GHN RSS Feed Polish professor’s Workshop at GTU Monica Slezinska, the representative of Bialastok University of Technology, held a workshop for professors at Georgian Technical University. Monika Śleszyńska is a lecturer of English &nbsp; at the Bialystok University of Technology, Poland. Her professional and research interests include English for Science and Technology (mainly science and technical writing) and presentation skills in English. She has been a speaker at two international conferences and a participant of several Erasmus + mobility programnes (e.g. Istanbul, Barcelona and Cordoba). At GTU Monika Śleszyńska has given a presentation to Georgian colleagues on 'How to write (science) better'. Hopefully, the exchange of teaching ideas and expertise will be fruitful for both parties. Monika Śleszyńska met with the Head of International Relations and Standards Office Otar Zumburidze, deputy head of office Nino Zhizhilashvili, Head of International Relations Group Marika Zviadadze and other representatives of office, also with the head of the Department of Foreign Languages Nugzar Sikharulidze and others. A representative of Bialastok University of Technology arrived in Georgia with a delegation of Polish artists. Members of the 'Group K9' visited Georgia as part of the project - ‘Her-story’ of Georgia – The Women’s Painting Power“. 'Group K9' is a group &nbsp; of Polish women &nbsp; who have chosen Georgia to fulfil their artistic passion. They are going to visualize Georgian women - saints, kings and queens, actresses, singers and sportswomen because both Poland and Georgia &nbsp; greatly benefited from female strength built on Christian values. The paintings of Polish senior citizens and amatour painters are supposed to encourage those who feel neglected, disrespected or abused. Their inspiration comes from Georgian female iconic figures. Polish professor’s Workshop at GTU Culture 2019-10-10 16460 Re|Bank opens its branch in Kutaisi Re|Bank – a new retail banking brand from PASHA Bank – opened its first branch in Kutaisi. From today on customers will be able to get service at 5, Akaki Tsereteli Street. Re|Bank services are available in three branches in Tbilisi: 15 Omar Khizanishvili str, 19 Pekini Ave. and 75, Javakheti Str and in Batumi: 53, Ilia Chavchavadze Street. At the first stage Re|Bank will be offering three main products: Top|Card, Maxi|Deposit and Blitz|Loan. Top|Card is a 0% installment card (effective rate from 0%). Top|Card will help the customers reduce and manage their monthly expenses in a better way: by using 0% installment payments for everyday purchases they will spare money for other needs. On top of that, the card will have cashback among many other interesting features. Maxi|Deposit and Blitz|Loan offer competitive rates and simplified application procedure. “We are happy to open our first branch in Kutaisi. Re|Bank will also be present in Zugdidi, Gori, and Telavi. In Tbilisi we have already opened three branches and one in Batumi. We hope to provide a distinctively high quality of service to our customers throughout Georgia” – Shota Ioseliani, Retail Business Advisor to the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Detailed information regarding Re|Bank products is available on the company’s web page and at the contact center. Application for the services can easily be done through the same channels: | +995 32 222 25 25 | *2525 Re|Bank opens its branch in Kutaisi Business 2019-09-06 16459 "I'm a journo as long as I'm breathing" ARMENPRESS's very own L. Azroyan celebrates 82nd birthday 82 years old but still going to work every day and showing up at the office at 8:30. "I was destined to become a journalist," says ARMENPRESS correspondent Levon Azroyan as he celebrates his 82nd birthday today with his colleagues at the office. "Although in school I dreamt of becoming a military doctor. I even wanted to study at the Leningrad Military Medicine Academy. I suffered food poisoning the day before the exam and I didn't go to the academy. I've never regretted choosing journalism because this has given me the chance to travel frequently. I've been in many countries, at ARMENPRESS I was lucky enough to be the covering correspondent of almost all major events for nearly 20 years. This has given me the chance to personally see almost all leaders since the Soviet Union until now. I must do journalism as long as I am breathing," says Azroyan. Azroyan, already having 55 years of news media experience, made his first steps in journalism at the Soviet Georgia newspaper headquartered in Tbilisi. "I remember that day as if it was today. I went to the editorial with my dad. Naturally, he was the first to congratulate me, he said that I am entering a sphere where I must work with selfless devotion, honesty and impartially. Rather obliging words," he said, reminiscing about the early days of his career. Georgia still has a special place in Azroyan's heart, that's where he was born and raised, where he has many friends, and where his parents are laid to rest. Earlier in 2019 Azroyan wrote his 11th book in honor of the 100th anniversary of establishment of ARMENPRESS. "I love ARMENPRESS very much and I consider myself ARMENPRESS's very own from head to toe. I am very happy that my career proceeded at ARMENPRESS, which has left its everlasting trace in the history of Armenian journalism. I remember those days very well when ARMENPRESS was a unique brand -- our agency was providing 70-80 of the print media," Azroyan said. News Agency Armenpress "I'm a journo as long as I'm breathing" ARMENPRESS's very own L. Azroyan celebrates 82nd birthday World 2019-08-28 16458 2008 August War Chronicle 2008 August War Chronicle Eleven years passed since Russian-Georgian war. In 2008 August 7 war started between Georgian troops and Ossetian secessionists supported by Russian army. Russia joined the military actions on August 8. Russia entered in the region with its army and heavy military technique. Russia started to bomb as well other regions of Georgia. Joined army of Russians and Ossetians waged war against Georgian troops in Tskhinvali during 3 days. Russian battleships blocked the Georgian black sea coast. On August 9 Russian and Abkhazian forces opened a second front line in Kodori valley. They invaded the internal territory of Georgian Republic. After 5 days Georgian troops leaved Tskhinvali and Abkhazian territory. The agreement about cease-fire was reached on August 12 after mediation of Nikola Sarkozi, EU Chairman. Tbilisi signed it on August 15 and Russia on August 16. On August 12 Dimitry Medvedev, President of Russian Federation ordered a cease-fire, but bombing of Georgian dwelling units and roistering of Russian army continued. After signing of the agreement most part of Russian troops were moved out from the territory of Shida Kartli and Samegrelo. The Buffer zones were created along Abkhazia and South Ossetia borders and observation posts were left in Poti, Senaki and Perev. On August 26 Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. According to the information of Georgian Defense Ministry, Interior and Health Care Ministry during the August war by the September 25 died: 168 military men from forces, 16 policemen, 188 peaceful dwellers. August 1 At the dawn in Tskhinvali region on the Eredvi-kheiti road intense fire opened between Georgian defense troops and South Ossetian army. As a result of this 6 died and 21 wounded. August 2 Ossetian secessionists were firing all night the Georgian villages. Victims occurred. The Georgian government calls the secessionists to respect the cease-fire. Secessionists started to evacuate from Tskhinvali children and women to the North Ossetia. Georgian Minister in reintegration Temur Iakobashvili met with Marat Kulakhmetov, head of Russian Peacekeepers - Iakobashvili demands meeting with Ossetian secessionists but he is refused. August 3 On August 3 Russian government allowed the South Ossetian population to refuge to Russian Federation. At the same time the region left 20 buses full of refugees. The Georgian government is ready to start negotiations without any preconditions. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov congratulated Ilia II, Cathalicos Patriarch with Angel Day. Viacheslav Kovalenko, Envoy in Georgia passed the letter to His Holiness. In Vladicaucasus so called South-Ossetian supporting meeting held. This day is a day of decision by Abkhazian secessionists to prohibit the Georgian language in Schools starting from September. Sergey Bagapsh declared the emergency situation. August 4 Russian 58 Army's 5 battalions dislocated near the Roki tunnel, at the North Ossetian side. Abkhazians refused to participate in the meeting of UN Secretary General's Group of friend Countries. The meeting was to be held on August 15 in Berlin. At the same time, Kokoity, leader of Ossetian secessionists declared that he will not start negotiations with Georgian side without Russia. Vladicaucasian Kazaks declared its willingness to help South Ossetia. Mikhail Mindzaev, so called leader of secessionists declared that Tskhinvali is ready to open fire. The position of Georgian government is announced by Temur Iakobashvili, State Minister. He declared that "Georgia is not going to join military actions" and called again the Ossetia side for negotiations. The suggestion is left without reply again. The Russian battalion dislocated in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict zone is in emergency situation. Kokoity declared from Tskhinvali that he is ready to destroy Georgia. Viktor Vodolatski, head of Don Kazaks informed Kokoity that Kazaks are ready to fight in South Ossetia. August 5 Ossetian secessionists renowned the fire to Georgian villages. In the morning secessionists are negotiating about opening of a new front line. From Russian Southern army the stream of volunteers is directed to Tskhinvali. Different countries' Foreign Ministers are calling the conflicting sides to peaceful regulation of the conflict. The declaration is disseminated by the OSCE as well, which accused the secessionists in straining of the situation. The information is leaking that Temur Iakobashvili will meet with Boris Chochiev on August 7. August 6 The Georgian villages again under fire. According to the Georgian side 3 Georgian peacekeepers were wounded. At the same night 4 people died in firing. Because of this the Georgian side renowned the fire. Denis Keefe, HE Ambassador of Great Britain and Northern Ireland arrived to Tskhinvali. He met with Kokoity. Tskhinvali dwellers started to move out from the region. Georgian side pulled the military technique to the borders of the region. Villages Nuli and Avnevi - were bombed by Ossetian secessionists, as a result victims are. In the Russian Foreign Ministry, the emergency sitting was held. The Moscow sent Youri Popov to Tbilisi at night "to clarify the situation". Popov declared that Iakobashvili and Chochiev will meet with support of Russian side. At the same time Popov said that "if in the Tskhinvali region the events will develop forcefully, the Moscow will interfere." Ossetian secessionist postponed the meeting which was to be held on August 7 in Tskhinvali and suggested to conduct the meeting on August 9. August 7 Attacks on Georgian villages are more intense. On August 7 at the morning in the Tskhinvali region the situation is the following: secessionists are bombing the villages continuously. At the night the Georgian side did not responded to the fire from Ossetian side. However, when secessionists opened the fire from 12 mm missile, Georgian side opened the fire as well. Georgian side once more declared that it is not planning the emergency measures in the conflict zone and is ready to the dialogue. Georgian President made a special declaration that the Georgian side is ready to restrain from any kind of aggression maximally. Georgian Foreign Ministry called the Russia to put pressure on secessionist for cease of peaceful villages bombing. At the same time Bagapsh is organizing the extraordinary meeting. The meeting is behind the closed doors. Yuri Popov and Temur Iakobashvili failed to meet in Tskhinvali. After that Iakobakhvili departed to the conflict zone. To the conflict zone arrived as well Yuri Popov. He is planning to meet with Kokoiti and Marat Kulakhmetov. The Georgian villages under fire again. Small Liakhvi valley is under constant fire as well. Iakobashvili met with Marat Kulakhmetov in Tskhinvali in the Peacekeepers headquarters. He returned to Tbilisi, but the details of the meeting were not open. On August 7 according to the Interior Ministry 10 people died. At the end of the day according to the President's order the Georgian side decaled the cease of fire. "In the conflict zone at this time the sniper war is waged against the dwellers. The military technique occurred in the conflict zone illegally," - Mikheil Saakashvili declared during the direct transmission. Saakashvili called the parties to the negotiations, in any way and promised the full autonomy to the region. As well he declared the total amnesty for secessionists, and called the international community to mediate for negotiations of parties. Saakashvili applied to the international community for support and asked to help the escalation of aggression and to conduct the negotiations. Saakashvili once more suggested to Russian Federation mediation for resolution of the conflict. The Ossetian side ceased the fire. At the evening Yuri Popov declared that on August 8 Temur Iakobashvili and Boris Chochiev will meet. After that Marat Kulakhmetov said that "Tbilisi and Tskhinvali agreed on cease-fire until negotiations." Saakashvili started that phone dialogue with the leaders of foreign countries. At the evening the Ossetian side breached the agreement about the cease-fire. The attack started on the village Tamarashvili, there were victims. 23:30 the Georgian side responded to this fact with a military operation, the aim of which according to the Kurashvili, head of the Peacekeepers was "the establishment of Constitutional order in the region". Before the Georgian side started the military actions, the Russian 58 army entered the South Ossetian Territory trough the Roki tunnel. From the Roki tunnel to the Tskhinvali region Russian army and military technique entered as well. August 8 From the Ossetian Side fire is not stopping. The peaceful population is bombed. Vladimir Putin, Russian Prime Minister being in the opening ceremony of Peking Olympic Games condemned "Georgian Aggression". He said that Russia will not leave such actions without response. AT 09:30 President Medvediev conducted an extraordinary meeting with the members of the government, to develop the possible action plan in connection with the conflict. Hundreds of armed personnel and military technique entered through Roki tunnel to the Georgian territory. Georgian government calls the secessionists to cease the armed actions and to negotiate. At 11:40 Saakashvili ordered the mobilization of the Georgian army. Georgian government: "In connection with the situation, for maintaining the safety of the peaceful population and for prevention of attack the Georgian government has to take adequate measures. Georgian troops entered two villages Muguti and Didmukha, Dmaninsi. After that they entered Tskhinvali. First declaration from USA: Washington calls Russia to put pressure over secessionists to fare-case. Intense fight in village Tkviavi continued. Despite of ultimately complicated situation, the Georgian side is ready to return again to negotiations. Georgian army took a total control over eight Georgian villages - Dmeniss, Muguti, Didmukha, Sarabuk, Upper Niqoz, Atoz and Lower and Upper Oqona. The Georgian flag is waiving almost in all strategic points and villages near Tskhinvali. Georgian troops entered Tskhinvali. At this time Kokoiti and his environment is in Java region in HQ. Russian aviation started to bomb Georgian villages. Georgian Embassy in Moscow is encircled by so called "Ommon". The Embassy despite of this fact continued to work. Georgian troops managed to pull out Russian 58 army, which has the intention to move from Roki tunnel to Java region. 10 mercenaries give oneself up to Georgian army. Georgian army controls 70% of the conflict region. Georgian government announced a moratorium from 15:00 to 18:00 and suggested to the peaceful and as well to non-peaceful population the safety guaranties and to move to Gori for accommodation through the corridor made in Ergneti. Russian aviation bombed Vaziani military base. Russian military aviation bombed the Marneuli military airport and Vaziani military base. Russian Defense Ministry's the 58 army is at the Tskhinvali entrance. President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili decaled about the situation to the leaders of foreign countries. President of Georgia works in an emergency regime. The Georgian side strongly preserves the moratorium and abstains from fire. Russian Transport Ministry cancelled the air communication. Russian military aviation three-times bombed the Marneuli aviation base. No victims occurred. Almost all country leaders and international organizations made declarations in support of Georgia and calls Russia to respect cease-fire. The Russian military technique is dislocated in Java. They are trying to break through from Georgian round up. The EU "troika" discussed the situation. 9 August Russian military aviation bombed the Senaki military base and Poti sea port. The victims occurred. 13 Georgian soldiers died and more than thousand wounded. Two Russian fighters bombed the Georgian artillery position. Five people died. In town Gori the bomb falls in to house. Russian the 76 air division entered Tskhinvali According to the Georgian side 10 Russian fighters are bring down. At 11:10 President of Georgia declared a martial law in the country. Georgian Parliament unanimously passed the martial law in the country. At 12:30 in South Ossetia Russia made a landing operation. President Saakashvili calls parties to honor the cease-fire. At 13:41 according to media Russian air forces bombed Kodori valley. Petras Vaitiekunas, Foreign Minister of Lithuania arrived to Gori region together with Georgian Foreign Minister. Petras said that the amount of victims and destruction is shocking. In connection with the situation the radio station "Voice of America" doubled the broadcasting over Georgia. UN Security Council could not pass the united decision in connection with the situation. Poti port is bombed again Georgia decided to move back from Iraq thousand soldiers. Illia Second, Cathalicos Patriarch of All Georgia asked the international community for peaceful resolution of the situation in Georgia. Russian military aviation bombed 9 villages in Liakhvi valley. The valley is bombed intensively. The victims occurred. Population, which remained in valley, asks for help. To Georgian different Observer Groups arrived. The Georgian Foreign Ministry declared that Russian military aggression covers itself under the "humanitarian aid" and "induced peaceful operation". US President G.Bush called Russia to stop the military operations In Tskhinvali fight is more and more intense. Russian military aviation bombed villages in Oni region. The victims occurred. Almost all leaders of the countries in the world declared that they are upholding the territorial sovereignty of Georgia. According to the Health Ministry of Georgia 55 people died, among them 15 peaceful citizens, 40 military servicemen Russian bombardiers attacked the Baku-Ceikhan pipeline on Georgian territory. The Red Cross representatives could not enter the conflict zone to help wounded people. As a result of massed attack it is unsafe to enter Tskhinvali. Russian aviation bombed the Upper Abkhazia villages - Omarishara, Sakeni, Qvabchara and Chkhalta Georgian side attacked the Roki tunnel. According to the official information Georgian governmental forces are controlling Tskhinvali and its surrounding at the evening of August 9. August 10 At evening of August 10 Georgia demanded the cease-fire and suggested to Russia the negotiations. Nikola Sarkozi, President of France developed the plan for regulation of events in South Ossetia. He will present it to Russian Federation. Vladimir Putin cancelled the visit in Pecking and arrived to North Ossetia. Putin demanded from the Georgian government pulling out of military forces from Tskhinvali region. Putin declared that Actions of Georgian side are illegitimate and Russia acts absolutely legitimately. Georgian troops totally controlled Tskhinvali and its surrounding with all strategic objects. Russian aviation and artillery started the massed attack of Tskhinvali Alexander Lomaia, Chairman of the Georgian Security Council declared during the special briefing that as a result of unprecedented attack of Russian Federation Georgian troops were pulled to borders of Tskhinvali. Georgian government addressed to the Abkhazian people not to be provoked by Russian Federation. French Foreign Minister delivered to Georgia the three-stage plan for resolution of situation in Georgia. Sergey Bagapsh declared the total mobilization. Georgian President declared that at the Abkhazian coast Russian Black Sea navy is located. At the same day Russians bombed the international airport. Russian Defense Ministry named this declaration as one more disinformation. At 22:00 Georgia agreed for Russian Peacekeepers entrance to Zugdidi. World leaders demanding the respect of cease-fire form Russian Federation. In European Countries, in front of the Russian embassies the protest actions are held. Russian aviation bombing again Gori and surrounding territory. By the order of Georgian President, Georgian troops will cease a fire in South Ossetia. Russian aviation is bombing territory of Tbilisi aviation plant. According to the official data 94 people died, among them 47 soldiers and 47 civilians Leader of different European countries are declaring the support for Georgia. Upper Abkhazia is bombed intensely by Russian bombardiers. August 11 Sergey Lavrov mentioned in phone conversation with Condoleezza Rice, US State Secretary that Saakashvili, President of Georgia have to resign. To Tbilisi EU leaders are arriving. The Upper Abkhazia is bombed again. The artillery fire is opening. Russian aviation attacked Tbilisi from air. Georgian military base in Senaki is occupied by Russian landing force Sergey Chaban, General Being in Abkhazia made an ultimatum to Georgian side and demands to lay down arms. Russian Defense ministry approved the information that from Chechnya special battalions "Vostok" and "Zapad" is moved out. The postage between Russia and Georgia cancelled. The Georgian side waits for Russian agreement in connection with humanitarian corridor, but unsuccessfully. Bernard Kushner arrived to Georgia. Georgian citizens living in Russia are being arrested. During 2 days in Moscow 7 Georgians killed and 20 disappeared. Georgian President and foreign diplomats are moved from Gori. Vladimir Putin declared that Russia will lead its peaceful mission to the logic end. Russian aviation attacked once again Tkviavi. Village Khrcha is occupied by Abkhazian and Russian troops. Senaki military airport and military base are bombed. Georgian President called the Georgian people to gather at the Parliament at 15:00. August 12 Russia landed troops at Poti seaside for creation of 50 km buffer zone. US President made one more declaration demanding Russia to make steps towards accomplishment of the crisis. "Big 7" countries FM demanded form Russia to cease-fire immediately. Russian occupants started the military operation in direction of upper Abkhazia. Russian occupants bombed village in Gori region. The Population from Kodori valley is moved out. Russian aviation attacked the Tbilisi Sea. Russian President declared about the accomplishment in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict zone of "forceful peace operation". Georgian side did not receive the official information about cease-fire from Russia. As a result of Gori bombing 6 people died. Russian occupational troops destroyed Senaki No 2 military base of Defense Ministry. Georgian Cathalicos Patriarch Ilia II addressed to Dimitry Medvediev, President of Russian Federation to cease the fire immediately and to start negotiations. Russian Federation is bombing again the Georgian territory. Pipeline is attacked again. In front of the Parliament the President addressed to gathered people that Russian Federation's peacekeepers will be named as occupants and South Ossetian and Abkhazian territories will be announced as occupied territories. He as well said that Georgia is leaving the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States). As well Georgia will sue in International Court, the Russian Federation for ethnic cleansing in 2008 and 1993 yy. Russian and French Presidents developed the document for deadlock break. Georgia sued Russia in Hague International Court for ethnic cleansing. Despite of the decision of Medvediev Russian aviation is bombing the Georgian villages. French President arrived to Georgia. In Tbilisi as well are Estonian, Polish, Lithuanian and Ukrainian Presidents According to the last data 175 people died. NATO Secretary General declared that Georgia will remain the NATO candidate country despite of the conflict. August 13 Georgia is in mourning for 3 days. Town Gori is under Russian Army control. The soldiers of Russian Army are looting. Russian occupants left Poti. Russian Army closed the highway near Gori. Russia breached the agreement about cease-fire it still is bombing the town Gori. Russian tanks, which were directed to Tbilisi, turned back to Uplistsikhe. Russian militaries harshly threatened with peaceful dwellers of Gori. August 14 Russian occupants left the Mestia region. In Tbilisi 28 thousand refugees from Tskhinvali region are. August 15 Russian Army closed the motor road bridge at the river Tskhenistskhali. Patriarch entered Gori. Condoleezza Rice arrived to Tbilisi. President of Georgia signed the agreement about cease-fire. Russian aviation bombed Borjomi Park and Tsemi. August 16 In many countries of the world the protest actions against Russia are held. Russian occupants pulled out from Gori to Zugdidi 50 tanks Russian militaries remained in Gori. Occupational army mined the railway bridge in Kaspi. Dimitri Medvediev signed the agreement about cease-fire. Russian aviation bombed the Surami forest. August 17 US Senator Biden arrived to Georgia. Angela Merkel arrived to Tbilisi. Medvediev promised Sarkozi that tomorrow he will start to withdraw army from Georgia. August 18 Russian Army attacked TV tower in Gori and executed by shooting the service personnel. Russian Army burned the patriotic camp in Ganmukhuri. August 19 Senator Joe Biden asked the Congress to finance Georgia for 1 billion USD. The date of Russian Army's withdrawing put off for one day. 215 people died. 1469 wounded. 70 militaries missing. Medvediev promised to call off the army on August 22. Occupants blasted the military base in Osiauri. August 20 Russian occupants took village Pervi of Sachkhere region. Russian helicopters bombed forest in Kiketi near Tbilisi. August 21 Romanian President arrived to Tbilisi. The negotiations about exchange of captives started. "Human rights watch" accused Russia in using of forbidden weapon. August 22 Russian troops started to move out from Khashuri and Gori. According to the preliminary information 500 hectare of unique forest burned. Russia placed at the Inguri Bridge 18 posts. August 23 Occupational troops left the military base in Senaki. Eduard Kokoiti addressed to Russia to recognize the independence of so called South Ossetia. August 24 Russian occupants are still in village Perevi. In the village Mandishi of Senaki region the occupants made trenches. Russian Federation Council advised to Medvediev to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Duma of Russian Federation upheld an idea of recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia In Gori the exchange of captives started. August 26 Russian occupants as before are in the village Perevi. In Senaki two Russian posts are open. Dimitri Medvediev signed the Order about recognition of secessionists regions Abkhazia and South Ossetia Russia called other countries to follow the cease. Medvediev did not take into consideration the appeal of international community not to recognize the secessionists regions as independent states. The information used according to materials of news agency GHN, August 2008 2008 August War Chronicle Chronicles 2019-08-07 16457 PASHA Bank and Georgian National Tourism Agency will host joint presentation event On August 7th, PASHA Bank and Georgian National Tourism Agency will be hosting a presentation event that will be held at the Hotel Moxy Tbilisi. Head of National Tourism Administration, Mariam Kvrivishvili, Head of Research and Planning Department at Georgian National Tourism Administration, Giorgi Bregadze, and MSME Business Advisor to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of PASHA Bank, Vazha Menabde will discuss the possibilities of further cooperation, new challenges in the tourism sector and redevelopment of the strategy of Georgian tourism. This will not be the first collaboration between PASHA Bank and Georgian National Tourism Agency. In 2016, the Bank launched a new project, cycle of business conferences -- MEETING ROOM. The very first event of the project was dedicated to "Hotel Development in Georgia" and was held on May 25th, 2016. The conference was supported by Georgian National Tourism Administration. PASHA Bank is a Baku-based financial institution operating in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, providing corporate and investment banking services to large, medium and small enterprises. PASHA Bank and Georgian National Tourism Agency will host joint presentation event Economics 2019-08-06 16456 NASA: Southern California July earthquake moved the ground this much A 7.1- magnitude earthquake shook, rattled and rolled Southern California early in July. It did more than slosh water out of swimming pools and bring Disneyland to a halt. It also redecorated the landscape. NASA's Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team took a closer look at the Ridgecrest earthquake and its aftermath, crunched the numbers and figured out just how much it moved the earth around it. The land west of the fault moved as much as 0.8 meters, while other areas moved as much as 0.6 meters. NASA's Earth Observatory released a before-and-after GIF on Thursday that illustrates the ground displacement. We previously saw the crack created by the quake in satellite views. The ARIA team's work will help US government agencies assess the damage from the earthquake. “The analysis can be used to estimate where the fault moved deep and which areas have increased stress and higher likelihood of future earthquakes”,- NASA said. The good news is the fault has quieted down since the main earthquake on July 5. “The odds of a subsequent large earthquake continue to drop with time since the mainshock”,- the US Geological Survey noted. The ground may get a chance to settle into its new configuration. NASA: Southern California July earthquake moved the ground this much World 2019-07-26 16455 At 63, the oldest living western lowland gorilla in a zoo has died Trudy was the oldest living western lowland gorilla in a zoo, and she was one of the last "wild caught" gorillas. At the age of 63, she has died in Arkansas, according to CNN. The Little Rock Zoo announced the death of its resident of over 31 years Thursday night. Gorillas like her typically live to be about 40 in the wild and 50 in human care, according to the National Zoo, but Trudy outlived them by more than a decade. Brought to the Little Rock Zoo in 1988 from Buffalo with her breeding partner, Ollie, the two were the first gorillas exhibited in Arkansas, according to the zoo. Most gorillas in zoos now are born in captivity, but Trudy was born in the wild. She was one of the last to be caught and brought into zoo captivity. The western lowland gorilla is the most populous and widespread species of all gorillas, according to the World Wildlife Organization. Even so, their numbers are on the decline, with poaching and disease reducing their numbers by 60% over the last 20 to 25 years, according to the organization. They can be found in Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon. They typically live in groups led by a silverback gorilla, according to the National Zoo, but Trudy bucked tradition. At 63, the oldest living western lowland gorilla in a zoo has died World 2019-07-26 16454 U.S. Embassy statement on TBC Bank Group Georgia  U.S. Embassy statement on TBC Bank Group Georgia "We are closely following developments related to the criminal charges the Georgian Prosecutor General’s Office has filed against TBC Bank co-founders Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze. We are concerned about the context and timing of these charges. An impartial and transparent legal system that is free of political influence is vital for Georgia’s Western integration and its ability to attract foreign investment. We continue to support the Anaklia port project, a significant source of U.S. investment in Georgia that has the potential to advance the country’s economic growth", - statment reads. U.S. Embassy statement on TBC Bank Group Georgia Politics 2019-07-26 16453 Mamuka Bakhtadze visits Construction site of a Memorial Residence of Goderdzi Chokheli Construction of a Memorial Residence of Goderdzi Chokheli is in full swing in Chokhi Village of Gudamakari Valley. Completion is scheduled in autumn this year. Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia visited the construction site today. Head of Government of Georgia met with the extended family of Goderdzi Chokheli and local community members to speak about the projects implemented in their region. Prime Minister of Georgia noted that current and anticipated infrastructure projects are aimed at empowering the local settlements for their further development and return of people to their original dwellings with relevant living conditions created locally and for the boosted tourism potential of the region. In the opinion of the Head of Government of Georgia, Internet Access of Highlands is a project of special importance towards this end. It has been advancing for several months and high speed access will be provided in Pshavi, Khevsureti and Gudamakari Valleys. Public school building in Zanduki Village is being rehabilitated in Gudamakari as well. It currently admits 5 pupils. Head of Government of Georgia stressed the significance of the National Idea - Education, which inter alia includes access to education as one of its key components. Prime Minister of Georgia visited Gudamakari today together with Maya Tskitishvili, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia. They spoke with local residents about the blueprints for the road rehabilitation in Gudamakari. Head of Government of Georgia was escorted by Shalva Kereselidze, State Representative in the region, MP Irakli Tripolski, MP Mirian Tsiklauri, along with Sozar Subari, Adviser to the Prime Minister of Georgia on Regional Development and Mariam Kvrivishvili, Head of National Tourism Administration of Georgia. Mamuka Bakhtadze visits Construction site of a Memorial Residence of Goderdzi Chokheli Society 2019-07-26 16452 Georgian leader sees NATO future, seeks tough line on Russia Georgia’s president wants Western countries to do more to face up to Russia and the “very heavy pressure” she says Moscow exerts on her nation as it pursues a “natural road” toward integrating with Europe. Salome Zurabishvili, who took office as Georgia’s first woman president in December, insisted during an interview in Geneva Monday that Georgia would one day join the European Union and NATO. “I don’t have the plan of action that brings us there,” Zurabishvili, a former French diplomat who was born in Paris to Georgian parents, said. “But I think that it’s very clear that our road to NATO will end successfully — and to European Union — in different manners, but in parallel ways.” Zurabishvili also predicted that Georgia would regain South Ossetia and Abkhazia, provinces it lost control of after an August 2008 war with Russia. Moscow recognized the regions as independent states and has a military presence in both. Zurabishvili calls them “occupied territories.” Russia contends it sent troops into Georgia after Georgia opened an assault on South Ossetia. “Gradually, I think, the population in the occupied territories, are understanding that the perspective is not in the north (with Russia),” Zurabishvili said. Zurabishvili, 67, was in Geneva for the International Labor Organization’s centennial that opened Monday. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also was among about two dozen heads of state and government attending the event. Because Georgia broke off diplomatic ties with Russia after the 2008 conflict — when Medvedev was Russia’s president — Zurabishvili said it was up to Georgia’s allies in the West to press the issue of Georgia’s lingering territorial troubles with Moscow. “They should talk more about Georgia when they have direct meetings. It should be on the agenda of every meeting with Russia,” she said. Zurabishvili became a Georgian citizen after serving as France’s ambassador to Georgia and went on to become Georgia’s foreign minister. In February, she met in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron, who expressed support for Georgia’s territorial integrity. By Jamey Keaten | AP Georgian leader sees NATO future, seeks tough line on Russia Interview 2019-07-26 16451 Presidential Administration Starts Database of Georgian Students Abroad President Salome Zourabichvili attended the 30th anniversary of the Davit Tvildiani Medical University and spoke in front of students, guests, and some of the founders of the university. President Zourabichvili congratulated the graduates of the DVMU and wished them success. She also expressed her hope that they will soon become successful medical professionals both in Georgia and abroad. In the words of President Zourabichvili, Georgia, as the home of Medea, counts medicine as its inherent talent. This is well exemplified by Georgian medical professionals who have successfully worked across the world. President Zourabichvili also stated that maintaining ties with these professionals is important. The President highlighted that the Presidential Administration has started to create a central database of Georgian students who have left the country to study abroad. They are one of the country's largest human resources, yet their potentioal hasn't been used to it's fullest. “This work, that started thirty years ago, is a model today. The foundation of a private university in 1989 was heroism of a great significance to our country’s state-building process. This university is a prosperous achievement and a proudly successful university for the whole country. “You are doing a crucial job as the development of healthcare and the medical field will lead to a healthier new generation. “You managed to prepare a highly professional workforce in this profession, one of the most difficult professions there is, with quality work and dignity significantly importance for its workers. This is a profession that requires a lot and in which nothing is forgiven. “You had a significant initiative: sending students abroad, preparing them there, supporting their return, and keeping bonds with them to continue assisting our country. We must know who has left, who came back, and who is still working abroad. “I am sure that in the nearest future, Georgia will regain its position on the world map as a leader in the medical field. Rehabilitation tourism is a real aspect of our tourism,” stated President Zourabichvili. Presidential Administration Starts Database of Georgian Students Abroad Society 2019-07-26 16450 Charges Against the Founders of TBC Bank Raise Many Questions About the Investigation - NGO On July 24, the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia charged the founders of TBC Bank - Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze - with money laundering over transactions that allegedly took place 11 years ago. The case against the founders of TBC was opened in August 2018 and a number of legitimate concerns were raised in regard to the basis for the launch of the investigation. A series of suspicious decisions were carried out by state agencies against the founders of TBC in the follow-up to the launch of the investigation. We, the undersigned organizations, are of the opinion that the existing circumstances, such as the launch of the investigation and the charges levelled against Khazaradze and Japaridze, could be an indication that the case is politically motivated. This suspicion is further reinforced by the fact that Khazaradze announced his intention to establish a public movement on July 9, 2019. Moreover, Mamuka Khazaradze is the founder of the Anaklia Development Consortium, which is the main responsible body for the construction of the Anaklia Deep Sea Port - a major and strategically important project for Georgia. At the sitting of the Budget and Finance Parliamentary Committee held in March 2019, Mamuka Khazaradze spoke openly about the instances of intimidation and blackmail carried out against him by the Minister of Internal Affairs and the National Bank. The aforementioned circumstances further strengthen the concerns of various organizations over the alarming increase of signs of informal rule and state capture, which implies the excessive concentration of power in the hands of the ruling party and influential informal groups, as well as the use of public institutions for private interests. In order to dispel any concerns of the public over the motivations of the case, we call on the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia to make public the hard evidence connected to the case against Khazaradze and Japaridze. Moreover, it is important to notify the public about the status of the investigation related to the cyberattack against TBC Bank. Leaving these questions unanswered will only serve to hinder the pace of democratic development and have a significant negative impact on the country’s international reputation. We call on the Government of Georgia to consider the gravity of the situation and the potential consequences that will follow if suspicions of selective or political justice are further reinforced. Moreover, any attempt to hinder the construction of the Anaklia Deep Sea Port will be a major blow to the economic and security interests of the state. We address the international partners of Georgia to pay close attention to the recent developments around TBC Bank and the Anaklia Port project, in order to prevent any irreversible loss to the long-term democratic development of Georgia.   Transparency International Georgia Open Society Fund Georgia Georgian Democracy Initiative Media Development Foundation World Experience For Georgia In Depth Reporting and Economic Analysis Center Georgia’s Reforms Associates Green Alternative Atlantic Council of Georgia Sapari UN Association of Georgia Economic Policy Research Center Civil Development Agency International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy Initiative For Social Changes Institute for Development of Freedom of Information Human Rights Center Tolerance and Diversity Institute Georgian Institute of Politics Charges Against the Founders of TBC Bank Raise Many Questions About the Investigation - NGO Justice 2019-07-26 16449 EBRD statement on TBC Bank Group Georgia The EBRD notes the recent board changes at TBC Bank Group PLC. The bank is a solid financial institution led by a strong management and an independent board of directors. We welcome the decision by the chairman and the deputy chairman of the bank to step down from the board at this time to focus on allegations made against them in a legal dispute. We also welcome the strengthening of the board with the addition of independent directors with extensive executive level experience in financial institutions. We expect a fair and transparent due process and a prompt resolution of the case with no adverse impact on the operations of the bank. Meanwhile, the EBRD as a longstanding partner, shareholder and lender of TBC Bank will continue to work with and support TBC Bank Group PLC. EBRD statement on TBC Bank Group Georgia Economics 2019-07-26 16448 Prime Minister Familiarizes Himself with Rehabilitation Project for Dusheti’s Historical Districts Rehabilitation of Dusheti's historical districts is starting. Today, the Prime Minister of Georgia discussed the upcoming project with the local population. Under the project, forty houses from the turn of the 20th century -24 of which are cultural heritage sites-will be rehabilitated. The project, worth over 5 million GEL, is financed by the Municipal Development Fund. In addition, the rehabilitation of Dusheti's water supply system is underway. According to the Head of Government, the ongoing and upcoming projects will further boost Dusheti's attractiveness and appeal for the local population; equally importantly, they will give the city a significant tourist function.  "Today, we visited the city's center where very important work is in full swing to be completed in June of 2020, and I promise the population that it will be one of the most beautiful places in Georgia. This region has unique tourism potential, which makes the implementation of these projects doubly valuable, so that the local population, within the shortest possible period, may enjoy greater economic benefits. In the implementation of these projects, we are supported by the World Bank. As you know, developing the mountain areas is our Government's important priority. Much has been done in past few years, especially after the adoption of the relevant law. We have launched active work to install access to the internet, and our goal is for provide every settlement with internet connection. Without internet development, these most gorgeous sites will not be able fully to tap into their tourism potential. A very important road was built to the village of Arkhoti, previously separated from the outside world for years. Arkhoti is strategically important to our country, and it also has unique tourism potential," the Prime Minister stated. Prime Minister Familiarizes Himself with Rehabilitation Project for Dusheti’s Historical Districts Politics 2019-07-26 16447 Vanity projects kamikaze loggias and Tbilisis architectural disaster Sprouting like malignant glass tumours across the historical centre of Tbilisi, Georgia, the trophy buildings of the country's former president Mikheil Saakashvili are hard to miss. There is the heap of white "petals" forming the roof of his public service hall, which looks like someone spilt a bowl of prawn crackers over a pile of glass boxes. A little downriver stands the wavy roof of his Bridge of Peace, locally nicknamed the "Always Ultra" for its unfortunate resemblance to a discarded sanitary towel. Nearby sit the conjoined tubes of his concert hall and exhibition centre, left unfinished and abandoned, their chubby legs spread akimbo towards the old town. It is a surreal scene, a tragic parody of vanity projects gone wrong, all watched over by the presidential palace, an illiterate neoclassical pile crowned with a great glass egg. "For nine years we had a president who was very interested in architecture," says local architect and planner Irakli Zhvania, who leads "ugly walks" around the city highlighting the catastrophic results of corrupt deals, destroyed heritage and the privatisation of swaths of public parks. "It was a disaster."The carnage wrought on Tbilisi's historical centre since the breakup of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, and the influx of investment in the 2000s, has been the spur behind the launch of the recent Tbilisi Architecture Biennial. "There has been very little discussion about architecture and urban development in Georgian society," says Tinatin Gurgenidze, co-founder of the biennial. "People are starting to wake up to the fact that their environment is being destroyed, but there is no forum for discussing an alternative way forward." Co-curator Otar Nemsadze used to work in the urban planning department of Tbilisi city hall and is now a private consultant for the accountancy firm PwC, so he has seen how the machine operates from both sides. "We wanted to stir up public discourse about the future of the city," he says. "If we help to kindle a fire from below, then change might finally happen."Architecture is not something that has been ignored by Georgia's successive governing regimes. Far from it. Saakashvili, a neoliberal moderniser who ruled until 2013, was a known lover of contemporary design, although the scope of his tastes was somewhat limited. The aforementioned structures were all designed by Italian poundshop starchitects Massimiliano Fuksas and Michele de Lucchi, whose fondness for gratuitous form-making was matched only by the president's zeal to get their schemes built as quickly as possible. He also commissioned German blobitecture maestro Jürgen Mayer H to build a slew of undulating follies across the country, many of which remain unfinished.  "Saakashvili behaved like a king, just picking his favourites with no competition or discussion," says Zhvania. "He dismissed any opposition voices as retrogrades, standing in the way of modernisation." The former president may now be living in exile in the Netherlands, wanted on multiple criminal charges back home, but his physical legacy is still very much felt - and others have eagerly picked up where he left off.   The view from Tbilisi's central Freedom Square used to be a striking prospect, with the council assembly and other 19th-century buildings framed by a dramatic backdrop of bare mountains. The dark glass hulk of an Ibis hotel now looms behind the assembly, while the hillside has been adorned with a jumbled complex of metal sheds and glass cylinders, topped with a flying saucer helipad. Nicknamed the "glassle", it is the Bond villain residence of the former prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, Georgia's richest man. It is a £30m palace designed by the Japanese architect Shin Takamatsu, complete with a private zoo and a banqueting hall in a rotating silver orb suspended above a swimming pool, its walls decorated with copies from Ivanishvili's $1bn art collection (he keeps the originals in a vault in London). Ivanishvili bankrolled the Georgian Dream coalition, which defeated Saakashvili's party in the 2012 parliamentary elections. Since then he has been widely regarded as the most powerful person in the country's politics, said to use his vast wealth to exert influence behind the scenes - and make his architectural mark on the capital. Not content with having his own sprawling mansion, he initiated the Panorama Tbilisi, a project of pharaonic proportions that includes a gargantuan luxury hotel, conference centre and golf course on another nearby hilltop, which will be connected to branches of the complex at other sites in the city by a series of cable cars. One of his bulbous glass blocks is already under construction at Freedom Square, built with the clumsy indifference to its surroundings you might expect.     The Panorama has been described as the largest real estate development in Georgia's history, and it is also one of the most controversial. Built on a site of protected natural landscape overlooking the city's botanic gardens, there are questions over its legality, the transparency of procurement and permissions, and the impact of the project on the environment. Regular protests have been held since it was announced, at which activists have been arrested, including a then member of the city assembly, Aleko Elisashvili, but the bulldozers and cranes proceed unabated. The huge stack of concrete terraces is now evident from all around town, like a fortress hovering menacingly above the city. Joseph Alexander Smith, a Briton who has lived in Tbilisi for the last six years, was driven by what he witnessed to stand for local election last year on a platform of environmental activism, campaigning against chronic traffic problems, pollution and the unabated development that has blighted much of the city. "We have lost one of the city's oldest streets, Mirza Shafi," he says, "and now developers are hand-in-glove with politicians, intent on destroying everything that is left. Everyone has a right to air, not just the right to breath clean air, but to look out of their window and not be confronted by the concrete wall of a new illegal building." He says things are beginning to change - construction permits are now available to view online, and people call the city hall inspectorate when they see something being demolished illegally - but that many contractors still begin digging then apply for permission afterwards.Gurgenidze agrees. "People are only starting to protest now because these catastrophic projects are so visible everywhere," she says. "They are changing the landscape, reshaping our mountains and destroying our heritage, but it is not clear who these seven-star hotel complexes are for." She and her co-curators have decided to focus their efforts at the opposite end of the scale, shining a spotlight on the conditions in which ordinary citizens are forced to live, and how a different kind of spatial ingenuity comes from below. Rather than staging their events in the centre of the city, they have chosen Gldani, a Soviet-era suburb of crumbling concrete apartment blocks half an hour's metro ride north, as the site for their inaugural exhibition and events. There the stark reality of how the majority of Georgians make-do and mend, while the political elite erect their towers, is plain to see. Gldani is a place where "kamikaze loggias" of self-built extensions stick out precariously from the side of 1960s concrete blocks, where balconies have been bricked up in the desperate need for more space, where tiny garages have been taken over as bakeries, wineries and hair salons, where a half-built Soviet swimming pool has been occupied with makeshift homes. Subject to a large influx of refugees after the Abkhazia war in the 1990s, it is a place bursting at the seams, transformed by a whole host of ad hoc, hastily built additions and adaptations, a kind of informal urbanism the curators have taken as their focus for the biennial. "To deepen our understanding of people's needs," they write, "it is essential to study the ideas behind the self-made structures, informal housing and urban responses that shape the current urban landscape of Tbilisi."Their exhibitions and installations offer the usual mixed bag of such shoestring-budget events, with much of the work on show being indistinguishable from the self-built shacks of Gldani itself, but there are some powerful pieces amid the chaos. An anonymous group called Anti-Material-Architecture has built what it calls an "informal monument", a long colonnade of mangled scaffolding poles bound together with wire that extends through a courtyard, over a couple of buildings and across a bridge. "The locals think it's garbage," says one member of the group, from Basel. "But if you can make such a big structure out of garbage, then maybe it's not garbage any more." It might have been provocative in a different setting (marching over Ivanishvili's lair, perhaps?), but, in such impoverished surroundings, it feels uncomfortably like fetishising trash. The Viennese architects Adrian Judt and Helene Schauer were more pragmatic in their approach, although their work didn't last long. Their installation, To Be Constructed, took the form of a pile of building materials placed on a blue platform, free for anyone to take for their own use. Which the enthusiastic self-builders of Gldani did, with relish. The breeze blocks, wallpaper and tubs of paint were gone in 30 minutes.The Venetian group Babau Bureau, meanwhile, realised that one of the district's courtyards was about the same size as the mausoleum of Santa Costanza in Rome, so they painted the footprint of the building in bright pink paint on the floor. It is one of the simplest of the interventions, but it has had one of the most profound effects: children have already devised new games involving hopping between the columns, and the cracked tarmac yard has been elevated into something special. "We wanted to show that the basic signs of a building have the power to define occupation and use," says the architect Stefano Tornieri, "even when it is not built." A former secret service building has been taken over as the main venue for the indoor exhibition, where student work focusing on informal architecture from a number of international schools is shown alongside conceptual work by artists and architects. The highlight is the oldest piece on show, dug out from the archive: the original hand-coloured drawings of Gldani's covered bridge connecting a pair of tower blocks, designed by the suburb's architect, Temur Botchorishvili. It is a pastel Ponte Vecchio wrought with Soviet concrete muscle, now home to a boxing gym and a hotel. It has been occupied by further interventions for the biennial, including a photo exhibition and a series of gnomic wooden huts on the roof by famed Russian "paper architect" Alexander Brodsky (which rather make you wish he had stuck to drawing).   There are many other curious things to be found in the backstreets and slung across bridges, but the installations generally pale in comparison to the spirit of the place itself, and the imagination with which people have adapted it. It is telling that the most popular part of the biennial at the opening was Block 76, a chance to look inside a number of regular families' apartments in Gldani, complete with their time-warp Soviet interiors and icon-studded hallway shrines. As the American architect Jesse Vogler, who teaches in Tbilisi, puts it: "The curators have already succeeded, simply by getting people to come out to Gldani and look around. It is way outside of most Tbilisians' regular comfort zones." It is a bold step in the right direction. With a little less conceptual art and a little more critical focus on the city's urgent problems in forthcoming editions, the biennial could grow into a powerful tool for airing debate and effecting change, providing a much-needed brake on Tbilisi's untrammelled steamroller of development.  Author: Oliver Wainwright Politics 2019-04-10 11535 TOP 10 THINGS TO DO WHILE IN TBILISI Tbilisi is the largest city in Georgia, located on both sides of the Mtkvari River with a population of roughly 1.5 million inhabitants. It was founded in the 5th century but was rebuilt around 29 times since then. The old town Tbilisi is largely intact with narrow alleys and big crooked houses built around small courtyards. The newer parts of the capital recently got a huge facelift with modern architecture. It doesn't yet offer world-class shopping opportunities that you will find in other capitals around the world. But Tbilisi offers something that you will not find in modern capitals charm!  1. TAKE A STROLL THROUGH THE OLD TOWN. Old Town Tbilisi has over the recent years gotten a huge "facelift." These days, there´s local art shops, wine houses, small family run guesthouses. You can spend hours getting lost in the old alleys and backstreet, just to find a small local bar or Kinkhali house.    2. TAKE A SULPHUR BATH. The famous Sulphur Baths are located in the Abanotubani district in the middle of the old town. The sulphur baths are an amazing place to relax for an hour or two, especially during the colder months of the year.  3. VISIT THE HOLY TRINITY CATHEDRAL OF TBILISI. There´s no shortage of churches in Tbilisi or Georgia; you will never be far from one. The one you will see the most is the huge Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi or locally known as "Sameba". The construction of Cathedral was only completed back in 2004, so it doesn't offer the same amount of history as most of the other churches in Tbilisi. But the Holy Trinity Cathedral is impressive in other ways. It´s with its height of 97,5m the third largest Orthodox cathedral in the world only after the Saint Isaac´s Cathedral in Saint Petersburg and Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.    4. VISIT THE MTATSMINDA PARK FOR THE STUNNING VIEW OVER THE CITY. Mtatsminda Park is the highest point surrounding Tbilisi; the park has a small amusement park, a Paris wheel (that´s the highest point in Tbilisi), a lot of restaurants and small bars. It´s a popular hangout for the couples in the evening to enjoy the amazing view of the city landscape. The park can be reached by bus 124 or by the Funicular railway     5. TRY THE LOCAL CUISINE. Georgian cuisine is vegetarian-friendly, and recently, a vegan cafe has opened up in the city. I’m neither vegan nor vegetarian, and I love the anti-vegan food. Georgian food, for me, is up there with Chinese, Mexican and Thai food. Cheese and meat are used in almost every dish.      6. TAKE THE CABLE CAR TO THE MOTHER, GEORGIA STATUE. The Mother Georgia is located on a high hill overlooking the city, you can either walk up, or you can take the cheap cable car from the eastern part of the city. The ride is only 1 lari. You will enjoy a panoramic view while riding over the old town.    7. TRY THE LOCAL CANDY. There are two types of homemade candy´s in Georgia, Churchkhela, and Taklpi. These are sold from old babushkas on street corners to big shops on the main streets. It´s impossible to walk around Tbilisi without seeing a shop or two selling it. Churchkhela is a sausage-shaped Georgian candy stick with walnuts on the centre. They are dipped in thick hot grape juice. The other local candy is Taklpi which are fruit rolls. There are numerous varieties, including plums, pear, apple and even kiwi.     8. WATCH THE PUPPET SHOW. The leaning clock tower was created by the famous Georgian puppeteer Rezo Gabriadze. Each hour a window opens at the top and an angel strikes the bell. Below the clock, a screen opens and shows the circle of life: boy meets girl, marriage, childbirth, and funeral.  9. CHECK OUT THE LOCAL NIGHTLIFE. Tbilisi is considered by many to be the best clubbing city in Eastern Europe and almost on a level with Berlin in western Europe. The partying and clubbing culture has become a lifestyle and music is a sacred thing in the city. There´s also a club underneath the national football stadium. If you are not into clubbing, there are many local bars spread around the city, from small jazz clubs to pubs, frequented by the locals and foreigners, selling a glass of draft beer or glass of wine for 2lari.     10. TAKE A DAY TRIP OUT OF THE CITY. Since Georgia is a relatively small country and Tbilisi it almost located in the central part, it is easy to do a day trip out of the city and still come back by evening.    Source: Politics 2019-04-10 11534 Doctor finds four sweat bees living inside womans eye A Taiwanese woman was found by doctors to have four small sweat bees living inside her eye, the first such incident on the island, BBC reported. The 28-year-old woman, identified only as Ms He, was pulling out weeds when the insects flew into her eyes. Dr Hong Chi Ting of the Fooyin University Hospital told the BBC he was "shocked" when he pulled the 4mm insects out by their legs. Ms He has now been discharged and is expected to make a full recovery. Sweat bees, also known as Halictidae, are attracted to sweat and sometimes land on people to imbibe perspiration. They also drink tears for their high protein content, according to a study by the Kansas Entomological Society.Ms He was weeding around her relatives' graves when the insects flew into her left eye. She was visiting the grave as part of the annual Chinese Qing Ming tomb-sweeping festival, which is traditionally observed by sprucing up loved ones' graves. When a gust of wind blew into her eyes she assumed it was dirt that had entered, she told reporters. But hours later, her eyes were still swollen and in pain, leading her to seek medical help at the hospital in southern Taiwan. "She couldn't completely close her eyes. I looked into the gap with a microscope and saw something black that looked like an insect leg," Dr Hong, an ophthalmology professor at the hospital told the BBC. Doctor finds four sweat bees living inside womans eye Politics 2019-04-10 11533 SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF GEORGIA AT THE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF GEORGIA AT THE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE.    "Madame President, Ladies and Gentlemen, Excellences, Distinguished members of the assembly, I am honored to address you at the house of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. We have just heard a beautiful piece of song, a piece of authentic Georgian polyphonic singing, where different voices come together in a complex union, embrace and enrich each other, developing and moving ahead. This is a very strong marker of Georgian national identity - when I think of being Georgian this polyphony comes to my mind in the first place. And this is very symbolic that we hear it today, as we are celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Council of Europe and 20th Anniversary of Georgia's accession to it. Yesterday, on April 9, Georgia marked 30 years after tragic event. On this date in 1989 an anti-Soviet peaceful demonstration demanding freedom and independence from the Soviet Union was violently dispersed by the Soviet Army using tanks and guns on Rustaveli Avenue, in the center of Tbilisi. I was very young back then, but I still remember these events just like it happened yesterday. On 9th of April 1989 small nation united to defend its freedom, freedom of sovereign existence. During those events, the Georgian people dared to exercise their right to freedom of assembly and freedom of speech in the Soviet Union. This attempt was suppressed in a bloodshed but their fight for independence, for freedom and for democracy has not been lost. After 2 years since those tragic events took place, on the very same day the Act of Reestablishment of Independence was signed. With this fight and sacrifice Georgia has gained its European identity back, which seemed so distant 30 years ago. For that very reason, my today's appearance in front of you is dedicated to all the people who have sacrificed their lives for my country's unity and freedom. Since those years, we have faced many other challenges, and despite all of them, we still have achieved a lot, we have achieved almost impossible. This success of my country accomplished during last 20 years, belongs to both, Georgia and the Council of Europe and therefore we both can be proud of it. Together we have created a country that has emerged as a true democracy between two continents, bridging Europe with Asia. In this challenging region, Georgia has an ambition to dictate peaceful rules of coexistence and create a model of democracy, which would be sustainable.   Ladies and Gentlemen, In the last 20 years, since accession to the Council of Europe, Georgia has managed to make a dramatic transformation and today we are a country on the rise. 20 years ago, Georgia had serious challenges and upon accession we undertook a list of commitments. By these commitments, Georgia pledged: to create a truly democratic state; to strengthen rule of law; to carry out judicial reform; to fight against corruption; to fight torture and ill-treatment; to guarantee freedom of speech and free media; to protect minorities; and to strengthen national human rights mechanisms. Georgia has demonstrated progress in all above directions through close cooperation with the different bodies of the Council of Europe. And I would like to use this opportunity to express gratitude on behalf of the Georgian people to the Parliamentary Assembly, the Committee of Ministers, the European Court of Human Rights, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, the Venice Commission, the Office of Commissioner for Human Rights and other human rights monitoring bodies. As I said, we have achieved everything together. Please let me elaborate on major achievements, worth your attention. After many years Georgia has finally managed to establish a fair system of checks and balances and hence made democratic progress irreversible. Discussing our new Constitution and all the deliverables that it brought to the building of our democracy, the best I can do, is to refer to the most reputable body to judge, that is Venice Commission, which said: quote: "The Constitutional reform process completes the evolution of Georgia's political system towards a Parliamentary system and constitutes a positive step towards the consolidation and improvement of the countries' Constitutional Order, based on principles of democracy, the rule of law and protection of fundamental rights". Unquote. Our Government became the first one to refuse one-party domination. New Constitution implies that we will introduce a fully and purely proportional electoral system from 2024. Meanwhile Georgia goes through important transitional period. This will create better political balance, will give minority parties a better chance of winning seats in the Parliament. With an introduction of a proportional electoral system, Government will require greater consensus in policy-making, this is our choice, a choice that is value-based and we will never divert from this path. We are proud that for the first time in history, Georgia has elected its female President. This is a profound milestone achievement in the modern history of Georgia. We are writing a new chapter in the multi-centennial history of our country. With the election of a new President, new Constitution came into force. Now Georgia is a Parliamentary Democracy, where I am accountable in the capacity of the Prime Minister towards the Parliament and its Members... Members elected by people. As a result of the recent reforms Parliament became stronger than ever. Strong Parliament means a robust executive oversight; for that very reason, we understand importance of accountability towards our population, we understand how important it is for every single citizen to be informed about our day-to-day initiatives and reforms and we are determined to further strive towards more development and more accountability. Just 7 years ago, Georgia had serious challenges in the field of rule of law and the functioning of independent judiciary. We have made a significant progress, which is best measured here in Strasbourg. In fact, the European Court of Human Rights is the best indicator of shortcomings and improvements in the field of human rights. More people started to seek and find justice at the national level with no need to go further to the European Court of Human Rights. This is confirmed by the significant drop in the number of applications filed against Georgia at the Court of Law. In particular, in 2011 we had 395 applications to the European Court, and in 2018 - only quarter of that figure. On the execution side, the total number of Georgian cases closed by final resolutions of the Committee of Ministers represents 76. In particular, around 80 percent of cases were closed since 2013. This demonstrates that current government of Georgia effectively executes the European Court Rulings. Since 2013 applications to the Constitutional Court of Georgia by common courts have increased by more than 5 times. Before it was literally 0... Let me repeat myself once again LITERALLY 0. Quantity of administrative imprisonment cases has decreased by 68%. Use of imprisonment against juveniles has decreased by 70%. In addition to that, in the recent years, we have opened courtrooms to media and ensured full transparency of the trial. Georgia has made immense progress in the fight against corruption and in ensuring accountability and transparency of Government. In nineties Georgia was amongst the most corrupt countries and today we are proud to be one of the least corrupt countries in the world. Georgia is ranked 5 in Open Budget Index just below countries like Sweden and Norway. Georgia is a proud member and former chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) which is a major international partnership aiming at global openness, transparency and accountability. Our Government inherited a system of oppressive penitentiary machine with systematic practices of torture and ill-treatment. Penitentiary system - was failing. Therefore, the system needed decisive measures. Reforms, which were carried out had drastically changed situation within the penitentiary establishment. As a matter of fact, in 2018 the Georgian penitentiary system has rightly deserved its place in "Good Human Rights Stories" of the UN and EU. Georgia has also transformed its attitude towards political freedoms. Freedom of Expression and Right to peaceful manifestation, often violated previously - are fully respected now. Georgia has vibrant civil society, free media and internet and freedom of expression is fully respected. The unfortunate practices of violent dispersion of peaceful protests belong to the past and government fully respects the right to assembly and manifestation. Justice system became more responsive against the hate crimes, discrimination and protective mechanisms became stronger. Here I would like to underline that in April 2017, Georgia has ratified the Council of Europe's Convention (Istanbul Convention) on preventing and combating violence against Women and Domestic violence. Last but not least, Georgia has developed robust human rights mechanisms. For the first time in recent years, Government of Georgia developed strategic approach to protection of Human Rights; Empowered the Ombudsman's Office and established effective oversight mechanism at the Parliamentary level. Indeed, we have achieved a lot, but we are determined to progress further. We are building a modern European country where people are the center-point of gravity, a country that grants equal opportunities to every single citizen, no matter of their social status or position, where every citizen's voice gets heard and government feels the aspirations of its people. I often say that we have two main challenges in Georgia: occupation and poverty. This became my precept and serves as a basis of every reform or initiative that Government introduces in the country. One of such reforms, is truly revolutionary - I would say even a real game-changer - reform of the education sector. Throughout the past decades, education has become a real bottleneck and human capital development lagged behind the demands of a modern world. We are going to devote increasing portion of our GDP to education sector starting from this year and reach a 6% of GDP, which is a quarter of our total budget. This will be ensured by the legislation so that every following government will have the obligation to invest in the development of our human capital, people that advance our country, people that made the value-based choice to support us in our European aspirations. It is the human capital development that will serve as a solution to our existing challenges. Only educated professionals will be able to raise our country to the heights that we envisage for our future generations. Despite all this progress, we still face the major Human Rights challenges on our Occupied Territories. 20 percent of our territories are occupied, occupied by Russian Federation. More than 300 000 IDPs cannot go back to their homes, every day we have to deal with barbed-wire fences, de-population of occupied territories, grave human rights abuses and general situation that is nothing but humanitarian disaster in every sense of this term. The growing militarization of these regions is in full swing and de-population is intensifying by the minute. Because of the grave humanitarian, socio-economic and human rights situation, the population in the occupied regions has decreased by 5-6 times since the occupation. As a result, we have Russian military bases in the heart of Georgia. We still deal with the threats of abduction, torture and murder of Georgian citizens up until today. Archil Tatunashvili, Giga Otkhozoria and a 18 year-old David Basharuli are the recent victims. Just several weeks ago another Georgian citizen, Irakli Kvaratskhelia was illegally detained, his subsequent death is still obscured with unclear circumstances. One fact is clear, Georgian citizen has been illegally detained on the illegally occupied territory on the military base which is illegally built by Russian Federation. Here I would like to thank the Parliamentary Assembly for backing and supporting Otkhozoria-Tatunashvili List. We should all line up against the grave human rights violations in order to ensure that a deliberate disregard of the rule of law will never be tolerated! Russian Federation tries to undermine our peaceful initiatives, with this kind of diversions they try to block all our efforts, with ethnic discrimination they try to fully eradicate Georgian identity but this won't happen, we will never give up! Our Government just recently introduced a new, comprehensive and inclusive peace initiative by the name Step2Better Future. With this initiative we seek to provide our population in the occupied territories with access to a proper healthcare and education services, to create opportunities for micro and small commerce and entrepreneurship for them to feed their families and to ensure their physical survival. Russian Federation is continuously ignoring the obligations they took under 2008 Ceasefire Agreement - to withdraw their troops from our territories. We only believe in peaceful resolution of the conflict, this is one and only position that we have towards the conflict resolution. Our joint victory will be only then, when our IDPs will be able to return to their homes, bridges between people will be fully restored, Rule of Law and Human Rights will be ensured throughout the whole territory of Georgia. Today, from this stage I would like to send message to all our Ossetian and Abkhaz citizens - our every success is your success! And only future that we see together with you, - united in peace and prosperity. I would like to thank the Council of Europe for the unwavering support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country, for keeping the issue of occupation of Georgian territories on high political agenda of the council; I would like to thank you for Annual Decisions of the committee of ministers on the issue and consolidated reports of Secretary General. We greatly appreciate the close cooperation and coordination, especially in the direction of confidence building measures and in the restoration of "bridges" between the divided communities; bolstering people-to-people relations by manifesting that we are one country, one sovereign and united European nation! In spring next year we will be hosting Tbilisi Peace Forum in Georgia, - our goal is to contribute to peace and stability in the wide region and thus give all the countries possibility to utilize the huge opportunities that hasn't been unleashed yet. As for the outstanding issue of Russia, we firmly believe that the member States should not allow a lowering of the Council of Europe's standards or any downgrading of our common values in order to overcome the challenges, including the financial crises. Georgia supports efforts aimed at solving current financial difficulties, however position of Georgia remains that non-payment by Russia should not become a factor or condition for changing existing rules of procedure of the Parliamentary Assembly or statute of the Council of Europe. Georgia has been benefiting from different bodies of the organization for the last 20 years and as a sign of our gratitude, the government of Georgia has decided to make voluntary contribution to the Council of Europe in the amount of 500 000 Euros. It should be particularly emphasized that Actions Plans of the Council of Europe remain a very important instrument in terms of helping and assisting certain member states in fulfillment of recommendations which are issued by various independent human rights monitoring bodies of the Council of Europe. It is important that the Council of Europe continues its work in both directions, on the one hand it identifies shortcomings in members states through its monitoring bodies and on the other hand continues to assist member states in rectifying shortcomings which are identified; actions plans are crucial in that regard. Finally, Ladies and Gentlemen! 20 years ago, in 1999, the then Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, [the] late Zurab Zhvania, here in this wonderful city of Strasbourg, speaking at the historical moment when Georgia was joining the Council of Europe, made his famous statement. I vividly remember the words. And thus today, 20 years after, I would like to reiterate Zurab Zhvania's words spoken here in the Council of Europe - I am Georgian, therefore I am European! Since this historic words 20 years have passed and symbolically, this year we will take up the chairmanship of the Council of Europe, the organization that has been a principal supporter on our path and its now our turn to accept the torch and pass it to our future generations. Thank you!", said the prime minister of Georgia at the Parliamentary Assembly Of The Council Of Europe. Chronicles 2019-04-10 11531 Council of Europe Commissioner Commends Georgia?€™s Human Rights Achievements As Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovi?‡ stated during today's meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, she commends Georgia's achievements in the field of human rights. Special emphasis during the meeting was placed on the existing positive dynamic and steps taken by the Government of Georgia toward empowering national human rights mechanisms, including in terms of ensuring the freedom of speech and expression. The meeting at the Council of Europe also underlined the dire humanitarian situation in Georgia's occupied territories, and concerns were expressed over the fact the Council of Europe Commissioner's lack of access to the occupied territories, an obstacle preventing her from fulfilling her mandate. As it was pointed out, every available resource and mechanism will be used to provide the international community with access to the occupied regions. The discussion also touched on Georgia's upcoming chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The Council of Europe Commissioner wished success to Georgia and reaffirmed readiness to continue active cooperation. The meeting was attended by Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani, First Deputy Speaker of the Parliament Tamar Chugoshvili, and leader of the parliamentary majority Archil Talakvadze. Politics 2019-04-10 11532 First ever black hole image released Black holes have finally been dragged out of the shadows. For the first time ever, humanity has photographed one of these elusive cosmic beasts, shining light on an exotic space-time realm that had long been beyond our ken. "We have seen what we thought was unseeable," Sheperd Doeleman, of Harvard University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said today (April 10) during a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.Doeleman directs the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project, which captured the epic imagery. These four photos, which were unveiled today at press events around the world and in a series of papers, outline the contours of the monster black hole lurking at the heart of the elliptical galaxy M87. The imagery is mind-blowing enough in its own right. But even more significant is the trail the new results will likely blaze, researchers said. "There's really a new field to explore," Peter Galison, a professor of physics and the history of science at Harvard, said in an EHT talk last month at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. "And that's ultimately what's so exciting about this." Galison, who co-founded Harvard's interdisciplinary Black Hole Initiative (BHI), compared the imagery's potential impact to that of the drawings made by English scientist Robert Hooke in the 1600s. These illustrations showed people what insects and plants look like through a microscope.  "It opened a world," Galison said of Hooke's work.  A telescope the size of Earth The EHT is a consortium of more than 200 scientists that has been in the works for about two decades. It's a truly international endeavor; funding over the years has come from the U.S. National Science Foundation and many other organizations in countries around the world. The project takes its name from a black hole's famed point of no return - the boundary beyond which nothing, not even light, can escape the object's gravitational clutches. "The event horizon is the ultimate prison wall," BHI founding director Avi Loeb, the chair of Harvard's astronomy department, told (Loeb is not part of the EHT team.) "Once you're in, you can never get out." It's therefore impossible to photograph the interior of a black hole, unless you somehow manage to get in there yourself. (You and your pictures couldn't make it back to the outside world, of course.) So, the EHT images the event horizon, mapping out the black hole's dark silhouette. "We're looking for the loss of photons," EHT science council member Dan Marrone, an associate professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona, told The project has been scrutinizing two black holes - the M87 behemoth, which harbors about 6.5 billion times the mass of Earth's sun, and our own Milky Way galaxy's central black hole, known as Sagittarius A*. This latter object, while still a supermassive black hole, is a runt compared to M87's beast, containing a mere 4.3 million solar masses. Both of these objects are tough targets because of their immense distance from Earth. Sagittarius A* lies about 26,000 light-years from us, and M87's black hole is a whopping 53.5 million light-years away. From our perspective, Sagittarius A*'s event horizon "is so small that it's the equivalent of seeing an orange on the moon or being able to read the newspaper in Los Angeles while you're sitting in New York City," Doeleman said during the SXSW event last month. No single telescope on Earth can make that observation, so Doeleman and the rest of the EHT team had to get creative. The researchers have linked up radio telescopes in Arizona, Spain, Mexico, Antarctica and other places around the world, forming a virtual instrument the size of Earth. Politics 2019-04-10 11530 PASHA Bank Sponsors TMG 2019 - Telecom Meetings in Georgia On April 10-11, TMG 2019 - Telecom Meetings in Georgia will be held. PASHA Bank will be sponsoring the event for the third time, which emphasizes its good will to support local business and economic development of the country. PASHA Bank is a Baku-based financial institution operating in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, providing corporate and investment banking services to large, medium and small enterprises. Telecom Meetings in Georgia has been held since 2010. Dozens of delegates from Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Russia and Europe attend TMG to network on bilateral meetings, exchange information and establish new formal relationships. TMG is a very important event for local, as well as international companies that operate in telecommunication industry. There are several large companies that participate in the project this year, such as: China Mobile (China), RETN Capital (United Kingdom), NewTelco (Germany), DanTelco (Denmark), IPVOIP s.r.o. (Czech Republic) and others. “PASHA Bank will sponsor Telecom Meetings in Georgia for the third time. We are more than happy to take part in initiatives that serve development of local enterprises and economy. I hope that this gathering just like in previous years will be productive and successful for the telecommunications’ sector as a whole” - said Goga Japaridze, Commercial Director and Member of Board of Directors at PASHA Bank Georgia. “PASHA Bank will sponsor Telecom Meetings in Georgia for the third time. Besides financial aid, receiving support and sharing mutual goals and visions to facilitate economic growth and development of the country, is very important for us” - said Sophie Amiranashvili, organizer of TMG 2015. For registration click the link: Those who wish to apply, registration deadline is April 9th. <span>PASHA Bank Sponsors TMG 2019 - Telecom Meetings in Georgia</span> Politics 2019-04-03 11529 Olive oil from Georgia can cause a furore in the world markets In the coming years, Georgia is able to fill a substantial niche in the olive oil market. According to experts, if today the country has just begun to implement a new unique program for growing olive trees, then tomorrow it will be able to claim to become one of the leading exporters in the world. Evidently, the olives are still a new business segment for Georgia, but those who take a chance of investing in it now, will receive decent dividends in the nearest future. Moreover, as the analysis of the olive business in Georgia shows, it provides an opportunity for profitable investments to both large companies and private investors. More importantly, today it is Georgia that, unlike other countries where the olive business has already been established, can make unique offers, allowing even individuals, not to mention small and medium-sized companies, to have their own profitable business ensuring regular and constantly growing income. The fact that Georgia has earned the image of a country of successful reforms, where bureaucracy and corruption are no longer a hindrance for entrepreneurs, inspires much optimism. This has created investor confidence, and trust is the key to long-term planning. In the "ease of doing business" rating of countries of the world, which the World Bank prepares annually, Georgia ranks 6th, ahead of economic giants such as the United States, Great Britain and China. Moreover, according to two criteria out of ten, on the basis of which the rating is compiled, - the simplicity of business registration and investors protection - Georgia is the 2nd in the world. In business circles, the data provided by such a reputable institution as the World Bank is a clear signal, indicating where it is worth investing in, and which countries to stay away from. At the end of 2018, the amount of foreign investment in the economy of Georgia amounted to 1 billion of US dollars. This is about USD 280 per person. In Italy, this figure is, for example, USD 215, in China - USD 251, in Greece - USD 267. At the same time, the exports to other countries grew by 24%. This is the evidence that Georgia is viewed as a reliable trading partner, and entrepreneurs have been convinced that doing business in Georgia is easy and safe. In many respects, growth indicators are related to the fact that the Georgian government correctly sets priorities in economic policy and selectively supports individual sectors, triggering a powerful development. Growing olives is one of such industries. When in 2010, 20,000 olive seedlings were planted first in modern history in Georgia, it was emphasized at the government level that this would become a new segment in the country's agriculture and allow the villagers to earn a good income. The unique situation is that ten years ago, olive plantations in Georgia were only mentioned in historical chronicles. Today it is not a myth, but a real commercial product. At the present stage of economic development in Georgia, they started systematically and purposefully developing the olive branch of agriculture. And at present, hundreds of hectares in Kakheti have been not merely planted, these are the so-called "investment" fields supported by the state. In other words, everyone investing in the olive business today will be able to convert their investments into serious profits and almost unlimited export opportunities in the coming years. At the same time, being under the protection of the state and having the full support from the government. "Olives is a new crop in Georgia, it is important to promote it, since it is very much in demand in almost all countries. Georgia has great potential for growing perennial crops. That is why the state implements the Plant the Future program. Such programs promote the cultivation of perennial crops in Georgia, the development of fruit growing, which is important in terms of the country's economic progress," Georgian Minister of Agriculture Levan Davitashvili said. The basis for the prosperity of the olive business is the climate perfect for growing this crop. Kakheti is at the same latitude with such countries as Greece, Spain and Italy, where the cultivation of olives has become cultish. No wonder that these countries are leading in the industry. Moreover, with an average yield of mature olive trees from 60 to 80 kg per a tree, here the figures can reach 100 kg, including due to the use of irrigation systems by local farmers at a very early stage, when the trees are very young and are just beginning their development. The fact is that productivity depends on many factors from a technological point of view - the distance between the trees, tree watering and care, the type of olives grown, soil fertility, etc. In Kakheti, owing to investments and involvement of qualified international specialists, state-of-the-art technologies are used, which make it possible to produce a competitive product of the highest quality. Investors who have already entered the olive market in Kakheti note another important detail. When planting properly selected seedlings, and with a proper care, the crop can be harvested starting from the 4th year. Therefore, the return on investment can be forecast and assessed as rather high. Businessmen even admit that it was the olive business in Kakheti that substituted for bank deposits and investments in real estate as a source of passive income. Figuratively speaking, money simply grows on trees. In addition, olives and olive oil today are one of the most liquid goods, considering the increased demand in the world. In the past olive season, which traditionally lasts from October to October, in just two months the imports of olive oil to China grew by 65%, to Australia by 42%, to the USA - by 5%. The upward trend in the demand is noted by almost all leading economic platforms. Therefore, no one is surprised that dozens of millions of dollars are invested today in the olive business of Georgia. And since this business is still quite young, it has a great potential. Olive oil from Georgia can cause a furore in the world markets Politics 2019-03-28 11528 Donald Trump responds Mueller report - No collusion, No obstruction "No collusion, No obstruction. Complete and total exoneration. Keep America Great!" - Donald Trump wrote on Twitter when responding to the summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report. "This was an illegal takedown that failed and hopefully somebody is going to be looking at their other side," According to "Politico" Trump told reporters Sunday. US President Donald Trump's campaign did not conspire with Russia during the 2016 election, a summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report says. Donald Trump responds Mueller report - No collusion, No obstruction Politics 2019-03-28 11527 Mamuka Bakhtadze: Bank of Georgia and Silknet attracting new finances into our economy is indicative of high level of trust of international investors in Georgia As Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze stated during the briefing before today's Government meeting, the fact that the Bank of Georgia and Silknet are attracting new finances into our economy is indicative of the high level of trust of international investors in Georgia. It is important that the Bank of Georgia has attracted 100 million USD in hybrid capital, the Prime Minister said, while the Silknet telecommunication company has issued unsecured bonds worth 200 million. "It is very important to us that the apparent demand has proved much higher than that initially indicated by Georgian companies, which means that international investors' trust in Georgia, its legislative framework and economic prospects, is very high. It is not an episodic achievement. These are international investors' expectations for Georgia. I wish these transactions took place in our capital market. However, I am convinced that the reform to be implemented by us will enable Georgian companies to attract capital not only from international platforms, but also from the Georgian capital market," Mamuka Bakhtadze stated. Mamuka Bakhtadze: Bank of Georgia and Silknet attracting new finances into our economy is indicative of high level of trust of international investors in Georgia Politics 2019-03-28 11526 Students Enrolled at Private Vocational Schools to Receive State Voucher Financing, Vocational Teacher Salary to Increase by 30% Under the educational reform, we are implementing changes to finance private schools, Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze stated during the briefing before today's Government meeting. According to the head of Government, it is very important for the country to have a system enabling young people to find employment immediately after graduating from vocational school. Students at such schools will receive voucher financing. "Until now, the state has been financing only state-run vocational schools, not the best practice, of course. We are implementing changes to finance private schools. Commendably, more and more companies are trying to engage in vocational education. In line with the priorities defined by the Georgian Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, these schools will receive voucher financing. Consequently, students enrolled at private vocational schools based on the exams facilitated by the National Examinations Center will receive state voucher financing," Manuka Bakhtadze said. According to the Prime Minister, the salaries of vocational teachers will increase by 30%. In vocational education, the Government relies on German, Swiss, and Austrian experience, the Head of Government emphasized-that is, countries that have succeeded in creating strong vocational education systems through active private-public cooperation. "In this educational reform, an idea of national importance poised to help us overcome every challenge, vocational education plays a special role. Today's decision, I am convinced, will enable us to take a giant step toward solving the extremely painful challenge stemming from unemployment. The adoption of this model, at the same time, will promote further public-private sectoral integration," Mamuka Bakhtadze underlined. Students Enrolled at Private Vocational Schools to Receive State Voucher Financing, Vocational Teacher Salary to Increase by 30% Politics 2019-03-28 11525 60 New Kindergartens to Be Built, and 60 Million GEL to Be Allocated in 2019 This year alone, the Municipal Development Fund will start building 60 new kindergartens, and we will invest up to 60 million GEL to this end, Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze stated during the briefing before today's Government meeting. According to the Head of Government, smaller kindergartens with 50 or fewer children will receive financing from the state budget, and the Government will use EIB loans to finance larger kindergartens. "Building kindergartens is a very important priority. Preschool education is part of our educational reform. I maintain close communication with our population in every region, and a lack of kindergartens is one of the main problems cited by them. I am convinced that this initiative will enable us to solve this issue within a few years," Mamuka Bakhtadze pointed out. On the Government's decision, an enhanced budget will be set up for equipping schools with wireless internet connection. "Apparently, there is a growing demand, and we will, by all means, increase financing in this direction, so that every school in Georgia may enjoy quality wireless internet connection," the Prime Minister emphasized. 60 New Kindergartens to Be Built, and 60 Million GEL to Be Allocated in 2019 Politics 2019-03-28 11524 While Theater is Alive, Georgia is Alive as Well - Salome Zourabichvili President of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili, together with the Prime Minister and representatives of the Adjara autonomous government, unveiled the renovated building of the Batumi Ilia Chavchavadze State Drama Theatre. The Minister of Education, Culture and Sport of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Inga Shamilishvili, hosted the President and the Prime Minister and informed them on the history of the building and its renovation works. The historic building's wall and ceiling artwork, as well as important details of the structure were renovated and reverted to their authenticity. Besides the renovation works, systems of illumination, sounds, and new staging mechanisms and technologies were installed. Thanks to this new progress, it is now possible to hold different performances on the big and medium platforms of the stage. The President of Georgia attended the opening of the theater and assisted the premier of the play "KLDIASHVILI.GE #rtsmenitadaimedit", based on the dramatic works of Davit Kldiashvili. President Salome Zourabichvili praised the theater's renovation as a significant event and stated that similar projects should happen in all regions of Georgia. "Theaters play an important role for residents of our regions as they incentivize people to return and empower regional economies. Without such cultural developments, it is impossible to empower our regions. More culture starts with regional theaters and we should never forget that theater was always a precondition for our national reestablishment; while theater is alive, Georgia is alive as well," said the President of Georgia. The renovation works for the theater, built in 1950s, was funded by the Cartu Fund. While Theater is Alive, Georgia is Alive as Well - Salome Zourabichvili Politics 2019-03-28 11523 Elton John the piano man to play live shows at Black Sea Arena Elton John, multiple Grammy-winning legend and flamboyant superstar, will hold a performance before Georgian public on September 16. The Bank of Georgia's personal service group Solo and the well known Eastern Promoution (main organizer of all international festive events in our country) prepared his arrival. The press conference on the event will be held tomorrow for disclosure of details. <br /> On September 16 Elton John the piano man to play live shows at Black Sea Arena Politics 2017-05-30 11522 Andrzej Duda Polish President pays an official visit in Tbilisi today Andrzej Sebastian Duda, President of Poland alongside with his wife pays an official visit to Georgia. The Georgian delegation met him at the Tbilisi international airport. The official meeting ceremony will be held at the Presidential Palace of Georgian President. Maka Chichua, First Lady of Georgia will take part in this ceremony too. After the meeting ceremony, in the frames of Polish President's official visit, Polish and Georgian Presidents will hold discussions and sign documents on mutual cooperation between our countries. Meetings of Polish President with different high ranks are planned too. Polish President will deliver a public lecture at the National Public Library. The visit will be accomplished on May 31 after Andrzej Duda will visit Batumi. Andrzej Duda Polish President pays an official visit in Tbilisi today Politics 2017-05-30 11521 Moldova declared persona non grata five Russian diplomats Moldova followed the Estonian model and declared persona non grata five Russian diplomats. Unofficial sources tell they are involved in espionage. Till the end of the day they are to leave the country. Moldova declared persona non grata five Russian diplomats Politics 2017-05-30 11520 Georgian EU scandal with Herbert Salber Need for corrective actions Herbert Salber, EU special representative at Geneva talks congratulated Anatoli Bibilov with a victory (at Presidential elections in selfproclaimed secessionist entity - South Ossetia) and wished him a success in his ‘future' activity. This denotes that EU official representative, first - recognizes the legitimacy of such elections (at the time when Georgia does not recognize them); and second - wished him a success in his activity, that mean, that according to his preelections program, he encouraged him to detach the oldest, bone and flesh Georgian territory in favor for Russian Federation. At the same time, the EU officially recognizes the unity and integrity of Georgian territory and condemned the fact of so-called presidential elections, not so long time ago. In such situation, if the EU will not recall this envoy to replace him with someone else, this makes us think that the EU changed his position towards us in this vitally important question. This simple conclusion is derived from the elementary logics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . To put aside all unnecessary emotions, first of all we have to find out why this happen. If we will not untangle this knot with a precise diligence, we will not be able to avoid emotions and make additional burden of mistakes that we have plenty of, for the last 30 years. We can tell for the sure, only thanks to the absurdist and inconsistent policy of our government from 1992-1994 up to today, towards both secessionists, all this staff happens in Tskhinvali, as a consequence. Herbert Salber is a bone and flesh diplomat. And any novel and student knows that the basics of the diplomacy an etiquette is, correctness at the diplomatic negotiations. To imagine a model of the above mentioned situation, the following is clear; We are complaining why Salber tells, what he tells at the meeting with Anatoli Bibilov. He will be a bit surprised "But what could I tell at the official diplomatic meeting in Tskhinvali: "You jerk..., who are you at all - there were not any elections!" - But You could tell nothing in this respect. - I am sorry, but I was holding a meeting with the president and the diplomatic ethics demands to tell such phrases. - Ha, President, South Ossetia also is not any republic, it is nothing, and you are talking with them at the diplomatic language.. - But why you yourself are talking with them as with the equals starting from 1992 up to today. Why were you signing with them agreements - with Abkhazia and South Osetia? Acting in such way denotes you are admitting them as a party. And if so, I have to hold with them negotiations as with the ‘party' in a conflict. And the negotiations are to be hold in a frames of an etiquette. - But why you attended these negotiations at all. You could avoid them. - This absurd is. I am an EU representative at Geneva talks. And in this format Georgia and South Osseta are taking part as equals, do you like this or not. At Geneva negotiations format you indeed equal are. As for me, I am obliged to talk politely with all three parties, saving the diplomatic etiquette. Do you think I will be selective when talking with you? In no case. If Anatoli Bibilov bandit is but not politician and the South Ossetia is nothing, then why are you admitting them as parties so many years! Why were you holding negotiations with them as with the legitimate entities. Why you yourself were concluding with them the ‘peace agreements' starting from 1992? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . But we are not able to understand such logics. And maybe the public will be irritated too with this. At the same time our ‘friend' Russian Federation Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who is a diplomat of extra class, knows very well, what will follow after the meetings of the same kind in another secessionist ‘entity' - Abkhazia. According to the diplomatic protocol, logics and traditions such meetings will be conducted in the same way as with Anatoly Bibilov. That's why he insists eagerly for meeting of Geneva talks co-chairs with the ‘leaders' of both secessionists. In other words, the EU representatives have to, either refuse meeting with leader of secessionists, or if the meeting will be held they are obliged to congratulate them with the victory in elections. This not only a tradition is, but a professional instinct of the diplomat, and the diplomat will not sacrifice it for Georgia's sake. In fact, we have no reasons to be angry at Salber. Really, we have to look back and think that for the last 25 years our unwise policy did everything possible ‘to help' making legitimate its entities - ‘to help' secessionists and Moscow. All this happens starting from Dargomis agreement where Saakashvili was involved and was continued with Goga Khaindrava, Temur Iakobashvili and Paata Zakareishvili. You yourself recognized the South Osstia as a party, and if so, it is a legitimate entity. And the ‘entity'... has a right for elections. Europe cannot sacrifice for your sake the diplomatic etiquette, not the values and neither a common sense! Nika Imnaishvili <p> Georgian EU scandal with Herbert Salber Need for recall and corrective actions </p> Politics 2017-05-26 11519 Giorgi Kvirikashvili met with Federika Mogerini Being with official visit in Jordan, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Georgian Prime Minister me wit Federika Mogerini, EU High Commissioner in politics and security questions. The process of integration to EU and Euro Atlantic bodies was discussed at the dinner. Prime Minster expressed his hope that Brussels's summit that is to be held in November will be fruitful in practical terms. Prime Minister underlined that Georgia continues the effective implementation of Association Agreement and questions on agenda for 2017-2020 yy. They discussed as well the next steps after visa-liberalizing process. The situation on occupied territories was on focus as usual. Fdeerika Mogerini once again expressed her support for the territorial integrity and unity of Georgia. For information the economic forum is pending in Jordan, Georgia is taking part in this event alongside with 50 different countries. Giorgi Kvirikashvili hold a meeting with the King of Jordan - Abdula Second and other official persons. Giorgi Kvirikashvili met with Federika Mogerini Politics 2017-05-21 11518 Herbert Salber was not correct diplomatically Mamuka Mdinaradze Mamuka Mdinaradze, chair of the Georgian Dream - Democratic Georgia, denied the behavior of Herbert Salber, OSCE co-chairman at Geneva negotiations. The German diplomat congratulated newly elected so-called President of Russia-occupied South Ossetia with new post. Mdinaradze believed this action very undiplomatic was and needs a proper reaction from EU and Georgia too. "This was an inappropriate behavior for a diplomat!" - he tell. GD-DG member strongly advises to take an appropriate decision on such fact to restore the balance and fairness. Herbert Salber was not correct diplomatically Mamuka Mdinaradze Politics 2017-05-21 11517 On August 26 Goran Bregovich to hold a concert at Black Sea Arena Goran Bregovich accompaigned with his music band Funeral and Weddings will hold a concert on invitation of Georgian party. The  Black Sea Arena will host him on August 26. The tickets are available on Goran Bregovich is a composer not only many popular sound tracks. He is an author of melodies for Emir Kusturica (a Serbian filmmaker, actor and musician) Iggy Pop and Sezaria Evora. Balkan folk, rock and symphony are mixed together in his beautiful songs. This blend of radically different music makes an unforgettable impression. For instance his song In the Deathcar: In The Death Car (Advisory - the following lyrics contain explicit language) A howling wind is whistling in the night My dog is growling in the dark Something's pulling me outside To ride around in circles I know that you have got the time 'Cause anything I want, you do You'll take a ride through the strangers Who don't understand how to feel In the deathcar, we're alive In the deathcar, we're alive I'll let some air come in the window Kind of wakes me up a little I don't turn on the radio 'Cause they play shit, like You know When your hand was down on my dick It felt quite amazing And now that, that is all over All we've got is the silence In the deathcar, we're alive In the deathcar, we're alive So come on mandolins, play When I touched you I felt that you still had your baby fat And a little taste of baby's breath Makes me forget about death At your age you're still joking It ain't time yet for the choking So now we can see the movie and see each other truly In the deathcar, we're alive In the deathcar, we're alive I want to hear some mandolins Goran Bregovic est né le 22 mars 1950 à Sarajevo, d'une mère serbe et d'un père croate. On August 26 Goran Bregovich to hold a concert at Black Sea Arena <p> &nbsp; </p> Politics 2017-05-21 11516 Former FBI chief to investigate ties with Russian intelligence The possible interruption of Russian intelligence to the USA President's elections will be investigated. In this process Robert Muller, former FBI chief will take part as an advisor. He was a head of FBI in 2001-2013. Former FBI chief to investigate ties with Russian intelligence Politics 2017-05-18 11515 1983 airplane boys and the soviet government The film "Hostages" (Rezo Gigineidhvili - film director) appeared on screens very timely, when we are very happy for the lifting of visa regime with EU. Now we can ‘simply take a ticket and fly to the Europe'. The freedom of movement a natural right of a person is, (according to John Loki). We cannot count this freedom as a non-classic one. The essence of such non classic rights was blissfully expressed in simultaneous translation of ‘left discussion' by some critics: "yes, now you can fly freely and ..., work as servants, waitresses and in laundry." The tragedy that happen in Tbilisi in summer of 1983 (a case of hijacking of an airplane by the group of Georgian boys) and its modern ‘interpretation', a classic model is - for understanding how important is the époque and its born mentality for the perception of a historic event. The person who has had no experience of living in a soviet époque cannot understand in no way, not actually "what happen", but as well "why" and "how" this happen. And this is not a problem of the intellect of a person, contrary one has to live a life in a soviet époque to understand fully all aspirations of these boys who were surrounded with the ‘atmosphere' given by that hard period. The case is not about the past several tens of years, because we, the public, society and the general ‘atmosphere' now are distant from 1983 not for 34 years but for thousands of years. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The young film director Rezo Gigineishvili alongside with the fact that he is a gifted person, also very clever is. This proven by the misunderstanding from his critics. Many of them simply could not take adequately this movie, and even were not able to notice many very important details. Those who are telling the "Hostages" is a film without any idea, are very mistaken. Because namely this is an aim of the film - to restore the historic context with the surroundings, aspirations and hideous mystical phenomena's that we call an ‘atmosphere'. The film, like a finest mosaic, is staffed with dozens of fragile details, that seems like are less important, but this is not the case. Those details and things (starting from the box of Marlboro to the Beatles's album and Bob Marley and Mick Jagger's posters) are in fact the expression of directions. This is an art in cinematography - to present naturally and unforcefully before the public such ‘matrix'. This art is presented deserving to talented film director, first of all, and all other staff together with a blissful team of actors. However, the critics who are telling that film without any idea is, are not taking into account they can criticize with the same success the Munich of great Steven Spielberg, The neutral position of a film director a purposeful choice is. Notwithstanding the fact, he was not a contemporary of that époque, he ‘restored the time' fully. This creation for a discussion is, and naturally, we cannot criticize a person for the things he was not aimed for. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The tragedy that happens in 1983 was surrounded with several myths. But authors are well aware about real context of the happening. They destroyed all myths with proven evidences. For instance, up to today many are telling "those boys were from families of ‘high ranks' and they had no problems with traveling abroad. Even though; they choose such terrible terrorist way ..." This an absurd is. Those people who are accusing these boys in attempt of pursuing own interests in expense of other's life's and happiness, are mistaken in essence. In fact they were not allowed to travel abroad freely. (In a better case they could visit such semi socialistic countries as Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, GDR, but in no way capitalist countries - UK, France or Spain). They were not affiliated in obligatory for all pupils youth communist organizations like "Komsomol" and this was a biggest obstacle for getting any visa for traveling abroad. Unlike his film critics, Gigineishvili studied this historic material very well. Despite of his age he obviously competent is, what he was filming of. Eventually, the boys were sentenced to life imprisonment (they were given a death penalty) The film raises questions. One of them is - ‘who killed airplane boys?' And another question ‘who killed innocent passengers of airplane, victims of the happening during the special operation?' The explanation is given through this film; that if people could freely travel abroad at that soviet period, nothing might EVER happen. However, there was a strongest policy of ‘iron curtain' that is an answer to the question: who killed those people. <p> 1983 &quot;airplane boys&quot; and the &quot;soviet government&quot; </p> Politics 2017-05-14 11514 Unfortunately most part of Judges are corrupted Nika Gvaramia tells Nika Gvaramia, Director General of broadcaster Rustavi 2 tells that most part of Judges in Georgia for today biased are. He declared this being at the TV program "Archevani". He noted that after the Strasbourg Court of Human Rights delivered a decision on Rustavi 3, "we all have a right to criticize freely our Judges". Commenting the expected changes in legislation touching Judges and a Freedom of Speech, he noted that: "The main in this law is that the burden of proof lays on a person who is arguing he was unfairly assaulted. This is a difference of the Right for the Freedom of Speech from all other rights. The restrictions on the Freedom of Speech differs from restrictions on all other rights. This a main test of this law is." - Gvaramia tells. At the same time, he noted that "unfortunately most part of Judges are ‘in service of the government' and are forgetting its dignity for sake of retaining chairs as far in the 3 years period, its trial period expires, and they need to be appointed again to its posts" Unfortunately most part of Judges are corrupted Nika Gvaramia tells Politics 2017-05-03 11513 Aslan Abashidze s return We remember the past The Batumi Court gave another qualification to a criminal case against former Ajara government head Aslan Abashidze. He was accused in predetermined murder of his own deputy manager Nodar Imnadze. This unexpected decision of the Court was preceded by the notion that Aslan Abashidze in his age of 78 fathered a child. We can only tell, let's this child be happy. But at the same time an ordinary logics tells us that Aslan has not any ‘plans' in connection with Ajara and moreover with Georgia. However, Aslan Abashidze played quite a big role in the nearest past of Georgia, to quit the politics so quietly and peacefully. If we follow the legislative logics, this sensational court decision concerning Aslan Abashidze, denotes that the burden of guilt might be totally lifted. In other words, the killing of his deputy in his own Office might be reviewed as a necessary self-defense. Moreover, he has such a strong fact as, Nodar Natadze's invasion into his cabinet. Natadze was first who opened a fire in the Office of back-than Ajara's High Council's chair. The situation was totally absurd. And this absurd overgrew to the biggest bloody absurd - to the civil war. No ways were left except of the confrontation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . However, in the ‘current' history, that we are trying but cannot forget, we have to point out four important moments: First - one of the UNM ‘patriarchs', Gela Nikoleishvili, former dissident was appointed as a defense lawyer to Aslan Abashidze. He very skilled and clever lawyer is, and most likely Aslan Abashidze will be found not guilty in this criminal case, more over he might be freed from all accusations that Saakashvili's government investigated against him, - in his huge corruptive dealings and misappropriation and wasting of public funds. He was sentenced for such crimes in absentia. Generally, one of the phenomenal talents of Abashidze was his ability to make close ties with persons from absolutely opposite side. He could cooperate, with ‘Kremlin colonels' like Lebed, Alksnis, and others. He could be in close ties with leaders of different movements despite of its adherence or dislike of Zviad Gamsakhurdia. Also, he was pretending as if this was not his direct order when, Colonel Kochetkov bombed the Choloki bridge. And when the Ajara Constitution was passed in 2002, that stipulated almost full independence form Georgia; and this was not ‘blessed' by Kremlin. This hideous political ‘movement' around him so mysterious and intellectual is that, we cannot predict any next developments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The second important moment is that the Batumi Court decision makes an additional ‘head ache' for the current Tbilisi's government. The present government has many new and old undecided cases, and this one makes an additional burden, at the time when Aslan Abashidze was assumed to be left in a political past forever. Tbilisi government would never take such decision to make an illusion of political reincarnation of Aslan. Such decision would be very dangerous for the Georgian Dream. At the same time, for the reasons that UNM will exploit such failure in its favor. Very strange is the fact that, the more the Court will became ‘independent', the more unreasonable decisions we will get. This touch the question of judges' appointment policy, that very complicated is. The NGO's ‘team' did everything possible for total independence of Judges' clan, and now we often will be surprised with its ‘independent' decisions in connection (for instance the appointment of Murusidze) and lifting a burden of guilt from Aslan Abashidze. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Third - the political reincarnation of Aslan Abashidze was preceded by the well known events developed in Batumi. The secessionists (!) disposed against Tbilisi totally burned one of the central streets in Batumi. The ‘Ajarian elits' are giving to such action quite a different from official Tbilisi estimation. And the Batumi Court's provocative and sabotage decision on Aslan Abashidze's case, proves this secessionism. The Ajara Court gave a notice to Tbilisi, that the ‘case is not as it seems', and it is necessary to take in view the interest of the local elite. And finally the fourth - indeed everything what happens in Ajara since 1991 is connected with Aslan Abashidze, But the question arises: how he came into the power. How deputy Minister became a head of the High Council of Ajara's Autonomous Republic. The Case was as following: back then so-called "Round Table" member, the "Traditionalists" pushed him into the power, for the silliest reason that he was a representative (ancestor) of oldest family who ruled the Ajara region for 500 years. Such a ‘clever' advice was given to Zviad Gamsakhurdia, with the false promise that Aslan will annul the autonomy. First of all the annulment of the autonomy was a total absurd (previously and as well now), as far this autonomy is decided by the international agreement, and Turkey and Russia are involved in it. Moreover, people in Ajara (especially in high mountain region) would never agree to the annulment of the autonomy, and such decision may lead to the civil confrontation. But the main is that the Ajarian elite swiftly recognized Aslan as its own allay, who will make even stronger the autonomy from Tbilisi. And they were not mistaken. And who will be responsible for such situation? Aslan himself, or those who made a silliest, childish decision on his appointment to this post? Fortunately, Aslan appeared to be a clever and realistic politician (in May of 2004 he refuse all suggestions from Moscow, except of his evacuation). He understands well the difference between desirable and possible. The Batumi Court decision in fact - the ‘message' is which Ajarian elites sent to Tbilisi, and it is very dangerous. Mikheil Getsadze Aslan Abashidze s return We remember the past Politics 2017-05-02 11512 Irakli Alasania met with Davit Usupashvili Irakli Alasania, former leader of Free Democrats confirmed that he has had a meeting with Davit Usupashvili on May 1. Alasania declared to Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) that meeting was occasional and informal one, it was not connected with any political aims. For information, Davit Usupashvili, former chair of the parliament hold a press conference recently, announcing his return into politics. He suggests a 3-point plan on implementation of civil and political initiatives. He intends to implement these initiatives in a broader partnership format. He indicated that the main reason of problems, is not a definite politician or a political party, but a general destructive political area. Also he told that main enemy of our country becomes more and more liberated from political and moral obligations before the international society. At the end of the press conference Davit Usupashvili suggested  all interested persons to establish a Centrist political party. Irakli Alasania met with Davit Usupashvili <p> &nbsp; </p> Politics 2017-05-02 11511 We are forced to open Russian-Armenian railway Moscow starts to exploit well known levers Some time ago Russian Foreign Minister paid an official visit to Abkhazia for opening new embassy building. The building quite a big one is. Such a grand construction looks inadequately at the destroyed urban background of Sokhumi. Such action was a message to the world: "I will stay here forever!" Looks like they did this in turn for construction of new biggest USA's embassy in Tbilisi in Dighomi district, when Americans tell - "We are here and are not going to go!" Sergey Lavrov was met at the Airport by President himself. At the joint press conference Russian diplomat declared, that Moscow passed to the Abkhazian party a project of agreement for "Dual citizenship". The document stipulated the dual citizenship (Russian-Abkhazian) not only for Abkhazian citizens, but as well for any Russian, who are willing to settle in Abkhazia and purchase a real estate. Sokhumi was strongly against such move up to today. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Naturally, Tbilisi has had expectations that Abkhazian side will fail the agreement using any tricks, to not to allow local property for sale. Tbilisi expected that "allies" will clash with each-other on this ground. After this Moscow will impose sanctions, and close borders banning Abkhazian export, but expectations appeared to be overestimated. Many times before, Abkhazians were not afraid to fail negotiations for signing a ‘framework agreement" that touched sale of real estate. They also refused to pass the "Mussera" constructed in Soviet period to Vladimir Putin as a Presidential villa. However, this was not followed by any serious irritation from Russia. Moscow was not willing to confront with Abkhazia openly. This is not favorable for Putin in many aspects, moreover he still has many undecided questions in Ukraine. For sake of good PR Russians are refraining from harsh decisions. That's why we should not expect any confrontation between Moscow and Abkhazia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . At the same time quite another situation is with demands of Moscow against Tbilisi. Segey Lavrov diplomatically responded to the question about restoration of railway with Armenia. "Russia has no problems for restoration of railway, everything depends on the country where it is to pass through." This means on Georgian party. Abkhazia and Armenia are for such decision undoubtedly. "But Georgia disagrees with such decision." But why Georgia will disagree? Abashidze and Karasin already deliberated (using a Saakashvili's signed document in 2011) on the "Trade corridor". That's because the Abkhazian party demands to sign not a bilateral but three-party document: Russian-Georgian-Abkhazian for restoration of railway. Naturally, the official Tbilisi will not agree to this in no way, as far this would be a recognition of independence of Abkhazia. At the same time in the 2011 agreement there were not terms: ‘Abkhazia" and "South Ossetia". When this document was signed, Russia reconciled with such wording, as soon Moscow needed a green light from Sakashvili's Tbilisi for WTO membership. Deriving from this Moscow has to make Abkhazia agree for opening a "trade corridors" without participation of Abkhazia as an independent subject. In such case the official Tbilisi definitely agree to open the railway. But in fact the following happens, Being in Sokhumi (according to Abkhazian media), Lavrov was told: "Why spoil relations with us (Abkhazians) when we have such a powerful levers against Tbilisi to force them to make a favorable decision for us. We have to make a three-party agreement and exclude Georgia's participation in reconstruction of the railway and ban to transport any Georgian goods. Only Armenians will be allowed to travel to Moscow through Tbilisi with no stop in Georgia." . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . So, what levers they were talking about? 1. For the several last days Georgian goods were banned too often at Lars check-point. Not totally banned, but it is expected to be so. As far Moscow sends a clear message to Kvirikashvili - we can close the trade. 2. In a few days after Lavrov's visit the Russian company Inter RAO (that was very loyal and ‘attentive' even in 2008 August) unexpectedly made a many million pleading against Georgia to the International Arbitrage, because of Georgian national currencies fail against the USD. 3. The same case happens with the main gas supplier to Georgia KazTransGas that is totally depended on Russia's GazProm. Less likely this a coincidence is. 4. So-called incidents of ‘illegal crossing of borders' became very frequent. Detained Georgians in Abkhazia and South Ossetia are now prosecuted not under the administrative but under criminal law. This denotes a many years of imprisonment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What has to do Kvirikashvili's government in response? Unfortunately, nothing. Again and again the only hope the West is. But this a very weak hope is, for the lack of resources to impose sanctions against Russia, defending Georgia. Accordingly many things now are depended on Georgian society and political establishment. We have to understand that the Russian market never was a stable one for us. Also we have to urge our citizens that crossing borders now will became very dangerous. We will face very big challenges for the future. Especially after Grigori Karasin will talk with Zurab Abashidze with the language of ultimatums.   Nika Imnaishvili We are forced to open Russian-Armenian railway - Moscow starts to exploit well known levers Politics 2017-04-29 11510 Georgia in our region as economic and normative center to be - Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister took a floor today at the forum dedicated to the 25-th anniversary of Georgia-USA diplomatic relations. He particularly stressed that our region needs Georgia as an economic and normative center. Prime Minister declared that Georgia harmonizes the infrastructure and normative base, to became a place at the Black Sea south costal line, were business is blossoming, were trade and energy-economic routs are crossing each other. Here chains of values are coinciding too. Georgia is ready to became an economic corridor and transport and energy center in this complex region. Our country also strongly decided to be a solid base for USA and a reliable partner. "Except of increasing cooperation in defense area we have to strengthen our trade-economic cooperation even more," - Kvirikashvili declared. &nbsp;Georgia in our region as economic and normative center to be - Prime Minister Politics 2017-04-29 11509 Press Secretary of Agramunt accuses Soros in attempt of destruction of PACE Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe's (PACE) President Pedro Agramunt who was exposed to harsh criticism recently tells John Soros guilty is in the crisis that arise in PACE. Agramunt's press secretary aired this statement today. He tells that behind all this mess Soros is, he pays money to Agramunt's rivals, he wishes to destroy PACE. For information, yesterday Pedro Agramunt refused to step down despite of demands and vote of no confidence. Press Secretary of Agramunt accuses Soros in attempt of destruction of PACE Politics 2017-04-29 11508 Levan Berdzenishvili tells he lost an interest Levan Berdzenishvili, one of the leaders of Republican Party talks about the return of Davit Usupashvili to the politics. "Nobody can restrict anybody to return to politics. It is natural that he will be in politics. Unclear is only what team he will present this time. Until we will not see the team, we cannot predict if he will be an alternate force for the ruling government. One person is not a team," - Levan Berdzenishvili tells. For your notice Davit Ususpashvili announced today his return to the politics at the press conference. He presented before the public a 3-point plan for implementation, He intends to implement the actions in a broader cooperation with political forces. Levan Berdzenishvili tells he lost an interest Politics 2017-04-28 11507 Usupashvili has resources to return to politics Mamuka Areshidze "The decision of Davit Usupashvili for return was not unexpected one, - Mamuka Areshidze, political scientist tells in conversation with GHN. "I believe still he has political resources for making politics. Supporters of the Republican Party (they are about 2-3%) were supporting his party namely for sake of Davit Usupashvili, especially in regions. Despite the fact that for today for him will be quite difficult to reach a decisive advantage, but if he will demonstrate new approaches, everything is possible. I think he will be a moderate opposition force." He as well talked about rumors on joint actions of Usupashvili with the President, and tells that no such notions are apparent as yet. <p> Usupashvili has resources to return to politics Mamuka Areshidze </p> Politics 2017-04-28 11506 Tina Khidasheli has very interesting plans that makes our children happy Usupashvili Davit Usupashvili, former chairman of the parliament tells that his wife Tina Khidasheli has very interesting plans that makes children very happy. "In 2005 I decided to be involved actively in politics, and agreed with my wife that she will back me in this hardest service, were is not no income, neither honor. But in a week I find out that she joined our political party too. Nowadays no such moves are expected from her, at least for the several years. She is occupied with her work as an expert in a security and defense questions. She does not plan to join politics, that makes our children very happy," - Usupashvili tells. For your notice Davit Ususpashvili announced today his return to the politics at the press conference. He presented before the public a 3-point plan for implementation, He intends to implement the actions in a broader cooperation with political forces. Tina Khidasheli has very interesting plans that makes our children happy Usupashvili Politics 2017-04-28 11505 Davit Usupashvili returns to politics Former Chairman of Parliament Davit Usupashvili, former leader of the Republican Party returns to the politics. He suggests a 3-point plan on implementation of civil and political initiatives. He intends to implement these initiatives in a broader partnership format. "For the last several month I was discussing the current problems of Georgian society and Georgian government with the representatives of different circles, profession and political views. We were discussing the challenges of past and ways for improvement of the situation. I made an analysis of my own mistakes and mistakes of other politicians. Today I am presenting to the public the 3-point plan, "- Davit Ususpashvili told at the press conference. "First, - we have to agree and point out the main reason of all problems in Georgia. Second - we have to establish a civil partnership for strengthening of the statehood. Third - we have to establish new political force, with new approaches." He indicated that the main reason of problems, is not a definite politician or a political party, but a general destructive political area. Also he told that main enemy of our country becomes more and more liberated from political and moral obligations before he international society. He described main characteristics of the destructive political area: 1. Disorder in our statehood. In our country still an absence of the Rule of Law is and Supremacy of the Justice. 2. Neobolshevism and monopoly to the truth. 3. Disintegration of the society. Cultural and linguistic barriers inside the country besides Abkhazia and South Ossetia. 4. Fundamentalism in the governance. 5; Social -Political relations based on negativism. 6. The present born out of the Communistic past. 7. Incorrect governance. 8. Vague general future At the end of the press conference Davit Usupashvili suggested to all interested persons to establish a Centrist political party. Davit Usupashvili returns to politics Politics 2017-04-28 11504 Today draft resolution on occupied territories of Georgia submitted to PACE Tamar Chugoshvili, First Deputy Parliament Speaker prepared a draft document "The Situation of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories of Georgia". The document, has been registered today at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe by the Parliamentary Delegation of Georgia led by Tamar Chugoshvili. The resolution concerns the occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by the Russian Federation and the steps taken for the annexation of these regions, including the signing of the so-called integration agreements, the conduct of the so-called referendum in the Tskhinvali Region and so-called parliamentary elections in Abkhazia. Also the resolution reads about the humanitarian situation in the occupied regions, the violation of the fundamental rights of citizens living along the administrative border, and the restrictions on freedom of movement, which has been further halted by the closure of checkpoints at the administrative border. According to the document, the Assembly calls on the Russian Federation to allow international monitoring mechanisms in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The Assembly also urges the Russian Federation to revoke the recognition of the occupied territories of Georgia, stop the occupation and carry out international obligations, including the August 12, 2008 Agreement on Ceasefire Agreement. Head of the Permanent Delegation of the Parliament of Georgia to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe told journalists, the initiative gained strong support. Today draft resolution on occupied territories of Georgia submitted to PACE Politics 2017-04-28 11503 Judges must be defended from offensive statements Levan Murusidze tells "We demand a support in connection with our initiative presented against offensive statements and unfounded allegations against the judges."- Levan Murusidze, High Council of Justice Secretary tells at the international conference of Judges. Murusudze tells the case does not touch sanctions and hardening of the regulations against offensive statements. But the Council plans to hold a public discussion on the matter, because such discrediting of the Court must be prevented. For your notice, few days ago Murusudze announced: "Offensive statements and unfounded allegations against the judges might become punishable." This initiative owns the High Council of Justice Secretary Levan Murusidze Judges must be defended from offensive statements Levan Murusidze tells Politics 2017-04-28 11502 I refuse any government suggested defense Eliso Kiladze Eliso Kiladze, Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper "Chronicle" disseminates information via social networks. "Appears to be that Archil Talakvdze demanded for me a special defense, for the reasons of avoiding any provocative actions from UNM. "I categorically refuse any kind of defense from the government. I m not afraid and I need not any defense. You can suggest yours special program for defense for yours corrupted Security head Joseph Gogashvili!"- Kiladze wrote, For information, Archil Talakvadze, representative of minority in Parliament demanded special defense system for Kiladze, as he believes some provocations are expected against her. I refuse government suggested defense - Eliso Kiladze Politics 2017-04-27 11501 High Council of Justice cannot understand properly notion of Freedom of Expression Giorgi Mshvenieradze, chair of the organization Democratic Initiative of Georgia tells that the initiative of the High Council of Justice about curbing the public opinion expressed against Judges is directed to the fight against the Freedom of Expression. "Very sad is the fact that the High Council of Justice understands improperly the notion of Freedom of Expression, and its importance in the democratic society. This is a clear indication of the level of qualification, as well this indicates to the problems with values. They believe that censorship can stop critics against the Judicial system," - Mshvenieradze tells. High Council of Justice cannot understand properly notion of Freedom of Expression Politics 2017-04-27 11500 Business-oriented policy creates safe environment for foreign investors Levan Kalndadze tells Levan Kalandadze, economic scientist tells in conversation with GHN that the terror against businessmen as a weapon against them already is annihilated since 2012, He talked about a President's decision to impose criminal sanctions for economic wrongs committed for sum of money level upper than GEL 50 000, namely from 100 000. As he tells this a very useful decision is for promoting our business. He tells we need to establish favorable conditions for business, by changing our legislation. "Themes touching decriminalization in business were up to date for some period of time in the past, but now the market increased, and we need to revise such questions in our legislation. The decriminalizing components must be stronger." - Kalandadze tells. He added that such initiatives might be implemented earlier, but it is not too late to do this now. The question very complex is and needs appropriate work out. He underlined as well that some laws need to be amended to make them in accordance with the current challenges. Outdated legislation is hindering to the economic development of our country. "Also some classifications in the legislation should be revised, as sanctions for avoiding of taxes and for hiding the taxes are the same. In this view such themes must be divided. We need to conduct business-oriented policy. In such case the business environment will be much more attractive for foreign investors." Business-oriented policy creates safe environment for foreign investors Levan Kalndadze tells Politics 2017-04-27 11499 9 thousand policemen fired in Turkey The Turkish Interior Ministry explains such actions were provided in the interests of a state security. Before this fact Turkish lawenforcers detained over one thousand suspects. The mass arrests in Turkey started in 2016 after failed coup. Over 40 thousand people were arrested. 9 thousand policemen suspected in ties with Fethhulah Gullen were fired in Turkey. Politics 2017-04-27 11498 Pedro Agramunt faces hardest political crisis Eka Beselia We were telling this many times before. And now, in one year, we are facing the fact. The Assembly (PACE) openly declares that Pedro Agramunt has to step down. Eka Beselia declared this being with visit in Strasbourg. She tells that President faces a hardest political crisis. Almost all political groups among them the EPP are against him. Georgian Parliamentary delegation also joins this protest against him. "We remember well how he was supporting the UNM members. We remember his open controversy against our government. We naturally joined the vote of no confidence demanding him step down. Very hard accusations are against him. And we hope this process will be accomplished.' For information, Pedro Agramunt Font de Mora (born September 12, 1951) is a Spanish and European politician. <br /> Pedro Agramunt faces hardest political crisis - Eka Beselia <p> &nbsp; </p> Politics 2017-04-26 11497 Roman Gotsiridze commented on opposition political party Girchi Roman Gotsiridze, UNM member, financial expert told that the political party Girchi laughed at us and examined our adherence to the principles of the Rule of Law. He commented on his facebook wall the fact of establishing a new religious organization by Girchi. "They made a next one provocative step after case with cannabis (planting marijuana in headquarters). The establishing of a religious organization a constitutional right of a person is. At the same time the government is in a big confusion, as members of this "Biblical Free Church" can apply for freeing from the compulsory military service, as far its belief prohibits violence." Such move of this political party will remain as a clever test for the degree of democracy in our country, - expert tells. For your notice, the New Political Centre - Girchi is a Liberal party in Georgia, split from the United National Movement, and chaired by Zurab Japaridze. Girchi is demanding the legalization of the private consumption and cultivation of marijuana and other associated products. Roman Gotsiridze commented on opposition political party Girchi Politics 2017-04-26 11496 Ramaz Sakvarelidze tells passivity of opposition minimizes its chances at elections The news agency GHN talked with political scientist Ramaz Sakvarelidze. He estimated current political events and made prognoses for future developments. He discussed the activities of the political parties. - What do you think about a much political activity of a President, when our country a parliamentary ruling is? Does this resemble rehearsal before pre- elections campaign? - Would-be surprising if not. Any person can take part in elections. Legally there are not bindings for limitation of political activities in this sphere. As yet for me it is difficult to make any definite conclusions on the matter. -  Do you think that constitutional amendments prepared by the  Constitutional Commission may invoke tensions in our country. And protest actions . - Actually the tensions may overgrow into the protest actions and manifestations. Generally the opposition always in tense relations with the government is. However the above mentioned reason has less grounds. -What chances the opposition has at the forthcoming elections? I hardly believe they can take any posts after elections. After the Presidential elections the opposition became even more inactive. They minimized own chances for success. Its rating decreased with uninterested political activities and in addition its passivity makes them useless. GHN Ramaz Sakvarelidze tells passivity of opposition minimizes its chances at elections Politics 2017-04-26 11495 Possibly government to try strengthening control over non dominant religions The civil movement ‘No to phobias' disseminates the information over attempt of the governmental organizations to collect the personal information about clergies of different confessions in Georgia. The movement claims that such actions of the government violates the law on Personal Information. Moreover, members of civil movement are declaring in a special statement that instead of facilitating conditions for minority religions organizations, the governmental bodies are about to establish new control mechanisms to limit activity of non-dominant religious organizations. This against the principles of secularism and freedom of religion is, - the statement reads. Possibly government to try strengthening control over non dominant religions Politics 2017-04-26 11494 Kumsishvili amendments in tax law directed to strengthening of private business Dimitri Kumsishvili, first vice-Prime Minister, Finance Minister took a floor at the 10 years anniversary since a foundation of the Revenue Service. He stressed that those amendments to the tax law that are to be made soon are directed to the maximal support and strengthening the private sector. Namely the air transportation and air services will be freed from the value added tax. Also from the v.a.t. will be freed the import and export of aviation fuel that are used for internal flights. ‘This will be an additional stimulation for development of tourism in our country even more. The local and international tourism will be promoted" Kumsishvili - amendments in tax law directed to strengthening of private business <p> &nbsp; </p> Politics 2017-04-26 11493 Prime Minister visits Romania Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili pays an official visit to Romania.. He will conduct meetings with a President of Romania and Prime Minister. In the frames of this visit, bilateral meetings in the Senate are planned. He will attend a ceremony of 25 years anniversary of diplomatic relations between our countries. Kvisikashvili to visit Romania today Politics 2017-04-26 11492 Foreign Minister met with Diaspora in Germany Mikheil Janelidze, Georgian Foreign Minister In the frames of the visit to Germany, met with organizations representing Georgian Diaspora in Germany. At this meeting he discussed Georgian-Germany cooperation issues and current priorities. He once again underlined an important role of Germany in questions of Georgian independence and statehood. The financial and technical support that our country got from Germany. He stressed that nowadays Germany became a second donor state for Georgia. Especially, he noted the cooperation in education area that is a cornerstone for both countries. As well he talked about a strategy in Diaspora questions. The document is oriented to the practical steps and envisages closest ties with the homeland. Mikheil Janelidze met with Diaspora representatives. Politics 2017-04-26 11491 Court decision ungrounded was - defence lawyer Paata Shavadze, defense lawyer of Merab Ghoghoberidze, tells the decision of Batumi City Court unfair is. The case concerns over an incident happening in Batumi (Ajara regional), on March 11-12, at the chief Police building. The existing Court decision envisages pretrial detention for two persons Merab Ghoghoberidze and Irakli Chkhvirtia. Defense lawyer aired his point of view via live ether of TV program "Archevani". He tells the decision of a Judge was absolutely ungrounded. Defense lawyer Paata Shavadze tells in the legal case were not any grounded complaints aiinst accused ones.Only the activity over social networks were incriminated against them as guilt. "Such accusations a very dangerous tendency is." court decision unfair was Politics 2017-04-26 11490 Iran to cooperate with Georgia in energy sphere Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Georgian Prime Minister pays an official visit to Iran. In the frames of this visit he met with Iranian vice Prime Minister for bilateral deliberations. The main topics of discussion were transport and transit corridors, cooperation in energy sector, agriculture and banking areas. Iranian party expressed its willingness to cooperate with Georgian Republic in energy area, among them in exchanging the Iranian gas for Georgian electricity. The parties paid special attention to bilateral economic cooperation, they agreed to conduct next Georgian-Iranian Intergovernmental sitting of the Economic Commission in Summer, this year. Culture, science and innovations in high technologies areas were also on agenda for future cooperation between two countries. The memorandum on mutual understanding was signed between parties. Iran to cooperate with Georgia in energy sphere <p> &nbsp; </p> Politics 2017-04-22 11489 Kvitsiani warns government to refrain from pushing people to revenge After today's incident in Parliament when Emzar Kvitsiani threw a glass of water to Giga Bokeria, Kvitsiani appologised publicly. At the same time he explained his affectionate state with the fact that Giga Bokeria has had her sister imprisoned for 2 years unfairly. Such actions of the government can push people to revenge, Kvitsiani believes. He warned to refrain from incitement of people and restore the Justice. Kvitsiani warns government to refrain from pushing people to revenge Politics 2017-04-19 11488 Political scientist tells Russia dissatisfied after USA President named Georgia as a reliable partner "The Russian Foreign Minister's visit to occupied Abkhazia was a cynical step that Moscow made, " - Soso Tsiskarishvili, political scientist tells in conversation with news agency GHN. He believes that Russia is very disappointed after the USA President named Georgia as a reliable partner. Seems like this was a step in turn for Donald Trump's conversation with Georgian envoy. Political scientist tells Russia dissatisfied after USA President named Georgia as a reliable partner Politics 2017-04-19 11487 Soso Tsiskarishvili tells we need to use good neighborhood policy for restoration of contacts In conversation with GHN, Soso Tsiskarishvili, political scientist tells, we need to use the good neighborhood policy with Russia for restoration of our ties in different spheres. He talked about necessary steps that are to be made in connection with occupied Abkhazia. "Now Georgian society has to take a principal role for active communications with people at the occupied territories. We need to exploit the existing relations and good neighborhood policy for restoration of relations, without making a mess. Only after conducting such discussions in Tbilisi and Sokhumi, we can talk about different types of communications between people. But if we will show each-other in the light of hatred and animosity this will harm both, the Tbilisi and Sokhumi and gives advantage to the Moscow for control." - Tsiskarishvili tells to GHN. Tsiskarishvili insists that the air time should be allocated specifically for TV programs from occupied territories to give the people information about events happening there. "However, till this happen we ourselves have to try to restore communications. We have to give an air time for TV programs to get the factual information about them. Abkhazians also will be able to get information about us, about people who are positively disposed towards Abkhazians." Soso Tsiskarishvili tells we need to use good neighborhood policy for restoration of contacts Politics 2017-04-19 11486 Giga Bokeria and Emzar Kvitsiani clash in Parliament Today in Georgian Parliament a wrangle happens between Emzar Kvitsiani and Giga Bokeria. Kvitsiani tells Bokeria a "resident of a foreign country" is. He throws a glass of water to members of the European Georgia. The clash happens after the demand of UNM and European Georgia to provide a transparency of the sitting. The opposition considers, it is important to provide a transparency in hearing of Vakhtang Gomelauri, National Security Head. Giga Bokeria and Emzar Kvitsiani clash in Parliament Politics 2017-04-19 11485 Georgian MP commented on Lavrovs visit to break-away Abkhazia Zviad Kvachantiradze, Georgian Parliamentarian commented the recent visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to de-facto Abkhazia. He tells, Russia continues usual provocative actions and this visit of Foreign Minister a clear example of Russia's policy is. "Obviously this is a wrong political step directed against Georgia. Russian cannot realize, the International Community never agree with annexation of Georgian territories," - MP tells. For information, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov talked about the support for the "Abkhazian course" at the meeting with so-called Abkhazian President Raul Khajimba. Georgian MP commented on Lavrov&#39;s visit to break-away Abkhazia Politics 2017-04-19 11484 Women Politicians signed a petition for arrested head of Center Point Women, members of different political parties signed a petition in support of Rusudan Kervalishvili, head of the Center Point. They are avoiding to discuss the complicated details of the criminal case against her, as they are admitting, are not competent in this matter. However, they believe, her arrest for such a long period of time - 4 years, is not a proportionate measure against her, taking in view her merits in Parliament and politics. Also they are concerned about the health conditions of her sister Maya Rcheulishvili, who also is sentenced for 4 years of imprisonment. Women politicians are calling on the Georgian government to provide with the Fair Justice and secure our rights for the fair and independent court. They are demanding to use only legitimate measures against accused persons but not a revenge directed against the family. Women Politicians signed a petition for arrested head of Center Point Politics 2017-04-01 11483 City Court delivered statement on Philip Morris Georgia case The Tbilisi City Court (Judge Vladimer Kakabadze) announced a verdict on Philip Morris Georgia, on February 10 of 2017. The case JSC Tbilisi Tobacco versus Ltd Philip Morris was reviewed by the City Court. The case was opened on February 29 of 2016, the summarizing decision was taken by the Court on February 10 of 2010 (totally 9 court hearing were held). Accordingly, the City Court argues against the statement as if the court decision was delivered in 1 day period for one court hearing. For retaining principles of the equality of the arms the Court is obliged to save the interests of both sides. The Court believes that the Georgian law on competitiveness was violated. At the same time the Court found that the accused party have a dominating position on the segment of Georgian market. As for the question of absence of the damping legislation, the Court states that the damping an international term is. And in translation this denotes the expelling of competitors from the market by artificially diminished praises for the goods and services. At the same time the "Georgian legislation on competitiveness", Article 6, part 2 prohibits giving unfair praises. This denotes that the Georgian legislation incorporated the notion of damping - term that denotes artificially and unfairly diminished praises, and imposes for such actions a legal liability. Also when deciding the question of damages the Court rules according to the Civil Code,  Article 411. Where it is stated that the damages are to be paid out not only for the factual material loss, but as well for the profit that was not gained. The Court calls to refrain from much critics as the court decision does not enter into force yet and most likely will be appealed in both instances. <br /> City Court delivered statement on Philip Morris Georgia case Politics 2017-03-31 11482 Today s verdict destroys our family and even more victims - Daraseli "I hardly can understand what the Court got by such decision. What benefit will be for the government or victims in this case. They are affected now even more," - Daughter of Ruusudan Kervalishvli, - Nino Daraseli tells after the court trial was closed. According to the City Court decision Rusudan Kervalishvli was sentenced for 4 years of imprisonment. Nobody is more interested to fix this problem, but our family. As far victims' problems will be resolved, we will decide our own too. But now, we got even more devastated victims, thanks to this decision of the Court. No doubt, we will appeal this decision. I believe here was some mistake, " - Nino Daraseli tells. <br /> Today&#39;s verdict destroys our family and even more victims - Daraseli Politics 2017-03-31 11481 Defense lawyers of Center Point heads to appeal the decision of City Court Defense lawyers of Maya Rcheulishvili and Rusudan Kervalishvili will appeal against the decision delivered today by the City Court, - Mariam Tsutskiridze, defense lawyer declared today. The appeal will be concerning the part of the case were Rcheulishvili and Kervalishvili are accused in misappropriation of sums of money and swindling. Defense lawyers also underlined that the number of people, who were victims of this dealing with Center Point, decreased and if accused persons will be able to continue its activity the number of victims will be minimized. For information, today the City Court found guilty Maya Rcheulishvili and RUsudan Kervalishvili (founders of Center Point) in misappropriation of big sums of money - over 11 million and swindling. They are sentenced for 4 years of imprisonment each. Defense lawyers of Center Point heads to appeal the decision of City Court Politics 2017-03-31 11480 Georgians in Gali Region are deprived of citizenship according to new regulations of de-facto Abkhazia The de-facto Abkhazian government decided the question of citizenship for Georgians living in Gali region. This people will get new status - status of a temporary stay in the so-called Republic. Such documents of temporary residence will be available also for foreign people too and those who are not citizens of de-facto Abkhazia, stateless persons. "This document allows people to live in Abkhazia for forever and cross the border freely." At the same time de-facto Interior Minister declares: "This is not the Passport of Abkhazian citizen. This regulation will decide the question of citizenship and stateless persons." <br /> Georgians in Gali Region are deprived of citizenship according to new regulations of de-facto Abkhazia Politics 2017-03-31 11479 De-facto agreement to be signed today by Shoigu and Gasaev Today the agreement between Russian Defense body and de-facto South Ossetian Republic will be signed, on joining to the Russian Army of some part of the Ossetian militaries. The RIA Novosti informed this, based on the information from Russian Defense Ministry. The agreement will be signed by Sergey Shoigu and Ibrahim Gasaev, de-facto Osseatia's Defense head. At this stage Russian Army will join only 150 militaries from South Ossetia. <br /> De-facto agreement to be signed today by Shoigu and Gasaev <p> &nbsp; </p> Politics 2017-03-31 11478 Center Point founders sentenced for 4 years of imprisonment The City Court delivered a verdict against Maya Rcheulishvili and Rusudan Kervalishvili. They are sentenced for 4 years of imprisonment, each. Founders of the Center Point Maya Rcheulishvili and Rusudan Kervalishvili also founder of the Dexsus - Ivane Tsaguria are found guilty in misappropriation of funds and swindling. According to the investigation they misappropriated over mn 11GEL of the "Tabukashvili-88" own sums. Rusudan Kirvalishvili was arrested at the court room instantly after the verdict was delivered. Maya Rcheulishvili was not attending today a court trial, on the ground of health problems. She is about to undergo a surgery on the heart. Center Point founders sentenced for 4 years of imprisonment Politics 2017-03-31 11477 Pikria Chikhradze President ready is for speech before the Parliament On April 7 the speech and annual report of the Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili is planned. Pikria Chikhradze, aide of Georgian President in political questions noted that Giorgi Margvelashvili in his speech will underline the most important questions. "Clearly President is ready to any format, to be presented before the Parliament. We are always for the maximal opening and transparency at discussions. The final say is up to the Parliament, - which format will be chosen." Pikria Chikhradze - President ready is for speech before the Parliament Politics 2017-03-30 11476 Court trial on Sergo Tetradze case was closed Bacho Akhalaia, former Defense Minister takes part in court trials against him on case of Sergo Tetradze's torture. Today on the ground of mediation, the Prosecution initiated to close the trial in absence of a witness, former head of the Military Police Levan Zaqradze. He is to be questioned by investigative bodies concerning secret information. Defense Lawyers disagreed on this matter with the court procedures, as far they believe that evidence that is to be given by Zaqradze does not contain any secret information. Together with Bacho Akhalaia on this case accused persons are Megiz Qardava and Nikoloz Zimcheishvili. Court trial on Sergo Tetradze&#39;s case was closed Politics 2017-03-30 11475 ECtHR fined Russian Federation The Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg fined Russian Federation for EUR 50 000 in favor of Murad Nagamedov's family. He was killed in Dagestan at the protest rally. Participants were declaring its dissatisfaction against corruption. Police dissolved the protest rally forcefully. ECtHR fined Russian Federation Politics 2017-03-30 11474 Saakashvili tells oligarch changed constitution for fortifying his positions in politics Ex-President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili took a floor in Malta at the European Peoples Party (EPP) congress. He thanked the EPP for support of Georgia in visa liberalization process. He underlined that the preparation for this process started yet at times of previous government. "The negotiations for this process were started before, when my Cabinet was at power yet. We prepared our country for this; we constructed the infrastructure, airports. However we hardly believed that this could ever happen, " - Saakashvili tells. "For me a big honor is that I have to fight in two directions. In Georgia I am a honorable chair of the UNM and in Ukraine I am a leader of speedily growing new political party. Nevertheless, today here I am representing Georgia, and I would like to talk about Georgia. In 2012 we had had one more honorable change. After many years of success of our ruling party we succeed in passing of the power in a peaceful democratic way, this happens for the first time in the history of Georgian statehood. But the problem is that we passed the power to people who were not ready to keep it, "- Saakashvili noted. He stated also that in 2008 Russia failed to occupy Georgia, however after 4 years the Russian oligarch and Russia undertook well known steps - provoking, inducement and all those steps that Russia usually makes worldwide. "They killed the most successful experiment of reforms in Georgia." Saakashvili - oligarch changed constitution for fortifying his positions in politics Politics 2017-03-30 11473 Fady Asly closed ICC in protest "Today the International Chamber of Commerce closed is in protest, for the reasons that some Judges of the City Court are corrupted." This abbreviation at the entrance of the ICC Office is hanged. Fady Asly, Chairman if the International Chamber of Commerce in Georgia declares that Vladimer Kakabadze, Judge of the City Court, who delivered a verdict on case of Philip Morris and British American Tobacco was biased. Fady Asly believes that fines imposed by the Court were ungrounded. At the same time the City Court states that this a libel is, as Fady Asly has no reasonable grounds for such grave accusations in corruption of Judges. They believe that such accusations are directed for the discrediting of Judges. The City Court calls the businessmen to refrain from disinformation of the public and wait for the decisions of higher instance courts. Fady Asly closed ICC in protest Politics 2017-03-30 11472 Turkish Airlines provides with FOC internet service for USA flights The Turkish Company Turkish Airlines (THY) started a promo action - all USA flights will be equipped with FOC internet service. The Director General of THY declared the Wi-Fi will be available for passengers of such flights from March 31. The information was disseminated at the Twitter's blog of the Turkish Airlines. Turkish Airlines provides with FOC internet service for USA flights Politics 2017-03-29 11471 Polish Consulate attacked in Ukraine The Polish Consulate was attacked in Ukraine. BBC informs the building of Polish Consulate General was bombed. No victims, as a result of this happening appeared as yet. The frontal façade of the building was considerably destroyed. Experts are examining the incident on a site. Polish Consulate attacked in Ukraine Politics 2017-03-29 11470 Putin increases Armed Forces The Russian Federation is about to increase the Armed Forces. The President's decision on this matter tells that from July 1 the number of personnel in Armed Forces will be increased up to the one million 903 people. For January 1 of 2017 the amount of people in the Russian Army was counted to one 1 897 000. Putin increases Armed Forces Politics 2017-03-29 11469 Foreign Minister - Georgia an important part of Europe is Georgian Foreign Minister, Mikhail Janelidze declared in connection with visa-free regime with EU, that Georgia got a solid support for deepening of integration process with Europe. "All delegates who were working from form our Parliament in EU institutions, and those who were working under the integration process and relationships with our country, unanimously agreed that Georgia has achieved considerable progress. Our country implemented very important reforms, and in fact nears to the EU standards. Our renowned institutions, legislation for now, almost in full accordance with the EU standards are. And what is the main Georgia is a very important part of the EU, " - Mikheil Janelidze tell. On March 28 of 2017 Georgian Prime Minster Giorgi Kvirikashvili with the governmental delegation paid an official visit to Brussels on occasion of visa-liberalizing process. Foreign Minister - Georgia an important part of Europe is Politics 2017-03-29 11468 Court freed one more person detained for Batumi events The Court released one more person, who was detained according to the administrative procedures during the so-called Batumi events. On the ground of the absence of proves and evidences the Batumi City Court closed the Administrative persecution case against Mamuka Beridze. Before the Court one witness gave an evidence that, at that night when the protest action was pending, accused person just went out from the night club. He was a victim of unjust arrest, as was not a participant of the protest action. The Patrol Police detained him unfairly. For information, the event happen in Batumi on March 11-12 at the protest action. <br /> Court freed one more person detained for Batumi events Politics 2017-03-29 11467 THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE CASE OF RUSTAVI2 WERE INVOLVED IN THE CASE OF IBERIA TV YEARS AGO: ZAZA OKUASHVILI Adjara Supreme Council held its first spring session on March 7th, 2017 and Zaza Okuashvili, the founder of Iberia TV and Omega Group, attended it for the first time since the validation of his mandate as the member of the Patriots Alliance of Georgia. At the meeting, the attempt of the MPs from the National Movement to hang up a banner in support of Rustavi2 TV company, was objected by MP Nino Chkhetiani. She said it was inconvenient to hang up a banner for the support of Rustavi2, when there was Zaza Okuashvili in the session hall, because on February 19, 2004, the government sent riot police to Iberia TV and Omega Group’s companies and that they massacred everything. “The statements by the United National Movements for the protection of free and independent media, in this very hall, is absolutely unfair, unacceptable and entirely unjust. Zaza Okuashvili is the specific historic memory of how free and independent media was treated”, - Nino Chkhetiani said. Zaza Okuashvili was interviewed by journalists after the session and asked to comment on the recent developments around Rustavi2 broadcasting company. Zaza Okuashvili recollected the developments of 2004-2005 in Iberia TV and said the people intensively involved in the case of Rustavi2, where those, who were also intensively involved in the case of Iberia TV then. Okuashvili said they were governmental officials of that period, however, added that their identification was up to the investigation. “I hope that people involved in the case of Rustavi2 today were also involved in the case of Iberia TV then. The Prosecutor’s office is still investigating this case. Well, we want to accelerate this process, but probably, so many years have passed; this time lapse and the involvement of the former officials, who orchestrated all that process, probably, have complicated the process of investigation. I hope we’ll learn the results of the investigation soon. The court proceedings are also underway and I don’t want to interfere in these processes with details. As for Rustavi2, the issue has been complicated too and this complication was caused by the developments of 2004-2005. Iberia refused to make a deal with that time government and this resistance brought the television to the reality, when it works normally and there is nothing else to make out and clarify”, - Zaza Okuashvili said. When asked by a journalist to name the person, who was requesting shares of Iberia TV, Zaza Okuashvili answered: “I can’t go to specific names, because for me it was a unified, organized and agreed group. It was the highest layer of the government, which committed this crime and those actions brought Rustavi2 to this state today. This situation concerns me too, but this vagueness caused this effect and therefore, everything must be clarified by all means”, - Zaza Okuashvili said. <span>THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE CASE OF RUSTAVI2 WERE INVOLVED IN THE CASE OF IBERIA TV YEARS AGO: ZAZA OKUASHVILI</span> Politics 2017-03-10 11466 BADRI PATARKATSHVILI WAS PERSISTENTLY TRYING TO CONVINCE ZAZA OKUASHVILI TO GIVE UP CONTROL STOCK OF HIS BUSINESS: IRAKLI BATIASHVILI The hearing on the case of Iberia TV closure and the seizure of its broadcasting license was resumed with the examination of prosecution’s evidence. The court interrogated the witness of the prosecution, Irakli Batiashvili, who narrated the period of 2006, when the Omega Group’s companies were raided by riot police and the Iberia TV broadcasting license was seized. As the witness testified, Zaza Okuashvili was his friend and therefore, he had got the information about the pressure by the government for the seizure of the holding’s control stock from Zaza. For instance, he recollected December 2003, when Zaza Okuashvili told him about his meeting with businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili. “Zaza Okuashvili told me that he had met with Badri Patarkatsishvili, who warned him about possible problems regarding his business and if he did not want this to happen, he should findsomea compromise with the government. Then we agreed to wait for further developments. Later, in February 2004, Iberia TV and Omega Group’s factory was subjected to a vandal raid. When I was reported about the riot police raid, I went to Iberia TV first, where I saw the masked gunmen positioned everywhere, people were in panic and alarmed, staff was shocked. Zaza Okuashvili, Nato Chkheidze, Luba Eliashvili and others were there too. The situation was awkward. The officers were aggressive and running after the journalists to prevent them from shooting the videos. The situation was aggressive and everything was startled. Both Iberia and the factory stopped to operate. After this incident, I had another call from Zaza, who told me that he had met with Bari Patarkatsishvili again and the latter was persistently trying to convince him to give up the control stock of his business – 51% or else he would be arrested”, - Batiashvili said and added that from Zaza Okuashvili he had learnt that Patarkatsishvili’s interest was focused specifically on Iberia TV when they touched the issue of giving up the business shares. “Saakashvili’s goal was to occupy Iberia TV, because he was worried that this television was independent and beyond his control,” – Batiashvili said. The witness emphasized the resistance of Zaza Okuashvili then and said that he was categorically against of any compromise with the government. According to witness Batiashvili, another meeting between Badri Patarkatsishvili and Zaza Okuashvili took place in spring 2004, where the 51% offer of giving up the company shares increased up to 60-65%. “He [Patarkatsishvili] told him [Okuashvili] to take a decision in time and there the conversation was about 60-65% of shares instead of 51% as previously. He even named the persons, to whom the shares would be transferred and Mikheil Saakashvili was top figure among them. Badri told him that everything had been agreed with Saakashvili. Zaza’s position was steady again and said he did not intend to give up his business”, - Batiashvili announced. As for other persons, to whom the company shares would be transferred, according to the witness, they were Badri Patarkatsishvili, Vano Chkhartishvili, Levan Bezhashvili and Irakli Okruashvili. Batiashvili also recollected the meeting with Besarion Keidia, where he was also present, where the threat about Okuashvili’s detention was reiterated in case he refused to give up his business. “Afterwards, Zaza fled Georgia and since then I had communication with his close circles and wife, Nato Chkheidze, who told me later that Zaza was forced to give up Iberia TV license and when the company shares were transferred to the authorities, Zurab Adeishvili was the prosecutor general of Georgia”, - Batiashvili said. He also added that after his first meeting with Badri Patarkatsishvili, Zaza Okuashvili also met with Kibar Khalvashi, whose advice was the same – to go on compromise, but Omega Group’s owner said “no” again. In his testimony, Irakli Batiashvili emphasized that Zaza Okuashvili was directly accusing Mikheil Saakashvili of organizing raids in Omega Group and Iberia TV, as well as the seizure of broadcasting license. It should be noted that the case of Iberia TV closure and the seizure of its broadcasting license was investigated by the prosecutor’s office in February, 2016. According to the investigation body, former prosecutor general Zurab Adeishvili and his first deputy Giorgi Latsabidze were prosecuted for this crime. The next hearing on the case will be held at 13:00 on March 20. BADRI PATARKATSHVILI WAS PERSISTENTLY TRYING TO CONVINCE ZAZA OKUASHVILI TO GIVE UP CONTROL STOCK OF HIS BUSINESS<span>:</span> IRAKLI BATIASHVILI Politics 2017-03-10 11464 Rustavi Nitrogen and the Bank of Georgia - An auction without participants Workers fired by the Rustavi Nitrogen factory and their supporters are demanding that the management of the Bank of Georgia restore them to their posts and sign new labor contracts with them. The Bank of Georgia, in turn, is tactfully denying ever acquiring Rustavi Nitrogen and connection to its current owner, the EU Investments company. The now-unemployed factory workers, however, claim possession of information that proves the contrary. It is noteworthy that it was precisely the Bank of Georgia that ensured the factory’s ownership change. Financial problems of Rustavi Nitrogen are connected to its former owner, businessman Roman Pipia. This man transferred almost half of the standby loan granted to him by a bank in Luxembourg to a Luxembourg-based company unrelated to the loan’s purpose that was also affiliated with him. This action prompted a lawsuit from the bank. The resulting artificial crisis was taken advantage of by the Bank of Georgia, which held the base means of production and stocks of Rustavi Nitrogen under mortgage: in a move that proved fatal for the company, the mortgaged assets were put out for bids.  At the auction itself, everything was made to disregard interests of Rustavi Nitrogen’s other loan holders, namely the Luxembourg bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Another source of justified suspicion is the fact that EBRD received information of the auction that was to be held on September 1, 2016 only two days in advance, on August 30, and only in Georgian language. As a result of the auction, all of Rustavi Nitrogen assets and means of production were acquired by EU Investments Company, governed by former Bank of Georgia top manager Ephrem Urumashvili. Rustavi Nitrogen and the Bank of Georgia - An auction without participants Politics 2017-02-11 11465 ZAZA OKUASHVILI RECOGNIZED AS THE BEST INVESTOR OF THE YEAR The leading Georgian companies and business persons were announced at the 17th Business Rating Award Ceremony – the event held jointly by the Georgian Times Media Holding and the Georgian Opinion Research Business International – GORBI on November 10th. Omega Group and the famous businessman Zaza Okuashvili have been recognized as the best Investor of the year. The Vice Prime Minister and the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Dimitri Kumsishvili handed over the award to the Director General of the Company Giorgi Kurdadze as the awardee was not attending the ceremony due to his visit abroad. At the annual Business Rating Ceremony, Omega Group and the TV Company Iberia have been decorated with the National Business Awards. Under the decision of the Honorary Jury, Omega Group has won the awards in the following nominations: The Largest Investor; the Ultra Modern Technologies; the New Jobs; the Highest Standard of Service. Tbilisi Mayor Davit Narmania presented the company with the golden cross badge and the certificate. As the Director General of Omega Group, Giorgi Kurdadze told Medianews, business activities by Omega Group and its founder, Mr. Zaza Okruashvili cover many different sectors and each of these businesses aim at promoting country’s economy. “Our company has been operating in Georgian economic space since 1991. Through this period, our company has contributed GEL 1,500,000,000 to the state budget. This is not an insignificant number. We have always been among the leaders in terms of contributing to the state budget and we have always been proud of this. We have about two thousand employees currently and this is a great achievement as well. Our company is performing in many different spheres. We hope for further enhancement. This performance is the outcome of the approach that the founder of the company, Mr. Zaza Okuashvili has towards these businesses; he is constantly focused on work and is always dedicated to do much more for Georgia, to attract more investments”, - Giorgi Kurdadze said. At the 17th Business Rating Award Ceremony, Iberia TV has been presented with the awards in the following nominations: Support to the Georgian Business and Popularization. The Business Ratings Gala Event was attended by the authorities from legislative and executive governments, businessmen, diplomats and the local and foreign media representatives.   The goal of the project is to identify the most successful sectors of the national business, to support dialogue among the business sector, the government and the society. Media Holding Georgian Times and the Georgian Opinion Research Business International (GORBI) have been holding the Business Rating Awards since 1995. <p class="MsoNormal"> <span class="_5yl5"><span>ZAZA OKUASHVILI RECOGNIZED AS THE BEST INVESTOR OF THE YEAR</span></span> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <span>&nbsp;</span> </p> Politics 2016-11-12 11463 Albania - 38 Martyrs of Catholic Clergy beatified  38 Martyrs of Catholic Church executed by the communist regime in Albania during 1945-1974 due to their religious faith were beatified on Saturday by the Vatican in a Mass organized at St. Stefan Church in Shkodra, a city steeped tradition and culture  situated in northeast Albania. This event deemed as the most important after the visit of Pope Francis and Canonization of Mother Teresa brought together thousands of believers and citizens from Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro and other countries. In attendance of the Mass were senior officials of Vatican, clergymen from different countries across the world and heads of religious communities in the country. Archbishop Massafra expressed gratitude to His Holiness Pope Francis for the gift he gave to the Albanian land by accepting to count among the Blessed and servants of God the Archbishop Vincens and his martyr companions. The decree for beatification of 38 Martyrs of Albanian Catholic Church was signed in April by Pope Francis, an act that ranks them alongside the most renowned figures of world Catholicism. All the Albanian Catholic clergymen have served altogether under the communist dictatorship 881 years in jail or nearly 9 centuries. Meanwhile all Albanian catholic clergymen had conducted 450 years of studies in 24 universities of Europe. Two days prior to beatification of 38 Martyrs of Catholic Church Albanian parliament passed a resolution condemning the crimes against clergy under the communist regime. This grand ceremony has drawn the attention of public opinion not only in Albania but all across the region. ATA Politics 2016-11-05 11462 Davit Usupshvili tells elections tomorrow will be held in unprecedented free political environment Chair of Parliament tells that tomorrows elections are special, because they are conducted in unimaginably free political environment Usupashvili is sure that free political situation brings conditions when the most of electorate is not sure until tomorrow who vote for. "And this is right because we have to think much about our choice. Because, we are responsible for our decision. Tomorrow, we will not decide the question of the universal truth. Tomorrow we will not divide to the right once and wrongs. Tomorrow we all will be right, who will make a decision consciously. The free elections will give us the Parliament that is to rule the country for the future." Chair of the Parliament Davit Usupashvili calls the public officials to fulfill its constitutional obligations fairly, and not be biased. "They have to serve to our state honestly." "Very important is that all governmental establishments fulfill its constitutional obligations being impartial and fair. They have to serve to the Georgian state, but not to any political leader or political party. Any person empowered with a state power, be it policemen or governor is to be free in his choice." Davit Usupshvili tells Elections tomorrow will be held with unprecedentally free political environment Politics 2016-10-07 11461 Public Defender responded to the beating fact of GD DG members Public Defender officially responded to the incident that happens in Zuggdidi region, on October 1, when UNM members attacked youth wing of GD-DG. As a result 3 were hospitalized with server injuries, one of them young women. The ombudsmen immediately investigated the fact on site and obtained necessary information from injured young people. On October 1, the members of youth wing of DG-DG were disseminating leaflets for the pre-elections campaign in a region of Zugdidi. They were trying to pass the leaflets to by-passers, when UNM members threatened them to go away from this village A.S.U.P.; and tell that the époque of the GD-DG will be over in October 8. About 7-8 men from UNM were attacking DG-DG youths, they were assaulted verbally and physically. One of them was trying to suffocate young men, when local dwellers interfered and separated them. The official statement of Public Defender reads the timely and effective investigation of the case would be the best preventive measure for future happenings of the similar kind. The Ombudsmen calls the law enforcement bodies to investigate the case timely and effectively and to react to all expressions of the violence adequately. Public Defender responded to the beating fact of GD DG members Politics 2016-10-02 11460 Beaten members of GD DG hospitalized in regional hospital The beaten members of the youth wing of the political party GD-DG (Georgian Dream - Democratic Georgia) were hospitalized in a regional hospital in Zugdidi. Deputy Healthcare Minster Valeri Kvaretskhelia together with the local governor attended 3 injured youths in the medical establishment. He was interested with the health condition of victims and got all information from the physicians. The health condition of youths now satisfactory is, they are under the quality medical treatment. The incident happens in Zugdidi region, in a village. The members of UNM were beating members of youth wing of the GD-DG party. One of them young women - Lika Demetradze is, who was severely injured to a head with a stone. Beaten members of GD DG hospitalized in regional hospital Politics 2016-10-02 11459 Independent MP praised City Hall second time Aleko Eliasashvili, the independent MP of the Tbilisi City Assembly responded to the initiative of the City Hall for purchasing of new busses. He published at his Face Book wall, this initiative was a very timely decision. However, he climes the number of busses - 143, would satisfy only a quarter of current traffic demands in the City. "This, good news are. The cargo with 10 busses already undergo customs procedures. For this time the city needs 512 busses. I am praising the City Hall for the second time this week. We need more 400 busses, like this. I myself prefer tramways, but still, such new busses are for big facilitation for our city, " Aleko wrote. Independent MP praised City Hall second time Politics 2016-10-02 11458 The introductory speech delivered by the defense at the hearing on the case of closure of Iberia TV and the seizure of broadcasting license The hearing on the case of closure of Iberia TV and the seizure of broadcasting license continued at the Tbilisi City Court with the introductory speech of the defense. Giorgi Chiviashvili, who is defending the interests of defendant Zurab Adeishvili, stated that the prosecution did not have real evidence that would prove the guilt of the defendant. Specifically, according to the lawyer, Adeishvili was appointed the prosecutor general on June 10, 2004, i.e. six months after the founder of Omega, Zaza Okuashvili was allegedly forced to give up his property. He also stressed that the prosecution had no witness in the case except Dimitri Kitoshvili, who says that it was Adeishvili, who seized the shares possessed by the Omega owner; as Chiviashvili asserts, the key figure in this case actually was Irakli Okruashvili and not Adeishvili. "Zaza Okuashvili indicates in his testimony that actually Irakli Okruashvili was the person interested in his property. Moreover, this person testified that Okruashvili sent Kibar Khalvashi to him organize the issue of shares. It's a paradox, when we see that today, the prosecution summons Okruasvili as a witness in his own case, while Adeishvili is the defendant. Furthermore, the date, when the riot police raids the Omega Group, the start of the investigation, is February 2004, when the position of the prosecutor general is occupied by Irakli Okruashvili, only six months later, Adeishvili becomes the prosecutor general. So, we have a picture that this person did this before becoming the prosecutor general. It's unimaginable, especially when the injured party indicates that it was Irakli Okruashvili who sought for seizing and distributing his property. They are now using this person as a reserve witness in all political processes, because he is ready to say what actually did not happen", - Giorgi Chjiviashvili says. Another defendant in the case, Giorgi Latsabidze has also delivered his speech at today's hearing. He emphasized that the evidence of the prosecution was based upon the testimonies given by two witnesses, Levan Agdgomelashvili and Bakur Chikovani, as well as upon the conclusion of the commodity expertise of the TV Company's license base price. The defendant thinks those evidence are groundless and says that the testimonies given by the witnesses at different times contradict each other. In his turn, Mamuka Gvaramia, who is defending the interests of Latsabidze, stated that the efforts of the prosecution to prepare his witnesses for the testimonies would be useless, because the court would see that these testimonies would have no value. He also added the commodity expertise conclusion should not be considered as evidence in the case, because it was handed over to the defense with a ten day delay. Furthermore, Gvaramia has questions regarding the fact that one of the main witnesses in this case, Dimitri Kitoshvili was not arrested for his connection to the case, while he admits to having fulfilled the instruction of Adeishvili. In addition, Latsabidze's lawyer agrees with the defense of Adeishvili that the key figure in that case is Okruashvili, who is obviously "protected by the prosecution". He also emphasized that while talking about the seizure of his property, Zaza Okuashvili never mentioned either Latsabidze, or Adeishvili. "The owner of this firm does not mention Adeishvili or Latsabidze; he only mentions them when quoting the words of Agdgomelashvili", - Mamuka Gvaramia said. The next hearing on the case was appointed at 10:00, on October 19. The essential discussion will be resumed by the examination of the prosecution's evidence. As the prosecutor of the case announced, they would interrogate the witnesses of the prosecution, without specifying the identity of the persons. ] "The prosecution will take decision in accordance with its tactics, whom to interrogate at the next session",- Emzar Gagnidze said. The prosecutor told journalists after the hearing today, that Irakli Okruashvili would be interrogated by all means, though he did not specify when. "As for the questions of the defense about why Okruashvili was not prosecuted for the crime, I want to explain that Zurab Adeishvili was the prosecutor general in the period, when this crime was committed and Giorgi Latsabidze acted in accordance with the instructions and illegal commands of Adeishvili," - the prosecutor defined. To note, he case of closure of Iberia TV and the seizure of the broadcasting license was investigated by the prosecution in February 2016. According to the investigation, former prosecutor general Zurab Adeishvili and his first deputy, Giorgi Latsabidze were prosecuted for this crime. The introductory speech delivered by the defense at the hearing on the case of closure of Iberia TV and the seizure of broadcasting license Politics 2016-09-21 11457 Sandra Roelofs tells the happening an elementary lack of etiquette is Sandra Roelofs, majoritarian candidate from Zugdidi region  made a declaration in connections with  the yesterday's incident in Jikhashkari -  that the happening  an elementary lack of the etiquette is.  "People are awaiting  very serious projects from me, how am I going to decide very important problems with water supply, gas, electricity. All these problems would be solved  much earlier in 2012, but the process  stopped.  Notwthstanding, we will continue the work that was started. Also,  I would like to tell about the provocations, and about the people who are interrupting the elections, such things always are happening at elections. I do not worry about this. However, this is not an appropriate behavior. Unfortunately,  this shows the lack of the etiquette. All politicians have to be given a chance to present its political plans in a quiet environment, "- Sandra tells. The incident happens yesterday in a village Jikhashkari, when youth were trying to disturb Roelofs in her elections campaign. The MIA investigated the crime on the site. Sandra Roelofs tells the happening &nbsp;an elementary lack of etiquette is Politics 2016-09-06 11456 Justice Minister tells inappropriate is to criticize and discredit power establishments Tea Tsulukiani, Justice Minister declared several days ago that Georgia according to the published data in the crime index has progressed. In the world Georgia is counted as a third successful country in a fight against the crime. She tells these data which were published several days ago are denoting that Georgia not only succeeded in fight against the terrorism, but as well has a good preventive mechanisms in this sphere. "This achievement we got thanks to the diligent work of the State Security Service. For me absolutely inappropriate is to criticize it, " - Tsulukiani tells. Justice Minister tells inappropriate is to criticize and discredit power establishments Politics 2016-09-06 11455 Free Democrats presented majoriatrian candidate The political party Free Democrats presented three majoritarian candidates at the Central Office of the party. In the Akhaltsikhe - Adigeni region the political party will be presented by Shalva Gogoladze, in Khobi - Ramaz Tghebuchava, in Tetritskharo - Vaja Bekauri. Irakli Alasania tells the majoriatarian candidates will start working in the corresponding districts. Free Democrats presented majoriatrian candidate Politics 2016-09-06 11454 Mikheil Janelide participates in informal meeting of EU ministers At the meeting of Eastern Partnership member states' foreign ministers, that is taking place in Bratislava, Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze was invited too. The meeting conducted under the initiative of Slovakia - current chair country of the European Council. Federica Mogherini High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations attended this meeting too. The EU foreign ministers and Eastern Partnership member states foreign ministers discussed perspectives of Eastern partnership initiatives, questions of future cooperation with partner countries. In the frames of this informal gathering Mikhel Janelidze plans to hold bilateral negotiations. For information, Federica Mogherini is an Italian politician and the current High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission in the Juncker Commission since 1 November 2014. Mogherini was Italy's Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation from 22 February 2014 until 31 October 2014 in the centre-left Cabinet of Matteo Renzi. She is a member of the Italian Democratic Party and the Party of European Socialists. Mikheil Janelide participates in informal meeting of EU ministers Politics 2016-09-03 11453 De facto Abkhazian government attends Independence Day of Nagorno Karabakh The de-facto Abkhazian government delegation attended the so-called independence day of Nagorno Karabakh. The President's web page of self-proclaimed republic reads that the delegation was headed by vice-President Vitali Gabnia. He congratulated Bako Saakian, so-called President of Nagorno Karabakh with 25 years of independence of the self-proclaimed republic. Gabnia tells, the population in this region underwent a hard way to the independence. And for Abkhazian people very important is to stay today side-by-side with people of Nagorno Karabakh. The official web page of the so-called President also reads that festive events are continuing and in the frames of this visit meetings with so-called delegation from South Ossetia (breakaway region of Georgia) and with delegation from self-Proclaimed Transnistria are planned too. At the same time, the photos of meeting with Armenian President Serj Sargsian with representatives of de-facto Abkhazian government were published at Facebook of de-facto deputy Foreign Minister Kan Tania. De facto Abkhazian government attends Independence Day of Nagorno Karabakh Politics 2016-09-02 11452 Number of cars in a city doubled up to 40 000 City Mayor tells According to the information, the media got from the City Mayor David Narmania traffic in Tbilisi for today counts 400 000 cars yearly. This figure is double as high than in 2010. City Mayor talked at briefing in the City Hall about traffic safety and ways and measures for facilitation of the heavy traffic in a city. He tells, the constant increase of number of cars causes a serious traffic problems in a city and it is difficult to manage this problem with exact accuracy. "We have to use those instruments and regulations, that are at our hands, maximally to minimize the uncomfortable movement with cars." He also underlined that after the traffic lights was repaired at Saakadze Square, no car accident was fixed at that territory. "The traffic improved considerably at that line. After the city will be fully loaded with cars, this node will be examined once again and we will see the results of this project clearly." He tells that repairing of the rope roads will be accomplished soon, in some 2-3 weeks at Vake Park and the Tortilla lake territory. ?  ? Number of cars in a city increased up to 40 000 City Mayor informs Politics 2016-09-02 11451 Latvian company FERRUS to invest in Georgian tourism Biggest Latvian company FERRUS interested in investments in Georgian tourism. Today the meeting was held between representatives of this company and Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili. The Latvian company's main activity is a construction of tourist infrastructure, and they plan to start business in Georgia in this view. The parties discussed in details about its future plans in area of investment business construction and tourism. They underlined a fair and transparent business environment in Georgia that is favorable for foreign businessmen. Latvian company FERRUS to invest in Georgian tourism Politics 2016-09-02 11450 UNM hold meeting with youth Today leader of the UNM Davit Bakradzze, and representatives of the political party: Salome Samadashvili, Elene khoshtaria, Nika Rurua, Sergo Ratiani and Giorgi Kandelaki organized a meeting with youth. They talked about corruption and nepotism and how to clean the country from such disease. The other theme of discussion was the European future of our country, and the higher education abroad. The political party announced to the press that youth were allowed to discuss questions that were of interest. UNM hold meeting with youth <p> &nbsp; </p> Politics 2016-09-02 11449 State Audit Office of Georgia demands to fine Patriot s Alliance The State Audit Office of Georgia sues the "Patriot's Alliance" for donations that the political union got from three persons. The amount of donations reached GEL 183 200. Lasha Tordia, General Auditor presented today before the press and media a conclusion of the Service: "We will sue the political union "Patriot's Alliance" to fine them for GEL183 200." Tordia believes that legislation was violated, according to which the total amount of donations from the individual persons to the political parties should not be over GEL 60 thousand per year. State Audit Office of Georgia demands to fine Patriot s Alliance Politics 2016-09-02 11448 UK s New Ambassador to Georgia Justin McKenzie Smith has arrived in Tbilisi Britain's new Ambassador to Georgia, Justin McKenzie Smith, has arrived in Tbilisi to take up his role. On arrival, Justin McKenzie Smith said: "It is a pleasure to be in Georgia and an honour to be appointed as Her Majesty's Ambassador. I have been fortunate to visit Georgia several times in the past. I am delighted now to have the chance to live and work here. There are strong ties of friendship between Georgia and the UK. Looking ahead, there are exciting possibilities to expand these links further." Mr McKenzie Smith will fully assume his Ambassadorial duties once he presents his Letters of Credence to the Georgian President and to the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to his appointment as British Ambassador to Georgia, Mr. McKenzie Smith has worked in a range of roles in the British diplomatic service. His most recent post was as Deputy Head of Mission and Director for Trade and Investment at the British Embassy in Mexico City. Previous overseas postings include Moscow and the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York. In the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, Mr McKenzie Smith has worked on issues relating to Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the EU, OSCE, human rights and the media. UK s New Ambassador to Georgia Justin McKenzie Smith has arrived in Tbilisi Politics 2016-09-02 11447 Lavrov criticized NATO "NATO became an ideological organization , member of that organization are proving to each other how strong they are; and are competing with each other in anti-Russian rhetoric," - Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister tells this. Sergey Lavrov tells that Russia tries to cooperate with NATO, but the Alliance is not showing any similar attempts in turn. "For fruitful cooperation, the NATO members have to respect Russia," - Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister  tells. Lavrov criticized NATO Politics 2016-09-02 11446 Abkhazian de facto deputy Foreign Minister detained in Kishinev De-facto Abkhazian deputy Foreign Minister was not allowed to enter Moldova Republic. Oleg Ashba was detained at Kishinev Airport and deported from the country. He arrived there on invitation of de-facto authorities of Transnistria to Tiraspol for celebrating  the 26 years anniversary of the self-proclaimed republic,  on September 2. For your notice: Transnistria, officially the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic; also called Transdniester, Trans-Dniestr or Transdniestria is a separatist, self proclaimed republic on a strip of land between the River Dniester and the eastern Moldovan border with Ukraine recognized only by three non-United Nations states. The region is considered by the UN to be part of Moldova. PMR controls most of the territory to the east of the River Dniester, and also the city of Bender and its surrounding localities on the west bank, in the historical region of Bessarabia. Abkhazian de facto deputy Foreign Minister detained in Kishinev <p> &nbsp; </p> Politics 2016-09-02 11445 Dmitri Kumsishvili met with Belarusian counterpart On August 31, at the governmental meeting of Dmitri Kumsishvili, vice-Prime Minister and Mikhail Rus, vice-Prime Minister of Belarus, questions of trade-economic relations and future cooperation perspectives were discussed. The Belarusian delegation was headed by Belarusian vice-Prime Minister Mikhail Rus. The forthcoming third intergovernmental Economic Cooperation Commission session's agenda was discussed between Belarusian and Georgian parties. The third session from the Georgian side will be headed by Dmitri Kumsishvili, Economic and Sustainable Development Minister; and from the Belarusian party head on the economic session will be Mikhail Rus. In the frames of the session important questions will be decided in relation with the deepening of trade-economic relations between our countries. Dmitri Kumsishvili met with Belarusian counterpart Politics 2016-08-31 11444 Zaza Gbunia met with Temka district population Zaza Gabunia, (GD-DG) majoritarian candidate for Nadzaladevi No 19 district, met with population in Temka. He tell about the planned infrastructure projects, employment plans and development of the Temka potential. The majoritarian candidate also introduced the local population about the main aims, in case if elected to the Parliament. After the introductory part of the meeting the event continued in a question-answer mode. Zaza Gbunia met with Temka district population Politics 2016-08-31 11443 Georgian and Azerbaijani Prime Ministers agreed on deepening of trade economic relations After the face-to-face meeting of Georgian and Azerbaijani Prime ministers, the deliberations continued in a broaden format on a main questions of strategic partnership. The perspectives of bilateral and multilateral cooperation in frames of the Eastern-Western corridor were discussed. The importance of the "Silk Road" in political and economic terms was underlined. The attention was paid to the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, as a one of the most important projects. The cooperation in global energy projects was stressed. Among them the Southern gas corridor, as a successful project for the strengthening of the European energy security. At the meeting parties also discussed future deepening of trade-economic relations and underlined that an intergovernmental sitting on this question will be of big assistance for the negotiation process. The positive dynamics in tourism was underlined, as far a number of Azerbaijani tourists to Georgia increased. The meeting also attended Kakhi Kaladze, Energy Minister; Gigi Gigiadze, Deputy Foreign Minister, and from Azerbaijani side - Natik Aliev, Energy Minister of Azerbaijan and Khaliph, Khalaphov, Deputy Foreign Minster of Azerbaijan. Georgian and Azerbaijani Prime Ministers agreed on deepening of trade economic relations <p> &nbsp; </p> Politics 2016-08-31 11440 Dmitri Kumsishvili signed cooperation agreement with CEFC China Energy On August 30 Georgia visited executive director of CEFC China Energy, - the biggest Chinese corporation. The corporation is in a listing of Fortune Global 500, that unites 500 world's largest corporations. Dmitri Kumsishvili, Economic Minister firstly meet with CEFC China Energy heads on his working visit to China. He was informed; the CEFC China Energy is going to open its regional office in Georgia. The corporation will broaden its activity not only in our region but as well in a Western Europe. The Chinese company is interested to invest in banking sector, energy and tourist business. The memorandum on cooperation was signed between the Georgian Economic ministry and the biggest Chinese corporation. The cooperation in trade-investment area, investment projects development and monitoring, cooperation in export area was agreed by this memorandum. Areas of activity according to the agreement will be infrastructure, energy, transport, logistics, real estate, banking-financial sector, communications. Dmitri Kumsishvili signed cooperation agreement with CEFC China Energy Politics 2016-08-31 11442 Economic Minister tells Yandex Taxi violated the Law I am in doubt, maybe indeed the entering into the Georgian market of Russian Yandex Taxi, violated the law on occupation, - Dmitri Kumsishvili, Economic Minister tells. He declared today to journalists that discussion on the matter was conducted and the question is studied now. "The government was not promoting the Russian business, contrary, I am in doubt too, maybe the law on occupation was violated indeed. I talked with my team and they are investigating the question. We have to define now, if the law was violated, who is responsible to react. No doubt, the law must be obeyed. The territorial unity and sovereignty of our country must be defended. All companies operating in Georgia must respect our legislation and our territorial unity, "- Kumsishvili tells. Economic Minister tells Yandex Taxi violated the Law Politics 2016-08-30 11441 Kaladze tells Russian companies too can do business in Georgia Kakhi Kaladze, vice-Prime Minister declared,  the information that was disseminated in connection with travelling  maps of Yandex taxi drivers (where  occupied territories are marked  as independent states) categorically unacceptable is. In this respect he underlined that Russian companies too can do business in Georgia, but they may face political problems. "I know many Russian companies operating in Georgia for several years, but would be inappropriate to hinder them, in terms of doing  business. Any company can do business in Georgia, but if this will not be exploited for malicious purposes." He underlined once again that a main purpose of the government of today is an European way and aspiration to EU institutions. In no event, GD-DG government will not recede in this view. Kaladze also  tells that with Russia too, we have to build relations anew, and all steps of the government are directed to the main aim to become a member of one big European family. This is a choice of Georgian people, he tells. But the relations with Russia must not be reestablished "at expense of our territories, no compromises will be made  in this respect" - he tells. He welcomes the fact that Georgian goods are accepted at Russian market, but still "we have problems in political sense," - Kaladze tells. Kaladze tells Russian companies too can do business in Georgia but &nbsp;will face problems&nbsp; Politics 2016-08-30 11439 Knut Flekenshtein tells Georgia has well established elections environment Knut Flekenshtein Vice-Chair Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (Germany) met today at the office of GD-DG with Kakhi Kaladze. He declared at the briefing, his purpose of visiting Georgia first of all is to suggest assistance with the elections campaign. He tells the GD-DG underwent a hard way to be closer to Europe. "Now we are in such a country which has well established and strong elections environment. This was not the case previously, "- Knut Flekenshtein tells. ? Knut Flekenshtein tells Georgia has well established elections environment Politics 2016-08-30 11438 Georgia is open for all companies among them for Russian business Mikheil Janelidze, Foreign Minister tells the business environment in Georgia is open for all companies among them for Russian business too. However, in connection with the entering of Georgian market by the Russian company "Yandex" (taxi drivers), he added that all of them have to act in accordance with the existing Georgian legislation. For information, at the maps of "Yandex" taxi drivers the occupied territories are marked as a separate, independent states. Georgia is open for all companies among them for Russian business Politics 2016-08-30 11437 Unprecedently high number of OSCE observers in Georgia OSCE observers mission arrived to Georgia. Members of Delegation conducted first meeting with the Georgian Foreign Minister. They talked about a pre-elections environment. Mikheil Janelidze, Foreign Minister tells for 2016 parliamentary elections unprecedently high number of OSCE observers arrived to Georgia. The 26-people delegation from 15 different countries will conduct a monitoring for fair elections. Our goal is to conduct elections and pre-elections debates as much as possible transparently, Foreign Minister tells. Unprecedently high number of OSCE observers in Georgia Politics 2016-08-30 11436 Salvasan Mirzoev continues meetings with population Salvasan Mirzoev, (GD-DG) majoritarian candidate in Gradabani, continues meetings with local electorate. This time he met with village Tbiltskharo dwellers. The population was preoccupied with the problems of a land registration, and they were provided with exhaustive information. "Fortunately the government facilitated a land registration. This simplified regulations for the land registration are for everyone, and the land that you are working on, for tens of years must be registered for your ownership." The majoritarian candidate also met with local youth. "I was impatiently waiting for a meeting with you. Youth people are distinguished with the creativity. I would like to listen how you see for the future development of your region. What can we do to make this region attractive for young people," - Savalan Mirzoev tells. Salvasan Mirzoev continues meetings with population Politics 2016-08-29 11435 GD DG to return national treasury exhibited at London Museum Grigol Liluashvili, (GD-DG) majoritarian candidate in Vani and Khobi united district conducted several meetings with population in villages of Vani municipality. He was introduced in details with the problems of locals, detected the priorities for its development. In turn Liluashvili tells about the future plans of the government in this region. He tells that 26% of budget the GD-DG spends on social needs of the population. Such humanistic tendencies will be continued for the future too. He promised that the GD-DG will return a national treasury that is saved in the London Museum for placing at Vani local museum. "We are the government oriented to the people and we can build a strong and steady state, "- GD-DG told at the regional meeting with local population. GD DG to return national treasury exhibited at London Museum Politics 2016-08-29 11434 Bomb blast hits crime laboratory in Brussels A bomb has gone off at the Brussels Institute of Criminology, without causing casualties, Belgian media say. Shortly before 02:30 local time (00:30 GMT), a car rammed through three fences. "One or more" suspects then reportedly detonated a bomb near the laboratories. Belgium's terror alert level remains high since bomb attacks on Brussels airport and the city's metro, claimed by so-called Islamic State that killed 32 people in March. It is unclear what happened to the suspects behind the latest blast, which Belgian media said had caused "significant" damage. Forensic analysis linked to criminal cases is carried out at the site, but it is not the only laboratory of its kind linked to the police. The independent institute, linked to Belgium's federal justice body, is in Neder-Over-Heembeek, a suburb in the north of Brussels. Bilal Hadfi, who blew himself up outside the Stade de France during last November's Paris attacks, lived in Neder-Over-Heembeek. Bomb blast hits crime laboratory in Brussels Politics 2016-08-29 11433 EP member tells EU wants Georgia to continue its path to democracy David McAllister, the Member of European Parliament, European People's Party Vice President believes that Georgia has fulfilled all the tasks in relation to visa liberalization and now it is the EU's turn. He stressed the importance of October elections in Georgia, and talked about problems in occupied territories. "Georgia plays an important role within the framework of the EU's Eastern Partnership and we support the Euro-Atlantic integration process of the country. We want Georgia to continue its path of democracy. 2016 is crucial for Georgia. During this summer the deep and comprehensive free trade agreement has taken full effect and it is time to fulfill its provisions now. I know how important visa liberalization is and I want to clearly say on behalf of the German Christian Democratic Party that we support Georgia's visa liberalization. Georgia has fulfilled all the tasks and now it's our turn to fulfill our promise and grant them visa liberalization ", - said McAllister. According to him, he supported Georgia's visa liberalization during discussions in the committees. "The European Parliament has to make a decision now. I strongly encourage quick completion of this process. Thus, the phase, which was entirely initiated by the previous government, will be completed", - said McAllister. EP member tells EU wants Georgia to continue its path to democracy Politics 2016-08-29 11432 Georgian State Security and Belarusian State Security Committee agreed on cooperation Vakhtang Gomelauri, head of the State Security Service and Valeri Vakulchik, Chair of the State Security Committee of Belarus signed an agreement on cooperation. The agreement envisages close cooperation between parties on terrorism, corruption and fight against international and transnational organized crime. The delegation from Belarus republic is paying an official visit to Georgia. The parties discussed a situation in the region and talked about the bilateral cooperation in security sphere. Georgian State Security and Belarusian State Security Committee agreed on cooperation Politics 2016-08-25 11431 Georgian air market enters one more Russian air company One more Russian air company enters the Georgian market. Yamal Airlines operates on Russian market since 1997, and for 2016 has already 29 airplanes. The flights will be performed from Moscow to Tbilisi from Moscow's Zhukovsky International Airport, also known as Ramenskoye Airport or Zhukovsky Airfield. Except of Tbilisi, the Yamal Airlines flies to Vienna, Budapest, Prague and Munich. To be noted the Russian air companies are flying to Georgia from Moscow's Domodedovo, Sheremetievo and Vnukovo international airports. Georgian air market enters one more Russian air company Politics 2016-08-25 11430 State program for increasing of qualification for unemployed Starting from October the Social Service Agency starts the implementation of state program for unemployed, for increasing of qualification. Today director of the Social Service Agency Zaza Sopromadze met with heads of colleges and professional schools. The interested persons will be trained in deficit professional area, demand for which higher is. The area of deficit professions was detected by the Ministry of Health Care Labor and Social Security. Totally 47 professions were determined as deficit ones. For additional information you can apply to the Healthcare Ministry's hot line: 1505. Also you can visit a web page of the Social Security Agency State program for increasing of qualification for unemployed Politics 2016-08-25 11429 Statement of City Hall The City Halls starts new program for increasing of public awareness in traffic safety. The City Hall is ready to finance different projects, trainings for traffic rules, methodology for roads and traffic safety, parking rules and so on. The interested persons and noncommercial organization can apply until September 20 with the project. The winners will be determined by a commission staffed with the representatives of the City Hall and the Patrol Police. For additional information you can see a web page: - Statement of City Hall Politics 2016-08-25 11428 Investigation will not be initiated on case of unpermitted entry to military base The Chief Prosecutor's Office disseminated a statement on unpermitted entry to the military object by Tristan Tsitelashvili. On August 9 of 2016 the Prosecutor's Office got an official information from the General Headquarters, that the military object where Tristan Tsitelashvili entered without permission was not a secret military object. The persons not having a special permission to the information containing a state secret were able to attend this military object under the ordinary permission. Investigation will not be initiated on case of unpermitted entry to military base Politics 2016-08-25 11427 Republicans demand resignation of Narmania The fraction of Republicans at the Tbilisi City Assembly are demanding the resignation of Davit Narmania, City Mayor. The chair of the fraction Khatuna Samnidze declared, they are ready to join a list of signatures, for vote of no confidence to Narmania. Samnidze tells more 24 signatures of MPs are left, but it is impossible to gather them taking in view the staffing of the Tbilisi City Assembly. She tells the administrative body became a private closed club, but not a responsible establishment. "The reason for this is that at the Tbilisi City Assembly on a different posts were appointed people from state security services. Davit Narmania deserves the campaign that was started against him," - Samnidze tells. Republicans demand resignation of Narmania Politics 2016-08-25 11426 Prime Minister tells his political team never abused dignity of people "We are a team of politicians, we are the government that never abused dignity of people. All our steps were made only for the good of our population and we love our citizens, ‘- Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister tells when meeting with the population in Mestia. He presented the majoritarian candidate Gocha Enukidze in the Svaneti united elections district. He noted that the government has a plan what should be done for making the Svaneti much more attractive for tourists. Prime Minster underlined that the sites of Svaneti must be accessible not only for foreign guests but as well for internal tourism development. "Unfortunately, many foreigners visited Svaneti, but very important is to make this resort accessible for our elders and children. We plan to establish sportive schools for winter sports and recreational activity, "- Prime Minister tells. He also underlined that nowadays in Georgia the elections environment is far fairer, the differing opinion is not persecuted as before. The GD-DG is to continue for the next four years to listen to the critics and make steps for improving the flaws. Prime Minister tells his political team never abused dignity of people Politics 2016-08-25 11425 Public expects apologizes from Narmania The public expects Davit Narmania, City Mayor will apologize. The GYLA calls the City Mayor to apologize publicly. On August 24, of 2016 at the City Hall discussion was held concerning the greenery planting. At the discussion one of civil activists was interrupted by him. Narmania told: "I did not give you a question [ ...] Monkey-donkey!" "Such behavior inappropriate is for the public official. I am addressing to Davit Narmania to apologize publicly, for the abusive words," - the GYLA states. Public expects apologizes from Narmania Politics 2016-08-25 11424 Kvirikashvili tells Tetnuld development very important project is "The Tetnuld development new phase very important project is. This mountain resort is and develops with inclusiveness of local population,"- Georgian Prime Minister tells this commenting the mountain resorts development. He stressed he controls these resorts privately. "Among them are Bakuriani, Gudauri, Thetnuld and Goderdzi. In all fourth directions very serious progress will be. You can see what a wonderful infrastructure changes are in Bakuriani now. The mountain resorts will be developed much intensively, than it was previously." Kvirikashvili tells Tetnuld development very important project is Politics 2016-08-25 11423 Archil Talakvadze met with NGO representatives Archil Talakvadze , GD-DG majoritarian candidate in Ozurgeti met with representatives of NGOs. The meeting attended as well GD-DG members Kakha Kuchava, Mamuka Mdinaradze, Akaki Zoidze. "The Ozurgeti region has a strong civil society and NGOs, this very advantageous is for any modern politician, "- Archil Talakvadze opened the discussion. The talks touched as well elections system and elections legislation, selfgoverning reform, social security questions and the environment and land owning issues. NGOs stressed attention to the lifting of barriers for self-governing units in assesibility of financial resources. The discussion was held on the reform of educational system and on the 4-point plan of government. "Near is a time when, the private sector will directly request the professionals in some and other area of skills from the education system, "- Kakha Kuchava tell. "The government alongside with the social support will suggest to beneficiaries an employment opportunity too, only in such way we can overcome the deadlocked poverty circle, "- Akaki Zoidze tells. Archil Talakvadze met with NGO representatives Politics 2016-08-25 11422 Sozar Subari tells our Olympic champions were very successful At the dawn of August 25, in Tbilisi International Airport members of Georgian Olympic delegation and sportsmen were met on its return from Rio 2016 Olympics. The champions were met by Tariel Khechikashvili, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Sozar Subari, Refugees Minister and family members. Refugees Minister underlined that the Georgian sport is developing in a right direction and for the future Georgian sportsmen will achieve much higher results. "Its success was a result of a day and night work and trainings, all of them were fighting for our country. Our country has a big Olympic traditions, being in USSR and after the declaration of independence. The sport is developing in a right direction and this will be a basis for even higher success. We got more Olympic medals than any bigger countries. We are a bit disappointed, because we could won more medals. But our success very high is, and for future we will get more results, "- Refugees Minister tells. For you notice, Georgia first participated at the Olympic Games as an independent nation in 1994 and has sent athletes to compete in every Summer Olympic Games and Winter Olympic Games since then. Previously, Georgian athletes competed as part of the Soviet Union at the Olympics from 1952 to 1988 and after the dissolution of the Soviet Union Georgia was part of the Unified Team in 1992. Georgian athletes have won a total of thirty-two medals, mostly in wrestling, judo and weightlifting. The Georgian National Olympic Committee was created in 1989 and recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 1993. Sozar Subari tells our Olympic champions were very successful Politics 2016-08-25 11421 GD DG typically destroys a well established system Sergo Ratiani and Elene Khoshtaria responded to the fact of unprocessed information that enrollees got from the Center of United National Exams. "A very alarming fact happens in a course of announcement of examinations results. Yesterday the enrollees were called for an hour about; they were getting information about the amount of a granting and its enrolment to universities. After this the calling stopped and no official information was provided in addition. What does this mean, this looks like a typical ruling style of the GD-DG, when they are able to destroy the existing well established system. And secondly, they are treating with people very impolitely. This can make one to lose a trust towards the institutions. The strong system that was provided to the present government was totally destroyed, "- the statement of UNM reads. GD DG typically destroys a well established system Politics 2016-08-24 11420 Chair of Ajara regional government met with Turkish delegation Zurab Pataridze, Chair of Ajara regional government, Ramaz Bolkvadze, Ajara regional Finance and Economic Minister and Lasha Komakhidze, Agriculture Minister of Ajara met today with representatives of Turkish Foreign Economic Board (DEIK) representatives. The deepening of trade-economic partnership was on agenda of this meeting. Future perspectives for investments and tourism development in the region was discussed alongside with the existing projects in this area. Zurab Pataridze expressed his concern over the frequent terrorist attacks for the last period of time in Turkey. He expressed his comaptience to Turkish government and people. Head of Ajara regional government thanked the Turkish party for support in search operations of lost militaries in a Black Sea. Chair of Ajara regional government met with Turkish delegation Politics 2016-08-24 11419 Paata Mkheidze started meetings with population Patta Mkheidze, (GD-DG) majoritarian candidate started meetings with population. He meets today with electorate in Rustavi Park, elections district 29. He summarized the implemented projects by GD-DG, at the same time he talked about future plans and projects. Population also discussed the own problems, they are facing nowadays in Rustavi. Paata Mkheidze told the Parliamentary elections in 2012 were of historic importance and that was a fight against the total injustice. He told that was a fight with unequally bigger force and electorate was in a danger when supported GD-DG. Mkheidze told the same unbending and strong position of electorate is necessary at the forthcoming elections Paata Mkheidze started meetings with population Politics 2016-08-24 11418 Abesadze tells government misspends state budget Irakli Abseadze, (UNM) responds to the decision of Prime Minister for appointment of Soso Jachvliani to the new position. Abesadze believes that such decision proofs once again that government misspends the state budget. "At the background of high unemployment, when the population watches the government sittings with a hope that something will change for its advantage, the government did nothing for resolving of this problem - contrary, the decision of a Prime Minister once again proofs that all this in vain is, for the disappointment of population. This initiative of the Prime Minister denotes that at the expenses of a state budged new Ltd companies will be established. And there only former activists of the political party will be employed. This denotes that for the future 4 years the population will stay cheated and unemployed. The population will not support this. We need to create the employment opportunities in a private sector, where people will be able to work according to its experience and qualification, "- Abesadze tells. Abesadze tells government misspends state budget Politics 2016-08-24 11417 Khidasheli is concerned over declaration of Levan Isoria Tina Khidasheli, former Defense Minister tells the happening in Gonio a big tragedy is. "I do not believe that any politician would be the former Defense Minister or any other, will exploit this happening for the political confrontation." Tina Khidasheli tells she is concerned over the declaration that was made yesterday by the acting Defense Minister, in connection with the Gonio incident. ‘He tells that this was a mass crime. This unprecedented declaration is on his part. Exactly such declarations are affecting badly the reputation of the Army. The criminal case should be investigated and the Defense Minister has to clarify - what crime was committed, who a villain is and who is punished for. For such declaration, the Minister, has to have solid grounds and documentations and proofs presented. Here his disposition to the Armed Forces clearly was shown. I am very concerned over this declaration, "- Tina Khidasheli tells. Khidasheli is concerned over declaration of Levan Isoria Politics 2016-08-24 11416 Republican Party calls CEC do not pass decree that does not corresponds the legislation The Republican Party informs that today, on August 24 the Central Elections Committee is to assign sequential numbers to political parties in an eligibility list, biased without a lot. The Article 119 of the Georgian Elections Code, imperatively states which rules apply to the sequential number assignment. Political parties will be assigned the sequential number by a lot  from 2 to 8 September. The only exception from the rule is granted to three political parties that got most votes in previous Parliamentary elections. All other political parties have equal rights. For today, according to the legislation without a lot, the sequential number might be given only to the political parties GD-DG, UNM and United Georgian Movement (Nino Burjanadze). The exception is exhausted and no widening is allowed. Attempts of the CEC to assign the sequential number according to the past self-governing elections, is a violation of the law and invokes inequality, that puts in danger a process of fair elections. The Republican Party calls the CEC to refrain from taking a decision that does not corresponds elections legislation. The Republican Party addresses also to all political parties, international and local elections observers to pay attention to this fact Republican Party calls CEC do not pass decree that does not corresponds the legislation Politics 2016-08-24 11415 Maya Melikidze met with Turkish businessmen Maya Melikidze, Aide of President in Economic questions met with representatives of Turkish Business Council, Turkish Business Association in Georgia and representatives of Turkish Embassy. The meeting was held in the Presidential Palace, the parties discussed the economic situation in Turkey after the failed coup on July 15 in Turkey. The Georgian-Turkish economic relations were on agenda too. The Turkish party declared no serious harm was inflicted after the failed coup on economic development of the country. This was due to the active involvement of the government and unprecedented support of the people, - the Turkish side declared. No serious damages were affected to the Turkish Foreign policy too. The country continues its active cooperation with the West, and upholds Georgia in its aspiration to Euro-Atlantic institutions. Maya Melikidze met with Turkish businessmen Politics 2016-08-24 11414 President congratulates Ukrainian counterpart with Independence Day Georgian President, Giorgi Margvelashvili congratulates his Ukrainian counterpart Peter Poroshenko with the Independence Day of Ukraine. He expressed a special respect for Ukrainian people. President underlined that in a modern world, full of challenges, the Ukrainian people are defending and strengthening the statehood of Ukraine. Georgian President promised that Georgian people always will uphold Ukrainian people. "We will overcome challenges that our countries are facing now and for the future the cooperation between our countries will deepen for the well being of our people, "- Margvelashvili underlined in his congratulation letter. President congratulates Ukrainian counterpart with Independence Day Politics 2016-08-24 11413 Gia Volski meets with population in frames of pre elections campaign Gia Volski (GD-DG), majoritarian candidate for Chughureti district, in frames of pre-elections campaign continues his meetings with population. He meet with IDP's settling in Chughureti district. Here 106 families are living in a group. He listened to all its problems, and promised he will resolve all its problems after the elections. "This primary obligation is, I have to support all of you," - Giorgi Volski declared. He walked through the territory of Arsenal mountain for meeting with his electorate to watch all major problems privately. Gia Volski meets with population in frames of pre elections campaign Politics 2016-08-24 11412 Grigol Liluashvili met with local small and medium manufacturers Majoritarian candidate from GD-DG, Grigol Liluashvili continues meetings with population in Vani and Khoni elections district. He conducted meetings with manufacturers of small and medium business. The problems of wood processing and legislative insufficiencies in this area were discussed. "GD-DG passed more than one legislative Bill for the facilitation of small and medium business, the situation in the country changed rapidly for the better development of this area, ‘ - Liluashvili tells. The problems of agriculture development were discussed at the meeting. Grigol Liluashvili met with local small and medium manufacturers Politics 2016-08-23 11411 Turkmenistan Airlines enters Georgian air market In the Tbilisi International Airport the official meeting of representatives from TAV Georgia and Turkmenistan Airlines was conducted. The flights to Ashkhabad are appointed twice in a week with Boeing 737-800. Turkmenistan Airlines is the flag carrier airline of Turkmenistan, headquartered in Ashgabat. It operates domestic and international passenger and cargo services mainly from its hub at Ashgabat International Airport. Turkmenistan Airlines enters Georgian air market Politics 2016-08-23 11410 Flights from Moscow to be performed from Zhukovsky International airport too The Russian media informs the flights from Moscow to Georgia will be appointed from the Zhukovsky International Airport (Ramenskoe Airport). Russian Air companies will fly from this airport to Georgia, Kazakhstan, China, Tajikistan and Turkey. This time flights to Georgia (Batumi) are appointed from Moscow's Domodedovo Airport to Batumi International Airport by the air company Ural Airlines. Also flights are appointed from Moscow's other airports: Vnukovo and Sheremetievo. The flights from Domodedovo airport might be replaced by Zhukovsky International Airport. However this time no air company announced about change of Airport. To be noted: Zhukovsky International Airport (ICAO: UUBW), also known as Ramenskoye Airport or Zhukovsky Airfield is Moscow's fourth international airport. <br /> Flights from Moscow to be performed from Zhukovsky International airport too Politics 2016-08-23 11409 Parliament did not discuss as yet bock less status The Committee sitting for the Parliamentary Procedural question was not held as yet. Out of 15 members of the Parliamentary Committee only 4 attended the sitting. But for the discussion of a question minimal quality of presented MP's no less than 8 people is. Today the sitting was to discuss the "block-less" status of Georgia. Parliament did not discuss as yet bock less status Politics 2016-08-23 11408 Prime Minister tells Kashuri is to return its transit function "The Khashuri region has to return its logistics transit function that always had. The region will gain a special importance for the economic growth of a whole country, " - Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minster tells this today at the meeting with local population in Khashuri. Prime Minister presented to the audience majoritarian candidate from GD-DG Valeri Gelashvili. He also discussed a future plan for the development of the country. He tells that a future four years will be years of a speedy and fundamental development. Kvirikashvili tells that the government has no gape with ordinary people. "We are the same ordinary persons as you are. And we are going to undergo the future 4 years with a full responsibility and speedy development of a country. We are going to make important fundamental changes in economic, education, infrastructure modernization. For the infrastructure we are going to spend for USD 5 million more than we are spending for these purposes today. We will start to implement this plan at the very next day of elections, " - Prime Minister underlined. Prime Minister tells Kashuri is to return its transit function Politics 2016-08-23 11407 Francois Hollande thanked Georgian President François Gérard Georges Nicolas Hollande, French President sends a letter to Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili expressing his respect for Margvelashvili's condolences and solidarity in connection with the terrorist attack on July 14, in Nice. French President underlined that the fight against terrorism continues and people will not forget the persons died on July 14. "We will stay stronger than those fanatics who committed this terrorist attack, "- French President tells. Francois Hollande thanked Georgian President Politics 2016-08-23 11406 City Mayor to be summoned to Tbilisi City Assembly After the consultations, the Tbilisi City Assembly will announce the date for summoning of Narmania . It will be decided in nearest days. Davit Narmania tells possibly he will attend the Assembly this week. Before the summoning, he will meet with experts and NGO's representatives and will be consulted in a policy for the development of the city. He underlined that is ready to answer all questions in the Assembly. "Also I will discuss the problems in greenery planting and environment, "- Narmania tells. City Mayor to be summoned to Tbilisi City Assembly Politics 2016-08-23 11405 Alasania presented four majoritarian candidates Irakli Alasania, leader of the political party Free Democrats presented four majoritarian candidates for Parliamentary elections. He declared today at the briefing that in Isani District majoritarian candidate will be Ketevan Enukidze, scientist in literature, researcher (teacher of Georgian language and literature). She is a co-author of the educational program of the Free Democrats. Another majoritatian candidate is Levan Jamalashvili, for the Sighnaghi region (Kakheti). "He has an experience in melioration, as a chief specialist in Kakheti region. Also he is a good manager, " - Alasania tells. Malkhaz Davitishvili is a candidate for the Dusheti region. And Oleg Arjevanidze is a majoritarian candidate for Sachkhere region (Imereti). He is a member of local municipality. Earlier he was taking part in national movement for independence of Georgia, and afterwards was actively involved in elections processes. "Agrarian sector and environmental issues under his competence are," - leader of Free democrats stressed. Alasania presented four majoritarian candidates Politics 2016-08-23 11404 Vasil Maghlaperidze quits GDS Vasil Maghlaperidze, producer of the TV program 20/30 quits the TV company GDS. He claims that the TV company has a well established concept of programs and development, that is strictly defined, and for him is not interesting to work in a company with well predicted plan. "I was not empowered with a change of a future policy of the television. However, I can take a decision concerning myself privately. I quit the TV GDS." - he tells. He stressed that there were not any private conflicts within the TV staff and heads, but on a professional ground serious disagreements appeared. "Both sides were defending own positions and appears to be our future cooperation would be impossible. We took a decision and parted," - he commented. Vasil Maghlaperidze quits GDS Politics 2016-08-23 11403 Finance Minister met with representatives of Willis Towers Watson On August 23 Nodar Khaduri, Finance Minister met with representatives of Willis Towers Watson, foreign investors. They are investing in Georgia for the energy sector. Also they discussed questions of safety insurance, and risks and dangers that does exist in our country in this respect. The parties agreed on cooperation and future visits with wider investing projects. Finance Minister met with representatives of Willis Towers Watson Politics 2016-08-23 11402 Up to 48 percent of population unsatisfied with government activity Under the request of TV company Rustavi 2 the German Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung (Society for Consumer Research), Germany's largest market research institute conducted an opinion poll for estimating an activity of Georgian government. 46.4% of people are satisfied with the activity of the government, or is partially satisfied. And 48.3% of people are not satisfied with the activity of the government. The research was conducted on August 2-18, with the direct interview method among 2 200 people throughout the Georgia. For information, the GfK SE, established in 1934 as Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung (Society for Consumer Research) is Germany's largest market research institute, and the fourth largest market research organization in the world, after Nielsen Company, Kamtar Group and Ipsos. It was founded by an association of university teachers, among them Ludwig Erhard, later Minister for Economics and Chancellor of Germany. Up to 48 percent of population unsatisfied with government activity Politics 2016-08-23 11401 GfK research opinion poll Which political party will you vote for Parliamentary elections on October 8? The question was one of many others in the research opinion poll that was conducted by well known German company GfK, under the request of TV Company Rustavi 2. The respondents replied: GD-DG 25.8% UNM 25.5% State for people - Paata Burchuladze 6.9% Labor Party 3.7% Free Democrats - Irakli Alasania 2.9% The research was conducted on August 2- 18. GfK research opinion poll Politics 2016-08-23 11400 Detained terrorist admitted a guilt incriminated Beka Bekauri, who was detained for the terrorist act attempt admitted the guilt incriminated against him. Maya Chrelashvili, defense lawyer of the accused person declared this to journalists today. However, she does not disclosed to the public which part of the guilt Beka Bekauri has admitted. This time accused person is being at the hospital for medical treatment. He has wounds in area of the head and according to the information disseminated the wounds he got at the moment of his detention. He was beaten. The Security Service detained 7 persons for the attempt of the terrorist attack, 5 of them were involved in the attack directly. Detained terrorist admitted a guilt incriminated Politics 2016-08-22 11399 Prime Minister tells the basic infrastructure very important is Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Georgian Prime Minister tells that a basic infrastructure construction that is underway now very important is for the future development. He tells this in Aspindza region being at the meeting with local population. He presented a majoritarian candidate from GD-DG - Gedevan Popkhadze. Prime Minister also discussed the reforms being made for the last four years. He tells that fundamental reforms are to be made in education area, and teachers and lecturers are to be more valued. Giorgi Kvirikashvili touched the pending economic reforms for the facilitation of small and medium businesses. He noted that gas and water supply considerably improved in many regions. Schools and cultural objects were repaired in the region, also sportive complexes constructed for the youth. Nowadays, more finances are spending for the future generation, than it was 4 years ago. Prime Minister tells the basic infrastructure very important is Politics 2016-08-22 11398 Economic Minister met with Turkish delegation Dimitri Kumsishvili, the Economic Minister met with Turkish delegation, biggest business union, the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK). They arrived to Georgia with a working visit. The questions of bilateral trade-economic relations were discussed at the meeting. Turkey is a biggest trade partner of Georgia. The investments and tourism were underlined as important spheres of cooperation. The parties underlined that cooperation between Turkey and Georgia are playing an important role for the regional economic development. The Turkish party expressed its gratitude for support of Georgia in events on July 15, at coup attempt. Economic Minister met with Turkish delegation Politics 2016-08-22 11397 Ivanishvili returns to GDS Ex-Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili will return to the TV company GDS from September 1. He will take part in a TV program with Natia Toidze and Misha Peikrishvili, as an interviewer. The new TV program will be aired from September 1 from different regions of Georgia, twice in a week. The opening of the TV program will be started from Batumi, and a length of the program will be hour and a half. Misha Peikrishvili in his interview with "Tabula" told that the representatives of local media too will take part in this TV program. The last translation will be conducted from Tbilisi. Bidzina Ivanishvili is going to take part in elections process in a several days. Ivanishvili returns to GDS Politics 2016-08-22 11396 Prime Minister urges to stop political confrontation "Today, we have to stop the political confrontation, - we have to unite for making the next 4 years historic ones for Georgia, " - Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister tells this today at the meeting with Ninotsminda population. He also presented the majoritarian candidate from GD-DG Enzel Mkoian and introduced the population with the reforms and plans for the next 4 years. "For the next 4 years we have a plan how we can conduct a modernization of the country speedily. We have to make our infrastructure, transport and regional infrastructure to be fully corresponding to the modern standards. We need fundamental changes in an education area, for employing the young people directly after they will accomplish the High Schools and Universities. Also the economic reforms are nessesary that we are conducting now." - Prime Minister tells. Prime Minister also underlined that the Parliament already approved the law according which the income tax will not exist anymore from January 1 of 2017, in case of reinvesting of the income. In his speech in Ninotsminda the Prime Minister also talked about the infrastructure reforms in the region. He underlined its importance for the regional economic development. He also stressed that the wealth of the country in its multinationality is. Prime Minister urges to stop political confrontation Politics 2016-08-22 11395 Air pollution indicator in Batumi National Center for Environmental Research detected, the air pollution in Batumi higher of the acceptable norms is for 1.4. The Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty RFE/RL informs that this is connected with the increasing number of cars in Batumi and number of the construction works pending. Air pollution indicator in Batumi Politics 2016-08-22 11394 Davit Narmania to be summoned at Tbilisi City Assembly The opposition parties of Tbilisi City Assembly summoned Davit Narmania, Mayor of the City on August 25 at the sitting of the Assembly. The opposition declares, they gathered the signatures for calling of the City Mayor for questioning at the Tbilisi City Assembly. According to the legislation only one-fourth of the MP's votes are enough to summon an official. The reasons for this an illegal cutting of trees in Tbilisi is. Davit Narmania to be summoned at Tbilisi City Assembly <p> &nbsp; </p> Politics 2016-08-22 11393 Nino Goguadze conducts meetings with electorate Nino Goguadze, (GD-DG) majoriatarian candidate from Saburtalo will conduct a meeting with refugees living in Saburtalo district on August 22 at 16:00. Nino Goguadze will meet with electorate together with Mariam Jashi, Sopho Kiladze, and Kakha Kuchava. Address: Tashkent street, No7 Nino Goguadze conducts meetings with electorate <p> &nbsp; </p> Politics 2016-08-22 11392 Metreveli quits political party of Burchuladze Merab Metreveli, quits the political party "The government for People". Metreveli explained that for him was unacceptable the fact of union of this political party with "Vashadze-Djaparidze". ‘I came into politics with the political party of Burchuladze, because this was a new political force. I wished to cooperate with this new political force. Everything may happen in politics, but such decision of union with another political party was unacceptable for me," - Merab Metreveli declared. At the same time, head of the political party - Paata Burchuladze tells that this is a big loss for its party and he thanked Merab Metreveli, for the work conducted and wished a success for his future activity. Metreveli quits political party of Burchuladze Politics 2016-08-22 11391 Tbilisi to host Georgian-Azerbaijan Business forum The Georgian-Azerbaijan business forum to be conducted in Tbilisi on September 29-30, different leading companies will take part in this business forum. In the frames of this forum representatives of business and government will meet. The Azerbaijani Customs informs that the trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Georgia amounts to USD 234, 9 million, out of this figure export form Azerbaijan is USD 220,56 million. Tbilisi to host Georgian-Azerbaijan Business forum Politics 2016-08-22 11390 Saakashvili calls Sports Minister of Ukraine to resign Mikheil Saakashvili, Odessa governor calls Igor Jdanov, Ukraine's Sports Minister to resign. Sakashvili considers that Jdanov has to resign as the Ukraine's sportive team at the Rio Olympics was unsuccessful. He tells even those countries that are smaller and having less potential than Ukraine has, were more successful at Olympic Games 2016. Such countries are Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Cuba, Jamaica and other countries. Such outcome must be followed, at least, by a resignation of Sports Minister, Sakashvili shared his point of view at the social network. Saakashvili calls Sports Minister of Ukraine to resign Politics 2016-08-22 11389 Last directive of CEC does not match legislation The Transparency International Georgia considers that the last directive of the CEC is not in accordance with the Georgian legislation. On August 19 of 2016, the Central Elections Commission took a decision concerning the procedures for registration of the political parties. The international NGO Transparency International Georgia considers the directive contains major shortcomings and some points of the directive do not match the Georgian legislation. At the same time, CEC informs that except of the political union Centrists more 9 political parties were registered for elections, and the information about heads of those political parties was not indicated at the official web page of the National Public Registry. The directive that was taken by the CEC recently may affect the registration of those 9 political parties and invoke its annulment. The Transparency International calls the CEC to draft its directive in accordance with the legislation. Last directive of CEC does not match legislation Politics 2016-08-22 11388 Russian-Armenian gas pipe line explosion attempt prevented at river Aragvi On August 20 of 2016, The Counterintelligence Department of the State Security Service detained 5 persons for group terrorist act attempt, and for illegal purchasing of the explosive substances. The investigation detected, persons were trying to explode the open part of the Russian -Armenian gas pipeline near the village Saguramo. Moreover, for the abuse of power one patrol police officer detained , and a citizen for concealing of the fact of a crime. The investigation conducted by the counterintelligence service of the State Security. The criminal liability for thesse persons will be followed under the articles of the GCC: 18-323, part I; 3231 part I; 25-3231 part I, 236, part II, 332 and 376, the State Security Service informed at the briefing. Russian-Armenian gas pipe line explosion attempt prevented at river Aragvi Politics 2016-08-22 11387 Nugzar Tsiklauri conducts meetings with population Nugzar Tsiklauri, (UNM) majoritarian candidate conducts meetings with population in region Samgori. The population complains they were deprived of social security benefits on a ground of its political preferences. The problem of the unemployment, water supply and internal roads construction still on agenda is in these villages. The participants of the meeting with politicians stressed, despite the government was informed about these problems of the region long ago, no assistance was provided as, yet. The population promised to support the majoritarian candidate from UNM. Nugzar Tsiklauri conducts meetings with population Politics 2016-08-22 11386 Interior Ministry detained persons for illegal crossing of border The Border Police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs detained foreign persons at the Batumi border section No1 (Sarpi), for the attempt of illegal crossing of border. Among them, three persons are from Sri Lanka Republic and one from Turkey. The investigation has detected that persons from Sri Lanka were trying to cross the border avoiding the Check Point with the support of Turkish national. The criminal case initiated on attempt of the illegal crossing of border (under the Georgian Criminal Code Art. 19-344 part II). The Chief Investigative Department of the Border Police investigates the happening. Interior Ministry detained persons for illegal crossing of border Politics 2016-08-22 11385 President appointed early elections for regions on October 8 Giorgi Margvelashvili, Georgian President appointed an early elections for October 8. The decree of the President on this matter is already issued. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister already approved the decree of the President. On August 19 of 2016 the Georgian President issued a decree No 19/01/01 for early elections of governors in Bolnisi, Zugdidi, Tslenjikha, Chiatura and Kharagauli municipalities, the statement of the President's Administration reads. The early elections were preconditioned by the fact of participation of governors and a Mayor in Parliamentary elections. The same day the Parliamentary elections will be conducted too. President appointed early elections for regions on October 8 Politics 2016-08-19 11365 Turkish authorities intend to join the European Union by 2023 Turkish authorities intend to join the European Union by 2023, Turkish Ambassador to the European Union Yenel Selim said Friday. "Turkish government expects the country to join EU by 2023. Turkish democracy will be celebrating 100 years that year. European membership will be a crown jewel for my country, "- Selim told Die Welt newspaper in an interview. He also underlined that Turkey expects the lifting of visa regime with EU in 2016, "but 2017 would be inappropriate time-limit". He also noted that the negotiations between Turkey and EU are pending in due course, despite of the troubles with a coup d'etat. As well, the Sputnik, Moscow's information agency comments that, according to the envoy, the conditions for the EU joining are not the most favorable at the moment, but that can quickly change. For your notice, Turkey signed an association agreement with the then-European Community in 1963, and submitted a membership application in 1987. Talks about Ankara's membership to the European Union began in 2005. The Cyprus dispute and Turkey's record of denying press freedom are among the major issues obstructing Turkey's accession to the bloc. Earlier in August, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern called for the European Union to discuss quitting accession talks with Turkey while some German lawmakers suggested freezing Erdogan's accounts in EU banks in light of his brutal response to a recent coup attempt. Turkish authorities intend to join the European Union by 2023 Politics 2016-08-19 11384 Government expects GEL to gain value against USD Till the end of this year, the government expects, the national currency will gain even more value against dollar. Nikoloz Gagua, deputy Minister for Economy and Sustainable Development declared this prognosis touches only a long time period, "but we cannot give any advice on a short term ones." The national currencies rate will rise against USD for approximately 2.2-2.25 points. Government expects GEL to gain value against USD Politics 2016-08-19 11383 President congratulated Georgian people with Pentecost from Mtskheta Female Monastery Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili congratulated Georgian people with the Pentecost being in Mtskheta at the female Monastery named after the Pentecost. "Today we are celebrating a wonderful holly day. The saints from the New and Old Testament were gathered by Jesus Christ. This is a Day when Jesus united the past and the present, the divine and the human nature. This is a day for a preparation for a big heroism, because after this the Christ was crucified. I am congratulating all of you and wish you to be prepared after this day for a big victory," - Georgian President tells. For your notice, the Pentecost falls on the tenth day after Ascension Thursday (which itself is 40 days after Easter). The Christian Pentecost is based on the New Testament, where it refers to the occasion of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ, as described in the Acts of the Apostles 2:1-31. President congratulated Georgian people with Pentecost from Mtskheta Female Monastery Politics 2016-08-19 11382 Nana Kheinishvili quits political party GD DG Nana Kheinishvili quits the political party GD-DG. She aired her decision via the TV company "Pirveli" She joined the political party the "Ours". "I am not anymore a member of the political party GD-DG, I take a decision to quit the party and joined the political party "Ours". I am proud that left the GD-DG, "- Nana Kheinishvili declared today. She took this decision after the GD-DG presented its majoritatian candidates, who were the UNM former members. Nana Kheinishvili quits political party GD DG Politics 2016-08-19 11381 Tsagareishvili accuses GD DG in attempt of exploiting of administrative resources Giorgi Tsgareishvili, member of the Free Democrats accuses the GD-DG in exploiting of administrative resources. Also he tells that the GD-DG acts in a manner of UNM was acting previously in pre-elections period. The district elections commissions are almost fully staffed with the activists from the political party GD-DG. "The government tries to use not only own administrative resources, but as well the elections administrative resources for success. I am addressing to the Central Elections Commission to prohibit such illegal acts of a government. The staffing with the activists from GD-DG will invoke total distrust to fair elections and affects badly the elections environment. This damages the reputation of the country, "- Gia Tsagareishvili tells today at the briefing. Tsagareishvili accuses GD DG in attempt of exploiting of administrative resources Politics 2016-08-19 11380 Georgian Air Navigation to purchase helicopter from AIRBUS The Georgian Air Navigation will purchase a helicopter AS 350B3 (125.B3.16.100.01E) from the French company AIRBUS HELICOPTERS S.A.S. The decision was taken according of the Georgian government's Act No 1623. According to the information, the Georgian Air Navigation needs this helicopter for internal purposes. Georgian Air Navigation to purchase helicopter from AIRBUS Politics 2016-08-19 11379 Former First Lady majoritarian candidate in Zugdidi Sandra Roelofs now is a majoritarian candidate from UNM in Zugdidi. She already met with her supporters in Kortskheli. As she declared for the last four years nothing was in progress in Georgia. Contrary, the economic situation deteriorates and the country inactive is. Former First Lady majoritarian candidate in Zugdidi Politics 2016-08-19 11378 Nata Peradze went on hunger strike in front of City Hall The third day Nata Peradze is continuing her hunger strike in front of the City Hall. Some of her demands were already fulfilled by the government: part of trees at the Khazbegi avenue were saved. Her demand for resignation of the ecology and greenery planting service head was not met appropriately. She declares will be fighting not only for saving trees at the Khazbegi avenue. She demands to study the problem of greenery in the city in a whole complex. The problem is also the Vake Park trees, where the danger of hotels construction still exist. The trees need a special treatment and the City Hall fails to perform this task. "Those trees that are planted by a City Hall are a total nightmare, they cannot treat appropriately the existing trees, "- Nata Peradze, head of the "Partisan Gardening" declares. She demands systematic changes in a greenery policy of the City Hall. She insists the public must be informed beforehand on intentions of the City Hall, which part of the city they are going cutting trees. She continues hunger strike until all her demands will not be met by authorities. Nata Peradze went on hunger strike in front of City Hall Politics 2016-08-19 11377 Trade between Georgia and EU has plunged 34% In January-July of 2016 the foreign trade turnover with EU countries amounted to USD 1 677 million. Less for 3% than same period previous year. The export out of this figure USD 254 million (25% less), and import USD1423 million (2% more). The share of EU countries in foreign trade turnover with Georgia 26% was. In this figure 23% export and 26% import was (to compare with same period previous year - 31,27% and 32% accordingly). Trade between Georgia and EU has plunged 34% Politics 2016-08-19 11376 In first half of 2016 foreign trade turnover increased by 17% In the first six month of 2016 the foreign trade turnover amounted to USD 6 548 million. This figure higher for 17%. The export reached USD 1122 million (for 12% less) and import was USD 5426 million (for 25% less). The Georgian Statistics Agency informs that in this period the import of medications for C hepatitis was performed, and the import excluding it, amounts to USD 3 869 million (for 6% less than previous year of the same period). The negative trade turnover balance in the first half of the current year was USD 4 304 million, and the foreign trade turnover reached 66%. The export without re-export reached USD 898 million this time. In first half of 2016 foreign trade turnover increased by 17% Politics 2016-08-19 11375 Heroin in big amounts has been detected by MIA The Central Criminal Police Department of MIA, investigated a case on drugs violation. A person born in 1978 was detained allegedly for the unlawful drugs trade. As an evidence 11,78 gram of heroin was encamped in a result of police searching. The investigation is pending on a ground of drugs abuse, under the Article 260 of GCC. Heroin in big amounts has been detected by MIA Politics 2016-08-19 11374 One more tourist resort in Ajara region In Ajara the wine house of the Agroservice Center was opened. The wine house is near the Kobuleti resort. Visitors will be offered a degustation of different samples of Georgian wine produced. The services of the wine house include tourist tour to the orchards located nearby this object. Also tourists will be able to be introduced with a winemaking technology. The Tourism Development Agency and the Agroservice Center organized an information tour for the representatives of tourist agencies and hotels. The questions of bilateral cooperation were discussed by the heads of the wine house and tourist agencies. One more tourist resort in Ajara region Politics 2016-08-19 11373 Archil Talakvadze supports medical center Medalfa Archil Talakvadze, majaoritarian candidate from Guria region met with medical personnel of Medalfa. He talked about the current and future reforms in healthcare with the representatives of medicine. He discussed the C hepatitis program that was very successful in Georgia and about the current problems of medical staff - physicians and nurses. He underlined a special role of nurses in a healthcare system. "You are heroes, who are fighting for the saving of a life even in a peace time. So, for me your profession very valuable is. I came here for your support, but not for asking anything," - majoritarian candidate tells. Archil Talakvadze supports medical center Medalfa Politics 2016-08-19 11372 Defense Minister tell he privately controls investigation The Probation Ministry disseminated today a statement concerning a summon to the Ministry of UNM member - Koba Subeliani. The Ministry states, that in response to the Koba Subeliani's comment on pressure over prisoners that was disseminated via social media on August 13, the following actions were undertaken by the ministry. After this comment was made the ministry immediately contacted the Member of Parliament for the interview. But he postponed the meeting for August 15 by the reason that he was absent from the city. At the same time Subeliani did not mention any fact of pressure via the phone conversation, and talked only about the general information. He tells also that got this information from one of the imprisoned persons. Instead of August 15, he visited the Penitential Ministry on August 17. At that meeting he did not disclose any fact of pressure again or a surname of victims. He tells that got information from the father of a victim and in fear of following pressure and reprisal the surnames will not be disclosed. Also he gave general information about other facts of witnesses. After the interview with Subelianithe ministry drafted a special document signed by the Member of Parliament. The Penitential Ministry declares that this is a totally apolitical establishment and excludes any possibility of a participation in an elections process through the pressure over prisoners and its family members. The statement also reads that in case of any fact of a pressure or manipulation with the elections or other themes, citizens are welcome to apply to the General Inspections of the Probation's Ministry for immediate response to the fact. Defense Minister tell he privately controls investigation Politics 2016-08-18 11371 Defense Minister tell he privately controls investigation The next one comment was made today by the Defense Minister on the search and rescue operations of two Georgian soldiers of the Special Operation Forces. I promised to its parents and I am controlling the search operations, and investigation privately. "As soon as new details on the investigation will be detected I will make this information public, among them will inform parents of those soldiers, "- Levan Isoria tells in Kogjori at the Military Training Center, named after Antsukhelidze. Military Police Department jointly with the Chief Procurator's Office has already launched the investigation under the part II, article 116 of the Georgian Criminal Code by the agreement with Main Prosecutor's Office. Defense Minister tell he privately controls investigation Politics 2016-08-18 11370 UNM tells those who unites with Burchuladze controlled by Ivanishvili Those who are trying to be closer with Burchuladze, are controlled by Ivanishvili, - Tina Bokuchava, member of UNM tells. The Ivanishvili's regime puts pressure over opposition parties, among them over Paata Burchuladze. However, whatsoever Ivanishvili will not do, - the regrouping of people, or any other things, his regime will be defeated on October 8. The political parties, who are already in a coalition, have not an open anti western political visions. However, among them are political parties who are controlled by Ivanishvili. Accordingly, joining of Burchuladze with the political party New Georgia will serve only for Ivanishvili's aims. UNM tells those who unites with Burchuladze controlled by Ivanishvili Politics 2016-08-18 11369 Burjanadze tells block-less status idea was interesting for Russia The initiative for the block-less status was very interesting for Russian Federation, Nino Burjanadze, leader of the Democratic Movement tells. Being with the visit in Moscow Burjanadze met with Sergey Yevgenyevich Naryshkin, Chair of the State Duma. Burjanadze assures that Chair of the State Duma is ready to hold a fair dialogue for resolution of problems between Russia and Georgia. "We talked about changed geopolitical situation, in a region, about the current events in a world. Naturally we talked about the problems with Georgia and sharpest unresolved situation. We talked about a block-less status. Very big interest was shown to this initiative. This was a very interesting novelty for Russian politicians. They agreed that this question may resolve many problems and open new possibilities for Russian-Georgian relations. " - Burjanadze tells. Burjanadze tells block-less status idea was interesting for Russia Politics 2016-08-18 11368 Trade turnover increased between Turkey and Georgia The trade turnover will be increased between Georgia and Turkey. The agriculture goods will be supplied too. Otar Danelia, Agriculture Minster met in Georgia with Turkish counterpart, being now with official visit in our country. The Turkish Minster thanked Georgia in support for Turkey concerning a tragedy happening after the coup in July this year. He tells that month ago in Turkey at the meeting of the Council on Strategic Cooperation, the Georgian delegation agreed on cooperation in Agriculture. And today the parties discussed bilateral cooperation in this area. Danelia underlined that after the 22 years of gap, this visit is the first one, in terms of bilateral cooperation in Agriculture area with Turkey. At the meeting parties noted that Turkey a very important business partner is for Georgia, and for the future development, it is necessary to decide all problematic questions positively. Trade turnover increased between Turkey and Georgia <p> &nbsp; </p> Politics 2016-08-18 11367 Next one explosion in Turkey Next one explosion happens in Turkey. Foreign media informs the car exploded at the Police station, in a Eastern side of the country. Three people died and over 100 injured. The Turkish media supposes the explosion was organized by the Kurdish Labor Party" Next one explosion in Turkey Politics 2016-08-18 11366 Margvelashvili all must be involved in elections Giorgi Margvelashvili in frames of the elections campaign "Your voting our future is" met with Kobuleti summer school participants. Giorgi Margvelashvili was introduced with a second stage of the project and talked with youth about an importance of participation in elections. He told, they say that a bad government is created by good people who are not taking part in elections, they stay at home and as a result bad governance will be established, bad democracy and so on. President also tells, that, the democracy becomes healthier when the electorate takes part in elections. The argumentations in favor of this opinion, is that we are not asking to be uphold at elections, or to vote for someone, but we are asking to be involved in elections, to create the modern society, modern Georgia. The position must be expressed, and the vote of each person is a future of our country. "We have to make working a political machinery, where politician and an electorate are in a constant contact. We have to tell our electorate that, the obligations of electorate are not encircled only with the voting at the elections, but they have to be in constant contact with the elected politician after the elections. For instance in writing a letter to the politician and expressing own position," - Margvelashvili tells. The campaign "Your vote, our future is" will be prolonged for 7 days in different regions of Georgia. Margvelashvili all must be involved in elections Politics 2016-08-17 11364 Ramaz Bolkvadze hosted Polish delegation Ramaz Bolkvadze, Ajara regional Economic Minister hosted the Polish delegation from Warshav, Voicekh Kozak vice-marshal headed the delegation from Malopolsk region. The talks touched deepening of cooperation on bilateral level. The memorandum on cooperation was signed between Ajara regional government and region of Malopolsk. The support for the manufactures in Georgia and labor market a priority activity is for the cooperation of parties. The projects are aimed for the speedy development of the region. Ramaz Bolkvadze hosted Polish delegation Politics 2016-08-17 11363 Majority will not uphold block less status The majority will not upheld the block less status. According to Irakli Sesiashvili, Chair of the Defense and Security Committee the Georgian government will not reconcile with this. "The block less status denotes the occupation by Russia. This factually Russia's desires accomplishment is. To turn Georgia into buffer zone. So, it is clear that Georgian people and the government never reconcile with this." - Sesiashvili tells. Majority will not uphold block less status Politics 2016-08-17 11362 GD DG to start officially elections campaign The GD-DG will start the elections campaign starting from today officially. Majoritarian candidates are declaring they are intending to conduct intensive meetings with the electorate. Before the official elections campaign the GD-DG marotitarian hold consultations with vice Prime Minister. GD DG to start officially elections campaign Politics 2016-08-17 11361 Government sitting approved construction of four new manufactures On August 16 at the government sitting, under the initiative of the Economic and Sustainable Development Ministry, the construction of four new manufactures was approved. Two of them will be implemented in a frames of the governmental project Produce in Georgia. Totally all four projects will employ up to 400 people. After the governmental sitting the details about new manufactures were disclosed to journalists by Dimitri Kumsishvili, Economic Minister. Government sitting approved construction of four new manufactures Politics 2016-08-16 11360 New airport to be constructed in Ambrolauri "The tender will be announced for the construction of an airport in Ambrolauri, " - Dmitri Kumsishvili, Economic Minister tell this to journalists on August 16 after the government sitting. Also the infrastructure will be widened at the Kutaisi international airport. The simplified electronic tender will be announced, the economic minister calls all construction agencies for taking part in this event. Also the novelty is, that from September the Hungarian Wizz Air will perform flights from Kutaisi international airport. To the existing flights will be added Dortmund, Saloniki, Milan, Sofia, Berlin and others. Accordingly, the number of flights increased to 23. This will be a good indicator for tourist inflow and for facilitation of flights for local passengers. New airport to be constructed in Ambrolauri Politics 2016-08-16 11359 TBS bank supports print festival in Georgia For the first time in Georgia, the association Art Caucasus and TBC bank supports the international print festival ‘LIFE N STYLE '. One of the important branches of the Modern Art, the Handprint Art will be presented at this event (the ofort, lithography, linogravure and holographic). The exhibition will be conducted in frames of this project, in Batumi, at the TBC gallery on August 17 at 19:00 (Zubalashvili str. 37). The Georgian artists will present its original pieces of work. The participants of the exhibition are: Tato Akhalkatsishvili, Mari Ataneli, Uta Bekaia, Mamuka Tsetskhladze, Niko Tsetskhladze, Koka Tskhvediani, Guram Tsibakhashvili, Oleg Timchenko, Gega Paksashvili, Gela Tsuladze, Aliko Zautashvili and others. The collection of the Modern Art will be printed in bigger formats too and presented at the streets of Batumi, at public places. The festival in Batumi will be accomplished on September 7. TBS bank supports print festival in Georgia Politics 2016-08-16 11358 New manufactures to be opened in frames of governmental program Produce in Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister declared new meat producing manufacture to be opened in Georgia that will employ 190 people, in the frames of the governmental program Produce in Georgia. For this project GEL 3 755 202 will be invested. Another one is the bread, macaroni and confectionary production manufacture that will be opened in Kobuleti. Here 160 people will be employed. Gel 320 000 will be invested. In two years period the coffee processing manufacture will be constructed near Tbilisi, and GEL 11 277 000 will be invested for this purposes with 30 people employed. Kvirikashvili tells he is proud with the novelties in construction of many new manufactures in regions of Georgia. The state program "Produce in Georgia" is being implemented at the Government of Georgia's initiative. The program aims at developing and supporting the entrepreneurship, encouraging creation of new enterprises and increasing export potential in the country. The Program is coordinated by the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia and all LEPLs falling within the Ministry's structure are involved in it: "Entrepreneurship Development Agency", "National Agency of State Property" and "Technology and Innovation Agency of Georgia. New manufactures to be opened in frames of governmental program Produce in Georgia Politics 2016-08-16 11357 C hepatitis elimination strategy to be discussed today For the next four years, in Georgia the C hepatitis will be eliminated fully. The national strategy for elimination of the disease for 2016-2020 years will be approved today at the government sitting. Prime Minister is proud that for the last period thousands of people's life was saved thanks to the program for elimination of the disease. Also many families were saved from the poverty. The aim of the government is to cure from the C hepatitis 90% of infected people and 95% of ill persons. The budget of the strategy plan exceeds GEL 116 million, the government budget spends for this GEL57 million. In the frames of this program the Georgian government will be donated USD15 milliards for medications. C hepatitis elimination strategy to be discussed today Politics 2016-08-16 11356 CEC annulled registration of political party Centrists The Central Elections Administration annulled the registration of the political party Centrists. The annulment from the registration of this political party happens on demand of many political parties and NGO's. The decision was taken after the advertising of this political party was aired, as far as they appeared to be radically pro-Russian; promising the Russian pensions and legalizing of the Russian Army's presence at Georgia's territory. CEC annulled registration of political party Centrists Politics 2016-08-16 11355 Polish journalists visited Georgia The National Administration of Tourism of the Economic and Sustainable Development Ministry and Hungarian Air Company "Wizz Air" organized a visit of Polish journalists to Georgia. The leaflets will be published describing Georgia's economic political and social life, published by Polish journalists for the air company "Wizz Air". The company suggests for customers package of services including air tickets and hotels. The aim of the project is an increasing of the awareness about Georgia's tourist capabilities at the European market, among them in Hungary, Poland and Romania. In the frames of the Press Tour the journalists visited historic sites of Georgia in Tbilisi, Mtskheta, the ancient castle of Uplistsikhe, resort Tskhaltubo, Kutaisi town, Samegrelo region and Svaneti. Polish journalists visited Georgia Politics 2016-08-16 11354 Usupashvili tells no political party in Georgia that is against territorial unity and independence "In our country no political party is to be, that openly and freely is against the territorial unity and the independence of the state, " - Davit Usupashvili, Chair of the Parliament tells this to journalists in connection with the content of the political advertising of political union Centrists. Usupashvili is about to join the colleagues in order to prohibit constitutionally the political union. "We have to declare as unconstitutional the political union Centrists. The legal pleading will be drafted against the party on this ground and even if  the GD-DG will prepare it and I will join them. We have to be free from the pre-elections nuisances. We have to do our business jointly. I can even join UNM if the legal pleading will be prepared by them." Usupashvili tells no political party in Georgia that is against territorial unity and independence Politics 2016-08-15 11353 Natelashvili demands to prohibit participation of oligarchs in elections Labor Party's leader Shalva Natelashvili addresses to the opposition parties for drafting a document against participation of oligarchs in elections. Natelashvili considers that the oligarchs will try to run own businesses exploiting the state finances. He tells the political parties have to unite, in order to resist to the criminal oligarchs, to its interventions into the Georgian Parliament. "They are trying again taking over the power with its money and to rob us. I am suggesting to sign the antioligarch pact. We have to fight against oligarchs in the regions, prohibiting them from becoming majoritarian candidates. No millionaire will be included in an elections lists, "- Shalva Natelashvili tells. Natelashvili demands to prohibit participation of oligarchs in elections Politics 2016-08-15 11352 Will reconcile Tsar Putin and Sultan Erdogan The meeting in Saint Petersburg of Russian and Turkish Presidents became a most important geopolitical event of the year. The Western media pays a big attention to this summit. The discussions followed this event. From the first glance a serious crisis that out broke for the Russia's violation of the Turkish airspace and subsequent killing of Russian pilot already overcame. As Erdogan apologized for the died Russian pilot before his family (but not before Putin or Russian state).  At the same time Turkish language specialists specify that in a letter there was not a word "apologize". Instead he used a word "Do not judge me", and this is not the same. But what is a main this letter was accepted in Kremlin and recognized, as an apology. Moreover, Erdogan arrived for this to Saint Petersburg, but not Putin to Istanbul or Ankara! Moreover after the coup in Turkey Erdogan declared that the pilot who crushed the Russian bombardier, participated in a plot, e.g. he is a criminal, he is arrested and will be sentenced too. Was it truth or not, nobody knows but in Turkey thousands of militaries were arrested and not only for the facts alleged, but on a ground of a solid suspicion too. What was a driving force for Edogan to make such step? First of all - the economics. But not only. What about the economy, - Russian indeed played a considerable role, for the past 30 years, in blossoming of the country. Russian tourists spent at the Mediterranean Sea resorts many milliard dollars, as well at the Istanbul grand markets. Turkish constructors are concluding a big projects agreements with Russians. All this fail in one day. The market closed, airspace too and number of Turkish stores near the Moscow in Podmoskovie disappeared too. The construction contracts were annulled without payments. Erdogan is clever enough to understand that a coup was unsuccessful thanks to the fact that Turkish people are strongly linked him with a progress, welfare and speedy development. Without this his political legitimacy would be questionable. And what the Russia is expecting to get in turn? First of the strategic project named as a "Turkish current". This will free Russia from its dependence on Ukraine's transit and gives the Moscow free hands to suffocate Ukraine. Instead of the Turkish current, the Moscow promised to Ankara construction of the nuclear power station in Turkey, in turn for a credit, and this amount almost to the milliards of USD. Moreover Turkey is an important regional player, the vise and cautious gambling of Turkey was giving to Russia a way for realization of own interests in the different "chess fields" in a region. By the way a classical example is an Abkhazia, in 1994 Russia imposed sanctions against this region, because this was necessary for games with Shevardnadze. However, this politically-inspired blockade never was full. As far as, the decisions of Moscow were not affecting Turkey at all. Turkey is an important factor for relations with NATO, as this state has a very strong Army (second in Europe after Germany) and first in its fighting abilities. But here a question arises: does there exist the critical amount of the interests coincidence that will overweight the problems. And problems are more than enough. First of all Syria, where Russia and Turkey's interest are not coinciding and contrary are opposite.  And Georgia? What will get Georgia out of the fight-and-reconciliation of these two unicorns? This outcome may be very hard for our country. The history repeats the geopolitical scenarios: in 1921 Moscow annexed Georgia after Lenin and Ataturk agreed for the friendship for forever. And the West does recognize that all Caucasus became strategic field for these two super states, and if they will reconcile finally, the Europe have nothing to do there. That's was a reason when English Army turned back from Georgia, for leaving the Black sea for forever. Will be the history repeat itself or not this depends not only to the geopolitical factors, but as well to the professionalism of the Georgian elites. Nika Imnaishvili Will reconcile Tsar Putin and Sultan Erdogan Politics 2016-08-15 11351 Free Democrats talked about drugs policy Member of the political party "Irakli Alasania- Free Democrats" NIkoloz Fruidze, who is an author of the healthcare program talked today at the briefing of the political party about the drugs policy and visions of the Free Democrats in this respects. He noted that the burden of responsibility for the tragedy that happens in Samtredia that victimized 22 years youth is to be on a state and lawenforsing bodies , for the improper drugs policy in a country. The Free Democrats believe that the policy in this direction must be based on justice, equality and principles of human rights and national healthcare principles. They believe that a reform must be conducted in legislation, in connection with the drugs policy. Free Democrats talked about drugs policy Politics 2016-08-15 11350