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Monday, March 24

Abkhaz government-in-exile sums-up work in 2007

The government of the Tbilisi-backed Abkhaz government-in-exile summed up the results of their work in 2007 at a March 22 cabinet session.

“In 2007 all clinics for refugees were given modern medical equipment, including in [Tbilisi-controlled] upper Abkhazia,” a representative of the government-in-exile said.

They also said that 2007 saw for the first time socio-economic, cultural and rehabilitation projects financed by the government-in-exile being implemented, including rehabilitation works to refugees’ homes in the villages of Gentsvishi and Chkhalta, and a branch of People’s Bank opened in Upper Abkhazia.

Nine of the 32 schools in the province also underwent repair works and two sports centers and a youth camp were established, while 440 IDP families received financial assistance between 2006 and 2007, government-in-exile representatives said. (Black Sea Press)

Environment Ministry begins cleaning Mtkvari River

The Environment Ministry arranged an event to clean the Mtkvari River on World Water Day, March 22, near Matekhi Bridge in Tbilisi.

Environment Minister Zaza Gamtsemlidze and Vice-Mayor of Tbilisi Mamuka Akhvlediani participated in the event.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution in 1992 declaring March 22 World Water Day, calling on UN member states to devote the day to implementing UN resolutions on water issues. (Prime News)

12 candidates for GPB director general position

There are 12 candidates for the position of director general of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB).

Among the hopefuls to have submitted applications is prominent journalist Ia Antadze.

The submission deadline was yesterday, and the new director general will be selected by April 4. (Prime News)

Floods in Imereti

An overflowing river flooded houses in villages of Imereti province. Seventeen families have been evacuated from the area. (Prime News)

Tbilisi mayor plants 50 trees

Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava planted 50 trees as part of a government program on March 22. He said that 20 000 trees will be planted as part of the program this year.

Tbilisi City Municipality has announced 2008 as the year of planting trees and shrubs. (Prime News)