Meal Deal: Education minister calls for continuation, expansion of school feeding program in Armenia

It is already several years that more than 90,000 schoolchildren from one to four grades every day have got hot meals, such as a variety of soups, cereals, pasta, pilafs, as well as salads, cheese and other vitamin rich food in all the provinces of Armenia.

For English Proficiency: AGBU expands Education Innovation Platform for Armenia

The world’s largest Armenian non-profit organization is expanding its education innovation platform in Armenia also to include a program aimed at raising the level of English proficiency in the country.

Against Counterfeit Drugs: Expert says new draft law to deal with abuse on medicines market

The Draft law “On Medicines” adopted by the National Assembly will give an opportunity to deal more effectively with counterfeit medicines entering Armenia, said Gayane Khachvankyan, a National Consumers Academy of Armenia representative in charge of the pharmaceutics department.

Last Bell: Parents, students complain about high “school graduation” expenses

Despite the fight carried out by different agencies against money collection at schools, this ongoing phenomenon activates at the end of every academic year and particularly during preparations for the so-called Last Bell, or graduation parties, taking place in late May.

Government postpones new pension scheme for private sector employees

The Armenian government on Thursday decided to delay for a year the introduction of a compulsory accumulative pension scheme for private sector employees.

Society’s Victory?: Panama Papers-triggered resignation of SMEJA chief sparks debate in Armenia

The Monday resignation of Mihran Poghosyan, the head of the Justice Ministry’s powerful Service of Mandatory Execution of Judicial Acts (SMEJA), whose name is linked with a global offshore scandal, is considered by some as a victory for media or civil society, others, however, believe it is not enough in terms of restoring justice and legality.

Money For Army: Anti-corruption sentiments grow in Armenia amid Karabakh escalation

The so-called Panama Papers revelations about world leaders’ connections to offshore businesses that have been the highlight of world media in recent days have not bypassed Armenia either, coinciding with anti-corruption sentiments in society amid an escalation of conflict with Azerbaijan.

Cry Wolf: Environmentalists say government control program is wasted money

Environmentalists are warning that the government is wasting money on a program to diminish the wolf population, and say the money would be better spent on support for the Armenian army taken into account the recent border tensions.

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.

Natural Idea: Gegharkunik villages to host Ecotourism festival

Two communities in the province of Gegharkunik may become a real discovery through the first ecotourism festival in Armenia, organizers of the event told media Thursday.

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