A new phase of mitigation of restrictions – what not to miss on February 8th

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What restrictions will be removed from today?

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According to the decision of the Coordinating Council of the Government, certain restrictions will be lifted from today. From February 8, public transport will be launched throughout Georgia. The exception will be weekends. Fairs will open from February 8.

Tbilisi municipal transport will be disinfected daily. Tbilisi Transport Company also released a statement yesterday. In it we read:

“Large-scale disinfection works were planned in order to protect the security measures. Tbilisi metro stations, as well as rolling stock and municipal buses were disinfected. Disinfection works will be carried out daily “.

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105 Days – 105 Nights: Battle for the Rioni Valley

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The construction of Namakhvani HPP was protested on February 7 with a large-scale rally in the village of Namokhvani, Tskaltubo Municipality. On the 105th day of the continuous protest, the residents of the gorge set up a tent in the village, near the Rioni River floodplain, which was taken by the law enforcers in the village of Zhoneti last week, on the grounds that the tent was standing on the territory of the HPP construction company Enka.

The demand of the protesters is unchanged, part of the local population, civil activists, environmentalists and representatives of human rights organizations, who have also expressed solidarity with citizens from different regions, are demanding a halt to work, leaving the company and the removal of heavy equipment. Added to these demands today is another demand: the return of a cross taken by law enforcement a week ago to the same area.

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Today, a resolution will be submitted to the Parliament to study the October 31 elections

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On February 8, a draft resolution will be submitted to the Parliamentary Bureau, which envisages the establishment of a temporary commission of inquiry into the October 31 parliamentary elections.

The Georgian Dream faction initiated the establishment of a temporary commission of inquiry.

“In order to answer all the justified or unjustified criticisms or opinions about the elections, every issue raised by the opposition parties must be investigated within the commission.”, – say in the ruling party.

It is already known that the opposition is not going to get involved in the work of the commission of inquiry.

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An anti-coronavirus drug has been used successfully at Tel Aviv Hospital

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Researchers in Israel have made great strides in developing the drug Covid-19. The Israeli ambassador to Georgia, Ron Gidor, announced about it on Facebook, according to which the first phase of the research on the anti-coronavirus drug has been completed.

Of the 30 patients given EXO-CD24, 29 left the hospital within 3-5 days, researchers at Tel Aviv Suraski Medical Center (Ikhilov Hospital) told Israel’s KAN News. 30 “The patient also recovered, but it took him a few more days,” said Professor Nadir Arber, head of research at Kovid-19 Medical Center.

The drug, which is an innovative compound, is based on enriched CD24-esosomes and is inhaled directly into the lungs to prevent the development of a covidine-induced cytokine storm.

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Uncertain future for 12-year-old Tina and other children in Georgia and Austria

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The fate of 12-year-old Tina has become the main topic of conversation in recent days in Austria – the country where she was born, raised, studied, has friends and who left on January 27 accompanied by a police escort on a special flight to Georgia.

The reason for the deportation turned out to be Tina’s mother’s several years of unsuccessful attempts to obtain asylum. The young woman’s arguments for the Austrian Immigration Service were not convincing and she was returned to her homeland illegally in the fourth year of her life, after 6 refusals, with her 12 and 5 year old children. Tina’s mother has lived in Austria since 2006, first as a student and then as a right to work – Tina and her younger sister were born in Vienna. From 2006 to 2021, the young woman had been to the homeland several times, but the Immigration Service assured her that she was in danger of being physically destroyed in Georgia due to the murder and threat of revenge committed by her brother.

Tina’s deportation was followed by speeches in Vienna, her classmates and teachers holding rallies, and politicians arguing over how humane the law is to expel children from their native and natural environment to an unfamiliar future.

RFE / RL journalist Nastasia Arabuli talks about Tina and other deported Georgian children. Read on and see more here.

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The village of Buknari in Guria has come under the spotlight of national broadcasters after the ongoing dispute between local Christians and Muslims over a Muslim shrine escalated into a physical confrontation. It turned out that the historical narrative of religious enmity is still relevant in secular 21st century Georgia, although the information scattered in the news has remained fragmented. Why did some of the Buknar Christians oppose their Muslim neighbors, with whom they have lived without conflict for decades? Has the problem been resolved after reconciling in front of the cameras and shaking hands?

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