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Tuesday, May 10
Davit Bakradze commented on victory day

Davit Bakradze, Chairman of the Parliament, says it is up to historians to make clear whether victory day should be celebrated on 8 or 9 May.

In any case, Bakradze congratulated war veterans on victory day May 9.

‘I am sure the evil will always be defeated. Today Georgia is in a poor state; however I hope our fight will be successful at the end and the good will prevail’, Bakradze said.

According to him, he went to Vake Park yesterday in order to pay respect to those who died i the war along with those who view 9 May as a victory day.

He laid a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier along with the Tbilisi Mayor and the Chairman of the City Council.

Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze said yesterday ‘the world celebrates victory over fascism on 8 May, while Russia is exception in this regard and celebrates the victory day ‘separately’.

President opens information center in Kutaisi

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili arrived in Kutaisi yesterday, where he opened a new information center of professional colleges. The centre will make it easier for the residents of the city to receive information about professional colleges and education. The centre will register the applicants, who seek professional education and the graduates of the college will be able to find jobs with the help of the same centre.

Mikheil Saakashvili has also visited a professional college in Kutaisi and attended a practical course together with the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, Dimitri Shashkini. The course at the college lasts 12 months and the students can choose between 25 different professions.

The President also visited a Zurab Zhvania State School of Administration, where 80 Azeri students take course in Georgian language.

`We wish the Georgian citizens of Azeri origin to be successful in Georgia, for which they should speak Georgian along with their native language, because Georgian is their national language. We do not separate citizens of different ethnicity from one another, because Georgia belongs to them as well as to citizens of Georgian ethnicity,` Saakashvili said.
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Tbilisi Patrol Police Chief Hits Guard Police Officer

Giorgi Gegechkori, chief of the Tbilisi Patrol Police, was involved in a violent incident that took place during a basketball match between the team of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and ‘Sokhumi’.

Gegechkori reacted angrily after Besarion Lezhava, player of the Ministry’s team, had assaulted Maka Kupatadze. Gegechkori hit a guard police officer.

After the incident, the Georgian Basketball Federation made a decision to disqualify Besarion Lezhava till 1 January 2013. Giorgi Gegechkori, chief of the Tbilisi Patrol Police, has denied he had hit a Guard Police officer, calling it a lie.

According to him, during an incident at a basketball match he was just trying to mediate between the participants of the conflict.

A video was released via the internet yesterday, which shows the participation of Giorgi Gegechkori.

Court Process on Case of Darejan Kokhtashvili Is Scheduled In Malaysia

A court hearing on the case of the citizen of Georgia Darejan Kohtashvili, detained in Malaysia for drugs smugling is scheduled to begin imminently.

According to the preliminary information, the hearing might be postponed because the Malaysian side still could not provide an interpreter.

A local lawyer will protect the interests of Darejan Kokhtashvili.

Court hearing on case of Babutsa Gordadze detained for the same accusation is planned at the end of May.

Darejan Kokhtashvili and Babutsa Gordadze were detained in Malaysia on November of last year.

Due to the Malaysian legislation drugs’ smuggling is punishable by the death penalty.

Nurse sent to prison for two years for child abuse

A nurse, charged with violence on a child has been sent to prison for two years. The parents of the child filed a lawsuit against the nurse after finding out that she was often beating the child and refusing to feed her. The testimonies by the parents and the video, inserted in the case as evidence, have proved that the nurse was abusing the child permanently and did not feed her normally.
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Georgian takes part in Istanbul Fashion Apparel Conference

Georgia is being represented for the first time at the Istanbul Fashion Apparel Conference in Turkey`s capital this year.

Georgia`s Minister for Economy and Sustainable Development Vera Kobalia presented the investment environment and capacities of the country to participants of the forum.

Four famous fashion manufacturing companies of Turkey are working in Georgian now.

At the conference, representatives of foreign delegations were especially interested in other sectors of Georgia`s economy as well, like tourism, construction, food industry and agriculture.

The delegation of apparel manufacturing companies is expected to visit Georgia this summer. The guests intend to learn about Georgia`s business environment and the capabilities of the country.
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