the Magi or The Manifestation of God. Celebrated on 6 January, it is known as the day of the Three Kings (or wise men/magi): Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. (more)

Lithuanian culture to go digital
2 October 2013 - Minister of Transport and Communications Rimantas Sinkevicius attended the meeting of the chairpersons of the Education, Science and Culture Committees and the Information Society Development Committee where he emphasized the importance to further enhance the Lithuanian language and culture in the context of all information and communication technologies. The minister said that the Lithuanian language and culture should exist also in the digital space. (more)

Lithuanian capital to install public 'happiness barometer'
12 July 2013 - The mayor of Vilnius plans to install a huge screen on the town hall to broadcast a real-time 'happiness barometer' that will monitor the mood of the Lithuanian capital. The giant display will monitor the level of happiness among the city's 520,000 residents by showing a number on the scale of one to 10 that reflects tabulated votes sent in by locals from their mobile phones and computers. The system is already set up and on televisions in the lobby of the municipal office. (more)

Impressive musical Lithuania-Europe linkup at the start of Lithuanian Presidency
6 July 2013 - President Dalia Grybauskaitė opened a special event dedicated to Lithuania's Presidency of the EU Council and congratulated the people of Lithuania and all Europeans on launching the Presidency. Lithuania -- taking the helm of the European Union for the first time -- introduced itself to Europe with musical composition 'Sqšauka' ('Linkup') by Kipras Mašanauskas, performed by musicians from Lithuania and other European countries. A piece consisting of 28 musical fragments was inspired by Lithuanian multivoiced songs sutartinės. (more)

Lithuania, Serbia Prime Ministers hail breakthrough in strained relations
18 April 2013 - Lithuania has reached a breakthrough in its strained relations with Serbia as Belgrade seeks closer EU ties, the countries' Prime Ministers say. Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius and Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic said at a news conference Tuesday in Vilnius they are putting disputes behind them as Lithuania considers whether to ratify Serbia's Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union. (more)

Lithuania: Vilnius to have new traditional Japanese garden
18 April 2013 - Mayor of Vilnius, Arturas Zuokas, along with Japanese park and public space designers, Shiro and Yukihiro Nakane, unveiled their plan to build a new traditional Japanese garden in the Lithuanian capital. Mayor Zuokas explained that the sakura trees planted on the right bank of the Neris, which blossom every spring, 'symbolize Vilnius' multiculturalism and international cooperation. They are also one of the city's most beautiful green spaces. (more)

Lithuanians nix nuclear plant plans
15 October 2012 - Lithuanians rejected a plan to build a nuclear plant to cut dependence on imports of Russian energy, in a non-binding referendum that does not kill off the project but leaves a question mark over its future. Support for the plant in Lithuania, one of the European Union states most dependent on imported energy, waned after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan last year. (more)

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Creating coherence and harmony in Lithuania
17 July 2011 - The Transcendental Meditation Programme is drawing increasing interest and participation in Lithuania; more information is now easily accessible online via the new Lithuanian Transcendental Meditation website. (more)

Lithuania: A beautiful country rising in coherence and enlightenment
10 July 2011 - The last few years have seen a new level of interest in the Transcendental Meditation Programme in Lithuania. 'So many different people are interested in Transcendental Meditation, from so many different professions,' said an administrator of the programme in the country. 'But the same desire unites all these people--they want to make their beautiful country perfect.' (more)

Lithuania: Expert presents Consciousness-Based Education
24 November 2008 - Speaking on a recent Maharishi Global Family Chat, Raja Willem Meijles, Raja of Invincible Lithuania for the Global Country of World Peace, reported on his recent visit to Lithuania with Dr Ashley Deans, Executive Director of the Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. (more)

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Lithuanian Prime Minister resigns
1 June 2006 - Lithuania's Prime Minister said he was resigning after his coalition government was left in tatters by the withdrawal of a key partner. The move came after the Labour Party dropped out of the coalition government amid allegations of corruption. (more)


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