The leaders of 11 political forces are taking part in exclusive election debate live on the Public Television.
It is assumed that the debate will last 2.5 – 3 hours, and participants will have the opportunity to ask their questions.
YEREVAN. – The Armenian Defense Ministry posted the photos of the two pilots killed in a military jet rash earlier on Tuesday.
The SU-25 military jet of the Armenian Armed Forces has been found in the mountains near the region of Maralik in northeastern Armenia.
Lieutenant Colonel Armen Babayan and Major Movses Manukyan were killed
The General Military Investigation Department of the Investigation Committee of Armenia is investigating the reasons of the crash of the SU-25 aircraft, ARMENPRESS reports advisor to the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Armenia Sona Truzyan wrote on her Facebook page.
“According to the preliminary information, the military SU-25 aircraft conducting a routine training flight crashed on December 4 at about 10:20 am in the vicinity of Karaberd village located in the region of Maralik town of Shirak Province. As a result of the crash First Class Pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Armen Slavik Babayan and 3rd Class Pilot, Major Movses Gevorg Manoukyan have been killed.
The investigative-operative group headed to the scene immediately, led by Deputy Chairman of the Investigative Committee, Head of General Military Investigation Department Artak Krkyasharyan”, she wrote, adding that an criminal case has been initiated.
“The black box has been discovered during the examination of the scene. Extra information will be provided on the process of the investigation”, Truzyan wrote.
A Dutch Protestant church has been holding around-the-clock church service in order to protect an Armenian family from deportation.
According to the Dutch law, the police cannot interrupt the service, and representative of Bethelkerk church in The Hague decided to use this opportunity to draw authorities’ attention to the problem of the Tamrazyan family, local Omroep West television reported.
The family came to the Netherlands back in 2010, but they face deportation.
In September one of the family members Hayarpi said they were granted refugee status at three separate court hearings but the Dutch state went to appeal each time. The family hope that junior justice minister Mark Harbers will use his powers of discretion to let them stay, as he eventually did in the case of the Armenian children Lily and Howick.
Nine producers from Armenia are exhibiting their organic certified and in conversion products such as honey, dried fruits, natural juices and herbal teas to around ten thousand specialized visitors of the annual Middle East Organic & Natural Products Expo 2018, held in Dubai on 18-20 November.
The expo is the region’s sole dedicated business event that focuses on natural products. The participation is organised by the Organic Agriculture Support Initiative (OASI), a project funded by the European Union (EU) and co-funded and implemented by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), in close cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture of Armenia, as well as with SME DNC and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The organic sector opens new opportunities for Armenian producers to compete with high-value quality products. The objective of the participation is to explore this growing market and find potential buyers for Armenian organic products, as well as to promote and establish “Organic Armenia” as a high value brand in the Middle East market.
“A main market opportunity in the EU is the strong demand trend for healthy natural products without artificial ingredients and with low sugar content. Armenia has particular strengths for the production of niche products and it is an advantage that a lot of companies have an organic certification with support from the EU (OASI project)” said the EU Ambassador Piotr Świtalski.
“The EU helps farmers in different regions of Armenia to improve their production both in quantity and quality, and to find markets for the products, as well as promoting exports and accessing EU markets. The CEPA, in its turn, is paving the way for deeper cooperation, broadening the scope of economic cooperation and providing new opportunities for closer ties on different sectors, including agriculture sector”.
Acting Minister of Agriculture Gegham Gevorgyan emphasized: “The development of organic agriculture in our country is a prospective direction with great potential, which also has great opportunities for export and we should take all the steps to encourage farmers who produce organic products.”
“As a possible state support option, we are also discussing the possibility of subsidizing organic certification costs, which we hope will be another important incentive for increasing the volume of organic agriculture in the country,” he added.
“Austria as the organic leader in the European Union is proud to support Armenia going organic. Helping the producers access international markets is one of our core activities, and the growing Arab market is very promising for Armenian organic and natural products”, noted David Muckenhuber, Team Leader of OASI project.
The demand for organic products is growing exponentially in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as consumers are placing higher value on sustainable and healthy products. Dubai’s unique geographical location also makes the country a crucial link in international trade routes and an important gateway to the GCC and Pan Arab Markets.
The MENOPE expo is held under the patronage of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment UAE and is supported by IFOAM-Organics International. The success of its 2017 show has led to a doubling in size this year. The expo drew over 6,500 industry buyers in 2017 and this year it expects over 9,500 specialized visitors.
OASI is a three-year project launched in September, 2015 aimed at promoting organic agriculture in Armenia.
Armenian Hripsime Rema Matevosyan is on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Manufacturing & Industry 2019 list of standout young makers and industrial innovators.
Matevosyan is a mathematician, engineer, and a young aerospace industry specialist who has founded her own startup, which is engaged in high-altitude imaging and geospatial data.
“Hripsime Rema Matevosyan cofounded Swiftera, a high-altitude imaging company that uses a floating camera to go above what drones can reach but below the level of satellites,” Forbes wrote, in particular, regarding Matevosyan.
The last session of a regular four-day sitting of parliament saw some quite heated debates today.
A number of government-submitted bills were voted down, including bills that were adopted at first reading earlier.
The parliament even failed to ensure quorum initially, with only 48 lawmakers in the 105-seat legislative showing up, prompting Speaker Ara Babloyan recommending waiting.
He then requested faction leaders to summon their lawmakers to the session. After about half an hour, a few Members of Parliament arrived. After some time the parliament finally ensured quorum and the sitting began.
The Speaker called for a vote for the previously debated bill on amending the “Law On State Administration System Bodies”. Only 51 lawmakers voted in favor and 1 abstained, others didn’t take part. The bill failed to be adopted since it required a minimum of 53 participating MPs. After the vote the Speaker asked HHK faction MP Galust Sahakyan, a former Speaker, whether he wasn’t voting. Sahakyan confirmed he isn’t participating.
Then, the Speaker called for a vote for the bill on amending the Law On Subsoil. Again, 51 voted in favor and 1 abstained, failing the adoption.
The next bill in line was the bill on amending the Law on Insurance and Insurance Activities. Deputy Speaker Michael Melkumyan requested the floor and addressed the lawmakers, saying: “Dear colleagues, I am urging you all to participate in the vote in order not to fail the important bills of the government. I call on you to participate for important decisions to be adopted”. But again, only 51 voted in favor, and 1 abstained.
Yelk faction MP Hrachya Hakobyan’s bill on amending the Law on Advertisement was next. He requested the floor and addressed Galust Sahakyan, asking him to participate in the vote this time. “I believe this bill is urgent, because you can see to what extent the advertisements of these [bookmakers] are suffocating everyone,” Hakobyan said, referring to the activities of bookmaking companies – a recently debated issue. However, only 52 lawmakers voted in favor, and the bill again failed to be adopted. The Speaker announced that 1 MP did not vote. “But I guess the MP didn’t vote as a matter of principle,” he said.
Deputy Speaker Melkumyan called for a re-vote, but the Speaker disagreed.
The other Deputy Speaker, Eduard Sharmazanov, intervened and addressed his colleagues. “First of all I ask you to respect one another, we are all equal here. If no one has said that the button didn’t work and he was unable to vote, then there is no need for a re-vote. I myself voted in favor, I don’t know about others,” he said.
Melkumyan insisted to vote again. “I suggest us all to realize that this is a very important law that we must adopt,” he said. Nevertheless, a 2nd vote didn’t take place.
MP Edmon Marukyan’s bill on amending the Criminal Code was next. Tsarukyan faction MP Vahe Enfiajyan took the floor and expressed his concern over the situation. He said that the situation in parliament is inadmissible and unclear, “come, sit and disrupt the normal function”.
Marukyan asked the lawmakers to support his bill, because it concerns human rights protection and respect. “I attach great importance for it to be adopted, because it doesn’t have any political goal, it doesn’t have anything political, it is simply of humanitarian nature, and I am asking for us together to adopt it,” he said.
Tsarukyan faction MP Naira Zohrabyan joined Marukyan in the call. “I urge everyone to vote in favor of this bill and not fail it,” she said.
Sharmazanov, in turn, called for lawmakers to respect each other’s voting. “We are all Members of Parliament and are entitled to vote or not vote,” he said. At the same time, he expressed support for Marukyan’s bill. Despite numerous calls, the bill was voted down. Only 48 MPs voted in favor.
The parliament also rejected the bill of several Republicans who recommended amending the freedom of assembly law and banning rallies in territories of churches. Only 43 MPs voted in favor, again failing to adopt it.
The bill on granting the Catholicos of the Armenian Church state security detail was also rejected.
Republican lawmaker Hayk Babukhanyan urged his colleagues to adopt the bill. Yelk faction leader Lena Nazaryan, in turn, told the parliament that the government has already reassured that in the event of the Catholicos requiring security measures, the government will take appropriate actions, and that there is no need to have a separate law on this issue. Sharmazanov, on the other hand, called for the adoption of the bill, citing the “exclusive rights” of the church under the Constitution. The ARF also expressed support for the bill.
Only 28 MPs voted in favor, 10 abstained. The bill failed to be adopted.
Sharmazanov blasted the vote as “the most embarrassing vote in the history of independent Armenia”, and left the hall. Other HHK lawmakers left the hall soon after Sharmazanov.
The Speaker told everyone to remain in place since another bill must be voted for. “Each bill has its importance, this can’t go on like this,” he said.
The next bill was Tigran Urikhanyan’s proposed amendments to the Law on Education, which again was voted down. Only 32 MPs voted in favor. The required minimum number of participating MPs was 53. The bill was proposing to introduce more convenient conditions for students paying tuition fees.
Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan
YEREVAN. – A 30-year-old Armenian man beat his 20-year-old wife to death, Armenian police reported.
Police received a call on Sunday from the hospital saying a woman was hospitalized with multiple injuries.
It was revealed that the man beat his wife. On the same day Illarion N. was detained, but was released after he confessed to beating Kristine Iskandaryan, 20.
The young woman died in hospital on Monday. The investigation is underway.
Police Chief of Armenia Valeri Osipyan assures that the Police are completely ready for the upcoming early parliamentary elections scheduled in December, Armenpress reports.
Following today’s Cabinet meeting, Osipyan told reporters that the Police have the same preparedness for the expected elections as it was during the Yerevan City Council elections.
He again repeated the previous statement according to which the Police will demonstrate an unprecedented control across the Republic during the elections. “The Police are ready to excellently hold the snap parliamentary elections. Here we will apply new approaches, especially in the provinces”, he said, refusing to provide additional details.
A meeting between Armenian foreign minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Azerbaijan’s foreign minister Elmar Mammadyarov took place September 26 in New York City at the mediation of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stephane Visconti of France and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America. The Co-Chairs, as well as the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk, participated in the meeting, the foreign ministry said.
The meeting initially began in an expanded format, followed by a one-on-one meeting of the FMs.
Minister Mnatsakanyan reiterated Armenia’s stance and approach on the exclusively peaceful settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh (NK) conflict.
A ‘useful’ exchange of ideas over the conflict’s settlement aimed at establishing sustainable peace in the region took place, the ministry said. The parties agreed to continue dialogue, including within the framework of an upcoming visit of the Co-Chairs to the region.
Armenian political analyst Suren Sargsyan states Turkey’s plans to build a military base in the Azerbaijan-controlled Nakhichevan region should raise serious concerns in Russia.
The analyst does not find it accidental that ahead of today’s trilateral meeting of the Russian, Iranian and Turkish presidents in Tehran, as well as Saturday’s meeting between Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Vladimir Putin, Turkish and Azerbaijani media actively report about Turkey’s plans to launch its third military base (after Somali and Qatar) in Nakhichevan.
According to him, this will be the first military base deployed by a NATO member state in the Post-soviet territory.
“Moscow has a serious reason for concerns,” he said in a post on Facebook.