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Friday, August 20
Illia the Second – Today Each Person Must Think How to Live

A divine service on the day of Transfiguration of Jesus was concluded at St. Trinity Cathedral.

Illia the second prayed to God to bless new fruit. The Patriarch stated that each person must think how to live today.

The Catholicos Patriarch awarded Archbishop Daniel of Tskhum-Apkhazeti with the highest order – a diamond cross and prayed to God for Georgia’s unification.

On August 19 the Orthodox Church marks the day of Jesus' Transfiguration. This event is told in the synoptic gospels - Jesus was transfigured on a mountain. The original Greek term in the Gospels is metamorphothe, describing Jesus as having undergone metamorphosis. (Interpressnews)

Russia suspends Mistral purchase deal with France

The Russian Defence Ministry has suspended the purchase of the Mistral-class ship from France, reported the Russian media according to information released by the Russian shipbuilding company director. Roman Trotsenko says that the ministry approved the company's proposal to announce an international tender for the purchase of a warship, for which a special state commission will work. The commission will define the special criteria and the deadline for the tender.

So far no officials have commented on the decision. They do however confirm Trotsenko`s proposal and say that the purchase of a Mistral from France without a tender would have been illegal anyway.

A while ago, the Russian shipbuilding company proposed discussing alternatives to Mistral - Dutch Johan De Vit and Spanish Juan Carlos. Trotsenko says these warships are cheaper than the Mistral, in addition, the construction of a Russian version would require less funds and time. (Rustavi 2)

Doctors arrested for document forgery

Rustavi Police have launched an investigation into the manufacture and distribution of forged documents, on the basis of operative information under part I of Article 362 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.

The investigation established that the doctors of 'Rustavi psycho-neurologic dispensary Ltd' did not conduct clinical observations and issue medical documents in the name of the persons registered in the dispensary. As a result they accepted bribes from patients and issue forged medical social expertise-examination certificates. Thus the patients were given disabled status and were later granted a disability pension.

The officers of Rustavi Police Division and the employees of Kvemo Kartli Public Prosecutor's Office under part I of Article 221 and part I of Article 362 of the Criminal Code of Georgia detained suspects in the above mentioned case, namely, Mr. Zaza Okhanashvili - Director of 'Rustavi psycho-neurologic dispensary Ltd' and employees of the same dispensary - Mr. Aleksandre Oganezov, Ms. Mzia Niniashvili and Mr. Pavle Kankava.

The detainees have admitted they committed crime, which under Georgian legislation envisages up to 6 years in prison. (Rustavi 2)

World champion vs. Wrestling Federation

Wrestling world champion Luka Kurtanidze accuses the Wrestling Federation of bias. The athlete says the federation has refused him a license to participate in the world championship because of his political views. Kurtanidze is the member of the opposition party with the leader, Nino Burjanadze.

Kurtanidze voiced these allegations at yesterday's briefing. He said there were no other reasons for which he might have been prevented from participating in the championship.

The movement Public Assembly has tried to promote the wrestler and applied to the Wrestling Federation to allow Luka Kurtanidze to participate in the tournament.

The Wrestling Federation has responded to the wrestler's complaints and explained that a Georgian team is not participating in the world tournament in 2010. In addition, Kurtanidze has the status of a coach and therefore he cannot have complaints against the federation. (Rustavi 2)

Fire burns rooms of nuns` rooms in Dirbi Monastery

Fire burnt down the roof of the nuns' rooms in the Dirbi Monastery leaving most of them without shelter. The fire brigades and local population helped each other to extinguish the fire in time. However, they failed to save the roof. Arguably, the fire was caused by electricity wires. (Rustavi 2)

Kakha Baindurashvili in Italy on Working Visit

Minister of Finance of Georgia, Kakha Baindurashvili has been in Rome since Wednesday for working visit.

As the official web page of the ministry informs, the minister will hold meetings at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

The future cooperation between Georgia and IFAD will be discussed at the meetings. (Interpressnews)

Georgian basketball team returns home for next game with Belgium

The Georgian national basketball team has returned from Poland, where the sportsmen were defeated by the hosts. Poland beat Georgia with 9 scores in the 2011 European championship qualification game in the city of Lodz. Despite the defeat, Georgia remains top of Group C.

Next they will play Belgium. Georgia has to play three games in Group C; if they win all three games, they will win the chance to play in the continental tournament.

The Belgium team has already arrived in Tbilisi with leading players. The game will be held at Tbilisi Sport Palace tomorrow. (Rustavi 2)