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End of Karabakh War opens up new infrastructure opportunities for S.Caucasus – opinion

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The end of the Second Karabakh War has opened up new infrastructure opportunities for the South Caucasus, Fuad Chiragov, an analyst based in Azerbaijan wrote in an article to The Jamestown Foundation, Trend reports.

Chiragov noted that while for most of the nations of the world 2020 will go down in history for the challenges they experienced stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, for Azerbaijan the previous year was the most dynamic and remarkable since gaining independence in 1991.

He added that the importance and consequences of the past year’s events will reverberate not just for Azerbaijan but also the future geopolitics of the region.

“The war and economic problems associated with the coronavirus crisis certainly tested the sustainability and resilience of Azerbaijan’s political system. Yet as President Aliyev noted recently, during 2020 Azerbaijani GDP declined by only 4 percent, while the non-oil sector actually increased by 11 percent; even the value of revenues to the State Oil Fund increased by 0.5 percent despite huge costs associated with social expenditures for pandemic mitigation and the war,” the author said.

He added that according to the trilateral ceasefire agreement, all economic and transport links between Azerbaijan and Armenia and in the region shall be unblocked after having sat unused for 30 years.

“Since the conclusion of the fighting, Azerbaijani and regional officials, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, have offered an alternative future for the South Caucasus and even invited Armenia to join regional projects from which it had been isolated for decades. Prospects thus exist going forward that if Yerevan acquiesces to such entreaties, the former belligerents can win the peace together,” Chiragov noted.

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Netflix produces film in Azerbaijan

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Netflix Asia has released a trailer of "Layla Majnun" film.

"Layla Majnun" is the first Netflix project filmed in Azerbaijan. The film is inspired by the legendary poem of Azerbaijan's great poet and thinker Nizami Ganjavi. The Indonesian film will be premiere on February 11.

While in Azerbaijan, Layla, an Indonesian scholar, falls for Samir, an admirer of her work, but her arranged marriage stands in the way.

"Layla Majnun" was filmed by Monty Tiwa. The cast includes Acha Septriasa and Reza Rahadian.

Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with over 195 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without adverts or commitments.

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National wrestler wins Grand Prix in France

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Azerbaijani wrestler has won Henri Deglane Grand Prix. Islam Abbasov (87 kg) defeated his opponents from Georgia, Turkey, Netherlands and USA.

National Greco-Roman wrestling team took the second place at the competition.

In addition to the gold medal, the national team grabbed three silver medals, one of which was won by the team's debutant, Russian legionnaire Murad Lokyayev (97 kg).

The second silver medal came from Rafig Huseynov (82 kg). Another silver medal was won by Murad Mammadov (60 kg), while Sabah Shariati (130 kg) brought the team the fourth silver medal.

Murad Bazarov (60 kg), Islambek Dadov (67 kg), Sanan Suleymanov (77 kg) won bronze medals.

The national wrestling team won a total of eight awards and took second place in the medal standings.

Wrestling remains the most popular sport in the county and is overseen by the National Wrestling Federation, which was established in 1993.

The Rio Games opened a new page in wrestling for Azerbaijan. The country became one of only two nations ever to increase the number of medals achieved in five consecutive Games.

In 2020, Azerbaijani freestyle wrestlers finished third in the overall medal table of the Individual World Cup in Serbia.

National wrestlers won two medals, including silver and bronze. Russia topped the medal table followed by Turkey.

The national team also won five medals at Grand Prix Moscow held in Russia.

National wrestlers Shamil Zubairov (97 kg) left no chances to all his rivals, Islam Bazarganov (57 kg) and Davud Ibrahimov (65 kg) won silver medals. Gitinomahammad Hajiyev (74 kg) and Osman Nurmahammadov (86 kg) finished third in the Grand Prix. Thus, the national team won 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals in the tournament.

Moreover, Azerbaijan Wrestling Federation (AWF) held a webinar for international and national judges.

The virtual meeting covered decisions to be made in freestyle wrestling, attack and counter-attack in Greco-Roman wrestling and other disciplines.

The judges also discussed some wrestling techniques and tricks used at last tournaments.

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Azerbaijan discloses main principles of vaccination against COVID-19

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The main principles of vaccination against COVID-19 have been announced in Azerbaijan, Teymur Musayev, head of the department of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Health said, Trend reports on Jan. 17.

“Among them are the principles of voluntariness, safety, transparency, phasing, justice, responsibility, cooperation,” head of the department added.

“At the initial stage, medical workers, people older 65, representatives of law enforcement agencies involved in anti-epidemic activity will be vaccinated,” Musayev said.

"Those who are at high risk from a medical point of view; people with chronic diseases of the respiratory system; those undergoing hemodialysis procedure; those having diabetes, obesity; people with at least one chronic disease aged 50 and older; people working in the education sector and social sphere; people permanently living in social institutions; employees having direct contact with the population working in ASAN and DOST service centers, the public transport sector, the banking sector, the telecommunications sector, as well as people working in high-risk conditions (ensuring national and regional security, etc.) will be also vaccinated," Musayev said.

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