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Reconstruction of Tskneti-Betania road launched
Update Time: 2017-04-26 20:57:00
Reconstruction of Tskneti-Betania road section damaged by landslide during June 13, 2015 deadly flooding in Tbilisi has been launched. The project is financed by European Investment Bank. Georgian companies are carrying out the works. Geologic inspection of the road section will continue in the future. 
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Criticism of judges may become punishable
Update Time: 2017-04-26 20:05:00
Harsh criticism of judges may become punishable by law. The Justice Supreme Council discussed and supported the initiative of Judge Eva Gotsiridze regarding making offensive statements in direction of Corpse of Judges. The council members agreed on a text regarding prohibition of judges’ criticism including on part of mass media representatives that often exceeds freedom of expression. Based on the proposed idea, making statements that enclose signs of menace or disobedience to the court rulings will be punished as well. Author of the initiative says that ‘admissible criticism’ should be differentiated from ‘offense.’ The Council members, who support imposition of regulations, are not yet decided upon the form of punishment. Public discussions will be held around the text before it transforms into a draft-project. The merger between criticism and insult remains a question. The text will be sent to Public Defender, non-governmental organizations, Journalistic Charter of Ethics and National Communications Commission. The ruling team and the third sector are skeptic about the initiative. 
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Will insulting statements in direction of judges become punishable?
Update Time: 2017-04-26 18:06:00
The Justice Supreme Council discussed the initiative of Judge Eva Gotsiridze about criticism of Corpse of Judges. The council members supported the initiative and agreed on a text regarding prohibition of criticism in direction of judges including on part of mass media representatives that often exceeds freedom of expression.Author of the initiative says that criticism is admissible but not insult. The text will be sent to Public Defender, non-governmental organizations, Journalistic Charter of Ethics and National Communications Commission. 
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Conference held on occasion of World Intellectual Property Day
Update Time: 2017-04-26 16:37:00
World Intellectual Property Day is marked annually on April 26. Georgian Association of Authors’ Rights and Saqpatent organized a conference on this occasion. The conference aimed at increase of awareness in the public about authorship right and fines imposed for their violation.
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Revenue Service marked 10th jubilee
Update Time: 2017-04-26 12:41:00
Revenue Service of Georgia marks its 10th anniversary of establishment. A jubilee event was held at Mtatsminda Park. Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and governmental members attended the event. Kvirikashvili and Dimitri Kumsishvili, Finance Minister and First Deputy Prime Minister talked about reforms carried out at Service. PM awarded several employees of Revenue Service at the end of the event. 
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International Tourism Exhibition in Tbilisi
Publish Time: 2017-04-26 12:18:00
ExpoGeorgia fairgrounds in Tbilisi are hosting the 19th International Tourism Exhibition. Georgian Tourism National Administration and other tour-operators present their services at booths. Presentations about different regions and attractions will be held. Visitors will have the opportunity to plan their holidays and trips. 
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Receipt of applications in framework of competition completed at GPB
Publish Time: 2017-04-26 03:16:00
Receipt of applications within the framework of a competition announced by Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) for selection of programs for the new broadcast season is over. A total of 153 applications are received. The applicants submitted them for 9 programs in 5 directions. The competition was open from April 3 to April 25. The programs will be selected by a 12-member commission headed by Paata Kurdadze, Direction of Media Production of GPB. The commission is staffed by invited experts and employees of GPB. Those applicants, who qualify for the second round of competition, will hold presentations in May. The third tour envisages preparation of pilot programs. The best projects will be revealed in the beginning of June, 2017. 
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NGOs evaluate transparency quality of MIA
Update Time: 2017-04-25 18:29:00
Transparency International – Georgia and Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center (EMC) evaluate transparency quality of Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA). Based on the research, problems at MIA have been detected with respect of access to public information, statistics production and staff policy. 
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Differentiated packages of State Health Insurance to be activated
Publish Time: 2017-04-25 18:05:00
Differentiated packages of State Health Insurance Program will be activated for Georgian citizens starting May 1. Based on the proposed changes, persons having different incomes will receive dissimilar packages. A component of medicines will be added to the package. Citizens, who have less than 100 thousand rating points, will receive financing to cover expenses of medicines prescribed for medication of chronic diseases. One part of the population will be able to use components of both state and private insurance packages. The issue was discussed during the governmental sitting. 
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Sitting of Board of Trustees being held
Publish Time: 2017-04-25 12:05:00
The Board of Trustees of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) will elect Chairman and deputy chairperson during the sitting today. The chairman will be elected with 3-year-term with majority of votes. General regulations will be determined and approved before the balloting process. 
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Inclement weather created problems in Georgia - damage is calculated in regions
Update Time: 2017-04-24 20:12:00
Victims, damaged houses, families left without shelter and electricity, uprooted trees - inclement weather created problems in Georgia.Due to strong wing the international flights have been canceled at Tbilisi international Airport.According to Forecasters strong winds are expected across the country today.
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Non-parliamentary opposition expresses protest on changing “Briefing Time” format
Publish Time: 2017-04-24 16:21:00
The Coordination Council members of the non-parliamentary opposition are expressing protest about changing the format of the program “Briefing Time” aired on Second Channel of Georgian public broadcaster.According to member of the Council Giorgi Akhvlediani, political parties had the opportunity to communicate with the public through this program and changing the existing format means that the program will be closed.The Coordination Council, which consists of 15 political parties, plans to hold protest rallies with demand to  suspend the processes.Giorgi Gvimradze, the Director of News and Current Affairs of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) responded to protest of oppositional parties.  He says that Briefing Time has not been closed; only existing format has been changed.According to Giorgi Gvimradze, parties will be able to provide Public Broadcaster with any material shot by them; in Addition parties have opportunity to conduct briefings at Broadcaster's press club.
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Georgia-Germany Friendship year opens at Tbilisi Sakrebulo
Update Time: 2017-04-22 16:45:00
Georgia-Germany Friendship Year has officially been opened at Tbilisi Sakrebulo (City Assembly) with the slogan “Future Inheritance.” An exhibition was held which was attended by Mikheil Janelidze, Georgian Foreign Minister. He talked about cooperation between the two countries.Georgia-Germany Friendship Year will be opened in Germany on April 26 at “World Hall” of Germany Foreign Ministry. 
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Georgia joins International Mother Earth Day
Update Time: 2017-04-22 16:37:00
Georgia joined the International Mother Earth Day marked on April 22 with the slogan “Cleanly to Europe.” At the initiative of Environment Protection Ministry, cleaning week has taken start from Lisi Lake. Employees of the ministry, volunteers and students cleaned up the territory. US Embassy in Georgia also held a special activity at Vake Park. 
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Free Georgia begins protests against proposed changes to be made into Constitution
Update Time: 2017-04-22 16:10:00
Free Georgia Party will begin protests against the proposed changes to be made into Constitution of Georgia. Representatives of Free Georgia and Christian-Democratic Movement held a joint protest at parliament building and called on other non-parliamentary parties to join the protest. Protesters claimed that the changes serve interests of the government. 
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Strong wind in Rustavi
Update Time: 2017-04-22 14:17:00
Strong wind caused problems in Rustavi town, Kvemo Kartli region. Several trees are uprooted and roofs of houses are damaged. Nobody is injured as Emergency Situations Management Service reports. 
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NGOs to present alternative package of amendments to Constitutional Commission
Update Time: 2017-04-22 12:29:00
The non-governmental organizations will present an alternative package of amendments to be made into Constitution to Constitutional Commission. The NGO sector has remarks and will hold a briefing. 
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MoD says no Georgians injured as a result of attack on military base in Afghanistan
Update Time: 2017-04-22 12:20:00
No Georgian soldiers have been injured as a result of the attack on Mazar-e-Sharif military base, - Georgia’s Ministry of Defense says. As reported, Georgian soldiers serve on the base but they are all safe. The number killed in a Taliban attack on an Afghan army base has risen to more than 130, most of them government soldiers. Fighting lasted for several hours on Friday near the city of Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Balkh province. Insurgents targeted those leaving Friday prayers at the base's mosque and others in a canteen, the army said.
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Minister of Internal Affairs congratulates Border Police pilots on professional day
Publish Time: 2017-04-22 12:19:00
Giorgi Mghebrishvili, Minister of Internal Affairs congratulated pilots of Border Police on Professional Day and thanked them for work. Family members of pilots and representatives of Ministry attended the activity. Border Aviation Day has been marked in Georgia since 1999. 
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Storm expected at Black Sea coast
Update Time: 2017-04-22 12:17:00
The 4-5-ball storm is expected at the Black Sea Coast today. Batumi city authorities declare readiness for the natural disaster. Strong wind will be also blowing in Adjara region during the next 2 days as weather forecasters prognosticate. The wind has already caused problems in Batumi. Roofs of houses and cars were damaged. It is raining at present in Adjara. 
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