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Tuesday, May 24
President of Swiss Confederation to arrive in Georgia on May 30

Bilateral political consultations will be held between Georgia and Switzerland starting in Bern, Deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze said at yesterday's briefing.

Bilateral economic and political relations between Georgia and Switzerland will be discussed at the meetings.

President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey will arrive in Georgia on May 30, Nino Kalandadze said.

According to her, Micheline Calmy-Rey will meet with the Georgian President and the Foreign Minister during the visit.

Bella Ciao Ė Resistance Anthem

The song Bella Ciao is often heard at rallies organized by the Peopleís Assembly.

The song was sung by a left-wing anti-fascist resistance movement in Italy, a movement of anarchists, communists, socialists and militant anti-fascist partisans.

The author of the lyrics is unknown, but the music seems to come from an earlier folk song sung by rice farmers in the Po Valley. The song was used as part of the soundtrack for the Yugoslavian Film MOST in 1969.

Another interpretation has been given following the discovery in 2006 by Fausto Giovannardi of the CD "Klezmer - Yiddish swing music" including the melody "Koilen" played in 1919 by Mishka Ziganoff.

The song was translated in more than 20 languages.

People sang the song during the 2009 presidential elections in Iran and the 2011 protests in Egypt.

Businessmen from Qatar visit Georgia

A delegation of businesspersons from Qatar is visiting Georgia. The guests were hosted by the Minister of Agriculture of Georgia Bakur Kvezereli today. The businessmen have showed particular interest in the agriculture sector of the country.

At the meeting with the minister, the sides discussed bilateral cooperation and the attraction of investments from Qatar into Georgia.

The businessmen have been studying the investment environment of the country for the last six months.

`Foreign investments are necessary not only for creating new jobs, but for solving various problems, including storing the harvest,` Bakur Kvezereli told journalists after the meeting with the Qatari businessmen.
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Pilot Program of private tax inspectors begins

The Revenue Office of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia is starting a new pilot program, which aims at introducing the institute of private tax inspectors. The goal of the program is to improve the control of entrepreneurs and to create new jobs.

The private tax inspectors will be selected via competition; they will act independently from the Revenue Office and work on self-financing.

The pilot program will last two weeks and 20 specialists will be involved in it. Afterwards, the Revenue Office plans to increase this number up to 200-300 private inspectors.
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Maestro TV releases declaration

Maestro TV has released a declaration that statements made by some politicians regarding Maestro TVís possible engagement in the ongoing political process, are not true.

Maestro TV claims that it fulfils its professional obligations. Maestro TV is an independent media source, and it is not going to take into account the interests of any political party. We appeal to politicians to refrain from making comments about Maestro TVí, the declaration says.

The declaration is signed by Ilia Kikabidze, Director General of the TV network.

Petrol price to be reduced soon

The price of petrol will shortly decrease in Georgia - experts say the price will be reduced by 0,05 GEL this week. The reduction will refer to the `regular` category of fuel, which currently costs 2,10 GEL. Petrol distribution company Gulf says the reduction of prices on petrol around the world will be reflected in Georgia soon; they say the prices will subsequently decrease on other categories of fuel in the country thereafter.
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