Kindergarten, Mushroom Greenhouse, Tasting Point to Open in Baghanis in 2018

(a1plus.am) Jobs are needed to prevent emigration from the Baghanis community of Tavush region, said Narek Sahakyan, Baghanis community leader today. The latter also stressed that the state should give special status to frontier communities, assisting benefits, compensating tuition fees at universities, and so on. In 2018 a new kindergarten will be opened in the…

Nature reserves in Armenia will be equipped with off-road vehicles and drones

(arka.am) YEREVAN. Nature reserves in Armenia will be equipped with off-road vehicles and drones, nature protection minister Artsvik Minasyan (ARF-D) said at a press conference on Monday, describing wildfires that broke out last August in the Vayots Dzor province and the Khosrov Forest State Reserve southeast of Yerevan, following weeks of unusually high temperatures, as…

Armenia Adopts Law against Domestic Violence at Last

(armenianweekly.com) YEREVAN—The National Assembly of Armenia today adopted legislation aimed at combating domestic violence by introducing criminal and administrative liability against those found guilty of the newly defined crime. The law was passed with 73 votes for and 12 against, with 6 abstentions, after debate and some resistance from a few parliamentarians. Prime Minister Karen…

ARF-D Delegation at Barcelona SI Council, SIW Meetings

The Council of the Socialist International met on 24-25 November in Barcelona, hosted by its member party in Spain, the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, PSOE. Delegations from all continents, representing SI member parties and invited guests, gathered to discuss three main themes: Building the future with the left: democracy, equality and solidarity; Working for stability…

Karen Khanlarian: Armenia may raise Iran’s international image

(tert.am) Armenia’s role may be great in giving the world objective information about Iran thereby raising the country’s international image, according to an Iranian-Armenian lawmaker. In an interview with Tert.am, Karen Khanlarian highlighted especially the significance of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s recent visit, which he said was absolutely timely after Iran’s victory against the…

Tough Talk by Armenia’s Environment Minister: Promises to Prosecute Griffon Vulture Killers

(hetq.am) Armenian Minister of Nature Protection Artzvik Minasyan (ARF-D junior coalition partner) reaffirmed to this reporter that those responsible for the killing of endangered griffon vultures in Armenia would be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. However, the minister noted that any such prosecution was dependent on the law and that the law…