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Wednesday, January 5
New Electricity Transmission Line between Georgia and Azerbaijan

A new 500 kilowatt electricity transmission line will be built between Georgia and Azerbaijan which will be utilized by the end of 2011. The statement was made by Georgiaís Energy Minister Alexander Khetaguri, 24 Hours reports. According to him, EnergoPro Georgia will construct an additional transmission line from Sarpi to Miuratli in Turkey this year. The 500 kilowatt transmission line has been under construction between Georgia and Turkey since 2009. It is scheduled to be completed next year.

The total project budget is 220 million Euros and it will be financed by preferential credits issued by the EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), German Banking Group - KFW and EIB (European Investment Bank).

MP Dimitri Lortkipanidze Reprimands Part of Georgian Media

Opposition MP Dimitri Lortkipandize reprimands part of the Georgian media for being irrelevant regarding the crackdown of the veteranís action on Hero's Square two days ago.

He expressed surprise over the fact that Georgian national TV networks covered developments in Russia and said nothing about the crackdown in the center of Tbilisi, 24 Hours reports.

"A 15-minute report was prepared about Boris Nemtsovís detention, while the detention of Georgian veterans was not mentioned at all. It is an unimaginable fact," the MP said.

Patrol police and criminal police cracked down on the veteran's action on Hero's Square two days ago. Several veterans were detained.

Part of the fighters for Georgian territorial integrity, including participants of the1992-1993 and 2008 wars started permanent protests on Hero's square on the 27th of December. Some veterans went on a hunger strike. They accuse the government of neglecting veterans and demand proper respect for people who most definitely deserve it from their country. Veterans had been planning to stop the hunger strike by the 6th of January.