Holiday season fever that began in the shops and streets of Yerevan more than a month before Armenia’s biggest celebration, New Year, has led Yerevanians to hurry up with their New Year shopping in anticipation of prices going multiple times higher.
Shops have already decorated their windows and showcases with New Year decorations and toys, snowflakes and small and big New Year trees, offering holiday season discounts advertised with big red-letter “Welcome Here” signs.
A low level of tolerance in society is a major obstacle to the prevention of HIV/AIDS as people in vulnerable groups feel the fear of becoming ostracized, according to nongovernmental organizations dealing with related issues.
December 1 is observed as World AIDS Day. A number of NGOs engaged in preventing the spread of the disease in Armenia are planning a march in Yerevan today “to break the indifference and discrimination” towards people living with HIV/AIDS.
A leading international lending institution positively assesses the “anti-crisis” action of the Armenian government, but points out that different wrong steps and approaches had made possible a drastic decline of the economy in 2009.
Talking to media on Thursday International Monetary Fund (IMF) resident representative in Yerevan Nienke Oomes presented the fund’s forecasts for the region for 2010 and said that they expect Armenia to end 2009 with a 15.5 percent economic decline.
According to the Ministry of Health of Armenia, the number of people infected with H1N1, (commonly known as swine flue) in Armenia has reached 15, but officials insist there is no cause for panic and there is no epidemic in the country.
As Shushan Hunanyan, assistant to the Minister of Health of Armenia, told ArmeniaNow, currently eight people are undergoing a course of medical treatment at the Nork Infection hospital in Yerevan.
The State Commission on Protection of Economic Competition of Armenia has stepped up measures to prevent price gouging connected with anti-virus medicines and in anticipation of the coming holiday season.
On Tuesday (November 17) the Commission unanimously made three decisions at its recurrent session (two of which refer to the medicines market). First it has started to monitor the prices of 20 trademarks for anti-virus medicines, cardiovascular and diabetics’ medicines, which rose in October-November.
A campaign promoting the consumption of goods of Armenian make has inadvertently questioned the current territorial integrity of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) by depicting it within its former Soviet borders on promo billboards in Yerevan.
Such billboards that appeared in Yerevan streets this week as part of the “Let’s Buy Armenian” campaign, present a map on which NKR is shown within the borders of the Nagorno-Karabakh autonomous region (NKAR) that existed as part of Soviet Azerbaijan until it broke free of Baku’s control with the collapse of the USSR.
The people of Armenia need to revisit their values and authorities need to change the manner in which they act to ensure the country succeeds in its aspirations to become a full member of the European family, according to participants in a Wednesday discussion in Yerevan on prospects of Armenia’s Euro-integration policy.
The draft 2010 state budget that the opposition has already branded as “a budget of resignation” reduces spending in different sectors of the economy, which, however, does not discourage the ministers in charge of these spheres.
Next year’s budget calls for an expenditure of a total of 859 billion drams (about $2.23 billion), which is by 75 billion drams (about $195 million) less than the budget revenue pattern that had been planned for the current year and by 21 billion drams (about $55 million) less than this year’s planned budgetary expenditure.
No matter how high the level of Lake Sevan rises it won’t signify any progress unless its water is clean, believes a specialist who has dealt with problems of Armenia’s largest body of fresh water for 25 years now.
Since November last year the level of Lake Sevan has risen by 45 centimeters, however considering evaporation and other circumstances, the overall rise in 2009 is expected to make 31 centimeters.
Armenian citizens, foreigners and journalists will soon be able to get information from state and public institutions much more easily due to an amendments package to the ‘Law on Freedom of Information’ that Armenian lawmakers are expected to adopt.
The Yerevan office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) ‘Freedom of Information Center’ NGO (non-governmental organization), MP Victor Dallakyan, along with the Ministry of Justice of Armenia jointly drafted a bill on making amendments in the law adopted in 2003.