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Fire at Mamisashvili Street
Publish Time: 2017-07-21 18:06:00
Fire is reported to be raging at one of the houses at Mamisashvili Street in Tbilisi. Six fire-fighting brigades are working at the disaster scene as Emergency Situations Management Agency told Public Broadcaster. 
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Conflicts/Terrorism
Occupational regime marks border with arable land at Karafila village
Publish Time: 2017-07-21 15:16:00
The occupational regime marked the so-called border with arable land in Karafila village, Kaspi fistrict of Shifa Kartli region. Russian soldiers began border-marking works last evening. The lines with arable land are made at Orchosani village as well. A representative of Kodistskaro village confirms the information. 
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Politics
Candidate for post of Tbilisi Mayor of European Georgia to hold protest
Publish Time: 2017-07-21 11:48:00
Elene Khoshtaria, a candidate for post of Tbilisi Mayor of European Georgia in the forthcoming local self-governance elections will hold a protest with slogan “No to Russian Fascism in Georgia” at Aghmashenebeli Avenue in Tbilisi today. Khoshtaria distributed flyers to locals together with volunteers and called on them for joining the activity. Khoshtaria said that the Georgian society should not give the right to marginal groups to talk on behalf of Georgian people. 
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Military
Honorable Partner 2017 Training to be held
Publish Time: 2017-07-21 11:13:00
Multinational Training "Honorable Partner 2017” will be held from July 30 to August 12 at Vaziani military airdrome, polygon and Norio training base. More than 2800 soldiers will participate in the training. Multinational Training "Honorable Partner 2017” is not directed against any state, - Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria said at a press conference today, when answering a question of whether Georgia was expecting provocations from Russia."Such exercises are not directed against any country, it aims to increase the interoperability among partners and to strengthen the region’s security. We welcome the involvement of our neighboring country Armenia. The goal of the training is to strengthen peace and security in the region,” Izoria said. 
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Politics
US Department of State - Georgia continued to enhance its counterterrorism legislation and now has a substantial legal framework for prosecuting terrorism-related offenses
Publish Time: 2017-07-20 12:22:00
“Georgia, a longstanding member of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, continued its strong engagement with the United States across a range of counterterrorism-related issues and remained a solid U.S. global security partner", - says the US Department of State's Country Reports on Terrorism 2016. "In August, Tbilisi City Court convicted ISIS fighter Davit Borchashvili to 12 years in prison for being a member of a terrorist organization and participating in terrorist activities. Georgian authorities continued to work toward greater information sharing with U.S. and regional counterparts on security issues. Georgia also made progress implementing a domestic program to counter violent extremism.” “Georgia has improved its overall border security, in part due to its goal of attaining visa-free travel to the European Union. Nonetheless, Georgia’s lack of control over the Russian-occupied territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, its lack of diplomatic relations with Russia, and the country’s harsh terrain limited its ability to secure its borders. Law enforcement uses cameras, terrorist watch lists, and advance passenger name records to help detect potential terrorist movement at ports of entry; however, more comprehensive biometric and biographic screening at ports of entry and the implementation of standard operating procedures for dealing with suspicious individuals would enhance this capability. With significant U.S. support, the Georgian Coast Guard is better equipped to patrol the country’s maritime borders, with the exception of Russian occupied Abkhazia’s coastline. The U.S. government continued to enhance the Georgian government’s ability to detect and interdict weapons of mass destruction. Georgia shares cross-border terrorism-related information with its southern neighbors – Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey – through police attachés and working-level interaction at border crossings”, says the report.“Georgia continued to enhance its counterterrorism legislation in 2016 and now has a substantial legal framework for prosecuting terrorism-related offenses. In line with UN Security Council resolution 2178, the government in 2015 changed its Criminal Code and other relevant legislation to criminalize foreign terrorist fighters and the incitement of terrorist acts. These amendments built on changes to the Criminal Code in 2014 that criminalized participation in international terrorism, recruitment for membership in a terrorist organization, and
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Society
Project of Tbilisi General Plan to be ready in September
Publish Time: 2017-07-19 17:34:00
The complete project of Tbilisi Development General Plan will be presumably ready in September, Mamuka Salukvadze, Head of City Institute Georgia said. According to Salukvadze, public discussions are launched. Priorities in the plan go to transport infrastructure, greening and ecology. Corrections can be made to the plan in case of objective remarks. 
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Politics
Pre-election Monitoring mission of NDI meets with Aleko Elisashvili
Publish Time: 2017-07-19 16:16:00
Members of Pre-election Monitoring mission of National-Democratic Institute (NDI) met with Aleko Elisashvili, an independent candidate running for post of Tbilisi Mayor in the forthcoming local self-governance elections to bed held in autumn. Elisashvili introduced NDI representatives with his election program. Talks were held about pre-election environment. NDI delegation members also met with Diplomatic Corps, journalists, non-governmental organizations, Prime Minister and President. 
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Politics
Ukrainian President visiting Mestia
Publish Time: 2017-07-19 14:49:00
Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine being on a visit in Georgia and Ukrainian First Lady are visiting Mestia, Sveneti region. They are touring about tourist sightseeing sites. Before that Presidents of Georgia and Ukraine visited the village of Odzisi at the occupation line. President of Georgia and the Head of the Analytical Department of the State Security Service provided information about the existing situation at the occupation line to Petro Poroshenko.President of Ukraine got interested in the humanitarian situation in the occupied region, including access to education and healthcare services for the population living in the occupied region. Petro Poroshenko compared the situation in the occupied region of Georgia to the situation in Donbass.
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Politics
Chairman of Parliament talked about process of Constitutional reform at Ambassadorial 2017
Publish Time: 2017-07-19 12:56:00
Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of Parliament talked about the ongoing process of Constitutional reform within the framework of Ambassadorial 2017 being held in Tbilisi.Kobakhidze remarked that it was necessary that heads of diplomatic representations of Georgia abroad had full information about the proposed changes. He also introduced participants with main arguments and content of the changes. 
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Society
146 citizens of Georgia refused to enter EU member states
Publish Time: 2017-07-19 12:45:00
The 146 citizens of Georgia were refused to enter EU member states in three months, says the statistical data provided by Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA). The right to cross the border of EU member states was not granted to citizens of Georgia from March 28 until July 2.At this stage MIA does not specify how many people used the visa-free regime with the EU and how many people returned to the country by protecting the 90-day stay rule.Georgia has been enjoying visa free regime with the Schengen zone countries from March 28, 2017. Citizens of Georgia are allowed to enter and stay in the EU member states and several non-member countries for 90 days without a visa.
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Politics
This is not a dividing line; this is an abyss between the past and the future – Petro Poroshenko
Publish Time: 2017-07-19 12:05:00
This is not a dividing line; this is an abyss between the past and the future, - Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine said in the village of Khurvaleti, at the occupation line. "I'm here with my Georgian counterpart to express Ukraine's clear support for Georgia's territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty and we will do our utmost to maintain it. This is not an occupation line, this is not a division line, this is an abyss between the past and the future of Georgia. This is the result of the Russian aggression. On one side, we see prosperous Tbilisi, hotels, resorts, investors, happy people, the association agreement, visa-free regime and on the other side we see tears, violations of rights, lack of medical assistance ... This is a great motivation for us to restore both Georgian and Ukrainian territorial integrity," Poroshenko said.
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Politics
Occupation lines will surely be destroyed in our states - Giorgi Margvelashvili
Update Time: 2017-07-19 12:03:00
Neither Georgians nor Ukrainians have ever been broken and such occupation lines will surely be destroyed, - Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili said in Khurvaleti village, which is located adjacent to the occupational line. Giorgi Margvelashvili visited the occupation line together with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko."We are now at the occupation, Presidents of two countries, two proud peoples who do not tolerate the Russian aggression and the cynicism that Russian militaries through which they are trying to break our firmness and morality. But neither the Georgians nor the Ukrainians have ever broken, they have a great deal of strength and such occupation lines will be destroyed in our countries. Our states will be as sovereign and independent as it is recognized by all states in the world, except Russia," Margvelashvili said. 
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Politics
Justice Minister comments about extradition of ex-president
Publish Time: 2017-07-19 10:53:00
“We applied to the Ukrainian side from Chief Prosecutor’s Office twice with demand to extradite ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili to Georgia and we received rejection in both cases,” Tea Tsulukiani, Minister of Justice made this statement during Ambassadorial 2017. According to Tsulukiani, now Ukraine can make the decision which is acceptable at this moment. Ambassadorial 2017 was opened in Tbilisi on July 18. 
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Politics
Issue of Saakashvili’s extradition depends on demand of Georgian government – Poroshenko
Update Time: 2017-07-18 16:21:00
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko being on a visit in Georgia said that he had not received any demand from the Georgian government regarding extradition of ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili. Therefore, the issue has not been discussed at all. “We have been involved in efficient communication with the government of Georgia but we have not been asked for his extradition,” Poroshenko claimed. According to Ukrainian President, everything depends on the Georgian government in terms of adding the issue on the Ukrainian agenda. Poroshenko has also stressed that there is no problem in terms of Georgia-Ukraine relations. 
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Politics
Aleko Elisashvili held presentation of election headquarters
Publish Time: 2017-07-18 15:37:00
Aleko Elisashvili, an independent candidate for post of Tbilisi Mayor held a presentation of his election headquarters at Saburtalo Street in Tbilisi. Elisashvili said that he planned cooperation with ordinary citizens during the pre-election period and called on the population for provision of information about facing problems. Elisashvili plans to meet with representatives of National-Democratic Institute (NDI) delegation on July 19 to introduce them with his election program.
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Culture
Musical November in Tbilisi – GPB announces national competition of JESC
Publish Time: 2017-07-18 15:11:00
Georgia will host Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC) this year. Tbilisi will have musical November. The Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) announces a national competition of JESC and invites children aged 9-14 both soloists and musical groups. One song from the own repertoire, willingness and exertion, and you may become the choice of a competent jury. Participate in the competition, submit the song (from own repertoire), photo, biography and contact information to e-mail junioreurovision@gpb.ge or GPB from July 17 till September 1.  Grab the chance to become the favorite among the best ones. A new song will be composed for you and with this entry song you will have the opportunity to present Georgia at the European biggest and popular children’s musical celebrations. For more information visit the web-sites 1tv.ge and eurovision-georgia.ge or contact us at telephone number 2 409 110. 
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Politics
Ukrainian President meets with Georgian PM
Publish Time: 2017-07-18 14:09:00
Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine being in Georgia with a 3-day visit met with Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Georgian Prime Minister. Strategic relations and common interests of Ukraine and Georgia were the main topics for discussions. The sides also talked about political and economic cooperation, process of integration into European and Euro-Atlantic structures and expectations about the forthcoming Eastern Partnership Summit. 
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Justice
Relative charged for murdering 19-year-old girl
Publish Time: 2017-07-18 13:15:00
A cousin was arrested in Poti town on charge of having murdered a 19-year-old girl at #117 Uznadze Street in Tbilisi. Neighbors said the girl had been inflicted a fatal wound with a knife in her neck area. Both youngsters were students and lived in Tbilisi. Investigation is ongoing on charge of pre-meditated murder. The detainee admits the guilt. 
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Politics
NDI delegation members met with representatives of Georgian Dream Party
Publish Time: 2017-07-18 11:57:00
Members of pre-election monitoring delegation of National-Democratic Institute (NDI) met with representatives of Georgian Dream Party. Discussions were held with Kakhi Kaladze, a candidate for post of Tbilisi Mayor of Georgian Dream in the forthcoming local self-governance elections. The delegation will meet with members of different political parties. 
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Economics
Will tariff for consumption of natural gas increase?
Publish Time: 2017-07-18 11:51:00
A sitting is being held at Georgian National Energy Regulation Company (GNERC) in reaction to the application of gas distribution companies, which submitted an application to GNERC in the beginning of 2017 with demand to increase the tariff for consumption of natural gas. The decision will become known later today.  
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