Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Armenian News... A Topalian...Armenians Slain in Aleppo
Mourners gather to pay last respects to slain Armenians 

in Aleppo, two wounded civilians remain in serious condition
1 October, 2016 
Terrorists continued shelling different districts of Aleppo in the 
 morning of October 1.

Gandzasar Weekly reports mourners will gather at 11:00 local time 
i n Aleppo’s St. Mary Church to pay last respects to the slain 
Armenian civilians. 

Aram Aramyan and Harut Avagyan – who were wounded during 
the shelling – remain in serious condition.

Death toll among Armenians in the Aleppo shelling has risen to 5, 
and 11 are wounded.

Gandzasar Weekly reported the identities of the killed Armenians 
 – Arman Hintoyan, Mirrey Hintoyan, Tsila Japaghjuryan, Yasmik 
Kirakosyan-Perejiklyan and Bier Hariro.

Garnik Karapetyan, Tsovik Gapikyan, Peti Lakhoyan-Hintoyan, 
 Movses Hintoyan, Nazar Zarmanyan, Mari Karapetyan, Ara Arabian, 
 Arshak Perejiklyan, Harut Avagyan, Yagup and George Hariro are 
 among the wounded.

Terrorists have shelled the Armenian populated districts of Aleppo 
 in the morning of September 30. A shell hit an apartment near 
 the St. Mary Church, which resulted in casualties.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia expressed deep concern 
over the situation in Aleppo. “The use of weapons against civilians, 
which is strictly condemnable, is of particular concern especially 
in Aleppo, including the Armenian populated districts”, the ministry

Two planes will deliver humanitarian aid to Syria for assisting civilians 
at the instruction of President Sargsyan.

RFE/RL Report
Armenia To Send Relief Aid To Syria
ptember 30, 2016

Syria -- Syrian civilians and rescuers gather at site of government
forces air strikes in the rebel held neighbourhood of Al-Shaar in
Aleppo on September 27, 2016.

Armenia said it will send humanitarian aid to Syria after five ethnic
Armenian civilians were reportedly killed in Aleppo on Friday amid
fierce fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels.

"We are deeply concerned over the recent escalation of the military
situation in Syria," the Armenian Foreign Ministry said in a

"The deplorable use of weaponry against the civilian population of
Aleppo, including of the Armenian district, that resulted in numerous
human losses is a matter of particular concern," read the
statement. "We express our deep condolences and support to the
families and relatives of the killed and wounded."

The statement added that President Serzh Sarkisian has instructed
Armenia's government to send two planeloads of humanitarian aid to the
war-ravaged country to "support the population affected by the Syrian

It did not specify whether the aid will be delivered to Syria's
remaining Armenian community. Many of its members still live in
government-controlled parts of Aleppo, the country's formerly largest
city and the epicenter of heavy fighting in the Syrian civil war.

Gun battles in and around the city continued on Friday, with the
Syrian army reportedly continuing its Russian-backed offensive on
rebel-held districts of Aleppo. U.S. President Barack Obama and German
Chancellor Angela Merkel during a phone call on Thursday condemned
what they called "barbarous" Russia and Syrian air strikes on those
areas., an Aleppo-based Armenian publication, reported that
rebel forces shelled two Armenian-populated neighborhoods of the
divided city early in the morning. The shelling left 5 Syrian
Armenians dead and 11 others wounded, the publication said,
identifying all of those civilians.

Aleppo was home to the majority of an estimated 80,000 ethnic
Armenians who lived in Syria until the outbreak of the bloody conflict
five years ago. Only up to 10,000 of them reportedly remain in Middle
Eastern country now. Many are said to be unable to flee the war zone
or simply have nowhere to go.

More than 16,000 Syrian Armenians have taken refuge in Armenia,
according to the authorities in Yerevan.
Armenian authorities racing against time to adopt new tax code 
before WB directorial board session 
Armenia’s government is racing against time to adopt a new tax code before the World Bank directorial board’s session in November, Haykakan Zhamanak (Armneian Time) reports referring to its sources.

According to the newspaper, at this very session the World Bank will decided whether to continue lending financial resources to Armenia or not.

“It is known that international organizations has made annual increase of tax revenue by 60-70 billion a condition for lending money to Armenia, and the Armenian authorities are trying to comply with this requirement by adopting the new tax code – otherwise, organizations will extend no loans to the country,” the authors of the publication say.

Vakhtang Mirumyan, the chairman of the State Revenue Committee, however, told the newspaper that there was no such a requirement.

“However, we ourselves already think that we must build up revenue, and that this can be done by combating shady dealings,” he added.

Mirumyan is also quoted by Haykakan Zhamanak as saying that after adoption of the new tax code in 2017, tobacco products and spirits will add AMD 8.1 billion to the budget in excise tax receipts, and in 2018, petrol and liquid gas will bring another AMD 17 billion to the budget as excise tax payments.

The Armenian National Assembly has passed the new tax code at two readings and is expected to give its final approval to the code before the end of this year. ($1 – AMD 474.57).

Vahe Torossian is new President of Microsoft France 

Microsoft Corporate Vice-President Vahe Torossian was appointed President of Microsoft France.

According to the announcement by Microsoft France, he has been the acting President from July 1 this year.

“France is the country of research and innovation, knowledge and best engineering training, with powerful entrepreneurial ecosystem. Together with our team we will strengthen loyalty to our clients and partners and accelerate their digital transformation towards cloud technologies,” Vahe Torossian noted.

It is worth mentioning that Vahe Torossian visited Yerevan last year to participate in the 8th Armtech-2015 High Tech Conference.
Which of Armenian MPs are US dollar millionaires?
Babken Tunyan, an expert for the NA Monitoring project, on Friday, told reporters the results of monitoring of Armenian MPs’ income statements and property reports for 2015-2016.

According to him, the persons related to all the MPs stated assets totaling AMD 13bn at the end of last year.

Mr Tunyan listed the MPs that stated the largest assets.

“Gagik Tsarukyan owns the largest assets, AMD 16.6bn or US $34.3 million. He is followed by Samvel Alexanyan, with US $8.8m. But his wife owns larger assets. The third richest MP is Grigory Margaryan, with US $5.1 million,” Mr Tunyan said.

According to him, 16 US dollar millionaires are among Armenian MPs. As regards incomes, Gagik Tsarukyan is the leader, with AMD 6.3bn, followed by Ashot Arsenyan, Gurgen Arsenyan, Mher Sedrakyan and Araik Grigoryan.

The richest parliamentary faction is Prosperous Armenia whose declared income (including Tsarukyan’s assets) accounts for 58.75% of the total registered assets in parliament. The Republican comes in the second with 34.4%. The opposition Armenian National Congress, Heritage and Prosperous Armenia saw their assets decline respectively by 65%, 56% and 42% against 2012, Tunyan added. “The [total] assets of Rule of Law saw the highest increase, 116.2%,” he added.
The Balyan Family: Armenian masters behind Ottoman architecture
30 Sep 2016 

The Balyan family was one of the most well-known Armenian families during the Ottoman era. Family members served as imperial architects for years and are remembered as the masterminds behind many palaces, mosques and barracks like the Dolmabahce Mosque and the Beylerbeyi Palace, Daily Sabah writes.
An Armenian family coming from the province of Kayseri was the origin of nine craftsmen consecutively, and they left their marks on many buildings in Istanbul and its surroundings during the 18th and 19th centuries such as palaces, mosques, churches, mansions, waterfront residences, barracks, schools, hospitals, towers, fountains, weirs and theater halls.

The Balyan Family developed a unique architectural style by blending Europe’s baroque and imperial styles with Oriental ornamental style. Apart from passing down their knowledge and experience from one generation to another, the Balyan Family succeeded in modernizing themselves and making sure they were not forgotten.

Not many people who perform their prayers at the mosques in the Bosporus are aware that some of these mosques have been built by an Armenian.

See full report with photos;
Armenia’s roads worst in the region, new report says
October 1, 2016 
Armenia possesses the worst quality of roads in the region, taking the 81st spot with an overall score of 3.8 among the world’s 138 countries, the Global Competitiveness Report said.

The index assesses the quality (extensiveness and condition) of the road infrastructure (1 = extremely poor—among the worst in the world; 7 = extremely good—among the best in the world).

Georgia has the same score as Armenia and is ranked the 78th, while Turkey, Azerbaijan and Iran are placed in the 28th, 50th and 68th positions, respectively.

Russia, with a score of 2.8 occupies the 123rd place, while the United States comes in the 13th.

The United Arab Emirates, Singapore boast the world’s best roads, while Madagascar, Congo and Paraguay have the worst ones.

The Global Competitiveness Report assesses the competitiveness landscape of 138 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity.

RFE/RL Report
Armenian, Azeri Leaders `Not Ready' For Compromise
September 30, 2016
No solution is in sight to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict because
Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders are still not prepared for a
compromise peace deal, according to U.S. Secretary of State John

"There are some frozen conflicts in the world today: Nagorno-Karabakh,
Azerbaijan-Armenia, where you can't quite see that [decisive progress]
right now because the leaders aren't ready, because the tensions are
there," he said late on Thursday, speaking during a forum on
international security in Washington.

Kerry briefly mentioned the Karabakh issue in the context of
U.S. efforts to settle various conflicts around the world. "There are
some [conflicts] where I think they're difficult but you can see how
you could get there if people made a certain set of decisions. I
believe Israel-Palestine falls into that category," he said at the
forum organized by "The Atlantic" magazine and Aspen Institute.

Kerry became personally involved in joint U.S., Russian and French
efforts to end the Armenian-Azerbaijani dispute following the outbreak
in early April of heavy fighting in and around Karabakh. He and
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov mediated the May 16 meeting in
Vienna of the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents.

The Vienna summit was aimed at de-escalating tensions on the Karabakh
frontlines. Presidents Serzh Sarkisian and Ilham Aliyev held follow-up
talks in Russia on June 20.

Kerry telephoned Sarkisian and Aliyev later in June amid signs that
the conflicting parties may revive the long-running peace process. He
reportedly urged them to implement confidence-building measures agreed
at Vienna and embark on "substantive talks that can lead to a
comprehensive settlement."

Kerry went on to hold separate meetings with the Armenian and
Azerbaijani leaders on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Warsaw in
early July. No further progress towards a Karabakh settlement has been
reported since then.

It is still not clear whether Aliyev and Sarkisian will agree to meet
again before the end of this year.

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