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Jury prolonged deadline for selecting the entry song for 2017 JESC
Publish Time: 2017-09-28 12:30:00
Jury prolonged deadline for selecting the Georgian entry song for 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC). The applications can be sent till October 25. The regarding decision was made as the winner had not been revealed within the frame of a competition announced from 12 to 25 September.All interested persons, authors and songwriters are encouraged to send the songs composed specially for this contest and biography at E-mail - junioreurovision@gpb.ge.The song must not be more than 3 minutes long and lyrics should be in Georgian language. For additional information view eurovision - georgia.ge; or call 2409110. The jury is composed by invited producers: Zaza Shengelia, singer - Maia Baratashvili, musician - David Evgenidze; from Public Broadcaster: Music Editor - Eliso Shengelia and Sound Director - Giorgi Asanishvili. Grigol Kipshidze will present Georgia at JESC this year. Georgia is hosting 2017 JESC. The 15th competition will be held on November 26 at Tbilisi Olympic Palace. 
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Fire in Tsaghveri forest extinguished
Publish Time: 2017-09-26 12:23:00
The fire raging in a forest of Tsaghveri resort forest has been fully extinguished for the time being. Firefighters and helicopters are conducting inspection works. Rescuers were battling with the fire during 4 days. Four helicopters were involved in works. 
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Damage inflicted to Kakheti villages being calculated
Publish Time: 2017-09-26 12:20:00
The amount of damage inflicted to five villages of Tleavi Municipality in eastern Kakheti region as a result of strong hailstorm and wind is being calculated. Vineyards and agriculture plots are destroyed in the villages of Artana, Napareuli, Gulgula, Vardisubani and Kurdghelauri. 
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Greek Media Workers on 24-Hour Strike over Health Care Fund
Publish Time: 2017-09-26 10:59:00
Greece is under a news blackout after the country's biggest press union called a 24-hour strike to protest the feared closure of a special health care fund for media employees.No news programs are being broadcast Tuesday and websites aren't renewing their news content, while newspapers won't be published Wednesday.The Athens Journalists' Union is pressing for assistance from the government and media companies to help keep the troubled fund afloat.Greece's news media have been hard hit by the country's financial crisis, which caused a sharp drop in advertising revenues and subscriptions, and unemployment is high among journalists. The strike ends 6 a.m. Wednesday, as reported by New York Times. 
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Fire in Tsnori is localized
Publish Time: 2017-09-24 14:42:00
Fire is localized near Brotsliani settlment, in Tsnori. According to the Emergency Management Agency, the grass and shrub were quickly burnt and there were the danger of spreading fire near residential houses.After fire suppression operation, there is no danger of spreading the fire.According to the agency, rescuers have completed the fire-liquidation works.
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Helicopters try to extinguish fire near Tsagveri, Borjomi Gorge
Update Time: 2017-09-24 12:05:00
Several helicopters including Azerbaijani helicopters are trying to extinguish the fire in Tsagveri since early morning. Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, Zurab Alavidze confirms the information.According to Zurab Alavidze, the fire is localized now but if wind gets stronger, it is not excluded that the fire will flare up.As Emergency Management Agency says, up to 250 firefighters and about 300 employee of the MIA special task force department are involved in the fire suppression operation. A fire broke out in Tsagveri a few days ago. An investigation is underway.
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Borjomi Gorge still remains as disaster zone
Publish Time: 2017-09-23 20:05:00
Borjomi Gorge still remains as disaster zone.  Flames have not been yet localized Arjevanidze forest  in Tsaghveri due to strong wind. Several new fire locations have erupted.The most difficult situation for this time is at Mukhrani Mountain slope.From the early morning aviation got actively involved in the firefighting activities. The fire- fighters, rescues and representatives of the Special Tasks Department are mobilized at the site.Azerbaijan has sent a helicopter to help Georgia extinguish the fire. Fire broke out in Tsaghveri forest yesterday.
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3,400 Hryvnia for illegal border crossing - Ukrainian court fined Saakashvili
Update Time: 2017-09-23 12:15:00
A court in Ukraine on Friday found ex-Odessa governor Mikheil Saakashvili guilty of illegal border crossing and fined him 3,400 hryvnia. Saakashvili was also ordered to pay court fees in the amount of 320 hryvnia.Saakashvili did not appear before the court. A criminal case over illegal border crossing was opened in Ukraine after Saakashvili along his supporters crossed the border on September 10.
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Fire broke out in Adigeni
Publish Time: 2017-09-23 12:07:00
The fire broke out in Ghighvi forest in Adigeni, Samtskhe-Javakheti region. Firefighting works is ongoing at the site.40 fire-fighters and Special technique are mobilized at the site.According to “112” the fire flames are under control.
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Helicopter involved in fire-fighting works in Tsaghveri
Publish Time: 2017-09-23 12:05:00
The fire-fighting works have been resumed since morning in in Ardjevanidze forest in Tsaghveri, Borjomi Gorge. From the early morning aviation got actively involved in the activities. Helicopter belonging to Border Police is working at the disaster scene.200 fire- fighters and rescues and 300 representatives of the Special Tasks Department are mobilized at the site.Fire Broke out in Tsaghveri forest yesterday.
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Georgian Prime Minister met UN Secretary General
Publish Time: 2017-09-22 12:07:00
Georgian Prime Minister held meeting with  UN Secretary General.Meeting of Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili and the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres  focused on the situation in the occupied territories of Georgia, internally displaced persons and the steps taken by the Government of Georgia in terms of fostering engagement policy and trust building processes.The Secretary General of the United Nations indicated that he is well aware of the situation on the occupied territories of Georgia, particularly, regarding the IDPs. Problem of so called Borderization, challenges faced by ethnic Georgians residing in the occupied territories of Georgia, particularly due to the closure of checkpoints were also discussed during the meeting. Concern was expressed due to the fact of prohibition of teaching in Georgian language at schools of Gali region.Importance of Geneva International Discussions (GID) and the active involvement of the UN representatives in the said format was particularly emphasized.The Secretary General particularly commended on the consistent policy adopted by the Government of Georgia regarding the conflict resolution, particularly in light of the grave challenges that are present on the occupied territories of Georgia. The UN Secretary General also indicated that the UN fully supports Georgia. The Secretary General also welcomed the steps taken by the Government of Georgia in terms of engagement policy and peace building activities.Parties to the meeting agreed that Georgia will remain among the top priorities of the UN agenda.Giorgi Kvirikashvili made a memorable entry in the UN Book of Honorable Guests.
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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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No Georgian citizens among injured in Mexico earthquake
Publish Time: 2017-09-20 12:16:00
There are no Georgian citizens among the dead or injured as a result of an earthquake which struck Mexico. Nikoloz Svanidze, the representative of Georgian Embassy to Mexico reports in that regard. According to him, at this stage 25 citizens of Georgia are fixed at the territory. The representative of the Embassy calls on Georgian citizens to keep calm.
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More than 200 died in Mexico quake
Publish Time: 2017-09-20 12:03:00
A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing more than 200 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City, - BBC reported.President Enrique Peña Nieto said more than 20 children had died and 30 were missing after a school collapsed.The 7.1 magnitude quake also caused major damage in neighbouring states.The tremor struck shortly after many people had taken part in an earthquake drill, exactly 32 years after a quake killed thousands in Mexico City.The country is prone to earthquakes and earlier this month an 8.1 magnitude tremor in the south left at least 90 dead.Foreign leaders sent messages of support to Mexico as the scale of the disaster became clear.Source: BBC
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Special portfolio Space for Ideas created on the web-page of Broadcaster
Publish Time: 2017-09-19 18:58:00
A special portfolio Space for Ideas has been created on the web-page of the First Channel of the Georgian Public Broadcaster with the purpose to shoot documentary films.Any Georgian documentalist is able to submit own project application. The projects will be selected by the Directors of Georgian Film Production Selection and Monitoring Service and Media Production.The best projects’ authors will be interviewed before the final decision.
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International Medical Conference ongoing in Tbilisi
Publish Time: 2017-09-16 16:19:00
The 3rd international Medical Conference is ongoing in Tbilisi. Local and foreign doctors are discussing issues related to derma-oncology within 2 days; in particular: innovative methods of research, early diagnosis of skin cancer and its prevention.The experts from Poland, Austria, Great Britain and New Zealand are participating in the forum. The master classes will be held tomorrow, at the final stage of the conference.
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Ukraine's Prime Minister: Saakashvili's case is not within competence of the Ukrainian government, but law enforcement agency
Publish Time: 2017-09-16 16:12:00
Ukraine's Prime Minister Vladimir Groysman said that the issue of Georgia's former president and ex-governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region Mikheil Saakashvili is not within the Ukrainian government’s competence, but within the competence of the Ukrainian law enforcement agency.Prime Minister made the regarding statement during the forum, which is ongoing in Kiev.Vladimir Groysman said that Saakashvili promised the new government of Ukraine that he would carry out reforms in the country. "I have not seen anything important and useful implemented by him." - He said.
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Budget report 2017 - Deputy Minister of Finance has responded to criticism
Publish Time: 2017-09-15 20:07:00
Bonuses, bureaucratic expenditures, ecological policy of the country: Deputy Minister of Finance of Georgia visited Parliament on September 15 to hear and answer the opposition's acute questions. Giorgi Kakauridze presented the budget report of the first six months of 2017 at the Parliamentary Minority sitting. The noisy discussion continued at the sitting of the Sector Economy and Economic Policy Committee where the legislative package about National Bank of Georgia was discussed with the first hearing. The parliamentary majority criticized the changes and noted that there are several issues they do not agree with, including granting immunity to the member of National Bank of Georgia.    According to MPs, the project should reflect the complaints of citizens concerning to the fines based on bank loans.
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First hearing: The legislative package about National Bank of Georgia was discussed
Publish Time: 2017-09-15 16:07:00
The legislative package about National Bank of Georgia was discussed at the sitting of the Sector Economy and Economic Policy Committee with the first hearing.The parliamentary majority criticized the changes and noted that there are several issues they do not agree with, including granting immunity to the member of National Bank of Georgia.   Herewith, Levan Koberidze said that the policy of the National Bank is incomprehensible with regard to the financial market.
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Future Camp in Anaklia closed
Publish Time: 2017-09-15 12:38:00
Future Camp was closed in Anaklia. The leaders and participants of the camp were presented musical repertory in front of the audience. The closing ceremony ended with fireworks. Anaklia's Future Camp hosted about 2 300 pupils from all parts of Georgia, including the Occupied Region of Abkhazia.
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