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President of Estonia continues visit in Georgia
Update Time: 2017-11-01 12:15:00
Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia continues her 3-day visit in Georgia. Kaljulaid will lay wreath at the Memorial of Heroes who died in fight of territorial integrity. She will then visit IDPs. Businesspersons are in the Estonian delegation besides representatives of executive authorities. The visit is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Georgia and Estonia.  
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Politics
Project of Constitutional changes to be registered in parliament
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 12:09:00
The project of proposed constitutional changes will be registered in the parliament this week. Lawmakers today will discuss staffing of Trust Group during the plenary session. The initiative of majority MPs regarding rule of political parties financing is also planned to be considered this week. 
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Economics
Doing Business 2018 - Georgia among world’s top ten
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 12:08:00
Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create Jobs ranks Georgia on 9th place among world's 190 countries, highest in Europe and Central Asia. Georgia’s score improved by 2.12 points to make up 82.04 points, and the country has advanced from 16th to 9th place. Compared to 2017, in 2018 Georgia surpassed countries like Sweden, Macedonia, Estonia, Finland, Australia, Taiwan (China), and Latvia. Georgia remains exceptional in Europe and Central Asia as a country that has taken important steps toward better and more effective regulations. Country’s success in the World Bank’s rankings has been predetermined by the Government’s effective and coordinated work. The Government of Georgia has implemented, and continues to implement, reforms that further advance Georgia’s position in the World Bank’s ratings for next year. Notably, Georgia’s positions have improved in 5 indicators:• Starting a business: 4th place (8th in 2017)• Getting electricity: 30th place (39th in 2017)• Protecting minority investors: 2nd place (7th in 2017)• Enforcing contracts: 7th place (16th in 2017)• Resolving insolvency: 57th place (106th in 2017)Compared to the 2013 Doing Business Report (which was published in 2012), Georgia’s positions have improved in the following 6 indicators:• Starting a business: 4th place (7th in 2013)• Getting electricity: 30th place (50th in 2013)• Protecting minority investors: 2nd place (19th in 2013)• Paying taxes: 22nd place (33rd in 2013)• Enforcing contracts: 7th place (30th in 2013)• Resolving insolvency: 57th place (81st in 2013)The 2013 report ranked Georgia 9th. It should be noted, however, that Doing Business changed its methodology after 2013 (qualitative indicators were added to simplicity and speed indicators) and recalculated the results of the previous years. Georgia’s 9th place according to the 2013 report now equaled 23rd. Accordingly,
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Economics
Economic Minister commented on depreciation of GEL
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 11:27:00
Giorgi Gakharia, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development said that depreciation of the national currency Lari was linked to expectations and seasonal factors. Gakharia said he was sure that GEL would soon gain value. “We overcame last year’s seasonal problems. We should be flexible to face and overcome the fluctuation this time,” he claimed.  Minister of Economy underlined that all macroeconomic factors were improved including export, money transfers and tourism. 
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World
Ukraine's Anticorruption Agency Detains Interior Minister's Son
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 11:15:00
Anticorruption investigators of Ukraine have detained the son of Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. Sources in the National Anticorruption Bureau (NABU) were quoted as saying that Oleksandr Avakov was detained on October 31 after his home in the eastern city of Kharkiv was searched.Avakov confirmed to the Ukrayinska Pravda news site that detectives "came to my son to conduct a search." NABU said in a statement that it detained three individuals, including a former deputy interior minister and a businessman, in an embezzlement case.It said the investigation relates to the alleged embezzlement of 14 million hryvnyas ($520,000) of state budget funds allocated to the Interior Ministry to buy backpacks in 2014-2015.NABU did not give any names, saying that the detained persons will soon be officially informed that they are suspects in the case. Earlier that day, NABU confirmed Facebook media reports saying that searches were conducted at the residences of "individuals believed to be involved" in the case, but did not give any names.Meanwhile Ukraine's Interior Ministry said it considers NABU's actions “grounded in politics rather than the law." "A hybrid war that is going on in Ukraine focuses on discrediting politicians and officials who firmly stand for reforming and improving state institutions, in particular the law enforcement system," a statement said. "During his tenure as interior minister, false information about the minister, members of his family, and his closest colleagues has been disseminated to discredit Arsen Avakov," it added.In February, NABU said that a probe into the alleged embezzlement of state budget funds allocated for purchasing 6,000 backpacks by the Interior Ministry for Ukraine's armed forces fighting Russia-backed separatists in the country's east was being concluded.
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Crime
One person detained on charge of illegal buying and keeping of drugs
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 09:52:00
Officers of Khelvachauri Regional Division of Adjara Police Department of Ministry of Internal Affairs, through operative activities, detained one person born in 1979 on charge of illegal buying and keeping of drugs. The person was detained in Sarphi, Georgian-Turkish state border checkpoint. The detainee was found with 8, 30052 grams of powder containing heroin drugs upon his body search. He admits the guilt. Investigation into the case is ongoing. 
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Society
New regulation on video penalties takes effect tomorrow
Update Time: 2017-11-01 08:28:00
A new regulation on video penalties will take effect starting November 1, and the so-called smart cameras will also start functioning that will reflect different administrative violations by means of the programs established at the joint operations center.As Georgia’s Interior Ministry informs, special information booklets were prepared by the ministry and patrol police officers provided drivers in Tbilisi as well as in regions with the booklets. The new regulation on execution of video penalties will take effect throughout Georgia. Up to 3000 smart cameras are planned to set in motion till the end of 2017 across Georgia. 
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Politics
Georgian PM, President commented over Manhattan terrorist act
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 03:40:00
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvrikashvili released a statement about Manhattan terror attack through Twitter. “We are shocked and deeply concerned. Our prayers are directed to victims and their family members,” reads the statement. President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili said that Georgia condemned any form of terrorism and stayed together with the international community in fight against the threat. “On behalf of Georgian people, I express support to US government and American people,” reads the statement. Eight people were killed and 11 injured when the driver of the truck hit people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan. Five Argentines were among the dead. A 29-year-old man was shot by police as he left the car, and detained. 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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World
Eight people killed in New York terror attack
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 01:05:00
US President Donald Trump has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to "step up" vetting measures, after a deadly truck attack in New York, the BBC reports. Eight people were killed and 11 injured when the driver of the truck hit people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan. Five Argentines were among the dead.A 29-year-old man was shot by police as he left the car, and detained. Media named him as Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbek immigrant who came to the US in 2010. Officials said it was a terror attack.
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World
Merkel preaches tolerance, religious freedom at Reformation ceremony
Publish Time: 2017-11-01 00:06:00
Invoking the spirit of the Reformation, Chancellor Angela Merkel called for religious freedom and tolerance on Tuesday and said Germany should lend extra support to the children of refugees “who have experienced awful things.”“We have learned that tolerance is the soul of Europe,” she said at a ceremony on the 500th anniversary of the reformation in Wittenberg, where Martin Luther is said to have nailed his theses challenging Catholicism to a church door.Luther argued against what he saw as abusive practices by Catholic preachers, though the reformation divided western Christianity and resulted in violence, persecution and discrimination.Merkel, the daughter of a protestant pastor, praised Luther’s translation of the Bible into a standard form of written German, which she said made its teachings accessible to the population at large. “Religious education was a fundamental concern of the reformation,” she said, stressing the importance of education for everyone.“To learn and develop skills, some children need to be given more support than others - for example when parental support is lacking. This applies too to integrating children from refugee families who have experienced and undergone awful things.”Merkel has come under fire for allowing more than one million migrants to enter Germany over the past two years - a decision that saw her conservatives bleed support to the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in a national election last month.People from different backgrounds often knew too little about each other, she said, stressing the importance of dialogue between religions. “Just as the freedom of belief always has to be protected from religious fanaticism, so freedom of worship, on the other hand, requires that religion be protected from contempt,” Merkel added. To honor the 500th anniversary, Reformation Day was a public holiday in Germany this year, Reuters reports.
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Society
Draft-bill for activation of Pension accumulation system ready
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 20:05:00
Georgian citizens will have to care about worthy pension age themselves. The pension accumulation system will presumably become activated autumn, 2018 in Georgia, if the parliament approves the draft-bill worked out by representatives of the National Bank of Georgia (NBG) and government. The draft-project is ready and the parliament will have discussed it by the end of this year. Reportedly, involvement of all employed persons under 40 in the system will be obligatory. It will be voluntary for persons above 40 and for everyone else including self-employed citizens. Every person will transfer 2% of salary to the pension fund, employers and government will transfer 2% each. Pension Agency will manage the amount in the fund. In case of a person’s death, the money in his/her fund will be transferred to his/her inheritor. The system was worked out based on recommendations of international organizations and European countries. 
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Society
Gypsies unable to obtain ID cards in Georgia
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 19:09:00
Gypsies living in Georgia are willing to have ID documents but are unable to obtain the cards – non-governmental organization Human Rights Development Fund informs. The NGO has been studying living conditions of gypsies for 7 months and reported about results of the research today. Based on official statistics, there are 604 gypsies living in Georgia. However authors of the research claim that the number exceeds 2 thousand. 
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Society
Life is Wonderful to hold charity concert
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 19:07:00
Life is Wonderful Charity Foundation will hold a charity concert in support to children diagnosed with cancer, beneficiaries of Monk Andria Fund, at Tbilisi Big Concert Hall on November 1 at 20:00.The money collected from the concert will be transferred to construction of Happy House rehabilitation center where children and their family members will receive free-of-charge medical and psychological assistance. The center will serve 20 people in 24-hour regime. A day center will be also functioning in the premises. The National Ballet Ensemble “Sukhishvilebi,” “Shvidkatsa” Ensemble and Group Goofy Land will take part in the charity concert. 
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Economics
Pension accumulation system to become activated starting autumn, 2018
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 18:03:00
The pension accumulation system will presumably become activated autumn, 2018 in Georgia, if the parliament approves the draft-bill worked out by representatives of the National Bank of Georgia (NBG) and government. The parliament will have discussed the project by the end of this year. Reportedly, involvement of all employed persons under 40 in the system will be obligatory. It will be voluntary for everyone else. Every person will transfer 2% of salary to the pension fund, employers and government will transfer 2% each. Pension Agency will manage the amount in the fund.
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Economics
National currency depreciating
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 16:15:00
The Georgian national currency Lari has depreciated further as per the data of Bloomberg, leading global agency broker and multi-asset execution technology platform, and commercial exchange booths. The price of 1 USD is 2.63 GEL. The National Bank of Georgia (NBG) calls on the population for staying calm. NBG Vice-President said that exchange rate of GEL does not face threat both with respect to short-term and long-term prognosis. 
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Regions
Occupational regime demands payment of fine in return to release of 2 Georgian citizens
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 16:06:00
The occupational regime demands payment of fine in return to the release of two Georgian citizens detained 2 days ago near Akhmaji village, Akhalgori district of occupied South Ossetian region. As reported, the detained men Giorgi Shukakidze, 20, and Joni Tatarashvili, 42, are transported to Akhalgori Militia Department but will presumably be sent to Tskhinvali prison. According to Akhalgori Governor Nugzar Tinikashvili, the detainees are residents of Okami village. They were collecting firewood when detained.  
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Politics
National Movement and European Georgia not to participate in discussions of Constitutional changes
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 16:04:00
The parliamentary oppositional National Movement and European Georgia parties will not participate in discussions over changes to be made into Constitution of Georgia. The decision became known one day ahead of initiation of the document. Patriots’ Alliance is planned to take part in the discussions on part of opponents to the ruling team. Georgian Dream describes the decision of the opposition as the matter of political speculation. 
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Politics
Minister of Internal Affairs to arrive in parliament
Update Time: 2017-10-31 15:50:00
Giorgi Mghebrishvili, Minister of Internal Affairs will present a report at the Parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee at the end of November. The exact date when Mghebrishvili is expected in the parliament, will be finalized. Eka Beselia, Chairperson of Legal Affairs Committee said that arrival of Minister is not connected to the recent incident at Nutsubidze Plato in Tbilisi that claimed life of one man. 
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Economics
Pension accumulation system to become activated starting July 1, 2018
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 15:06:00
The pension accumulation system will become activated starting July 1, 2018 in Georgia, if the parliament approves the draft-bill worked out by representatives of the National Bank of Georgia (NBG) and government. Reportedly, involvement of all employed persons under 40 in the system will be obligatory. It will be voluntary for everyone else. Every person will transfer 2% of salary to the pension fund, employers and government will transfer 2% each. Pension Agency will manage the amount in the fund.  
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Society
Kakha Kaladze meets with experts and NGO representatives of transportation sphere
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 13:59:00
Kakha Kaladze, newly elected Tbilisi Mayor met with experts and representatives of non-governmental organizations leading activities in transportation sphere. Reforms to be carried out and cooperation perspectives were discussed during the meeting. The meeting participants introduced Kaladze with their viewpoints. 
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