Monday, 18 July 2016

Armenian News... A Topalian...

Thanks to Henrik's arrival at Manchester United FC,
there a new interest in the Armenians in Manchester 
Meanwhile, across the pond, a different kind of news:
Los Angeles Luxury for $35 Million: House Belonging to 

Sons of Armenia’s Minister of Finance on the Market$35-million-house-belonging-to-sons-of-armenias-minister-of-finance-on-the-market.html
2700-year-old street, the oldest in Yerevan found in 
Urartian Erebuni
July 7, 2016 

Armenian-French-Iranian archaeological expedition has discovered the most ancient street of Yerevan in the territory of the Urartian city of Erebuni , head of the Armenian team of the expedition Mikayel Badalyan told reporters Thursday, July 7.

"This year, a 30-meter-long street with beautiful tiles has been found near the temple of Khaldi in Erebuni museum-reserve. It is 2700 years old,” Novosti Armenia cited Badalyan as saying.

He noted that this is a unique and unprecedented discovery, which completely changes the essence of the Urartian civilization.

“There are new assumptions about why there was a need for the construction of the Teishebaini fortress. It turned out, in particular, that an earthquake hit the area in the middle of the 7th century BC,” Badalyan said.

The head of the French team Stefan Duchamp, in turn, stressed the importance of the excavations.

“In recent years, foundations of buildings have been unearthed, hinting at the presence of not two, but three temples in Erebuni,” he said.

According to him, the excavations led to discoveries that are important for understanding the development of the civilization in the region in post-Urartian period. 
Armenia’s wine and brandy outputs growing as winemakers 
continues working with losses
YEREVAN, July 8. Armenia’s wine and brandy outputs and exports
are growing , but winemakers continues working with losses, Avag
Harutyunyan, the chairman of the Armenian Association of Winemakers,
told journalists on Friday.

In his words, negative impacts from devaluation of the Russia ruble continue.

“Although brandy output grew about 56% in Jan-May 2016, compared with
the same period of 2015 and wine output grew 11%, prices are so low
that winemakers sell their products with losses just not to lose their
niche at the Russian market,” he said.

Answering ARKA News Agency’s question related to export, Harutyunyan
said that a 50% growth was recorded on brandy.

He said Armenia also successfully re-export spirits and presumed that
brandy owed 80% of its 50-percent growth to re-export. Re-export here
means that import of brandy spirits and export of finals products.

Speaking about export of grapes, he said that Russian and Eurasian
Economic Union markets are not attractive to Armenia, since cost
prices of Armenian products are high.

Russia is now intensively supporting local producers, he said, 
and it means that cheap Armenian wine and brandy will be not 
demanded at Russia’s market.

Harutyunyan thinks that Armenia should occupy its own niche 
in the high-price segment at spirits market.
“Grape crops are expected to be as rich this year as before thanks to
the vines planted in the last five years have already started bearing
grapes, but it will not be in demand,” he said explaining that
processing companies have spent their last financial resources to have
their procurement debts repaid and that they have no money to purchase
as much raw materials as they purchased before.

According to the National Statistical Service, Armenia’s brandy output
grew 56.4% in Jan-May 2016, compared with the same period a year
earlier, to 6,851,900 liters.

Over the first five months of this year, some 2,490,800 liters of wine
were produced in the country (11.1% year-on-year growth), 730,700
liters of whiskey (2.5-time growth) and 155,200 liters of champagne
(8.5% growth).

Vodka and beer outputs fell instead – by 13% to 3,391,100 liters and
11.8% to 6,264,700 liters respectively. 

Azerbaijan Business Center
July 8 2016
Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of information diversion

Baku, Fineko/ The Ministry of Defence of Azerbaijan has
released an official statement saying that Armenian media’s
allegations about provocative actions of the Armed Forces of
Azerbaijan in the Aghdam direction on the night of July 8 is not true
and is misinformation.

The Ministry says that by spreading such misinformation in order to
divert public attention from the unstable political situation reigning
in the country, the leadership of Armenia, thus, tries once again to
aggravate the situation on the frontline.

“As we have previously stated, the Azerbaijani side, observing the
ceasefire regime, pursues measures exclusively to prevent the 
enemy’s provocative actions. The Ministry of Defence once again 
declares that the operational situation along the frontline is 
under the control of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, and any 
attempts by the enemy to carry out provocations on the frontline 
will be brutally suppressed. The military and political leadership 
of Armenia bears full responsibility for possible incidents,” it was 

Daily Sabah, Turkey
July 8 2016
Quran in Armenian translation in high demand in Lebanon

A Turkish publisher says an Armenian translation of the Quran has
drawn attention in Lebanon where a sizeable Armenian community lives.
The publisher plans to deliver 1,000 books in the coming days to the

Murat Rumevleklioğlu, who runs BM-AR, said the translation, in the
eastern and western dialects of Armenian, was based on two separate
Turkish translations of the book. He said they donated 1,400 Qurans in
Armenian to Aram Ateşyan, the acting patriarch of the Armenian
Orthodox Church in Istanbul. "We want to deliver it for free so that
Armenians can learn about Islam and appreciate that Ateşyan consented
to deliver it to his community interested in learning about Islam," he

Rumevleklioğlu said word of mouth helped their campaign deliver the
Qurans in Armenian to spread to other countries and this led to
increased interest from Lebanon. He said they are now working on
Hebrew and Syriac translations. "There isn't any comprehensive
translation of the Quran in these languages. We are now meticulously
working on providing good translations," he said.

Meanwhile, the state-run religious body, the Presidency of Religious
Affairs (DİB), is preparing to release translations of the Quran in 10
languages. The move follows earlier DİB translations of the Quran in
15 languages as part of its efforts to reach out to Muslim communities
around the globe. The DİB runs a translation project with the motto of
"Let No Language Remain Without a Quran," which saw the release of
translations in French, Kurdish, Armenian, Romanian, Russian,
Georgian, Spanish, Azerbaijani, Chinese, Italian, Kazakh, Danish,
Albanian and Tatar. New translations will include English, Bulgarian,
Ukrainian, Kyrgyz, Portuguese, Korean, Persian, Lithuanian and
Bosnian. Translations will also be available online.

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