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Georgia elected as Co-chairman of UNSC Reforms Group
Publish Time: 2017-11-04 11:16:00
Georgia was elected as co-chairman of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Reforms Group based on the decision made by UN 72nd General Assembly. Kakha Imnadze, Georgia’s Permanent Representative in UN and Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations were presented as co-chairmen of intergovernmental negotiations. “Georgia is already engaged in negotiations processes and it will be leading talks together with UN member states in reaching agreements,” Imnadze said. 
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World
Donald Trump embarks on marathon tour of Asia
Publish Time: 2017-11-04 10:45:00
US President Donald Trump has embarked on an 11-day trip to Asia during which he will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. It will be the longest tour of Asia by a US president in 25 years.The trip comes at a time of heightened tensions with North Korea over its nuclear programme and missile tests, BBC reports. Mr Trump is expected to show a united front with South Korea and Japan while pressing China to take a stronger line with Pyongyang.President Trump flew first to the US state of Hawaii where he visited the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor - the scene of the 1941 Japanese attack that drew the US into World War Two. He also took part in a briefing at the US Pacific Command.From Hawaii, he and First Lady Melania Trump will head to Japan and then on to South Korea.Mr Trump has previously exchanged some fiery rhetoric with North Korea over its ballistic missile tests but aides said earlier this week that he would not go to the heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ) on the border between the South and North. He is, however, to visit Camp Humphreys, a US military complex south of the capital, Seoul.In Vietnam, Mr Trump will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Danang and make a state visit to Hanoi. His final engagement will be a summit of South-East Asian nations in the Philippine capital, Manila.The last time a US president made such a marathon trip to Asia was when George HW Bush visited the region in late 1991 and early 1992. While in Japan on that trip, Mr Bush fainted and vomited during a banquet.
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Economics
Parliament ratified the Free Trade Agreement between Georgia and China
Publish Time: 2017-11-03 18:13:00
The Parliament of Georgia ratified the Free Trade Agreement between Georgia and China. The hereby Agreement will allow Georgian entrepreneurs introducing own goods and services to the largest world market without bureaucratic impediments.Besides, the agreement will facilitate to increase of trade turnover between the signatory countries. The document provides active cooperation in various directions and defines free trade conditions.The Agreement facilitates to economic development of the country and better employment. Besides, the document will encourage entry of potential foreign investors to Georgia.The negotiations on the agreement started on November 10, 2015 in China within the World Economic Forum after the meeting of the Prime Ministers of Georgia and China. Georgia is the first country in the region with free trade agreement with China.
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Economics
Inflation rate has increased by 6,4 % in October
Publish Time: 2017-11-03 18:08:00
Inflation rate has increased by 6,4 % in October. Prices on various products increased, in particular on vegetables, milk products and eggs.The National Bank of Georgia (NBG) forecasted up to 4% inflation rate this year.
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Culture
Tbilisi Jazz Festival begins
Publish Time: 2017-11-03 12:45:00
The Tbilisi 20th Jazz Festival was opened with a concert of Tower of Power, an American R&B-based horn section and band. Well-known music hits and new compositions were performed.The second day of the festival will be dedicated to Joe Lovano, Saxophonist and composer. Georgian young performer Papuna Sharikadze and legendary Stanley Clarke and his band will perform for the audience on the last day of the festival.
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Politics
Georgia submits all legal documents necessary for Megis Kardava’s extradition
Publish Time: 2017-11-03 12:02:00
Georgia has sent all legal documents necessary for Megis Kardava’s extradition to Ukraine, - said prosecutor Natia Songulashvili.According to her, the Georgian side is waiting for the decision of the competent court of Ukraine to bring Megis Kardava before the Georgian judiciary in the shortest possible time.Megis Kardava was declared wanted by Interpol in 2013.Megis Kardava, former senior defense ministry official, was detained in Ukraine on November 1.
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Economics
Parliament starts considering the revised version of 2018 state budget
Publish Time: 2017-11-03 12:01:00
Parliament starts considering the revised version of the 2018 state budget project.According to the Deputy Minister of Finance, the budget is increased by 95 million GEL, however opposition still expresses dissatisfaction. The minority speaks about the wrong defining of priorities. 
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Justice
Procedures for Megis Kardava’s extradition to Georgia launched – Ukraine’s Security Service
Publish Time: 2017-11-02 18:03:00
As Ukraine’s Security Service reports, the procedures for former Georgian high official Megis Kardava’s extradition have already been launched. As reported by the agency the detainee, citizen of Georgia, has been wanted since 2012 for crimes envisaged by the articles #24, 138 and 144 of Georgia’s Criminal Code. ‘The detained Georgian citizen had three false passports (two – Ukrainians and one – of Belize) as well as false document of sailor by means of that he crossed Ukrainian and other countries borders. Under the decision of the Galitski regional court, the citizen of Georgia has been sentenced to 40 days in jail,’ the statement reads. 
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Society
President of Estonia continues visit in Georgia
Update Time: 2017-11-02 12:09:00
Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia continues her visit in Georgia. The President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili and the President of the Republic of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid have visited the occupation line in the village of KhurvaletiThe two presidents have had a conversation with Data Vanishvili, the citizen of Georgia, living in the occupation line in the village of Khurvaleti and got acquainted with existing problems.
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Politics
Constitutional changes to be initiated in parliament today
Publish Time: 2017-11-02 12:06:00
The project of proposed constitutional changes will be initiated in the parliament today. Part of opposition do not plan to participate in the discussion. The ruling team is not going to change the agenda and starts the process of approving new changes.
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Justice
Wanted former high-ranking official of MoD detained
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 20:03:00
Megis Kardava, former high-ranking official of Georgian Ministry of Defense has been detained in Kiev, Ukraine. Based on the information of First Channel, Kardava was travelling to Ukraine from Turkey and was detained at the state border. Kardava was wanted by the Georgian side under Interpol Red Notice on charges that include exceeding official power, humiliation of a person, torture, sexual abuse and violence, illegal imprisonment and other violations.Kardava is sentenced to imprisonment with 9 year-term in absentia based on the verdict upheld by Appeals Court on charge of so-called Navtlughi Special Operation in Tbilisi and murder of Colonel Sergo Tetradze.Megis Kardava, who held the post of deputy at the military police department, was found guilty of violating sections 144 and 138 of the Criminal Code about sexual violence and torture, and sentenced to 12 years in jail, but in accordance with the amnesty passed by the new government in early 2013, his sentence was reduced by a quarter to nine years.Colonel Sergo Tetradze was detained on September 19, 2011 and accused of spying. He died on September 25. According to the official version, he died of a heart attack, but the case remained controversial, and caused suspicions that it in fact it was a murder.
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Justice
7 persons, arrested in front of Football Federation yesterday, released
Update Time: 2017-11-01 18:22:00
The court hearing of 8 persons, who were arrested at the rally held in front of the Football Federation yesterday, has been postponed. The next trial will be held on November 30 and before that, the seven detained persons were released. The motive of the postponement of the trail was to obtain additional evidence. As for another detainee Giorgi Chelidze, his trial was held today, but the defendant did not attend it, as he is being treated at a hospital.
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Justice
Supreme Court upholds guilty verdict against Vano Merabishvili
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 18:13:00
The Supreme Court denied the cassation complaint of former PM Vano Merabishvili’s lawyer in the case of assault on MP Valeri Gelashvili. According to the press service of the Chief Prosecutor's Office, the Court thus upheld the decision of Tbilisi Court of Appeals of February 23, 2017, which found Ivane Merabishvili guilty.“The Court established that on June 29, 2005, Valeri Gelashvili’s (member of the Parliament of Georgia by then) article under the title of ‘Valeri Gelashvili Shall Cede his House to Mikheil Saakashvili’ was published in the Resonance newspaper. In the mentioned article, Valeri Gelashvili expressed his discontent with the acting president for the reason that he was deprived of his property without being paid anything in recompense. In the same article, he discussed the private life of former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili in offensive manner. After publishing the article, for the purpose to make an example of Valeri Gelashvili, Mikheil Saakashvili instructed Irakli Okruashvili, the Minister of Defense by then, to physically abuse Valeri Gelashvili in retaliation, though received a negative response. Thereby, Mikheil Saakashvili tasked Ivane Merabishvili, the Minister of Internal Affairs by then, to physically abuse Valeri Gelashvili.After receiving the assignment, Ivane Merabishvili, under the organization of Director of Special Operative Department (SOD) Erekle Kodua subject to him, ensured to precisely execute the task given by Mikheil Saakashvili, which was carried out on July 15, 2005. Operative officers of SOD and members of Armed Special Forces Unit blocked the car driven by Valeri Gelashvili, in Tbilisi on Mirtshkhulava street, after which they attacked Valeri Gelashvili and people accompanying him. Under the instruction of Erekle Kodua and guidance of head of SOD division Giorgi Siradze, the members of the Special Forces Unit took Valeri Gelashvili from the car together with his accompanying persons forcibly and by threatening with firearms, beat him severely with the butts of firearms and had unlawfully took from him the ‘Heckler Koch’ firearm being in legal ownership of Valeri Gelashvili, money - 10 000 USD and ring, valued for 50 000 GEL. As a result of beating, Valeri Gelashvili suffered grave bodily injuries. As a result, Merabishvili has been sentenced to 6 years and 9 months in jail according to the absorption principle”, says the statement of the Prosecutor’s Office.It is noteworthy that former President MIkheil Saa
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Justice
Ministry of Corrections says Vano Merabishvili has not served enough for early release
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 17:53:00
According to the Ministry of Corrections, former Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs convict Vano Merabishvili has not yet served the term, after which it is possible to allow his early release. Accordingly, the local council of the Ministry of Corrections will not consider Vano Merabishvili’s case at this stage. In addition, the report that a notice on early release was delivered to the convict is not true.According to the Ministry, the duration of term, after which it is possible to allow early release, depends on the category of offense committed by a person. In particular: in case of a less serious offense, the offender must serve at least half of the sentence, in case of a serious offense, the offender must serve at least two thirds of the sentence and in case of a particularly serious offense - no less than three-fourths. After serving the mentioned term, the penitentiary institution's administration is obliged to file a relevant motion with the local council of the Ministry of Corrections and notify the convict of it. 
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Justice
Former high-ranking official of MoD detained
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 17:41:00
Megis Kardava, former high-ranking official of Ministry of Defense has been detained in Kiev, Ukraine. Based on the information of First Channel, Kardava was travelling to Ukraine from Turkey and was detained at the border. Kardava was wanted by the Georgian side under Red Notice of Interpol. He is sentenced to imprisonment with 9 year-term in absentia on charge of so-called Navtlughi Special Operation in Tbilisi. 
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Politics
Plenary sitting in Parliament
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 16:06:00
A plenary sitting is being held in the Georgian Parliament. The session began late due to lack of the quorum. Constitutional changes, summoning of Minister of Internal Affairs to parliament, exchange rate of Lari and staffing of Trust Group are the main topics for discussions. 
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Society
CEC to issue summarizing protocols of local elections
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 16:03:00
A sitting begins at Georgian Central Election Commission (CEC). Tamar Zhvania, Chairperson of CEC will issue summarizing protocols of October 21 local self-governance elections. The second-round of local elections will be held on November 12. The district election commission has issued a summary protocol on the mayoral elections of Tianeti. According to the protocol, the decision of the Court of Appeals was upheld and Tamaz Mechiauri was declared as the winner of the elections. The candidate of Georgian Dream is going to appeal against the decision in the court. 
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Society
Healthcare Ministry sets scholarships
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 14:41:00
Georgian Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs sets scholarships for students seeking to become physicians. Scholarship holders will be revealed based on rating after passing of qualification examinations. Davit Sergeenko, Minister met with students of Tbilisi State University (TSU) and talked about medical education programs. 
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World
Uzbekistan president offers support to Trump following NY terror attack
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 13:28:00
Uzbekistan's president has offered his support to Donald Trump following the terror attack in New York. A suspect from the country, Sayfullo Saipov is thought to have driven a truck which ploughed into pedestrians on a cycle path, killing eight people.Media named him as Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbek immigrant who came to the US in 2010. US President Donald Trump has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to "step up" vetting measures, after a deadly truck attack in New York. 
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Politics
Giorgi Kvirikashvili meets with President of Estonia
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 13:21:00
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met with President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid. Political, economic and trade relations between Georgia and Estonia were discussed during the meeting. According to the Prime Minister of Georgia, the relations of the two countries are dynamically developing. However, it is desirable to fully implement the existing potential in different spheres.  Attention was focused on sectoral cooperation. The sides exchanged information on important economic and trade aspects of the two countries.Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili spoke about the ongoing reforms and noted that international organizations and ratings confirm the progress made by Georgia in various spheres. The positive investment environment of Georgia was emphasized as well.The sides discussed the forthcoming EU Eastern Partnership summit too. It was noted that at the summit Georgia will come as a country that has implemented all the obligations. The Prime Minister informed the President of Estonia about the difficult situation in Georgia's occupied regions. President of Estonia once again confirmed that the official Tallinn strongly supports Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. 
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