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Tako Gachechiladze will present Georgia at 2017 ESC
Publish Time: 2017-01-21 12:20:00
Tako Chachechiladze will present Georgia at 2017 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) with the song “Keep the Faith.” The winner of the Georgian national final was revealed on January 20 at Tbilisi Big Concert Hall by the audience and international jury. Gachechiladze received 122 points. The money collected from SMS voting during the Georgian national final was transferred to Dimitri Tsintsadze Charity Fund. Twenty-five contenders performed on stage of Tbilisi Big Concert Hall. The voting procedure lasted during 15 minutes. The national final was aired live by First Channel of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) starting 20:00. Gachechiladze will present Georgia at the 62nd 2017 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Kyiv, Ukraine. Semi-finals will be held on May 9 and 11. The Final will take place on May 13. Georgia first participated in ESC in 2007. 
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Society
Protest against construction works ongoing behind Sports Palace
Publish Time: 2017-01-21 12:18:00
Locals are protesting over ongoing construction works of a block of apartments behind Tbilisi Sports Palace. Protesters claim that the new block of apartments is being built 3 meters away from their house. There is no walking space and cutting down of trees is planned. 
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Economics
Zurab Chiaberashvili says that both export and import is decreased in Georgia
Update Time: 2017-01-21 12:14:00
Zurab Chiaberashvili, a member of European Georgia parliamentary faction claims that both export and import are decreased in Georgia to the level of 2011. Chiaberashvili brought to the attention the report published on January 20 by Statistics National Department which talks about foreign trade. According to Chiaberashvili, the government carries out incorrect policy and the only way out of economic crisis is reduction of taxes.  
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World
Donald Trump sworn in as 45th President of America
Update Time: 2017-01-21 12:11:00
Donald J Trump has capped the day of his inauguration with dancing and celebrating, hours after being sworn in as the 45th President of America with a vow to rebuild the country using "American hands"."American carnage stops right here and right now," he said on the steps of the Capitol after taking the Oath of Office.He said he would strip power away from Washington and give it "back to the people". "We must think big and dream even bigger," he said. "America will start winning again, winning like never before."We will bring back our jobs, we will bring back our borders, we will bring back our wealth and we will bring back our dreams."We will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation."Barack Obama, the former president and his wife Michelle, the former first lady, watched on as they handed power to the Trumps.
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Politics
Sitting of State Constitutional Commission being held
Publish Time: 2017-01-21 12:05:00
The sitting of State Constitutional Commission is being held in the parliament. The commission consisting of four working groups will begin revision of main law of the country. The group working in direction of human rights and legal affairs has assembled today. Members of the group will present their initiatives. 
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World
Italy school bus crash leaves 16 dead
Publish Time: 2017-01-21 11:23:00
A bus carrying schoolchildren has crashed and caught fire in northern Italy, killing at least 16 people, emergency officials say, as reported by BBC.The bus, carrying pupils from Hungary, collided with a pylon as it exited the A4 motorway near Verona late on Friday. Italy's national fire service said on Twitter that another 39 people had been injured.The bus was returning to Budapest from France, where the pupils had been on a mountain holiday. Italian news agency Ansa said a number of the pupils, who were mainly boys aged between 14 and 18, were thrown out of the vehicle when it collided with the pylon.It is not known why the bus left the road. Others were trapped inside the bus when it caught fire, Ansa said. Ten of those in hospital are seriously hurt, it said.The death toll is not expected to increase, the fire service added. Hungarian media reported that the country's consul in Milan has arrived in Verona. 
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Crime
Greek citizen detained on drugs charge
Publish Time: 2017-01-21 09:51:00
A citizen of Greece born in 1968 was detained in Tbilisi on drug charge. The person was found with Methadone salt containing liquid and Cocaine drugs upon body search. Investigation into the case is opened. 
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Culture
Emotional Moments, Speach of Tako Gachechiladze Winner of Georgian National Final
Publish Time: 2017-01-20 23:11:00
Tako Gachechiladze won the Georgian National Final. Gachechiladze will represent Georgia in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Keep The Faith. The winner was decided by a combination international jury and public votes. Keep The Faith was written by Tako herself and will be the 10th Georgian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest. The 2017 ESC will be held in Kiev's International Exhibition Centre. The semi-finals will take place on Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 May, with the grand final on Saturday 13 May.
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Culture
Tako Gachechiladze will present Georgia at 2017 Eurovision Song Contest
Publish Time: 2017-01-20 22:51:00
Tako Gachechiladze will present Georgia at 2017 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Kyiv, Ukraine. She won the Georgian National Final, with the entry song "Keep the Faith" .25 Participants took part in the contest. Winner of the National Final was chosen by professional juries and televoters. The money collected from SMS voting during the Georgian national final will be transferred to Dimitri Tsintsadze Charity Fund. Georgian National Final was held at Tbilisi Concert Hall. Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) provided live transmission of the show.Georgia first participated in ESC in 2007. The 2017 ESC will be held in Kiev's International Exhibition Centre. The semi-finals will take place on Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 May, with the grand final on Saturday 13 May.
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Culture
Georgian participant of 2017 ESC to become known on January 20
Publish Time: 2017-01-20 19:10:00
The Georgian National Final of Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) will be held at Tbilisi Concert Hall today. The concert will be aired live by First Channel of GPB starting 20:00.The winner of the National Final will present Georgia at 2017 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Kyiv, Ukraine. Twenty-five contenders will perform on stage of Tbilisi Big Concert Hall. The voting procedure will last during 15 minutes.The money collected from SMS voting during the Georgian National Final of Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) will be transferred to Dimitri Tsintsadze Charity Fund. Everything is ready at Tbilisi Concert Hall to host the concert. Members of the jury remain confidential. Georgia first participated in ESC in 2007.
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Culture
Georgian National Final of 2017 Eurovision Song Contest to be held at Tbilisi Concert Hall on January 20
Publish Time: 2017-01-20 18:50:00
The Georgian National Final of 2017 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) will be held at Tbilisi Concert Hall on January 20.The winner of the National Final will present Georgia at 2017 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Kyiv, Ukraine.Winner of the upcoming National Final will be chosen by professional juries and televoters. The voting procedure will last during 15 minutes. Money collected from SMS voting will be transferred to Dimitri Tsintsadze Charity Fund.The National Final will be aired live by First Channel of GPB, starting 20:00.Twenty-five contenders will perform on stage of Tbilisi Big Concert Hall. The Running order of participants is as follows:1. Giorgi Chikovani, with the song - Make it Right 2. Brandon Stone & Eteri Beriashvili, with the song - Heyo Song 3. Rati Durglishvili, with the song - Why 4. Andria Gvelesiani, with the song - Revolutionise 5. Alisa Danelia, with the song - We Are Eternity 6. Nutsa Buzaladze, with the song - White Horses Run 7. Maliibu, with the song - We Live Once 8. Group EOS, with the song - Urban Signs 9. Dima Kobeshavidze, with the song - Scream
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Politics
UNM chairman’s post to remain vacant until Mikheil Saakashvili returns to Georgia
Update Time: 2017-01-20 18:39:00
The post of United National Movement (UNM) Party chairman will remain vacant until the return of the former President of Georgia, - the decision has been made at the National Movement congress today. The text of the relevant resolution was read to the congress participants by Nugzar Tsiklauri, one of the leaders of the party. "Since the third President of Georgia is the founder and leader of the United National Movement, who together with the Georgian people laid the foundation of the new Georgian statehood; since he is being persecuted by Ivanishvili’s regime for political reasons; since his citizenship was taken away, but he has never refused to be the chairman of the party; we, the members of the United National Movement, decided not to elect the party chairman until Mikheil Saakashvili is allowed to arrive in Georgia and fully get engaged into the political processes”, said Tsiklauri.After the reading of the text of the document, voting was held and the absolute majority of the congress participants supported the resolution.   
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World
Donald Trump inauguration: Countdown to swearing in new US President
Publish Time: 2017-01-20 18:05:00
US President-elect Donald Trump will be officially sworn into office, taking the title ‘President of the United States’ after the inauguration to be held today. Donald Trump's inauguration speech will be "personal" and "philosophical", his spokesperson has said. The tycoon-turned-politician will deliver his first address as US president to hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington DC and millions watching around the world this afternoon.With the help of long-time speech-writer Stephen Miller, Mr Trump is expected to deliver a relatively short speech referring to ideas from his campaign such as "America First" and the need to "Make America Great Again".Topics are said to include border security, the military, the economy and the outsourcing of jobs, CNN reported. Trump’s domestic agenda hinges on one premise: make the middle-class great again. 
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World
Donald Trump inauguration line-up
Update Time: 2017-01-20 16:30:00
US President-elect Donald Trump will be officially sworn into office, taking the title ‘President of the United States’ after the inauguration to be held today. The day before the vows are taken, as is tradition, a celebratory concert will take place featuring a whole host of celebrity performers.For Obama’s first inauguration concert – "We Are One" – the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé played. Trump’s line-up is a little lacklustre by comparison.First, rather than delving straight into celebrity performances there will be a “Voices of the People” parade. Participants will include the DC Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, King’s Academy Honor Choir and the Republican Hindu Coalition.Following the introduction, “The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” will run, with Trump and his VP Mike Pence making speeches throughout, The Independent reported.
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Justice
Parliamentary majority to present candidate for post of judge of Constitutional Court
Update Time: 2017-01-20 16:25:00
The Parliamentary majority will present a candidate for vacant post of judge of Constitutional Court on January 23. Four candidates are considered for the post including MP Manana Kobakhidze. 
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Politics
Venice Commission President meets with former chairman of parliament and constitutionalists
Update Time: 2017-01-20 16:23:00
Venice Commission President Gianni Buquicchio, being on a visit in Georgia, met with Davit Usupashvili, former chairman of parliament, constitutionalists and representatives of non-governmental organizations.  Avtandil Demetrashvili, Joni Khetsuriani, Mindia Ugrekhelidze, Ana Natsvlishvili and Eka Gigauri participated in the meeting. President of Venice Commission inquired about their viewpoints about changes to be made into Constitution of Georgia. 
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Politics
Venice Commission Chairman meets with Georgian Parliament Speaker
Update Time: 2017-01-20 16:17:00
According to Venice Commission President Gianni Buquicchio, as a whole, the Constitution of Georgia is in line with the international standards, but it needs to be improved. After a meeting with Parliament Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze, Buquicchio stressed that he welcomes the readiness of the Parliament Chairman to share the remarks and views of the Venice Commission during the implementation of amendments into Constitution."I have been a friend of Georgia for the past 20 years. I have been to Georgia many times. Being Italian, I understand the Georgian mentality, we understand each other well. As a whole, the text of the Constitution is good and in line with international standards, but it should be further improved.The Venice Commission had some critical remarks when amendments were made to the Constitution in 2010. We do not impose anything on you, we just want to improve the Constitution and bring it into full compliance with international standards," Buquicchio said at the briefing held together with Kobakhidze.
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Politics
President of Venice Commission meeting with representatives of minority factions
Publish Time: 2017-01-20 16:15:00
Gianni Buquicchio, President of Venice Commission, being on a visit in Tbilisi, is meeting with representatives of parliamentary minority factions. Buquicchio earlier today was hosted by Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili. He also met with Irakli Kobakhidze, Parliament Speaker behind closed door. 
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Politics
UNM Congress underway at Sports Palace
Update Time: 2017-01-20 16:10:00
The congress of United National Movement (UNM) Party is underway at Tbilisi Sports Palace. About 7 thousand delegates from Tbilisi and regions are attending the congress.Political leaders will deliver speeches at the event and a new political board will be elected. As reported, the chairman of the board will be Nika Melia, while one of its members will reportedly be former Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze.As for the position of Secretary General, Vano Merabishvili will retain this position, though his duties will be fulfilled by the chairman of the political board until Merabishvili leaves prison.As for the position of Secretary General, the Prime Minister will retain the position again, although his duties until Merabishvili in prison, will assume the chair of the political council.Mikheil Saakashvili has addressed the participants of the congress through Skype from Washington. The congress is being attended by Mikheil Saakashvili’s family members - wife, mother and grandmother.
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Culture
Georgian 2017 ESC contender to become known today
Update Time: 2017-01-20 16:05:00
The Georgian national final of Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) will be held at Tbilisi Concert Hall today. The winner of the National Final will present Georgia at 2017 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Kyiv, Ukraine. The money collected from SMS voting during the Georgian national final of Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) will be transferred to Dimitri Tsintsadze Charity Fund. The national final will be aired live by First Channel of GPB starting 20:00. Twenty-five contenders will perform on stage of Tbilisi Big Concert Hall. The voting procedure will last during 15 minutes.Everything is ready at Tbilisi Concert Hall to host the concert. Members of the jury remain confidential. Georgia first participated in ESC in 2007. 
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