According to preliminary reports, ten people were killed and at least five were missing in floods in Tbilisi. The number of victims can increase. Heavy rainfall with hail began on Sunday night. Streams of water flooded the road and the first floors of buildings and homes. According to Georgian media reports, two young girls are missing who were in the center of Tbilisi during a rainstorm. In the area was also flooded zoo. Tigers, lions, wolves are believed to have also escaped damaged cages in the zoo. Some animals have been captured or killed but many are still roaming free. A hippopotamus was seen in the street and was later tranquilized and taken away. A bear was filmed clinging to a building to avoid the waters below.
Administration of the zoo reported of three missing colleagues. The river Vere came over, more than 20 families remain homeless.
Helicopters are involved to participate in the search and rescue operation. Are conducted searches for missing people. Police blocked several main thoroughfares of the Georgian capital; SWAT officers are catching escaped animals from the zoo. Tbilisi authorities urged people not to unnecessarily move around the city during.
Forum Georgia-Moldova-Ukraine ended in Tbilisi on Tuesday, May 5 by signing of a joint declaration on inter-parliamentary cooperation of the countries of "Eastern Partnership", informs the press service of the Georgian legislature.
Parliamentary Forum Georgia-Moldova-Ukraine on "Tripartite inter-parliamentary cooperation, new approaches among the countries members of the" Eastern Partnership "and the association agreement (with the EU)", started in Tbilisi on Monday, May 4,informs the press service of the legislature.
The two-day forum opened in the Georgian parliament on the initiative of the European Integration Committee and with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
" Sides taking participation in the forum will discuss the following issues: new mechanisms of expansion of parliamentary cooperation between the three countries, the Parliamentary Assembly Euronest – if it meets or not the format of the challenges of the Member States format, needs of the regulation and diversification", - said in a statement.
At the end of the Forum country's participants of "Eastern Partnership" and the Association Agreement with the European Union will be held a signing ceremony of the joint declaration on the initiative of the inter-parliamentary cooperation.
Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia Vakhtang Gomelauri during his official visit to Germany will meet with his German counterpart Thomas de Maiziere and president of the Federal Criminal Police Holger Munch.
During his visit to Germany Gomelauri will be accompanied by his deputy Levan Izoria, director of the Department of International Relations Shalva Kvinikhidze and the Director of the Central Criminal Police Ivane Papiashvili.
At the meeting will be considered "progress achieved in the implementation of the Action Plan visa liberalization with the EU, bilateral cooperation in the field of police and plans for the future", says the press service of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.
In addition, is planned to visit the training base of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Germany, where Georgian delegation will get acquainted with the activities of the Berlin police and will assist at the demonstration exercise.
According to the Georgian Interior Ministry, cooperation between German and Georgian ministries in recent years turned into an active phase. In July 2014, during a visit of Alexander Chikaidze to Germany, who that time headed the Interior Ministry signed an agreement on "Cooperation between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany in the fight against organized crime, terrorism and other serious crimes".
Deputy Defense Minister Mikheil Darchiashvili, Ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland and Defense Attache Colonel Matthew Dimik saw off the Secretary of Defense from the Tbilisi International Airport.
During the visit, an American colleague stayed with Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania. The head of the Pentagon held a meeting in the Ministry of Defence of Georgia, with the Prime Minister and President of Georgia.
At a meeting in the Ministry of Defense Secretary of Defense once again highlighted the importance of the partnership of America and Georgia, and expressed his willingness that the United States will continue actively cooperate with Georgia in the field of defense. Chuck Hagel praised the package that was made to Georgia on Welsh summit.
Secretary of Defense visited the National Training Center "Krtsanisi" and met with the Georgian military and the United States Marines. With special thanks he noted the Georgian military men in international peacekeeping missions and sacrifice made by the Georgian people.
Airline "Dniproavia" from September, 1 decided to suspend flights from Kharkiv to Tbilisi, Batumi, Baku and Yerevan. It was reported by the Commercial Director of "Dniproavia" Sergey Posylaev.
The company explains the decision for economic reasons, caused by the need for over flight of Russian territory.
"After Russia banned Ukrainian airlines to fly over its territory, our routes are significantly lengthened. For example, flight Kharkov - Baku became almost twice long: it was lasted for 2.30 hours, and now – four. In proportion was increased cost of fuel, the crew and the other ", - explained Posylaev.
Passengers of canceled flights were proposed refund or rebook flights with transfer in Kiev, Istanbul and others.
Flights from Dnepropetrovsk to the Caucasus for the carrier lengthened not very critical: for 20-40 minutes, so the company keeps them in the schedule, and even keeps a promotional ticket prices. The company also continues to fly from Kharkov to Kiev, and on the winter schedule is planned flight to Ivano-Frankivsk.
In UIA (Ukraine International Airlines), which was forced to re-route their flights to Baku, Yerevan, Tbilisi, Almaty and Astana with the view of flyby the territory of Russia, was reported that for routes whose length increased significantly, increased the cost of tickets.
Georgian Orthodox Church celebrates on August 28 one of the twelve major festivals of the year - Mariamoba.
The festive services were held in all functioning Churches of Georgia.
Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is set by Church for a long time. It is mentioned in the writings of St. Augustine and Hieronymus.
Especially this holiday was celebrated in an Orthodox church in the 6th century after the victory Byzantine emperor over the Persians in Mauritius. Universal celebration of it was set since 582.
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the second most important holiday of the Orthodox Church after the Resurrection. Not in vain this day is called the Mother of God of Easter. As the Gospel tells, it was the second Victory over death and hell, won by not a heavenly guest - the God-man, but the Earth's Virgin - the purest and most perfect of all the people, and yet one of us, the earth-born.
Day of the Assumption of Mary is preceded by one of four multi-day Fasts - Dormition Fast. It is set in imitation of the Mother of God, that all her life, and especially before her Assumption spent time in prayer and fasting.
Currently, the country is home for 4, 4 million of people, 84 % of whom are Orthodox Christians, more than 5 % - the representatives of other Christian denominations, more than 9 percent - are Muslims.
The Georgian Foreign Ministry has published a list of countries whose citizens do not need visas for short-term visits to Georgia (up to 90 in every 180-day period).
The Georgian Foreign Ministry has called illegal presidential elections passing on Sunday in the unprompted republic of Abkhazia and called on the international community to condemn them.
The 20th meeting of the Georgian-Azerbaijan Coordinating Council was held in Baku. The Georgian delegation was headed by the Minister of Economy - Deputy Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili,Azerbaijan was headed by Minister of Transport Ziya Mammadov. The parties discussed a number of issues relating to the construction of the railway section Marabda-Kartsakhi and the pace of construction works.
Construction of the segment Marabda-Kartsakhi of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway was begun in 2008. Letting of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway in operation is scheduled for 2015, and the test train will pass through this railway line at the end of this year.
The Ministers emphasized the international importance of the railway line, and also discussed the prospects for economic development of the region within the framework of this project.
Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia will hold joint military exercises; this agreement was reached at a meeting of defense ministers of the three countries in Nahchivan. This was announced on Tuesday by the head of the defense department of Azerbaijan Zakir Hasanov.
The minister said that the objective of the exercise is to increase the military efficiency of the armed forces.
During of Nakhchivan meeting of the defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia - Zakir Hasanov, Ismet Yilmaz and Iraklii Alasania also agreed to hold meetings in this format twice a year, the organization of joint seminars and conferences, creating of trilateral format in military education and cooperation in the military technical sphere, said Hasanov.
The minister said that it is planned to organize meetings of experts to explore promising areas of cooperation.
The defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia have also discussed the military-political situation in the region, had an exchange of views on issues of security and restore stability in the region.
The parties also noted the effectiveness of development cooperation in this format.
It is well known that Georgia is the cradle of viticulture and winemaking. Real Georgian wine long has been valued in the world. It is suffice to say that in ancient times the Greek traders as payment for their products, taking as rule gold, instead of it willingly took Georgian wine - a wine of ancient Colchis.
High quality and excellent taste of Georgian wine was created by generations of Georgian farmers and winemakers. Today, connoisseurs and lovers of Georgian wine are known not only popular brands of its makers. Are also known traditional family brands, which for decades are symbols of a rare quality of so-called home-made wines.
Not by chance, Racha-Lechkhumy Festival will be held on August, 24 in the city of Ambrolauri, informed the organizers of the festival - "Combining traditional winemaking Georgia".
Local winemakers present wines made by traditional method, in own wine cellars (called Marani).
"The guests of the festival will have an opportunity to try and taste the great wines of Racha Lechkhumy. During the festival will be organized tasting of unique local cheese and honey, and will be held a concert, which will featured by folk ensembles and the" Canudos" group - promise organizers.
The festival aims to restore and preserve the traditional wine-making in the region, promoting the development of a culture of family farming. Racha Lechkhumy Wine Festival is held for the second time.