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Tuesday, September 13
NATO General Secretary to Visit Georgia on November 9-10

The General Secretary of NATO Anders Pog Rasmusen will visit Georgia on November 9-10, 2011.

The Ambassador of Georgia to NATO, Gega Mgaloblishvili, announced the visit before the beginning of an ambasadorial conference of the Georgian diplomatic corps taking place at the hotel Radisson Blue Iveria in Tbilisi.

According to Mgaloblishvili, representatives of NATO member states will accompany Rasmusen on his visit to Georgia.

”The visit of the North Atlantic Council cofirms that a process of integration into NATO is continuing dynamically and successfully. This will support the process of coordination with the organization,” Mgaloblishvili stated, adding that the visit of Rasmusen will not be regional and he will only visit Georgia.

Authorities accuse Labour Party of lies

The ruling Georgian authorities have accused the Labour Party of lies, when alleging that the government had been working on two new draft laws, according to one of which bereaved families would be fined if they did not bury a deceased member of the family within three days of death. The second draft law, according to the opposition party, refers to the introduction of cremation in Georgian legislation. Authorities say no draft law of the kind has ever been discussed and even such ideas have not been considered in the government.
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Patriarch Opens Youth Centre

The Youth Centre of the Patriarchate of Georgia was officially opened on Sunday. The reconstruction of the centre was carried out with the blessing of His Holiness, Georgia`s Catholicos Patriarch Ilia II and Archbishop Giorgi. His Holiness, members of the Holy Synod and invited guests attended the ceremony, where a new magazine was also presented. The Orthodox Magazine Uplistsikhe will be published twice a month and its chief editor will be Archbishop Giorgi. The magazine is intended for readers of any age.

UNFPA in Georgia officially transfers IT equipment to National Statistics Office of Georgia

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Georgia has officially transferred IT equipment to the National Statistics Office of Georgia. The event was attended by the Executive Director of the National Statistics Office of Georgia, Mr. Zaza Chelidze, UNFPA/Georgia Assistant Representative, Ms. Tamar Khomasuridze, the representatives of the National Statistics Office of Georgia and UNFPA. The IT equipment will be used by the National Statistics Office to ensure the smooth operation of the team implementing Geo-Information System (GIS) technologies that had been procured and introduced with the financial support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) previously in 2010. The Geo-Information System (GIS) provides settlement mapping to produce the precise enumeration of the population in all the regions of Georgia on field visits during the General Population Census.

10 years since 9/11 commemorated in Tbilisi

Georgia has expressed solidarity with the US and the American people on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Representatives of the youth wing of the National Democratic Party assembled outside the US Embassy in Dighomi district of Tbilisi on Sunday.

The rally's members lit candles and laid flowers at the embassy, thus commemorating the people killed in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The young Christian Democrats held a similar rally on Saturday night as well. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, the party members depicted number 10 with lit candles outside the U.S. embassy in Tbilisi.
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Culture Minister: No legal necessity for new artistic director

Culture Minister Nika Rurua says he cannot see any legal necessity for the appointment of a new artistic director of the Rustaveli Theater.

Nika Rurua made this statement at the ambassadorial conference at the Radisson hotel. According to him, the above-mentioned issue in not on the agenda.

‘The law says a theatre may have or not have an artistic director’, Rurua said.