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Ukraine is ready to supply Georgia with 120,000 tons of wheat, the agriculture minister of Ukraine, Nikolai Prisyazhnyuk, said, reports BusinessGeorgia.The minister also said that Ukraine has already exported about 2 million tons of grain this year.

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The Minister of Labour, Health and Social Protection of Georgia Sandro Kvitashvili has resigned, GeorgiaOnline reports.Kvitashvili did not name his successor. He also said he was had accepted the post of chancellor of the Dzhavahishvili Tbilisi State University. He became health minister on the 31st of January, 2008.

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More changes are expected in the Georgian government, Interpressnews.ge reports. According to reports, Minister of Culture Nikoloz Rurua, Health Minister Aleksander Kvitashvili, Migration and Refugee Minister Koba Subeliani and Environmental Protection Minister Goga Khachidze will be fired.

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Amendments to Georgia's tax law will come into force on September 1st. Taxes in the telecommunication sector will rise. According to the amendments, voice telephone services will undergo excise taxes, Business Georgia reports.

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The ‘Air Batumi’ company has admitted for the first time that internal flights in Georgia are unprofitable, executive director of the company Demur Leledze told ‘Kommersant’ radio, Business Georgia reports. He said that the main problem is the price of fuel, which undergoes VAT and excise tax. Another problem is that ‘Air Batumi’ cannot make flights for 50 euros. The company was selling passenger tickets for 19 lari.

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An oil refinery in Batumi will be on sale at an auction tomorrow, GHN reports.According to the Ministry of Economy and Stable Development of Georgia, the starting price of the facility is $14.5 million. According to conditions of the auction, the buyer will pay 50% of the price within 30 days.

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Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has navigated the government plane 4L-GAF. He was flew around Batumi and the Black Sea coastal area of Adzharia, reports Georgia News. The president observed construction works in Adzharia and held a meeting with the Adzharian authorities. A new airport is to open in the Georgian town of Mestia, he said.

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An agreement on a program of reciprocal visits of Georgian and Azerbaijani children in care was reached during the meeting of Georgian and Azerbaijani first ladies Mehriban Alieva and Sandra Roelofs, reports …

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  Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili wants to improve the country's aviation security due to the threat of Georgia being placed on the EU's “black list”, reports RIA-Novosti.

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RIA News, referring to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia, reports that border guards of the republic are not stamping foreign and civil passports of Russian citizens, so that the Georgian authorities will have no proof as to whether a person visited the republic. The Georgian Authorities had previously stated that anyone who visits the two republics will be jailed for 5 years or fined.

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The festival "Kinoshok-2010" will take place in Anapa from the 11th to the 19th of September. The traditional children's cinema festival "KinoMalyShok" will also take place during it, reports ITAR-TASS, referring to the press service of the festival. It is the only festival that unites participants from all over the former USSR and helps improve friendly relations between them.

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The president of Georgia has signed a new anti-corruption strategy. The government of Georgia must also provide a plan to carry out the anti-corruption strategy, Business Georgia reports. The project of the Ministry of Justice maps out the measures for fighting corruption, starting from the last quarter of 2010 to 2013.

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Russian and Georgian border guards solve the problems of fire in the region together, says a representative of the Federal Security Service Evgeniy Inchin, reports RIA Novosty After the conflict of 2008 when the contacts between the two countries were ceased, regular cooperation takes place, like in this case and when the question of visiting the grave yards takes place.

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Confederation of a joke and common sense

The topic of a confederation between Georgia and Azerbaijan is being discussed seriously in Tbilisi, although it was born from a diplomatic joke. In Tbilisi, the idea is being considered by the Foreign Ministry and political parties. In Baku, the idea is perceived as a joke. 

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A bus service between Tbilisi and Vladikavkaz has been re-established, Gruzia Online reports.The service was re-established on the initiative of a driver, a resident of Vladivkaz, who made a relevant agreement with his Georgian colleagues. The fare is $55.

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Georgian Patriarch Ilya the Second announced that the Church is ready to turn over its land to the people so that new villages can be built, Interfax reports."The Church of Georgia has several thousand hectares of spare land. We are ready to turn over this land to the people in order to give them a chance to build up-to-date settlements there. I have already discussed my initiative with the President and the members of the Cabinet," said the Patriarch today in the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi.

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 Despite the absence of diplomatic relations between Moscow and Tbilisi, Georgian sportsmen will take part in the Greco-Roman wrestling and freestyle wrestling World Championship in Moscow, reports Vzglyad. The first group of wrestlers is to arrive in Moscow on the 3rd of September.

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211 prisoners were set free and 29 prisoners had their sentences reduced, the Georgian Prisons Minister Khatuna Kalmakheidze claimed today, reports Georgia Online. The prisoners were pardoned on the occasion of the Feast of the Assumption (Mariamoba). Among the pardoned are Sergo Beselia and Rati Milorava, the brother and the son of the “Solidarity with Illegal Prisoners” leader, Eka Beselia.

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