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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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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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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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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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Georgia named among 7 safest countries according to NUMBEO crime index
Publish Time: 2017-06-21 12:04:00
According to the NUMBEO crime index research, Georgia has been named among the 7 safest countries amid 125 ones in 2017, - Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) reports. According to the research, the security level is high in Georgia and the number of crimes is law. Under the Numbeo data, Georgia carries 20.83 index of crime and 79.17 – of safety. 
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Patriarch to meet with family members of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze
Publish Time: 2017-06-21 09:39:00
Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II today will meet with family members of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman with Cyanide.Lawyers will not attend the meeting despite the request of the defense side. Lawyers presume that some clergyman prevented their participation in the meeting. 
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Legal Affairs Committee considering changes to Law on Broadcasting
Update Time: 2017-06-20 18:10:00
The parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee is considering changes to be made into Law on Broadcasting. Initiation of the project is planned for this week. Based on the project, authorities and duties of Board of Trustees and General Director of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) will be separated. Changes will apply to purchasing. The law will not apply to purchase of TV-series and non-thematic production. Changes will also refer to commercial advertising and sponsorship. Reportedly, the proposed changes are welcomed by European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Non-governmental organizations are attending the discussions. 
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Training of canteens’ operator companies launched
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 16:08:00
Ministry of Education and Science has launched re-training of operator companies in public school canteens. The training aims at provision of youngsters with healthy food. However, about one thousand such companies, which supply public schools with food products across Georgia, talk about various problems at schools. 
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Peking Avenue may become one-sided for traffic movement
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 14:20:00
One of the central parts of Tbilisi, Peking Avenue, may become one-sided for traffic movement. Tbilisi City Hall is working on a project which envisages expansion of pavements and abolishment of one line for parking. Transport Service explains possible change with lessening of the traffic in Georgia’s capital. The project is likely to be activated after completion of rehabilitation works, which are currently ongoing. Underground communication systems are being replaced at Peking Avenue. 
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Georgian peacekeepers receive letters from children
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 10:32:00
Georgian peacekeepers, serving their mission in Resolute Support Program in Afghanistan, received letters from Georgian pupils. The letters were written by children from Tbilisi, Poti, Gurjaani and Telavi. The pupils wished Georgian soldiers peaceful return to Georgia. 
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Irakli Kobakhidze holds meeting with Patriarch
Update Time: 2017-06-19 12:08:00
The speaker of the Parliament Irakli Kobakhidze is holding a meeting with Georgia’s Patriarch.  The main topic of the discussion is the issue of constitutional monarchy, about which Ilia II spoke about the sermon yesterday.
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Passengers say aircraft flying from Istanbul to Tbilisi was hit by lightning
Publish Time: 2017-06-19 03:41:00
The Istanbul-Tbilisi flight has been conducted with delay. As passengers say, 15 minutes after departing from the Turkish city, the plane turned around and landed at the Ataturk airport.According to passengers the aircraft was hit by lightning. Nobody’s been injured as a result of incident.
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Peking Avenue rehabilitation works continue
Publish Time: 2017-06-18 12:10:00
Rehabilitation of underground communications and road infrastructure is ongoing at Peking Avenue in Tbilisi.Regarding the rehabilitation, a regular meeting was held at the Coordination Headquarters.Head of Saburtalo Gamgeoba (District Administration) is attending the meeting.  According to Beka Mikautadze the works are underway in 24-hour regime in order to complete the process for the beginning of September.Mikautadze calls on the population to move in the direction of Peking Avenue only if necessary.
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25th anniversary of Georgia-Germany cooperation
Publish Time: 2017-06-17 14:27:00
A solemn activity is being held at Aghmashenebeli Avenue in connection with the 25th anniversary of Georgia-Germany cooperation. German Ambassador in Georgia opened the activity. Tbilisi Mayor Davit Narmania and Deputy Finance Ministers attended the opening. Different programs, performances and games are planned to be held. The German Federal government has allocated 820 million Euro to Georgia as assistance since 1992.  
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Peking Avenue rehabilitation launched, several streets to become one-sided for traffic
Publish Time: 2017-06-17 12:09:00
Rehabilitation of underground communications and road infrastructure has been launched at Peking Avenue in Tbilisi starting from Vazha-Pshavela Avenue till Mirotadze Street corner. Consequently, Tbilisi traffic will experience certain restrictions; - Tbilisi City Hall reported. The temporary restrictions will apply namely to the following streets that will become one-sided: Peking Street starting from Vazha Pshavela Avenue in the direction of 26 of May square; From 26 of May Square via Kostava and Shartava streets towards Zurab Zhvania Square; Kandelaki Street from Zurab Zhvania Square to Nutsubidze Street; Chabukiani Street from Saakadze Square to Pekini Street; Tashkenti Street from Kazbegi Avenue to Kandelaki Street; Iosebidze and Tsageri Street from Pekini Avenue to Shartava Street; Traffic movement will change at Ana Kalandadze (former Bulachauri) Street in the direction of Shartava Street.  
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Coordination Council discussed rehabilitation works to be carried out at Peking Avenue
Update Time: 2017-06-17 12:08:00
The Coordination Council discussed rehabilitation works to be carried out at Peking Avenue last evening. Tbilisi Mayor Davit Narmania received the detailed information from contractor companies. Representatives of Transport Service attended the meeting. 
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Chairman of GPB Board of Trustees presents 2016 report in Parliament
Update Time: 2017-06-16 20:30:00
Grigol Gogelia, Chairman of Board of Trustees of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) has presented the 2016 report at the plenary session of the parliament. The report is focused on existing problems in the broadcaster and ways of solving them as well as the plans for establishing the integrated multimedia newsroom.An important part of the report is dedicated to the distribution of funds. The meeting was held in Q/A format. Questions were related to the closure of the programs as well.
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Peking Avenue to be closed
Update Time: 2017-06-16 18:24:00
Peking Avenue in Tbilisi will be closed today for rehabilitation works. The asphalt cover will be renewed, communication systems will be replaced and pavements will be arranged.Also, a new drainage network of 600 meters-length, as well as new control wells will be arranged.Within the project traffic movement at Peking Avenue will be gradually restricted to various sections.
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Tbilisi Open Air 2017 officially opens today
Publish Time: 2017-06-16 16:18:00
The annual musical festival Tbilisi Open Air 2017 opens in Tbilisi Today. Festival will be held on June 16-18 this year. Lisi Wonderland will host the event. Georgian musicians and foreign artists will perform for the audience. The first day's headliner will be the famous British Anathema.
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European Parliament's resolution - assessments of NGOs
Publish Time: 2017-06-16 12:17:00
The non-governmental organizations respond to the resolution adopted by  European Parliament on Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli’s case.Third sector representatives believe that European Parliament has once again called on the Georgian state to answer all legitimate questions regarding this issue.According to the NGO representatives, the resolution strengthens the belief that the European Parliament considers Afgan Mukhtarli’s case as a serious violation of human rights.
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