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Prosecutor requests to postpone pretrial hearing into Mamaladze case
Chief Prosecutor’s Office requests to postpone the pretrial hearing into the Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze case. Prosecutor Jarji Tsiklauri made the regarding statement today.The prosecutor explained that the expertise material is in a large amount and the examination has not been completed yet.Prosecutor says that after the examination a number of procedures have to be conducted - the necessary investigative activities as well as questioning of witnesses.Archpriest and Head of Patriarchate’s Property Management Service was detained on February 10, 2017, at Tbilisi International Airport before his departure to Germany. According to Prosecutor's Office poisonous substance - sodium cyanide, kept in a concealed manner, was seized upon the search of his luggage. The investigation continues under Articles 18-108 and 236 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.  In addition, the investigation is ongoing on the charge of  keeping weapon illegally.
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Culture
EBU offers Russian singer opportunity to perform via satellite
On 22nd March the Ukrainian authorities issued a travel ban on the artist chosen as the Russian entrant to the Eurovision Song Contest, Julia Samoylova. Today the European Broadcasting Union issued a further statement regarding the issue.     Statement from the European Broadcasting Union (23rd March 2017).Taking into consideration that this ban might be upheld by the Ukrainian authorities, and in order to maintain the non-political nature of the Eurovision Song Contest, the EBU has been working hard to find a solution to this situation and has taken the unprecedented move to offer Channel One Russia the opportunity for Julia to still participate in this year’s Contest by performing live in the 2nd Semi Final via satellite. Should the Russian entry qualify for the Grand Final the same solution would apply. This is something that has never been done before in the Contest’s 60 year history but, in the spirit of Eurovision’s values of inclusivity, and this year’s theme of Celebrate Diversity, the decision has been taken to ensure that all 43 entrants are given the opportunity to participate.Frank-Dieter Freiling, Chairman of the Reference Group, the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest, expressed his hope though, that the political leadership of Ukraine will not implement the travel ban and find a solution in line with the contest's slogan, Celebrate Diversity, - eurovision.tv reports. (eurovision.tv)
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Society
GPB was imposed to pay 30 000 GEL compensation to Eka Mishveladze
Tbilisi City Court partly satisfied the law-suit of Journalist Eka Mishveladze.  Court has delivered a verdict today according to which the order issued by GPB General Director Giorgi Baratashvili on February 11, 2016 about dismissal journalist Eka Mishveladze from Public Broadcaster was terminated. The Broadcaster has to pay 30 000 GEL compensation to Mishveladze and 900 GEL to the state budget.Eka Mishveladze was dismissed from the Public Broadcaster in February 2016, after which, the journalist appealed to the court. During Court dispute her interest was defended by the Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA). The Lawyers of GPB plan to appeal the Court's verdict. 
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Society
Earthquakes hit Georgia
The earthquakes have taken place in Georgia.Three quakes were observed in the Paravani village in the town of Tsalka, 60 kms far from Tbilisi. As reported by the Seismic Monitoring Center the earthquake was of 3.7 magnitude initially, 3 magnitude – for second and 2.9 magnitude for the third time. Soft quakes were also observed in Tsalka yesterday. 
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Politics
Session of National Security Council held at Presidential Administration
The session of National Security Council has been held at the Presidential Administration today.  According to Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili, several issues have been discussed during the session; among them:  the security environment in the Black Sea region, preparation for the NATO summit and a coordinated inter-agency action in this direction.“We spoke about upcoming the Brussels summit and steps that need to be taken in this direction. An important task is that the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Security Council, the Prime Minister and the President to act together to draw our partners attention to the issue of Georgia at this summit", - said the President.The session was attended by the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, Secretary of the National Security Council Davit Rekviashvili, Chair of the Defense and Security Committee Irakli Sesiashvili, Minister for Defence Levan Izoria and head of the General Staff of Georgia's armed forces Vladimer Chachibaia.
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Justice
Levan Rostoshvili sentenced to 8 years and Lasha Kurtanidze 5 years of imprisonment
Tbilisi City Court sentenced to 8 years of imprisonment to TV anchor Levan Rostoshvili and  5 years of imprisonment  to the actor Lasha Kurtanidze. The accused persons were released on bail up to this time.Rostoshvili and Kurtanidze were detained on May 6, 2016. The investigation was launched under the Article 260 of the Criminal Code, on the charge of purchasing and possessing a large amount of an drugs.
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Society
Brazil meat scandal: China and EU suspend imports
Some of the biggest consumers of Brazilian meat have suspended imports over allegations that companies have been selling unsafe produce for years.China has banned red meat imports from Brazil, while the European Union said it would stop buying from companies implicated in the scandal. The crisis was triggered by a huge federal police operation on Friday. It found evidence that meat-packers had been selling rotten and substandard produce for several years, BBC reports.The meat industry plays an important part in the Brazilian economy, with exports worth more than $12bn (£9.7bn) a year. The Brazilian government has done all it could to avoid a total or partial ban on meat imports from other countries.
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Politics
Giorgi Kvirikashvili: Georgia is committed to its purpose to build a European country
Georgia is committed to its purpose to build a European country with European democracy and European institutions, - Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said at the meeting with the speakers and vice-speakers of the Nordic-Baltic (NB8) parliaments. According to the governmental administration, Prime Minister thanked the guests for visiting and supporting Georgia. "We are proud of our achievements, however, we would not have been able to attain them without your support. I want to thank you for supporting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia. I would also like to thank you for visiting the occupation line. Not only the government, but the people of Georgia appreciates your friendly position and support in overcoming challenges", Prime Minister told the delegation members.Kvirikashvili highlighted the achievements of recent years and the importance of support from the EU countries and Western partners. The European and Euro-Atlantic integration process, democratic reforms and the situation in the occupied territories were also discussed at the meeting. In addition, the PM provided detailed information to the guests about the government's four-point plan of reforms, which was praised by the speakers.
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Society
NGO voices claims against Kutaisi Shelter of Animals
The non-governmental organization Georgian Federation for Protection of Animals accuses Kutaisi Shelter of Animals, opened 2 days ago, of planning to kill homeless dogs. According to members of NGO, they have obtained the documentation based on which the shelter intends to perform surgeries without anesthesia using only Xylazine that causes sedation, muscle relaxation, and analgesia. The special services described the allegations as absurd.  
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