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Printing of bulletins begins for October 21 elections
Publish Time: 2017-10-14 14:03:00
The printing process of bulletins for the October 21 local self-governance elections will begin starting today, Ana Mikeladze, Press Speaker of Central Election Commission (CEC) reported. A total of 9 545 450 bulleting will be printed at 9 Publishing Houses across Tbilisi. Each voter will be given three types of bulletins at a polling station: Blue color – for election of a party or election bloc, Pink – election of Majoritarian (single mandate) member of Sakrebulo (City Assembly), and Green – for election of Mayor. There are 3 440 123 voters registered in the united list of voters according to CEC. 
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World
100 IS fighters surrender in Raqa in 24 hours: US-led coalition
Publish Time: 2017-10-14 13:40:00
Dozens of Islamic State group fighters have surrendered over the past day in their one-time bastion Raqa, the US-led coalition backing the offensive on the Syrian city said Saturday."Within the past 24 hours, approximately 100 ISIS terrorists have surrendered in Raqa, and were removed from the city," the coalition said in an emailed statement to AFP. "Foreign fighters are not being allowed to leave Raqa," it said.Earlier on Saturday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said all Syrian IS jihadists -- numbering around 200 fighters -- had left their former stronghold with their families. "All Syrian fighters from the Islamic State group left Raqa over the past five days," said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman, saying they headed to unknown destinations.A Raqa official told AFP that Syrian IS members had surrendered overnight to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) battling to take full control of the city, without specifying how many. "They sent a message to the Raqa Civil Council and to the tribal mediators," the official said. "Those that surrendered are local, not foreigners -- the foreigners have not handed themselves in yet," he said.Members of the council -- a provisional administration for the city set up by the SDF -- had been working with tribal leaders throughout the week to try to secure safe passage for civilians.Hundreds of civilians have managed to flee the battle-ravaged city, which once served as the de facto Syrian capital of the jihadist group.According to Abdel Rahman, up to 150 foreign jihadists remain in the city and negotiations on their fate are still ongoing. "The foreign fighters are asking to leave in one group towards areas under IS control in Deir Ezzor province," in eastern Syria, he said.But a spokesman for the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which spearhead the SDF, denied on Saturday that any discussions were taking place for the surrender of the city. "We completely deny any negotiations or deal for the exit of Daesh. Until this very moment, we are fighting Daesh," Nuri Mahmoud told AFP, using the Arabic acronym for IS.Backed by US-led coalition air strikes, the SDF's Arab and Kurdish fighters have recaptured around 90 percent of Raqa from IS.
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Religion
Georgian Patriarch holding solemn liturgy at Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
Publish Time: 2017-10-14 13:22:00
Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II is holding a solemn liturgy at Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta town on the occasion of Mtskhetoba church celebration marked on October 14. Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and other members of the Georgian government as well as Davit Narmania, Tbilisi Mayor arrived in Mtskheta. Marking of Mtskhetoba has been restored since 1991. It is declared as a day-off. 
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incident
Young woman fells from 5th floor of house in Zugdidi
Publish Time: 2017-10-14 13:21:00
A young woman fell from the 5th floor of block of apartments at Kostava Street in Zugdidi town of western Samegrelo region. Eyewitnesses reported that the woman was hanging a blanket on a balcony and was asking for help when she fell off. The woman is in an unconscious condition and is placed at Zugdidi Referral Hospital. 
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Culture
Selection of children for mega-show “Ranina” launched
Publish Time: 2017-10-14 12:29:00
Selection of children aged 8-13 for a new mega-show of First Channel “Ranina” has been launched starting today. The casting will be held on October 14-15 at #68 Kostava Street in Tbilisi, building of First Channel. Contenders will have to show up from 12:00 to 17:00. “Ranina” is a singing competition. Young contenders will be performing on a big stage together with orchestra, band and well-known singers during 3 months. The winner will present Georgia at 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC).
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Society
Georgian Melioration carrying out arrangement of irrigation systems in Gori
Publish Time: 2017-10-14 12:11:00
Georgian Melioration Ltd. is carrying out a project in arrangement of irrigation systems in the villages of Gori Municipality, Shida Kartli region. Various facilities will be built at Patara Liakhvi River including a pumping station and the 2-kilometer-long channel. Four villages of Mereti, Gugutiantkari, Zardiaantkari and Koshka will be provided irrigation water across 282 hectares of agricultural land plots. The project, which costs 1.700.000 GEL, will be completed at the end of 2017. 
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World
Northern California Wildfires: At Least 35 Dead, 90K Left Homeless
Publish Time: 2017-10-14 11:03:00
At least 35 people have died in what has been the deadliest week of wildfires in California history, and officials warned the toll could climb.The scale of the disaster also became clearer Friday as authorities said the fires had chased an estimated 90,000 people from their homes and destroyed at least 5,700 homes and businesses, the Associated Press is reporting.But a fifth day of desperate firefighting brought a glimmer of hope as crews battling the flames reported their first progress toward containing the massive blazes. "The emergency is not over, and we continue to work at it, but we are seeing some great progress," said the state's emergency operations director, Mark Ghilarducci.Over the past 24 hours, crews arrived from Nevada, Washington, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North and South Carolina, Oregon and Arizona. Other teams came from as far away as Canada and Australia.The Northern California infernos have killed more people than any single fire in state history, the AP reported. Officials originally cited the 1991 Oakland Hills fire as the deadliest single fire in California history, but it was actually the 1933 Griffith Park fire, which killed 29 people, that was the deadliest.Officials searching were searching burned areas of Sonoma and Napa counties with cadaver dogs Thursday night when they recovered more bodies, said Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano. 
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Politics
Prime Minister congratulates citizens on adoption of new constitution
Publish Time: 2017-10-14 10:43:00
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili congratulates citizens on the adoption of new Constitution. "I congratulate Georgian citizens on the adoption of the new edition of the constitution - the main law of the country. This is a big step forward on the path of democratic development of the country.This is a modern, Western-style, national interest-based document, which must become a guarantee for our country's freedom, progress, stability and European future. Each person, who participated in the development of this most important document, supported our country's growth and sustainable development. I would like to thank all the parties participating in the constitutional process, each member of the constitutional commission and ordinary citizens who were involved in the formation of constitutional changes throughout the year. Once again I would like to thank the Venice Commission, which has worked with us in developing the new edition of the constitution of Georgia. The Venice Commission estimated the country's constitutional amendments as a step towards improvement of constitutional order in the country, which is based on the principles of democracy, legal state and fundamental rights. According to the new edition of the constitution, the role and opportunities of the opposition are strengthened, which will play a significant role in the democratic development of the country. I want to congratulate the citizens of our country whose aspirations and values are reflected in the main law of the country and to convince them that all the steps taken to strengthen our democracy and development will be reflected in their better future," reads the statement released by PM. 
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Society
Actress Lika Kavzharadze to be buried
Publish Time: 2017-10-14 08:11:00
Georgian actress Lika Kavzharadze will be buried today at Vake Cemetery in Tbilisi next to her mother. Her body will be transferred to the cemetery from Sameba (Holy Trinity) Cathedral. Kavzharadze died on October 11 at the age of 57. She acted in more than 20 films. Kavzharadze became very popular for her leading part as Marita in the film “Wish Tree” shot by Tengiz Abuladze in 1976. 
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World
Iranian President responds to Trump's decision on nuclear deal
Publish Time: 2017-10-14 00:19:00
Within an hour of President Trump's announcement that he would not certify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal, Iran's president took to the air, pushing back hard, CBS News reports. President Hassan Rouhani called Mr. Trump's accusations "abusive" and "downright wrong." Mr. Trump, Rouhani said, doesn't understand that the U.S. can't change a multinational agreement all by itself. So for that reason, Iran will stay in the nuclear deal. However, he hinted Iran may escalate its conventional weapons program, possibly its development of ballistic missiles. 
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Politics
Parliament overrides President’s veto on Constitutional Changes
Publish Time: 2017-10-13 18:05:00
The Parliament of Georgia has overridden the President’s veto on the constitutional changes bill. The parliamentary majority did not support the motivated remarks submitted by president. The discussion lasted during 6 hours at the extraordinary session today.110 MPs voted against 6-point motivated remarks. After that, the primary edition of the constitutional amendments was presented and it was approved by the parliamentary majority with 117 votes, against 7. The members of the National Movement Party did not participate in the voting. Opposition members left the parliament hall in protest.Before voting, Ana Dolidze, President’s Parliamentary Secretary introduced the motivated remarks to MPs. 
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Regions
Study process suspended at Batumi kindergartens
Update Time: 2017-10-13 16:10:00
The study process will be suspended at kindergartens in Batumi city of Adjara region due to spread of Asian stink bug. The buildings will be disinfected with special chemicals. 
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Politics
Parliament discussing President’s motivated remarks over new edition of Constitution
Publish Time: 2017-10-13 16:05:00
Georgian lawmakers are discussing President’s motivated remarks over the new edition of Constitution as part of the extraordinary session today. Ana Dolidze, President’s Parliamentary Secretary is introducing the remarks to MPs. The majority is preparing to override the veto. MPs of National Movement Party left the parliament hall in protest. President’s remarks are outlined in 6 points. 
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Society
Architecture design of First Channel’s new building revealed, Tbilqalaqproject wins competition
Publish Time: 2017-10-13 15:47:00
The architecture design of the new building of First Channel is revealed. The 9-day public poll in social network has ended this noon. The project presented by Tbilqalaqproject won in the competition. Its project received 14, 227 votes. The commission members evaluated three projects, which participated in the competition. The main criteria for evaluation focused on function, experience of Entry Company, experience of personnel, project implementation terms and price. The fifth criterion was the design of the building. Three companies participated in the competition: BWC Ltd, Tbilqalaqproject and Art-Studio Ltd. Voting for the design began on October 4. TV audience was given the opportunity to vote for its favorite design. About 30 thousand people took part in the voting process through the web-page. Construction works are expected to complete by 2020. 
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Weather/Disasters
Temperature to sharply drop in Georgia
Publish Time: 2017-10-13 14:20:00
Temperature is expected to sharply drop across Georgia on October 15-17. As National Environment Agency informs, cold air masses will spread throughout Georgia. Rain and thunderstorm is also in forecast. High mountains may see snow. Strong west wind and 4-5 magnitude storm is expected in coastal regions. Avalanches and floods are also expected. 
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Politics
National Movement leaves parliamentary session in protest
Publish Time: 2017-10-13 14:16:00
MPs of National Movement political party left the extraordinary parliamentary session where Georgian President’s motivated remarks regarding the constitutional bill were being discussed. As reported by Party Head Roman Gotsiridze, none of the party members will take part in the voting.  “We are boycotting adoption of the constitution in so violent ways. We will not be involved in the voting process,” Gotsiridze stated. 
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Society
General Director of First Channel commented about selection of broadcaster’s new building design
Publish Time: 2017-10-13 14:07:00
“Today is a historic day because selection of an architecture design of First Channel’s new building gave birth to a big process rather than ended something in the broadcaster’s life,” Vasil Maghlaperidze, General Director of First Channel said. According to Maghlaperidze, First Channel will have had the new building within 3-year term and the premises will meet modern standards. He stressed on the important of refurbishment and potential of TV. The 9-day public poll in social network about the architecture design of the new building of First Channel has ended this noon. The project presented by Tbilqalaqproject has won in the competition. Three companies participated in the competition: BWC Ltd, Tbilqalaqproject and Art-Studio Ltd. Voting for the design began on October 4. TV audience was given the opportunity to vote for its favorite design. About 30 thousand people took part in the voting process through the web-page. 
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Economics
Export increased by 28.3%
Publish Time: 2017-10-13 13:00:00
Export for January-September of 2017 is increased by 28.3% in comparison with the same period of the last year and has reached 1 billion and 9 million GEL. Based on the official statistics, export of alloys and wine has increased most. In parallel, negative trade balance decreases and falls below 49%. Import is increased by 7.4% and exceeds 5 billion GEL. 
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Politics
New factory opened in Tbilisi
Publish Time: 2017-10-13 12:57:00
Megaproduction, a new factory financed within the framework of Produce in Georgia Program was opened in Tbilisi earlier this afternoon. The factory produces concrete tiles. It was opened by Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili. PM delivered a speech and talked about share of construction business in dynamics of economic growth.
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Society
How new building of First Channel will look like – Tbilqalaqproject wins in competition
Publish Time: 2017-10-13 12:31:00
The 9-day public poll in social network about the architecture design of the new building of First Channel has ended this noon. The project presented by Tbilqalaqproject has won in the competition. The commission members evaluated three projects, which participated in the competition. The main criteria for evaluation focused on function, experience of Entry Company, experience of personnel and project implementation terms. The fifth criterion was the design of the building. Three companies participated in the competition: BWC Ltd, Tbilqalaqproject and Art-Studio Ltd. Voting for the design began on October 4. TV audience was given the opportunity to vote for its favorite design. About 30 thousand people took part in the voting process through the web-page. 
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