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Despite the 2008 war with Russia and the financial crisis, theGeorgian economy is still developing, claimed the president of theGeorgian National Bank Georgy Kadagidze at an international pressconference, reports Business Georgia.

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The number of Georgian residents without electricity has doubled in the last few hours, due to strong winds in western Georgia. Over 93 thousand residents are now without power, Interfax cites a spokesman of the "Energo-Pro Georgia" company."The stormy winds are not going to drop and new transmission facilities are being damaged," said the representative of the company.

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Since the evening of September 11th some Armenian internet users have been suffering from connection problems. Some are unable to access the web and some have a very low data transfer speed, Armenia Today reports.The incident is being caused by certain problems with internet connection on Georgian territory, although the Georgian service providers have not explained the reasons for the problem.

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Strict measures are going to be taken against anyone found littering the beaches of Ajara, Business-Gruzia reports.President Mikhail Saakashvili told a cabinet meeting in Batumi today that people littering the beaches are going to be fined 500 lari or imprisoned for 24 hours."Strict measures are going to be taken against those who litter beaches," the president said.

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Electricity supplies have been shut down in Georgia's Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi, Semegrelo and Guria regions due to strong winds, with gusts of up to 30 meters per second. 44,000 people have been left without electricity. Work has already been started to restore the power supply.

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Customs checks for tourists at the Georgian border should take 3-4 minutes, claimed Georgian Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili, Business Georgia reports. Tourists from neighbouring countries will have the ability to enter Georgia by car, as customs officers will examine only cargo transport, with other citizens being examined by the police, he added.

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The Monastery of Theotokos Iverskaya is to be built on Mount Makhatain Georgia, reports Georgia Online. The monastery complex includes aneducational center and an orphans' refuge. The world famous operaartist Paata Burchuladze has initiated a fund “Iveriisas” to supportthe building. People can support the building by donating 1 lari($0.80) each month from their salary.

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Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and the Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgia, Elias II, visited the region of Kazbegi, reports Georgia Online. New roads and hotels will be built in the region and special govermental measures are to be taken to support small and medium-scale businesses in the region, Saakashvili claimed. They also visited the village of Sno, where the Patriarch was born.

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A protest action was organized in front of the presidental residenceby the Georgian youth organization Ara (“No”) today on the 10th ofSeptember. The protesters demanded that political prisoners and faithdetainees be freed, reports Georgia News. A scuffle occurred when theprotesters tried to write the word “freedom” on the pavement. Three ofthem were detained.

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Communication between Georgia and Armenia is to remain tax-free, with no regard to the new Georgian rules on international cargo transport, reports Georgia Online. According to the new rules, transit cargo customs duty amounts to $110, which should be payed into a bank before leaving Georgian territory. The customs duty must be paid by all cargo transportation, except passenger minibuses. Transportation of cargo delivered by sea to the nearest customs office is also free.

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Georgian Premier Nikoloz Gilauri has presented the new GeorgianMinister of Healthcare, Labor and Social Protection Sandro Urushadze,who had been the deputy minister, News Georgia reports.The former minister Alexander Kvitashvili was in the post from 2008 tolate August this year. He left the post to head Tbilisi StateUniversity of Ivane Javakhishvili.

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The bodies of Azerbaijani nationals Yasemen Mamadova and ElnurAshinov, who died in the terrorist attack at the central market ofVladikavkaz, were sent to Georgia for burials. The mayor's office ofVladikavkaz will pay for their transport, ITAR-TASS reports.The mayor's office will also pay for the funeral and gravestones. Mostof the dead will be buried tomorrow. The bodies of Georgians,Armenians and Ukrainians will be sent to their homelands.

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Batumi has held a 'Fish festival' organized by the Georgian Ministryof Ecology. The Minister of Ecology Goga Khachidze and premier ofAdzharia Levan Varshalomidze were at the festival, Georgia Onlinereports.A fishing tour was held with participation of representatives ofdiplomatic missions and organizations.The second part of the festival was held in a village. Cooks invitedfrom Adzharia, Tbilisi and Turkey cooked fish according to traditionsof different countries.

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OSCE General Secretary Mark Perren de Brishambo avoided callingAbkhazia and South Ossetia 'occupied territories', Trend reports.In an exclusive interview with the Georgian TV company 'Rustavi-2', hesaid that as a chairman of OSCE he cannot use such a term and shouldtake into account the positions of both sides. The chairman said thatmost importantly the process of resolving the conflict, improvement ofrelations and cooperation should continue.

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Abkhazia will have distributed 120 buses provided by the Gorky carplant group by late November.The contract signed by Abkhaz Ministry of Economy and Development andthe Russian holding includes 88 PAZ-4234 medium buses for 30passengers for suburban transport and 32 PAZ-32054-07 small buses ,ITAR-TASS reports.All the buses have diesel engines from the Minsk motor plant and axlesfrom the Kanashskiy car module plant. The vehicles may also beequipped with additional braking systems.

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40 hectares of forest are burning in Georgia's Ahmet region, GeorgiaOnline reports.150 rescuers have been mobilized to fight the blaze. Helicopters mayalso be employed. The blaze began due to the hot weather in theregion.

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The Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed its condolencesover Thursday's terrorist attack in Vladikavkaz and offered Russiahelp in the investigation, RIA Novosti reports. The suicide bombingkilled 17 people and injured over 100.

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Unknown gunmen shot dead the former Deputy Minister of InteriorAffairs of Adjara, Elgudzhu Jincharadze, last night near the ‘Ukraine’hotel, Life News reports.Witnesses said that Jincharadze was accompanied by two men that night.They were having an argument when one of the men shot him. Thecriminals left the scene in a silver-coloured car. The police laterstopped the car but there was a private taxi driver in it, who saidthat he gave them a lift to the Rublyovskoye highway.

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Twenty hectares of forest is on fire in the Pankisi Gorge, GeorgiaOnline reports. The area on fire is making access for fire-fighters extremely difficult.

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The president of Georgia appreciates the work of the Foreign Ministry, but he also thinks that Georgia can achieve more, the head of the Foreign Ministry of Georgia, Grigol Vashadze said after a meeting with Mikheil Saakashvili, GeorgiaOnline reports.According to the minister, they also talked about the economical development of the country and attracting investments.

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