| 16.07.10 | 16:25
Armenian environmentalists constantly voice their concerns over Lake Sevan’ bogging up; in recent years the level of the lake has been raising, and now reaches 1,901 meters, as a result of which hundreds of legal and illegal constructions, artificial forests around Lake Sevan, highways and even gas pipelines are under water.
The green mass now submerged does not decay rapidly, and according to environmentalist Karine Danielyan, the lake may not manage to overcome the danger of pollution and bogging up through self-cleaning.
| 15.07.10 | 12:01
These hot summer days pass quickly for more than a hundred Diaspora-Armenian youths who are visiting Armenia as part of a Diaspora Ministry program and have an opportunity to learn more things about their Homeland and its culture every day.
The Ministry launched the Ari Tun (Come Home) program in June 2010, for a period of six months, during which Armenian families will host teenagers and young people, aged 13-20, from different Diaspora communities.
| 14.07.10 | 15:43
The main reasons of divorces in Armenia according to psychologist Seyran Amiryan are the reshuffling of roles of spouses in families during recent years, social problems, and change of domestic life. He adds that the critical stage for married couples is considered to be the first five years of their marriage.
“After overcoming the first five years [of marriage], people get divorced quite seldom, during that period children are born, spouses get used to each others’ habits,” says Amiryan.
| 14.07.10 | 15:08
Armenia’s Criminal Court of Appeal on Tuesday dismissed the actions of the legal successors of Tigran Khachatryan, Armen Farmanyan and Gor Kloyan, killed in the March 1, 2008 post-election clashes after being hit by tear gas capsules presumably fired by riot police. The victims’ parents appealed the verdict by the Kentron and Nork-Marash Court of General Jurisdiction, which a month ago dismissed the victims’ actions, according to which they accused the Special Investigation Service of inappropriate investigation of the murder circumstances.
The judicial process was launched on April 16, however, from the very beginning the victims’ parents were sure that all the judicial instances of the Republic of Armenia would dismiss their actions.
| 13.07.10 | 15:46
Specialists say the number of deaths on the roads has considerably decreased during one year after Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan last August ordered the enforcement of the seatbelt wearing rule for motorists.
According to the data presented by Colonel Norik Sargsyan, Head of the Road Patrol Service Department at Armenia’s Road Police, in the past six months alone, the number of road accident deaths has decreased by 35 as compared to the corresponding period of 2009, while the number of those injured has decreased by 65.
| 13.07.10 | 15:24
Environmentalist Karine Danielyan, who heads the “For Sustainable Human Development” NGO, thinks that on the example of Yerevan one can learn how not to implement urban construction. According to Danielyan, “Armenian oligarchs build where they want, without considering any environmental norm.”
The environmentalist remembers the Yerevan master plan of the Soviet times “when the environmental science was not so much developed”, but all master plans had ecological directions.
| 09.07.10 | 18:07
Four Armenian babies who might have been blind in a matter of weeks, now have chance at a normal life due to the humanity of some foreign doctors, the dedication of local ones, and to benefactors who may never know the life-changing impact of their benevolence.
The infants’ good fortune has come by chance or by providence, but surely is the result of good timing and good intentions.
Last week, the Armenian Eye Care Project made one of its semi-annual missions to Armenia, following a schedule established since the project was founded by California ophthalmologist Roger Ohanesian in 1992.
| 09.07.10 | 11:08
Residents of Armenia, especially the lowland Ararat valley have felt the whole power of the sun on their skin in the past week or so and meteorologists say they are likely to experience more hot weather in the coming several days.
According to the Armenian State Meteorological Service, air temperature in capital Yerevan will reach 39 degrees Celsius (102F) this coming weekend, and some weather forecast websites put that indication at 41 degrees (105F).
| 08.07.10 | 10:31
The head of an Armenian consumer rights protection organization has hailed the recent initiatives of Yerevan’s municipality to deal with a number of public service spheres which he says will assure the right of city residents as consumers.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Head of the Union of Consumers NGO Armen Poghosyan welcomed recent measures of the mayor’s office to deal with street trade, which becomes a public health concern especially in conditions of hot summer days like during this July. In particular, street trade has been completely removed from near one of major squares in Yerevan, Garegin Njdeh.
| 07.07.10 | 15:26
The Human Rights Defender of Armenia (Ombudsman) presented an Ad-hoc Public Report on the restrictions on activities of mass media and journalists on Wednesday, July 7, saying that last year the number of those restrictions was 18.
“If we yearn for democracy as a political regime, then we should know that its ‘soul’ is the Constitution, as a legal regime; and freedom of expression completes that legal regime,” says Ombudsman Armen Harutyunyan, adding, that the (this) 10th Ad-hoc Public Report ‘Right to Freedom of Expression in the Republic of Armenia’, has no connection with United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Armenia.