The appreciation of the Armenian national currency against the US dollar and other major foreign currencies since the beginning of December, according to analysts, is having a negative effect on the population depending on remittances and having main income sources calculated in dollars, while adding additional advantages to importers. Paradoxically, it is admittedly the result of a Catch 22 situation when the Holiday Season rush makes people exchange more, for less, as families stock for the long New Year celebration.
Armenia’s foreign minister has warned Turkey against using the language of preconditions in talking with Yerevan and in particular denounced Ankara’s continuing linkage of rapprochement with progress in the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Some university students in Armenia say it isn’t fair that primary school students get a flu break, when they don’t. (Classes for Grades 1-12 have been suspended till December 21, due to widespread influenza.)
Economists and political analysts see as a predicted move the decision by the Armenian Government to set up a joint venture with Russians tasked with building a new reactor that will replace the current technology at Armenia’s ageing nuclear station in Metsamor.
Unveiling the decision at a Cabinet meeting last week, Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan called it “political”.
Armenia's chief infection specialist Ara Asoyan’s appeared on Public Television over the weekend calling for the immediately closure of schools throughout Armenia as a precaution against the spread of seasonal flu.
The doctor’s call raised concern and some alarm among the public, and prompted health officials to meet today (December 7) to discuss the situation. A decision is expected to be reached Monday or Tuesday on whether it is necessary to close public schools.
You sleep for days inside what amounts to a metal box, eating dry and inadequate food prepared in the “kitchen” of a semi-cab of the vehicle you control over mind-numbing asphalt from village to town to city to country in an unending loop that is your life.
You are a long-haul truck driver and your community is Iran-Armenia-Georgia-Russia and not many could find this enjoyable. But some do. Others simply tolerate it. For a special breed, the nomadic pattern is even romantic, adventurous.
While things have started to change and it has become possible for people with disabilities to exercise some of their rights, there is still a multitude of problems – from intolerance in society to inattention of authorities – that need to be solved before life of disabled people gets essentially better in Armenia.
Civil society organizations dealing with issues of disabled people single out problems and concerns connected with their employment, use of transport, physical access to places, welfare and social security.