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Henrikh Mkhitaryan - Best Goals
23 Mar 2016
Siranush Ghazanchyan 

According to the data of the Belgian authorities, there are no 
Armenians among the victims of the Brussels blasts, the Armenian 
Embassy in Brussels informs in a Twitter post. 

The Embassy also notes that there will be no passenger flights into 
and out of Brussels Airport tomorrow, 24 March and advises to contact 
the airlines for flight information.

21 Mar 2016
Siranush Ghazanchyan 

Only mountains can be better than mountains, famous Tbilisi-based
Armenian mountaineer Levon Sarkisov says.

Lev Sarkisov first discovered his love for mountains, when working at
the Tbilisi Aviation Factory. A group of mountain climbers here was
organizing periodic expeditions. In 1962 the group decided to climb
Kazbek, the highest peak of the Caucasus Mountains.

Sarkisov later joined the mountaineer group of the Armed Forces and
worked as coach for a long time.

Sarkisov was the first Armenian to climb Everest - the highest peak
in the world. He holds the Guinness record as the oldest mountaineer
to conquer the highest peak.

He climbed Mount Ararat four times and took the Armenian tricolor
to the peak. "Taking the Armenian flag was a great risk. I could be
arrested had the flag been found in my rucksack. I bought fabric of
three colors at a store in Bayazet and sew the flag at the hotel,"
he said.

In 1999 Georgian President Edward Shevarnadze awarded him with an
Order of Honor. He's also the recipient of Snow Leopard award, a
Soviet mountaineering award, given to climbers conquering all five
peaks of 7,000m and above located in the former USSR.

Even at 70, Lev Sarkisov is ready to take the road to mountains.
21 Mar 2016
Siranush Ghazanchyan 

Ethnic Armenian soldier Gevorg Mkrtchyan was killed in clashes
between the Syrian Army and the Islamic State, reports,
quoting its sources in Aleppo.

Terrorist groups violated the ceasefire regime in Aleppo, opening fire
in the Sheikh Maqsud neighborhood, leaving four killed and 7 wounded.

YEREVAN. - Now, only 10 thousand Armenians are left in Syria, Aleppo
Armenian Vasken Mesrobian, who has just returned from Syria, stated
at Monday's press conference in Armenia's capital city of Yerevan.

In his words, the Syrian conflict will not be resolved soon.

"If we [i.e. Syrian Armenians] fled Syria and came to our historical
homeland [i.e. Armenia], we need to have a good attitude toward it,"
Mesrobian noted. "Thank God that we have been able to come here and
live in peace here."

He stated that the Armenian government is helping with what it can.

"I consider the remaining Armenians in Syria [to be] true heroes,"
Vasken Mesrobian added.

Around 60 to 70 thousand Armenians lived in Syria before the start
of the civil war in the country. More than half of these Armenians
resided in Aleppo, the largest city in Syria, and the rest lived in
capital city Damascus and several other towns. 
23 March, 2016 

YEREVAN, MARCH 23. Minister of Diaspora of Armenia
Hranush Hakobyan is amazed at diligence, devotion and taste of Syrian
Armenians. The Minister confessed about this at the opening of Charity
exhibition-fair entitled "The spirit of Syrian Armenian culture in
Yerevan", which exhibited the handmade works of Syrian Armenians,
candies and other various things.

"I am gazing at the silverware, which are very beautiful, as well as
the section of spicery and dishes", "Armenpress" reports the Minister
saying, adding that many of the presented items are worth having
at home.

Hranush Hakobyan stated that currently there are 17 thousand Syrian
Armenians in Armenia, who are very devoted and responsible towards
their work.

"Now it seems there is a tendency of Syrian Armenians engaging in
production of household items, shoes, textile production", she said.

In the words of the Minister, the number of the participants in the
traditional exhibition-fair increases. If 10-12 Syrian Armenians
participated in the first exhibition, on March 23 the number reached

Citing, Azerbaijani website protests
against, which presents materials covering the rich history and
heritage of the Armenian community of the Azerbaijani capital, Baku.

The website objects to the fact that the Armenians have played an
active socio-political role in Baku for centuries. For example,
writes about the pogroms of the Armenian population in Baku in 1905,
1918 and 1990, which claims have not happened.

In the description of, however, it is highlighted in four
languages (Azerbaijani, Armenian, English and Russian) that the
purpose of the website is "to present and enlighten the prosperous
past and inheritance of the Armenian community of Baku - the capital
of Azerbaijan." The website targets scientific organisations, achieves
and everyone interested in the history of the Armenian communities
and Baku.

Moreover, points out that the human rights violations, as
well as the anti- Armenian propaganda implemented on the state level
in Azerbaijan prohibit any mentioning of the role of the Armenians
in the history of Azerbaijan, and particularly in the history of
Baku. "In this regards the website has an important mission to reveal
the forgotten or forbidden pages of the history of Baku. The website
does not follow any purpose to stir up national passions; it gives
an opportunity to acknowledge the past and to secure the peaceful
coexistence of the two neighbour nations in future," writes.

The Armenian community in Baku fell victim to the genocide, which
was well planned by Azerbaijani and Turkish authorities and carried
out in three stages. As a result, the Armenian element that made
great contribution to the history of development of Baku city ceased
to exist.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Baku as a large industrial centre
in the Transcaucasia region of the Russian Empire had rich Armenian
civilizational presence. The Armenians were the third large ethnic
group after the Russians and multi-tribal Muslim population in the
city. Nevertheless, Armenians had leading role in social, industrial
and cultural life of the city. Due to the Armenian entrepreneurs'
activities, Baku oil industry ran up.

The buildings constructed with the support of the Armenian businessmen
and designed by talented Armenian architects in European architectural
best traditions and styles so far decorate Baku, the capital city
of Azerbaijan. The official anti-Armenian policy of Azerbaijani
authorities does not tolerate any mentioning of the Armenian existence
in Baku and of their great contribution to the history of the city. 
YEREVAN, March 23. Getting education and skills right is core
to investment and job creation. Children are using digital technology
before they even step foot inside a classroom. To meet this growing
trend, Microsoft Armenia has announced Armenia's inclusion in the
"School of Digital Age" international project.

The overall goal of the project is to bring the most innovative
technology to elementary schools in Armenia, create a productive and
modern learning environment for students and establish a universal
tool for individual and group cooperation within the school community.

The launch of the project took place in School No 98 in Noragavit
today. The launch was e attended by Minister of Education Levon
Mkrtchyan, Deputy Minister Karine Harutyunyan and the head of the
Education Department of Yerevan Municipality Gayane Soghomonyan. Liana
Korkotyan, Microsoft Country Manager in Armenia, headed the Microsoft
delegation which included Christodoulos Papaphotis, Head of Education
for Central and Easter Europe, and senior education experts Frangiskos
Lambrinos, and Danijel Bacelic.

All participants - 75 1st graders - received Windows 10 devices that
can be used both as a tablet or a laptop. The devices are specifically
produced for education purposes and are drop and water resistant
making them perfectly suited for children in a classroom or on the go.

All devices are based on Windows 10 operating system, will include
pre-installed standard education package from Intel, facilitated by
Unicomp, as well as learning applications for kids. The devices also
include free Microsoft Office 365 licenses for every student and
teacher - Office 365 is a Web-based version of Microsoft's Office
suite of enterprise-grade productivity applications.

Among other things, the project allows teachers, students and parents
to effectively communicate and collaborate with each other. It also
allows remote access to classroom for a student, use of a shared
whiteboard, and assignment control of the tasks.

"We're delighted to support Armenian students by building on their
capacity to become competitive in an increasingly globalized market.

Windows based devices are ubiquitous in today's society and it's
imperative that we give them an early advantage by putting them on
equal footing with their European and US counterparts. Investing in
education is a mission Microsoft feels very strongly about and we're
proud to support that mission in Armenia," said Liana Korkotyan,
Country Manager, Microsoft Armenia. 

RFE/RL Report
Iranians Again Flock To Armenia On Nowruz Holiday
Tatevik Lazarian

Thousands of Iranian tourists have arrived in Armenia at the start of 
annual celebrations of Nowruz, the ancient Persian New Year that has 
long been their country's most popular and longest holiday. 

For the past several years, Armenia has been a major destination for 
Iranians marking the two-week holiday abroad. Their influx is visibly 
much stronger this time around. 

Arlen Davudian, whose Yerevan-based Tatev Tour travel agency 
specializes in Iran, estimated on Monday that the number of 
holidaymakers from Iran, which usually exceeded 15,000 during previous 
Nowruz celebrations, has tripled this year. 

"There are several reasons for that," Davudian told RFE/RL's Armenian 
service ( "The first and foremost is the deteriorating 
security situation in Turkey." 

Hordes of such tourists could be seen strolling in the streets of 
central Yerevan and taking pictures as Nowruz celebrations in Iran 
began on Sunday. Many of them looked forward to not only visiting 
Armenian tourist attractions but also going to live concerts by 
Iranian pop singers banned in the Islamic Republic. Younger visitors 
will also flock to Yerevan night clubs rented by Iranian entertainers 
for the Nowruz period. 

"People and the city are very good," one Iranian man told RFE/RL's 
Armenian service ( "There will also be a lot of 
concerts. We come here for the concerts as well." 

"I'm here for a third time and I enjoy it," he said, adding that he 
and his wife will proceed to neighboring Georgia later this week. 

"A travel firm [in Iran] offered Dubai and Armenia to us," said an 
Iranian woman. "We chose Armenia. People are nice here." 

According to Roobik Monasian, a Yerevan-based correspondent for Radio 
Farda, RFE/RL's Persian-language service, the names of many popular 
sites in the Armenian capital already have unofficial Iranian 

"For example, they call the Cascade (a massive terrace-like structure 
on a hillside overlooking the city center) `a thousand steps,'" 
Monasian explained. "Yesterday I heard them calling Northern Avenue 
(Yerevan's main pedestrian street) `the French street.' They likened 
it to the Champs Elysees." 

In a city that was for centuries part of the Persian Empire, very few 
restaurants, cafes and shops provide Persian-language information or 
make special commercial offers to the Iranian visitors. 

"For a period of just a few days, that would be too much work," said 
Yervand Papazian, the manager of a Northern Avenue caf . "You can't 
just translate the menu [to Persian.] You also have to adapt it [to 
Iranian tastes.]" 

"It's hard to deal with such customers because 90 percent of them 
don't speak English or Russian while we don't speak Persian," Papazian 
said. "So we try to communicate with hand gestures." 

There are many Persian-language signs at nearby Republic Square where 
tour operators and individual taxi owners advertise day trips to 
ancient Armenian monuments outside Yerevan. "We mainly offer to show 
them our churches," said one taxi driver, Zhora. He claimed to have 
learned basic Persian from his customers. 

Some Iranians arrive in Armenia in their own cars. "Our traffic police 
hassle them too much," complained Aida, an Armenian tour guide. 

Davudian, the travel agency owner, said, for his part, that Armenia 
could have attracted a much larger number of Iranians and resulting 
economic benefits for its tourism industry had the Armenian government 
done more to promote the country in Iran. "Ignoring such a huge 
tourism market would be nave, to say the least," he said. 

According to Armenian government data, the number of Iranians visiting 
Armenia rose by 24 percent to 144,000 last year.

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