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Meeting of working group on secret wiretapping to be held
Update Time: 2017-01-20 12:16:00
The working group on secret wiretapping will hold the next meeting today. Eka Beselia, Chairperson of the parliamentary Law Committee says that a research carried out together with various institutions and non-governmental organizations will be presented. According to Beselia, a mechanism, which will not weaken state institutions and will ensure security of citizens at the same time, will be elaborated. 
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Gianni Buquicchio visiting Georgia
Update Time: 2017-01-20 12:11:00
The Venice Commission delegation arrived in Georgia at the invitation of Georgian Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze. The delegation, led by Venice Commission President Gianni Buquicchio, will hold meetings with the Speaker of Parliament, representatives of the executive and legislative bodies and the President.On the first day, the delegation will visit the Parliament and meet with the Speaker of Parliament. During the visit, the delegation of the Venice Commission will meet the parliamentary faction Alliance of Patriots and the minority factions.
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World
Washington braces for anti-Trump protests, New Yorkers march
Update Time: 2017-01-20 12:08:00
Washington turned into a virtual fortress on Thursday ahead of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, while thousands of people took to the streets of New York and Washington to express their displeasure with his coming administration.Some 900,000 people, both Trump backers and opponents, are expected to flood Washington for Friday's inauguration ceremony, according to organizers' estimates. Events include the swearing-in ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and a parade to the White House along streets thronged with spectators, Reuters reports.The number of planned protests and rallies this year is far above what has been typical at recent presidential inaugurations, with some 30 permits granted in Washington for anti-Trump rallies and sympathy protests planned in cities from Boston to Los Angeles, and outside the U.S. in cities including London and Sydney.The night before the inauguration, thousands of people turned out in New York for a rally at the Trump International Hotel and Tower, and then marched a few blocks from the Trump Tower where the businessman lives.The rally featured a lineup of politicians, activists and celebrities including Mayor Bill de Blasio and actor Alec Baldwin, who trotted out the Trump parody he performs on "Saturday Night Live." "Donald Trump may control Washington, but we control our destiny as Americans," de Blasio said. "We don't fear the future. We think the future is bright, if the people's voices are heard."In Washington, a group made up of hundreds of protesters clashed with police clad in riot gear who used pepper spray against some of the crowd on Thursday night, according to footage on social media.The confrontation occurred outside the National Press Club building, where inside a so-called "DeploraBall" event was being held in support of Trump, the footage showed.U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said police aimed to keep groups separate, using tactics similar to those employed during last year's political conventions. "The concern is some of these groups are pro-Trump, some of them are con-Trump, and they may not play well together in the same space," Johnson said on MSNBC.Trump opponents have been angered by his comments during the campaign about women, illegal immigrants and Muslims and his pledges to scr
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Politics
Working Group of Constitutional Commission to hold meeting on January 21
Publish Time: 2017-01-20 10:21:00
The working group of Constitutional Commission will hold the first meeting on January 21. Representatives of non-governmental organizations will present their initiatives. Transparency International – Georgia will stress on Election Code and court system. The third sector will inquire about the possible changes of rule for election of president. 
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Religion
Georgia’s Patriarch of All Georgia christened 770 infants
Update Time: 2017-01-19 20:53:00
The ceremony of mass baptizing of infants, took place on January 19, Epiphany, at Sameba (Holy Trinity) Cathedral in Tbilisi. Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia has baptized 770 infants.The tradition was founded in 2008 and this year it will be a continuation to baptize every third or more newly born child of a married couple.
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World
Italy Rigopiano avalanche: Dozens missing under snow and rubble
Update Time: 2017-01-19 20:18:00
Rescuers have removed three bodies from a hotel engulfed by an avalanche in central Italy as a desperate search for up to 30 other people continues, - BBC reportedHeavy snow and disruption caused by multiple earthquakes have hindered rescue efforts in the rubble of the Rigopiano hotel, in the Abruzzo region.The disaster struck on Wednesday evening but rescuers only reached the site on Thursday as roads were blocked.Two people who were outside the hotel at the time of the avalanche survived.Four earthquakes above magnitude 5 rocked central Italy on Wednesday, with tremors continuing into the night.
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Politics
Prime Minister’s participates in World Economic Forum
Update Time: 2017-01-19 20:01:00
Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili is participating in World Economic Forum in Davos. The Georgian delegation led by Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili consists of Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Giorgi Gakharia, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, and Head of Georgia's Co-Investment Fund Giorgi Bachiashvili.Giorgi Kvirikashvili addressed the participants of the Silk Road Effect Session of the World Economic Forum today. The impact of political and infrastructural investments under the New Silk Road on economic growth and harmonization between Europe and Asia was the issue discussed today at the session.Giorgi Kvirikashvili emphasized the importance of Georgia's engagement in the One Belt-One Road project initiative by the President of China. The project, according to the Prime Minister, is a great opportunity for ensuring development in its participant states.Within the framework of the visit, Giorgi Kvirikashvili held a meeting with Robert Dudley, CEO of British Petroleum. The parties discussed Georgia's ongoing projects and prospects of cooperation. During the meeting, the importance of South Caucasus Pipeline expansion (SCPx) under the second phase of the Shah Deniz project was emphasized, which involves expanding the pipeline capacity to transport 16 billion cubic meters of additional gas to European countries every year.Georgia’s Prime Minister held a meeting with the head of the largest manufacturer  company of wind power turbines as well.
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Culture
Georgian Participant of 2017 ESC to become known on January 20
Publish Time: 2017-01-19 19:00:00
The Georgian National Final of 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. 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.Georgia first participated in ESC in 2007.
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Politics
National Movement’s Political Council to have two co-chairpersons
Update Time: 2017-01-19 18:15:00
Nika Melia and Zaza Bibilashvili will be co-chairpersons of National Movement’s Political Council.The Political Council will be staffed at the Party Congress scheduled for January 20, the chairpersons of political council will be elected during the congress.Head of the National Movement parliamentary faction will be Roman Gotsiridze. The faction will consist of six members: Roman Gotsiridze, Nika Melia, Tinatin Bokuchava, Koba Nakopia, Salome Samadashvili and Azer Suleymanov. National Movement (UNM) Party completed selection of delegates for the Party Congress scheduled for January 20. A total of 7 thousand and 136 delegates are registered for the event. 
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Culture
Georgian national final of Eurovision Song Contest to be held tomorrow
Publish Time: 2017-01-19 16:28:00
Georgian national final of Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) will be held  in Tbilisi Concert Hall on January 20. The winner in the National Final will represent Georgia at 2017 Eurovision Song Contest ( ESC) in Kyiv, Ukraine. 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.Preparation works for the concert have been already launched. 
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Politics
Irakli Kobakhidze held a meeting with the head of the NATO Liaison Office
Publish Time: 2017-01-19 16:16:00
The speaker of the Parliament, Irakli Kobakhidze held a meeting with the head of the NATO Liaison Office, William Lahue. Acceding to William Lahue, NATO will continue close cooperation with Georgia and will support the ongoing democratic processes in future.Irakli Kobakhidze introduced the head of the NATO Liaison Office  and deputy head  with the parliamentary activities. Sides discussed the activities of the state constitutional commission.
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Economics
Opposition demands publicizing information about agreement reached with Gazprom
Publish Time: 2017-01-19 16:05:00
Opposition still raises the  responsibility issue of the Minister of Energy Kakha Kaladze and demands that the agreement reached with Gazprom Company is made public.National Movement has prepared the text of the resolution, which will be put to a vote in the Parliament. The member of Alliance of Patriots criticizes the document and talks about threats.Parliamentary majority claims that the government did its best during the negotiations.Georgia will receive money in return to transit of natural gas from Russia to Armenia. Members of Cabinet of Ministers decided to accept the offer and conclude a corresponding agreement. Georgia’s Vice Prime Minister and Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze completed negotiations with the leadership of Gazprom-Export Company during his working visit to Minsk, Belarus. As it is known, at present Georgian side gets 10% of the total volume of the natural gas transited to Armenia through Georgia.
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Politics
Prime Mini’sters Speech at the Silk Road Effect Session
Publish Time: 2017-01-19 16:00:00
Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili is participating in World Economic Forum in Davos.Prime Minister addressed the participants of the Silk Road Effect Session. The impact of political and infrastructural investments under the New Silk Road on economic growth and harmonization between Europe and Asia was the issue discussed at the session.Giorgi Kvirikashvili emphasized the importance of Georgia's engagement in the One Belt-One Road project initiative by the President of China. The project, according to the Prime Minister, is a great opportunity for ensuring development in its participant states.
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Society
Mass Baptizing of infants to take place
Publish Time: 2017-01-19 10:57:00
The ceremony of mass baptizing of infants, will take place on January 19, Epiphany, at Sameba (Holy Trinity) Cathedral in Tbilisi. Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II will baptize  780  infants. The tradition was founded in 2008 and this year it will be a continuation to baptize every third or more newly born child of a married couple.The Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates Epiphany on January 19 according to the religious calendar as rest of the Orthodox Christendom. 
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Society
Epiphany celebrated in Batumi
Publish Time: 2017-01-19 10:56:00
Epiphany, which is marked on January 19 by the Georgian Orthodox Church according to the religious calendar as rest of the Orthodox Christendom, was also celebrated in Batumi, administrative capital of Georgia’s Adjara Autonomous Republic. The parish  assembled at the Black Sea to be washed in the sanctified water of the sea. 
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Society
Orthodox Christendom celebrates Epiphany feast today
Publish Time: 2017-01-19 10:53:00
Orthodox Christendom celebrates Epiphany feast today. Solemn services are being delivered in the temples regarding the holiday. Catholicos Patriarch of Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II is delivering festive liturgy at Holy Trinity Cathedral. After the service, water will be sanctified and distributed among the believers.
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Politics
Venice Commission experts to hold meetings in Tbilisi
Publish Time: 2017-01-19 10:30:00
The members of the Venice Commission delegation will arrive in Georgia tomorrow.Gianni Buquicchio, President of the Commission  will head the delegation. The delegation members will hold meetings with Georgia’s President, Speaker of the Parliament, and Representatives of the executive and legislative bodies. Main issue of discussion will be the work of the constitutional commission and the planned amendments to the Elections Code.
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Politics
Prime Minister is visiting Davos
Publish Time: 2017-01-19 09:50:00
Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili is visiting Davos. Kvirikashvili will deliver a speech at the panel dedicated to Silk Road Project.Georgia’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Economy, as well as head of the Co-Investment Fund Giorgi Bachiashvili are in Davos as well.Within the framework of the Economic Forum Kvirikashvili will hold meetings with representatives of business companies.  Bilateral meetings with European leaders will be held as well.
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Society
Violations detected over universal state health program
Publish Time: 2017-01-18 20:05:00
About 12 clinics may be withdrawn from the universal state health program due to violations and financial deficiencies detected in various medical institutions. There are hospitals on the so-called ‘black list’ as well. Davit Sergeenko, Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs said during the meeting with heads of leading clinics that several clinics used the money allocated for overall health program for welfare of management and dividends, and spent only small amount on medical personnel and patients. He said that the ministry would not cooperate with such clinics in the future.Sergeenko added that the number of withdrawn clinics would be lower, if clinics, who got the warning today, took the state interest into consideration. According to Sergeenko, the main directions of new reforms will be implemented at the beginning of February. The remarks expressed by the Minister were not shared by some heads of the clinics that made comments for the journalists during the break. 
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Society
International Forum at Presidential Residence
Update Time: 2017-01-18 18:44:00
An international forum about Challenges of Children’s Welfare is being held at Presidential Residence at the initiative of Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili and First Lady Maka Chichua. President opened the forum, which aims at revealing of problems and reaction on them in a timely manner. Both local and international non-governmental organizations working on children’s issues and representatives of Diplomatic Corps are taking part in the forum.  
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