16:47 | September 16, 2018
Arman is the cornerstone of Naira's life. All her dreams are about her son. "I want to have a house and a job to take care of my son, so that people do not pity me," says Naira.
18:16 | September 13, 2018
Armenia’s Environmental Protection and Mining Inspectorate has launched a two-week investigation into the operations of the Zangezur Copper Molybdenum Combine (ZCMC) based in the southern town of Kajaran in Syunik Province.
16:40 | August 18, 2018
1,800 people live in Tavush, a village in Armenia’s Tavush Province. The village is only 10 km away from the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, but unlike some other Berd community villages regularly shelled by the enemy, it’s quiet here.
14:50 | August 14, 2018
Arsen Arzumanyan, a specialist in international studies and a diaspora researcher, who moved to Romania seven years ago, prefers provoking an interest towards the language rather than blaming people for not speaking it.
21:01 | June 20, 2018
Seventeen teachers and the principal of P.S.13, in the southern Armenian town of Kapan, have resigned from the Republican Party of Armenia since they agree with the position of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to depoliticize schools in Armenia.
20:15 | June 20, 2018
All ten members of the council present at today’s special session approved the motion to strip MP Grigoryan, arrested on charges of illegal arms possession and embezzlement, of the award he received in 2003.
00:02 | June 19, 2018
The Institute of Applied Problems of Physics (IAPP), a unit of Armenia’s National Academy of Sciences, faces a number of problems, but somehow manages to struggle on, staying true to its mission of innovation and discovery.
14:23 | June 18, 2018
22 boxes of food, medical supplies and clothes donated by a Gyumri scientific research institute in for Armenian troops on the frontline line turned up yesterday when National Security Service staffers inspected the summer resort home of MP Manvel Grigroyan.
00:05 | June 14, 2018
In the Soviet era, various factories operated in Yeghegnadzor, the provincial capital of Armenia’s Vayots Dzor Province, solving the issue of employment there. Now, only three factories remain.
18:36 | May 28, 2018
Chanting “We are the owners of our mine” and “We are the owners of the bowels of the earth”, striking miners of the Kapan Metallurgy Kombinat today marched on the Kapan Municipal Building and the Syunik Provincial Governor’s Office to press home their demand for a pay increase.
21:13 | May 26, 2018
One of the strikers, who wished to remain anonymous, telephoned Hetq saying that workers had raised the pay raise issue with company director Dmitry Ushkov months ago but to no avail.
00:56 | May 12, 2018
"Yes, I opened my eyes and asked what had happened to Nikol. Then they told me that Serzh Sargsyan had resigned, oh, that was such a joy", he says, and constantly asks us to pass his greetings to Nikol if we see him
19:39 | May 1, 2018
At today’s special parliamentary session slated to hold a vote electing Armenia’s next prime minister, Republic Party President Aram Sargsyan, a Yelk Faction MP, scolded his colleagues for speaking about everything under the sun except the country’s current political crisis.
19:25 | April 30, 2018
Pashinyan said that he did not have enough expertise at the moment to reply about Nairit Plant. As for economic losses caused by the movement, he replied that, on the contrary, this movement has accumulated a great potential for the essential and flexible development of the Armenian economy, including large investments from abroad.
18:37 | April 29, 2018
Around 580 settlements in Armenia have drinking water issues, according to the data of the RA State Water Committee. Some of them do not have drinking water at all, some use artesian or deep wells, some have springs, but there is no water supply network at all or it just doesn’t operate.
19:04 | April 28, 2018
At an anti-government rally in Vanadzor today protest leader Nikol Pashinyan said the decision of the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) not to nominate a candidate in the May 1 election for a new prime minister “isn't bad, but neither good”.
15:58 | April 26, 2018
While anti-government protest leader Nikol Pashinyan says he won’t accept any election for Armenia’s next prime minister that takes place while the Republican Party of Armenia remains in control of the parliament, voting for the next head of government is scheduled for May 1.
16:04 | April 7, 2018
“They built one hydro plant near us, and they took the water away via a pipe. I used to be able to net some fish and serve to guests. They’ve piped off the water. Where can I catch fish now? It’s the same with the mine. It’s all done in the name of personal gain,”
15:24 | March 27, 2018
“We have to participate in as many international projects as possible. We have to compete, in our own way, on the world stage regardless the amount of global technical investment.”
15:36 | March 26, 2018
Many will perhaps remember Ghazar Galoyan, who heads the Laboratory of Petrology and Isotope Research at Armenia’s Institute of Geological Sciences, for voicing his concerns about the state of science and the plight of scientists during the annual general session of the National Academy of Sciences four years ago.
00:12 | March 21, 2018
In 1960, at the height of the observatory’s Golden Age, a Schmidt-class 1m telescope was brought to Byurakan. An interesting historical side note is Adolf Hitler had presented the telescope to Mussolini as a gift. The aim was to establish an observatory in Italy. The project was never realized.
18:16 | March 8, 2018
The lowest poverty rate for children in Armenia during the period 2008-2016 was in 2008, when Sargsyan started his first term as president. Since then, it’s never been below 33%.
22:02 | March 1, 2018
The woman says that although she’s 47 years old, she must climb onto the roof every day to try to stop the rain from leaking down. However, covering the roof with materials at hand doesn’t seem to work anymore. The rain constantly drips from the ceiling. When the heater is on, the damp smell becomes intolerable.
14:16 | February 19, 2018
“I was hoping for another outcome, a just decision, but I knew it was impossible,” Gharibyan told Hetq. The diaspora Armenian vintner says he will take the matter to the Court of Cassation.
16:24 | February 8, 2018
Juliana says they are not against Gharibyan using the word "karas" when describing the way his wine is produced in amphora (karas) vessels, but the trademark shouldn’t confuse consumers.
15:54 | February 3, 2018
Avag Gabrielyan, who works at the Vayots Dzor Provincial Administration’s Department of Education, Culture and Sports, says that the government is aware of the problem and are searching for a French teacher for the school.
15:54 | February 1, 2018
Residents of Bardzruni village in Armenia’s Vayots Dzor Province say that they are known in the neighboring villages as "chatterboxes", and it won’t take long for us to make sure of it.
18:28 | December 29, 2017
“People in Gavar like to drink. I’ll tell you something. The secret why people don’t get drunk here, even after drinking a lot, is that they eat baklava with the vodka. The honey and butter stop the vodka from making one tipsy,” says Volodya Dadoyan, boasting that he has 100% Gavar roots.
00:16 | December 26, 2017
Khaneh has been knitting socks since she was twenty. She learnt the skill from her mother and neighbors. Neither she or her mother have ever sold the socks - they always gifted them.
23:47 | December 18, 2017
Children persuade her to get a Christmas tree. Nvard says no. Lilit says she didn’t want to have a Christmas tree this year, but her sister urged her not to disappoint the children.
21:26 | December 14, 2017
Aro tries to think only about good things before sleep. His advice to get a good night’s sleep is to close your eyes and dream of something that you don’t have but would love to. When asked about his own dreams, Aro says he dreams of his own children visiting him some day.
20:06 | December 12, 2017
While studying in London, Irina Ghaplanyan remembers the following memorable line uttered by one of her lecturers - “Remember that diplomacy happens between protocol and alcohol”.
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17:33 | December 10, 2017
I ask Mary what she wants from Santa Claus. The girl replies, dishes and such. Hripsimeh and Mourad want the ceiling to stop leaking. The boy adds that he’d like a phone, so that he can call his mom after class.
17:12 | November 24, 2017
Even the village school must purchase its water. A red pail full of water sits on a ping-pong table placed in the hall. The pupils tell me that they do not plan to leave Tlik, even if there’s no water supply.
15:59 | November 12, 2017
A few days ago, Hripsimeh and her son Artur, two months shy of his second birthday, were rescued by their neighbors. She was hanging the laundry on the balcony, when apart of the floor crushed, and they fell off, clutching the banister. Luckily, the neighbors heard her scream and came to their rescue.
14:54 | September 29, 2017
“A teacher must love the school experience and relate to the kids. The pupils loved me. While I was at home, during the summer vacation, my pupils would visit. We had a good group,” Hasmik says.
15:32 | September 26, 2017
The lack of adequate government support and the reluctance of some in the sciences to reinvent themselves and their institutions to meet a host of modern day challenges are a large part of the problem.
23:56 | September 20, 2017
41 families live in the building, and residents say none are economically secure. They get by working as cleaning attendants, scrubbing toilets and washing dishes. Some problems, however, are too big for them to handle on their own.
18:55 | September 16, 2017
The director says that when founding the pre-school, she wanted this one to be different from the Soviet- era kindergartens. For example, the children aren’t put to sleep at the pre-school, but, instead, they have time for rest. They eat in the cafeteria, and while they lunch, the rooms are ventilated.
17:52 | August 21, 2017
Rafik Babajanyan, a farmer in Zorakan, says the village is one of the most neglected in the country and that irrigation water has always been a problem. Residents, he says, are always complaining to local and state officials.
15:40 | August 20, 2017
"They say people don’t come back from two places - from the afterworld and from the U.S.," says winemaker Varouzhan Mouradyan. He returned to Armenia after living in the U.S. for twenty years. He left with his wife in 1991, and their four children were born in the United States.
18:10 | August 15, 2017
Levon says the main problem is the unpreparedness of Armenia’s government. It’s not about having or not having a firefighter plane, but rather about assessing the situation - what steps you take, what methods you use.
22:24 | June 26, 2017
Armen emphasizes that Kapan, being the regional center of Syunik province, is also the southeastern edge of European Christian civilization. The next advantage is having Armenia's largest forest areas located in Syunik. Here one can find the biggest difference between high and low points in Armenia.
22:43 | June 21, 2017
Healthy beehives usually have 60,000 to 70,000 bees. Volodya says the overall quantity of bees has dropped by 50% in the world because of different types of antenna signals affecting the bees and their ability to find their routes. According to the beekeeper, the first major negative change was felt in China.
21:34 | May 24, 2017
"Do you think that being separated from your land, your homeland,is a good thing? I am surprised to see them go… I don’t know why they leave... I don’t want to go anywhere else, Armenian water and land are native to me. Every stone holds me here. I haven’t been far away, but I’ve walked across this region, I know every corner, I know where to find rosehip, I know where Valeriana grows, or where I can find a lot of mushrooms," she wipes her eyes. So do we.
16:38 | April 21, 2017
I’ve arrived at the crumbling house of Shahen Abrahamyan in Ditak, a village in Armenia’s Ararat Province. The living room is warm and inviting. The family cat purrs next to the stove.
15:14 | November 9, 2016
The boy would only come home on the weekends, but now makes the trip more frequently due to his father’s ill health. “Misho works now, since I can’t,” says Sergei glancing at his son.
14:17 | November 2, 2016
During 2012-2015, 3,500 Syrian-Armenians filed petitions for employment with the ministry. In cooperation with the State Employment Service and 200 organization in Armenia, 2,500 were given jobs.
23:08 | October 7, 2016
In the past five years, according to Zarmig, the Armenian population of Aleppo has seen 200 dead and as many wounded. The editor says that most died while serving in the Syrian army and others while defending Armenian neighborhoods.
17:47 | July 2, 2016
The meeting in St. Petersburg was a disappointment in that little progress was made from the meeting of the co-chairs in Vienna on May 16. There was no mention of two significant measures promised in Vienna: a commitment to “resuming negotiations on a comprehensive settlement” and the creation of an “investigation mechanism” for violations of the ceasefire.
21:00 | June 13, 2016
As we talk, Artour is preparing nails for a horse’s hoof. There used to be some one hundred horses in the village, he says, now just a handful remain. “Today, they all have cars,” says Artour, who charges 3,000 drams ($6.4) to shoe a horse.
00:32 | June 1, 2016
“What’s kept you here for 44 years?” I ask Yura. He chuckles, saying that he had to learn some kind of a trade, either the hair business or shoe repair. His final decision, it turns out, wasn’t accidental. “My story comes from another place,” he tells me.
00:03 | May 3, 2016
First off, the philosophy of the Minsk Group regarding the settlement of the Karabakh-Azerbaijan conflict is based on the following important concept – nothing is agreed to if everything isn’t agreed to.
01:05 | February 8, 2016
MPs from four of the six factions in Armenia’s National Assembly responded to the following question: “What do you think about Yerevan’s current architectural profile? Can a new Yerevan be built by demolishing the old?”
00:41 | December 28, 2015
10 year-old Davit and I talk on the grounds of the animal farm. Sunlight hits his face. He closes one eye from the burst. Then, he looks at me and smiles. We descend from the dilapidated wall and he tells me – let’s go and ask my grandpa. The door to the security post opens without a screech. “Grandpa, hey grandpa, when’s my birthday?” asks David. “Hey boy, don’t you know?” is the response of the old man, his eyebrows scrunching and the lines on his forehead multiplying.
23:31 | December 21, 2015
The village was freezing but Samvel only wore a thin jacket. He said he was used to it. Samvel has no permanent job and sustains the family by gathering what he can from the local forest. “If it wasn’t for the forest, I don’t know what would become of us,” he says. Chickens run to and fro as we enter the yard of the house.
00:02 | November 18, 2015
On January 27 of this year, the Standing Committee on Health Care, Maternity and Childhood of Armenia’s National Assembly decided to postpone hearings on a bill regarding the enrichment of wheat flour to allow more public debate on the matter, given evidence that long-term exposure to folic acid may raise the risk of cancer.
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23:27 | October 26, 2015
We walk through a long narrow hallway where Mr. Alaverdyan lives. Shoushanik, his wife, cracks open the door. They have a confused look on their face. After all, we are total strangers. “Is this where Artur lives?” we ask. “We are reporters.” Shoushanik opens the door further.
15:18 | October 21, 2015
The blacksmith stirs the fire with an iron rod. “It’s torturous work. Sometimes I tell my wife to help out but she’s getting up in years as well. When I ask Rafik why he continues to slave away, his response is simple – “He, who loves to work, will work.”
01:37 | July 21, 2015
The Markosians say that their Nairian company will be the first to produce natural cosmetics in Armenia. They use only natural ingredients and do not add synthetic scents. The aromatic oils they use are derived from plants.
14:42 | May 20, 2015
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (ERBD) has provided a €3.5 million fifteen year loan to the Republic of Armenia for the construction of the first EU compliant regional landfill and relevant infrastructure in the country.
19:00 | May 12, 2015
On May 9, Armenia won the Venice Biennale 2015 Golden Lion award for Best National Participation. The pavilion curator for Armenia was Adelina Cuberyan von Furstenberg, who curated around the theme of “Armenity.” The chosen name wasn’t a random one—it comes from the French term Arménité, which is used by French-Armenian youth to portray the survivors of the Armenian Genocide.
17:07 | May 9, 2015
“I didn’t go for the money or to plunder. Nothing really happened to me. I went to defend my children,” he notes. When I asked what dreams he had at the time, he sighs and says, “All that should stay within us. We won and finished. But that should stay within us. We should have gone forward to shed blood. It was shed. We should have taken this too (pointing to Nakhijevan).”
16:15 | March 27, 2015
Many government offices are clients of Ghukasyan’s catering and lunch services. They include the Yerevan Municipality, the Prosecutor General’s Office, the RA Police, the Holy See of Etchmiadzin, the Central Bank of Armenia, the Republican Party, as well as various international organizations and companies, and foreign embassies.
13:40 | March 17, 2015
Armenia’s pavilion will be handed over to Armenian artists residing outside of Armenia, in a symbolic gesture to this year’s centennial of the 1915 Genocide. Adelina told Hetq that the post is a tremendous honor for her.
15:31 | February 4, 2015
By a vote of 75 to 1, Armenia’s parliament today passed a bill modifying the Circulation Tax law now on the books that has been opposed by many small business owners and has led to a number of recent street protests in Yerevan.
16:30 | November 12, 2014
Armen Parsadanyan, an environmental activist and president of the Kapan “Sustainable development” NGO, told Hetq today that he is ready to stage a one-man sit down strike to halt further mining in Syunik Province.
00:42 | November 11, 2014
After all that, when you see how the torrents wash away everything and left muck… And that slime took bodily form; a nose and a mouth. And if that wasn’t enough, these characters decided to show themselves and spout forth babble. The tragedy of this society rests in those individuals who are squeezed in everywhere with their bad Armenian, bad education; in a word semi-literate.
12:36 | October 1, 2014
During today’s vote in the Armenian National Assembly on the matter of sending an Armenian contingent to southern Lebanon as a member of UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon), the entire system crashed and the vote was postponed.
14:36 | September 4, 2014
There's no work in Sisian and life is hard, says Sisian resident Hovik Hovakimyan, whom Hetq staff came across by chance on the Yerevan-Sisian road while he was taking his sheep out to pasture.
18:19 | August 15, 2014
In an interview with Hetq, Mameh Amiryan, president of the Minjar Yezidi National Coalition of Armenia, said that as far as he knows no Yezidi from Iraq has sought refuge in Armenia and that he hasn’t heard from the Armenian government as to whether it would assist those seeking to resettle in the country.
14:44 | August 1, 2014
About 7 years after its nomination, the AXA SETTLEMENT FUND BOARD would like to report about its action towards the heirs of the Armenian insured victims of the genocide of 1915. The scope of this action had been defined in the Settlement Agreement concluded in November 2005 between AXA and the "CLASS COUNSEL" formed by the American lawyers, Mark GERAGOS, Brian KABATECK and Vartkes YEGHIAYAN (the Lawyers), then validated by the Court of the Central District of Los Angeles, on May 16th, 2006.
13:28 | July 7, 2014
Hergelian also writes for a number of international art magazines including Fine Art (New York), Luxe Immo (Monaco), and L.I. Art (Paris, NY, London, Moscow) under the pen-name Movses Dzirani. He owns the Noah’s Ark art gallery in Beirut and is a jury member exhibitions organized by Monaco Fine Arts.
15:28 | July 3, 2014
Boghossian stayed at the military unit till the end of the war; however, he returned to France three times during that time. He said he was forced to go as he had a residence permit in France and couldn't be out of the country for more than 3 months; otherwise, he'd lose his residency. But going to France was also an occasion to bring assistance from there: transceiver station antennas, batteries. Asked if he wasn't afraid of going to Artsakh from France to participate in the war, Boghossian says: "I was already used to war in Beirut; I wasn't afraid."
15:47 | June 25, 2014
After a corporate event was held on the site of the 7th century ruins of the Zvarnots Cathedral in Armenia on June 14, Hetq contacted Vahram Kajoyan, who serves as the Secretary General of the Armenian National Commission for UNESCO, for his reaction.
16:30 | June 24, 2014
Marine Avanesyan, public relations officer with the ministry's Service for the Protection of the Historical Environment and Cultural Museum Reservations SNCO, confirmed this news to Hetq over the phone, adding that a director will be appointed within three months.
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19:05 | May 19, 2014
Maran, a winery founded in 1991 but which dates back to the 1800s, produced the first wine in the Republic of Armenia after the country gained independence and recently received a bronze medal in the 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards for its Bagratuni dry red wine. Hetq paid a visit to Maran's premises and had a chance to speak with the founder and director Avag Harutyunyan.
12:28 | April 27, 2014
The first Armenian documentarian, Zabel Yesayan's Among the Ruins (1911) was published in Turkish a month ago after being translated by Istanbul-Armenian Kayuş Çalıkman Gavrilof.
16:30 | April 21, 2014
"My purpose is to be able to get to a level where the variety that's indigenous to Armenia will get the highest grade by international standards, and winemaking in Armenia will be able to secure its place on the map".
11:04 | April 8, 2014
Serzh Sargsyan is a failed state official and the time has come for him to think about retiring. That is if he can enjoy his retirement seeing the state he has plunged the nation into.
15:42 | April 7, 2014
A report recently released by two environmental activists in Armenia suggests that international mining companies are flocking to Armenia because the government is incredibly lax when it comes to levying environmental usage fees.
12:57 | March 25, 2014
When asked by this reporter what steps were being taken to investigate reoccurring accidents at the Zangezour Copper-Molybdenum Plant in Kajaran, Minister of the Environment Aram Harutyunyan responded that the ministry follows up on all types of mishaps and prosecutes those responsible.
12:23 | March 25, 2014
Environmental activists holding signs with inscriptions such as "Hands Off Armenia" and "You Mine, We Die" today disrupted an international conference under the rubric “Responsible Mining in Armenia: Opportunities and Challenges” held in the Armenia Marriott Hotel in Yerevan.
16:20 | March 24, 2014
In his address regarding a call for the establishment of an ad-hoc public transportation committee, Armenian National Congress (HAK) MP Aram Manoukyan said that the ‘cost price’ of a commuter fare is 80 AMD and that the current 100 AMD fare needs to be substantiated.
14:31 | March 24, 2014
When asked if the government would enter into dialog with pension opponents, Abrahamyan said that there were indeed oversights in the system that would be corrected through legislation
16:46 | March 21, 2014
All of Mikael's paintings will be sold before the exhibit. Mikael says his exhibit might be accompanied by the works of his brother, composer Norayr, 18, who has managed to write the music for two films and last year presented some of his works to Italian singer Andrea Bocelli and Deep Purple lead singer Ian Gillan. Both of the singers expressed their admiration, and afterwards Norayr wrote a piece for Bocelli. He is now waiting for the Italian tenor's response.
12:44 | March 12, 2014
Recall, the legislative package, proposed by MPs Arman Sahakyan, Samvel Farmanyan, Naira Karapetyan, Tachat Vardapetyan, and Levon Martirosyan of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia faction, and independent (no party affiliation) MP Edmon Marukyan, will allow television advertising of beverages containing more than 20% alcohol content from 10 pm to 6 am.
12:50 | March 10, 2014
By a vote of 66 to 46, Armenia’s National Assembly rejected a bill to create an ad-hoc committee to investigate the events of March 1, 2008 in which ten people died during political protests in Yerevan.
17:11 | February 27, 2014
Declaring that they had nothing to be afraid of, Prosperous Armenia MP Naira Zohrabyan said that her party would back an opposition initiative to form a ad-hoc committee to investigate the March 1, 2008 affair that claimed the lives of ten people in Yerevan.
15:26 | February 27, 2014
Despite rebuffing an opposition initiative to create a temporary commission to get to the truth of what happened on March 1, 2008, Armenian National Assembly Speaker Hovik Abrahamyan hinted that positive movement on the issue was around the corner.
14:27 | February 27, 2014
Parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamyan rejected to a call made by MP Aram Manoukyan that ruling coalition legislators back the formation of a special committee to look into the events of March 1, 2008.
14:11 | February 27, 2014
Manoukyan said that the ultimate objective would be more than identifying and prosecuting those responsible for the death of ten people during the March 1 political protests.
14:04 | February 27, 2014
Armenian National Congress MP Nikol Pashinyan in parliament today revisited the events and aftereffects of March 1, 2008, and spoke about Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan's brother amassing huge sums of money from newly installed speed cameras in the capital, Armenian citizens' power to revolt, and several other topics of concern.
13:11 | February 27, 2014
In the continuing parliamentary debate regarding the possible creation of an ad-hoc committee to look into the events of March 1, 2008, during which ten people died in Yerevan, Heritage Party MP Alexander Arzoumanyan said that the truth could not be revealed for as long as the current government is in power.
16:46 | February 25, 2014
Jahangiryan noted that such an important issue should be debated in a packed legislature which was the case earlier today when MPs discussed a government proposal to create a natural gas ad-hoc committee.
15:28 | February 25, 2014
Minasyan noted that an investigative report had surfaced in the Armenian press claiming that a move was underway to bring the plant to its knees and have it declared bankrupt.
14:11 | February 25, 2014
In response to an earlier charge made today by ANC MP Levon Zurabyan that the government’s call for the creation of an ad-hoc committee to review the natural gas issue was an attempt to ‘bury’ the truth, parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamyan declared, “We are neither funeral directors or master of concealment.”
13:49 | February 25, 2014
Prosperous Party MP Naira Zohrabyan today labeled the government’s call for the creation of a natural gas ad-hoc committee as a ploy to gain time and to dampen public passions on the issues of pricing and supply.
13:32 | February 25, 2014
ANC parliamentary faction leader Levon Zurabyan described the ruling coalition’s call for an ad-hoc committee to investigate Armenia’s natural gas issue as an attempt to conceal the truth.
16:21 | February 11, 2014
A petition in defense of political prisoners, demanding the release of demonstrators arrested on Mashtots Ave. on November 5, 2013, organized in Kapan from February 3–7, 2014, collected 1,538 signatures, one of the organizers, Gevorg Gasparyan, informed Hetq.
17:32 | February 7, 2014
What has angered workers is the fact that despite promises made by plant executive director Maxim Hakobyan that the company would raise wages to offset the pension withdrawals. No such raises have been enacted.
13:31 | February 6, 2014
Manoukyan was referring to National Assembly Speaker Hovik Abrahamyan addressing Robert Nazaryan (President of Armenia’s Public Utilities Regulatory Commission) as “Robert Nikolayevich”.
16:23 | February 4, 2014
Shaboyan pointed out the high cost of poultry feed in the cost equation, noting that feed is mostly imported. If the price of feed pushes up the price of eggs, it sometimes more cost effective to just import the eggs as well, Shaboyan argued.
13:39 | February 4, 2014
Minutes ago, ruling Republican Party MP Gagik Minasyan declared that his party would vote against an initiative proposed by minority parliamnetary factions calling for the creation of an ad-hoc committtee to study Armenia's natural gas supply agreements and pricing.
12:54 | February 4, 2014
Hakobyan said it was wrong not to include the country’s US$300 million gas debt in the budget> He argued that such a policy violated the law. Hakobyan added that many in the majority
14:14 | January 31, 2014
“According to the information reaching me, Armenia’s Deputy Prime Minister Armen Gevorgyan is involved in the scheme and a former official from the Ministry of Justice,” Hakobyan stated, adding that he’s certain that President Sargsyan and Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan have given the go- ahead.
00:06 | January 27, 2014
Now, perhaps, the EU simply wishes to diplomatically show the Armenian authorities that their decision was wrong. No one will punish Armenia. The EU is presently engulfed in the problems of Moldova and Ukraine and is satisfied with cooperation with Georgia.
22:18 | January 21, 2014
The man also claims that only 25% of the money being spent to send assistance (foodstuffs and clothing) to Syria from Armenia actually translates into tangible goods. The rest is squandered along the way.
00:03 | January 14, 2014
Everything is more than obvious. Back during the last presidential elections Kocharian sent a brief public message to [current president] Serzh Sargsyan, which overtly stated that he is preparing to become president after Sargsyan.
14:34 | January 13, 2014
"There exists a diaspora which doesn't belong to Armenia: it was created before the independence of Armenia, mostly from the late 19th century up till 1915 and after. It is the diaspora of western Armenians."
15:49 | January 10, 2014
The parliamentary Standing Committee on Protection of Human Rights and Public Affairs received 215 appeals in 2013, said committee chair, Prosperous Armenia faction MP Elinar Vardanyan, in a telephone conversation with Hetq.
16:16 | December 21, 2013
Several hundred young people marched through the streets of the southern Armenian town of Kapan in opposition to the mandatory pension system that goes into effect as of January 1.
14:59 | December 20, 2013
Heritage Party MP today pointedly asked Armenian Energy Minister Armen Movsisyan if the sale of the government’s remaining 20% in HayRusGazArd to Russia’s Gazprom wasn't in violation of the country’s constitution.
14:40 | December 20, 2013
At today’s special session, Armenia’s National Assembly is debating the ratification of a number of international treaties including a controversial treaty signed on December 2 in Yerevan between the governments of Armenia and Russia on future natural gas imports and the sale of remaining Armenian government shares in HayRusGazArd to Russia.
16:59 | December 19, 2013
Hetq has just learnt that ten NGOs in Kapan have written to Armenia’s Prime Minister and the National Assembly President voicing their opposition to the mandatory nature of the individual pension system set to take effect on January 1, 2014.
19:14 | December 16, 2013
Arto had purchased some land in the Martouni village of Zolakar to build a house. He forked up $17,000 and his friend Nareg Hartunian, president of the Naregatsi Art Union, put another $7,000 in the pot.
15:12 | December 10, 2013
It was more important for Putin to stop Armenia signing an Association Agreement and to send a message to Ukraine than it was to get a real economic deal with Armenia. And I believe there are many in Yerevan who are hoping that the Customs Union project will collapse and they can eventually and quietly get back on the EU path.
Interviews "Happiness to be found inside"
15:17 | December 6, 2013
Psychologists say that people use 3-5 % of their brain potential. The reason is that stresses and strains prevent total brain functioning, which results in wrong decisions and wrong actions causing suffering. The nature of life, however, is not suffering. The nature of life is to grow in happiness. Stresses, tiredness, strains, anxiety prevent us from enjoying the full value of life in ever-increasing fulfillment.
17:18 | October 25, 2013
While recent debate on a government sponsored bill to significantly raise the salaries of government employees (president, prime minister, ministers, MPs, police chief, top civil servants, etc) raged hot and heavy in the halls of parliament, a government sponsored bill on employment was discussed to a half empty parliament chamber.
14:06 | October 18, 2013
To immediately resign from office and to hand over the position to another individual or team capable of drafting an overall plan of action, both in terms of foreign affairs and domestic governance, that will stabilize the overall processes now ruining the country.
13:28 | October 16, 2013
Yesterday, the Regional Research Center organized an online interview with Anar Mamedli, Chairman of Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center, a Baku-based nonpartisan, NGO promoting meaningful elections and the development of democratic institutions.
12:44 | October 8, 2013
If things continue like this, I do not hold out much hope. I have hope within me, but I have no intention of fighting dirty like they do; of putting my gun in my pocket, go out and kill, and then sit and eat pasta. Such ideas remain fantasy. The most dangerous thing is a hungry man without hope.
19:53 | September 26, 2013
On the sidelines of the Bishops Synod taking place in Etchmiadzin, Hetq asked Archbisop Nareg Alemezian, Director of the Ecumenical Relations Department for the Great House of Cilicia, whether he thought that church authority was being undermined due to the affluent lifestyle of certain top clergymen.
13:45 | September 25, 2013
Inspectorate Head Levon Petrosyan told Hetq that they were investigating the incident, taking water samples of the outflow, and would be publishing their results in a few days.
14:30 | May 28, 2013
When the woman entering the Meghri store owned by Mrs. Alvard noticed my tape recorder, she immediately exclaimed, "While Meghri has become the most cut-off town in Armenia, it is also the most important. Who understands this?"