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Tuesday, June 11
Heavy rain causes floods in eastern regions of Georgia

Heavy rain caused floods in the eastern regions of Georgia on Monday. The situation was also grave in the capital, where the streets have been flooded. The flood damaged a bridge in the village of Gldanula, which is in the vicinity of Tbilisi. The rain also affected the village of Ereda in the Mstkheta-Mtianeti region, where the roads have been damaged causing problems with traffic. Emergency workers were dispatched to the places where the water flooded basements of buildings and they are trying to pump water from the affected areas.
(Rustavi 2)

Wounded Georgian soldiers discharged from hospital

7 military servicemen of the 42nd Battalion wounded during a Taliban attack in Afghanistan have been discharged from the military hospital at Camp Bastion. According to the Minister of Defense of Georgia, American military doctors assessed the health condition of the wounded as satisfactory. According to military doctor of the 42nd Battalion, Major Zurab Zakaraia, Georgian soldiers have been transferred to the camps. Out of the nine injured servicemen on June 6, two will continue treatment in Germany.
(Front News)

Further demands to withdraw Georgian troops from Afghanistan

Members of the Young Political Scientists’ Club held a rally outside the Courtyard Marriot hotel demanding the withdrawal of Georgian troops from Afghanistan. Rally participant Giorgi Mdivani says that they gathered near Courtyard Marriot as NATO week's closing ceremony is taking place in the hotel. The rally participants feel that Georgia has no chance to join NATO and no positive signs are seen in this direction. “NATO doors are close for Georgia and still nobody knows when they will open. Rasmussen said that NATO is not a supermarket door that opens upon approaching it. Neither is Georgia a country consisting of meat for the cannon," Giorgi Mdivani said.

Two arrested for allocating place for prostitution

The Adjara police department of the Ministry of Interior has arrested two persons on suspicion of allocating space for prostitution. One of the detainees is a citizen of Georgia, Shorena Kh., who is the owner of the hotel Zigana and the other is a citizen of Armenia, Anahid A., who is a temporary owner of the hotel Iakamuza. Both hotels are situated in the Gonio coastal settlement of the Adjara region. Police have interrogated over twenty women employed at the hotel.

The investigation is in progress.
(Rustavi 2)

Tourism Department has a new chief

Georgian Tourism National Administration has a new chief. The Deputy Minister of Economy officially introduced Giorgi Sigua to his staff. Sigua has been working as the assistant to the chairperson of the regional policy committee of the parliament, however, he was known as one of the activists of the demonstrations against the president of Georgia held at the UN headquarters in Washington.
(Rustavi 2)

Traders closed Rustaveli Avenue outside Kutaisi City Hall

The traders closed Rustaveli Avenue in front of Kutaisi City Hall. They demand the halting of street trade. InterPressNews was told by the protesters that they have to enter inside the market and pay taxes, while the street traders pay nothing. Patrol police forced open Rustaveli Avenue, but the traders continued to protest near City Hall. Georgian Dream chairperson Mamuka Mghvdeladze met with the protesters, who promised to solve their problems.

‘Friends of Books’ club was presented in the Patriarchy Library

The Library of the Patriarchy hosted a presentation by Friends of Books on June 8. The event was attended by Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II, who stressed the importance of reading and blessed the gathered public to read one chapter from the Bible every day. He told of his own experience of reading a chapter from the holy book at 6 am that morning. He also said parents should use fairy tales to make children love reading. Biblusi book shop network spokesperson Mariam Tsamalashvili said Palitra L Publishing had reacted to the Patriarch’s call to name Saturdays as days for reading and organized an event where three volumes of books by writer Otar Tchiladze were sold for six Lari. Tsamalashvili said the event would become regular and the company would present various deals for readers every Saturday.
(Georgian News)

Weather to brighten up on 12-14 June

The weather will brighten up in Georgia on 12 -13 June, InterPressNews was told by Svetlana Nioradze from the monitoring and forecast centre of the National Environmental Agency. However, it will be raining in most regions of Georgia today. The rain will decrease by the end of the day. Temperatures will be about 20 centigrade and 19-24 centigrade throughout Georgia.

Forecasters inform that the weather will be better tomorrow, though rain will continue in some regions, including Tbilisi, Temperatures in Kolkheti lowlands and Eastern Georgia will be 27 centigrade. On 12-14 June, the weather will brighten up throughout Georgia.