Armenian IT security experts consider the hacking of websites supporting the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by Turkish hackers earlier this week to be an act of hooliganism that has since been resolved.
On February 1, the Turkish Dogan news agency released information, saying that Turkish hackers had started a struggle against the international recognition process of the Genocide, and that they had hacked more than 6,000 websites in different countries of the world.
According to UN forecasts, in 2050, Armenia’s population will be 2.3-2.5 million, down some 800,000 from the official count. It is believed that, in fact, the real population of Armenia is about 2.3-2.5 million presently, meaning no growth is expected over the next three decades.
Influencing the condition is a reluctance by couples to have multiple-children families, as 46 percent of adults who responded to a UN poll said they do not plan to have more than one child, because they hope to leave the country.
The number of Armenian users of the Facebook social network has increased by 20,000 since November, totaling 120,000, and according to Information Technology specialist and blogger Artur Papyan, has doubled in the past six months.
The blogger believes that the rapid growth in the number of Armenian users of Facebook, which creates an atmosphere and trends in the worldwide web, is a positive phenomenon.
An Armenian economist and member of the political opposition insists that a rise in gas price is inevitable, while an authority representative does not state any concrete period for the rise in the blue fuel price.
Bagrat Asatryan, former Chairman of the Central Bank of Armenia, representative of the Armenian National Congress (ANC), at a press conference last week told journalists, that the speculations that Armenia buys gas from Russia at a price lower than the market price, are not true.
The year of 2011 started with surprises for people who are engaged in street trade. After the holidays when they wanted to restart their businesses, they learned the street trade is prohibited according to a decision of the new mayor. Mayor Karen Karapetian ordered the ban shortly after taking office a month ago and police clearing sidewalks of people selling different goods- from newspapers to agricultural products.
The vendors, who may lose their only source of income organized protests against the decision; armed with posters (saying “Mayor, people haven’t chosen you!” “Do not deprive us from our bread!” etc.), they held pickets at the mayor’s office for several days.
More young families will be able to take mortgage loans on affordable terms this year due to a program approved by the Government at its Thursday meeting.
The government has allocated 20 million drams (about $55,000) to the Finance Ministry to co-finance the interest rates of the loans issued under the “Affordable Housing for Young Household” state program in the first quarter of 2011.
A Chinese company invested $24 million in Armenian iron mining industry, the London Stock Exchange announced last week. Oil and gas supply company Fortune Oil has bought a 35% stake in Armenian iron ore miner Bounty Resources Armenia which controls three iron mines with probable reserves of 1,832 million tons.
According to the release by Fortune Oil, the company showed interest in this area to fulfill its new strategy adopted in November to actively pursue overseas investment opportunities related to the demand for energy and resources in China.
The rise in gas tariffs starting from next year worries many Armenian residents, and while in rural communities people can replace the blue fuel with wood, in urban areas, and especially in Yerevan, people don’t have that choice.
Concerns have started since summer, when deputy chairman of Gazprom Andrey Kruglov stated that gas will cost $330-$350 per thousand cubic meters from 2011, an increase of $170.