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Constitutional amendments - Secretary of Venice Commission met ruling team members in Strasbourg
Publish Time: 2017-06-26 20:15:00
The President of the Venice Commission is expected in Georgia in two days. Prior to that, the Secretary of the Commission met with members of the ruling team in Strasbourg. Constitutional amendments and the importance of consensus around the project were the main topic of discussion.The members of the parliamentary majority provided the Commission with the information about the two hearings over the changes held within the parliamentary changes; the opposition's boycott was also mentioned. “Due to the political situation, it is impossible to achieve the ideal consensus” - said one of the leaders of the ruling team after the meeting.
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Society
Legislative amendments on Public Broadcaster initiated in Parliament
Publish Time: 2017-06-26 18:20:00
The legislative draft-project prepared on the Public Broadcaster has been initiated.13 MPs of the parliamentary majority prepared the amendments. The draft of amendments has been initiated at the parliamentary bureau session today.  The aim of the project is to separate the authorities of the Board of Trustees and the Director General, to improve the regulatory norms on activities of the broadcaster and create an appropriate legislative basis for its activities.
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Society
Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia will host the international Conference
Publish Time: 2017-06-26 16:25:00
Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia will host the 8th Eastern European and Central Asian Conference of the International Association of Prosecutors. Conference on the topic ‘Returns of Illegally Obtained Property and Cybercrime’ shall be held this year on June 27-28.President of the International Association of Prosecutors, its Secretary General, Executive Director, member of the executive committee, General Advisor of the Association, leading officials of prosecutor’s offices of Eastern Europe and Central Asia will participate in the two-day conference.Exactly such regional conferences of the Association held in the name and with support of the Association in 6 regions of the world are most important platform to share information and experience between the member organizations.International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) was founded 1995 and is the only international organization of prosecutors, which unites 172 prosecution bodies of 171 countries and about 3,000 individual members under itself. Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia is an organizational member.President of the International Association of Prosecutors, Gerhard Jarosch and Chief Prosecutor of Georgia, Irakli Shotadze will open the Conference.Conference is hosted by Georgia for the first time. 
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World
Council of Europe discussed media environment in Azerbaijan
Publish Time: 2017-06-26 16:16:00
Media restrictions in Azerbaijan and Afgan Mukhtarli's case - these issues are discussed at Council of Europe.Media should not be muted by anybody - this is the motto of Azerbaijan journalists, who talk about the issue.
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Politics
National Movement presented Tbilisi mayoral candidate - the action plan of Zaal Udumashvili
Publish Time: 2017-06-26 16:10:00
The National Movement has officially nominated Zaal Udumashvili, former Deputy Director General of Rustavi 2 TV Company as a Tbilisi mayoral candidate. The presentation has been held in the yard of the Metekhi temple earlier this afternoon. Today it became known that Nika Melia, a member of the National Movement faction leaves the parliament as he plans to take part in the self-governance elections as the candidate for Tbilisi City Assembly Chairmanship.  
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Justice
Employees of the airport security service questioned
Update Time: 2017-06-26 16:08:00
Discussions into case of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman with Cyanide continue at Tbilisi City Court. The employees of the airport security service have been interrogated at the closed trial today.According to the prosecutor, the airport officers confirmed that the Cyanide was kept in the Giorgi Mamaladze's baggage.The defense side does not trust the testimony of witnesses.
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Society
GPB management holds meeting with creative groups of the winner programs
Publish Time: 2017-06-26 12:30:00
The management of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) is holding a meeting with the creative groups of the winner programs for the new TV season at the press club. Vasil Maghlaperidze, the General Director of GPB congratulated the winners and noted that the active preparatory works will be started. Maglaperidze promised the authors of the programs to conduct technical refurbishment of the channel and noted that a unified web platform will be established.The contracts with the new programs will be signed in September, and the contracts for the current winner programs will be prolonged. On June 21, the competition commission revealed the best projects within the framework of a competition for selection of new programs to be aired on Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) starting the new broadcast season.  The commission selected 9 projects. The competition for selection of new programs for 2017-2018 broadcast programming was announced on April 3. 
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Politics
National Movement presented candidate for Tbilisi mayor
Publish Time: 2017-06-26 12:24:00
The National Movement nominated Zaal Udumashvili, former Deputy Director General of Rustavi 2 TV Company as a Tbilisi mayoral candidate. The presentation was held in the yard of the Metekhi temple. Ggrigol Vashadze, one of the leaders of the party addressed to gathered people."We are entering the election campaign and we know that this historic is a place of victory that our country needs today so much. I am sure that the majority of Georgian citizens will support the candidates of the United National Movement,"- said Ggrigol Vashadze.According to him National Movement names Nika Melia as the candidate for Tbilisi City Assembly Chairmanship. 
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Politics
Georgia's Parliamentary Delegation to attend the PACE Summer Session
Update Time: 2017-06-26 12:20:00
The Parliamentary Delegation, headed by the First Vice-Speaker, Tamar Chugoshvili is to attend the PACE Summer Session on June 26-30. Simultaneously, the Parliamentary Delegation will hold the high rank meetings.The main topic of discussion during the summer session will be the situation in Europe and migration issue. Speakers in the debates will include Council of Europe Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, Mayor of Athens, Georgios Kaminis, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks and the Swedish Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson.The members of the Assembly will discuss the humanitarian and political response to the migration crisis, the human rights implications and the integration of refugees.Other highlights of the session include debates on recognising and enforcing the principle of accountability in the Parliamentary Assembly, promoting integrity in governance to tackle political corruption and parliamentary scrutiny over corruption. It is also planned to hold debates on the situation in Belarus and political influence over independent media and journalists.Summer session of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly will also include debate on Europe's common fight against terrorism: Successes and failures.In line with Tamar Chugoshvili, the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Summer Session will be attended by the Parliamentary Delegation: Sofio Katsarava, Irine Pruidze, Eka Beselia, Zviad Kvachantiradze, Nino Goguadze, Dimitri Tskitishvili, David Bakradze and Giorgi Kandelaki.
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Nika Melia to be replaced by Badri Basishvili in the Parliament
Publish Time: 2017-06-26 12:19:00
National Movement MP Nika Melia will be replaced by Badri Basishvili in the Parliament.Nika Melia is leaving the MP’s mandate, as he had been named as the Tbilisi City Assembly chairmanship candidate. 
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Nika Melia quits the Parliament
Publish Time: 2017-06-26 12:11:00
Member of parliamentary minority Nika Melia quits the Parliament of Georgia.The National Movement has presented Nika Melia’s candidacy for chairmanship of the Tbilisi City Assembly. The presentation was held in the yard of the Metekhi temple. Nika Melia named Zaal Udumashvili as Tbilisi mayoral candidate and noted that he is coming in politics to win a fight for Tbilisi and Tbilisi residents.
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Justice
Discussions into so-called Cyanide Case underway at court
Publish Time: 2017-06-26 12:05:00
Discussions into case of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman with Cyanide continue at Tbilisi City Court. According to the prosecutor, the employees of the airport security service will be interrogated at the closed trial today, with the participation of whom investigative agency seized cyanide from Archpriest's suitcase.
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Politics
Spring session of the Parliament closes in the current week
Publish Time: 2017-06-26 10:45:00
The Parliament of Georgia will complete the working in the spring session format in the current week.According to regulations, the spring session of the parliament opens on the first Tuesday of February and closes on the last Friday of June.Plenary sessions will be held in the current week and on June 30, the spring session will be closed with the state anthem. The extraordinary sessions will be presumably held in July.
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World
Prince Harry 'wanted out' of Royal Family
Publish Time: 2017-06-25 13:57:00
Prince Harry was once so disillusioned with being part of the Royal Family that he decided he "wanted out", - BBC reported.Having considered giving up his title, he finally decided he should remain and "work out a role for myself".Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the prince - who is fifth in line to the throne - said being in the Army was "the best escape I've ever had".And he said the royals "don't want to be just a bunch of celebrities but instead use our role for good".Harry, 32, spent 10 years in the Army, serving twice in Afghanistan.He had to leave when his presence there was revealed by the press in 2007."I felt very resentful. Being in the Army was the best escape I've ever had. I felt as though I was really achieving something."I have a deep understanding of all sorts of people from different backgrounds and felt I was part of a team."
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Society
Prime Minister congratulates Muslims on Ramazan Bairam
Publish Time: 2017-06-25 12:30:00
Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili congratulates Muslims on the occasion of Ramazan Bairam holiday.“I congratulate our Muslim brothers on Ramazan Bairam holiday. We have one motherland and our common history counts centuries; big friendship ties us up and it is our country's wealth. We are proud that our friendship and mutual respect transfers from generation to generation.  I believe that these relations will be further enhanced and we will strengthen our country. Once again I congratulate our Muslim citizens this great holiday, with all my heart I wish them peace and prosperity” – Prime Minister notes in his congratulatory address. 
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Economics
Shuakhevi HPP project completed
Publish Time: 2017-06-25 12:24:00
The construction of the largest Hydro Power Plant in Georgia, Shuakhevi HPP project has been completed.The power plant generates 450 gigawatts / hour power and reduces greenhouse gases by more than 200,000 tons a year.Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has attended the solemn ceremony on the occasion of completion of the construction of Shuakhevi HPP.
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World
Pakistan oil tanker inferno kills at least 123
Publish Time: 2017-06-25 09:35:00
At least 123 people were killed when a lorry transporting oil burst into flames near the Pakistani city of Ahmedpur East, local officials say, - BBC reported.A crowd had gathered reportedly to collect fuel leaking from the overturned vehicle when it caught fire. Dozens are being treated in hospital.It appears the tanker blew a tyre while rounding a sharp bend in the road.The subsequent fire may have been sparked by someone lighting a cigarette, rescue services say.The country's roads are notoriously dangerous, with poor vehicle maintenance and reckless driving contributing to the problem.
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Justice
Young man shot dead at Vazha-Pshavela Avenue
Publish Time: 2017-06-25 01:17:00
A young man has been shot dead at Vazha-Pshavela Avenue, Tbilisi. The incident occurred late night. The locals heard several shots. The young man was hospitalized but he died immediately. Other details are unknown. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, investigation has been launched according to the two articles – 108 and 236. They envisage premeditated murder and illegal possession of arms. 
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Culture
Awarding ceremony “Electonaut” to be held
Update Time: 2017-06-24 16:30:00
Awarding ceremony “Electonaut” of electronic music and innovative pop-culture festival will be held on June 25. Winners will be revealed in 10 nominations including the best video, festival, music track and discovery of the year. The annual festival was founded in 2008 and aims at revealing talented Georgian musicians. 
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Society
Neonatologia conference in Batumi
Update Time: 2017-06-24 16:25:00
International conference of neonatologia specialists and pediatricians opened today in Batumi city of Adjara region. Georgian and foreign medics participate in the conference, which will close on June 25. 
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