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EBU representatives pay a visit to Georgia
Update Time: 2017-02-23 20:57:00
The representatives of European Broadcasting Union (EBU) are paying a working visit to Georgia.Jon Ola Sand, EBU Supervisor and Gert Kark, EBU TV project manager have arrived in Tbilisi to discuss the organizational issues for Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC). The meeting has been held with the representatives of the Georgia’s Public Broadcaster (GPB), including the project manager Sergi Gvarjaladze and with the Tourism Department Head Giorgi Chogovadze.Talks focused on organizational and technical issues. Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC) will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia this year.
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Politics
Giorgi Kvirikashvili met his Armenian counterpart
Update Time: 2017-02-23 20:32:00
Georgia and Armenia have friendly and neighborly relations, which has been lasted during the centuries and we have to build our future in accordance with the best traditions, - Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili made the regarding statement during the meeting with Armenia's Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan.Karen Karapetyan thanked his Georgian counterpart for invitation. Giorgi Kvirikashvili held a face-to-face meeting with his Armenian counterpart, after which negotiations in an enhanced format continued with the participation of the members of the Governments of the Republic of Armenia and Georgia. 
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Politics
NATO Military Committee (MC) will visit Georgia
Update Time: 2017-02-23 20:27:00
NATO Military Committee (MC) will visit Georgia on March 2-3.  Chairman of MC, General Petr Pavel will lead the 28 senior NATO Military Representatives.Within the framework of the two-day long visit to Georgia, Chairman of NATO Military Committee, General Petr Pavel will hold tete-a-tete meetings with President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime-Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Defense Minister Levan Izoria and Chief of General Staff of the GAF, Brigadier General Vladimer ChachibaiaThe Military Committee is the senior military authority in NATO and the oldest permanent body in NATO after the North Atlantic Council, both having been formed months after the Alliance came into being. It is the primary source of military advice to NATO’s civilian decision-making bodies – the North Atlantic Council and the Nuclear Planning Group.NATO Military Committee is visiting Georgia for the second time. NATO Military Committee’s visit to Georgia is a strong message from the Alliance who continues to support Georgia’s integration and its efforts towards membership to NATO. It is also another demonstration of NATO-Georgia intensive and successful cooperation. This visit is a unique opportunity to discuss military issues, progress in GAF’s transformation, get first hand impression on the ground and further NATO-Georgia relations at the highest level.
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Politics
89 votes in favor and 20 against - raft-bill on secret wire-tapping has been adopted through the first hearing
Update Time: 2017-02-23 20:24:00
89 votes in favor and 20 against - after a noisy consideration the draft-bill on secret wire-tapping has been adopted through the first hearing. Before the voting the mutual accusations were voiced during the session.Verbal confrontation took place between one of the authors of the amendments Eka Beselia and MP Tinatin Bokuchava. The Speaker of the Parliament tried to diffuse the tensions.According to amendments, Operational and Technical Agency, which will operate under the State Security Agency, will have access to the covert investigative activities.
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Politics
Georgia’s government conducts the relevant activities for releasing Georgian pilot
Update Time: 2017-02-23 20:17:00
Georgia’s government conducts the relevant activities for releasing Soso Osorauli, Georgian pilot captured in the Democratic Republic of Congo by the rebels. The Georgia’s Embassy to South Africa has communication with the Congo government.It is not yet officially confirmed, whether or not the rebels demand ransom.According to Georgian Defense Ministry, the pilot left the armed forces 2 years ago. 
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Society
Disagreement escalates at the Patriarchate
Publish Time: 2017-02-23 20:00:00
Disagreement escalates at the Patriarchate. Father Michael Botkoveli has quit the post of Patriarch's Secretary in protest today. He named the allegation against him  voiced by Soso Okhanashvili  as a reason of his decision.  Patriarch’s chief guard Soso Okhanashvili accused Michael Botkoveli of lying.Soso Okhanashvili made this statement in response to the Botkoveli’s comment according to which Patriarch’s chief guard had not appeared at the Patriarchate during last several days. Comment of cleric evoked a doubted on Okhanashvili’s possible resignation. Patriarch’s chief guard Soso Okhanashvili says that he continues to work on his position. According to him, he will hold a briefing in the coming days. Soso Okhanashvili has been already questioned into the so-called Cyanide case. He has signed a corresponding document of non-divulgence.
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Society
Patriarch’s Secretary-Referent to be questioned
Update Time: 2017-02-23 18:04:00
Prosecutor’s Office starts questioning the main figures of  the so-called Cyanide case.The Georgian Patriarchate confirms that Shorena Tetruashvili, Secretary-Referent of Georgia’s Catholicos Patriarch, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, will be questioned as a witness.The accused Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze also expects the prosecutors. The members of the Holy Synod called on the Archpriest to cooperate with the investigation.
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Breaking News
Society
Patriarch's Secretary Michael Botkoveli resigns
Update Time: 2017-02-23 18:02:00
I am quitting the patriarchate in protest and I am no longer the patriarch's secretary - Patriarch's Secretary Michael Botkoveli told to Moambe news program. Michael Botkoveli links his decision to the statement made by Soso Okhanashvili, Patriarch’s chief guard. “The problem is  when the Patriarch’s chief guard says about the Patriarch’s Secretary that he is a liar. Patriarch’s chief guard is subordinate to the Secretary. Therefore, I’m leaving my position in protest as a person cannot understand his functions, ”, - The former secretary of patriarch says.He once again confirmed that he has not seen Soso Okhanashvili in the Patriarchate in the last few days. "Michael Botkoveli lied, when he said that I was not at the Patriarchate", - Patriarch’s chief guard Soso Okhanashvili told reporters today.  Okhanashvili said he continues to work on his position. According to him, he will hold a briefing in the coming days.
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Society
Registration for United National Exams started
Publish Time: 2017-02-23 12:19:00
Registration for United National Exams and Entrants Grants contest has been launched. According to the head of the National Centre of Exams, entrants will be able to register electronically, in which they must indicate the faculty and the university.National Centre of Exams has published a print version of the 2017 entrant’s reference. 
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Politics
Georgian government representatives respond to Congo incident
Publish Time: 2017-02-23 12:10:00
One Georgian citizen was captured and another was wounded after a helicopter was shot down in the Democratic Republic of Congo.The incident occurred on January 27.  Yet no one has contacted to the family. It is reported that helicopters were shot down by rebels on January 27.Soso Osurauli was piloting one if the helicopters, who is captured. The wounded one is undergoing medical treatment in Goma town in eastern Congo.The Presidential administration, the members of parliamentary majority and minority are responding to  the incident.
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Justice
Patriarch’s Secretary-Referent to be questioned
Update Time: 2017-02-23 12:05:00
Shorena Tetruashvili, Secretary-Referent of Georgia’s Catholicos Patriarch, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, will be questioned into the so-called Cyanide case presumably today. Shorena Tetruashvili arrived at the Prosecutor's Office yesterday, however she did not answered Prosecutor's questions. 
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Society
Health condition of Patriarch is satisfactory
Update Time: 2017-02-23 12:03:00
Doctor visited Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II last night. According to him health condition of Patriarch is satisfactory. According to cardiologist, Patriarch underwent through a hard surgery and his health needs care.As for meeting with Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, the doctor explains that it is up to  Patriarch’s decision whether he can to arrive to hold a meeting.Georgian Patriarch underwent through a surgery at Helios Klinikums Berlin-Buch Clinic on February 13. 
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Society
The unhealthy processes still underway in Patriarchate - Chkondidi Mitropolit not allowed to visit Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze
Publish Time: 2017-02-23 12:01:00
Chkondidi Mitropolit Petre Tsaava voiced yet another allegation against Georgian Patriarch’s Secretary-Referent Shorena Tetruashvili.  Mitropolit Petre still speaks about Shorena Tetruashvili’s influences.  He made the statement at the so called Matrosov prison today.Chkondidi Mitropolit has not been allowed to visit Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze at the 9th penitentiary facility.The lawyers are meeting the detained Archpriest for the time being.
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Culture
EBU representatives discussing organisational issues for Junior Eurovision in Tbilisi
Publish Time: 2017-02-23 11:00:00
The representatives of European Broadcasting Union (EBU) are paying a working visit to Georgia.Jon Ola Sand, EBU Supervisor and Gert Kark, EBU TV project manager are holding meeting with the representatives of the Georgia’s Public Broadcaster (GPB), including the Junior Eurovision project manager, Media and Communication Director, Eurovision Producer as well as the Head of the Tourism Department. Talks focused on organizational and technical issues. Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC) will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia this year.
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Politics
Georgian FM delivers speech at UNSC
Update Time: 2017-02-22 20:15:00
While the UN, OSCE and EU have been engaged in international talks between Georgia and Russia as the co-moderators of the Geneva International Discussions for 8 years now, more needs to be done to deliver on tangible results, which first and foremost requires political will and commitment from all, - Georgia’s Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze said while delivering speech at United Nations Security Council. “It requires more stewardship on behalf of the Co-Chairs and the Secretary-General in guiding and assessing the process based on the principles and norms of international law. We should all support the Secretary-General in assuming stronger leadership role.My country has been long committed to the constructive and peaceful policy of reconciliation and confidence building. Let me stress, that Georgia is committed to good neighborly relations and strives to have peace in the region. It was in this spirit that Georgia undertook the unilateral non-use of force commitment, which was never reciprocated.Since 2012, the Government of Georgia has been seeking the de-escalation of relations with the Russian Federation, by making constructive and practical steps. We have established dialogue on issues related to trade, transport, people-to-people relations, aimed at de-escalation tensions, which has provided some positive outcomes.We work constructively in the format of Geneva International Discussions, open for constructive negotiations. Last year was marked by the restoration of the Gali Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism.As concerns the relations with our compatriots living in the occupied territories, the ethnic Abkhaz and Ossetians, are an integral part of our common history and future, despite the current artificial barriers. There is no alternative to the return of the IPDs and refugees to their homes and to the full re-integration of all ethnicities into a vibrant society where human rights and individual freedoms as well as cultural and linguistic diversity of different communities are the Georgian State’s top priorities.We firmly pursue the engagement, confidence building and reconciliation process with the people living in the occupied territories. We are offering all benefits which are open to Georgian citizens. We stand ready to offer all the progress we will be having on our development path,” Janelidze stated. 
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Society
Patriarch’s Secretary-Referent to be questioned
Publish Time: 2017-02-22 20:00:00
Shorena Tetruashvili, Secretary-Referent of Georgia’s Catholicos Patriarch, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, will be questioned into the so-called Cyanide case. Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman, also plans to break silence.   According to Lawyer Giorgi Pantsulaia, Archpriest will give evidence to the investigation in several days. However, before testifying Archpriest wants to meet with Patriarch or any member of Holy Synod and Mitropolit Petre. However, it is unlikely that his request is satisfied. Clergymen express trust to the investigation. The defense side speaks about new circumstances. Mikheil Ramishvili, Mamaladze’s new lawyer says that a gun figuring in so-called Cyanide case discovered in Mamaladze’s house represents one of the important details. Mamaladze’s health condition is stable. He underwent through medical examinations at Aversi Clinic and the results were sent to Chapidze Heart Center. Mamaladze is already transferred to a penitentiary facility. 
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Economics
Price of 1 USD below 2.60 GEL
Publish Time: 2017-02-22 18:36:00
The Georgian national currency slightly gained value. For the first time for the last 2 months, the price of 1 USD is below 2.60 GEL and is sold at 2.59 at exchange booths. Positive tendency is noticed about export and monetary transfers in January. Export in January in comparison to the same month of 2016 increased by 45%, money transfers – by 26%. 
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Politics
Head of Presidential Administration comments about draft-bill on secret wire-tapping
Update Time: 2017-02-22 18:27:00
Giorgi Abashishvili, Head of Presidential Administration commented about discussions over the draft-bill on secret wire-tapping. He said likewise public, the administration had many questions. Abashishvili called on parliamentary majority to make decisions through transparent discussions. 
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Society
Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze transferred to prison
Publish Time: 2017-02-22 18:07:00
When will Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman, break silence?  According to Lawyer Giorgi Pantsulaia, Archpriest will give evidence to the investigation in several days. However, before testifying Archpriest wants to meet with Patriarch or any member of Holy Synod and Mitropolit Petre and is waiting for the answer from Patriarchate.  Mamaladze’s health condition is stable. He underwent through medical examinations at Aversi Clinic and the results were sent to Chapidze Heart Center. Mamaladze is already transferred to a penitentiary facility. Mikheil Ramishvili, Mamaladze’s new lawyer says that a gun figuring in so-called Cyanide case discovered in Mamaladze’s house represents one of the important details. 
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Justice
Actor Guram Jashi placed at clinic
Update Time: 2017-02-22 18:00:00
Doctors are trying to save life of Guram Jashi, actor of Marjanishvili Theater who was attacked last night by unknown persons. He is placed at Reanimation Unit of Ingorokva Clinic being in unconscious condition. Relatives presume that the actor was attacked for robbery motive. However, Ministry of Internal Affairs does not confirm this version yet. Investigation into the case is ongoing under Article 120 of Criminal Code on charge of premeditated infliction of injuries to a person.
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