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Friday, September 4
Georgian language classes banned in Gali

Georgian language classes have been officially banned in village schools of Gali district in the occupied territory of Abkhazia, according to Geopressnews agency.

The schools are guided by the Moscow resolution, which envisages Georgian being taught as a foreign language for only one hour per week.

Locals say the above-mentioned decision was made without their participation and accuse the Georgian authorities of negligence.

“Decisions such as this one are made without us. We do not have rights, since we are under the occupants’ influence. The Georgian authorities must resolve this issue. They must inform the international organizations of it.

“Something that had been preserved for 22 years was destroyed by the occupants today. The government met this fact with silence. We call on them to protest against it. However, we do not have a government which wants to get Abkhazia back,” the locals say. (

Two persons detained for illegal purchase, possession and selling of firearms

Officers of the Central Criminal Police Department along with Kvemo Kartli Regional Main Division as a result of jointly held operative-searching activities detained Giorgi P. (DoB 1978) and Giorgi G. (DoB 1973) for the illegal purchase, possession and sale of firearms and ammunition.

The investigation established that Giorgi P. purchased two Glock pistols in one of the stores located in Tbilisi and registered the firearms on his name with the permit of possession. Lately he illegally sold the firearms to Giorgi G. for 1500 GEL each.

During the search of Giorgi G’s house and vehicle, police seized 3 bullets, while in the Arbo village cemetery law enforcers seized two unregistered pistols, which had been illegally purchased.

An investigation is in progress on the charge of the illegal purchase, possession and sale of firearms, acording to article 236, II, III and IV parts of the Criminal Code. (

First section of highway destroyed in June 13 flood will reopen on September 15

The results of intensive clean-up works are taking shape in Tbilisi, two months on from the deadly flood that killed 19 people, devastated Tbilisi Zoo and left hundreds homeless.

Two people remain missing since the June 13 flood but since then authorities have conducted numerous searches and worked to rebuild the damaged infrastructure.

Today Tbilisi Mayor Davit Narmania said part of the New Highway (Chabua Amirejibi Highway) that connected Vake and Saburtalo districts will reopen to traffic on September 15.

Based on the plan agreed with the contractor, the motorway route from Tamarashvili Street and then connecting Vake and Saburtalo central streets is scheduled to open on September 15,” Narmania said.

The section of motorway connecting Tamarashvili Street with Heroes Square will also open at the same time,” said Narmania.

He added intensive works were ongoing on another section of the motorway and that was due to be completed by the end of the month.

Narmania stressed efforts to rebuild the city had not stopped since the disaster struck and construction and renovation works were continuing every day and night.

It is believed the damage caused in Tbilisi in the June 13 flood exceeded 100 million GEL.

As well as fixing vital infrastructure, Narmania said the local government was also trying to solve accommodation issues for the hundreds of residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the flood.

The flood is believed to have been caused by a landslide in nearby village Akhaldaba, which lies nine kilometres above Tbilisi.

The landslide careered down the hill and blocked Vere River, before the river burst and tonnes of water and debris surged towards Tbilisi. (

Georgia listed among the least emotional countries in the world

In the future, how people feel will be a critical way to assess a country, says a Gallup official.

Latin American countries are home to some of the most emotional societies in the world, according to a Gallup poll.

About six out of 10 individuals surveyed in countries such as Bolivia, El Salvador and Nicaragua reported experiencing positive or negative feelings in a day. The least emotional countries, including Georgia, Russia and Ukraine, are heavily concentrated in post-Soviet states, where about four out of 10 individuals reported experiencing the same positive or negative feelings.

The 10 experiences – five positive and five negative – included in the survey were chosen to gauge a country’s well-being and how its citizens are living their lives, said Jon Clifton, managing director for Gallup Global Analytics.

The Positive and Negative Experience Indexes are not related, meaning good events – like laughing or doing something interesting – and bad feelings – like anger or sadness – do not influence the other.

Seven of the top 10 overall Most Emotional Countries also were in the top 10 countries reporting Highest Positive Experience scores in 2014. All 10 of those countries are in Latin America. Also in the top 10 Most Emotional Countries are Iraq – the country with the Highest Negative Experience in 2014 – and the Philippines – a country that previously held the top spot.

Today, the success of world leaders is judged by growth in gross domestic product, said Clifton. However, years from now, he said, the best way to judge a country will be to see statistically how its people are doing and feeling.

Residents that responded affirmatively to having positive or negative experiences the previous day in a Gallup poll. (

Georgian athletes earn two medals in Japan

The 12th world championship in shudokan karate was held in Tokyo on August 17-23.

Georgian athletes Mzechabuk Makharadze and Nodar Khacirishvili successfully participated in the tournament, with the former taking a second place (senior category) and a silver medal among powerful representatives of 50 countries, while the latter also earned a silver medal (senior +50).

The main coach in the tournament, held under the aegis of world shudokan karate federation (W.S.K.F.), was a Japanese instructor Kitoshi Kasuya.

The tournament was preceded by an important seminar. Georgian athletes have received high evaluation in theoretical and practical seminars, which was later reflected in the tournament results.

This team of Georgian sportsmen, who systematically take part in the official tournaments, is listed among 10 best country representatives in the overall quantity of medals acquired at the tournament. (