After the sensational performances of Anoush opera, London Armenian
Opera will stage a further two at the Tabernacle on 27 and 28th October.
For those who have not been, put the dates in your diary to relish what
talent exists in the UK.
You will be competing with many of those who have already gone.
Kouyoumdjian's Comprehensive Armenian-English dictionary digitized and
Yerevan, Armenia – July 11, 2012 – Nayiri.com today released the digital
version of Mesrob Kouyoumdjian's A Comprehensive Armenian-English Dictionary
(published in 1970 in Beirut). With about 70,000 entries, the dictionary
is the largest Armenian-English dictionary ever printed. The dictionary is
fully searchable by headword, with the English words in the definitions
themselves linked to Kouyoumdjian's A Comprehensive English-Armenian
Dictionary. The latter dictionary was published in 1981 in Beirut and
contains about 96,000 entries.
Although the dictionary is written in traditional Armenian orthography
(which is used widely in the Armenian Diaspora) words searched in the reformed
orthography are converted to traditional orthography via a converter that
supports a lexicon of over 156,000 base words. For example, when searching
the word հարմարություն, Nayiri suggests յարմարութիւն.
The project took about one year to complete and was made possible by the
financial support of the Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural
Earlier this year, digitized versions of Stepan Malkhasiants' Armenian
Explanatory Dictionary (1944), Hrachia Ajarian's Armenian Etymological
Dictionary (1926), Edward Aghayan's Modern Armenian Explanatory Dictionary
(1976), and Ashot Sukiasyan's Armenian Thesaurus (1967) were also added to
Since 2005, Nayiri.com provides electronic tools for the Armenian language,
including freely accessible Armenian explanatory and bilingual dictionaries
in both Western and Eastern Armenian. In 2010, Nayiri.com partnered with
HySpell to provide the most comprehensive Armenian spell-checker for traditional
Armenian orthography that includes a lexicon base of 156,000 words and over
5 million inflected forms. Nayiri.com is a free service which relies on the
sponsorship of philanthropists, educational foundations, and all those
concerned with the longevity of the Armenian language.
The newly digitized Armenian-English dictionary is freely accessible at the
Azerbaijan Again Warns Against Karabakh-Armenia Flights
Nagorno-Karabakh -- The new airport terminal constructed near
Azerbaijan appeared to have renewed on Monday its threats to shoot
down civilian aircraft that would carry out flights between Armenia
and Nagorno-Karabakh without its permission.
The authorities in Baku warned of `corresponding measures' just days
after international mediators discussed the matter during their latest
tour of the Karabakh conflict zone.
In a statement issued on Friday, the U.S., Russian and French
diplomats co-chairing the OSCE Minsk Group said they `received renewed
assurances from the sides that they will reject any threat or use of
force against civil aircraft, pursue the matter through diplomatic
steps, and refrain from politicizing the issue.'
`The Co-Chairs reaffirmed that operation of this airport cannot be
used to support any claim of a change in the status of
Nagorno-Karabakh, and urged the sides to act in accordance with
international law and consistent with current practice for flights
over their territory,' the statement added without elaborating.
The Azerbaijani State Civil Aviation Administration said in that
regard that the planned Yerevan-Stepanakert flights would constitute
an `invasion' of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized airspace and
that `taking corresponding measures in connection with that is
`According to international norms, Azerbaijan has sovereign rights to
its airspace,' a spokesman for the government body told the APA news
agency. `Those who enter that airspace without permission shall be
considered to have breached the air borders.'
The Azerbaijani government first voiced such threats, in more explicit
terms, early last year when authorities in Karabakh announced the
impending reconstruction of the territory's sole airport located near
Stepanakert. Baku seemed to have backed away from the threats in April
2011 after being criticized by mediating powers.
The launch of first commercial flights to and from Karabakh in two
decades has been repeatedly postponed since then, even though the
airport's reconstruction was essentially completed by the end of
2011. Also, a newly established Karabakh airline reportedly acquired
two aircraft for Yerevan-Stepanakert flights earlier this year. An
official in Stepanakert told RFE/RL's Armenian service (Azatutyun.am)
last month that the flight service is likely to be launched before the
end of this summer.
The airport stopped functioning in 1991 amid intensifying armed
clashes in Karabakh that degenerated into a full-scale
Armenian-Azerbaijani war. Transport communication between Karabakh and
the outside world has since been carried out by land, via Armenia.
Armenia To Raise Minimum Marriage Age For Women
Citing legal, educational and health factors, the government moved on
Thursday to raise from 17 to 18 years the minimum age at which women
in Armenia are allowed to marry.
The age limit is set by the Armenian Family Code. The minimum legal
age of marriage for men is 18 years.
According to Justice Minister Hrayr Tovmasian, international human
rights groups regard this age disparity as gender
discrimination. `International structures have been urging us to
ensure gender equality [in marriage regulation,]' Tovmasian said,
presenting a corresponding amendment to the code approved by Prime
Minister Tigran Sarkisian's cabinet. `International experience also
shows that that age [for women] is 18,' he added.
Tovmasian argued that the measure is also necessary because of
Armenia's recent transition to a 12-year education cycle, which means
that young Armenians are likely to finish high school at the age of
18. Young girls must not be allowed to get married before graduation
so that they complete their studies, he said.
Under the previous, Soviet-era system of 10-year schooling the vast
majority of Armenian students finished school before coming of age.
Tovmasian also cited health factors behind the government decision
that will be sent to the Armenian parliament for approval soon. `We
have the Health Ministry's conclusion that women's marriage and
pregnancy at an early age leads to a number of health problems in the
future,' he told fellow ministers.
Government data cited by the justice minister shows that underage
girls were involved in roughly 1.5 percent of officially registered
marriages in Armenia in the 1990s. The annual number of underage
female marriages has shrunk by more than half since then.
IRAN'S ST. THADDEUS CHURCH TO HOST ARMENIAN PILGRIMS
Scores of Armenians, Assyrians and Catholics from Iran and other
countries will attend the annual event as part of their pilgrimage
on the Day of St. Thaddeus.
The ceremony is known as one of the largest religious ceremonies held
by Armenians, Press TV reports.
The St. Thaddeus Church, is one of the oldest and most notable
surviving Christian monuments of Iran that carries great significance
for the country's Armenian Orthodox community.
St. Thaddeus Church is the world's first church and was constructed
in 68 CE by one of the apostles of Jesus, Saint Thaddeus, who traveled
to Armenia, to preach the teachings of Christ.
Qara Kelisa, which literally means Black Church, has been registered
as the ninth Iranian historical-cultural heritage site on the United
Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO)
World Heritage List.
The church is composed of two parts: a black structure, the original
building of the church from which it takes its name and a white
structure, the main church, which was added to the original building's
western wing in 1810 CE.
An ancient chapel two kilometers northwest of the church is said to
have been the place where the first Christian woman, Sandokh, was
martyred. The chapel is believed to be as old as St. Thaddeus Church.
The structure was inscribed along with two other monastic ensembles
of the Armenian Christian faith namely St. Stepanos and the Chapel
ARMENIAN FILM IS 100 YEAR OLD: NEW DISCOVERIES ABOUT
FIRST ARMENIAN FILM
13 July, 2012
The start of national cinematography should be considered the beginning
of 1912 and not 1925, when '~RNamus'~R film was created.Film expert,
art specialist Artsvi Bakhchinyan found evidence and prove the above
mentioned statement and depicted in his book entitled '~RArmenian
As the author of the book stated at the briefing with Armenpress
journalist, Armenian film science has traditionally associated Armenian
film history with Soviet authorities.
'~RIt seemed everything was already obvious in this branch, yet it
there were things unrevealed. The authors engaged in Armenian film
history particularly stated that by 1923 particular individuals made
attempts to screen films, which were failed'~R the interlocutor
noted.'~RYet my philological searches showed, that besides
unsuccessful attempts, there were certain realities of film, which
remained unfortunately unknown in the film history and ,in general,
in Armenian culture'~R the author of the book shared with.
Artsvi Bakhchinyan authored one more new book, called '~R Armenian
film, the years of independence". The book presents the whole picture
of Armenian cinematography created since the independence of Armenia,
during two decades.
ARMENIAN ROAD MOVIE WINS BRITISH COUNCIL'S SPECIAL PRIZE
Armenian Rhapsodies, a road movie by Diaspora-Armenian young directors,
has been awarded a special prize at the British Council's Armenian
According to an official statement by the organizers, the film,
which tells about Armenia, will be screened in the United Kingdom
next year as part of the Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013 festival.
Sheffield Doc/Fest is an annual documentary film festival that attracts
the best representatives of cinematography, who gather together to
discuss their accomplishments of the past year.
The Armenian Rhapsody has been produced by the joint efforts of three
Brazilian-Armenian directors. It is the first full-length movie by
"The Diaspora-Armenian young producer has managed to reflect
Armenia through his color palette. The film is rich in characters,
each telling about his or her own Armenia, " said Narek Tovmasyan,
a programs managers at the British Council.
The authors have characterized their work a road movie, considering
that their heroes' stories merge together to create the history
The film was also awarded the Best Armenian Documentary prize at the
Golden Apricot International Film Festival.
A corporate success story – Hyatt’s Armenian boss