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Compiled by Tato Gachechiladze
Tuesday, October 16
Pension increase to be decided soon

Amiran Gamkrelidze is the Labor, Health and Social Welfare minister, after the approval of this position he will replace Zurab Chiaberahsvili. He was once a health minister in Shevardnadze's government, when the basic pension was 14 Gel. Now the population waits from him to increase the pension to 220 GEL and improve social allowances and health insurance.

Amiran Gamkrelidze said in his interview with newspaper Kviris Palitra, “pensions will start increasing to reach the existing minimum. The budget will not be approved until 2013, and income will not be counted, it is difficult to talk about, how much the basic pension will be, but the government will do its best and at the same time, the living wage calculation methodology will be reviewed. It should be based on the principles recognized like it is in developed countries. Meanwhile, the country should take care to establish pension funds.

Free Georgia asks to change format of participation in ISAF mission

In Afghanistan, Georgian Corporal Mindia Abashidze was killed recently. The 22 year-old soldier was killed during a military operation. According to government information, Georgia has lost 18 soldiers in the ISAF-mission, Rezonansi writes.

The Free Georgia party said in a statement that for every Georgian death in Afghanistan, Saakashvili is responsible. The Free Georgia party asks the ruling Georgian Dream coalition to withdraw from the mission or at least change the format of participation.