Goght Protest: Another Armenian village up in arms over irrigation project

Residents of the village of Goght in the Kotayk province of Armenia have kept the road to their village closed for a few hours, thus expressing their protest and disagreement with the government program, under which the Gegardalich water reservoir near the village is to be given to several villages after reconstruction.

Official: New law on civil service to promote more efficient state work

A new civil service law will be adopted this year. It is expected to make civil servants’ work more efficient and solve a number of major issues, something that so far has not been done due to its laboriousness, said Manvel Badalyan, the chairman of Armenia’s Civil Service Council, on Wednesday.

Lawyer: Few cases of violence against children recorded in Armenia

As a society Armenians are known to adore children and thus very few cases of violence against children are officially registered in the country, said Marine Farmanyan, a lawyer at the Chamber of Advocates of the Republic of Armenia, adding, however, that there are gaps in court procedural norms.

From Abuse to Murder: Women’s rights activists in Armenia press for legislation to deal with domestic violence

Armenia’s authorities have pledged to adopt, within less than six months, a law “On Prevention of Domestic Violence”, which has twice been sent back from the National Assembly and is being amended again.

No Tobacco Day: No dramatic changes in number of smokers in Armenia

The concept of antismoking packaging of cigarettes is one of the most effective means of fighting against smoking both in Armenia and around the world, Alexander Bazarchyan, the head of the National Institute of Health of Armenia, told media Tuesday, which is World No Tobacco Day.

Transparency International: Laws on paper only, don’t help the corruption fight

There has been stagnation in fighting corruption for years in Armenia, and anti-corruption laws have not been implemented, said an international organization’s representative in Armenia.

Monumental Issue: New statues in Yerevan spark public debate

Two statues dedicated to historical Armenian figures unveiled in Yerevan last week have become a subject of heated public debate around esthetics as well as other aspects of their installment.

Russian Factor: Claims against Russia made in two criminal proceedings in Armenia

Last week two criminal cases in Armenia took a turn against Russia, and while there is no major interstate resonance in connection with these developments yet, analytical circles in both counties appear to be watching closely progress of Armenian claims.

Gift of Appreciation: Sculptor prepares special piece to honor Pope Francis’ visit

A prominent Armenian artist has created a sculpture that he wants to be donated to Pope Francis during the Pontiff’s upcoming visit in appreciation of the Pope’s stance on the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey.

Ag Expert: Armenia needs Turkish imports to meet domestic demand

In case of a ban on imports of agricultural products from Turkey, the Armenian market will hardly be able to meet domestic demand, said Hrach Berberyan, the head of the Agriculture Union of Armenia, told media.