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Compiled by Etuna Tsotniashvili
Thursday, September 17
National Forum prepares for mass protest rally

Versia writes that opposition party the National Forum is going to present its action plan to society in the near future but is continuing to consult with several opposition parties and does not exclude forming a new alliance.

“In several days we will present our plans to the people, but there will not be many changes. If the people think that the de facto Government is a power which damages our country and must be changed constitutionally, the whole of Georgia should organise to achieve this. I see such potential in the people and a perfect example of this was the three-month long protest rallies in spring. Now we need more organised action and the distribution of some functions between different parties,” leader of the National Forum Kakha Shartava has said.

Shartava says that if others wish to follow the same plan the National Forum is ready to hold consultations with them. As to whether the opposition will restart the protest rallies in the near future, Shartava answered that “history has shown that without protest rallies nothing can be achieved in this country. The fact that no serious result was achieved through the recent rallies does not mean that this was not the right course of action to take. It is just that certain actions were planned wrongly. We must gather the whole of Georgia together and opposition unity is crucial in this case,” Shartava added.

7% of the Georgian population are IDPs

Professional Unions data states that 7% of Georgians are IDPs, Rezonansi reports. As a result of the August 2008 aggression 26,000 people were displaced from their homes. In the 1990s, as a result of the Russian-provoked war, 225,000 people were displaced from Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Together these figures add up to 7% of the whole Georgian population.

So far the State has covered all the electricity and gas bills of last year’s IDPs. The UN helps them by providing food. IDPs who have left their homes last year do not have IDP status yet, and have therefore been assisted under the programme for Socially Unprotected People. The first member of a family gets GEL 30 and the rest GEL 24 per month under the terms of that programme, this being the only income Samachablo IDPs receive.

Oldest coloured twine in existence found in Dzudzuana Cave

Some microscopic fibres discovered accidentally while scientists were searching for pollen samples have turned out to be around 30,000 years old, Akhali Taoba reports. A team writes in the journal Science that ancient humans probably used the plant fibres to carry tools, weave baskets or make garments. Some of the fibres are coloured and appear to have been dyed.

The fibres were found preserved within layers of mud in the Dzudzuana Cave in Georgia. Until today it was considered that the oldest fibres in existence were some found in the Czech Republic made with nettles. This new discovery of more ancient and unique fibres in Georgia rewrites history.