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Problems facing non-Georgian schools
Update Time: 2017-01-21 20:28:00
There are different problems facing the non-Georgian schools in the villages resided by representatives of ethnic minorities.The problems include law qualification of teachers, insufficient time for studying Georgian language and poor infrastructure. Pupils study Georgian during only one hour a day in Duzagrama and Kalinino villages, which is settled by ethnic Azerbaijani locals. 
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Will authorities of GPB Board of Trustees and General Director be separated?
Update Time: 2017-01-21 20:15:00
The group working on changes to be made into Law on Broadcasting held the first meeting in the parliament today. The proposal of separation of duties and authorities between Board of Trustees of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) and GPB General Director was discussed at the Parliamentary Law Committee. The project is prepared by employees of the broadcaster. Chairman of GPB Board of Trustees did not attend the meeting. However, one of the members of Board Irina Putkaradze was present and said she was in favor of the proposed change that envisages making change into three items of Article #30 of the Law. 
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“Book Shelf” Program to hold public lectures
Publish Time: 2017-01-21 16:37:00
“Book Shelf” Program of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) will hold public lectures. The new project will unite three lectures with use of visual and graphic material as well as interactive exercises and games. Aleksandre Lortkipanidze, host of the program and scenarist Toresa Mossy will present the lectures. 
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Education Minister meets with teachers in Batumi
Update Time: 2017-01-21 16:28:00
Aleksandre Jejelava, Minister of Education and Science met with teachers of Batumi city’s public schools. The minister talked about changes and news which would be introduced in education system in 2017. Inga Shamilishvili, Minister of Education, Culture and Sports of Adjara government also attended the meeting.  
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President’s Parliamentary Secretary meets with NGOs
Update Time: 2017-01-21 16:20:00
Ana Dolidze, Georgian President’s Parliamentary Secretary met with representatives of non-governmental organizations with purpose to continue consultations about the ‘third wave’ of court reforms. Various draft-bills, which were sent to President for signature on January 10, were discussed. Similar meetings have already been held with head of Lawyers’ Association and Venice Commission delegation. 
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Protest against construction works ongoing behind Sports Palace
Publish Time: 2017-01-21 12:18:00
Locals are protesting over ongoing construction works of a block of apartments behind Tbilisi Sports Palace. Protesters claim that the new block of apartments is being built 3 meters away from their house. There is no walking space and cutting down of trees is planned. 
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Meeting of working group on secret wiretapping to be held
Update Time: 2017-01-20 12:16:00
The working group on secret wiretapping will hold the next meeting today. Eka Beselia, Chairperson of the parliamentary Law Committee says that a research carried out together with various institutions and non-governmental organizations will be presented. According to Beselia, a mechanism, which will not weaken state institutions and will ensure security of citizens at the same time, will be elaborated. 
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Mass Baptizing of infants to take place
Publish Time: 2017-01-19 10:57:00
The ceremony of mass baptizing of infants, will take place on January 19, Epiphany, at Sameba (Holy Trinity) Cathedral in Tbilisi. Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II will baptize  780  infants. The tradition was founded in 2008 and this year it will be a continuation to baptize every third or more newly born child of a married couple.The Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates Epiphany on January 19 according to the religious calendar as rest of the Orthodox Christendom. 
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Epiphany celebrated in Batumi
Publish Time: 2017-01-19 10:56:00
Epiphany, which is marked on January 19 by the Georgian Orthodox Church according to the religious calendar as rest of the Orthodox Christendom, was also celebrated in Batumi, administrative capital of Georgia’s Adjara Autonomous Republic. The parish  assembled at the Black Sea to be washed in the sanctified water of the sea. 
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Orthodox Christendom celebrates Epiphany feast today
Publish Time: 2017-01-19 10:53:00
Orthodox Christendom celebrates Epiphany feast today. Solemn services are being delivered in the temples regarding the holiday. Catholicos Patriarch of Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II is delivering festive liturgy at Holy Trinity Cathedral. After the service, water will be sanctified and distributed among the believers.
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Violations detected over universal state health program
Publish Time: 2017-01-18 20:05:00
About 12 clinics may be withdrawn from the universal state health program due to violations and financial deficiencies detected in various medical institutions. There are hospitals on the so-called ‘black list’ as well. Davit Sergeenko, Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs said during the meeting with heads of leading clinics that several clinics used the money allocated for overall health program for welfare of management and dividends, and spent only small amount on medical personnel and patients. He said that the ministry would not cooperate with such clinics in the future.Sergeenko added that the number of withdrawn clinics would be lower, if clinics, who got the warning today, took the state interest into consideration. According to Sergeenko, the main directions of new reforms will be implemented at the beginning of February. The remarks expressed by the Minister were not shared by some heads of the clinics that made comments for the journalists during the break. 
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International Forum at Presidential Residence
Update Time: 2017-01-18 18:44:00
An international forum about Challenges of Children’s Welfare is being held at Presidential Residence at the initiative of Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili and First Lady Maka Chichua. President opened the forum, which aims at revealing of problems and reaction on them in a timely manner. Both local and international non-governmental organizations working on children’s issues and representatives of Diplomatic Corps are taking part in the forum.  
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Health Minister says about 10 clinics may be withdrawn from the universal health program
Update Time: 2017-01-18 18:33:00
About 10 clinics may be withdrawn from universal state health program, Davit Sergeenko, Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs said during the meeting with heads of leading clinics. The Minister talked about the deficiencies detected in the clinics. Sergeenko added that the number of the withdrawn clinics would be lower, if they take into view the state interest. According to Sergeenko, the main directions of new reforms will be implemented at the beginning of February. The remarks expressed by the Minister were not shared by some heads of the clinics that made comments for the journalists during the break. 
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Public Registry publishes data about registration of real estate
Update Time: 2017-01-18 18:25:00
The Public Registry published the data about registration of real estate property in 2016. The statistics in comparison to 2015 is increased. The number of registration transactions is increased by 18%. 
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Healthcare Minister meets with heads of leading clinics
Update Time: 2017-01-18 16:11:00
Davit Sergeenko, Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs says that several clinics used the money allocated for overall health insurance for welfare of management and dividends, and spent only small amount on medical personnel and patients. Sergeenko made this statement during the meeting with heads of the leading clinics. He said that the ministry would not cooperate with such clinics in the future. He talked about planned reforms during the meeting. 
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Harper’s Bazaar advises readers to spend honeymoon in Georgia
Publish Time: 2017-01-18 13:32:00
Georgia is among the 17 places of the world where Harper’s Bazaar advises its readers to spend honeymoon in 2017. “For those looking to honeymoon on the road less traveled, Georgia (the Eastern European country, not the U.S. state) has gained recognition over the past couple of years for emerging food, wine and fashion scenes (remember, Tbilisi has a fashion week, too). Exploring the country's underrated beaches, sprawling countryside or ski slopes (depending on the time of year) after a tour through the capital city will have honeymooners feeling as though they've experienced the best of both worlds.Start off with a tour of Kakheti, Georgia's wine country, then head to Tbilisi for a taste of what makes this evolving cultural hub so exciting to fashion-lovers and foodies alike. Whether you decide to cap off your trip with skiing in the colder months or in summertime for the country's best beaches, you'll leave this hidden gem feeling as though you've tapped into a locale some of the world's most traveled have yet to discover,” says the publication about Georgia.
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GYLA demands full information about agreement reached with Gazprom
Update Time: 2017-01-18 12:11:00
The Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) demands that the agreement reached with Gazprom Company is made public and full information is provided to the non-governmental organization. The organization will apply to Ministry of Energy in written form today. It will demand making of all official documents public otherwise it will apply to the court. 
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New public movement established
Update Time: 2017-01-17 20:42:00
Presentation of a new public movement “New Unity for Georgia” was held today. Founders of the movement claimed that the union would be oriented on changing the current reality and creation of different structure in political arena. Founders said that cooperation with the movement will be possible for any citizen, public activists, political parties and representatives of non-governmental organizations except pro-Russian forces. Members of the new movement are Nikoloz Vashakidze, former deputy foreign minister, diplomats Mamuka Zhgenti and Mamuka Gamkrelidze and politicians Paata Davitaia and Bachuki Kardava. 
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European anti-corruption body tells Georgia well done, but do more
Update Time: 2017-01-17 20:27:00
The Council of Europe on Tuesday called on Georgia to do more to reduce corruption while at the same time acknowledging it had made considerable progress. The Council's anti-corruption body, the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), welcomed positive developments in the South Caucasus country of 3.7 million such as the introduction of a monitoring mechanism for submitting asset declarations by public officials including parliamentarians, judges and high-level prosecutors.But it recommended further enhancing transparency of the legislative process through the publication of all draft legislation, and called for mandatory disclosure of parliamentarians' conflicts of interest.GRECO said that continuation of the reform of the judiciary was of prime importance and welcomed the recently launched reform of the prosecution service with the view of de-politicising it. "It is crucial now that the new rules be extended to cover all prosecutors, that they are effectively applied in practice and kept under constant review," GRECO said, as reported by Reuters."Now the reform must be effectively implemented and possibly followed by additional measures to further reduce the influence of the government and parliamentary majority on the appointment procedure of the chief prosecutor and on the activity of the prosecutorial council," the report said.Dozens of former state officials have been convicted in Georgia on various charges, including misspending funds, since a government led by former president Mikheil Saakashvili lost an election in Oct. 2012.Western countries have aired concerns that the new government has used selective justice and political persecution against opponents in the mountainous country which is a pivot of geopolitical rivalry between Russia and the West.Georgia is seeking closer links with both NATO and the European Union. The Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg, France, promotes human rights and democracy in Europe and has 47 member states.GRECO, which comprises 47 Council of Europe member states, Belarus and the United States, aims to improve the capacity of its members to fight corruption by monitoring their compliance with anti-corruption standards.
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Conference on topic of reduction of traffic jams
Update Time: 2017-01-17 18:49:00
Strategies about reduction of traffic jams in Tbilisi were discussed during the conference organized by Georgian Employers’ Association. Tbilisi City Hall and Sakrebulo (City Assembly) presented their projects. Foreign partners working on improvement of transport system management shared their experience with Georgian colleagues.  
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