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Monday, September 6
Georgian MP to climb Himalayan summit for Russia's withdrawal

Georgia without Occupation, - a flag with this slogan will soon be erected on a peak in the Himalayas. Georgian MP Gia Tortladze intends to climb 8201-metre Cho-Oyu Mountain.

The Nepal expedition will last one month. Along with the Georgian MP, there will also be representatives from 17 countries around the world. Political advisers to famous politicians are also among the mountain-climbers.

Gia Tortladze says the main purpose of the expedition is to spread information about the policy of Russian occupants throughout the world. The Georgian MP left for Nepal on Saturday night.

"We should let the whole world know that our country is occupied and we will never accept this. Therefore, this climb is dedicated to Georgia," Gia Tortladze said.
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Vice Speaker appeals to Russian Patriarch

Vice speaker of the Georgian Parliament, Paata Davitaia has sent a special address to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, regarding the illegal and not qualified restoration of Georgian churches and monasteries in Abkhazia.

The vice speaker stated at a special briefing held on September 3 that the process of restoration of the religious-historic heritage of Georgia is funded by Russian businessmen, which poses a threat to the Georgian churches and monasteries in Abkhazia.

The address says that the so-called restoration is not aimed at restoring and preserving the original constructions of the religious-historic heritage of Georgia.

In this regard the vice speaker asks the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia His Holiness Kiril to pay attention to this issue.

Goprgi Baramidze Visits Ukraine

The Vice Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Baramidze is paying a working visit to Ukraine.

Prime-News was informed by the Prime Minister’s administration that Baramidze held a meeting with the leadership of the regional administrations, where the issues of deepening Georgian-Ukrainian relations and help in attracting Ukrainian investments to Georgia were discussed.

The Vice Prime Minister was invited by the influential Ukrainian radio station “Era”. During a one hour radio broadcast Baramidze talked about the reforms taking place in Georgia, enhancing Georgian-Ukrainian relations, Georgia’s occupation by Russia, peaceful ways to regulate the conflict, deepening business relations between the two states and the prospects of attracting Ukrainian tourists to Georgia.

As part of the visit Giorgi Baramidze will hold meetings with the Ukrainian government, regional authorities, members of RADA as well as participate in the event, dedicated to the day of Odessa.

Georgian Railways carries more than 600,000 passengers

The number of passengers transferred by Georgian Railways for the last two month period exceeded 600 000.

Prime-News was informed by Georgian Railways that they carried 600,000 this July-August and took GEL 4.7 million, the best figure for a number of years.

The number of passengers from Armenia has increased steeply.

In July-August there were 34,000 passengers on the Yerevan-Makhinjauri-Yerevan route - that is more than double the 16,000 passengers that traveled the route during the same period of 2009.

Police arrest Robber Suspects

Officers of Isani-Samgori police division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia have arrested organised criminal group members Armen Avetisian and Suren Purtoian.

The detainees robbed citizens of Turkey, taking their cash, mobile phones and jewelry. They also robbed four taxi drivers, stealing their cabs, money and cell phones. The cabs have been found and returned to the legal owners.

During the investigation process it became known that another criminal Erik Sarkisian was also involved in the robberies and a search for him is currently underway.

The investigation was conducted by the Isani-Samgori police division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs due to the article 179; the punishment if 6 to 9 years in prison.

Repaired Kindergartens Open in 6 Telavi Villages

Telavi municipality carried our repair works in 6 kindergartens in the Telavi region.

The work was conducted in the kindergartens of Kisiskhevi, Artani, Tsinandali, Ruispiri, pshaveli and Lapankuri villages at a cost of GEL 216 000 was spent.

Red Cross donates Mobile Water Laboratory

The Red Cross has presented the Georgian United Water company and the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure with a mobile water laboratory.

A memorandum was signed at the Regional Development Ministry on September 3 by the Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure, Ramaz Nikolaishvili, the director of the Georgian United Water company Irakli Kvashilava and representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The laboratory will be used for the permanent control of drinking water in regions.