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Wrestling sports hall in Sachkhere
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 13:56:00
A new wrestling hall, the first of its kind, will be functioning in Sachkhere, Imereti region, starting November. Sportsmen will have the opportunity to train in a building of modern standards. Construction works are coming to an end. Zurab Alavidze, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure inspected the ongoing works together with Imereti governor.  
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Politics
US Ambassador: We support recommendations of Venice Commission
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 13:44:00
“We support recommendations provided by Venice Commission that aim at improvement of acting Constitution,” Ian Kelly, US Ambassador to Georgia stated. According to Kelly, the ruling Georgian Dream Party made changes to the new edition of Constitution based on the recommendations of Venice Commission, an advisory board of Council of Europe. 
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Politics
Council of Leaders to complain against CEC summarizing protocol
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 12:42:00
The Council of Leaders of oppositional political parties will complain against the summarizing protocol of Central Election Commission (CEC) regarding the October 21 local self-governance elections. Members of the council do not exclude applying to Strasbourg Court if necessary. Leaders of oppositional parties made this decision during the meeting held earlier this afternoon. The Council expresses distrust to the elections and demands recount of votes from different polling stations where various violations were detected. Council of Leaders claims that the government forged local self-governance elections. 
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Economics
When pension system will become activated?
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 12:12:00
When pension accumulation system will be activated in Georgia? Representatives of National Bank of Georgia (NBG) and government are holding a presentation of the draft-project. Reportedly, involevemnt of all employed persons under 40 in the syetm will be obligatory. 
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Society
Conference “Professional Education for Economic Development” ongoing
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 11:34:00
An annual conference “Professional Education for Economic Development” is ongoing in Tbilisi within the framework of Millennium Challenge Foundation project. About 200 Georgian and foreign guests are attending the conference. Presentation of the research about future professions will be held. 
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Justice
Armenian citizens detained on charge of non-excise tobacco transportation
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 11:22:00
Officers of Investigation Service of Finance Ministry detained 2 Armenian citizens on charge of transporting non-excise cigarettes. The total price of confiscated cigarettes is 353 825 GEL. The charge envisages from 6 to 8 years in prison. Investigation into the fact is ongoing.   
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Conflicts/Terrorism
Two Georgian citizens detained at occupational line
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 10:42:00
Two Georgian citizens were detained near Akhmaji village, Akhalgori district of occupied South Ossetian region. The State Security Service confirms the information. As reported, the detained men have been transported to Akhalgori Militia Department but they will allegedly be sent to Tskhinvali remand center. According to Akhalgori Governor Nugzar Tinikashvili, the detainees are residents of Okami village. It is unknown why they were moving near the occupied territory. 
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World
9 corpses discovered in suburbs of Tokyo
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 08:13:00
Nine bodies, including two with their heads severed and dumped in a cool box, have been found by police in the suburbs of Tokyo. Police confirmed on Tuesday they had arrested 27-year-old Takahiro Shiraishi, who lives in the apartment in Zama, south of Tokyo.According to Japanese broadcaster NHK, Shiraishi told police: 'I killed them and did some work on the bodies in order to hide the evidence.' Jiji Press said Shiraishi had told police that he chopped up the bodies in a bathroom and a saw was found in his room.The bodies were of eight women and one man, several media reported. A police spokesman could not immediately confirm these reports.Police found the two heads inside a cool box at the entrance of the apartment before making the grisly discovery of the other bodies, according to Jiji Press. Police found the other bodies in a number of large boxes in the apartment, reports said.Authorities had been investigating the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman and discovered a connection between her and Shiraishi. This woman had earlier tweeted 'I'm looking for someone to die with me,' according to the Sankei Shimbun daily.Other media said Shiraishi and the woman had connected via a website featuring information about suicides. Television pictures showed a heavy police presence blocking off a nondescript white-tiled terraced apartment.CCTV captured Shiraishi and the 23-year-old woman walking together last Monday. She had been missing since September 21 and her older brother called in her disappearance to police on Tuesday, the Asahi Shimbun reported.
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World
Catalan leader travels to Brussels as Spanish state prosecutor calls for rebellion and sedition charges
Update Time: 2017-10-31 08:09:00
Carles Puigdemont, the ousted president of Catalonia who defied the Spanish state by declaring his region’s independence, has fled Spain to Brussels, fuelling speculation that he may seek political asylum in Belgium.Sources from the Catalan government, which has been formally removed from power by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, told The Telegraph that Mr Puigdemont had travelled to the Belgian capital on Monday, reportedly accompanied by five colleagues from his former administration.On Monday all 14 members of Mr Puigdemont’s ousted executive were accused by Spain’s chief prosecutor of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds for organising an illegal referendum in Catalonia before declaring independence.Six members of the speaker’s committee at the Catalan parliament face the same accusations for pushing ahead with illegal procedures ahead of last Friday’s proclamation of an independent Catalan republic.
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Politics
President of Estonia to arrive in Georgia
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 07:59:00
Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia is expected in Georgia. This will be his first visit to the country. Businesspersons are in the Estonian delegation besides representatives of executive authorities. President Giorgi Margvelashvili will host his counterpart at Avlabari Presidential Residence. A joint press conference will be held afterwards.  Kersti Kaljulaid is also planned to meet with Georgian Prime Minister, Chairman of Parliament and Catholicos Patriarch of Georgia. The visit is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Georgia and Estonia.  
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World
Amina Okueva killed, her husband survives assassination attempt outside Kyiv
Publish Time: 2017-10-31 01:26:00
Unknown persons in Kyiv region have fired on a car with two Chechen volunteers who fought on the side of Ukraine in the Donbas war Amina Okueva and her husband Adam Osmaev, according to MP Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine's Interior Minister."Patriot of Ukraine Amina Okueva's heart has just stopped, her car drove into an ambush at the railway crossing near the village of Hlevakha in Kyiv region. Amina died of wounds. Adam Osmaev was injured, but he is alive – I've just spoken with him on the phone," Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook on Monday evening.Investigators were on the scene immediately, he added. MP Ihor Mosiychuk, who himself has recently survived an attempted assassination, has announced that she was shot in the head."I've just learnt about the murder of my assistant, press secretary of the Dzhohar Dudaev battalion Amina Okueva. She died after being shot in the head. This happened outside Kyiv," he wrote on Facebook.The couple has already survived an assassination attempt in Kyiv on June 1. Osmaev, who was accused in Russia of plotting an attempt on President Vladimir Putin's life, came for an interview with an allegedly French journalist, who pulled out a gun and fired at Osmaev. Okueva, who was also present at the interview, fired back from her award weapon, wounded the attacker, having thus saved her husband's life, Unian reported.
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Politics
Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway officially opened
Publish Time: 2017-10-30 16:50:00
Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway has been officially opened. Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakistan Saginatiev and Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov put symbolic nails in the railroad and opened a memorial board.The leaders of the five countries took a joint memorable photo. They also traveled by the first train on the newly opened railway. 
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Giorgi Kvirikashvili - Success of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway largely draws on our expanding trade and economic relations with China
Publish Time: 2017-10-30 16:12:00
The success of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway largely draws on our expanding trade and economic relations with China, - Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili made the regarding statement during his speech delivered at the opening ceremony of Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway.“We want Georgia to make its contribution to the cause of reviving the Silk Road and implementing the One Road-One Belt initiative”, - Kvirikashvili said."The success of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway largely draws on our expanding trade and economic relations with China. We are glad that this route is marked as the Middle Corridor on the China-EU trade and transport map, the term having been coined by President Erdogan in his recent speech at the Silk Road Summit in China.Today, it takes a freight train eight days to deliver goods from China to Georgia via Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. I avail myself of the opportunity to thank President Nazarbayev for his personal consideration and attention paid to this route throughout its development. We hope that the positive spillover effect of One Road-One Belt will cover other Central Asian countries as well. Today, there is a possibility of the train continuing its path toward Turkey. We want Georgia and our region maximally to integrate into the EU's Trans-European Transport Network via this route.I am convinced that the new Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway will play a significant role to this end.As you know, on November 28-29, 2017 Tbilisi will host the high-level Belt and Road International Forum, marking the second time when it brings together representatives of governmental and private sectors from more than forty countries. Such a large-scale meeting will enable us to reaffirm the importance of said corridor and, of course, that of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway, which makes the engagement of the countries present here so invaluable.Once again, I would like to thank President Aliyev for organizing today's event. I am also grateful to our friends, the leaders of our partner countries, government officials, and everyone whose tireless work of many years has made possible the successful finalization of this complex project.Most importantly, the unity of the countries present here is demonstrated through this project. I am convinced that similar projects and, most importantly, our solidarity will further deepen our ties to benefit our countries and our region", - Kvirikashvili said.
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Giorgi Kvirikashvili is paying a working visit to Azerbaijan
Publish Time: 2017-10-30 12:29:00
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili is paying a working visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan.The head of the government will attend the official opening ceremony of Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway. President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev invited Georgia’s Prime minister to the event. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and Uzbekistan Prime Minister Abdullah Arypov will also take part in the official opening ceremony.Giorgi Kvirikashvili arrived in Azerbaijan along with the Georgian delegation, which includes Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Giorgi Gakharia, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure Zurab Alavidze, General Director of "Georgian Railway" Mamuka Bakhtadze and Prime Minister's Advisor for Foreign Affairs Tedo Japaridze.
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What steps should the government take on the path of European integration
Publish Time: 2017-10-30 12:11:00
The Georgia-EU Relations Strategy is being discussed at the meeting of the Government and NGOs for the time being.What steps should the government take on the path of European integration - Misha Peikrishvili’s reportage.
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Parliament will return to work on constitutional amendments
Publish Time: 2017-10-30 12:04:00
The Georgia’s parliament will return to work on constitutional amendments in the current week.Changes to the legislative body will be initiated. It concerns to those points that should be reflected in the newly adopted Constitution, including the fully abolition of the bonus system of undistributed mandates and allowing the blocs for the 2020 parliamentary elections. The ruling team decided to initiate regarding changes on the basis of the recommendations of the Venice Commission, but the decision was taken when the new Constitution draft had already been adopted through 2 hearings. Consequently, these changes will be initiated separately.
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Giorgi Kvirikashvili will attend Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway opening ceremony
Publish Time: 2017-10-30 07:55:00
The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway will be activated. Today the first train will run on the railway line.The official opening ceremony will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan.  Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi kvirikashvili will attend the ceremony.President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev invited the Head of the Government of Georgia to the event. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and Uzbekistan Prime Minister Abdullah Arypov will also take part in the official opening ceremony.The implementation of Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project started in 2007. Within the project, Tbilisi-Akhalkalaki section of the railway was rehabilitated.  A new 29-kilometer section from Akhalkalaki to Turkish border was constructed. Passenger Trains for Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway is planned to be launched from 2018.
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World
Rally for Spanish unity being held in Barcelona
Publish Time: 2017-10-29 16:40:00
A reported 300,000 people are attending a rally for Spanish unity in Barcelona after Catalonia was stripped of its autonomy for declaring independence, - BBC reported.Many of those protesting in the region's largest city chanted that sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont should be jailed.Mr Puigdemont was dismissed as Spain's central government took control of Catalan institutions.On Sunday, a minister in Belgium said he could get political asylum there.Spain has been gripped by a constitutional crisis since a referendum, organised by Mr Puigdemont's separatist government, was held earlier this month in defiance of a ruling by the Constitutional Court which had declared it illegal.The Catalan government said that of the 43% of potential voters who took part, 90% were in favour of independence.Source: BBC
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World
Michael Cowgill: US needs a free trade deal with Georgia
Publish Time: 2017-10-29 16:08:00
The US needs a free trade deal with Georgia, - Michael Cowgill the president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia and president and co-founder of the Georgian American University writes in his article published in the American edition Hill.“Georgia, the small European country nestled along the shores of the Black Sea and astride Europe’s highest mountains, is one of the few unequivocal success stories in a region where America’s security and commercial interests are strong and growing. The next natural step to extend that relationship is a Georgia-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. This would enhance the security and prosperity of Georgia, while offering U.S. companies a new and dynamic route into Eurasia, the Middle East and the EU”,  - Cowgill writes.The author of the article notes that Georgia has the most business friendly, reliable, and predictable business environment in the region.
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Politics
Parliament will return to work on constitutional amendments from the next week
Publish Time: 2017-10-29 12:05:00
The Georgia’s parliament will return to work on constitutional amendments from the next week.Changes to the legislative body will be initiated. It concerns to those points that should be reflected in the newly adopted Constitution, including the fully abolition of the bonus system of undistributed mandates and allowing the blocs for the 2020 parliamentary elections. The ruling team decided to initiate regarding changes on the basis of the recommendations of the Venice Commission, but the decision was taken when the new Constitution draft had already been adopted through 2 hearings. Consequently, these changes will be initiated separately.
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