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Monday, October 8
Tbilisi celebrates 33rd Tbilisoba festival

This past weekend, Georgia's capital celebrated Tbilisoba. The 33rd celebration featured several events and festivities. During the festival, a winepress with the capacity of 5 tons of grapes was installed over 60 square meters on Meidan Square in the Old Tbilisi district.

Tbilisi mayor with the chairman and members of city hall were the first to take part in squeezing grapes in the winepress. The Kutaisi State Folk Ensemble also performed a concert.

An auto show was held on Metekhi Bridge. Private companies exhibited many old cars and some of them were for sale. On Bambis Rigi Street there was a friut festival.

Paintings by foreign artists were exhibited in the Tunnel exhibition space, while Georgian traditional handicraft products can be found in the District of Baths.

At the same time, falconers have assembled at the baths of Tbilisi to perform their show.
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Nikoloz Janjghava Released from Prison

Colonel of the armed forces Nikoloz Janjghava has been released from prison.

According to the court’s decision, his punishment has been reduced and he left the jail 12 days before the due date.

Janjghava was detained by MIA on 20 august for disobeying and resisting police. Tbilisi Civil Court sentenced him 80 days of administrative imprisonment under Article 173, administrative code of violence.

As Nika Janjghava told InterPressNews after leaving prison, pressure was exerted against his family not to publicize the fact of his detention. “I make the statement today as a civilian, as the De-facto Defense Minister forced me to leave this department. After I was detained, there was serious physical and psychological pressure against my family,” Janjghava said.

After being released from the jail, Nika Janjghava himself restrains from answering to a lot of questions, though says that a “fight is still ahead... until the bandits dressed in the uniforms of policemen are off the streets, a lot of innocent people serve terms in prisons and Bacho Akhalaia and Mikheil Saakashvili have not been held accountable for their crimes.”

Nikoloz Janjghava was head of Kojori special task battalion at various times, head of the 4thinfantry brigade, commander of the National Guard, commander of land forces, and head of Georgian peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan.

Ivanishvili met with U.S. marine authorities

"We must do our best to maintain our participation in NATO, Afghanistan and other hot points," Bidzina Ivanishvili, leader of the Georgian Dream coalition, announced after a meeting with the U.S. marine authorities. The U.S. ambassador to Georgia and the defense attache also attended the meeting. The sides discussed military cooperation between Georgia and the United States. Ivanishvili emphasized the role of the United States in the formation of the Georgian armed forces, which are closer to NATO standards.
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Zurab Tchiaberashvili to be appointed as Kakheti governor

Minister of Healthcare and Social Protection, Zurab Tchiaberashvili, is being appointed as Kakheti's new governor, the Kakheti information centre has reported. InterPressNews tried to check the information with President’s spokesperson Manana Manjgaladze, head of the press service of the president’s administration Natia Bandzeladze and head of the press service of the Ministry of Healthcare, Sopo Gvalia, though none of them respond to phone calls.

The Kakheti governor post has been vacant since the former governor Giorgi Ghviniashivli took part in parliamentary election as majoritarian MP candidate of National Movement.

The first assistant of the president’s envoy Giorgi Sibashvili acts as Kakheti governor now.
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