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Monday, September 29
“Anaklia port will be one of the most successful projects of our government”

Anaklia port will be one of the most successful projects of our government, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili told journalists on Saturday.

As the Prime Minister said, within the framework of his visit to the United States he had met with representatives of various companies and talked about the economic projects implemented in Georgia.

“We plan to continue working together with American companies. In addition, the Minister of Economy of Georgia had met with businessmen who are also interested in this issue. This is a very important strategic project, which will be one of the most successful projects of our government”, Gharibashvili said.

“We should not judge Abkhazians, because this was not a war between Georgians and Abkhazians” - Ilia II

His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, Archbishop of Mtskheta and Tbilisi, Metropolitan of Bichvinta and Tskhum-Abkhazia has hold prayers for the souls of the heroes fallen for Georgia’s territorial integrity.

“We should not judge Abkhazians, because this was not a war between Georgians and Abkhazians”, the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia said at the Holy Trinity Cathedral on Saturday.

21 years have passed since the fall of Sokhumi.

Abkhazian separatists captured their provincial capital on 27 September 1993. The fall of Sokhumi came after 13 months and 13 days of fighting that began when the Georgian National Guard tried to topple a secessionist Abkhazian administration in Sokhumi.

Virtual travel app allows Georgian tourists to discover the world

A Georgian promotional tourist company’s innovative creation is making it easier for Georgia’s travelers to safely discover the world – and all you need is a mobile device.

Tourism Geo-Informational Center created a mobile app, called TravelGIS that will allow travelers to easily select sightseeing tours in Georgia and further afar.

The app allows the traveler to embark on virtual travel, where they can follow a virtual route and get detailed information about tourist hot-spots.

During the virtual trip the traveler is able to place their position on a map, follow a pre-planned route and avoid the possibility of getting lost.

To make the app more accessible, it is available in three languages - Georgian, English and Russian. The application is free and can be downloaded on the Play Store for Android mobiles and the App Store for iPhones.

Creators of the app believed their creation was the most contemporary and innovative information-communicative means to advertise tourist resources within any potential country in the world, as well as global tourist companies and their tours.

Hepatitis C on downward trend in Georgian prisons

About two dozen prisoners undergoing the free Hepatitis C program in Georgian jails have been cured of the disease.

They are among the thousands of inmates to benefit from the Government-funded initiative in the past 18 months.

The Ministry of Corrections today announced the positive results and said the latest 25 patients to participate in the program had been tested and their results showed they no longer carried the Hepatitis C virus.

The Agency noted similar preliminary results for a further 216 prisoners who are due to finish treatment in the "near future”.

The inmates’ treatment process was managed by a highly qualified team of doctors and infection experts, public health experts and laboratory testing staff, the Ministry said.

The decision to administer treatment to prisoners was made by a committee of doctors based on the patient’s medical criteria. Representatives of civil society also participated in the decision-making process.

The Hepatitis C program was a Government initiative that has been carried out in Georgian prisons since 2013. The program involved raising awareness of infection prevention, diagnosis and treatment with the prisoners.

Since the program began, more than 7,000 prisoners have undergone treatment. Experts said 95 percent of infected prisoners were already cured of the disease.

Parallel to the free treatment for prisoners, the cost of Hepatitis C treatment for the public sector was reduced by 60 percent to make the medicine more affordable and accessible to the wider population. People needing this treatment should address the Ministry of Health for the discounted medicine.

Achadara cemetery may be opened in Abkhazia

After the Babushera cemetery, negotiations are under way with the Abkhazian side about opening the Achadara cemetery. The process continues by means of the Red Cross International Committee.

As Giorgi Volski, the Head of the Territorial Integrity Restoration Committee said, about 44 Georgian fighters have been buried in the cemetery.

As per Volski, they are the fighters who defended the Ministers’ Council building in Sokhumi, on September 27, 1993 till the end of the battle.

By means of the Red Cross International Committee the Babushera cemetery was opened as a result of negotiations with the Abkhazian side in spring, 2014 and bodies of 31 Georgian fighters were transported to Tbilisi.