11:44 | August 22, 2013
Ever since Hrachya Haroutyunyan, the 46 year-old truck driver from Armenia who was arrested in Russia on July 13 for crashing into a bus, he has had no telephone or written communication with his family in Yerevan.
12:40 | July 16, 2013
Armenia’s Ministry of Culture has informed Hetq that the Bgavor Church in Armenia’s northern Lori Province will undergo reinforcement and partial restoration work starting next year.
10:49 | July 12, 2013
Agob Hendyan came to Armenia from the Syrian town of Al-Hasakah four years ago, when the civil war there hadn’t yet started. He was learning computer design at Damascus University but, upon his fourth year, decided to continue his studies at Yerevan’s State Engineering University.
10:16 | June 8, 2013
Referring to the recent shooting in the town of Goris, RA Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan told reporters yesterday during a trip to the Armenian border region of Tavoush that there was no “culture of impunity” in the country.
15:16 | June 6, 2013
Artsakh war veterans took their protest for better living conditions to the Government Building today in Yerevan. The vets have been staging a round the clock sit-down demo in Freedom Square since June 4.
10:21 | May 31, 2013
The 123rd meeting of the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) got underway today in Yerevan under the Armenian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.
15:03 | May 24, 2013
When asked by reporters why President Obama didn’t use the word “genocide” in his April 24th speech, U.S. Ambassador John Heffern stated that the U.S. leader used words that would “assist the reconciliation process” between Armenia and Turkey.
14:11 | May 23, 2013
Garegin Baghramyan, who heads the Rates Policy Unit of the Public Services Regulatory Commission, today announced that electricity prices would rise some 27% (7-8 AMD per 1 kilowatt hour), adding that he couldn't say when the rise would take effect.
15:20 | May 15, 2013
Lousineh Hovhannisyan, who works for the National Center for Technical Safety attached to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, told reporters today that none of the 126 amusement rides now operating in Armenia have failed their inspections.
18:42 | May 5, 2013
“It is apparent to all that the Republican Party is involved in voter fraud and a sponsor of corruption. Thus, when the opposition recognizes the right of such a political force to enter the election they have already lost,” said Ghoukasyan.
18:02 | May 5, 2013
Even though 23 year-old Erik Davtyan has voted in four elections at the same polling station, no one has ever thought of installing a temporary accessibility ramp for the physically impaired on Election Day.
13:46 | April 11, 2013
Shakaryan argued that even though Turkey pulled out under pressure from Baku, it was positive overall because the flights would have been used to bolster the Turkish side on the eve of April 24.
13:16 | April 9, 2013
The leader of the Heritage Party declared that in Freedom Square, as opposed to the official inauguration at the Garen Demirchyan Sports-Concert Complex, there are no lies, no deceit, no 30 pieces of silver and no blasphemous oaths taken on the Holy Bible.
13:04 | April 9, 2013
As Serzh Sargsyan was taking the oath of office, with the blessing of Catholicos Garegin II, Raffi Hovannisian was demanding that the two come down to Liberty Square later on and apologize to the people.
10:51 | April 8, 2013
In response to a Hetq inquiry as to whether the RA Ministry of Culture has inspected the 13th century Saint Marineh Church in Ashtarak and evaluated it architectural soundness, the ministry says that the edifice was returned to the Holy See of Etchmiadzin and that it is responsible to implement any necessary repairs.
11:45 | March 29, 2013
Years ago an archaeologist friend of Vahe Tachjian, a Lebanese-Armenian historian now residing in Germany, traveled to Sis on a work project. Like many other foreign visitors, he stayed at Yaverin Konağı (Yaver House), the town’s only boutique hotel and restaurant.
15:11 | March 18, 2013
Director Arshak Zakaryan, who came up with the idea to stage a “million man march” in Yerevan on April 8, told reporters today that if the Yerevan Municipality didn’t grant a march permit the people would take to the streets anyway.
18:11 | February 22, 2013
“We will only register a victory when we have been able to force the regime into confessing the violations they have committed and when the government declares the official elections results as invalid,” he told the crowds.
17:34 | February 22, 2013
Top-ranking members of the ARF shared the podium at this evening’s rally in Freedom Square in support of Raffi Hovannisian’s bid to be declared the legitimately elected president of Armenia.
17:15 | February 22, 2013
Thousands have gathered at Yerevan’s Freedom Square in support of Raffi Hovannisian, the candidate who says he and not Serzh Sargsyan, was victorious in the February 18 presidential election.
10:28 | February 21, 2013
Earlier this morning, Raffi Hovannisian said that if Mr. Serzh Sargsyan didn’t show up at Freedom Square as requested he would present his viewpoint to the people and ask for their support regarding what should be done in the coming days.
18:34 | February 20, 2013
Firebrand HAK activist Nikol Pashinyan addressed the crowd assembled in Yerevan’s Freedom Square, calling on them to transform Raffi Hovannisian’s victory into a de jure victory
13:27 | February 15, 2013
Armen Tananyan, Deputy Director of Armenia’s National Oncology Center, told reporters today that research shows that the leading form of cancer in provinces where mining takes place is lung cancer.
15:38 | February 11, 2013
According to the most recent available statistics, 186,384 individuals, or 6.1% of Armenia’s permanent population of 3,041,000, are classified as having various forms of disabilities. (The Armenian term "hashmandamoutyoun" is generally translated as "handicap" in state documents)
21:11 | February 10, 2013
In Part 1 of this series, we presented those portions of the campaign platforms of Hrant Bagratyan, Andreas Ghoukasyan and Serzh Sargsyan dealing with the economy and job creation. Today, we’ll cover those of Raffi Hovannisian, Paryur Hayrikian and Arman Melikyan.
14:42 | January 30, 2013
Helsinki Committee President Avetik Ishkhanyan told reporters today in Yerevan that what will be taking place on February 18 will merely be a ballot procedure and not an election.
17:11 | January 25, 2013
“We drink vodka due to a lack of state policy. We aren't a nation of wine drinkers,” argues Haroutyunyan. He blames wine growers for lagging in terms of advertising Armenian wines both locally and internationally.
13:51 | January 23, 2013
An analyst with the Yerevan-based Armenian Center for National and International Studies told reporters that President Sargsyan’s re-election campaign is deftly seeking to paint the other presidential candidates as “light-weights” and unserious contenders.
16:12 | January 11, 2013
Indians say that whenever foreigners come to India, they experience two shocks. First is the cultural shock, because India is completely chaotic, and you need to realize yourself by your own definition in that ocean.
12:30 | December 21, 2012
Even inside, she wears gloves and a hat. The average temperature of the well-maintained apartment, left untouched since the death of her husband Gurgen Mahari in 1969, is around zero centigrade.
17:12 | December 13, 2012
Father Vahram Melikyan, who heads the information service at the Holy See of Etchmiadzin, today told Hetq that he has no clue as to Catholicos Garegin II’s position on the resurfacing on the walls of the Gandzasar Monastery in Artsakh.
23:56 | December 11, 2012
Work to resurface the walls of the 13th century Armenian monastery of Gandzasar in Artsakh has begun anew, again raising the unanswered question as to who is in charge of supervising the country’s historical inheritance.
13:17 | December 7, 2012
The stone facing of the walls of the 13th century monastery in the village of Vank started up again in earnest two weeks ago. The work is being financed by Russian-Armenian businessman Levon Hayrapetyan.
11:54 | December 3, 2012
Deputy Culture Minister Arev Samvelyan tells Hetq that the government just doesn't have the resources to start renovations on Ptghavank, a domed single-nave basilica church completed in the 6th to 7th centuries.
13:03 | November 27, 2012
Many years ago Tosya Gharibyan, a resident of the Arinj village in Kotayk Province, asked her husband to dig her a potato cellar in their home’s basement. That request, made in 1985, changed the future direction of Levon Arakelyan’s life.
15:06 | November 23, 2012
Armenia has called in specialists from the International Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to assist in measures seeking to stem the spreading of the potato moth from the rural community of Darakert.
11:56 | November 16, 2012
Three days after arriving, Harout gave a press interview that quickly landed him a job with a firm called Armenian Software. The company develops and services banking and accounting systems.
13:51 | November 6, 2012
“Slowly, I have to put down roots here for good. After all, a person can only feel happier on his own soil. I constantly surprised by people who are amazed that I have returned. Hopefully, what I have done will be regarded as natural and will be duplicated on a massive scale,” says Varuzhan, who was a CPA back in Glendale.
15:31 | October 29, 2012
According to political analyst Richard Giragosian, the reason that the parliament of New South Wales passed a resolution recognizing the right of the people of Artsakh to self-determination is because Artsakh’s diplomacy is getting stronger.
12:52 | October 29, 2012
Political analyst Richard Giragosian told reporters today that Serzh Sargsyan would be re-elected president of Armenia, since there isn’t a viable alternative and that the ruling party would utilize all its administrative resources.
15:32 | October 18, 2012
Mr. Rifai said that he had been on a six month lobbying mission to get Armenian tour operators, hotels, tourist associations and others to sign the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism in order to maximize tourism’s socio-economic contribution while minimizing its possible negative impacts.
17:04 | October 15, 2012
Armenia’s Court of Cassation today threw out an appeal by Artak Beglaryan seeking to overturn a lower court’s decision that found in favor of the International School of Diplomacy run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
00:06 | September 17, 2012
On April 24, 2004, Hovhannes purchased a plot of land near the village of Griboyedov in Armavir province. Ever since then, Hovhannes only sees his family when he returns for the winter.
10:11 | September 3, 2012
Rising along the terraced slopes of the Debed River near the village of Kobayr in Lori Marz is the 12th century Kobayr Monastery. It’s nestled amongst the trees and mountain springs, literally built on the cliff walls. The complex lies just north of the town of Tumanyan.
12:35 | September 1, 2012
The road sign pointing the way to the St. Grigor Monastery leads visitors along the edge of a deep canyon. We are in the forested mountains of Armenia’s Lori Marz, near the village of Dsegh. Walking down the path, we come across broken stone crosses covered in moss and the occasional undamaged ones.
10:35 | August 17, 2012
82 year-old Hayk Khamoyan pulls out a slip of paper from his vest pocket. He’s recently returned from visiting his family roots in western Armenia and the paper lists the names of the places he saw along the way. “I have trouble remembering all the names, so I had my son jot them down. When my neighbours ask me where I went, I give them the paper to read. Everyone is curious. Just this morning I showed the list to some people here,” says Mr. Khamoyan.
12:26 | July 21, 2012
“We don’t have a clear concept of what the homeland is. There is no state policy in this regard unlike the former Soviet Union and the United States of today. Large states would crumble if they don’t have a clear-cut ideology on which to be founded.”
10:11 | July 12, 2012
Dzovinar Derderian, a second year Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan State in Ann Arbor, was recently in Yerevan to do research on her thesis covering the socio-economic history of the eastern regions of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century.
12:26 | June 19, 2012
During WWII, while the city of Bonn was being bombed, a Soviet army officer from officer from Gyumri took Hans from his German parents and brought him to the safety of Gyumri. The plan was that he would return Hans back to his parents once the war ceased.
18:02 | June 4, 2012
The RA Appeals Court today rejected the petition of a blind man seeking the overturn of a lower court ruling stating that he was not eligible to take an admission exam to the School of Diplomacy run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
12:12 | May 25, 2012
“After the Genocide, this will be considered the worst period for our nation. The last twenty years have been a tragedy. 1.5 million Armenians have already left and the rest live in an atmosphere of fear. Corruption is rampant in this country. There is just one leader in this republic; he and his brothers. The rest just sit around in their offices doing nothing,” says Nayiri.
12:44 | May 18, 2012
This is the story of Armen Toros, a young man born in California to Armenian parents from Iran who has travelled the world over and now finds himself in an Armenian village, planting trees and farming.
15:20 | May 7, 2012
Vladimir Karapetyan (photo l.) the ANC candidate who lost to Samvel Farmanyants of ruling Republican Party, told Hetq that he might dispute the results of the voting in Election District #2.
13:56 | May 6, 2012
One woman complained that she had been waiting for 10 minutes and that the hall wasn’t big enough. A fellow voter said the long lines were a positive sign that the turnout was heavy.
15:58 | May 3, 2012
When Armenia’s president talks...somebody listens. Hot on the heels of Serzh Sargsyan’s public chiding of Yerevan’s mayor on May 1, the commercial kiosks in Mashtots Park is being dismantled.
15:48 | April 14, 2012
Children with a host of various maladies and those that are mentally-challenged attend the Emmanuel NGO. The gamut runs from kids with autism to those who have suffered child brain seizures. Some attend regular schools and others, special schools.
14:15 | April 7, 2012
Building residents, however, have consistently pointed to numerous violations. A top concern of theirs is that the basement construction is weakening the foundations of the 78 year-old structure.
16:04 | March 22, 2012
Musarrat Ullah Jan is a Pakistani journalist working in the Peshawar Bureau of Dunya Television Network. He specializes in covering crime and court related activities, bomb blasts, suicide attacks in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa Province, and making documentaries about families that have been affected.
15:50 | March 12, 2012
On March 11, the National Aesthetics Center of Armenia and the Hikari (Light) Center organized a memorial tribute to mark the one year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan.
16:53 | March 2, 2012
A public “Eco-Forum” will take place tomorrow at Mashtots Park at 3pm where activists will provide a summary of the results of their actions to halt construction of commercial stalls in one of Yerevan’s last remaining green spaces.
12:50 | February 17, 2012
Earlier today, around 70 police showed up at Mashtots Park in Yerevan and dispersed a crowd of activists who had been staging a picket to protest the construction of stores in the public green space.
00:25 | January 28, 2012
“I never fought. I was in Karabakh a few times and occasionally accompanied the guys, not only Peto. The first time I went to Karabakh was in ’89, to the Hadrut region. I don’t have a military resume, per say. You can say that I never engaged in any military actions,” stated Gagik Ghevondyan, brother of Petros (Peto) Ghevondyan.
13:56 | December 2, 2011
Regarding the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Armenia, Zohrabyan said it was incumbent that they be as free and fair as possible since the whole world would be watching.
14:54 | October 26, 2011
The journalist went undercover as a tax clearing agent to a big shipment company in Tema Harbour which is in charge of administering everything in the ports and worked there for 3 months. Anas was the head of a team consisting of 5 journalists from the same newspaper. They started an investigation and witnessed how big-time businessmen paid bribes instead of taxes.
12:12 | August 31, 2011
With the film, Saro wants to deliver the thought to the viewers that even after suffering a loss of a husband of 60 years there is still a life to be lived, that you can find new meaning in life and that new meaning for overseas Armenians could be reconnecting with their identity and family.
21:46 | August 10, 2011
Here’s a photo montage of what took place yesterday morning when local officials from the Arabkir District, backed by police and Special Forces, began to dismantle a cluster of street stalls and kiosks from the intersection of Papazyan and Komitas Streets.
14:37 | August 1, 2011
"I don't think it will be a time for Kosovo to be a part of Serbia. It's unreal. But I do not think Serbia will recognize Kosovo any time soon. It is better for Serbia to have Kosovo as a good neighbor. It's not in the interest of Serbia to have troubled Kosovo and any attempts to regain control in Kosovo will mean problems not just for Serbia but for the Balkans," Ramadan Ilazi said.
18:41 | July 15, 2011
According the two top officials at the Armenian Association of Restorative Architects of Historical Monuments, the polished facing tiles recently affixed to the walls of the Gandzasar Monastery in Artsakh will be removed.
18:34 | July 12, 2011
In terms of the everyday life of the people, nothing has changed in Egypt after the revolution. There are many economic problems remaining in the country because the whole economic system was corrupt before the revolution and built on a few businessmen who were close to the power. Most of them are now in prison.
14:15 | July 7, 2011
"I have a few friends that come from the state of Rajasthan which is a northwestern state in India which borders on Pakistan. In that state, there are villages which are famous for having not a single girl child at all and so there are only male children in villages. In Rajasthan there are numerous reports every year that the girl child as soon as she is born is killed," Dhruv Sanghavi, a Delhi-based advocate told "Hetq."
11:46 | May 31, 2011
Lusineh Avagyan is a 37 year-old resident of Charentsavan who hasn't walked a step in the last twenty years. The person to blame is a nurse who gave Lusineh a wrong injection when she was only a child.
12:31 | May 14, 2011
"There is no culture. These people don't know the history. All the Armenian names have been changed into Turkish or Kurdish. They have Armenian blood flowing in their veins but that's all," says Max.
14:02 | May 2, 2011
For the past 18 years, Henrik Bakhchinyan has been waging a relentless battle with Armenian officials to have a few skull bones of 19th century poet and playwright Bedros Tourian interred in Yerevan’s Pantheon Cemetery.
13:44 | April 14, 2011
Tigran Karapetyan, leader of Armenia’s People’s Party whose ALM TV station lost out on a controversial relicensing tender and is now off the air, stated today that he’s currently paying up to $5,000 for an hour of broadcast time on other stations.
14:30 | March 28, 2011
Child Nutrition Advertising Needs Competent Monitoring The first photo accompanying this article shows the Yerevan City supermarket located at 141 Sebastia Street in Yerevan. The second shows at sister store at 25 Tigran Petrosyan. In both, readers ...
12:00 | March 14, 2011
Being sightless no hindrance to young man from Artsakh Artak Beglaryan was only six when he lost his eyesight to a mine explosion. It happened in 1995, in Stepanakert. Artak and some friends were playing in a courtyard. They found a mine; they became ...
11:54 | February 21, 2011
Armenian musician from Aynjar finds new home in Armenia Musical director and singer Kevork Hadjian would like to change many things in Armenia. Number one on his list is that Armenians greet one another, even complete strangers, on the street with a ...
14:27 | February 18, 2011
Commenting on yesterday’s political coalition pact signed by all there members of Armenia’s ruling coalition government, Paruir Hayrikyan, President of the Union for National Self-Determination, said he sees no significance to the document other than a ...
11:39 | February 17, 2011
Banned street vendors joined by others In another growing sign of social unrest in Armenia, vendors who once plied their wares on the streets in Yerevan before the new mayor’s crackdown are presently demonstrating outside the Government House in the ...
16:05 | February 10, 2011
Many are converting to Islam, says Ashot Manucharyan Former Karabakh Committee member Ashot Manucharyan said today that remaining Armenians in “Turkish Armenia are quickly converting to Islam and that in the near future Muslim Armenians just might outstrip ...
14:53 | February 10, 2011
International Crisis Group Calls for Urgent Measures In a February 8, 2011 report entitled "Armenia and Azerbaijan; Preventing War", the International Crisis Group argues that, "An arms race, escalating front-line clashes, vitriolic war rhetoric and a virtual ...
12:56 | January 27, 2011
Today, Analyticon Chief Editor Gegham Baghdasaryan said that there was no independent media in Artsakh. "There is not one reporter in Artsakh today that is pressured. Nor is freedom of speech pressured. Why? First, it is because there is no such freedom ...
12:27 | January 24, 2011
Astghik Vardanyan is a guitar player who instills a great degree of optimism in the songs she writes. She’s penned over twenty compositions in the pop genre for violin, piano, flute and other instruments.
16:24 | January 20, 2011
Street Protests Can Force Government to Flee Armenia Seemingly buoyed by the abrupt resignation of the Tunisian president a few days ago after ongoing street demonstrations, Sardarabat Movement member Jirayr Sefilyan stated today that the same scenario ...
14:25 | January 20, 2011
Jirayr Sefilyan, the well known opposition activist and a member of the Sardarabat Movement, said today that Levon Ter-Petrosyan should have urged HAK supporters to participate in yesterday’s rally organized by Tigran Karapetyan, President of the People’s ...
11:20 | January 17, 2011
Norayr started to play the dhol (Armenian drum) at an early age; even before attending primary school. The fact that he is blind doesn’t stop Norayr Aghasyan from performing professionally and composing.
13:50 | January 13, 2011
Angry residents declare - "Kozern isn't Northern Avenue" Scores of residents from the Kozern neighbourhood of Yerevan gathered outside the Government Building earlier today to protest plans to demolish sections of the area in the guise of eminent domain. Some ...
10:28 | December 29, 2010
Call on President Sargsyan not to sign bill Demonstrators opposed to the recently passed legislative changes that would allow for the opening of foreign language schools in Armenian assemble outside the Presidential Palace yesterday evening. They ...
13:34 | December 22, 2010
By a vote of 69 to 1, the Armenian National Assembly today passed two controversial bills that would make modifications to the "Language Law" and the "Public Education Law". Many in Armenia regard the bills as a threat to Armenian language instruction in the ...
13:30 | December 21, 2010
On December 14 a 13-year-old Artur Khudatyan from Artsakh’s Hin Taghlar village (Hadrut region) found a cluster bomb just outside his village. He picked it up and tried to open it with an axe in the yard of his house. The bomb exploded.
15:54 | November 25, 2010
Wartime comrades mark Monte's 53rd birthday at Yerablur gravesite Friends of Monte Melkonian visited his grave earlier today at the Yerablur Military Cemetery in Yerevan to celebrate their comrade’s 53rd birthday. Monte, or Commander Avo as he was called ...
14:27 | November 19, 2010
ARF spokesman Giro Manoyan suggested that Armenian withdraw its signature from the Turkish-Armenian Protocols as of today and replace the "frozen" document with a half page text containing the following three provisions. 1) The two sides have decided to ...
13:21 | November 19, 2010
Giro Manoyan, a spokesman for the ARF in Armenia, said today that there is no basis to expect any movement on the Artsakh issue resulting from the upcoming OSCE Summit in Astana on December 1 in Kazakhstan. Mr. Manoyan said that statements recently made ...
12:11 | November 12, 2010
At a press conference earlier today, ruling Republican Party Deputy Chair Razmik Zohrabyan answered questions regarding the claims that Haykakan Zhamanak Editor Nikol Pashinyan was physically assaulted in the "Kosh" criminal detention facility. Mr. Zohrabyan, ...
14:37 | November 2, 2010
Hovik Mousayelyan, a member of Armenia’s Public Council, expressed his views regarding how the country should set about developing the ICT (information and communication technologies) sector. It is a recurring topic of discussion in Armenia and there ...
12:42 | October 28, 2010
The RA National Assembly will not convene hearings regarding the second reading of two controversial draft bill containing modifications and amendments to the "Language Law" and the "Public Education Law". A group opposed to the reopening of foreign language ...
14:49 | October 26, 2010
As we go to press, dozens of former residents who were forcibly removed from the Armenian enclave of Artzvashen in Azerbaijan are protesting across from the presidential palace in Yerevan. They are protesting poor living conditions they’ve had to endure ...
16:24 | October 21, 2010
At a press conference today in Yerevan, Armen Hovhannisyan, a member of the "Stop Foreign Language Schools" civil action group, welcomed the initiative of the "Ayb" Educational Foundation that plans to bring the best international textbooks to Armenia for ...
15:48 | October 20, 2010
Vardan Mousheghyan - Corruption is Suffocating Armenia Vardan Mousheghyan, President of the Committee of Diaspora Armenian Organizations of Russia, minced no words when referring to the myriad of concerns that keep Armenians from overseas in setting up businesses ...
13:51 | September 22, 2010
Former MP Aghasi Arshakyan today expressed misgivings for his support of ARF nominee Vahan Hovhannisyan’s bid for the presidency in 2008. "I supported the campaign of the ARF nominee because I thought that at the time the ARF leader truly wanted to become ...
13:13 | September 22, 2010
At a press conference today, Armenian Republican Party MP Artak Davtyan stated that the recent resignation of Arevik Petrosyan as Deputy President of the RoA Parliament, as a matter internal to the Prosperous Armenia Party. MP Davtyan said that he was confident ...
13:04 | September 8, 2010
Aram Apatyan, a member of the group “We oppose the reopening of foreign language schools”, has reported to Hetq that the RoA National Assembly will not debate the draft package on amendments to the “Language Law” and the “Law on Public Education” ...
12:26 | September 2, 2010
On September 5, the RoA National Assembly will debate a resolution on the recognition of the NKR by Armenia. Hetq caught up with MP Hakob Hakobyan, a member of the ruling Republican Party faction and Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Affairs. Try ...
15:40 | August 30, 2010
Viktor, Seko and others have left their mark on church walls. Will today's visitors be as disrespectful? The Gtchavank monastery complex high up in the distance. To get to Gtchavank, in the proximity of the village of Togh, one has to make ...
14:17 | August 7, 2010
Yesterday, former RoA Central Bank President Bagrat Asatryan described to reporters his recent visit to two villages in the country. His observations weren’t too encouraging. "I visited Darpas village, where my grandfathers were born in Sisian, and Ahnidzor, ...
15:30 | August 2, 2010
An interview with Child Psychologist Diana Danielian On July 12, the Narekatsi Art Union organized the 6th Aram Manukyan Camp in the center of Shushi. Over 100 children, mostly from Shushi, attended the two week camp. Diana Danielian, a psychologist ...
18:43 | July 23, 2010
Atom Egoyan: This book reminds us where we come from and that true art is without "ego" At the Ani Hotel today in Yerevan, there was a panel discussion around the recently published book "Armenian Ornamental Art", drawings by Armen Kyurkchyan and accompanied ...
16:12 | July 19, 2010
“I was sitting in the helicopter, we had just taken off. I remember that just then I looked down at my father below. He slapped his legs. Up till then, they thought I was joking. Even my brother was at a loss. He didn’t know what to do.”
14:08 | July 8, 2010
Ara Najarian, Mayor of the California town of Glendale, said today that most of the Armenians in its city jails have been arrested for financial crimes and not for murder or assault. Mayor Najarian, now visiting Armenia, said that most incarcerated Armenians ...
17:06 | June 24, 2010
As protesters gathered outside the convening session of the National Assembly today, Armen Hovhannisyan, a member of the "We are Against Foreign Language Schools" initiative, reminded everyone that today was St. Mesrop Mashtots and Sahak Barthev Day. On ...
17:26 | June 23, 2010
Excerpts from an interview with the Minister of Education and Science The National Assembly held discussions on proposed changes to the laws on language and school education. When Minister of Education and Science Armen Ashotyan emerged from the session, ...
15:07 | June 23, 2010
The National Assembly will vote tomorrow on the proposal to make amendments to the laws on language and school education. Vahan Hovhannisyan, head of the ARF (Dashnaktsutyun) parliamentary faction informed protesters gathered outside the session of Parliament ...
16:07 | June 22, 2010
Historian Hayk Ghazaryan presented his new book, The 1921 Treaties of Moscow and Kars and their Tragic Role in the Fate of the Armenian People, to reporters today. The author, who will soon turn 80, worked on this book for more than 50 years and it has now ...
15:08 | June 21, 2010
His work has taken him to Artsakh and behind California prison walls. American-Armenian photographer Ara Oshagan attaches his photos to the wall and stares at them for a long time. Those that lose their interest after a few weeks for the photographer are ...
14:47 | June 10, 2010
A crowd started to gather outside the National Assembly in Yerevan early this morning to await the outcome of a vote after the hearing of a draft bill that would amend the RoA "Language Law" to permit the opening of foreign language schools in the country. ...
15:18 | June 7, 2010
An interview with ethnographer Mkhitar Gabrielyan What are the primary symbols in today's Armenian society? If we approach this in general terms, the dominant pan-national symbols of significance continue to be Ararat, western Armenia, the national culture, ...
19:33 | May 27, 2010
The presentation of the French book 12 Capitals of Armenia (Les douze capitals d'Armenie) took place today at the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences. The editors of the book are French-Armenian mathematician and historian ...
15:31 | May 20, 2010
Avetik Ishkhanyan, head of Armenia’s Helsinki Committee, said today that those supporting the idea of foreign language schools in Armenia had distorted the views of himself and others who see a danger in the new educational policy and call for pupils to ...
13:46 | May 13, 2010
Boris Kharatyan, President of Armenia's Confederation of Trade Unions, told Hetq that his organization had no statistics on how many workers in Armenia have lost their jobs due to the economic crisis. "We don't receive such statistics.But it surely is a ...
15:06 | May 10, 2010
“The expensive cars in Yerevan are just show off” Dutch student Jochen Haalboom finds it strange that in Yerevan there are so many cranes and unfinished or empty buildings. “The first thing is when you see the city, you see all the cranes, buildings, ...
10:02 | May 9, 2010
Zhora Faryan was the first fighter who entered the battered St. Ghazanchetsots Church and lit a candle after the liberation of Shushi. Many believed that the church had been mined. That's why many remained outside and lit candles on the walls.
15:11 | April 14, 2010
Heritage Party faction leader, MP Stepan Safaryan stated today that he doesn’t believe that Turkey will ratify the Turkish-Armenian Protocols by April 24. "There is no time left. Turkey will not do it. The Turkish authorities have not created a favourable ...
15:24 | April 12, 2010
“As a guy who had been to Afghanistan, who was experienced, Gusan was easy to get along with. The rest of us liked guys like Gusan. When you’re going into battle you just can’t give orders left and right, let alone carry them out. How can you just tell someone to, ‘go and sacrifice yourself?’ Only the government has the right to order such a thing.
15:46 | April 9, 2010
Guillermo Tolosa, who heads the IMF Mission in Armenia, stated at a press conference today that the anti-crisis measures taken by the Armenian government had been quite effective. "If not the measures taken by the government, the Armenian economy would be ...
12:47 | March 15, 2010
“It hurts me when people say, ‘We respect her because she’s the wife of Gurgen Mahari. If I can’t be appreciated on my own, then I have no need for the name of anyone else, if I have nothing of value that commands respect,” said Antonina Mahari, the wife of noted Armenian writer and poet Gurgen Mahari.
18:28 | February 11, 2010
Jirayr Sefilyan reflected today on repeated failed attempts to receive RoA citizenship and stated that former President Kocharyan refused him twice and current President Sargsyan refused him once. Mr. Sefilyan, by law, had to wait one year after his last refusal ...
17:10 | January 25, 2010
“I understood that this was to become our real, actual, Tigranakert city,” joked Harout Baghiryan. The Baghiryan family has been living in Tigranakert, formerly Aghdam, for the past twelve years. After the experts excavated the place and found that ...
19:31 | January 10, 2010
Hmayak Hovhannisyan, President of the Political Analysts Union, who pulled out of today’s parliamentary by-election in favour of Nikol Pashinyan, told "Hetq" that the ruling regime had taken measures to ensure that today’s voter turnout would be the lowest ...
13:24 | December 10, 2009
At a discussion group organized yesterday by the “Ayb” Educational Foundation, Father Mesrop Aramian, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, declared that the organization had drafted a business plan to reopen the Melkonian Education Institute in Nicosia ...
16:34 | November 30, 2009
The Saint Gevorg of Mughni Armenian Church in Tbilisi had a height of some 35 meters and an attractive design, especially on the eastern exterior façade where there were depictions of the benefactors and main altar. There were only two churches with a ...
13:42 | October 29, 2009
Ara Papyan, Armenia’s Ambassador to Canada from 2002-2006 and the Director of the “Modus Vivendi Center” replies to questions of “Hetq”. If the parliaments of both Turkey and Armenia ratify the protocols, in your opinion, what impact and consequences ...
15:07 | October 27, 2009
According to this year’s Human Development Report, published by the United Nations Development Program, Armenia has a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.798, giving the country a rank of 84 out of 182 countries with data.This year's HDI refers to 2007. Between ...
18:12 | October 19, 2009
“I disagree with decision of Catholicos to build Saint Anna Church in Yerevan” I was recently in Yerevan and saw the blueprint of a new church called Saint Anna to be erected next to the lovely Saint Katoghike chapel. Do you agree with the decision ...
18:14 | October 12, 2009
This year the RoA Prime Minister visited your office, an individual who is at least cognizant of the issues you have raised regarding the flawed renovation of monuments and the lack of attention paid to their overall plight, etc. Did your meeting have any ...
18:18 | October 5, 2009
Dear Readers: Samvel Karapetyan Responds to Your Questions Many of you have responded to our request to ask questions of Samvel Karapetyan, who heads the Yerevan branch of the Research on Armenian Architecture NGO. Due to the large number of questions ...
12:42 | October 3, 2009
A demonstration, scheduled to coincide with the arrival of RoA President Serzh Sargsyan in Los Angeles on October 4, will be organized by the local Armenian community; the largest outside of Armenia proper. President Sargsyan will be attending a dinner ...
19:38 | September 10, 2009
Samvel Karapetyan, Director of the RoA Branch of the Armenian Architectural Research Center, today stated that Armenians have already made a detrimental concession as evidenced that it is twenty years that Northern Artsakh has been depopulated of Armenians. ...
14:14 | September 9, 2009
"I can only say one thing. The entire article is a pack of raving nonsense." This is the response of Heritage Party spokesperson Hovsep Khourshoudyan upon reading allegations made in the newspaper "Haykakan Zhamanak" that he sought to bring the party down ...
11:35 | September 9, 2009
Today’s "Haykakan Zhamanak" writes that a scandal within the ranks of the Heritage Party, involving Armen Martirosyan and Hovsep Khourshoudyan, is the reason behind Raffi Hovhanessian’s giving up his seat in the RoA National Assembly. "Hetq" tried ...
19:06 | September 4, 2009
At a public meeting held on September 3 entitled "Not One Inch of the Homeland", organized by the "Union National Initiative", film director Tigran Khzmalyan lambasted Armenian officials who seem to be preparing to give liberated Armenian lands back to the ...
15:24 | September 4, 2009
Yesterday, Alex Yenikomshian, a member of the "Union Initiative" express the view that the Armenian-Turkish protocols signed on August 31 was a document that, "neglected the 5,000 years of our history and the Genocide and signalled the transfer of our country ...
15:48 | August 27, 2009
Aram Sargsyan, head of Armenia's Democratic Party, stated today that there would be no progress in Armenian-Turkish relations even if the process wasn't linked to a settlement of the Karabakh conflict. "Turkey's interest in this process has froze-up not ...
15:25 | August 13, 2009
There is no substantial rain forecasted for Armenia till August 19. From August 20-23, rain will return and temps will drop as well. The last week of the month will see an absence of precipitation with temperatures hovering in the normal range as well. During ...
15:51 | July 29, 2009
At a press conference held today, Karen Bekaryan, who heads the "Europe Integration" NGO, stated that Armenia can still benefit from the fact that Turkey is in reality only making it appear that it is serious about improving relations with Yerevan. "Armenia ...
17:14 | July 20, 2009
“Do you see possibilities in fighting for the rights of our NGO Famtofam in this case of real corruption”,- ,” reads the letter sent to “Hetq” by “Famtofam” Dutch NGO President Hoite Spijkstra. The organization carries out charitable projects ...
14:25 | July 16, 2009
During a discussion held today on the theme of "Rural Poverty and Democracy in Armenia". Richard Giragosian, who heads the Yerevan-based Armenian Center for National and International Studies, stated that there exist two Armenia’s - One is Yerevan and the ...
20:46 | July 6, 2009
“I was born here. I got married here and it’s where we live. If there was work no one would leave the village. The natural surroundings of the village and its facilities are much better than those in the city. What does the city offer?” This is what ...
17:05 | July 4, 2009
Hakob Simonyan – “After the first dig, we knew the discovery was important” At a recent press conference, Hakob Simonyan, who heads the Cultural Inheritance Research Center attached to the RoA Ministry of Culture reported that certain discoveries ...
16:31 | July 1, 2009
At a press conference today Republican Party of Armenia parliamentary faction leader Galust Sahakyan was asked it is wasn't about time for Armenia to officially recognize the independence of Artsakh. His reply - "You recognize that which belongs to you. ...
15:08 | June 26, 2009
At a press conference held today, Kiro Manoyan, who heads the ARF Political and "Hay Dat" office in Yerevan commented that ever since the independence of Georgia, successive presidents and the Georgian Church have resorted to a variety of means to change the ...
14:09 | June 19, 2009
RoA Prime Minister visited the "Digi Tec Business" exhibition that opened today in Yerevan and afterwards stated that the implementation advanced technologies is one of the most productive ways to increase productivity levels, something that Armenia must seriously ...
20:40 | June 9, 2009
Former RoA Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian, who now heads the Civilitas Foundation think-tanks talked about the "right to elect" at a forum organized by the organization yesterday. "The institution of having free and fair elections presupposes a dual road. ...
14:01 | May 31, 2009
In a phone conversation with Hetq, Heghineh Bisharyan, who heads the "Orinats Party" ballot in today's election said that she has received no reports of major voting irregularities or violations. She said that at most certain technical problems have been ...
13:13 | May 27, 2009
Tigran Karapetyan, President of the People's Party, told reporters that he was sure the party would garner at least 10% of the vote in the upcoming May 31 municipal elections. Mr. Karapetyan stated that those citizens tired of lies and political polarizations ...
15:35 | May 26, 2009
Former RoA Prime Minister Hrant Bagratyan stated that Armenia's economy would witness a drop of at least 6.5 - 12%. He made the prediction at a press conference held earlier today. "The crisis has entered the 3rd stage which will bring about serious budgetary ...
16:18 | May 25, 2009
At an economic forum held today entitled "Armenia-Weathering the Global Storm", RoA Central Bank Vice-President Vache Gabrielyan noted that the priorities of the Armenian government in this regard include financing of the infrastructure and assisting small ...
14:29 | May 8, 2009
These were the sentiments of Gourgen Dalibaltayan, a Major General in the Soviet Army who was one of the co-authors of the "Hrazdan" military operation that lead to the liberation of Shushi, when asked about the possible return of the seven liberated territories ...
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