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UN Human Rights Council confirms support to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity
Publish Time: 2017-03-25 11:37:00
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released information about the adoption of a resolution on Georgia by the United Nations Human Rights Council.“The UN Human Rights Council adopted the Resolution on Cooperation with Georgia at its 34th session held on 24 March 2017. The Resolution initiated by Georgia was co-sponsored by 43 states. It needs to be underlined that this is the first resolution adopted with respect to Georgia by the UN Human Rights Council – the UN body primarily responsible for protecting human rights.In the Resolution the UN Human Rights Council reaffirms its commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders. In addition, the UN Human Rights Council recognizes with appreciation the efforts of the Government of Georgia to strengthen democracy, the rule of law and the promotion and protection of human rights.The UN Human Rights Council welcomes the cooperation of the Government of Georgia with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as with the special procedures of the Human Rights Council.The Resolution expresses serious concern over the human rights and humanitarian situation in the occupied regions of Georgia with special emphasis on reported kidnappings, arbitrary detention, and interference with property rights, restrictions on access to education in one’s native language, free movement and residence, as well as continued discrimination on the grounds of ethnic origin in both regions.Furthermore, the Council expresses concern that internally displaced persons and refugees continue to be deprived of the right to return to their homes in a safe and dignified manner.The document highlights that the Office of the High Commissioner and other international and regional human rights mechanisms have no immediate access to Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali region, Georgia. The Council, in this context, recognizes the need for an objective and impartial assessments and periodic reporting of the situation in these regions. Based on the foregoing, the Council calls for immediate access for the Office of the High Commissioner to Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali regions.The UN Human Rights Council requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to continue to provide technical assistance and to present its reports on the human
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Society
Events to be held to celebrate visa liberalization in Tbilisi on March 26-27
Publish Time: 2017-03-25 11:18:00
Various activities will be held to celebrate visa liberalization in Tbilisi on March 26-27. According to Tbilisi City Hall, the renewed Agmashenebeli Avenue will be decorated on March 26.Throughout the day the guests on the European Street will be treated by Culinary Academy chef cooks with both Georgian and European dishes. From 12:00 am Georgia DJs - Nika J, Tomma, Bacho, Cobert, Gacha Bakradze, Luna989 and Misho Urushadze - will play music non-stop. Children will be able to enjoy thematic games, in particular, they will be taught how to pack suitcases for traveling and will be provided with information on the state border crossing. At 15:00, the public project "Conduct us" will begin and a puppet opera will be performed. At 18:00, the Georgian group The Black Marrows will perform, while a concert of well-known European music will be held at the end of the day.On March 27, the Georgian and the EU flags will be lit up and a grand gala concert will be held in the European Square artists. At the end of the concert, which will start at 21:00 and two hours, celebratory fireworks will be displayed. 
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World
Private plane crashes into Georgia house
Publish Time: 2017-03-25 09:02:00
A private plane crashed into a residence in an Atlanta suburb Friday night, but the people inside the home got out safely, authorities said.A Cessna Citation I aircraft went down about three miles northeast of Cobb County International Airport-McCollum Field, north of Atlanta, around 7:20 p.m. ET, the FAA said. The plane had been headed to Fulton County Airport, about 20 south of McCollum Field, the FAA said, as reported by Fox News.The Cobb County Fire Department said the plane crashed into a home but everyone inside the house got out safely.Photos posted by CNN affiliate WSB-TV showed a house in a suburban neighborhood burning. Firefighters were still on the scene Friday night and no injuries or fatalities were confirmed. It’s not known how many people were in the aircraft. The Cessna Citation I is a small jet, according to the Cessna website.Neighborhood resident John Pcnnerry said he noticed his neighbors “were looking up in the sky and I see a plane going straight down, it was going down in a corkscrew fashion, it was really slow, I couldn’t hear an engine,” according to CNN affiliate WAGA.FAA spokesman Rick.Breitenfeldt said the FAA will investigate. The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the crash.
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World
France: Three injured in mass shooting in Lille
Publish Time: 2017-03-25 02:16:00
At least three people have been reported injured in a mass shooting in France's Lille, as reported by The Telegraph. The local paper, La Voix du Nord, has reported that the injuries are not life threatening.The shots were fired near the Porte'd'Arras metro station in the south of the city on Friday evening. Local reports claim a 14-year-old boy is among the injured after being shot in the leg. Another was wounded in the neck. The third was taken to Saint-Vincent-de-Paul hospital.Armed police have sealed off roads in the city centre and emergency services have been deployed in the area. The identity of those injured or the attacker is as yet unknown. Initial reports suggest that the shooting was crime-related.
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Justice
Constitutional Court to discuss the lawsuit of religious denominations
Update Time: 2017-03-24 20:30:00
Georgia-based religious denominations are objecting the allowances fixed for the Georgia’s Orthodox Church. The Constitutional Court accepted the lawsuit in proceedings to consider the constitutionality of the Patriarchate’s tax privileges.Case refers to Tax Code which provides the fixed allowances for the Orthodox Church: income and property taxes and value added taxes.
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Media
Brothers Karamanishivili accept Gvaramia’s proposal
Publish Time: 2017-03-24 20:05:00
The offer voiced by Rustavi 2 Director General Nika Gvaramia has been assessed as ultimatum, however brothers Karamanishivili still accept Gvaramia’s proposal.The owners of Rustavi 2 express readiness to hand the control package of Rustavi 2 shares to employees of TV Company. Nika Gvaramia addressed brothers Karamanishivili with above-mentioned request and assessed the proposal of transferring 40% of shares as fiction.Yesterday Levan Karamanishvili, one of the owners of Rustavi 2 TV Company, expressed readiness to transfer 40% of shares free of charge to the Rustavi 2 employees. He addressed the Rustavi 2 employees to launch consultations to insure transparent and fair distribution of the shares.Despite the consent Karamanishbvilis fixed their negative attitude toward the issue openly.  TV owners are particularly surprised by the fact that only part of employees was mentioned by Gvaramia yesterday.The lawyer of former owner and one of the founders of Rustavi 2 TV Company speak about internal disagreement between Gvaramia and Karamanishvili.
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Justice
Prosecutor requests to postpone pretrial hearing into Mamaladze case
Publish Time: 2017-03-24 18:04:00
Chief Prosecutor’s Office requests to postpone the pretrial hearing into the Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze case. Prosecutor Jarji Tsiklauri made the regarding statement today.The prosecutor explained that the expertise material is in a large amount and the examination has not been completed yet.Prosecutor says that after the examination a number of procedures have to be conducted - the necessary investigative activities as well as questioning of witnesses.Archpriest and Head of Patriarchate’s Property Management Service was detained on February 10, 2017, at Tbilisi International Airport before his departure to Germany. According to Prosecutor's Office poisonous substance - sodium cyanide, kept in a concealed manner, was seized upon the search of his luggage. The investigation continues under Articles 18-108 and 236 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.  In addition, the investigation is ongoing on the charge of  keeping weapon illegally.
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Politics
Mikheil Saakashvili voiced allegations against the part of NGOs
Update Time: 2017-03-24 16:08:00
Georgia’s former President Mikheil Saakashvili voiced allegations against the part of the non-governmental organizations.  Ex-President criticizes them and accuses them of acting in concert with Russia against him.NGO representatives have made the first assessments on Saakashvili’s statement.
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Society
100th Anniversary of restoration of Autocephaly marked in Patriarchate
Update Time: 2017-03-24 12:56:00
Reception in dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of restoration of Autocephaly was held at the Georgia’s Patriarchate.Cathoicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II addressed  the gathered audience and congratulated them on the day. Ilia II spoke about the importance of the day. The special publication in dedicated to the Anniversary was presented during the event.
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Culture
EBU offers Russian singer opportunity to perform via satellite
Update Time: 2017-03-24 12:51:00
On 22nd March the Ukrainian authorities issued a travel ban on the artist chosen as the Russian entrant to the Eurovision Song Contest, Julia Samoylova. Today the European Broadcasting Union issued a further statement regarding the issue.     Statement from the European Broadcasting Union (23rd March 2017).Taking into consideration that this ban might be upheld by the Ukrainian authorities, and in order to maintain the non-political nature of the Eurovision Song Contest, the EBU has been working hard to find a solution to this situation and has taken the unprecedented move to offer Channel One Russia the opportunity for Julia to still participate in this year’s Contest by performing live in the 2nd Semi Final via satellite. Should the Russian entry qualify for the Grand Final the same solution would apply. This is something that has never been done before in the Contest’s 60 year history but, in the spirit of Eurovision’s values of inclusivity, and this year’s theme of Celebrate Diversity, the decision has been taken to ensure that all 43 entrants are given the opportunity to participate.Frank-Dieter Freiling, Chairman of the Reference Group, the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest, expressed his hope though, that the political leadership of Ukraine will not implement the travel ban and find a solution in line with the contest's slogan, Celebrate Diversity, - eurovision.tv reports. (eurovision.tv)
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Economics
Georgian wine was presented at the annual international exhibition in Dusseldorf
Publish Time: 2017-03-24 12:35:00
Georgian wine was presented at the annual international exhibition of wine and alcohol beverage in Dusseldorf, German. With support of National Wine Agency and association “Georgian Wine” Georgian wine producing 23 companies participated in the event.The exhibition is the main event of the year for winemakers as they can get into new contacts and search importers.
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Politics
Mikheil Janelidze paid a visit to US
Update Time: 2017-03-24 12:21:00
Georgia is in the agenda of US new administration and country's interests will be taken into account as much as possible - Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze has assessed his visit to US.Within the frame of the visit Foreign Minister held bilateral meetings and took part in Global Coalition Conference, which was attended by 68 countries and where the action plan against terrorism was worked out.As it turned out Georgia’s Prime Minister also plans to arrive in Washington in the nearest future.
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Society
GPB was imposed to pay 30 000 GEL compensation to Eka Mishveladze
Update Time: 2017-03-24 12:14:00
Tbilisi City Court partly satisfied the law-suit of Journalist Eka Mishveladze.  Court has delivered a verdict today according to which the order issued by GPB General Director Giorgi Baratashvili on February 11, 2016 about dismissal journalist Eka Mishveladze from Public Broadcaster was terminated. The Broadcaster has to pay 30 000 GEL compensation to Mishveladze and 900 GEL to the state budget.Eka Mishveladze was dismissed from the Public Broadcaster in February 2016, after which, the journalist appealed to the court. During Court dispute her interest was defended by the Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA). The Lawyers of GPB plan to appeal the Court's verdict. 
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Justice
Lawyers of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze will appeal court's decision
Update Time: 2017-03-24 12:05:00
The lawyers of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze will appeal the decision made by the first instance of the court. The City Court did not satisfy the motion of  lawyers about questioning of the Holy Synod members.  According to Mikheil Ramishvili the judge denied the motion without any justification.
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Society
Earthquakes hit Georgia
Publish Time: 2017-03-24 09:24:00
The earthquakes have taken place in Georgia.Three quakes were observed in the Paravani village in the town of Tsalka, 60 kms far from Tbilisi. As reported by the Seismic Monitoring Center the earthquake was of 3.7 magnitude initially, 3 magnitude – for second and 2.9 magnitude for the third time. Soft quakes were also observed in Tsalka yesterday. 
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Justice
Motion of Giorgi Mamaladze’s lawyers rejected
Update Time: 2017-03-23 20:31:00
The City Court did not satisfied the motion of archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze’s lawyers about questioning of the Holy Synod members. According to Mikheil Ramishvili the judge denied the motion without any justification.Lawyers plan to appeal the judge's decision within 24 hours.In parallel, part of the Synod members express readiness to cooperate with the investigation.
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World
London attack: Five dead in Westminster terror attack
Update Time: 2017-03-23 20:10:00
Five people have died and at least 40 were injured after an attacker drove a car along a pavement in Westminster, stabbed a policeman and was shot dead by police in the grounds of Parliament, the BBC reports. The dead officer has been named as PC Keith Palmer, 48, a husband and father.PM Theresa May said the attack was "sick and depraved" and struck at values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech.The attacker has not been named by police.Acting Deputy Commissioner and head of counter terrorism at the Metropolitan Police, Mark Rowley, said they think they know who he is and that he was inspired by international and Islamist-related terrorism, but gave no further details. The attack unfolded at about 14.40 GMT when a single attacker drove a grey Hyundai i40 along a pavement over Westminster Bridge, near the Houses of Parliament in central London, killing at least two people and injuring many more.The car then crashed into railings outside the Houses of Parliament.The attacker, armed with a knife, ran to Parliament where he was confronted by the police. PC Palmer - who was not armed - was then stabbed and killed.The attacker was shot dead by armed officers.
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Politics
Session of National Security Council held at Presidential Administration
Publish Time: 2017-03-23 19:54:00
The session of National Security Council has been held at the Presidential Administration today.  According to Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili, several issues have been discussed during the session; among them:  the security environment in the Black Sea region, preparation for the NATO summit and a coordinated inter-agency action in this direction.“We spoke about upcoming the Brussels summit and steps that need to be taken in this direction. An important task is that the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Security Council, the Prime Minister and the President to act together to draw our partners attention to the issue of Georgia at this summit", - said the President.The session was attended by the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, Secretary of the National Security Council Davit Rekviashvili, Chair of the Defense and Security Committee Irakli Sesiashvili, Minister for Defence Levan Izoria and head of the General Staff of Georgia's armed forces Vladimer Chachibaia.
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Politics
National Security Council session is underway
Publish Time: 2017-03-23 18:01:00
The National Security Council session is being held at the Avlabari Presidential Palace for the time being.  The Prime Minister and the head of the Defense and Security Committee are taking part in the session.The agenda of the meeting includes several issues: the Black Sea Regional Security, Georgia-NATO partnership agenda, reforms in the Defense Ministry and unite national approach toward national security.Parliament Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze does not attend the session. 
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Society
Brothers Karamanishivlis express readiness to transfer 40% of shares free of charge to the Rustavi 2 employees
Update Time: 2017-03-23 16:32:00
Levan Karamanishivlis, one of the owners of Rustavi 2 TV Company, express readiness to transfer 40% of shares free of charge to the Rustavi 2 employees. He released the regarding statement today. He addressed the Rustavi 2 employees to launch consultations to insure transparent and fair distribution of the shares.“We appeal to Rustavi 2 staff. Dear friends, your role in the fight for freedom of speech and democracy in Georgia is invaluable. If not for your daily devotion, Rustavi 2 would no longer exist, or would have been turned into Ivanishvili’s propaganda channel. What you have done in the last two years, after the attack on the television, is civil heroism”.“As a sign of gratitude and respect, we are offering to transfer you 40 % of shares free of charge in order to enable you to define the fate and the future of the channle”, - the statement reads.
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