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Tuesday, December 6
Monitoring of goods turnover at trade corridors will be carried out electronically

Monitoring of goods turnover at the Roki, Psou and Larsi trade corridors will be carried out electronically, Deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze said at her regular briefing Monday.

According to her, no people will be deployed at the Georgia-Russia border.

Kalandadze did not specify the monitoring companies listed by the Swiss side who mediated the agreement and have responsibility for picking a private company. Kalandadze said she did not have full information about the list of companies yet.

‘In the nearest future we will reveal the companies. However, we cannot talk about terms and dates yet’, Kalandadze said.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergi Kapanadze said last week that the Swiss side handed over the list of companies, one out of which would monitor goods turnover at the Georgia-Russia border.

President opens new clinic in Terjola region

Another medical center has been opened in Terjola district, Imereti region, Monday. It is one of thirty new clinics, which will be opened during the next two months in various regions of Georgia within the governmental program of hospital sector development.

The clinic has been built and arranged by the Aldagi BCI Insurance Company.

The new building was constructed beside the old one in the region and it will be a multifunctional medical center. The clinic was opened by President Mikheil Saakashvili.

The president viewed the new hospital, talked with the doctors and said he was glad that such professionals with great experience in various hospitals abroad were to work in the new clinic. The president further said that Georgia would soon have the best health care system in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

`I`d like to tell the skeptics - you were asserting we would not be able to construct one hundred new hospitals – that one billion lari investment was made in the development of the hospital sector; 150 modern hospitals are being constructed in Georgia and we are creating the best healthcare system in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Those who are skeptical about if we`ll manage to construct a new city - they should think about one Lazika we have already constructed and the name of this city is Batumi. If anybody thinks that Batumi is the same today as it was six years ago, they are deeply mistaken. Two billion lari was invested in the development of Batumi in recent years and it is harder to renovate an old city then to construct a new one,` Saakashvili said.
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Reservist Nika Alpenidze dies during training conscription

Reservist Nika Alpenidze has died during training conscription. ‘Georgia’s Ministry of Defence extends its condolences over the death of Nika Alpenidze, patronymic name of Giorgi and expresses sympathy to the family of the deceased reservist. Nika Alpenidze was enlisted in the voluntary reserve service. He died during training conscription. According to the advance medical report, the reason for the reservist’s death was blood vessel thrombus embolism. As Alpenidze’s health condition got worse, he was immediately taken to Senaki hospital. Despite doctors’ efforts, they were unable to save his life’, the statement of the Defence Ministry says.

Labour Party accuses Government of black PR campaign against Natelashvili

The Labour Party has accused President Mikheil Saakashvili of conducting a televised black PR campaign against the opposition party. The leader of the party Shalva Natelashvili said at a briefing Monday that his visit to the United States and the rally outside the White House was aired with bias.

At today`s briefing, Natelashvili showed the video of his rally in Washington, where he was expressing his protest in Georgian.

The Labour Party plans to send the video to the ambassador of the United States in Georgia Mr. John Bass.
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Eurovision’s 2011 junior song contest winners Candy return to Tbilisi

Candy, a pop group from Georgia that won the 2011 Junior Eurovision song contest, returned to Tbilisi, Sunday.

Family, journalists and supporters received Candy members at Tbilisi Railway station.

The Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II blessed the pop group before their departure. Ilia II will meet them again now they have returned.

Candy received a total of 108 points with their song Candy Music. The Netherlands finished second with 103 points, Belarus finished third with 99 points.

The contest took place in Armenia. The show featured guest performances from Vladimir Arzumanyan, the winner of last year's Junior Eurovision song contest as well as the Armenian participant from the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, Sirusho. The third guest was the Swedish star and their 2006 Junior Eurovision song contest participant Molly Sanden. In all, 13 countries participated in the junior Eurovision.

Georgia was a finalist for the second time. In 2008, Georgia represented by “Bzikebi” won in Cyprus. Bzikebi were invited to Yerevan as a special guest on the initiative of the host national broadcaster.

The 2012 contest will be hosted by the Netherlands.