Opposition members of the Yerevan Municipal Council are not happy with the location chosen for the installation of a statue to the great Armenian statesman, military leader and political thinker Garegin Njdeh.
The Refugee Integration through Education program has enabled 38 Syrian Armenians to get specialized in three professions – hairdressing, cooking, and tailor-designer. Twelve hairdressers and chefs are already employed, the training course for tailor-designers is still in progress.
It is already the second year that a helping hand will be extended to Syrian Armenian students who fled their country because of the conflict and found refuge in Armenia.
As the number of Syrian Armenian students arriving in Armenia continues to grow, the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) is taking measures to ensure that their education does not suffer as a result of their displacement.
The revival of the national identity of Armenians, who live in different Turkish cities and villages and have converted to Islam, is speeding up breaking taboos. The specialists of the field relate this to various political factors which enable these people to return to their own roots.
“By stealing from us you won’t raise the birth rate”, “Don’t steal my mum’s money, she works for me”, “Shame on you for filling the state budget from pregnant women’s pockets”. With these and other similar posters scores of women and activists again staged a protest on Monday, this time in front of the National Assembly building as hearings on the controversial draft legislation envisaging reduced maternity leave benefits were being held inside.
The bill about making changes to the law on ‘Temporary Unemployment Benefits discussed by the Armenian government caused another wave of discontent. Those against it believe that the bill violates the rights of working women.
The Parliament has passed the Law “On tax exemptions for entrepreneurship in border village communities” in the first hearing, with which they will try to boost economic activity in those communities and improve business environment by exempting people from the main taxes, as a result there will be recorded about 30 billion AMD (about $7.3 million) revenues loss of the state budget.
During the past two years Armenia has not used the earlier practice of moving the clocks back and forth in autumn and spring as part of the procedure known as “Daylight Saving Time” (DST). While some remain indifferent or are even happy about the constant time throughout the year, for others it may cause some problems in their social life and may even become a cause of stress.
The case of another bear breaking loose in a public surrounding has trigged a fresh debate about the keeping of wild animals in Armenia.
The incident took place in the resort town of Tsaghkadzor on Tuesday. Armenia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations received a call from a local restaurant complex. Due to a joint effort by rescuers and zoo workers the beast was caught and transported to a safe place.
Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier will pay an official visit to Armenia on Thursday at the invitation of his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian.
According to the Armenian MFA, the top German diplomat will be received by President Serzh Sargsyan.
Another unconstitutional law has been ratified, activists of a civil group opposed to the controversial pension reform claimed late last week after President Serzh Sargsyan signed the amended legislation on Friday.
In Armenia that lacks natural energy resources the government attaches great importance to renewable energy developing small Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP) system. This causes dissatisfaction and complaints of environmentalists and the public at large.