Although the work of the State Employment Service (SES) helped reduce official unemployment by one percent during the past year, representatives of the agency say there is a need for a state strategy to deal with unemployment in Armenia.
The government of Armenia has recently initiated some legislative changes that it hopes will, among other measures, ensure stronger discipline in the armed forces. The move is a response to the need to curb the rise of non-combat deaths in the ranks.
The Armenian currency has been slowly but steadily depreciating since last summer. Economic analysts say this fall against major world currencies may continue for some time, but they see nothing disturbing in this kind of trend for the economy of Armenia yet.
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.