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Education reform: Georgian experience

The high and higher school reform was, no doubt, the most contradictory and sensible for the population among the reforms introduced by Saakashvili and his team in 2004. The intent of the reform was commendable but it faced the resistance of traditionalists, and that was to be expected. The sphere of education is the most sensible area for reforms in all countries as it literally touches upon the nation’s future as well as its traditions.

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The town of Taganrog in the Rostov Region has held talks between the clergy of the Taganrog District. Arch-priest Timotheus Fetisov, head of the regional office of the human rights center of the World Russian People’s Assembly in Rostov, had a conversation with the police of Taganrog, Yuga.ru reports.

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US Ambassador to Georgia John Bass, Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri, Healthcare Minister Andria Urushadze and US Deputy Defense Secretary Andrew Beber will open a central referral laboratory of public healthcare on March 18. The laboratory was organized with US support, Georgia Online reports. The laboratory will reveal grave infections amongst the population and livestock and monitor scientific research.

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The Dagestani Institute for Advanced Pedagogical Training is holding a contest for an educational leader in 2011. Deputy Minister of Education and Science Natella Musalayeva and the head of the institute, Idris Musayev, took part in the opening of the contest. Musalayeva said that the contest is being held in Dagestan for the first time, unlike other parts of Russia. Experience of the contest participants will be included in the advanced training courses.

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Yessentyki held a session of the North Caucasus Federal District commission with the Council on Cossack issues under the president of Russia.The participants of the session discussed results of last year and develop plans for 2011. One of the main goals is extension of Cossacks representation in bodies of local and regional governments. The other direction of activity is cooperation with public Cossacks organizations.

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Yesterday the head of Kabardino-Balkaria Arsen Kanokov and Muslim leaders founded Islam Educational Centre, which is planned to be built in Nalchik, Yuga.ru reports.The centre will include the jameh mosque and modern university complex with all the necessary facilities: campuses, conference halls and libraries.

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In place of Stalin

The contest for the best project of a monument to be erected on the exact place of the destroyed statue of Stalin has recently ended in Georgia

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The Extraordinary Congress of Muslims of Kabardino-Balkaria elected today Hazratali Dzasezheva as new head of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Kabardino-Balkaria. Dzasezheva previously occupied the office of the deputy of the head of administration Pshihachev Anas, who was killed by militants in mid-December last year, RIA Novosti reports.As previously reported by VK, in the evening of December 15 two unknown gunmen killed Pshihachev at his home in Nalchik.

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The reactor and other important equipment of the Armenian nuclear power plant are protected in the event of a possible earthquake, told the news agency News-Armenia Director of the Armenian Research Institute for Nuclear Power Plant, Ph.D. Vahram Petrosyan, RIA Novosti reports. Questions about the safety of nuclear power plants have been raised in many countries following the tragic catastrophe in Japan.

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 Yefim Pivovar reelected as rector of RSUH

Today the Russian State University of Humanities re-elected its current head Yefim Pivovar, member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, doctor of Historical Sciences, professor, as rector of the University.

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Georgia will appoint a chancellor to monitor spending of finances at state higher education centers. Amendments will be introduced to the law on higher education, Georgia Online cites Giorgi Huroshvili, the government parliamentary secretary. He said that the chancellor will be appointed by a council.

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Three unidentified assailants were killed in Dagestan on Tuesday during a shootout with police officers. No police officers were injured, RIA Novosti cites the police of Makhachkala as saying.The shootout started on the Krasnoarmeysk-Shamkhal road at 03.00 (Moscow time) when the police stopped a vehicle for inspection. Fire was opened from the vehicle. The assailants were killed and the vehicle started burning. A pistol and a submachine gun were found.

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Situation in Japan worsens

The covers of reactors N2 and N4 were damaged after an explosion at the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant in Japan today. There was radiation emission, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan told a press conference in Tokyo today.

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Ingush experts in the field of IT-technologies have proposed to create a single IT-community at a meeting with a representative of the Republic of Ingushetia by the Russian president, Vahoy Yevloyev, Yuga.ru reports. The meeting was devoted to a discussion of the information provision in Ingushetia. As planned by young professionals, the community could generate innovative ideas and offer effective working schemes to promote the development of Internet technologies in the country.

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Armenian police have arrested former European boxing champion Samson Khachatryan on charges of attacking a police officer, Gazeta reports.Khachatryan was detained at an opposition rally on March 1 after disobeying the demands of law enforcement officers and injuring a policemen.Khachatryan was a champion of the USSR and has won World and European titles.

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called the doctors of Turkish singer Tatlises and asked about his health condition, Cihan reports.The prime minister ordered Healthcare Minister Recep Akdag to supervise Tatlises’s treatment. His doctor, Professor Ilhan Elmachi, told journalists that the singer’s condition remains grave. He was put into a medicated sleep for 24 hours.

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An earthquake has been registered in several districts of Azerbaijan, Trend cites the Seismological Survey of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan as saying.An earthquake 40 km north-east of Shirvan occured at 11.52. The earthquake had a magnitude equivalent to 3.5 points on the Richter scale. A 3-point quake was registered in Gajigabul, 2-point – in Sabirabad. There were no injuries and damage. The earthquake's center was 26 km deep and was equivalent to 4.4 points.

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The Shikhzayirlin mud volcano erupted in Azerbaijan’s Gobustan District on Sunday, the website of the Emergencies Ministry said on Monday.Mud was thrown 50 m high. Specialists and rescuers were sent to the area. The volcano is throwing mud 1-2 meters high. There are cracks around the crater. The volcano is not a threat to the population.

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