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Establishment of effective mechanism for labor rights protection discussed in Tbilisi
Publish Time: 2017-05-25 16:06:00
What is the effective mechanism for protecting labor rights in the country? The issue has been discussed during the conference in Tbilisi.The goal is to create a space together with the representatives of legislative and executive authorities, experts and NGOs where the parties will discuss the problems of labor policy and try to find solution ways.The meeting was opened with the speech of the President of Georgia. The event was organized by the Public Defender's Office, Friedrich Ebert Foundation and Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center.
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incident
Expert-criminalists work in Tbilsres
Publish Time: 2017-05-25 16:00:00
Expert-criminalists work in Tbilsres, Gardabani district.  Investigation has been launched regarding the explosion on the third block.Investigation is ongoing under the 170 Article of Criminal Code which implies to a violation of the labor protection rules.As a result of the accident two people received 80 percent of the body burn.
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Society
Georgian Patriarchate canceled the celebration of anniversary enthronement of Catholicos-Patriarch
Publish Time: 2017-05-25 12:19:00
The Georgian Patriarchate has canceled the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the enthronement of Catholicos-Patriarch. The corresponding statement has been published on the official website of the Patriarchate. According to statement the reason is the unstable situation in the world and the social situation in Georgia.The celebration events have been canceled by the Patrarich’s blessing.
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Economics
Regional Energy Summit opened in Tbilisi
Publish Time: 2017-05-25 12:16:00
Reforms under the European Energy Association Agreement - Regional Energy Summit has been opened in Tbilisi.The participants discussed the reforms implemented by Georgia in accordance with the European Energy Association Agreement.The energy infrastructural priorities required for promotion of electrical energy and trade has been determined.
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Politics
Public Discussions over Constitutional changes to be held in Mestia and Kazbegi
Publish Time: 2017-05-25 12:11:00
Public discussions over the package of amendments proposed to be made into Constitution of Georgia will be held in Mestia and Kazbegi today. The ruling team claims that the consensus has been achieved on the main part of the issues. The meetings will b held with the students as well.According to the Chairperson of the Legal Committee, more people should be got involved in discussions.
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Politics
Prime Minister holds meeting with members of Ministers Cabinet
Publish Time: 2017-05-25 12:00:00
Within the frame of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, a declaration in support of Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration will be received - the Prime Minister has said at today's sitting today.The importance of 26 May and the preparatory works was another issue Giorgi Kvirikashvili focused on during the session today.
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Politics
Giorgi Kvirikashvili - hold NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Georgia is important for country's foreign policy
Publish Time: 2017-05-25 11:12:00
During the government session, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili responded to the fact of holding NATO Parliamentary Assembly's spring session in Georgia.Prime Minister stated at that the declaration in support of Georgia's Euro-Atlantic integration will be adopted within NATO Parliamentary Assembly.NATO Parliamentary Assembly will be held in Georgia on May 26-29. "This will be a spring session. It is very important that such a high level forum will be held in a non-NATO country. It will be a declaration of support for Georgia's Euro-Atlantic integration and I think it is of utmost importance to hold such an event to support our country's foreign policy", - Kvirikashvili said.
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Religion
Orthodox Church marks Ascension Day
Publish Time: 2017-05-25 09:05:00
The Georgian Orthodox Church marks Ascension Day.A festive prayer will be conducted at all acting churches across the country on this occasion. Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II will conduct the church service at Ascension  Church. The Ascension is one of the great feasts in the Christian liturgical calendar, and commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. Ascension Day is always Thursday (the fortieth day from Easter).
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Society
When regulations on taxis will be activated?
Update Time: 2017-05-24 20:26:00
The sphere without regulations – based on unofficial information, about 40 thousand taxis are serving Tbilisi every day. However, no regulations exist about transportation of passengers. Citizens talk about facing problems and call on the government for taking measures. Drivers do not object to introduction of regulations but insist on making changes gradually. 
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Society
General Auditor reminded of old conflict
Publish Time: 2017-05-24 20:05:00
Lasha Tordia, Head of State Audit Service has been reminded of another old conflict after the incident which he had recently had with Otar Partskhaladze, former Chief Prosecutor of Georgia. The video material released through social network today shows another episode of conflict with participation of Tordia. The video material taken from a surveillance camera from Paliashvili Street, Vake district, reflects the incident that took place with participation of Tordia on December 24, 2016. Investigation into the incident, occurred 5 months ago is still in progress as told by Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA). MIA released a statement about the incident. It said that on December 24, 2016, investigation was launched by Vake-Saburtalo police division of Tbilisi Police Department on the fact of threatening, crime envisaged by the article 151 of the Criminal Code. Investigation was based on the report of citizen D.G. who is the employee of P.A.M. club located at Paliasvili Street. A person who is a wife of the club’s employee alleges that General Auditor being under influence of alcohol was threatening the club’s clients with a gun. Tordia said during the special briefing today that Chief Prosecutor’s Office published the material to overshadow the latest conflict that he had with Otar Patrskhaladze, former Chief Prosecutor. The sides stick to different versions and questions remain for the society. 
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Culture
Gala-Concert dedicated to 100th jubilee of Tbilisi Conservatoire to be held
Publish Time: 2017-05-24 18:41:00
A Gala-Concert dedicated to the 100th jubilee of Tbilisi State Conservatoire will be held on May 25 at Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theater. The concert will be also held on the occasion of Georgia’s Independence Day. Graduates of musical institutions and laureates of international competitions and festivals as well as Georgian musicians leading their activities abroad will participate in the concert. The Tbilisi Vano Sarajishvili State Conservatoire turned 100 on May 1. The jubilee festival lasted during one month. 
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Politics
Exclusive interview with NATO Deputy Secretary General
Update Time: 2017-05-24 18:11:00
Rose Eilene Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary General of NATO gave an exclusive interview to “Moambe” News Program of First Channel. Gottemoeller will arrive in Georgia on May 29 together with members of NATO Parliamentary Assembly. She will hold meetings with President, Prime Minister and Chairman of Parliament. “Moambe” reporter talked to Gottemoeller about Georgia’s readiness for NATO membership, carried out reforms and occupied territories. 
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Justice
MP of Patriots’ Alliance comments about decision made by court in United Arab Emirates
Update Time: 2017-05-24 18:07:00
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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Justice
Another episode of conflict with participation of General Auditor
Publish Time: 2017-05-24 18:05:00
The video material released through social network today shows another episode of conflict with participation of Lasha Tordia, Head of State Audit Service. The video material taken from a surveillance camera reflects the incident that took place on December 24, 2016.Tordia said during the special briefing today that Chief Prosecutor’s Office published the material to overshadow the latest conflict that he had with Otar Patrskhaladze, former Chief Prosecutor. Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) released a statement about the incident. It said that on December 24, 2016, investigation was launched by Vake-Saburtalo police division of Tbilisi Police Department on the fact of threatening, crime envisaged by the article 151 of the Criminal Code. Investigation was based on the report of citizen D.G. who is the employee of P.A.M. club located at Paliasvili Street.
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Culture
Tbilisi International Student Film Festival to open on May 31
Update Time: 2017-05-24 16:28:00
Tbilisi International Student Film Festival “Amirani” will be opened on May 31. Cinema schools of 19 countries and 38 Theater Universities will take part in the festival. The event will be opened by showing of “Wagonette” a diploma work of Giorgi Ovashvili, Georgian film director. 
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Politics
NATO Secretary General says decisions about open policy remain unchanged
Update Time: 2017-05-24 16:12:00
The decisions, which were made about open policy, remain unchanged and this refers to Georgia as well - Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO said.  According to Stoltenberg, Georgia is a leading partner of NATO and support in implementation of reforms will continue. He said that the forthcoming NATO Parliamentary Assembly sitting in Tbilisi is a part of political dialog between NATO and Georgia and support of the alliance to the country. NATO chief also thanked the Georgian side for Georgia’s participation in peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan. 
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Justice
MIA releases statement regarding video material about Lasha Tordia
Publish Time: 2017-05-24 16:05:00
Taking into consideration high public interest, Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) released a statement regarding the video material published in social network about Lasha Tordia, Head of State Audit Service. MIA says that on December 24, 2016, investigation was launched by Vake-Saburtalo police division of Tbilisi Police Department on the fact of threatening, crime envisaged by the article 151 of the Criminal Code. Investigation was based on the report of citizen D.G. who is the employee of P.A.M. club located at Paliasvili Street.According to the report D.G. was threatened in the bar by the unknown person with the firearm. Soon after investigation was launched, employees of the bar – D.G. (questioned on December 24, 2016) and witness-L.A and J.D. (interrogated on December 26, 2016) stated that they were attacked by unknown person and threatened and pointed with the firearm. They also stated that the unknown person demanded to turn the music up in the bar.Within the frames of investigation, on December 26, 2016 manager of the bar – T.B. submitted the video footage recorded by the surveillance cameras depicting the events that took place two days earlier. After studying the material the footage was added to the evidences attached to the criminal case.At this stage all necessary investigative activities are being carried out including Habitoscopic and phonoscopic expertise in order to define the authenticity of the video footage. Further results of the investigation will be made public.Investigation regarding the mentioned case is in progress under the article 15, envisaging term of imprisonment up to one year.
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Justice
Prosecutor’s Office –Georgian side cannot extradite Gela Mikadze to foreign country if requested
Publish Time: 2017-05-24 14:26:00
If requested by a foreign country, the Georgian side cannot extradite Georgian citizen Gela Mikadze to the foreign country, Chief Prosecutor’s Office says. According to the 13th article of the Georgian Constitution, handover of a Georgian citizen to a foreign country is banned, except for the cases envisaged by international agreements.‘Georgia’s civil belonging represents the circumstance that serves as an obstacle to the extradition,’ the Chief Prosecutor’s Office reports. Georgian MP from Alliance of Patriots Gela Mikadze was sentenced to 15 years in jail in absentia by United Arab Emirates court.  
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Politics
Agricultural land plots must not be sold to foreigners – Kakha Kaladze
Publish Time: 2017-05-24 13:03:00
The Head of the Government and I reckon that Georgia’s agricultural land plots must not be sold to foreigners, - Georgian Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Energy Kakha Kaladze said. ‘In general there was uproar about the issue. From our point of view, the agricultural land plots must not be alienated to foreigners. Discussion is underway in the parliament and I believe they will make a decision,’ Kaladze claimed.As he has added, no land plots will be sold to foreigners if there is no ‘special occasion’. He supposes the regulation will be reflected in the constitution.  
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Society
Various activities to be held on May 26 - Georgia’s Independence Day
Publish Time: 2017-05-24 12:35:00
Preparations for May 26 – Georgia’s Independence Day are ongoing in Tbilisi. Various activities are planned for that day. The ceremony of taking oath by the newly summoned military servicemen will take place at Liberty Square at 12:00. Exhibition of military equipment will be held in parallel. Entrepreneurs will exhibit products related to the thematic of “Knight in the Panther’s Skin,” poem by Shota Rustaveli. Solidarity Fund will hold a charity auction of various items. A gala-concert will wrap up the solemn activities in the evening.     
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