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Legal Affairs Committee considering changes to Law on Broadcasting
Update Time: 2017-06-20 18:10:00
The parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee is considering changes to be made into Law on Broadcasting. Initiation of the project is planned for this week. Based on the project, authorities and duties of Board of Trustees and General Director of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) will be separated. Changes will apply to purchasing. The law will not apply to purchase of TV-series and non-thematic production. Changes will also refer to commercial advertising and sponsorship. Reportedly, the proposed changes are welcomed by European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Non-governmental organizations are attending the discussions. 
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Politics
Extraordinary sitting to be held in parliament on June 21
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 18:05:00
Despite denouncement of President Giorgi Marhvelashvili on calling of an extraordinary sitting, the parliament will still hold the session on June 21 to discuss Constitutional changes. President once again became the subject of criticism on part of the parliamentary majority today. President urged the parliament not to adopt constitutional changes through a speedily manner and approve the document which would be worked out through joint accord. Head of the state recommended that the parliament prepared a better version based on remarks provided by Venice Commission. 
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incident
Man falls from building under construction
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 17:02:00
A middle-aged man fell down from a building under construction at Javakhishvili Street in Tbilisi, as a result of which he was hospitalized.  The main was unconscious when he was brought to the clinic by ambulance and is connected to artificial breathing apparatus. Investigation into the case is opened. 
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Crime
Five Georgian citizens detained in Turkey
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 16:48:00
Five Georgian citizens have been detained in Turkey on charge of extortion of money. According to the Turkish media, the criminal group acted in several districts of Istanbul city where the special operation was carried out. 
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Politics
We have the right to hold an extraordinary meeting tomorrow – MP Giorgi Kakhiani
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 16:12:00
We have the right to hold an extraordinary meeting tomorrow, - Giorgi Kakhiani, chairman of the Parliamentary Committee of Procedural Issues, said. "The President requested the President to call an extraordinary session of the Parliament on Monday. The 48-hour term expires at 10:00 pm on Wednesday. Accordingly, after the expiration of this term, the Parliament has the right to hold a session," Kakhiani claimed.Accordingly, the bureau session will be held tomorrow and an extraordinary sessionwill be appointed by the bureau. As it is known, the President refused to call extraordinary session to discuss constitutional amendments. 
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Society
Training of canteens’ operator companies launched
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 16:08:00
Ministry of Education and Science has launched re-training of operator companies in public school canteens. The training aims at provision of youngsters with healthy food. However, about one thousand such companies, which supply public schools with food products across Georgia, talk about various problems at schools. 
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Politics
President’s refusal to parliament
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 16:04:00
Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili renounced parliament’s request on calling of extraordinary sittings.  During the special briefing, President urged the parliament not to adopt constitutional changes through a speedily manner and approve a document worked out through joint accord. 
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Politics
Justice Minister commented about lowering of election threshold
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 15:52:00
Tea Tsulukiani, Justice Minister commented about the issue of lowering the election threshold from 5 to 3%. Tsulukiani talked about positive and negative sides of the decision. “I believe that lowering of the barrier will cause political disarray in the parliament but this is a democratic process,” Tsulukiani said. 
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Society
Peking Avenue may become one-sided for traffic movement
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 14:20:00
One of the central parts of Tbilisi, Peking Avenue, may become one-sided for traffic movement. Tbilisi City Hall is working on a project which envisages expansion of pavements and abolishment of one line for parking. Transport Service explains possible change with lessening of the traffic in Georgia’s capital. The project is likely to be activated after completion of rehabilitation works, which are currently ongoing. Underground communication systems are being replaced at Peking Avenue. 
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Politics
President renounces parliament’s request on calling extraordinary sittings
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 14:04:00
Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili renounced parliament’s request on calling of extraordinary sittings.  President explained the refusal with rejection of transformation onto proportional system of elections. The parliament is allowed to hold extraordinary sessions, though. 
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World
Carla Fendi, philanthropist and fashion force, dies
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 12:39:00
Carla Fendi, one of the five sisters who transformed the family leather goods business into a global luxury fashion house long known for its furs, has died following a long illness. She was 79.The Rome-based fashion house confirmed Fendi's death Monday, expressing pain for the loss and gratitude for her continued contributions.The sisters opened the first Fendi store in Rome's historic center in 1964, and a year later hired a young designer named Karl Lagerfeld who helped catapult the Italian brand into global fame, with a focus on designing luxury furs.Each sister had her role, and Carla Fendi, as Fendi president, was the family business' public face until they sold to the French luxury group LVMH in 1999. She was honorary president until her death, Miami Herald reported.
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World
Soldier martyred, 6 injured in eastern Turkey
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 12:32:00
One soldier was martyred and six others injured late Monday in a missile attack in eastern Turkey, according to the Turkish General Staff. Members of the terror group used rocket launchers and long-barreled weapons to attack a military convoy from the 2nd Border Brigade Command that was on the Cukurca-Van Highway at approximately 11 p.m. local time (2000GMT), said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, Anadolu news agency reported. The troops were attacked as they were being transported from the Cukurca district in Hakkari to Van, the source added. The injured soldiers were taken to the hospital.The PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU -- resumed its armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015. Since then, it has been responsible for the deaths of around 1,200 people, including women and children.More than 1,200 victims, including security force personnel and civilians, have lost their lives since the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and EU -- resumed its decades-old armed campaign in July 2015.
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Politics
Consensus reached over election system
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 12:08:00
Consensus was reached during the meeting of the ruling team over election system for parliamentary elections. Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of Parliament said after the meeting held at the office of Georgian Dream Party that future 2020 parliamentary polls would be held with mixed Proportional/Majoritarian rule of elections. Transformation onto Proportional (party) system will be possible for 2024. Talks were also held about lowing of election barrier for parties from 5 to 3%. 
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Politics
Venice Commission publishes conclusion into Constitutional changes
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 12:07:00
Venice Commission, an advisory board of Council of Europe published a conclusion about package of amendments to be made in Constitution of Georgia. The document provides evaluation about proportional election system, abolishment of electoral coalitions, election threshold, referendum on taxes, rights to marriage, citizenship, Judiciary and prosecutor’s office and other issues. 
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Minister of Internal Affairs answering questions of majority MPs
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 12:05:00
Giorgi Mghebrishvili, Minister of Internal Affairs is answering questions of majority lawmakers into case of abduction of Afghan Mukhtarli, Azebaijani journalist from Tbilisi. The meeting is being held at central office of Georgian Dream Party and is closed for the media. 
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World
Colombia conflict: Two Dutch journalists kidnapped
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 11:21:00
Two Dutch journalists have been abducted in Colombia in an area near the Venezuelan border. Derk Bolt and Eugenio Follender went missing at the weekend in Catatumbo, a region where several armed groups operate, including the left-wing ELN.They were searching for the mother of a Colombian child adopted in the Netherlands a few years ago. The Colombian authorities tweeted a demand "for the immediate release of the two men."Last year the ELN rebel group kidnapped a Spanish journalist and several Colombians in the same area. All were later released.The Colombian army says it has sent specialist forces to the region to search for the Dutchmen. They work for the Dutch TV programme Spoorloos, which traces lost relatives. Derk Bolt is a presenter and Eugenio Follender a cameraman.The two men were working in the municipality of El Tarra on the border with Venezuela - an area where rebel group the ELN (the National Liberation Army) is strong. There are strong suspicions that the group was responsible.Last year in the same area Spanish-Colombian journalist Salud Hernández Mora was kidnapped by the ELN, as were two Colombian journalists, Diego D'Pablos and Carlos Melo, who had gone to the area to cover the story, BBC reports.
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Justice
Public officials and heads of private companies detained on charges of abuse of power and fraud
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 11:03:00
Officers of Anti-Corruption Agency of State Security Service detained 4 public officials and heads of private companies on charges of abuse of power and fraud. As it was said at the briefing, the detainees are: former First Deputy Governor of Tianeti municipality Mamuli Mamulashvili, chief specialist of the Tianeti Municipal Infrastructure Development Service Malkhaz Matureli, representatives of the Tianeti Governor Badri Jimshitashvili and Lia Doreuli, as well as director of LTD Nikaremstroy branch in Georgia Davit Lomsadze and LTD Raza acting director Zaza Chitishvili."The investigation revealed that the Mamuli Mamulaishvili, Malkhaz Matureli, Badri Jimshitashvili and Lia Doreuli abused their official powers, and despite the fact that LTD Nikaremstroy and LTD Raza had not fully implemented the contract signed with the Tianeti municipality, namely they did not repair kindergartens, the officials paid GEL 123 240 to the contractors. Thus, Davit Lomsadze and Zaza Chitishvili misappropriated the money,” the agency reported. The detainees face 6-9 years in prison if convicted.
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Society
Georgian peacekeepers receive letters from children
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 10:32:00
Georgian peacekeepers, serving their mission in Resolute Support Program in Afghanistan, received letters from Georgian pupils. The letters were written by children from Tbilisi, Poti, Gurjaani and Telavi. The pupils wished Georgian soldiers peaceful return to Georgia. 
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World
Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko to meet with Donald Trump
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 10:31:00
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on Tuesday for talks on security, political and economic issues, Poroshenko’s office said. “It is very important that my meeting, as the Ukrainian president, in the White House will be earlier than (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s meeting,” it quoted Poroshenko, who is already in the United States, as saying. It will be their first meeting since Trump took office on Jan. 20. Poroshenko said that he also would meet top officials from the State Department, ministries of defence, trade and energy.“There never was such a powerful visit. And precisely in order to have the opportunity to talk about our cooperation in the security, political and economic spheres”, he added.Poroshenko praised the U.S. Senate for the decision to introduce new sanctions against Russia, saying that sanctions were a civilized mechanism “to force the aggressor to get away from Ukraine”, withdraw troops and equipment.Last week, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly for new sanctions punishing Russia for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and to force Trump to get Congress’ approval before easing any existing sanctions.The move was intended to punish Russia over issues including alleged meddling in the election, which Moscow denies, annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region and support for the government of Syria in that country’s six-year-long civil war.The Minsk peace agreement, brokered by France and Germany and signed by Russia and Ukraine in February 2015, calls for a ceasefire, the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front line and constitutional reform to give eastern Ukraine more autonomy.
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Politics
Constitutional Monarchy - discussion over the issue activated
Update Time: 2017-06-19 20:15:00
Constitutional Monarchy - after the statement of Catholicos-Patriarch the issue once again becomes actual in political circles. The speaker of Parliament Irakli Kobakhidze and MP Eka Beselia arrived at Patriarchate today for discussing the issue. The members of Georgian Dream underline that it is a long-term perspective, which has no links with expected constitutional amendments. However, majority members do not rule out conduction of plebiscite.Georgia is the oldest monarchy, constitutional monarchy brings peace, - Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II said the in the Sunday Sermon at the Holy Trinity Cathedral yesterday. 
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