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Chinese weatherman struck by lightning while filming live show
Publish Time: 2017-04-25 16:57:00
A weather anchor made headlines across China today after being hit by lightning during his live programme. Xiao Dong, from the city of Dalian, was reporting in a thunderstorm on a rooftop while being struck yesterday morning, according to a video report on People's Daily Online.Luckily, the man is said to have been struck by the sparks, not the bolt of the lightning. As such, the man didn't sustain major injuries. After being hit, Xiao Dong described that his arms, hands and fingers felt numb - as if 'ants were crawling over them'. He also reported pain in the palm. Xiao Dong was holding an umbrella with a metal handle as he reported in the storm. It's believed that the metal handle had attracted the electric charge towards him. His colleague, the cameraman, allegedly held an umbrella with a wooden handle, and he was not hit.
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Politics
Protest at Moduli building
Update Time: 2017-04-25 16:29:00
A protest organized by National Movement Party was held at so-called Moduli building in Tbilisi with demand to investigate activities of Soso Gogashvili, Deputy Head of State Security Service. Protesters claim that Gogashvili became owner of various properties through corruption. Members of Free Zone and Reformation Center NGO joined the protest. National Movement Party has already applied to Prosecutor’s Office with demand to launch investigation into the issue. 
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Politics
Meeting with Secretary of Venice Commission
Update Time: 2017-04-25 16:07:00
The package of amendments to be made into Constitution of Georgia prepared by State Constitutional Commission will be discussed in Strasbourg today. Members of Parliamentary majority and minority are meeting with Secretary of Venice Commission, an advisory board of Council of Europe. The opposition will talk about the remarks and faults over the document. The meeting is closed for the media. 
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Politics
Government to begin work on decriminalization of economic crime
Publish Time: 2017-04-25 16:05:00
The Georgian government will begin working on decriminalization of economic crime. The amount for criminal responsibility will be increased up to 100 thousand GEL while prison term will be abolished in certain cases. Also, tax advantages for incomplete constructions will be extended by 2 years. A differentiated package will be activated regarding state healthcare program. A total of 24 issues were discussed during the governmental sitting earlier today. 
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Politics
President makes statement about new version of Constitution
Publish Time: 2017-04-25 14:20:00
The new version of Constitution does not contribute to ensuring the balance policy among branches of authorities – This is the viewpoint of Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili. President’s Press Speaker Eka Mishveladze introduced the standpoint to the public. Mishveladze said that President proposed working on constitutional changes with participation of wide public and through higher political consensus. 
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Media
Grigol Gogelia elected as Chairman of GPB Board of Trustees
Publish Time: 2017-04-25 13:08:00
Grigol Gogelia has been elected on post of Chairman of Board of Trustees of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) with the second term. Six members supported Gogelia’s candidacy through secret balloting, 2 members abstained from voting. Gogelia’s membership term expires in 2018. Also during the sitting, Marina Muskhelishvili was elected as deputy chairperson of Board of Trustees. Some members asked GPB management for provision of information about ongoing processes in the broadcaster. 
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World
French presidential candidates to stage TV debate May 3
Publish Time: 2017-04-25 12:47:00
Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and far-right rival Marine Le Pen will hold a TV debate on May 3, four days before the run-off vote in France’s presidential election, aides to Macron said on Monday.The debate will be broadcast nationwide on two TV channels, a source said, as reported by The Guardian. Macron first sought a debate with Le Pen in February “which she refused. Now we are going to have one,” the source added.Le Pen’s campaign director, David Rachline, earlier said that the debate “should take place,” as it would help the public “to see with great clarity the two choices of society which are being put forward”.Macron, a 39-year-old political novice and former banker, headed the pack in the first round of voting on Sunday, picking up 23.75 percent of the vote. He will face off with Le Pen, 48-year-old head of the far-right National Front, who won 21.53 percent.The other candidates, including those from the traditional mainstream left and right parties, were eliminated. Macron is campaigning on a centrist platform that favours business, the European Union and maintaining France’s welfare safety net. Le Pen is campaigning on a nationalist platform that would curb immigration and weaken ties with the European Union.
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Regions
Reconstruction of damaged infrastructure to begin in Guria region
Publish Time: 2017-04-25 12:27:00
Reconstruction of damaged infrastructure will begin in Ozurgeti district of western Guria region in the nearest future. Strong wind unroofed houses in Naruji and Laituri villages as well. The amount of inflicted damage exceeds 1.5 million GEL. 
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Politics
State Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality expected in parliament
Update Time: 2017-04-25 12:20:00
Ketevan Tsikhelashvili, State Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality is expected in parliament today. Tsikhelashvili will present a report and future action plan during the expanded sitting of Parliamentary Interim Commission for Restoration of Territorial Integrity and Committee of Diaspora and Caucasus Affairs. The opposition believes that office of State Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality should be abolished. 
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Politics
Package of Constitutional changes to be discussed in Strasbourg
Update Time: 2017-04-25 12:09:00
The package of amendments to be made into Constitution of Georgia prepared by Constitutional Commission will be discussed in Strasbourg today. Members of Parliamentary majority and minority will meet with Secretary of Venice Commission, an advisory board of Council of Europe. The opposition will talk about the remarks and faults over the document. 
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Politics
Chairman of Parliament meeting with representatives of National Platform
Update Time: 2017-04-25 12:06:00
Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of Parliament is meeting with representatives of Georgian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum. Changes proposed to be made into Constitution will be the main topic for discussions. 
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Society
Sitting of Board of Trustees being held
Publish Time: 2017-04-25 12:05:00
The Board of Trustees of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) will elect Chairman and deputy chairperson during the sitting today. The chairman will be elected with 3-year-term with majority of votes. General regulations will be determined and approved before the balloting process. 
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incident
One person detained on charge of selling non-excise tobacco
Publish Time: 2017-04-25 10:43:00
Officers of Investigation Service of Finance Ministry detained one person on fact of selling cigarettes without excise stamps. Non-excise tobacco products are confiscated. The detainee faces from 2 to 4 years in prison if found guilty. 
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Weather/Disasters
Weather conditions to improve in Georgia on April 26
Publish Time: 2017-04-25 10:28:00
Weather conditions are expected to improve in Georgia on April 26. According to Monitoring and Forecasting Center of National Environmental Agency, rain and wind are in the forecast in western Georgia today. The temperatures will be +7 +12 degrees.As for eastern Georgia, rain and wind are expected in some areas, while the temperatures will be +11 +16 degrees. Dry weather and strong winds are in the forecast for today; temperatures will be +14 degrees.Weather forecasters prognosticate that weather will brighten up on April 26 in Georgia. The temperatures will rise to +15 degrees in western Georgia and + 12 +17 degrees in eastern Georgia. 
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World
PACE delegates demand Agramunt's resignation over his Syria trip
Publish Time: 2017-04-25 10:07:00
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) demands resignation of Pedro Agramunt from post of PACE President.Italian representative Michele Nicoletti made a relevant statement at the PACE session in Strasbourg on Monday. After that, a number of deputies rose from their seats and supported the statement with applause. Addressing Agramunt, Nicoletti said that the president should show political responsibility and resign in order to demonstrate that a serious mistake brings serious consequences. The proposal was supported by other PACE deputies in their addresses. Agramunt said that he took note of this position and he would inform after lunch whether the issue would be discussed at public hearings on Tuesday. Read also PACE President explains his visit to Syria with Russian Duma delegation He interrupted the plenary session for 10 minutes before responding positively to the question whether he was ready for a public discussion of his visit to Syria. After a recess, it became known that PACE would hold a public discussion of Agramunt's Syria visit tomorrow, April 25. As UNIAN news agency reported earlier, a delegation of PACE deputies from the Czech Republic, Belgium, Serbia, and Italy and the State Duma of Russia led by PACE President of Pedro Agramunt visited Syria in March.
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Regions
Meeting of Group on Incidents Prevention and Response Mechanisms begins
Publish Time: 2017-04-25 10:05:00
The meeting of Group on Incidents Prevention and Response Mechanisms begins in Gali region. The Georgian side will raise the issue of detention of father and son Archil and Paata Togavas in Rike village and arrest of murderer of Georgian citizen Giga Otkhozoria. Release of Giorgi Lukava being kept in Drand Prison will be also discussed during the meeting. 
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World
Chile rocked by 6.9-magnitude quake; no major damage reported
Publish Time: 2017-04-25 02:35:00
A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck off the west coast of Chile on Monday, rocking the capital Santiago and briefly causing alarm along the Pacific Coast but sparing the quake-prone nation of any serious damage, Reuters reports. The quake was centered about 85 miles (137 km) from Santiago, and some 22 miles (35 km) west of the coastal city of Valparaiso. The U.S. Geological Survey twice revised the magnitude before settling on 6.9, a strength usually capable of causing severe damage.The epicenter's shallow depth of 15.5 miles (25 km) below the sea allowed it to be felt hundreds of miles (km) away. Santiago office buildings swayed for about 30 seconds at the end of the workday. Closer to the epicenter, residents scrambled for higher ground, remembering the lessons of the country's devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2010. "It was short but very powerful," said Paloma Salamo, a 26-year-old nurse, who was in a clinic in Viña del Mar, just north of Valparaiso, when the quake struck.
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Politics
Project on Constitutional changes - Opposition starts working on the action plan
Update Time: 2017-04-24 20:19:00
The project about changes to be made into Constitution adopted by State Constitutional Commission will be sent to parliament next week. The exact date of the voting will be determined at bureau session today.The project will be presented for public discussions to the Georgian citizens as well. The ruling team is preparing for public discussions and plans to set up a special group. In parallel, the opposition starts working on the action plan against the ruling team and planned amendments.Opponents of the ruling team agree on the necessity of unification, but what form of protest should be use is unknown yet.The project prepared by State Constitutional Commission was adopted with 43 votes for, and 8 – against on 22 April. The new addition of Constitution and Law on Adjara Autonomous Republic was put for voting and approved.  
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Politics
Spring session of the PACE opened noisily
Update Time: 2017-04-24 20:13:00
Spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe has opened noisily in Strasbourg. The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Pedro Agramunt was openly accused  of damaging image of the organization.PACE president suspended the Assembly session and left the meeting hall.At a meeting of the PACE spring session, several deputies expressed their protest over Assembly President Agramunt’s recent visit to Syria. Italian representative Michele Nicoletti demanded the resignation of Pedro Agramunt from the post.
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Society
Inclement weather created problems in Georgia - damage is calculated in regions
Update Time: 2017-04-24 20:12:00
Victims, damaged houses, families left without shelter and electricity, uprooted trees - inclement weather created problems in Georgia.Due to strong wing the international flights have been canceled at Tbilisi international Airport.According to Forecasters strong winds are expected across the country today.
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