The messenger logo

The News in Brief

Thursday, September 10
UN sends humanitarian aid to disaster region

The Georgian Ministry of Refugees and Resettlement continues to deliver humanitarian assistance to the people left homeless after Tuesday’s earthquake. This aid has been provided by the UN and contains tents, sleeping bags and mattresses.

80 families spent last night in the streets. Officers of the Emergencies Department delivered the tents to the damaged region.

According to an official report 1,034 families have been left homeless. The roads to the disaster zone have been cleared and the power supply resumed. (Rustavi 2)

Government’s Report to the People exhibition visits Telavi
The Governments Report to the People exhibition was held in Telavi yesterday. The Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance presented its activities during the first 8 months of 2009 and outlined the reforms it intends to carry out in the penitentiary, probation and legal assistance sectors. These include introducing a healthcare system in prisons and a free legal assistance service. (Rustavi 2)

Document falsification arrests

The Georgian Ministry of Incomes has detained five persons over the falsification of documents. Among the detainees is Aleksandre Razikashvili, the Deputy Director of Mziuri Children`s Town in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi.

The detainees have been accused of paying 850,000 GEL to falsify documents. Some of them have admitted their guilt. The suspects may face from four to seven years detention. (Rustavi 2)

Kakha Kukava – Police stormed into Telavi office of Conservative Party

Police stormed into Telavi office of the Conservative Party yesterday and assaulted the people there, joint leader of the party Kakha Kukava told InterpressNews while it was happening. He said that women and other staff were being brutally beaten by members of the Police, Department of Constitutional Security and Special Operations Department.

Kukava said that the attack was linked with the Report to the People exhibition which was taking place concurrently. He said that the Police had been informed that certain opposition parties, including the Conservatives, had planned to hold a demonstration while the exhibition was going on, and this was their reaction.

According to reports Conservative members Gogita Dalakishvili, Gogita Mosashvili and Alika Taliuri have been beaten. (Interpressnews)

Christian Democrats unveil economic priorities

After presenting their political priorities the Christian Democratic Movement has unveiled its vision of the economic development of the country. Its leader Giorgi Targamadze presented the issues the party will raise at the plenary sessions of Parliament. The party will press for a law on the development of small and medium-sized business, the regulation of monopolies, the abolition of collective power meters, a reduction of electricity tariffs, the prohibition of genetically modified products and more Government programmes for the development of village infrastructure.

The opposition party will present its priorities on social issues to the media soon. (Rustavi 2)

4 soldiers from Rustavi given awards

4 soldiers from Rustavi who took part in the Russian-Georgian war have been given awards. Rustavi Mayor Mamuka Chikovani gave Mindia Gabishvili, Zurab Kulijanov, Soso Meladze and Nodar Solashvili awards for bravery. The four soldiers also received icons.

Five soldiers from Rustavi died in the Russian-Georgian war: Kakhaber Tavgorashvili, Levan Iosebidze, Giorgi Javakhishvili, Vakhtang Gzirishvili and Besik Kapanadze. Streets have been renamed and memorial boards erected to honour them. (Interpressnews)