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NGOs hold protest at Rustaveli Avenue
Update Time: 2017-03-25 20:31:00
Non-governmental organizations demand that road security legislation is reinforced in the country. Representatives of the third sector held a protest outside the parliament building at central Rustaveli Avenue this afternoon and presented banners on security theme. Protesters stressed on alarming statistics of victims of road accidents. The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) today reported that the driver, who participated in March 22 road accident at Aghmashenebeli Lane in Tbilisi that left 11-year-old child killed and the child’s mother critically injured, is detained. The detained driver is T. T. born in 1994.
Georgian Orthodox Church marks anniversary of Autocephaly restoration
Update Time: 2017-03-25 20:05:00
The Georgian Orthodox Church marks the 100th anniversary of restoration of Autocephaly. Catholicos Patriarch of all Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II gave a solemn liturgy at Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta town. The cathedral is known as the burial site of Christ's mantle and was the site of coronation and burial of the kings of Georgia. The original church was built in the fourth century under King Mirian II of Kartli.The Georgian Church was initially under the See of Antioch until 1010, when the Catholicos of Kartli was elevated to the honor of patriarch. The Russian imperial court abolished the Georgian Church’s autocephaly in 1811, and its patriarchal rule, and reduced it to an exarchate subordinated to the Russian Holy Synod.After the abdication of Royal Martyr Tsar Nicholas II, Georgia’s bishops restored their Church’s autocephaly on March 25, 1917. The first new patriarch of the Georgian Church was Catholicos-Patriarch Kirion II. The Russian Church recognized this already-existing independence on October 31, 1943, and the Patriarchate of Constantinople on March 3, 1990.
Dead body of 8-yar-old child found in River
Update Time: 2017-03-25 16:25:00
The dead body of Nikusha Gabechava, an 8-year-old child has been found in Tekhuri River in Senaki, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region of Georgia. The child has been missing since February 23.Rescuers are working at site and the corpse will be later transferred to Kutaisi Forensic Bureau. Family members said the boy was collecting scrap metal at the riverside when he fell into the river. According to Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), another person was together with the child. He is detained on charge of non-assistance. The family talks about murder and demands requalification of the case.
NGOs demand making road security legislation stricter
Update Time: 2017-03-25 16:24:00
Non-governmental organizations demand that road security legislation is reinforced. Representatives of the third sector held a protest outside the parliament building and presented banners on security theme.
Events to be held to celebrate visa liberalization in Tbilisi on March 26-27
Publish Time: 2017-03-25 11:18:00
Various activities will be held to celebrate visa liberalization in Tbilisi on March 26-27. According to Tbilisi City Hall, the renewed Agmashenebeli Avenue will be decorated on March 26.Throughout the day the guests on the European Street will be treated by Culinary Academy chef cooks with both Georgian and European dishes. From 12:00 am Georgia DJs - Nika J, Tomma, Bacho, Cobert, Gacha Bakradze, Luna989 and Misho Urushadze - will play music non-stop. Children will be able to enjoy thematic games, in particular, they will be taught how to pack suitcases for traveling and will be provided with information on the state border crossing. At 15:00, the public project "Conduct us" will begin and a puppet opera will be performed. At 18:00, the Georgian group The Black Marrows will perform, while a concert of well-known European music will be held at the end of the day.On March 27, the Georgian and the EU flags will be lit up and a grand gala concert will be held in the European Square artists. At the end of the concert, which will start at 21:00 and two hours, celebratory fireworks will be displayed.
Mikheil Saakashvili voiced allegations against the part of NGOs
Update Time: 2017-03-24 16:08:00
Georgia’s former President Mikheil Saakashvili voiced allegations against the part of the non-governmental organizations. Ex-President criticizes them and accuses them of acting in concert with Russia against him.NGO representatives have made the first assessments on Saakashvili’s statement.
100th Anniversary of restoration of Autocephaly marked in Patriarchate
Update Time: 2017-03-24 12:56:00
Reception in dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of restoration of Autocephaly was held at the Georgia’s Patriarchate.Cathoicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II addressed the gathered audience and congratulated them on the day. Ilia II spoke about the importance of the day. The special publication in dedicated to the Anniversary was presented during the event.
GPB was imposed to pay 30 000 GEL compensation to Eka Mishveladze
Update Time: 2017-03-24 12:14:00
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.
Earthquakes hit Georgia
Publish Time: 2017-03-24 09:24:00
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.
Brothers Karamanishivlis express readiness to transfer 40% of shares free of charge to the Rustavi 2 employees
Update Time: 2017-03-23 16:32:00
Levan Karamanishivlis, one of the owners of Rustavi 2 TV Company, express readiness to transfer 40% of shares free of charge to the Rustavi 2 employees. He released the regarding statement today. He addressed the Rustavi 2 employees to launch consultations to insure transparent and fair distribution of the shares.“We appeal to Rustavi 2 staff. Dear friends, your role in the fight for freedom of speech and democracy in Georgia is invaluable. If not for your daily devotion, Rustavi 2 would no longer exist, or would have been turned into Ivanishvili’s propaganda channel. What you have done in the last two years, after the attack on the television, is civil heroism”.“As a sign of gratitude and respect, we are offering to transfer you 40 % of shares free of charge in order to enable you to define the fate and the future of the channle”, - the statement reads.
A special program to be launched at checkpoints in relation with the visa-free regime
Update Time: 2017-03-23 12:11:00
A special program will be launched at the customs checkpoints in relation with the visa-free travel to Schengen member countries, - The Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili made the regarding statement at the governmental session today. According to PM the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Internal Affairs are working together to make special changes in customs system. Prime Minister noted that the visa liberalization is essential success for Georgia, which needs maintenance. He highlighted that government's efforts aimed at gaining the status of a safe country.
Georgian PM opens C Hepatitis center in Zugdidi
Update Time: 2017-03-22 20:24:00
The C Hepatitis management center has begun functioning in Zugdidi town of western Samegrelo region starting today. Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili opened the center together with Georgia’s Health Minister Davit Sergeenko and U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly. Full spectrum of services will be offered at the center. PM congratulated Zugdidi population on the event adding any residents of breakaway Abkhazian territory having neutral passports will be able to benefit from the center-provided services. “35 000 people have already got treatment service. 25 000 has finished the course, reached the 98% recover. This is very good. It is also important that the center will serve to those with neutral passports living on breakaway Abkhazia’s territory. The U.S. government and Gilead Company took this factor into account and made treatment available for them,” Kvirikashvili said. Tbilisi was the first place where the C Hepatitis Center was initially opened. Zugdidi hosts the second one. Zugdidi municipality was selected as the virus indicator is high there.
Will inspection of meat imported from Brazil begin?
Publish Time: 2017-03-22 17:13:00
Will mass inspection of frozen meat products imported from Brazil to Georgia begin? Finance Ministry says that regulations for meat importer companies have been straitened, and all products will be subjected to laboratory examinations. 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 reported on March 21.
It cannot last forever, Russia must de-occupy our regions – Georgian Patriarch
Update Time: 2017-03-22 16:26:00
It cannot last forever. Russia must de-occupy our territories, - Georgia’s Catholicos-Patriarch His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II said during the meeting with co-Chairmen of parliaments of Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8) member states being on a visit in Georgia at the patriarchate. His Holiness is holding a meeting with the delegation members. He has thanked Latvian Parliamentary Head Inara Murlietze for visiting Georgia. The Patriarch expressed hope that the visit will be fruitful and greatly influential. As reported by the Patriarch he was Abkhazia’s Metropolitan for 11 years but cannot arrive and meet Abkhazian parish today. ‘While Georgia is in a critical condition as Russia has occupied its 20% your support and assistance is of utmost significance for us… I am glad you have seen the borders where our territory has been artificially divided. It cannot last forever. Russia must de-occupy our territories. Thank you for visiting Georgia. I believe it will have a great influence,’ Ilia II said.
Protest “No Putting of Drugs” at MIA
Update Time: 2017-03-22 16:15:00
A protest with slogan “No Putting of Drugs” was held at Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA). Participants of the activity protested against illegal detention of their relatives and objected to state drug policy. Several protesters sewed up their pockets. Journalist Eliso Kiladze, whose son is detained on drug charge and Ana Margvelashvili, daughter of President whose friend Mikheil Tatarashvili is detained, also participated in the protest.
Health condition of woman injured in road accident in Tbilisi remains critical
Publish Time: 2017-03-22 16:00:00
The health condition of a woman, who was injured as a result of the road accident at Agmashenebeli Lane in Tbilisi, remains critical. An 11-year-old child has been killed as a result of the road accident. The road accident took place earlier this afternoon. A BMW mark car hit the electricity post and then the two when they were waiting for transport at a bus stop. Traffic movement was restricted at the accident site. Investigation is opened into the fatal accident.
NGO sector to open complaint against Law on covert wiretapping if veto is overridden
Update Time: 2017-03-22 12:12:00
The non-governmental sector will open a complaint in Constitutional Court against Law on covert wiretapping if the veto is overridden by the parliament.The organizations involved in “This Concerns You” Campaign believe that the bill does not respond to the requirements set by Constitutional Court.
One Year after Belgium's Worst Terror Attack
Publish Time: 2017-03-22 12:00:00
One year passed after terrorist attack at Brussels Zaventem airport. Ketevan Kardava, reporter of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) was caught up in what is believed the worst terrorist attack in Belgium’s history. She took first photos, which were later distributed in international media. On Wednesday, differences will likely be set aside for ceremonies that are planned at the airport, at Maalbeek metro station, and in the heart of the E.U. district, where the Belgian King and Queen will unveil a memorial. Brussels, meanwhile, has largely returned to normal. The threat level remains 3 on a scale of 4, and the army is still deployed on the streets. But like in so many other European cities, people have simply learned to live with it.A year on, many victims are also still struggling. The Belgian government has counted 900 victims in total, encompassing those affected by physical or psychological trauma.
Brazil meat scandal: China and EU suspend imports
Update Time: 2017-03-21 18:36:00
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.
NGO voices claims against Kutaisi Shelter of Animals
Update Time: 2017-03-21 16:46:00
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.