2015 Presidential Awards Ceremony takes place

Finding and appreciating those deserving is the most important mission of the State, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan stated on Thursday during a ceremony of handing his presidential awards to about two dozen scholars, artists and other professionals who distinguished themselves in different spheres of activities during 2015.

Minister: Working group to assess social needs of killed servicemen’s families

A working group has been formed to assess the needs and social problems of families of servicemen who died as a result of a four-day war in Nagorno-Karabakh in early April, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Artem Asatryan told Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan during a cabinet meeting today.

Speaking Diplomatically: Armenia rebukes Kazakhstan over EEU meeting postponement

Armenia implied it was pretty much concerned over Kazakhstan’s insufficient level of commitment as an ally in post-Soviet groupings as Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian met with his Kazakh counterpart’s deputy in Yerevan on Monday.

Sargsyan in Kazakhstan for EEU summit after visiting Luxemburg

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan arrived in Kazakhstan on Tuesday to attend a meeting of the Supreme Council of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), his press service said.

Inaugural Aurora

Hollywood star and activist George Clooney has presented a $100,000 grant to the first laureate of the inaugural Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity at a ceremony held in Yerevan tonight. The annual prize awarded on behalf of Armenian Genocide survivors rewards individuals who have distinguished themselves by selfless acts to help others and save their lives.

With Gratitude: ArmeniaNow Turns the Page on 14 Years of Pioneer Journalism

Dear ArmeniaNow readers:

Thank you for 14 years of giving us reason to do what we do on these pages. Today, however, we do it for the last time. With this edition we conclude a fabulous episode of Armenia journalism. And we finish with great expectations for how the journalists who produce these pages will continue their influence on local media, as they look for new homes for their work. Find them. Follow their work.

In July, 2002, ArmeniaNow appeared out of nowhere before there was much chance of sustaining an online journal from a country where dial-up was still about as good as cyber connection got and waaaay before “social media” was legitimized.

We began with the intention of filling a gap that we believed existed in society’s transition from a special-interests-influenced, to a more independent-based media environment. While ArmeniaNow (and our parent NGO New Times Journalism Training Center), was surely not the first to offer “western style” journalism training, there was, however, a missing element in getting from the classroom to the newsroom . . .

Arrests Confirmed: Controversial minister’s bodyguards in custody over violent incident

Armenia’s law-enforcement authorities have confirmed the arrest of several people believed to be bodyguards of Armenia’s Transport Minister Gagik Beglaryan on charges of severely beating up other persons in an incident that happened earlier this month.

Government: Families of killed soldiers to have sources of “stable income”

Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan has instructed the Ministry of Economy to deal with issues of the families of soldiers who were killed in Nagorno-Karabakh during the latest escalation of conflict earlier this month.

Sargsyan: Development of Armenian-Chinese relations among priorities

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan described consistent development of “centuries-old friendly relations between Armenia and China” as a top foreign policy priority for Armenia as he received a delegation led by First Vice Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, member of the Standing Committee of the Central Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Zhang Gaoli on June 6.

‘Spasmodic’ Statement: Yerevan slams Erdogan threat to expel Armenians

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s threat to expel Armenian nationals from his country is “nothing less than a confession that even a century after the Armenian Genocide the thinking of the Turkish leadership has not changed,” Armenia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan has charged.