According to the UNDP monitoring on social cohesion, people in Armenia are very united on the level of families, neighborhoods and communities; however, they use their togetherness only for settling their family issues or private problems, while outside their homes they lose the feeling of ownership.
The goal of a special creative center for teenage prison inmates is to let troubled youths become associated with art and crafts in an effort to rehabilitate, said the center’s initiators at an opening of an exhibition of works by offenders who were convicted and sentenced to prison terms before reaching age 18.
The event was held at the Folk Art Museum in Yerevan on October 26.
The solar energy on each square meter in Armenia, according to an expert assessment, is equal to one barrel of oil. This huge solar energy potential in the country can be utilized by using the solar photovoltaic (PV) technology. As long as there is sun, the PV energy is inexhaustible and is the best renewable natural energy resource. However, the cost of PV panels is high, and Armenia is not yet rich enough to benefit from this natural gift.
Economists in Armenia are divided into two camps as far as their assessments of next year’s state budget are concerned. They, in particular, disagree on whether the government will be able to meet the revenue target through the projected amount of tax collection. Still, experts are unanimous in their belief that the budget can be fulfilled if political will is present.
The government of Armenia believes the free trade zone to be created among the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) will promote Armenia’s export and economic development.
Within the framework of the visit to Saint Petersburg, Russia, Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and the delegation headed by him participated in the CIS member states’ session of heads of government and signed a free trade zone agreement with seven other CIS countries.
Leaders of eight Armenian news outlets have appealed to the Constitutional Court of Armenia demanding to declare articles on insult and slander anti-constitutional. (The increasing number of lawsuits against mass media representatives has become an issue of serious concerns ever since the decriminalization of these articles last year.)
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh may submit their projects to the Paros (Lighthouse) Foundation, which announced it will find funds for 100 of them, and they will be implemented before April 24, 2015.
Parliamentarians of factions representing the opposition wing of the National Assembly believe that serious legislative reforms are necessary to eliminate gifts of “charity” that in effect are campaign bribes.