2014-02-24Appeal Court Upheld Lawsuit of the Former Chairman of the Gori Municipal Board
Marlen Nadiradze requested annulment of the September 14, 2007 decree of the municipal board with which the board members resigned him from the position. Several-day political controversy was pre-condition of this decision.
2014-02-24Controversy at Lanchkhuti District Local Self-Governmental Bodies Continue
Short time ago, chairmen of two fractions at the Lanchkhuti municipal board requested impeachment of the board chairman Amiran Gigineishvili. The latter responded to their statement and said.
2014-02-24Head of Pres-Center of the Shida Kartli Regional Administration Quitted Job
Natia Omadze, head of press-center and public relation department of the Shida Kartli regional administration, made statement about leaving the job in social network. Omadze connected her decision with regional governor Zurab Rusishvili’s insularity and distance from the society.
2014-02-24According to the Identoba’s Survey There Is Hierarchy in Georgian Prisons
Survey conducted by the nongovernmental organization Identoba in Georgian penitentiary establishments proved that segregation of inmates according to their sexual identity or behavior is still strong. According to the survey, there are three hierarchies of social groups in the penitentiary establishments.
2014-02-24Bus Drivers Have Been on Strike for Eights Day in Batumi
Bus drivers have been on strike for eight days already in Batumi. 300 drivers of public transport stopped working with the request of raise in salaries. Drivers request resignation of Gia Loria, director of the Auto Transport Company, and payment of 4, 5 lari instead 4 lari per working hour.
2014-02-24“Ranger Knew That I Was Cutting Trees” – Stories from Ateni Gorge
Several facts of cutting firewood pulp and construction wood were observed in Ateni Gorge in January, 2014. Most facts were observed on January 22-23. Wood was confiscated in every case; the seized fire wood will be assigned to socially indigent families.
2014-02-24Telavi University Student Warned for His Status in Social Network
Rector of Telavi State University Avtandil Gelegutashvili assigned case of the student Nodar Ezhishvili to the Ethic Commission for his critical statuses about the university in the social network Facebook. The student was called to the ethic commission session, where he received warning. The Ethic Code imposes some other disciplinary sanctions and dismissal from the university as punishment.
2014-02-20Journalist of Guria News Alleges District Governor Verbally Insulted Her
Journalist of Guria News Zhana Megrelishvili said, on February 14, Ozurgeti district governor Konstantine Sharashenidze insulted and cursed her in his working rooms, when journalist tried to get his comment.
2014-02-20Noisy Judgment at Kutaisi City Court
Five-year imprisonment for Vano Merabishvili and 50 000 lari fine for Zurab Tchiaberashvili – Judge Natia Barbakadze passed this judgment after ten-month court proceedings on February 17 at the Kutaisi City Court. The Court passed guilty judgment on former Minister of Interior and former regional government in criminal case.
2014-02-17Company Winning Bid Is Sought
Gori district administration is looking for the company, which won bid competition in November, 2013. Ltd GPG participated in the tender and won it. According to the bid requirements, the Company had to rehabilitate underground passages in Gori. Several months passed but the Company did not implement its duties.
2014-02-17Fraction Social-Democrats Requests Impeachment of the Municipal Board Chairman
One of the member parties of the Coalition Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia, Social Democrats for Georgia’s Development, opposed the local government. Leader of the local organization Soso Sheizashvili held press-conference.
2014-02-17Akhalgori District Governor Resigned
Akhalgori district governor Zurab Gatenashvili resigned. Based on the decision of the Akhalgori municipal board, Nugzar Tinikashvili will implement duties of the district governor during three months. Tinikashvili told Human Rights Center that municipal board had offered the position to him. After three months, competition will be announced and applicants for the district governor’s position will be able to submit applications. Interim district governor Nugzar Tinikashvili said he will also participate in the competition.
2014-02-17Representatives of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee to Meet Representatives of Local CSOs and Intentional Organizations
The Secretary-General of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee Bjørn Engesland and Head of Human Rights Education Department at the NHC Enver Djuliman will pay a visit to Georgia and Armenia on February 18-21. They intend to meet representatives of local partner organizations, public institutions and local missions of international organizations to discuss ongoing programs and future plans of the NHC in Georgia, Armenia and in the South Caucasus Region in general.
2014-02-17Kutaisi Still Without Mayor
Kutaisi is still without Mayor. On February 12, chairman of the city council issued decree # 152 and resigned Kutaisi interim mayor.
2014-02-11Public Defender’s Visit in Imereti Finished with Meeting with Civil Society Organizations
Tents for homeless people, Tkibuli mine, penitentiary establishment # 14 and meeting with the representatives of local civil society and media organizations – it was agenda of the Public Defender’s business trip in Imereti region on February 6-7.
2014-02-10Cartu Foundation Stopped Compensations for the Victims of Natural Disaster in Kakheti
Victimized families by 2012 natural disaster in 2012 will no longer receive compensations from the Cartu Foundation. The lawyer of the Foundation Nino Kiknadze said last year the Foundation transferred 98 million lari and left beneficiaries will receive compensations from alternative source.
2014-02-10Allowance for IDPs Increased
The state will no longer cover electricity bills of the IDPs living in compact settlements. These changes will go in force from March 1, 2014. The government covered 100 kilowatt electricity bills for each IDP family per month. From March 1, the monthly allowance for IDPs will increase from 28 lari up to 45 lari.
2014-02-07In Parallel to Ongoing Protest of Nongovernmental Sector Parliament of Georgia Passed Code on Local Self-Governance
77 votes vs 7 – Parliament of Georgia passed the Code on Local Self-Governance after noisy discussions and controversy via third hearing on February 5. Government states it is a step forward to democratization and launch of self-governmental reform in the country.
2014-02-07Increased Salaries and Bonuses in Guria
Public servants in Guria region received bonuses equal to increased salaries in January 2014 (for Christmas Holiday). In accordance to the Georgian legislation, only 25% of local budget can be spent on salaries. However, district budget used to spend almost 40% on the salaries of public servants.
2014-02-07Tibilov Is not Going to Block De-Facto Border during Sochi Olympiad
During Sochi Olympiad de-facto border of the South Ossetia towards Akhalgori district will not be blocked that means people will be able to transport without delay. Special session of the de-facto security council of South Ossetia was held in Tskhinvali. Leader of the non-recognized republic Leonid Tibilov chaired the session.
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