It is believed that famous physicist Albert Einstein once said: “If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.”
It turns out that in Armenia there exists a problem connected with the decreasing number of bees and the amount of honey they produce. According to specialists, there exist several reasons for the reduction in the number of bees – diseases, chemicals, mobile communication, WiFi.
Discussions of amendments to the controversial law on funded pensions in parliament were taking place under “extraordinary” conditions this week. The opposition chose the tactics of scuttling the proceedings by trying to “kill” the quorum, and it managed to do so on several occasions. Still, the parliament majority on Friday looked set to have the amendments passed in the ballot.
This year applicants’ number to higher educational institutions has decreased by 2,500-3,000 compared to last year’s, standing at 12,000, according to Mher Melik-Bakhshyan, vice-rector of the Khachatur Abovyan Teachers Training University.
In its storied and 130-year historic past, the Afrikyans building was a place where Yerevan’s elite met to discuss matters of social significance. Today, the building is itself a matter of social discussions as citizens worried about old Yerevan’s fate are fighting to see the building saved.
Twenty-five years after the earthquake there are still temporary quarter districts in Gyumri, homelessness and poverty still hover in the city, and the government states that the housing program for sheltering 430 homeless families within 2014 is again delayed.
While citizens not wishing to remain in the new pension system continue submitting withdrawal applications to their employers, the government is already discussing the issue of introducing the so-called targeted social payments as a replacement of the current pension contributions. This payment will be a tax and in case of evading it people will face responsibility.
A Prosperous Armenia Party MP considers it unacceptable to have a 40 percent increase of electricity price in Armenia within a year, and says Armenia’s electricity company’s financial problems should not be solved by placing a burden on society and private businesses.
For many Syrian-Armenians and others, “Teryan Kebab” small Syrian cuisine has become a perfect meeting point which has turned into a small Aleppo with its flavors, music, cuisine and endless Aleppo stories which always come to an end in Yerevan.
Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan on Saturday hosted consultations devoted to the Law on Funded Pensions.
Representatives of the National Assembly’s ruling Republican Party, non-governing Prosperous Armenia Party and opposition Orinats Yerkir and ARF Dashnaktsutyun factions attended the meeting, the press service of the government reported.
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.