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Friday, December 3
Georgia is the issue of disagreement with Russia - Rasmussen

NATO Secretary General has said Georgia is one of the issues on which the Alliance has a disagreement with Russia. Anders Fogh Rasmussen talked about NATO-Russia relations and other global issues on the Hard Talk show, broadcast on BBC.

Rasmussen had to answer very sharp and direct questions on the issue during the show. Rasmussen said the Alliance should use strategic cooperation as the means for solving problems like Georgia, on which the Alliance and the Russian Federation have had a disagreement.

On the same show, the NATO Secretary General reiterated the terms of the NATO Bucharest Summit, which says that NATO's door is open for Georgia. (Rustavi 2)

Government Co-Finance Turkey-Connecting Transmission Line Building

Georgia’s government will allocate 30 million GEL for co-financing the construction of a 500 kilowatt transmission line with Turkey. According to Georgia’s Energy Minister Alexander Khetaguri, 30 million GEL will be provided to the Georgian State Electric system GSE from the 2011 budget to conduct the project. Thus, budget funds will be spent on line building.

GSE has already signed a loan agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank and German Reconstruction Bank. The Transmission Line construction is due to be finished by May 2012. (Interpressnews)

Georgia’s Prime Minister in Kutaisi

Georgia's Prime Minister Nika Gilauri paid a visit to Kutaisi yesterday. He opened new premises of Emergency Ambulance Service and Financial House. The Ambulance reconstruction works, cost GEL 477,000, started in spring of the current year and finished its full rehabilitation, including exterior, local communication systems and yard maintenance. The Georgian company Iberia 21 carried out the works.

The Financial House, costing GEL 250,000, was under construction for a year. It houses the Kutaisi Regional Center of Revenue Service, Imereti-Racha-Lechkhum-Kvemo Svaneti Division of Investigation Department of Georgian Ministry of Finance and the 5th Division of Audit Department. (Interpressnews)

Mikheil Saakashvili was Regarded as Radical Politician Unable to have Success in Georgian politics – Nino Kadagidze

Mikheil Saakashvili was regarded as a radical politician who would not manage to have any significant success in Georgian politics, - Nino Kadagaidze, the widow of ex-premier Zurab Zhvania, said in her exclusive interview with the Kvela Siakhle newspaper .

She explained why Zurab Zhvania was not supported at a certain stage. According to her, everybody knew that Zurab Zhvania was the decision-maker. ‘That’s why everybody, including Edward Shevardnadze, was confronting him. At that time Misha (Mikheil Saakashvili) was regarded as a radical politician who would not achieve any serious success in Georgian politics’, Kadagidze said in her interview.

She does not rule out the possibility that Zhvania might be in the opposition today if he were alive. According to her, the last years of Zurab Zhvania's life were the hardest. ‘He wanted to leave the country and go abroad with his family. However, Badri Patarkatsishvili made him change his mind’’, Kadagidze said.

She wonders why the prime minister was so insecure and hopes everything will become clear soon.

‘I could have fought to find the truth, but I didn’t… as I realized that if were to fight I would have to be ready for anything, including death like Sandro Girgvliani’s mother. I chose to look after my children. Zura would have approved my choice’, Kadagidze said. (Interpressnews)

Art Action in School Olympi

A cognitive and art event is under way in the national school Olympi. The Charity exhibition-fair of works by Oiympi students and Bediani boarding schoolchildren will be held. Sculptures, embroideries and paintings will be exhibited.

In addition, representatives of Youth Intellect Club “Libra” will conduct the second final tour “What? Where? When?” along with the participating Olympi students. The competition will be held within the frameworks of a citywide tournament. (Interpressnews)

Police arrest teenager for brutal murder

Police have arrested one teenager and one grown-up on suspicion of a brutal murder, which occurred on November 27, 2010. The locals in the village of Ghaniri, Samtredia district, Imereti Region, found the corpse of Nikoloz Jibashvili, 59, with multiple injuries in his own yard.

After some investigation, police detained 15 year-old boy and another murder suspect Shalva Parulava on suspicion of murder. The investigation found out that Shalva Parulava and the teenager, whose identity not being released, threw a stone at the head of Jibashvili, who lost consciousness and fell down; afterwards, the two inflicted many injuries to the man on his face and throat with an axe.

The detainees have already pleaded guilty. Investigation is in progress under the article 109 stipulated by the Criminal Code of Georgia. (Rustavi 2)

Businessman found dead in his bathroom

Relatives found businessman Gia Guruli dead in his own apartment on Wednesday night. They were searching for the owner of the development company Meridian for the past ten days. Finally, they broke into the apartment and found the man dead in his bathroom. The forensic officrs and detectives worked in the apartment until late last night. They took the corpse of the businessman to a morgue for examination.

The police have launched an investigation and they are now working on several versions, health problems and CO intoxication among them. (Rustavi 2)