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PM - We are creating efficient multimodal transit infrastructure which will forge links and processes, and will cement relationships among states and people from Europe to Asia
Publish Time: 2017-09-22 04:47:00
"We are committed to upgrading Georgia's infrastructure. This is important for Georgia to realize its geostrategic aim to serve as a hub for doing business in the region, connecting East and West. Upgrading infrastructure is essential to ensure the rapid delivery of services, achieve efficiency in tourism and logistics, and effectively take goods to market. We see this as a powerful way to create employment that pulls people out of poverty. We have agreed to a multi-year program with the IMF and secured financing for projects worth several billion dollars from international financial organizations", - Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said in his speech delivered at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. "Georgia - together with Ukraine and Moldova - has signed an Association Agreement with Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area and achieved visa-free travel to the EU. At the same time, Georgia has become the first country in the region to sign a Free Trade Agreement with China. On the one hand, we are integrating into the EU internal market and, on the other hand, we are bringing Asian markets closer to us. This enables Georgia to use the full potential of its free trade networks as part of one of the most exciting development ventures of our time.We are contributing to the One Belt One Road project, which will facilitate trade in high-value goods and services between Europe and Asia, carving significant time from traditional seaborne transport around the peripheries of Eurasia.Asia and Europe will meet in this grand adventure through the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project, which we are implementing together with our Turkish and Azerbaijani partners, and Georgia's new state-of-the-art port on the Black Sea at Anaklia. This deep water port will be capable of handling the largest container ships, which will result in a multifold increase of Georgia's cargo transit capacity. Anaklia will be developed by multiple international players and will be operated by a renowned American company.Georgia is now less than 10 days from East Asia and within five days of any point in Europe. We are creating efficient multimodal transit infrastructure which will forge links and processes, and will cement relationships among states and people from Europe to Asia. It represents the fundamental connection between building economic stability for Georgians and achieving a more prosperous and peaceful region", - Prime Minister said.
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Budget and Finance Committee supported the legislative changes to Law on broadcasting along with remarks
Publish Time: 2017-09-14 17:45:00
The parliamentary Budget and Finance Committee has supported the legislative changes to the Law on Broadcasting, taking its remarks into account, through the first hearing. The session was held today.According to Chairman of the Committee Irakli Kovzanadze, the Budget and Finance Committee has same remarks regarding the project. He says that the organization's activities should be remained within the scope of Budget Code.The presented project of amendments envisages separation of authorities and duties of General Director of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) and Board of Trustees. Changes also refer to commercial advertising and sponsorship. According to the initiative, sponsorship of entertainment programs, international competitions, festivals and TV series are allowed.Amendments apply to purchasing as well. According to the existing regulations, the broadcaster carries out all types of purchases in accordance with the law on state procurement; according to the initiated amendments, the regulations should not apply to the purchasing of products such as programs, feature and documentary films.
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Zurab Pololikashvili elected as UNWTO Secretary General
Publish Time: 2017-09-14 09:28:00
Zurab Pololikashvili has been elected as Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The UNWTO General Assembly unanimously supported the decision of the Executive Council of 12 May 2017 and appointed Zurab Pololikashvili to the position of UNWTO Secretary General.This is the first case when a candidate of Georgia occupies the position of the head of the international organization.The new Secretary General was elected at the 22nd session of the UNWTO General Assembly in China. The procedure was attended by Georgian Foreign Minister Mikhiel Janelidze. 
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Fire in Shuakhevi is localized
Publish Time: 2017-09-12 05:45:00
Fire is localized in Darchidzeebi village, Shuakhevi. Shuakhevi governor Tariel Ebralidze confirmed the information. According to him,  300 square meters burnt out. Fire rescue crews still stay on the spot. Fire broke out on September 11  in Darchidzeebi village. 
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Georgian citizen arrested for crossing so-called Abkhazian border
Publish Time: 2017-08-26 14:37:00
Officers of Russia’s Security Federal Service Border Department detained a citizen of Georgia in Gali on charge of having crossed the so-called Abkhazian border. The Sputnik news agency has reported. ‘Citizen of Georgia M. Tsvishbaia had no necessary documents to cross the state border of Abkhazian Republic and deliberately violated the border avoiding to cross it via checkpoints,’ reads the statement released by the department. As reported M. Tsvishbaia was also detained in 2015 for the same reason. The detainee has been sent to the so-called competent agencies of Occupied Abkhazia. 
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Canister full of petrol found at Borjomi forest, investigation underway
Publish Time: 2017-08-23 13:14:00
A canister full of petrol has been recently found at the Borjomi forest. Information has been released on facebook by Aka Sinjikashvili. As reported, police officers have already arrived at the scene. Investigation has been underway according to the 187th article of Georgia’s Criminal Code. ‘We have encountered a 20-litre canister full of petrol at the Borjomi forest. I called in Patrol Police. Representatives of the Interior Ministry also arrived. They called an investigator and a probe has been launched… As reported another person has also found two canisters in the forest,’ Sinjikashvili reports. 
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Armenia sends its crews to help Georgia fight wildfire
Publish Time: 2017-08-22 14:27:00
Armenia will also engage in firefighting efforts in Borjomi Gorge. As Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili reported, crews from Armenia are already on their way to Georgia. ‘We have already got very significant assistance from Azerbaijan. At the end of the day a large firefighter plane will arrive from Turkey – Turkish PM has made such a decision… Armenia has also decided to help Georgia, having sent its crews that are currently on their way,’ Kvirikashvili said. 
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President thanks everybody for being involved in fighting against fire at Daba village
Publish Time: 2017-08-22 12:27:00
President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili has thanked all those involved in extinguishing the fire near Daba village of Borjomi Gorge. He especially thanked the firefighters and rescuers, heroically fighting in these days. He has also thanked Azerbaijan and Turkey for providing assistance. ‘I would also like to thank our public, volunteers but I would also like to call on them not to act independently but offer their help to the staff working to extinguish the fire… Thank you all for being so organized at a social level,’ Margvelashvili has remarked. Fire erupted at the forest near the Daba village on August 20. Yesterday it was localized but severe wind led eruption of new fire-hit locations. 
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Fire at Tsagveri area
Publish Time: 2017-08-20 14:47:00
Forest fire blaze in Tsagveri area According to the First Channel correspondent, representatives of fire service have already arrived.The amount of inflicted damage and its amount are not determined yet
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Young man killed at Mtatsminda
Publish Time: 2017-08-16 18:01:00
A young man has been killed at Mtatsminda district of Tbilisi. A pedestrian was shot by a person riding a motorbike, as reporter of First Channel says. Law-enforcers are working at the crime scene. A criminal case is opened into the fact. 
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Train hits woman in Batumi
Publish Time: 2017-08-15 14:03:00
A train hit a 44-year-old woman in Bartskhani settlement in Batumi city of Adjara region. The woman is transferred to Batumi University Turkish Clinic. She has injuries in head and face areas. He health condition is critical. 
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Occupational regime continues demarcation works near Kvesheti village
Publish Time: 2017-08-05 13:56:00
The occupation regime of South Ossetia launched continuing of so-called border demarcation works with arable land near Kvesheti village.The villages of Jariasheni, Adzvi and Kveshi are adjacent to this territory. Locals claim that the territory is closed to their pastures and orchards. Official Tbilisi responded to yet another provocative move of the occupational regime.  
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Prime Minister expresses sorrow over death of Georgian soldier in Afghanistan
Publish Time: 2017-08-04 11:01:00
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili expresses sorrow over the death of a Georgian soldier in Afghanistan and wishes the injured soldiers to recover soon. "I express my deep sorrow over the death of the junior sergeant of the 23rd Infantry Battalion of the II Infantry Brigade of the Georgian Armed Forces participating in the Resolute Support mission during the attack in Afghanistan. I share the greatest pain of her family and friends. This is a pain of each of us.Our three soldiers were also injured in the attack - Captain Mikheil Gvirjishvili, senior lieutenant Giga Khakhutashvili and corporal Gela Kharshiladze, who are being treated at the hospital. I wish them to recover soon," Kvirikashvili says in the statement.A Georgian soldier, Mdinari Bebiashvili, has been killed in an attack during joint motorized patrolling in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Three military servicemen of the Georgian Armed Forces, participating in the Resolute Support mission, were also injured in the attack. One of them, Captain Mikheil Gvindjishvili, was seriously injured, while two others have less serious injuries. All three of them are being treated in the aviation base hospital.
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Post of General Auditor’s Post vacant
Publish Time: 2017-07-25 18:00:00
Lasha Tordia, Head of State Audit Service said good-bye to his employees. Tordia’s 5-year duty term expired today. General Auditor said that he did not know yet where he would continue activities but claimed that this sphere would not definitely be politics. He summed up his work and said that state audit service had to be free from any influence. It is not yet known who will replace Tordia on the post. Nino Lomjaria, Deputy Head will be acting as head of the service temporarily. Consultations about the candidate are already launched in the ruling team. Eka Beselia, Chairperson of parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee presumes that discussions about the candidates may be held during an additional extraordinary session.
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Protest rally against the creeping occupation
Publish Time: 2017-07-14 14:14:00
The protest rally “No to Occupation” has been held near the occupational line. The journalists and the representatives of civil sector have gathered in Bershueti village, Shida Kartli region today and expressed protest against the creeping occupation.Bershueti village  became a new target of Russian occupants. Russian soldiers resumed fortification efforts along the so-called border of Georgia’s one of two occupied regions of South Ossetia on July 4.  Armed soldiers installed another so-called border green banner alongside the villages of Bershueti and Sobisi - in the plots of land belonging to the local population. The banner was installed 700 meters further into the Georgian-controlled territory.
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European Investment Bank to allocate 250 million euros for Georgian Transport Communication Project
Publish Time: 2017-07-13 12:54:00
European Investment Bank will allocate 250 million euros for the Georgian Transport Communication Project. The regarding agreement was signed by Georgia’s Finance Ministry Dimitri Kumsishvili and Vice President of the European Investment Bank Vazil Hudak in Batumi today. Rehabilitation of Vardnili and Enguri HPPs will be additionally financed with 3.5 million Euro by EIB.  As reported by the Ministry the amount will be added to 20 million euro, allocated by the bank that was necessary for completion of rehabilitation works on the Vardnili HPP.The project envisages rehabilitation of two aggregates of the Enguri HPP as well as the Vardnili HPP cascade. Security measures will also be implemented at the Gali reservoir. 
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Trillion-Ton Iceberg Breaks off Antartica
Publish Time: 2017-07-12 17:01:00
The gigantic mass of ice, estimated to be more than 200 meters thick, covers an area of roughly 6,000 square kilometers – about four times the size of London.On Wednesday, a U.S. satellite observed that an existing crack in the Larsen C Ice Shelf appears to have broken through. As recent as one week ago, the Delaware-size iceberg was threatening to disconnect from the ice shelves. Experts had been monitoring the development of the crack for more than a decade.According to the scientists, the iceberg will likely be named A68. The gigantic mass of ice, estimated to be more than 200 meters thick, covers an area of roughly 6,000 square kilometers – about a quarter the size of Wales or four times the size of London with a volume believed to be twice that of Lake Erie.The iceberg has yet to move, but currents and winds might push it north of the Antarctic where it could prove bothersome to ships. Its immobility, however, could be charged to it being grounded on underwater hills or to the effects of sea currents and winds.Antarctic research scientists believe that "There is a risk that Larsen C may eventually follow the example of its neighbor, Larsen B, which disintegrated in 2002 following a similar rift-induced calving event in 1995."Or it could simply remain where it is (some have for up to 20 years), float away in one piece or break up into smaller icebergs.According to scientists, Larsen C is now at its smallest extent and about 10 other shelves further to the north along the Peninsula have either collapsed or retreated significantly in recent decades.Two nearby, smaller shelves, Larsen A and Larsen B, disintegrated around the turn of the century – warming climate likely played a role in their demise.The largest iceberg observed in the satellite era was an object called B-15. It came away from the Ross Ice Shelf in 2000 and measured about 11,000 square kilometers.In 1956, it was reported that a U.S. Navy icebreaker had encountered an object of roughly 32,000 square kilometers – bigger than Belgium. But, there were no satellites to confirm the sighting, http://www.telesurtv.net reported.
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Presentation of Broadcaster's plan on technical refurbishment to be held on July 4
Update Time: 2017-07-03 16:41:00
The presentation of Georgian Public Broadcaster's plan on material-technical refurbishment for media representatives will be held.Journalists will have opportunity to receive detailed information about the projects, which is planned to be implemented during 2017-2020 and which aims at introduction of technologies relevant to modern standards in the Public Broadcaster.The presentation will be held at the first studio of the Broadcaster at 11:30, on July 4.On June 29,  the Board of Trustees of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) unanimously approved the Broadcaster's long-term material-technical refurbishment plan.
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Zestaphoni-Kutaisi By-pass road starts functioning
Publish Time: 2017-06-27 16:57:00
The 15-kolometer-long Zestaphoni-Kutaisi by-pass road has started functioning starting today. Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili attended the opening ceremony together with governmental members. 
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GPB management holds meeting with creative groups of the winner programs
Publish Time: 2017-06-26 12:30:00
The management of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) is holding a meeting with the creative groups of the winner programs for the new TV season at the press club. Vasil Maghlaperidze, the General Director of GPB congratulated the winners and noted that the active preparatory works will be started. Maglaperidze promised the authors of the programs to conduct technical refurbishment of the channel and noted that a unified web platform will be established.The contracts with the new programs will be signed in September, and the contracts for the current winner programs will be prolonged. On June 21, the competition commission revealed the best projects within the framework of a competition for selection of new programs to be aired on Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) starting the new broadcast season.  The commission selected 9 projects. The competition for selection of new programs for 2017-2018 broadcast programming was announced on April 3. 
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