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Parliamentary majority holds closed door meeting
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 16:44:00
The session of parliamentary majority is being held in the parliament for the time being.The members of the ruling team are holding meeting behind closed doors.The session was appointed after the extraordinary session, where the MPs adopted constitutional amendments through the first hearing.
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Politics
Parliament adopts draft amendments to Constitution through the first hearing
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 16:13:00
The Parliament unanimously adopted the draft amendments to the Constitution of Georgia with 115 votes through the first hearing. The new edition of the Constitutional Law on the Autonomous Republic of Adjara was supported by 115 votes as well. None of the opposition parties have participated in the voting. The opposition boycotted the process.
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Regions
Law on secret wire-tapping being discussed in Constitutional Court
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 12:16:00
The law on secret wire-tapping is being discussed in Constitutional Court of Georgia. Judges listened to the arguments. The representative of the operational-technical department and employee of the State Security Service will be present before the court.The coalition “This Concerns You” demands that the law adopted by the parliament is declared as unconstitutional. According to the law, the so-called key to access on secret wire-tapping belongs to a body, which is subordinated to State Security Service. 
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Politics
Amendments proposed to be made into Constitution of Adjara region to be discussed today
Update Time: 2017-06-22 12:15:00
The extraordinary session of the parliament is ongoing in boycott regime. Amendments  proposed to be made into Constitution of Adjara region will be discussed at the session of the Parliament today.Voting is planned for the afternoon.
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Politics
Kutaisi university city, wind power plants and tourist potential of Georgia - PM spoke about these issues
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 12:10:00
Kutaisi university city, wind power plants and tourist potential of Georgia - is part of the issues that the Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili talked about at today's government session.
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Justice
Lawyers meet Archpriest in prison
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 12:06:00
Lawyers are meeting Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman with Cyanide.Giorgi Mamaladze's public Lawyer is also attending the meeting.The details of the meeting of Catholicos Patriarch with family members of Archpriest and the planned court session will be discussed at the meeting.
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Society
Public Defender of Georgia presented a special report on the rights of persons with disabilities
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 11:31:00
The Public Defender of Georgia presented a special report on the rights of persons with disabilities, which reflects the main tendencies, problems and challenges faced by the state in terms of the rights situation of these persons in 2016.Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili focused on the efforts of the Public Defender’s Office within the framework of monitoring the promotion, protection and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He also spoke about the systemic problems, which have been the same for years in every field of the life of persons with disabilities and significantly impede their independent living and inclusion in the society on an equal basis with others.According to Nanuashvili, during the reporting period, the main challenge was the delayed process of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The country still does not have an effective mechanism for the implementation of the Convention. The issue of ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention is still on the agenda.No effective measures have been taken for the introduction of a social model. In addition, statistics on people with disabilities are still not collected or analyzed, which would have ensured development and implementation of a policy necessary for the effective implementation of the Convention, as well as introduction of needs-based approach during implementation and planning of programs.According to the report, the state did not properly care for the promotion of independent living, physical environment, infrastructure, access to information and transport for persons with disabilities.The level of participation of persons with disabilities and their organizations in the decision-making process at various levels was low. Some barriers were observed during the exercise of their right to vote.
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PM - Kutaisi is becoming an international hub of education
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 10:50:00
According to the memorandum, the Munich Technical University will join the project of Kutaisi International Technological University not as a consultant but as a partner, - Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said at today's government session. As the Prime Minister said, the Kutaisi International Technological University project is very important. According to him, two days ago, a memorandum was signed between Kutaisi University and Munich Technical University, according to which, the Munich Technical University joins this project not as a consultant but as a partner."This is a very important step. Munich University is one of the world's highest rated universities and we believe that this step will once again prove that Georgia has the greatest potential to be established as an international regional education center and this is a step that proves that Kutaisi is really becoming an international hub, as it had been historically.This is a historic project that we think will have a great impact on the development of Georgia not only in the coming years but also for a much longer period, so congratulations on this very great success," Kvirikashvili said. According to the Prime Minister, he is glad that Georgia is becoming increasingly popular not only for the students of the neighboring countries, but also for quite remote countries. "Kutaisi University will be one of the most important educational institutions in Europe. We are convinced of the success of this project," Kvirikashvili said.
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Politics
Parliament discussing Constitutional changes at extraordinary session
Publish Time: 2017-06-21 20:05:00
The Georgian parliament is holding an extraordinary session to discuss the version of the package of amendments proposed to be made into Constitution with the first hearing. Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of Parliament addressed lawmakers with a summarizing speech. He talked about process of preparation of amendments and recommendations provided by Venice Commission, an advisory board of Council of Europe. The faction Georgian Patriots declared boycott to the extraordinary sitting. Irma Inashvili, one of the leaders of Georgian Patriots said that Georgian Dream was not fulfilling the promise regarding transformation onto Proportional (party) system of elections starting 2020 and her team did not plan to support the deception. The rule will be activated starting 2024 as proposed by the package of amendments. National Movement Party made the same decision not to participate in the discussions. Members of National Movement said that it was unacceptable to discuss the project through accelerated manner when the majority of changes were due to be activated after 8 years. This refers to transformation onto Proportional (party) election system and rule for president’s election. Also, it became known today that President may be elected in 2024 instead of 2023 together with presidential elections. Oppositional politicians claim that the ruling team turned Constitution into a subject of bargaining rather than a consensus. Only MPs representing European Georgia are attending the session. President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili on June 20 renounced the request of the parliament on calling of an extraordinary sitting and once again became the subject of criticism on part of the parliamentary majority. Nevertheless, the parliament decided to hold the session based on plural regulations of supreme legislative body.
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Media
Best projects for new season on GPB revealed
Publish Time: 2017-06-21 18:04:00
The competition commission today revealed the best projects within the framework of a competition for selection of new programs to be aired on Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) starting the new broadcast season.  The commission selected 9 projects. The competition for selection of new programs for 2017-2018 broadcast programming was announced on April 3. 
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World
NATO F-16 'chased off' from Russian defense minister's plane
Publish Time: 2017-06-21 16:51:00
NATO fighter F-16 jet tried to approach the plane of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea, but it was "chased off" by a Russian Su-27, RIA Novosti says. NATO planes tried to escort the Russian Defense Minister's plane over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea when he was traveling to Kaliningrad.The plane in which Shoigu was traveling was escorted by several Russian Su-27 naval aircraft fighters. One of the NATO planes tried to approach the defense minister's plane, but a Su-27 fighter jet swung its wing to chase off the NATO warplane.After the response from the Russian jet, the NATO F-16 reportedly retreated, media sources say.
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Society
National Tourism Administration holding training series to hotel personnel
Update Time: 2017-06-21 16:30:00
The Georgian National Tourism Administration is holding a series of training for hotel personnel with purpose to improve quality of service. Julie Pilkington, a British specialist arrived in Georgia to conduct the training on topic “Skills for Hotel Service.” About 100 representatives of different hotels are attending the training.   
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Justice
Appeals Court upholds verdict made by City Court into Tennis Courts Special Operation case
Update Time: 2017-06-21 16:18:00
Tbilisi Appeals Court today upheld the verdict made by City Court for 2 persons Giorgi Tsaadze and Irakli Pirtskhalava charged for May 2, 2006, Tennis Courts Special Operation. The two were left imprisoned for 12 years each. The defense side disagreed with the decision and described it as politically motivated. Tsaadze and Pirtskhalava are charged for premeditated murder of two youngsters Zurab Vazagashvili and Aleksandre Khubulov killed during the special operation. 
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Society
Patriarch meets with family members of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze
Update Time: 2017-06-21 16:16:00
Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II met with family members of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman with Cyanide.Lawyers were not permitted to attend the meeting despite the request of the defense side. Lawyers said that some clergyman prevented their participation in the meeting. Tornike Mamaladze, brother of charged Archpriest claimed that those clergymen, who attended the meeting, tried to interfere into their conversation with Patriarch. 
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Politics
Parliament holding extraordinary session
Publish Time: 2017-06-21 16:05:00
The Georgian parliament is holding an extraordinary session to discuss the package of amendments proposed to be made into Constitution. The faction Georgian Patriots declared boycott to the extraordinary sitting. National Movement Party made the same decision. Only MPs representing European Georgia are attending the session. Irma Inashvili, one of the leaders of Georgian Patriots said that Georgian Dream was not fulfilling the promise regarding transformation onto Proportional (party) system of elections and her team did not plan to support the deception.President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili on June 20 renounced the request of the parliament on calling of an extraordinary sitting and once again became the subject of criticism on part of the parliamentary majority. Nevertheless, the parliament decided to hold the session based on plural regulations.
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Politics
Parliament approves 4 members of Justice Supreme Council
Publish Time: 2017-06-21 15:52:00
The Georgian parliament approved 4 candidates for vacant posts of members of Justice Supreme Council today. Irma Gelashvili, Levan Gzirishvili, Zaza Kharebava and Nazibrola Janezashvili qualified for posts with parliament quota. The parliament considered 33 candidacies. There are additional 4 vacant posts in the council. The positions will be filled during Conference of Judges. 
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Crime
Group of drug dealers arrested in Turkey, one member is Georgian
Publish Time: 2017-06-21 13:31:00
Turkish police have detained a group of drug dealers in the town of Edirne. As reported, one member of the group is a citizen of Georgia. As police have reported, there are all 6 members in the group including citizens of Syria, Iran and Bulgaria.Within the framework of the special operation, a police officer contacted with the group as if he wanted to buy drugs and seized 10 grams of heroin as evidence.  
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Society
Youtube licensed in Georgia
Publish Time: 2017-06-21 13:24:00
The Georgian Association of Authorship Rights concluded a license agreement with Youtube after one-year-long negotiations. The author will receive honorary for posting a music peace by Youtube on its site. This refers to all official video clips published on part of Georgian authors. The portal will define the amount of honorary based on views and rating. 
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Regions
Varkhani village flooded
Publish Time: 2017-06-21 13:21:00
The village of Varkhani in Adigeni region was flooded as a result of heavy rains. Rescue brigades from Akhaltsikhe, Adigeni and Abastumani are working at site of natural disaster. Rescuers are pumping out water from ground floors and cellars. Crops of locals are destroyed. The village was previously flooded on June 10. 
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Culture
Golden Wave project over, winners revealed
Publish Time: 2017-06-21 12:50:00
Golden Wave 2017 musical project has come to an end. Winners were revealed in 17 nominations. Radio holding Fortuna is implementing several projects including the song competition ‘Golden Wave’. The annual competition reveals the ‘Song of the Year’.
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