Thursday, 10 November 2016

Armenian News... A Topalian...Turkish MP: Fethullah Gülen’s father is Armenian

Vocal & Piano Recital of Virtuoso Opera Aria 
& Classical Songs
Sipan Olah (tenor) and Timothy End (piano)
Friday 18 November at 7:30pm
Ealing Town Hall

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[still they use Armenian ethnicity as the worst insult who
antagonises the Turkish nationalist]
Turkish MP: Fethullah Gülen’s father is Armenian

Orhan Deligöz, a ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) MP from Erzurum, Turkey, claimed that the father of Fethullah Gülen was Armenian.

Deligöz noted that Gülen’s family had moved to Erzurum from elsewhere, reported Haber7 news website of Turkey.

“They came from Iran to Bitlis [town in Turkey], after which they settled in Erzurum,” said the Turkish MP “When Fethullah Gülen wanted to get a foreign passport, he had noted his mother’s name as Rabin, which is neither a Turkish nor a Kurdish name. His mother is Jewish, whereas his father—Armenian.”

Ankara accuses Turkish Islamic theologian and preacher Fethullah Gülen—who resides in the US since 1999—and his “Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organization (FETÖ)” of orchestrating the failed putsch in Turkey in July. And it has petitioned to the US for his extradition to Turkey.
Speaker: Nagorno-Karabakh Republic to be renamed Artsakh
November 7 2016.

Nagorno-Karabakh Republic will be renamed Artsakh in a new Constitution, Ashot Gulyan, the speaker of the Nagorno-Karabakh National Assembly and the chairman of the president-affiliated professional committee on constitutional reforms, said Saturday in an interview with a local TV company

He said this will be the Constitution of Artsakh, not Nagorno Karabakh.

"This means that subject is changed in the Constitution, and our wish, which had been voiced repeatedly, to return to our historical and genuine name, will be reflected already in the first article,” Gulyan said in his televised interview.

He said that the new Constitution will consist of at least 170 articles instead of the present 142.

In his words, the articles are mostly related to fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens.

Gulyan said that although the presidential rule will remain in the country, the legislative institution’s powers are planned to be widened.

The draft new constitution is expected to be unveiled the next week. It will be available on the parliament’s website. Public discussions will be wrapped up before November 20, and after that the document will be submitted to the president for approval. After completion of all necessary procedures the draft constitution will be put to a referendum.

Construction.RU, Russia
Nov 6 2016
10 million-euro bridge to be built on Georgian-Armenian border 

Construction of a bridge across the Debed River situated at a section in the borderland between Georgia and Armenia will start in 2017 and is scheduled to be completed in 2018, the press office of Georgian Prime Minister announced on Monday, Interfax news agency reports.

A plot of land allotted to the bridge construction named “Bridge of Friendship” has been inspected by Georgian Prime Minister, Giorgi Kvirikashvili , and Armenian President, Serzh Sargsyan .

The project is estimated at 10 million euro and will be funded by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development by means of granting a credit to Georgia and Armenia.

The intergovernmental agreement between two countries over the bridge construction was signed in December 2014.
Three of ten Armenian citizens are below poverty line
November 7 2016 

The poverty rate in Armenia in 2015 was 29.8%, by 0.2% less than in 2014, according to a National Statistical Service’s (NSS) report ‘Poverty and social panorama of Armenia." According to the report, the total number of poor people in Armenia last year stood at 900,000, of whom 310, 000 were very poor and 60,000 extremely poor. Therefore, 19.4% of the population was poor, 8.4% - very poor and 2% - extremely poor.

The monthly upper threshold of poverty in 2015 was 41,698 drams or $87.2 per adult (in terms of consumption), while the lower poverty threshold was - 34,234 drams or $71.6 and the extreme poverty threshold was 24,109 drams, or $50, 4. According to the report, three of the 10 Armenian citizens were below the poverty line, that is, their monthly income was below 41,698 drams.

The urban poverty level last year was 29.4%, which was 1.8% higher than in 2008. Moreover, the urban settlements accounted for 61.5% of the total poor population. The poverty level in rural areas increased even more from 2008 - by 2.9%, amounting to 30.4%. The lowest poverty rate of 25% was in the capital city Yerevan.

In Shirak, Lori, Kotayk, Tavush, Gegharkunik regions of the country the poverty rate was above the average national rate. The highest poverty rate in 2015 was registered in Shirak region - 45%.

The survey was conducted in 40 cities and 214 rural areas of the country embracing 5,184 households.
Some 15.6% of respondents identified themselves as poor, and 1.9% - as extremely poor.

The 17th report ‘Poverty and social panorama of Armenia", prepared by the NSS with the analytical and technical assistance of the World Bank, is designed to assess the social situation and living standards changes in Armenia in 2008-2015. ($ 1 - 476.83 drams). -0- 
Birth rate decreased in Armenia
November 8,2016 |

The population in Armenia has dropped by approximately 10 000 in the past nine months as compared to the same period in 2015, Head of the Census and Demography Department at the National Statistical Service (NSS) said on November 8.

According to the NSS, 2 993 900 people were residing in Armenia as of October 1, 2016.

The birth rate has fallen by 2,3 percent, while the death birth by 2,5 percent.

Karine Kuyumjyan says the highest birth rates were recorded in Yerevan while the lowest in Syunik and Tavush marzes. Most deaths were registered in Lori, Tavush, Shirak and Vayots Dzor.

Marriage and divorce statistics in Armenia show a decrease in the number of marriages (by 7,9 percent) and divorces (4,2 percent). Most marriages were registered in Yerevan. The birth rate exceeds mortality rate by more than 40 percent.
Armenia represented at WTM 2016 travel trade show in London
08 Nov 2016 

Three Armenian companies are participating in the WTM 2016 international tourism fair in London November 7-9 with the support of the Development Foundation of Armenia.

The World Travel Market is the second largest tourism fair in the world, where the Armenian booth presents the country’s tourism opportunities, introduces the directions for pilgrimage to the first Christian nation.

The Armenian companies have left for London to meet partners, establish new ties and sign new contracts.

“By participating in international tourism exhibitions we help raise awareness about our country on the international market. In particular, the London fair will allow to present the attractive tourism destinations in Armenia and Artsakh to more than 180 tourism organizations of the world, agents and visitors,” Executive Director of the Armenian Development Foundation Karen Mkrtichian said.

The London travel show, held for the 37th time, has brought together more than 5,000 companies and 50,000 visitors over the past years.

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