2008-07-10Khochabeki – A Waterless Settlement in the Samtskhe-Javakheti Region of Georgia
Khochabeki is a settlement in the suburbs of Ninotsminda; locals call it a village. Local residents dream of having water-tap in their yards. Every morning starts with the same procedure in Khochabeki that has gone on for years: people fetch water by cars, horses or carrying it by hand from the town center.
2008-07-09Will there be “Shorter Holidays” for Staff of Nursery Schools, or NOT?
The personnel of nursery schools will have shorter holidays. The directors of the Tbilisi nursery schools received letters from Tbilisi City Hall Social and Culture Department and the directors understood the letter as information about reduced holidays. However, the officials of the City Hall state they had made mistake while writing the letters and claim that the length of the holiday will be based according to the law.
2008-07-04Old Blind Lady Seeks Shelter
Liana Malania, 70 physically disabled person has been seeking shelter for the last 17 years. However, all her attempts have been useless. Liana Malania had been working in Zugdidi Educational and Entrepreneurial Innovation of the Association of Georgia’s Blind People. 17 years ago, the head of Association allocated money to Liana Malania. It was because of this money Malania became a member of house constructing union. It was planned that Malania would receive a two-room apartment in a house that was still under construction at that time. Meanwhile, military operations started in west Georgia and as a result the constructing union was abolished and the house construction project stopped. Malania and her little boy were left homeless and she had to find shelter in her relative’s house. She spent her whole life in moving from one relative’s house to another’s.
2008-07-04Lack of Roads in Ninotsminda District Villages
The lack of road continues to be a great problem for the residents of the Ninotsminda district. Local authorities state that soon the problem will be at least partially resolved. However, the incomplete resolution of the problem means that the roads will be repaired only in several villages of the district.
2008-07-03Ordeal of a Delayed Train Ride: Gori to Tbilisi
You might remember the now famous words of President Mikheil Saakashvili: “Who does not want to travel by our train, let them get off”… this was the message of the president to opposition parties. The train of the National Movement has been running for four years already but Gori district population cannot take train to Tbilisi yet…
2008-07-02University Lecturer Dismissed on Political Grounds Appeals Decision
Archil Jorjadze, former coordinator and lecturer at the Legal Faculty of the Telavi State University, protested the resolution that provided for his dismissal from the university. On Monday, Jorjadze appealed to the Telavi District Court and demanded to annul the resolution of the head of university administration, and to reimburse the salary of the months when he was illegally fired and demanded 10, 000 GEL for moral compensation.
2008-07-01Georgian Reforms: Benefits or Not, & “Who Really Benefits”
“My last visit to Georgia was sad. Nothing worked in this country; there was no light and people were afraid to go out in the street. I discovered that people return home at 3-4:00 PM instead of 6-7:00 PM as they should arrive home before it gets dark. That’s why I always avoided to arriving back to Georgia and preferred to invite my relatives to my home outside of Georgia. However, after many years I arrived in Georgia in 2004 and found out that nothing had been changed. The country was still in frozen situation and face dire economic conditions. It is like seeing your house without windows and with ruined walls. It is only natural that the first idea that comes to your mind is to renovate the house. However, it is not a valid question to go the next step and ask as whether or not I should redecorate the house or not? This was the assessment of Kakha Bendukidze, the head of the Prime-Minister’s Administration about the urgency of structural and economic reforms.
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