Members of the family of 18-year-old conscript Hayk Khachatryan, who served only six months in the army and died of chickenpox disease complication two weeks ago have vowed to avenge his death by seeking punishment of army officers who the family says are responsible.
The Special Investigation Service of Armenia reports that during the recent two years books worth tens of thousand dollars have been stolen from the National Library of Armenia and the library of Yerevan State University (YSU).
Residents of southern villages of Armenia are concerned about the recent high temperature registered in Armenia, because they worry that trees may blossom, and later the cold weather may damage this year’s crop.
Winter holidays are prolonged for an additional week at the expense of spring holidays in more than 500 schools in Armenia, because even though there are heating systems in schools, classrooms are not suitably warm.
While Armenia’s economy showed some signs of improvement as compared to 2010, including in terms of restoring agricultural output and growth in the industrial sector, the outgoing year has also been marked by inflation pressures, with ordinary people mostly unsatisfied with the economic situation because of rising food prices.
The government efforts in the departing year to improve road traffic and passenger transportation are not unanimously defined as satisfactory, however are qualified by many as helpful in terms of reforms in the field.
Summing up the departing year the state official in charge of sports and youth affairs stated that while young people in Armenia are in search of their place and mission in life, the State is planning the development of a new strategy in its youth policy.
Yerevan city authorities have started the New Year preparations including through giving instructions to owners of shops and offices, which are located near the central streets of Yerevan, that they keep the “holiday image” of the capital city.
Renowned French-Armenian chanson singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour has reportedly denied describing the current situation in Armenia as “internal genocide” and blaming the Armenian government for it as was quoted by a Russian website recently.