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Tuesday, August 6
Patriarch voices new initiative

Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II suggested the establishment of a new foundation, in which the young people of Georgia interested in the development of agriculture in Georgia, will be enrolled.

The patriarch voiced the new initiative during the Sunday service. He said the agriculture development foundation will be established by the Patriarch`s administration and the details of the new structure will be discussed after his return from Germany. Ilia II has left for Germany for a two-week rehabilitation course.
(Rustavi 2)

US Ambassador to Georgia comments on the upcoming presidential elections

The upcoming presidential election in Georgia is a chance to show the world a stable and successful investment climate, U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland said after a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Today's meeting offered a good chance to receive information about the steps that will be made to ensure free and fair elections. It is very important that violence will not be in this process,” Norland said.

He said the meeting also discussed the role of small parties. “It's important for small parties to have equal access to funding, representation in the Central Election Commission and media. I think the government should work on this issue. The upcoming election is a chance to show the world that there is a stabile and successful investment climate in Georgia. I think this election will be proof of this,” the US Ambassador stated.
(Front News)

Margvelashvili says government’s foreign policy a success

Georgian Dream’s presidential candidate, Giorgi Margvelashvili, said the government had already achieved “a foreign policy success” by on the one hand “deepening” ties with Europe and by the reopening Russian market for Georgian wines and mineral waters.

“In just few months this government was able to destroy the paradigm which foreign policy ideologists of the previous government were trying to stuff our heads with for last nine years that confrontation with Russia should necessarily be a precondition for moving towards Europe. We have demonstrated that it’s not the case… We were able to reopen the Russian market [for Georgian wines and mineral waters] without sliding back,” Margvelashvili told Maestro TV’s talk show late on August 2, and also claimed that the current government should get all the credit for completing talks with the EU on the Association Agreement, which Georgia hopes to initial at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius in late November.

Georgian policeman wins gold medals in Northern Ireland world competition

Georgian police officer-judoists took part in the World Police and Fire Games competition in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Georgian team won three medals at the competition, which is considered one of the largest international multi-sport events in the world.

Nodar Mchedlishvili won his match with a judoist from Romania in the 81-kg category; Zaza Gulashvili fought against a Russian judoist in the final and finished up with a gold medal in 90-kg category; Giorgi Bolotashvili defeated a German sportsman in 100-kg category and won another gold medal for Georgia.

At the moment the 16 sportsmen from Georgia taking part in the competition have won 4 gold and 2 silver medals so far.
(Georgian News)

Construction of hotel Park inn begins in Tbilisi

The Silk Road business group and VTB Georgia signed an agreement on the allocation of 15 million lari for construction of a hotel Park Inn in Tbilisi.

Under the agreement, the former post office in the center of Tbilisi will open a new hotel.

The hotel should be open in 2015.

According to the owner of the brand, the 200-room hotel will be for the middle class.

The total price of the project is 22 million lari.

The Rezidor Group is one of the ten largest hotel companies in the world.

Merabishvili receives medical treatment due to heart problems

Ex-Interior Minister, Former Prime Minister of Georgia Vano Merabishvili has received medical treatment due to heart problems.

According to the Ministry of Legal Assistance and Corrections of Georgia, his health condition is stable at this time.

The ministry says that Merabishvili received adequate medical treatment and does not need medical supervision at this moment.
(Front News)

Summer camp opens for children suffering from diabetes

Fifty children suffering from diabetes will spend a week at the Kvareli youth camp within the program supported by the Embassy of the United States to Georgia. The doctors of the field will train the children in how to look after themselves alone. For seven days, American doctors will also work with Georgian colleagues to provide successful training.

The 18th summer camp for the children suffering from diabetes will be hosted by the Kvareli gymnasium of Saint Ilia Martali.
(Rustavi 2)

MIA seized drugs

Ureki police division of Guria regional main division and central criminal police department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia detained a man on the drug crime in the vicinities of Natanebi village, Ozurgeti district.

According to the Interior Ministry, the law enforcers seized 13 packages of “Heroin” from the trunk of vehicle owned by the detainee. According to the results of expertise the weight of drug is 0,435 gr.

Drug tests confirmed that the suspect was under the drug influence in the moment of detention.

Investigation is in progress on the fact of illegal purchase, keeping and transit of drugs in especially large quantities, article 260, part III of the Criminal Code of Georgia.
(Georgian News)

Emzar Goguadze elected as the GPB Board Chairman

The Board of Trustees of the Georgian Public Broadcasting (GPB) elected Emzar Goguadze as the new chairman of the board. He was the only nominee for the position of the Board Chairperson since the Board member Natalia Dvali withdrew her nomination right at the beginning of the sitting.

“Since the election procedure it is quite possible to take a while, so I have decided to withdraw,” said Dvali providing a reason for her decision.