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Monday, January 10
Georgia among NYT`s list of 41 places to go in 2011

The New York Times reported on the 41 places to go in 2011. Georgia is also on the list of places recommended for tourists to visit in 2011.

"Ski buffs don’t usually think of Soviet Georgia when planning their next backcountry outing. But some ambitious plans in the Caucasus are trying to change that fast. Tucked between the Black and Caspian seas and smattered with mountains, Georgia has the kind of terrain adventurous skiers yearn for: peaks reaching 16,000 feet, deep valleys and largely untouched slopes. Known best for spectacular off-piste and heli-skiing, Bakuriani and Gudauri — each a short drive from Tbilisi — saw 30,000 visitors in 2009 and are expanding fast", the story says.
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87th Jubilee of Sergo Parajanov Celebrated on Sunday

The 87th Jubilee of the late filmmaker and painter Sergo Parajanov, were celebrated on January 9th.

The celebration started at 18:00. Paintings and photos of Sergo Parajanov were exhibited, and started at the painter's monument. The event was organized with support from the Ministry of Culture.

Direct flights to be performed between Tbilisi and Tallinn

Direct air flights are going to be performed between Tbilisi and Tallinn. A special agreement has been signed by the Georgian Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and his Estonian counterpart.

As reported, Georgia and Estonia also intend to sign a memorandum for cooperation in the subject of roads.

During an official visit to Tallinn, Ramaz Nikolaishvili also discussed with his Estonian counterpart a new joint project for the training of representatives in regional municipal offices and administrative positions in Georgia.
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Raids to Detect Illegal Immigrants in Moscow

Employees of the Russian Federal Immigration Service detained more than 200 illegal immigrants in Moscow during their raids – agency Interfax reports.

The Federal Service spokesperson Zalina Kornikova said that the agency not only checks houses, but conducts raids in the streets and metro stations as well.

She informed that 200 people were detained during the Christmas holidays.

It is not known whether or not Georgian citizens are among the detained.

CNN reports on Georgia`s New Year celebrations

Georgian journalist David Nikuradze, a reporter from the Courier news program of Rustavi 2 Broadcasting Company, reported how Georgia celebrated the coming of 2011 exclusively for CNN. The special report was broadcasted on CNN World View.

Host of CNN World View Guillermo Arduino said during the show that in Georgia, Soviet traditions have been replaced by European traditions.

While introducing the report, the host compared the New Year gala concert performed in the seaside town of Batumi to the shows performed in Moscow. He said post Soviet Georgia, which has been heading towards a more Western orientation, celebrated the New Year in a European way.
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