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Flooding in Tbilisi

According to preliminary reports, ten people were killed and at least five were missing in floods in Tbilisi. The number of victims can increase. Heavy rainfall with hail began on Sunday night. Streams of water flooded the road and the first floors of buildings and homes. According to Georgian media reports, two young girls are missing who were in the center of Tbilisi during a rainstorm. In the area was also flooded zoo. Tigers, lions, wolves are believed to have also escaped damaged cages in the zoo. Some animals have been captured or killed but many are still roaming free. A hippopotamus was seen in the street and was later tranquilized and taken away. A bear was filmed clinging to a building to avoid the waters below.
Administration of the zoo reported of three missing colleagues. The river Vere came over, more than 20 families remain homeless.
Helicopters are involved to participate in the search and rescue operation. Are conducted searches for missing people. Police blocked several main thoroughfares of the Georgian capital; SWAT officers are catching escaped animals from the zoo. Tbilisi authorities urged people not to unnecessarily move around the city during.


Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine signed a joint declaration

Forum Georgia-Moldova-Ukraine ended in Tbilisi on Tuesday, May 5 by signing of a joint declaration on inter-parliamentary cooperation of the countries of "Eastern Partnership", informs the press service of the Georgian legislature.


In Tbilisi opened the Inter-Parliamentary Forum of Georgia-Moldova-Ukraine

Parliamentary Forum Georgia-Moldova-Ukraine on "Tripartite inter-parliamentary cooperation, new approaches among the countries members of the" Eastern Partnership "and the association agreement (with the EU)", started in Tbilisi on Monday, May 4,informs the press service of the legislature.

The two-day forum opened in the Georgian parliament on the initiative of the European Integration Committee and with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

" Sides taking participation in the forum will discuss the following issues: new mechanisms of expansion of parliamentary cooperation between the three countries, the Parliamentary Assembly Euronest – if it meets or not the format of the challenges of the Member States format, needs of the regulation and diversification", - said in a statement.

At the end of the Forum country's participants of "Eastern Partnership" and the Association Agreement with the European Union will be held a signing ceremony of the joint declaration on the initiative of the inter-parliamentary cooperation.


Georgian Interior Minister went on an official visit to Germany

Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia Vakhtang Gomelauri during his official visit to Germany will meet with his German counterpart Thomas de Maiziere and president of the Federal Criminal Police Holger Munch.

During his visit to Germany Gomelauri will be accompanied by his deputy Levan Izoria, director of the Department of International Relations Shalva Kvinikhidze and the Director of the Central Criminal Police Ivane Papiashvili.

At the meeting will be considered "progress achieved in the implementation of the Action Plan visa liberalization with the EU, bilateral cooperation in the field of police and plans for the future", says the press service of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.

In addition, is planned to visit the training base of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Germany, where Georgian delegation will get acquainted with the activities of the Berlin police and will assist at the demonstration exercise.

According to the Georgian Interior Ministry, cooperation between German and Georgian ministries in recent years turned into an active phase. In July 2014, during a visit of Alexander Chikaidze to Germany, who that time headed the Interior Ministry signed an agreement on "Cooperation between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany in the fight against organized crime, terrorism and other serious crimes".


Pentagon chief left Georgia

Deputy Defense Minister Mikheil Darchiashvili, Ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland and Defense Attache Colonel Matthew Dimik saw off the Secretary of Defense from the Tbilisi International Airport.

During the visit, an American colleague stayed with Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania. The head of the Pentagon held a meeting in the Ministry of Defence of Georgia, with the Prime Minister and President of Georgia.

At a meeting in the Ministry of Defense Secretary of Defense once again highlighted the importance of the partnership of America and Georgia, and expressed his willingness that the United States will continue actively cooperate with Georgia in the field of defense. Chuck Hagel praised the package that was made to Georgia on Welsh summit.

Secretary of Defense visited the National Training Center "Krtsanisi" and met with the Georgian military and the United States Marines. With special thanks he noted the Georgian military men in international peacekeeping missions and sacrifice made by the Georgian people.


Georgian parliament begins debate of the draft bill "On the State Language"

Parliament begins debate of the initiated draft bill "On the state language."


"Dnepravia" suspends flights from Kharkiv to Tbilisi and Batumi

Airline "Dniproavia" from September, 1 decided to suspend flights from Kharkiv to Tbilisi, Batumi, Baku and Yerevan. It was reported by the Commercial Director of "Dniproavia" Sergey Posylaev.

The company explains the decision for economic reasons, caused by the need for over flight of Russian territory.

"After Russia banned Ukrainian airlines to fly over its territory, our routes are significantly lengthened. For example, flight Kharkov - Baku became almost twice long: it was lasted for 2.30 hours, and now – four. In proportion was increased cost of fuel, the crew and the other ", - explained Posylaev.

Passengers of canceled flights were proposed refund or rebook flights with transfer in Kiev, Istanbul and others.

Flights from Dnepropetrovsk to the Caucasus for the carrier lengthened not very critical: for 20-40 minutes, so the company keeps them in the schedule, and even keeps a promotional ticket prices. The company also continues to fly from Kharkov to Kiev, and on the winter schedule is planned flight to Ivano-Frankivsk.

In UIA (Ukraine International Airlines), which was forced to re-route their flights to Baku, Yerevan, Tbilisi, Almaty and Astana with the view of flyby the territory of Russia, was reported that for routes whose length increased significantly, increased the cost of tickets.


Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Mariamoba

Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates on August 28 one of the twelve major festivals of the year - Mariamoba.

The festive services were held in all functioning Churches of Georgia.
Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is set by Church for a long time. It is mentioned in the writings of St. Augustine and Hieronymus.

Especially this holiday was celebrated in an Orthodox church in the 6th century after the victory Byzantine emperor over the Persians in Mauritius. Universal celebration of it was set since 582.

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the second most important holiday of the Orthodox Church after the Resurrection. Not in vain this day is called the Mother of God of Easter. As the Gospel tells, it was the second Victory over death and hell, won by not a heavenly guest - the God-man, but the Earth's Virgin - the purest and most perfect of all the people, and yet one of us, the earth-born.

Day of the Assumption of Mary is preceded by one of four multi-day Fasts - Dormition Fast. It is set in imitation of the Mother of God, that all her life, and especially before her Assumption spent time in prayer and fasting.

Currently, the country is home for 4, 4 million of people, 84 % of whom are Orthodox Christians, more than 5 % - the representatives of other Christian denominations, more than 9 percent - are Muslims.


The Georgian Foreign Ministry published a list of countries with which it will support the visa-free message

The Georgian Foreign Ministry has published a list of countries whose citizens do not need visas for short-term visits to Georgia (up to 90 in every 180-day period).

1 Australia
2 Austria
3 Azerbaijan
4 Albania
5 United States
6 Andorra
7 Antigua and Barbuda
9 Argentina
10 New Zealand
11 Barbados
12 Bahrain
13 Commonwealth of The Bahamas
14 Belarus
15 Belgium
16 Belize
17 Bosnia and Herzegovina
18 Botswana
19 Brazil
20 Brunei
21 Bulgaria
22 Germany
23 Denmark
24 Faroe Islands and Greenland
25 The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
26 Areas of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Bermuda, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Falkland Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Gibraltar
27 Dependent Islands of the United Kingdom - Jersey, Guernsey, Man
28 Dominican Republic
29 El Salvador
30 Ecuador
31 Spain
32 Estonia
33 Turkey
34 Turkmenistan
35 Japan
36 Ireland
37 Iceland
38 Israel
39 Italy
40 Canada
41 Qatar
42 Cyprus
43 Columbia
44 The Republic of Korea
45 Costa Rica
46 Latvia
47 Lithuania
48 Lebanon
49 Liechtenstein
50 Luxembourg
51 Mauritius
52 Malaysia
53 Malta
54 Mexico
55 Monaco
56 Moldova
57 Montenegro
58 The Netherlands
59 Territory of the Kingdom of the Netherlands - Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles
60 Norway
61 Oman
62 Panama
63 Poland
64 Portugal
65 Romania
66 Russia
67 Greece
68 South Africa
69 San Marino
70 Saudi Arabia
71 France
72 Territory of France - French Polynesia and New Caledonia
73 Seychelles
74 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
75 Serbia
76 Singapore
77 Slovakia
78 Slovenia
79 Armenia
80 Thailand
81 Tajikistan
82 Uzbekistan
83 Ukraine
84 Hungary
85 Finland
86 Kuwait
87 Kyrgyzstan
88 Kazakhstan
89 Sweden
90 Switzerland
91 Czech Republic
92 Vatican
93 Croatia
94 Honduras

Citizens of EU countries can enter the country on the basis of issued by the Member State of identification cards and travel documents.

The right to visa-free entry and stay for 90 days in each 180-day period are issued to the owners of the United Nations or its specialized agencies travel documents - Laissez-Passer.

The same rules apply to citizens, with which Georgia has bilateral and multilateral agreements on visa-free agreement, which does not include specific dates of stay on the territory of Georgia (Azerbaijan, Belarus, Armenia, Tajikistan, Moldova, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan).

Visas to Georgia may be short-termed and long-termed.
Short-term visa is issued for a maximum of 30 days. Short-term reusable visa may be issued for up to 5 years. Despite the long duration of the short-term visa, time stay in Georgia should not exceed 90 days in any 180-day period.

Foreigners who wish to stay on the territory of Georgia for more than 90 days for the purpose of work, business, education or connections with family and meet the criteria for obtaining long-term visas, long-term visas are issued.

Long-term visa is issued, valid for 90 days and is not a precondition for obtaining a residence permit or diplomatic accreditation.

For long-term stays in the territory of Georgia foreigners require a visa in spite of their nationality.


Visa to Georgia will cost $ 50

From September 1, 2014 visa to Georgia will cost $ 50.


Georgia does not acknowledge presidential elections in Abkhazia

The Georgian Foreign Ministry has called illegal presidential elections passing on Sunday in the unprompted republic of Abkhazia and called on the international community to condemn them.


In Baku is discussed the construction of the railway Marabda-Kartsakhi

The 20th meeting of the Georgian-Azerbaijan Coordinating Council was held in Baku. The Georgian delegation was headed by the Minister of Economy - Deputy Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili,Azerbaijan was headed by Minister of Transport Ziya Mammadov. The parties discussed a number of issues relating to the construction of the railway section Marabda-Kartsakhi and the pace of construction works.

Construction of the segment Marabda-Kartsakhi of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway was begun in 2008. Letting of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway in operation is scheduled for 2015, and the test train will pass through this railway line at the end of this year.

The Ministers emphasized the international importance of the railway line, and also discussed the prospects for economic development of the region within the framework of this project.

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