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Law on secret wire-tapping being discussed in Constitutional Court
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 12:16:00
The law on secret wire-tapping is being discussed in Constitutional Court of Georgia. Judges listened to the arguments. The representative of the operational-technical department and employee of the State Security Service will be present before the court.The coalition “This Concerns You” demands that the law adopted by the parliament is declared as unconstitutional. According to the law, the so-called key to access on secret wire-tapping belongs to a body, which is subordinated to State Security Service. 
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Politics
PM - Initiation of the constitutional changes was inevitable for democratic development of our country
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 20:04:00
Initiation of the constitutional changes by our team was inevitable for the democratic development of the country, - Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said during the briefing at the Governmental Administration today."I would like to respond to the ongoing process linked with the constitutional amendments and explain to the public the purpose and importance of these changes. Initiation of the constitutional changes by our team was inevitable for the democratic development of the country. As a result of constitutional amendments, which were implemented in 2012, the country adopted a constitution with unacceptable norms. The main goal of our amendments was to eradicate these shortcomings and move to full-fledged parliamentary governance.  That’s why a commission was set up, staffed by politicians, NGOs and independent experts. Everyone had the opportunity to represent arguments and everyone could take part in the formation of constitutional amendments, " - Giorgi Kvirikashvili said.
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Society
Enforcement procedures on video fines to be changed
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 18:18:00
The enforcement procedures on video fines will be changed. The government approved the draft law developed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. According to the document, grace period will be introduced. If citizen pays the fine within 10 days, he/she will enjoy 20% of discount. However, if a citizen will try to avoid a penalty, the enforcement procedures will be tightened.
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Politics
Parliament adopts draft amendments to Constitution through the first hearing
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 16:13:00
The Parliament unanimously adopted the draft amendments to the Constitution of Georgia with 115 votes through the first hearing. The new edition of the Constitutional Law on the Autonomous Republic of Adjara was supported by 115 votes as well. None of the opposition parties have participated in the voting. The opposition boycotted the process.
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Politics
PM - Kutaisi is becoming an international hub of education
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 10:50:00
According to the memorandum, the Munich Technical University will join the project of Kutaisi International Technological University not as a consultant but as a partner, - Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said at today's government session. As the Prime Minister said, the Kutaisi International Technological University project is very important. According to him, two days ago, a memorandum was signed between Kutaisi University and Munich Technical University, according to which, the Munich Technical University joins this project not as a consultant but as a partner."This is a very important step. Munich University is one of the world's highest rated universities and we believe that this step will once again prove that Georgia has the greatest potential to be established as an international regional education center and this is a step that proves that Kutaisi is really becoming an international hub, as it had been historically.This is a historic project that we think will have a great impact on the development of Georgia not only in the coming years but also for a much longer period, so congratulations on this very great success," Kvirikashvili said. According to the Prime Minister, he is glad that Georgia is becoming increasingly popular not only for the students of the neighboring countries, but also for quite remote countries. "Kutaisi University will be one of the most important educational institutions in Europe. We are convinced of the success of this project," Kvirikashvili said.
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Politics
115 for and none against - Parliament adopted the draft amendments to the Constitution
Update Time: 2017-06-22 18:10:00
The Parliament adopted the draft amendments to the Constitution of Georgia with 115 votes through the first reading. The new edition of the Constitutional Law on the Autonomous Republic of Adjara was supported by 115 votes as well. None of the opposition parties have participated in the voting. According to Constitution, the constitutional amendments need 113 votes to be approved.The second hearing of the draft is scheduled for tomorrow's session. The Georgian Dream intends to adopt the project with two hearing at the current spring session and finally approve during the fall session.
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Justice
Lawyers meet Archpriest in prison
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 12:06:00
Lawyers are meeting Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman with Cyanide.Giorgi Mamaladze's public Lawyer is also attending the meeting.The details of the meeting of Catholicos Patriarch with family members of Archpriest and the planned court session will be discussed at the meeting.
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Politics
Amendments proposed to be made into Constitution of Adjara region to be discussed today
Update Time: 2017-06-22 12:15:00
The extraordinary session of the parliament is ongoing in boycott regime. Amendments  proposed to be made into Constitution of Adjara region will be discussed at the session of the Parliament today.Voting is planned for the afternoon.
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Kutaisi university city, wind power plants and tourist potential of Georgia - PM spoke about these issues
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 12:10:00
Kutaisi university city, wind power plants and tourist potential of Georgia - is part of the issues that the Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili talked about at today's government session.
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Parliamentary majority holds closed door meeting
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 16:44:00
The session of parliamentary majority is being held in the parliament for the time being.The members of the ruling team are holding meeting behind closed doors.The session was appointed after the extraordinary session, where the MPs adopted constitutional amendments through the first hearing.
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Society
Public Defender of Georgia presented a special report on the rights of persons with disabilities
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 11:31:00
The Public Defender of Georgia presented a special report on the rights of persons with disabilities, which reflects the main tendencies, problems and challenges faced by the state in terms of the rights situation of these persons in 2016.Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili focused on the efforts of the Public Defender’s Office within the framework of monitoring the promotion, protection and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He also spoke about the systemic problems, which have been the same for years in every field of the life of persons with disabilities and significantly impede their independent living and inclusion in the society on an equal basis with others.According to Nanuashvili, during the reporting period, the main challenge was the delayed process of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The country still does not have an effective mechanism for the implementation of the Convention. The issue of ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention is still on the agenda.No effective measures have been taken for the introduction of a social model. In addition, statistics on people with disabilities are still not collected or analyzed, which would have ensured development and implementation of a policy necessary for the effective implementation of the Convention, as well as introduction of needs-based approach during implementation and planning of programs.According to the report, the state did not properly care for the promotion of independent living, physical environment, infrastructure, access to information and transport for persons with disabilities.The level of participation of persons with disabilities and their organizations in the decision-making process at various levels was low. Some barriers were observed during the exercise of their right to vote.
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Society
Appointment of Supreme Court Judges - Ruling team may not take into account Venice Commission's recommendations
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 18:15:00
The recommendation of the Venice Commission on the appointment of judges of Supreme Court of Georgia may not be taken into account by the ruling team.International experts believe that it would be better if the Supreme Court Judges will be appointed by the Supreme Council of Justice instead of the Parliament.The NGO sector has a similar position to the ruling team but third sector's arguments are different.
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World
'Criminal hand' started Portugal fires - fire chief
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 18:30:00
A "criminal hand" may have been behind the deadly wildfires that have raged through central Portugal, a firefighting leader has said, - BBC reported.Jaime Marta Soares said he believed the lightning strike blamed for igniting the fire came two hours after it broke out, and an investigation was needed.Sixty-four people were killed, and more than 200 people are reported injured.Questions have been raised about the speed of response and Portugal's state of preparedness.Many people died trying to escape on route N-236, which local people have said should have been sealed off by authorities.On Wednesday, government ministers and officials joined a minute's silence for the victims of Portugal's deadliest wildfire, which began at Pedrogão Grande on Saturday.
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Politics
Constitutional amendments adopted through first hearing - discontent of President and NGOs and opposition's boycott
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 20:20:00
Constitutional amendments adopted through the first hearing - discontent of President and NGOs and boycott of the opposition.Despite the opposition’s boycott and the president’s appeal, the Constitutional Amendments have been adopted through the first hearing during the plenary session today. 115 MPs voted in favor of the draft project.The ruling team is convinced that the boycott of the opponents is the part of a planned political scenario. After the opposition, the third sector quits the parliamentary discussions. "Unfortunately, we have a draft constitution that has a zero consensus.” - The President says.Key claims are related to postponing the abolishment of Majoritarian system of elections.
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Media
Competition Commission listened to applicants who wish to become Board of Trustees member
Publish Time: 2017-06-22 18:19:00
The Competition Commission has listened to applicants who wish to become member of Board of Trustees of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB). Five applicants submitted an application for the open competition. They are: Film Director Davit Tsintsadze, Business Engineer Giorgi Iakobashvili, lawyer Akaki Gigineishvili, journalist Ia Mamaladze, director of TV and film Mikheil Mrevlishvili, physicist Lela Piralishvili and Orientalist Paata Surguladze.The deadline for submission of application expired on June 13. Tinatin Rukhadze, Director of the National Youth and Children's Palace heads the Commission. Competition Commission has to submit three candidates to the Parliament from which one will be approved by a majority of votes.
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