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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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World
Queen Elizabeth says whole country shocked by Manchester attack
Publish Time: 2017-05-23 16:09:00
Queen Elizabeth expressed her deepest sympathy on Tuesday to all those affected by the suicide bomb attack in Manchester.  At least 22 people, including some children, were killed and 59 wounded when a suicide bomber struck as thousands of fans streamed out of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester on Monday.
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World
Suicide attack at Ariana Grande concert in Britain kills 22 people
Publish Time: 2017-05-23 20:05:00
Twenty-two people, including children, were killed and 59 were wounded in a suicide bomber during a concert given by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester on Monday.Victims told how an improvised explosive device carried by the attacker caused them to be thrown by the blast, which scattered nuts and bolts across the floor of the foyer area, as reported by The Telegraph.Prime Minister Theresa May said the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack, making it the deadliest militant assault in Britain since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London's transport system in July 2005. Queen Elizabeth expressed her deepest sympathy on Tuesday to all those affected by the suicide bomb attack in Manchester.  She said the whole country was shocked. The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for the Manchester suicide bombing. The suicide bomber is liquidated. Law enforcers are looking for other possible compliances of the attack. It is the worst terror attack to hit Britain since the July 7, 2005 suicide bomb attacks in central London in which 52 people were killed and came four years to the day Lee Rigby was murdered by Islamist extremists.
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Politics
Discussions over Constitutional Changes in Berlin
Update Time: 2017-05-23 18:21:00
Discussions are being held over the package of amendments proposed to be made into Constitution of Georgia with Secretary of Venice Commission of the Council of Europe Thomas Markert. The meeting with Georgian delegation members is being held in Berlin, Germany. The main focus is placed on election rule of President and distribution of MP mandates. Markert calls on the political parties for reaching consensus. The ruling team claims that the new version of Constitution is in full compliance with legal principles and will serve as the guarantee of the country’s stable development. 
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Justice
City Court discussing case of Lancet Clinic’s Director
Publish Time: 2017-05-23 18:05:00
Tbilisi City Court is discussing imposition of prison term s to Parman Jeiranli, General Director of "Lancet" Clinic who faces from 6 to 9 years in prison. Chief Prosecutor’s Office detained Jeiranli on charge of misappropriation of money from a patient through swindling and conceal of information about threat to life and death. The case has to do with liver transplantation surgery conducted on two patients. Both patients died. Doctors invited from Azerbaijan who did not have Georgian state certificates, did the operations.  The detainee does not plead guilty. The defense side demands release of the detainee on bail. 
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Politics
Delegation of European Parliament holding meetings in Tbilisi
Update Time: 2017-05-23 16:09:00
Members of Foreign Committee of the European Parliament are holding meetings in Tbilisi. The delegation met with representatives of non-governmental sector earlier this afternoon. The guests are now meeting with MPs of parliamentary opposition. Relations between Georgia and European Union and changes proposed to be made into Constitution are the main topics for discussions. 
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Politics
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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Conflicts/Terrorism
Islamic State claims it carried out bombing that killed 22 at Ariana Grande concert
Update Time: 2017-05-23 16:14:00
The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for the Manchester suicide bombing that killed 22 people - including children - in an explosion that tore through fans leaving an Ariana Grande pop concert in Manchester.As the first arrest was made in connection with the attack, Prime Minister Theresa May disclosed that the authorities believe they know the identity of the man who carried out the atrocity.Mrs May said "many" children were among the dead and 59 injured in the bombing at the Manchester Arena on Monday night as thousands of young people streamed from the venue.
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Politics
Head of State Audit Service comments about video released through social network
Publish Time: 2017-05-24 11:53:00
Lasha Tordia, Head of State Audit Service commented about the video material released through the social network. Tordia said that Chief Prosecutor’s Office published the material to put the latest conflict that he had with Otar Patrskhaladze, former Chief Prosecutor in the background. Head of State Audit Service held a special briefing this afternoon. The shots are made in one of the cafes at Paliashvili Street in Tbilisi. 
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Society
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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Politics
Agreement about cyber security signed between Georgia and Turkey
Update Time: 2017-05-23 18:12:00
An agreement about cyber security was signed today between Georgia and Turkey. Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili made statements about enhancement of trade-economic relations during the joint press conference held together with his Turkish counterpart Binyali Yildirim, being on a visit in Tbilisi. The sides also informed that Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway project will be put in exploitation this year and will begin functioning starting 2018. Important messages were made about Russian occupation of Georgia’s territories. 
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Politics
Georgian and Turkish Prime Ministers hold joint press conference
Publish Time: 2017-05-23 14:25:00
“Turkey was one of the first countries which recognized Georgia’s independence and now it strongly supports Georgia’s state sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said during the joint press conference held together with his Turkish counterpart Binyali Yildirim, being on a visit in Tbilisi. An official welcoming ceremony of Turkish Prime Minister Binyali Yildirim was held at Georgian Governmental Administration. Georgian and Turkish state anthems were performed. Prime Ministers of the two countries introduced members of the cabinet to each other. During the meeting with Georgian PM, talks were held about economic, trade and security cooperation. 
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Justice
Director of Lancet Clinic faces imprisonment
Publish Time: 2017-05-23 14:19:00
Parman Jeiranli, General Director of "Lancet" Clinic faces from 6 to 9 years in prison. Chief Prosecutor’s Office detained Jeiranli on the basis of a verdict made by Tbilisi City Court on charge of misappropriation of money from a patient through swindling and conceal of information about threat to life and death. The detainee does not plead guilty. 
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Society
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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Justice
MP of Patriots’ Alliance comments about decision made by court in United Arab Emirates
Update Time: 2017-05-24 12:05:00
Gela Mikadze, MP of Patriots’ Alliance described the decision made by the court against him in United Arab Emirates as ‘absurd.’ According to Mikadze, he has several civil disputes with Rakia Georgia Company in the court but is not informed about the dispute in United Arab Emirates. MP said that he had been a partner of Rakia Georgia since 2006 but currently has financial claims against it in the amount of tens of millions USD. 
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Politics
Public Discussions over Constitutional changes to be held in Ozurgeti and Kaspi
Update Time: 2017-05-24 12:11:00
Public discussions over the package of amendments proposed to be made into Constitution of Georgia will be held in Ozurgeti and Kaspi towns today. The ruling team claims that the population is actively involved in the process. The opposition claims that similar meetings do not actually contribute to taking the locals’ viewpoints into consideration and that the standpoint of the population remains disregarded. 
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Politics
Chairman of Parliament summed up results of conference in Berlin
Update Time: 2017-05-24 12:14:00
Recommendations provided by Venice Commission (advisory board of Council of Europe) will be taken into consideration, - Chairman of the Georgian Parliament Irakli Kobakhidze told journalists after the conference held in Berlin about the package of Constitutional changes. He said that the two-day conference was consistent with the expectations of the Georgian side, which guarantees that the document would be highly evaluated.Kobakhidze explained to journalists that the amendments to the constitution are entirely in line with the fundamental principles of law.Draft constitutional amendments of Georgia were discussed in Berlin on 22-23 May. The conference was supported by the German International Cooperation Society (GIZ).  
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Justice
Turkish nationals and Georgian citizen detained on charge of producing fake excise stamps
Publish Time: 2017-05-24 10:50:00
Officers of Investigation Service of Finance Ministry detained two Turkish nationals and one Georgian citizen on charge of producing and realization fake excise stamps. Further investigation into the case is in progress.    
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Politics
Georgian side comments about new post of Marat Kulakhmetov
Update Time: 2017-05-24 12:15:00
Official Tbilisi commented about appointment of General-Mayor Marat Kulakhmetov by Russian President on post of Ambassador Plenipotentiary of the occupied Tskhinvali region. The Georgian side evaluates Russia’s move as yet another provocation. 
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World
President Trump meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican
Publish Time: 2017-05-24 11:38:00
US President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday. The two met for a private one-on-one meeting, and also exchanged gifts in front of reporters and the president's visiting delegation, which included First Lady Melania Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and White House advisers and the president's son-in-law and daughter, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.The president gave the Pope a case of books by Martin Luther King, while the Pope gave Trump a medal by a Roman artist inscribed with an olive branch. Francis explained that the branch is a symbol of peace, and Trump replied: "We can use peace."The Pope also presented Trump with three books he said he sends to all Catholics: one on family, one on the gospel and one on "care of our common home, the environment." "Well, I'll be reading them," Trump said, as reported by ABC News. The visit to the Vatican was the third stop of Trump's tour of sites representing three major religions. Over the weekend he stopped in Saudi Arabia, where he delivered an address to Muslim leaders, and Monday through Tuesday he visited Israel and the West Bank and met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.    
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