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Zhoghovurd: Armenia names member to EEU board

October 17, 2014 Armenia, Asia No Comments
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A former deputy minister of economy is going to represent Armenia at the Eurasian Economic Union’s (EEU) commission board, the paper has learned.
Karine Minasyan, who stepped down in June (a month after PM Hovik Abrahamyan appointment to office) to be appointed an advisor to the president will thus be one of the Armenian members at the commission.
Citing an appendix to Armenia’s EEU accession treaty, the paper notes that the country is to have three representatives in the board. 

Source: TertOriginial Article

World’s thinnest iPad: Apple unveils 0.2inch thick iPad Air 2 and retina iMac

October 17, 2014 Armenia, Technology No Comments
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Apple has unveiled a new ultrathin version of its iPad Air which the firm claims is the world’s thinnest tablet at 6.1mm, the Daily Mail reports.
It also revealed its Apple Pay system to turn the iPhone 6 into a credit card will launch on Monday.
The firm also unveiled a new iMac with the worlds highest resolution screen, and announced a new version of its Mac OS software, called Yosemite, will be made available for free today.
However, in an unusual gaffe, the firm leaked details of its two new iPads – the iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2 – in an iOS 8.1 iPad user guide for iBooks on iTunes hours before the event.”It’s been an incredible year … but we’ve got a few more things to share with you,’ said Cook.
“The iPad is a simple and magical device, but while it has been beautifully simple on the outside, it has advanced technology jam packed on the inside,” he said.
“We have sold over 225 million iPads around the world,” Cook revealed, before announcing the iPad Air 2, which the firm claims isthe world’s thinnest tablet at 6.1mm thick.
It has a new chip, the A8X, 64-bit Processor – a new generation chip that is like the one in the iPhone 6 which is 40 per cent faster.
The gadget has a ten hour battery life, and a laminated screen with an anti-reflective coating, reduces reflections by 56 per cent. 
Read more on the Daily Mail website.

Polish Defense Firm Inaugurates Joint Venture In Armenia


In a further boost to Polish-Armenian military cooperation, the Armenian Defense Ministry and a Polish defense company inaugurated on Thursday a joint venture in Armenia manufacturing protective equipment for armed forces.

The Lubawa-Armenia enterprise was officially launched in Charentsavan, a small town 40 kilometers north of Yerevan, in the presence of Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian, his former Polish counterpart Bodgan Klich and senior defense industry executives from the two states.


Armenia – Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian inspects a flak jacket manufactured by a Polish-Armenian joint venture in Charentsavan, 16Oct2014.

The company will use the technology and expertise of Poland’s Lubawa SA group to produce a range of protective gear such as army helmets, flak jackets, big and inflatable tents, camouflage netting and decoys. Ohanian was reported to say that these items will be supplied to the armed forces of not only Armenia but also other nations, possibly including members of the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union.

Police Warn Opposition Over Next Rally

October 17, 2014 Armenia No Comments
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The Armenian police on Thursday warned the country’s leading opposition parties not to disrupt “public order” at their next anti-government rally in Yerevan scheduled for October 24.

General Hunan Poghosian, the deputy chief of the national police service, said security forces are ready to take “unplanned” actions against participants of the protest organized by the Prosperous Armenia (BHK), Armenian National Congress (HAK) and Zharangutyun parties. “Everyone must bear in mind that the organizers of the rally bear even more responsibility than the police,” he told journalists.

The three opposition parties will hold the demonstration two weeks after demanding that President Serzh Sarkisian agree to a “handover of power” or face sustained street protests. Their leaders have promised to present supporters with a clearer plan of anti-government actions on October 24. It is not yet clear, though, whether they are ready to stage nonstop rallies in the capital.

Many Armenians On Russian Immigration Blacklist

October 17, 2014 Armenia, Asia, Top News No Comments

As many as 30,000 Armenian citizens have been banned this year from reentering Russian for allegedly violating Russian immigration rules, according to a senior Armenian government official.

Gagik Yeganian, the head of Armenia’s State Migration Service, said on Thursday that they have been blacklisted by Russian authorities after a recent toughening of residency requirements for foreigners working in Russia.

The Russian government eased this summer some of those rules for Armenian nationals because of Armenia’s impending accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). But in Yeganian’s words, it has so far declined to let the vast majority of blacklisted Armenians, many of them migrant workers, back into the country.

Bag a Wolf and Receive $244 Per Hide

October 16, 2014 Armenia No Comments
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11:21, October 16, 2014

Hunters who have ‘bagged’ a wolf under a $49,00 Armenian government culling program, ostensibly to maintain an healthy ecological balance of the wolf population, can now take the hides to the National Academy of Science’s Scientific Center of Zoology and Hydroecology  in Yerevan every Thursday from 2pm to 6pm.

The program envisages the culling of 200 wolves.

Each hide will bring 100,000 AMD ($244).

Source: HetqOriginial Article

Armenian team to join 2014 Youth World Boxing Championship

October 16, 2014 Armenia, Sports No Comments
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Nine Armenian sportsmen will represent the country at the Youth World Boxing Championship set to take place in Zagreb, Croatia from 17 to 26 October.
The team, led by chief coach Vazgen Badalyan, will include Alen Danielyan (w/c 49), David Asatryan (52 kg), Spartak Tamaryan (56 kg), Zhora Hamazaryan (60 kg), Ararat Gyulbazyan (64kg), Tigran Melkonyan (69 kg), Armen Minasyan, Armen Minasyan (75 kg), Seryozha Hakobyan (91 kg) and Gnel Muradyan (superweight), the Boxing Federation of Armenia says in a press release.
The team’s coaches and the Federation’s leadership have this time decided to grant a rest period the youth and junior bronze medal winner, Narek Manasyan (81 kg). 

Source: TertOriginial Article

School students distinguished at presentation of 2014 Presidential Annual Educational Award

October 16, 2014 Armenia, Diaspora No Comments
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At the presentation of the 2014 Annual Educational Award of the President of the Republic of Armenia in IT Sphere, Dr. Hovik Musayelyan is the Director of Synopsys Armenia CJSC, told reporters that school students have been distinguished this year.“The last three years have seen this tendency, the commission has conducted research and our monitoring has shown a number of reasons for that. The first reason is the senior school, which enabled the students to gain comprehensive knowledge. The second reason is that many of the school students have decided on their profession this year, natural sciences, which is in harmony with the logic of this competition,” Mr Musayelyan said.Students are gaining more and more knowledge at senior schools.“If a senior school started working two or three years ago, we are happy to see our mature students. I understand the latest criticism against senior schools, but we have our own monitoring and we suppose they play a positive role,” Mr Musayelyan added. 

Armenian Deputy PM Resigns

October 16, 2014 Armenia, Business, Top News No Comments

Armenia’s Deputy Prime Minister Armen Gevorgian, who was once the top aide to former President Robert Kocharian, stepped down on Thursday for reasons that were not immediately clear.

His resignation was formally announced and accepted at a weekly meeting of Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian’s cabinet.  

“Mr. Gevorgian wants to continue his work in the private sector and will cooperate with our government later on,” Abrahamian told cabinet members. “I want to thank him for the joint work and wish Mr. Gevorgian success.”

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John Balian’s “Novel Approach” Brings the Armenian Saga to the Masses – An interview with John Balian by Lucine Kasbarian

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Armenians often wish for a tale about the Armenian Genocide and its aftermath that would make a blockbuster film and draw attention to their cause. John Balian’s new book, Gray Wolves and White Doves (CreateSpace/Amazon.com), may be that tale.

 Largely autobiographical, this atmospheric novel is presented through the eyes of an innocent young boy trying to make sense of the world as he grows up amid repressive conditions in Western Armenia/Eastern Turkey during the 1960s and 70s.

 This fast-paced, multi-layered narrative takes readers from Hanna Ibelin’s (a.k.a. Jonah Ibelinian’s) close-knit family life in the perilous Asia Minor region of Palu to terror and tragedy while en route to Syria’s Kamishli, to a bleak existence on the mean streets of Istanbul.

New Children’s Picture Book From Armenian Folklore

Teaneck, N.J. and Belmont, Mass. –  An Armenian folktale retold by Armenian-American writer Lucine Kasbarian and illustrated by Moscow-based artist Maria Zaikina debuts with Marshall Cavendish Children’s Publishers in April 2011.

The Greedy Sparrow: An Armenian Tale is from the ancient Armenian oral tradition and culture, which was nearly obliterated during the Turkish genocide of the Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks in 1915. The author learned the tale from her father, editor and columnist C.K. Garabed, who would recite it to her at bedtime. He had learned it from his own grandmother, a celebrated storyteller from the Old Country.  The tale was first put to paper by Armenian poet Hovhannes Toumanian at the turn of the 20th century.

“We Need To Lift The Armenian Taboo”

Turkish writer and publicist Ahmet Insel labels the initiative of the Turkish Nationalist Movement Party to pray namaz on the ruins of Ani as provocation.

In an interview with “A1+,” the publicist said the initiative was supported only by a small percentage of Turks.

“They offered namaz in Ani in protest against Christian rites carried out in Trabzon and Akhtamar. The leader of the Nationalist Movement Party, Devlet Bahceli said if Christians are allowed to pray inside museums, similarly he can pray namaz in Armenian churches,” said Ahmet Insel.

The Turkish writer arrived in Armenia to participate in a book festival. Presentation of Armenian version of Dialogue sur le tabou arménien (Dialogue about the Armenian Tabou) co-authored by Ahmet Insel and Michel Marian was held during the festival.

US Media Discusses The Armenian Genocide

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA –  KFI 640, a popular news/talk radio station hosted by Bill Handel on September 23 aired a live interview with Michael Bobelian, the writer of a new book titled  Children of Armenia: A Forgotten Genocide and the Century-long Struggle for Justice

The book chronicles the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, and recounts a people’s struggle for justice in the face of a century of silence and denial.

During the interview, which was aired during the prime morning time slot, Bill Handel addressed both the efforts within the United States to ensure that the US government appropriately acknowledges the Armenian Genocide and Turkey’s ongoing denial.

Handel, a well known and nationally syndicated radio talk show host, has discussed the Armenian Genocide during past shows.

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Yerevan Calling: A Weekly Roundup of Random Musings from Armenia

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13:05, October 3, 2014

Here it is dear readers, the debut of a weekly column I hope to maintain on a regular basis.

It’s sort of a catch-all of news snippets, irreverent commentary, and personal observations on what’s happened during the week here in Yerevan, and throughout Armenia.. Hopefully, you’ll find it interesting, if not slightly diverting.

Your comments and suggestions are welcomed.

Regards – Hrant

Oct. 2 – Protests Throughout Armenia: A Game of Numbers & Solidarity

Three separate protest rallies took place in Armenia today.

As Hetq reported earlier, business owners in the town of Sevan kept their stores and factories shut to protest changes to the so-called volume (sales) tax. Local residents flocked to the bread factory to wait on line for a loaf or two.

China: President Takes Action Against High Ranking Corrupt Officials

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21:31, July 30, 2014

Zhou Yongkang, one of China’s most powerful former leaders, is under investigation in the highest-level corruption inquiry since the Communist Party came into power in 1949.

Under current president Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign, the party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection is investigating Zhou for “serious disciplinary violations,” as the officialXinhua news agency reports. Media has not yet, however, specified the allegations against him.

The probe is an attempt to show the length to which Xi and the party will go in order to combat abuse of power reportsThe Wall Street Journal. 

A commentary published in the officialPeoples Daily makes the point that regardless of  an official’s rank or supporters, punishment will result for violating laws or the party’s discipline. 

Armenian Gangs: Caught between an Archetype and a Cliché

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19:15, July 12, 2014

By Marineh Khachadour

“The whole thing started with a scene straight out of a mobster movie. It was around 6 p.m. when more than a dozen men from two organized crime groups opened fire on each other in a North Hollywood parking lot. Witnesses say nearly everyone was armed, and the shootout quickly went mobile. The men took off in cars, exchanging fire as they weaved through the Whitsett Avenue traffic.”

Stories such as this are not unique to Armenians in the American press, but this investigative report recently published in the LA Weekly is about Armenian Power, the Los Angeles based Armenian gang that operates in the heavily Armenian populated communities of Glendale, Burbank, and North Hollywood.

Want to Write for Hetq?

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10:24, March 14, 2014

I’m looking for freelancers who can broaden the scope of Hetq’s English edition

Arts & Culture, Commentary, Politics, Civil Society, Interviews…

Anything interesting happening in your local community you’d like to share?

Write to me with your ideas and story suggestions.

Hrant at hg.hetq@gmail.com

Source: HetqOriginial Article

For Better or For Worse: Nature Protection Ministry Proposes Amendments to Water Use Laws

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16:44, February 14, 2014

With the goal of providing a systematic solution to issues of effective use of water resources in Ararat valley, the Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia (RA) is proposing amendments and additions to the RA Water Code, and the RA laws on the Republic of Armenia’s National Water Program, on Licensing, and on State Tax.

The proposed legislative package has been sent to the relevant state agencies for their input.

Head of the Ministry of Nature Protection’s Water Resources Management Agency Volodya Narimanyan told Hetq, said that with this amendment package his ministry is attempting to clarify the ideas and the ambiguous commentary, as well as introduce new requirements. For example, one of the main points of the proposed amendments is if water use permit conditions are not met, the water use permit might be annulled.