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The national center of the intellectual property of Georgia (Gruzpatent) and the European Patent Organization (EPO) will synchronize their data bases, EPO official Patrik Le Gonidek announced on a visit to Tbilisi.He met the head of Gruzpatent, noting that the presence of Georgian documents in the EPO will provide information about Georgian inventions to interested people.

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Azerbaijani Deputy Minister of Transport Musa Panakhov commented on the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railroad route, saying that it is going according to schedule, 1news.az reports.He said that the construction is progressing at increased speed to finish the main part of the railroad before the winter cold sets in. The route is to be launched in 2011, and is expected to be fully operational in 2012.

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Heavy rain this week caused flooding in the Javskiy region of South Ossetia, Res reports.58 private residences, road-transport communications and agricultural lands were submerged.South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoyty visited the site twice. He criticized the government, saying that no preventive measures had been taken.

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The monitoring commission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Councilof Europe (PACE) failed to make a decision on ‘freezing’ talks on theRussian-Georgian issue, with the votes split into two groups, RIANovosti reports, citing the first deputy chairman of the internationalcommittee of the State Duma, Leonid Slutsky.The Russian-Georgian issue has been discussed at almost every sessionof PACE since October 2008, after the military conflict in SouthOssetia.

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The government of Georgia has discussed amendments to the law on the structure, powers and work of the Cabinet. The amendments involve changes in the Cabinet, Trend reports.The decision on changes will be clarified in the near future, a session on the issue will be held on Friday. The parliamentary secretary of the government, Georgiy Khuroshvili, said that when they decide on the final version of the law it will be published.

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Heavy rains and a hailstorm hit Tbilisi last night, Georgia Online reports. The ground floors and basements of many building have been flooded. Many of the city's streets turned into rivers and one metro station was closed after being flooded with water.The stormed caused great material damage.

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Two cash transit guards have been wounded in an armed attack on the commercial bank "TAO-Privat Bank" in Tbilisi. The wounded bank employees have been hospitalized, ITAR-TASS reports, citing local media.The robbers took money and escaped.

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The representative embassy of Egypt will begin operating in Georgianext year, announced parliamentary deputy and head of the EgyptianFriendship group Koba Habazi, after meetingwith the Egyptian ambassador Vahid Galal and discussing prospects forfurthering bilateral ties, reports Georgia Online.A Georgian business delegation will travel to Egypt in the near futureto deepen economic cooperation. 2011 will see a festival devoted toEgyptian culture.

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The son of the first Georgian President, Zviad Gamsakhurdia Tsotne, who is under conviction, stopped his hunger-strike on Tuesday, News Georgia reports, citing his lawyer Keti Bekauri.According to Bekauri, Tsotne Gamsakhurdia stopped his hunger-strike and started taking food he received from the Georgian Patriarch.

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Georgian Finance Minister Kakha Baindurashvili has said that the press will not be taxed. The declaration was made at a session of the budget-finance committee of the Georgian parliament, where the new tax code project was considered, Business Georgia reports.Baindurashvili said that the Georgian economy is still developing and too fragile to tax the press and agriculture. The press has a low income and taxing it would create serious financial problems for it, he said.

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Georgian culture festival in Azerbaijan

The Central Exhibition of Sattar Bukhlulzade has opened the Georgian culture festival. According to APA, the festival started with an exhibition of a well-known Georgian artist Rusudan Petviashvili. The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Adalyat Veliyev, appreciated the event.The festival will end on June 24th. The Georgian Deputy Minister of Culture, Memorial Protection and Sport, Marine Chogoshvili, expressed satisfaction with the cooperation with Azerbaijan.

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Fox International plans showing video clips and information pieces about Georgia, Georgian Times reports.The head of the business development of Fox International and National Geographic, Mat Morgan, is currently visiting Georgia. He will meet representatives of the Georgian Ministry of Economic Development and the Department of Tourism and Resorts.

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On June 22nd the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijani Republic (SOCAR) and Georgia Petroleum, a sister company of SOCAR Energy Georgia (in the SOCAR structure) opened two new petrol stations, one on Moscow Avenue and one near Naftulug bazaar in Tbilisi, 1news.az reports, citing a message from SOCAR.The head of the SOCAR office in Georgia, director general of SOCAR Energy Georgia, Makhir Mamedov, and other officials were present at the opening.

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A helicopter fell on the territory of the Mayor's Office of the Ozurget region (in the region of Guria, western Georgia). No one was injured in the crash, the Georgian Interior Ministry's Emergency Services said, reports Trend.The helicopter was spreading pesticides on fields. Only the pilot was in the helicopter, and fortunately he survived.

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The head of the Russian Federal Consumer Rights Protection and Human Health Control Service, Gennadii Onischenko, is ready to start negotiations with Georgian winemakers, stating that their product meets all quality standards, Interfax reports.Meanwhile, Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili recently thanked the Russian authorities for the ban on Georgian wine imports, as it encouraged winemakers to improve the quality of the product. Onischenko, for his part, came to the conclusion that the ban was reasonable.

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Part of the Vandazor-Alaverdi highway will be temporary closed closed from June 22nd, due to the repairs on the 34th kilometer stretch near the settlement of Dzorgaget, News Armenia reports.The road will be closed for 10 days, alternative roads will function during the period of repairs.

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The Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development of Georgia has signed a cooperation memorandum with the International Road and Transport Union (IRU), Georgia times reports.The memorandum's aim is to simplify transit through the territory of Georgia.

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The foreign ministry of Georgia is going to investigate the details of the agreement between the companies "Shevron" and "Rosneft".Georgia wants to receive explanations from one of America's biggest companies about its intention to work on the Black sea shelf in Abkhazia, Trend reports.Last week, Russian media spread information about a contract between the two companies to jointly develop oil in Abkhazia.

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