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Chairman of GPB Board of Trustees presents 2016 report in Education and Science Committee
Publish Time: 2017-05-25 16:13:00
Grigol Gogelia, Chairman of Board of Trustees of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) presented the 2016 report in the Georgian Parliamentary Committee of Education and Science. Grigol Gogelia talked about planned changes, including the concept of integrated newsroom.Chairman of Board of Trustees made main focus on Law on Broadcasting and noted that changes should be made in different directions.The questions of MPs referred to budget expenditure and reporting current developments in the country.
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Establishment of effective mechanism for labor rights protection discussed in Tbilisi
Publish Time: 2017-05-25 16:06:00
What is the effective mechanism for protecting labor rights in the country? The issue has been discussed during the conference in Tbilisi.The goal is to create a space together with the representatives of legislative and executive authorities, experts and NGOs where the parties will discuss the problems of labor policy and try to find solution ways.The meeting was opened with the speech of the President of Georgia. The event was organized by the Public Defender's Office, Friedrich Ebert Foundation and Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center.
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Georgian Patriarchate canceled the celebration of anniversary enthronement of Catholicos-Patriarch
Publish Time: 2017-05-25 12:19:00
The Georgian Patriarchate has canceled the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the enthronement of Catholicos-Patriarch. The corresponding statement has been published on the official website of the Patriarchate. According to statement the reason is the unstable situation in the world and the social situation in Georgia.The celebration events have been canceled by the Patrarich’s blessing.
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When regulations on taxis will be activated?
Update Time: 2017-05-24 20:26:00
The sphere without regulations – based on unofficial information, about 40 thousand taxis are serving Tbilisi every day. However, no regulations exist about transportation of passengers. Citizens talk about facing problems and call on the government for taking measures. Drivers do not object to introduction of regulations but insist on making changes gradually. 
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General Auditor reminded of old conflict
Publish Time: 2017-05-24 20:05:00
Lasha Tordia, Head of State Audit Service has been reminded of another old conflict after the incident which he had recently had with Otar Partskhaladze, former Chief Prosecutor of Georgia. The video material released through social network today shows another episode of conflict with participation of Tordia. The video material taken from a surveillance camera from Paliashvili Street, Vake district, reflects the incident that took place with participation of Tordia on December 24, 2016. Investigation into the incident, occurred 5 months ago is still in progress as told by Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA). MIA released a statement about the incident. It said that on December 24, 2016, investigation was launched by Vake-Saburtalo police division of Tbilisi Police Department on the fact of threatening, crime envisaged by the article 151 of the Criminal Code. Investigation was based on the report of citizen D.G. who is the employee of P.A.M. club located at Paliasvili Street. A person who is a wife of the club’s employee alleges that General Auditor being under influence of alcohol was threatening the club’s clients with a gun. Tordia said during the special briefing today that Chief Prosecutor’s Office published the material to overshadow the latest conflict that he had with Otar Patrskhaladze, former Chief Prosecutor. The sides stick to different versions and questions remain for the society. 
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Various activities to be held on May 26 - Georgia’s Independence Day
Publish Time: 2017-05-24 12:35:00
Preparations for May 26 – Georgia’s Independence Day are ongoing in Tbilisi. Various activities are planned for that day. The ceremony of taking oath by the newly summoned military servicemen will take place at Liberty Square at 12:00. Exhibition of military equipment will be held in parallel. Entrepreneurs will exhibit products related to the thematic of “Knight in the Panther’s Skin,” poem by Shota Rustaveli. Solidarity Fund will hold a charity auction of various items. A gala-concert will wrap up the solemn activities in the evening.     
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Georgian Foreign Ministry does not confirm reports on death of captured Georgian pilot in Congo
Publish Time: 2017-05-24 11:49:00
Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that the information on the death of the captured Georgian pilot during armed clashes in Congo has not been officially confirmed. Deputy Foreign Minister Zviad Gonadze has said this after the meeting with the Georgian pilot’s brother Giorgi Osurauli. Two planes of Congo Democratic Republic military-air forces were shot down on 27 January by rebellious people. One of the pilots was Georgian citizen Soso Osurauli. He was captured.  
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Georgian First Radio marks jubilee
Update Time: 2017-05-23 18:31:00
“First Radio” of Georgia marks the 92nd jubilee of establishment today. Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) prepared symbolic presents and cut a birthday-cake for employees of Public Radio. The first program was aired on the radio on May 23, 1925. Public Radio is one of the oldest ones in Europe and it was established with the finances of the Georgian population. Public Radio has a unique audio-fund. The oldest record in “Gold Fund” of the radio is dated back to 1914. 
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Law Committee approves changes to be made into “Code of Administrative Law Violations”
Update Time: 2017-05-23 18:23:00
The parliamentary Law Committee approved changes proposed to be made into “Code of Administrative Law Violations” regarding noise. The law defines admissible norm of acoustic noise in houses and public places during night hours. Technical norms to determine admissible decibels of noise do not exist yet. The executive authorities need to have worked out the document by June 1. Physical or juridical persons will be given warning for the first instance. The law violations will cause penalization afterwards. Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) will be in charge to enforce the law. Local self-governance bodies will be handed over the enforcement function after April 1, 2018. The opposition supports the draft-project but has certain remarks. 
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Two candidates revealed as winners of competition for TV series at GPB
Publish Time: 2017-05-23 15:54:00
The jury of a competition announced for selection of scenarios for TV series at Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) revealed two winners. The scenario “Vacancy on Post of Murderer” of Ilia Jibghashvili and Beso Solomonashvili won in thriller genre. The scenario “Swaying” of Basa Janikashvili and Sandro Jandieri won in melodrama genre. Fifteen scenarios qualified for the second round of the competition out of 45 applications. The 8-member jury revealed the best ones. The commission will now apply to Vasil Maghlaperidze, General Director of GPB for implementation of these projects. 
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Law-enforcers working at “Rustavi” Clinic
Publish Time: 2017-05-23 10:31:00
Law enforcers are working at “Rustavi” Clinic over death of 2 infants. The 15 and 22-day infants were delivered at the clinic with 1-hour intervals. Doctors claim that both were already dead. 
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Report of State Audit Service to be published on May 22
Update Time: 2017-05-22 12:00:00
The report of the State Audit Service will be published on May 22. As Lasha Tordia, Head of State Audit Service told reporters, the case concerns the replacement of lands in the City Hall, as well as the terms of the auction that the Audit Office has some questions.According to Tordia, the circumstances that the Audit Service speaks about are risky.According to Lasha Tordia, the case refers to Otar Partskhaladze, who was placed in a privileged position.  Tordia thinks that the law enforcement agencies should study these facts further.As a reminder incident took place between Lasha Tordia and Otar Partskhaladze, former Chief Prosecutor at Shardin Street in Tbilisi on May 13. Tordia said that the attack was linked to Partskhaladze’s activities. 
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Driving schools may require undergoing authorization
Update Time: 2017-05-20 20:25:00
Driving schools across Georgia may require undergoing authorization, while those, who wish to master driving a car, should learn driving at authorized schools and present a corresponding document when taking a driving test. The initiative belongs to Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and aims at changing the alarming statistics of road accidents. Based on the data of 2016, 581 people died and 9951 were injured in road accidents. Violation of traffic rules is named as one of the main causes of accidents. 
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GYLA finds full closure of Giorgi Mamaladze’s case as unjustifiable
Update Time: 2017-05-20 20:08:00
The Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) finds full closure of the trial into case of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman, as unjustifiable. The GYLA believes that publicity of the trial is important both for realization of rights of the sides and society since public discussions into the case defend both sides from covert carrying out of justice. The lawyers of Mamaladze are preparing a complaint to be submitted to the Appeals Court and demand that the decision about their eviction from the court hall is declared as null and void. The trial into Mamaladze’s case will resume on May 19. 
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Ossetian House opened at Ethnographic Museum
Update Time: 2017-05-20 16:21:00
Ossetian House was opened at Ethnographic Museum at Turtle Lake in outskirts of Tbilisi. Georgia’s President financed rehabilitation of the house and arrangement of its courtyard from President’s Reserve Fund. Giorgi Abashishvili, Head of President’s Administration and Davit Lortkipanidze, Director of the Museum attended the opening ceremony. 
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Georgian Post reveals winners of competition
Update Time: 2017-05-20 16:18:00
Georgian Post revealed winners of the competition in writing of letters. The awarding ceremony was held at State Museum of Theater, Music, Cinema and Choreography. About 500 letters were written by children under age 15 across Georgia. They had to imagine that they were advisors of General Secretary of United Nations. The children had to write about problems in the world and means how to resolve them. 
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Fire at Eliava Market extinguished
Update Time: 2017-05-20 16:02:00
The fire, which broke out at so-called Eliava Market in Tbilisi has been extinguished for the time being. The fire broke out at a wood workshop. Eight fire-fighting brigades worked at the disaster scene. Nobody was injured in the fire. 
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Georgian Orthodox Church marks Day of Thirteen Assyrian Fathers
Publish Time: 2017-05-20 14:20:00
The Georgian Orthodox Church marks Day of Thirteen Assyrian Fathers today. The group of monastic missionaries  arrived from Mesopotamia to Georgia to strengthen Christianity in the country in the 6th century. They are credited by the Georgian church historians with the foundation of several monasteries and hermitages and initiation of the ascetic movement in Georgia. Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili attended a church service in Georgian-Aramaic language in Kanda village. Father Seraphime gave an icon to president as a present. 
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False alarm in Mziuri Park
Update Time: 2017-05-20 12:11:00
Law enforcers completed working in Mziuri Park in Tbilisi. The information about existence of an explosive device turned out to be false. The territory was evacuated. A show of film “Pride” and discussions were planned in the park in connection with International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia observed on May 17. 
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Human rights situation in Georgia - Public Defender resented an annual report
Publish Time: 2017-05-18 16:12:00
Georgian Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili has presented an annual report on human rights situation in 2016 at the Parliament today. The 843-page document speaks of various problematic directions.The Ombudsman addresses the Prosecutor's Office with the most of the recommendations. At the end of the day it is planned to adopt a draft resolution, after which all recommendations will be compulsory for state agencies.
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