De-industrialisation was the most painful for older workers. The employment service has directed these men to do community service at the local water supplier (photo by Dalia Mikonytė)
Society

Creativity and boredom in a Lithuanian town coping with globalisation

Having joined the eurozone this year and successfully advertised its natural and urban wonders, Lithuania has become a new darling of international travel ‘listicles’. Its brushed-up capital, ambitious start-ups and emerging foodie hotspots make many visitors wonder if this is really one of the poorest countries in the European Union. Much of the country’s hardships, however, have been cushioned by de-industrialised peripheral towns – like Alytus. Having lost most of its industries, the town is looking for new, global inspiration. […]

Mahatma Gandhi, his secretary Sonia Schlesin and Dr. Hermann Kallenbach
Culture

Monument for Gandhi and his Litvak friend unveiled in west Lithuania

A sculpture depicting India‘s independence leader Mahatma Gandhi and his Jewish-Lithuanian architect friend Hermann Kallenbach was unveiled in the town of Rusnė in western Lithuania on Friday. […]

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Society

Kaunas becomes cricket capital of Lithuania

“In India language changes every thousand kilometres, and everyone worships their own god. Regardless of that, cricket is being played everywhere”, says J. K. Tandon, CEO of A&Z Exports International. Last week the Indian company has donated cricket equipment to the Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) in Lithuania. Cricket team at KTU, the second largest university in Lithuania with almost 300 students from Southeast Asia, has been founded in 2013. […]

Mahatma Gandhi, his secretary Sonia Schlesin and Dr. Hermann Kallenbach
Culture

Lithuania to unveil monument to Mahatma Gandhi by Russian border

Lithuania will unveil a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian statesman and a major icon of peace, a few hundred metres from the Russian border, The Times of India reports. […]

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Foreign affairs

India offers electronic visas for Lithuania

Lithuania nationals can now travel to India with an ‘e-Tourist Visa’, an electronic travel advisory, which can be printed out at home. […]

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Foreign affairs

Lithuanian PM meets with ambassador of India

On Monday, incoming Ambassador of the Republic of India to the Republic of Lithuania Ajay Bisaria has met Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius at the Office of the Government. The prime minister has congratulated the ambassador on his new term of office in Lithuania, discussed bilateral relations, and stressed Lithuania’s interest in the signing of the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and India, the prime minister’s press service said. […]

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Foreign affairs

India’s former minister in Vilnius: BRICS may become geopolitical player

The group of emerging major economies, BRICS, may become a key geopolitical player, although its perspectives will become clearer after establishment of a development bank, India‘s former foreign minister Salman Khurshid said in Vilnius. […]