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Tuesday, March 10
There is a plan to poison Vano Merabishvili, Bacho Akhalaia or Gigi Ugulava - Irma Inashvili

According to Irma Inashvili leader of “Alliance for Georgia” opposition party, poisoning of Vano Merabishvili, Bacho Akhalaia or Gigi Ugulava by former president Mikheil Saakashvili’s orders is planned for March 21-23.

According to her, an attack on MP Giorgi Kandelaki is also planned.

“I have no detailed information about who of the mentioned three people will be poisoned. Though, Mikheil Saakashvili has already decided on it, as it will be blamed on the current government and presented in a very unfavorable light to the West,”- said Irma Inashvili in an interview with “Imedi Week”

According to Inashvili, law enforcement agencies should not dismiss this information. “I would like to call on the Ministry of Corrections to protect Merabishvili’s, Akhalaia’s and Ugulava’s security and implement preventive measures,”- Inashvili remarked.

Tbilisi State University ranked top in Caucasus

The Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU) has been ranked the number one higher education institution in the country and region and in the top 16.7 percent of universities in the world by Webometrics Ranking of World Universities.

TSU – the first national university in the Caucasus – ranked first among 64 universities in the country and 70 universities in neighboring countries Armenia and Azerbaijan in a survey by Webometrics Ranking of World Universities.

Levan Lortkipanidze, elected member of the representation council (senate) at TSU, said he was happy with the university’s achievement and "never doubted” the reputation of TSU as the best university in the country and in the South Caucasus.

Globally, TSU gained a ranking of 2006 of 12,000 tertiary institutions surveyed. This score put TSU in the top 16.7 percent of facilities surveyed.

Lortkipanidze said he was slightly disappointed with TSU’s overall world ranking of 2006 but acknowledged there were still areas where TSU could improve.

A total of 12,000 higher educational institutions were surveyed in the latest Webometrics Ranking of World Universities. Each university was ranked according to a number of factors (impact, presence, openness and excellence).

Meanwhile TSU opened in 1918. It was the first university in the Caucasus region. It paved the way for European-type higher schooling in Georgia, based on Georgian educational traditions.

The idea of establishing a foundation university first emerged in the early 19th Century amid intensification of the struggle for liberation from the Russian Empire.

The National University in the Caucasus, as it was then known, officially opened on January 26, 1918 - the day of commemoration of King David the Builder (according to the new calendar on February 8).

In 1989 Tbilisi State University was named after its founder Ivane Javakhishvili.

Today, TSU provides higher education for more than 20,000 local and international students. TSU offers a wide variety of degree programs at Under-Graduate, Graduate and Doctoral levels, as well as short courses offered in English to attract students from all over the world.

Meanwhile Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, which was the largest academic ranking of higher education institutions, has ranked higher education institution since 2004.

Changing weather conditions expected in Georgia

A variety of weather patterns is expected for a week in Georgia.

As Head of the Hydro-Meteorological service Svetlana Nioradze has told InterPressNews, there will be no rainfall from 10th to 12th of March throughout the entire country, but the weather will change on March 13 and there will be precipitation.

“Tomorrow, temperatures will reach 21°C in western Georgia. It will be 8-13°C in eastern Georgia and foggy weather is expected in Tbilisi, with a temp of 10°C.

Rainfall is expected in all regions from March 13,” - Svetlana Nioradze said.

"Parliament has two buildings, one of them should remain, "- David Saganelidze

Due to the economic crisis, Parliament will have to reduce budget spending. Leader of the Parliamentary majority David Saganelidze stated that significant savings may be done if MPs only use one of the buildings, either in Kutaisi or in Tbilisi.

Saganelidze calls on his colleagues to support his initiative and move the parliament from Tbilisi to Kutaisi.