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Driver, participant of Aghmashenebeli Lane road accident, detained
Update Time: 2017-03-26 12:21:00
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. Investigation determined that the driver of BMW mark of the car drove the vehicle at the high speed and with violation of traffic rules. The car hit another car, which hit electricity post and hit two people waiting for transport at a bus stop. 
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Science & Tech
Astronomers identify purest, most massive brown dwarf
Publish Time: 2017-03-25 19:49:00
An international team of astronomers has identified a record breaking brown dwarf (a star too small for nuclear fusion) with the 'purest' composition and the highest mass yet known. The object, known as SDSS J0104+1535, is a member of the so-called halo – the outermost reaches - of our Galaxy, made up of the most ancient stars. The scientists report the discovery in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.Brown dwarfs are intermediate between planets and fully-fledged stars. Their mass is too small for full nuclear fusion of hydrogen to helium (with a consequent release of energy) to take place, but they are usually significantly more massive than planets.Located 750 light years away in the constellation of Pisces, SDSS J0104+1535 is made of gas that is around 250 times purer than the Sun, so consists of more than 99.99% hydrogen and helium. Estimated to have formed about 10 billion years ago, measurements also suggest it has a mass equivalent to 90 times that of Jupiter, making it the most massive brown dwarf found to date.It was previously not known if brown dwarfs could form from such primordial gas, and the discovery points the way to a larger undiscovered population of extremely pure brown dwarfs from our Galaxy's ancient past.The research team was led by Dr ZengHua Zhang of the Institute of Astrophysics in the Canary Islands. He said: "We really didn't expect to see brown dwarfs that are this pure. Having found one though often suggests a much larger hitherto undiscovered population —I'd be very surprised if there aren't many more similar objects out there waiting to be found."SDSS J0104+1535 has been classified as an L type ultra-subdwarf using its optical and near-infrared spectrum, measured using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT). This classification was based on a scheme very recently established by Dr Zhang.
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World
Belarus protesters defy ban to march against 'parasite tax'
Update Time: 2017-03-26 16:21:00
Thousands of people have defied a ban to protest in Belarus against a so-called "social parasites" tax on the under-employed.Protesters shouted "fascists!" at riot police. Dozens of activists and journalists have been arrested. There have been weeks of sporadic protests against a $230 (£185) levy on those unemployed for six months.President Alexander Lukashenko has suspended the tax this year but insisted it would not be scrapped. He says it instills discipline in the work-shy but protesters say it punishes those who cannot find a job, BBC reports.Organisers called the protest Freedom Day, evoking the independent Belarus that lasted just six months after the First World War, in 1918.The march in the capital Minsk took place on the 99th anniversary of the proclamation of the Belarusian People's Republic.Demonstrators tried to march down one of the major streets in Minsk, but were blocked by police who began arresting them and journalists covering the protest.
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Society
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. 
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Society
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.
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Society
Georgia joins Earth Hour
Update Time: 2017-03-25 20:33:00
“Change Climate Change” is the slogan with which the world marks Earth Hour today. Georgia has joined the large-scale activity and expresses support to the green and safe future.  A concert is underway at Dedaena (Mother Tongue) Garden in Tbilisi. Electricity will be cut off to administrative buildings and lights will be put out at sightseeing sites. 
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Politics
Security Architecture changed by Russia – Brussels Annual Conference
Update Time: 2017-03-25 20:14:00
Georgia’s occupied territories, war in Ukraine, security architecture changed by Russia, European choice and challenges in that regard where one of the main topics during the 45-minute-long discussions in Brussels, Belgium. Mikheil Janelidze, Georgian Foreign Minister took part in Brussels Annual Conference. Within the framework of the visit, Janelidze delivered a speech as part of the 6th Plenary Session dedicated to Eastern Europe and Caucasus issues. Euro-Atlantic security and challenges on the international arena were also discussed during the forum.  The forum then continued in Q&A format. Ketevan Kardava, reporter of Brussels Bureau of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) was given the privilege to ask the first question. The facilitator presented Kardava as being the eyewitness of Brussels airport attack one year ago. 
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Politics
UN adopts resolution in support of Georgia
Update Time: 2017-03-25 20:24:00
Another message in support of Georgia and in critical address to Russia - The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on Georgia in support of its state sovereignty and territorial integrity. “The UN Human Rights Council adopted the Resolution on Cooperation with Georgia at its 34th session held on 24 March 2017. The Resolution initiated by Georgia was co-sponsored by 43 states. It needs to be underlined that this is the first resolution adopted with respect to Georgia by the UN Human Rights Council – the UN body primarily responsible for protecting human rights.In the Resolution the UN Human Rights Council reaffirms its commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders. In addition, the UN Human Rights Council recognizes with appreciation the efforts of the Government of Georgia to strengthen democracy, the rule of law and the promotion and protection of human rights.The UN Human Rights Council welcomes the cooperation of the Government of Georgia with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as with the special procedures of the Human Rights Council.The Resolution expresses serious concern over the human rights and humanitarian situation in the occupied regions of Georgia with special emphasis on reported kidnappings, arbitrary detention, and interference with property rights, restrictions on access to education in one’s native language, free movement and residence, as well as continued discrimination on the grounds of ethnic origin in both regions.Furthermore, the Council expresses concern that internally displaced persons and refugees continue to be deprived of the right to return to their homes in a safe and dignified manner.The document highlights that the Office of the High Commissioner and other international and regional human rights mechanisms have no immediate access to Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali region, Georgia. The Council, in this context, recognizes the need for an objective and impartial assessments and periodic reporting of the situation in these regions. Based on the foregoing, the Council calls for immediate access for the Office of the High Commissioner to Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali regions.The UN Human Rights Council requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to continue to provi
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World
European Union marks its 60th birthday
Update Time: 2017-03-25 20:22:00
European Union (EU) leaders gather in Rome today to proclaim their “common future” on the bloc’s 60th birthday, despite Britain’s looming exit from the bloc.The 27 leaders will use the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome on March 25, 1957, to praise the peace and prosperity, they say, came to Europe in the aftermath of World War II.But the ghost at the banquet will be British Prime Minister Theresa May, who instead of joining the party in the splendour of a 16th-century palazzo will be in London preparing to trigger the Brexit divorce just four days later, AFP reports.From migration and terrorism to populism and the eurozone debt crisis, Brexit is a cloud on the birthday celebrations of a union formed to rebuild Europe from the ashes of war.Perhaps seeking divine inspiration to help with their troubles, the EU leaders were to have a special audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday afternoon.Today, they will gather for a ceremonial meeting in the Hall of the Horatii and Curiatii, in the Palazzo dei Conservatori on the Capitoline Square, the same place where the Treaty of Rome was originally signed. 
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Society
Preparation works are ongoing at Tbilisi International Airport in connection with visa liberalization
Publish Time: 2017-03-26 12:08:00
Events to be held to celebrate visa liberalization in Tbilisi on March 26-27The preparation works are ongoing at Tbilisi International Airport. 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. 
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Politics
President of Latvia to arrive in Georgia
Publish Time: 2017-03-26 12:12:00
President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis will arrive in Georgia upon having received invitations from Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili tomorrow. Official meetings will be started from March 28. President of Latvia gave an exclusive interview to reporter of Georgian Public Broadcaster Ketevan Kardava. 
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