Monday, 16 January 2017

Armenian News... A Topalian... Sport, Genocide, Covent Garden, Artsakh...Etc...

The Mail on Sunday
15 January 2017 

The sport pages have a two page spread (12-13) on Henrikh Mkhitaryan 
including a panel on 'Land of Noah's Ark and World Cup Stars’ headlines: 

He lit up the league with THAT scorpion kick goal, but here's the

Sting in the Tale

Henrikh Mkhitaryan on who it wa today's rival Klopp who made him a star,
Jose's hugs and his emotional journey from Armenia to Old Trafford...via Sao Paulo
Garo Paylan: Genocide perpetrator is the fascist mindset

Garo Paylan, Istanbul-Armenian MP of the opposition pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) of Turkey, made an entry on his Twitter account, and with respect to the incident that occurred Friday in the Turkish parliament. 

“The perpetrator of the [Armenian] Genocide is not the Turkish people; it is the fascist mindset that always commits a crime, [but] never gives an account [for it]. 

“My saying genocide in parliament was unlawfully penalized. 

“The AKP [i.e. the ruling Justice and Development Party] was [allegedly] demolishing taboos [in Turkey]. 

“It’s a pity. 

“At the parliament rostrum, I repeatedly called the calamity that befell my people as genocide. 

“When the AKP played into the hands of the MHP [i.e. the Nationalist Movement Party], the demolished taboos arose again,” Paylan tweeted, in particular. 

As reported earlier, Garo Paylan was barred from attending three parliamentary sessions, for speaking about Armenian Genocide, in parliament. 

[his speech was also deleted from the minutes of the parliament]
Covent Garden brings famous Armenian opera singers together
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 

Covent Garden brings famous Armenian opera singers together Armenian tenor Liparit Avetisyan, sopranos Anush Hovhannisyan, Hrachuhi Bassents and Liana Harutyunyan will perform at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London. news website reports, that former students of the Yerevan State Conservatory, living and performing today on the world’s most prestigious stages, will come together from January 21 to March 2 to perform at Covent Garden.

Tenor Liparit Avetisyan will act "Aria of Alfred" from opera "La Traviata" by Giuseppe Verdi, following the prize received by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa foundation. Soprano Anush Hovhannisyan will sing the soprano solo of Woold Works modern ballet to be choreographed by award winning and internationally renowned British Wayne McGregor.

The concerts are scheduled on January 21, February 2, 4, and 8. Soprano Hrachuhi Bassents, Prima of the German Nurnberg Opera Theatre will act the aria of Adriana from the Adriana Lecouvreur Opera by Francesco Cilea along with opera star Angela Gheorghiu of Romania. The performances are on February 21 and March 2. Soprano Liana Harutyuyan is back with the aria of Leonora of the Troubadour Opera by Giuseppe Verdi. Liana Harutyunyan’s performances are scheduled on January 26, 28, 31, February 3, 6, 9.
“Armath” engineering laboratory opened in Kashatagh region of Artsakh 

“Armath” engineering laboratory was opened in Vurgavan community of Kashatagh region in Artsakh. As the Union of Information Technology Enterprises (UITE) says in a released statement, school students from both Vurgavan community and the nearby settlements are enrolled in classes to learn programming, robotics and 3D-modeling.

To note, “Armath” engineering club-labs are operating in 194 schools of Armenia and the Nagorno Karabakh Republic with some 5, 000 students receiving technological education.

The project aims to assist schoolchildren in their early interest emergence in modern high technology, to promote the development of engineering mindset from early ages and to prepare competent students in all schools of the Armenian and Artsakh communities.

Since its establishment “Armath” engineering laboratories have been awarded number of prizes for promoting school students’ interest in high technology and enhance engineering thinking, including the sustainable growth prize received during the WITSA Global Excellence Award Ceremony.

“Armath” engineering club-lab in Vurgavan was established through the joint financing of “Hayrenaser” (Patriot) NGO and the UITE through the donations collected at a fundraiser organized at DigiTec technological exhibition as well as funds donated by the UITE member organizations at the new year’s event.
Armenian PM downplays fears triggered by possible sale of 25% in Georgia’s gas pipeline to Azerbaijan
January 13.

Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan downplayed today fears that the sale of 25% of Georgia’s state Oil and Gas Corporation (GOGC) to Armenia’s rival Azerbaijan may endanger the country’s energy system.

Georgia’s finance minister Dimitri Kumsishvili said earlier that the corporation’s 25 percent stake will be placed on one of the exchanges abroad, in London or Shanghai.

The GOGC, which operates the North-South gas pipeline transporting Russia gas to Armenia via Georgia, issued $250 million of its first five-year Eurobonds in 2012 and the same amount again in April 2016, according to Georgian news reports.

Speaking at a news conference today Karapetyan said even if Azerbaijani acquires 25% of GOGC, it will not have the controlling stake and secondly it would hardly refuse the profit from the pipeline’s operation because it will have to invest into its maintenance and development.

According to him, the sale of 25% of GOGC will not become "a sword of Damocles" for Armenia. He also said he does not think that Armenia must buy the 25% stake. Karapetyan said the Georgian side will not be able to stop the transit of gas to Armenia, as it is governed by international law.

Karapetyan said Armenia has an alternative pipeline (from Iran) and in terms of energy independence Armenia is far superior to many European countries.

Gazprom Armenia, a 100% subsidiary of Russian Gazprom, deals with transportation, storage, distribution and sale of natural gas in Armenia.

RFE/RL Report
Armenia-Iran Rail Link In Greater Doubt
January 12, 2017
Sargis Harutyunyan 

The Armenian government decided on Thursday to dissolve a state-owned
company that was supposed to oversee the planned construction of a
railway connecting Armenia to neighboring Iran.

Transport and Communications Minister Vahan Martirosian insisted that
the move does not mean the government is abandoning the extremely
ambitious and expensive project. The government simply wants to save
35 million drams ($73,000) in annual budgetary spending on the company
called the Railway Construction Directorate, he said.

"Our ministry has a department on railway which can take over [the
company's] functions," Martirosian told reporters after a weekly
cabinet meeting in Yerevan.

The company employing 13 people has absorbed 185 million drams in
government funding during its five-year existence, according to the

The Armenian and Iranian governments have discussed the railway
project for more than a decade. Shortly after taking office in 2008,
President Serzh Sarkisian announced that work on the rail link will
get underway in the next few years.

However, Yerevan has so far failed to attract an estimated $3.2
billion needed for building the 305-kilometer-long Armenian section of
the railway that would mainly pass through the mountainous Syunik

Sarkisian and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani signaled no progress
towards the project's implementation after their December 21 talks in

Martirosian, who was appointed as transport minister in October,
declined to speak of any time frames for the railway construction,
admitting that its huge cost exceeding Armenia's entire state budget
remains the key obstacle. "But the project remains under government
control," he said.

Hayk Gevorgian, an economic writer for the Yerevan daily "Haykakan
Zhamanak," suggested that the project will not be implemented anytime
soon. "The cargo and passenger traffic through that railway would be
too small to convince investors to invest huge sums," he said.

Gevorgian questioned government claims that the investments can be
recouped within 22 years.
National Geographic: Yerevan – a city for food lovers
13 Jan 2017 

The National Geographic has listed Armenia’s capital Yerevan among the six “surprising food destinations.”

“Yerevan is blooming. The capital of Armenia—a tiny country whose natural beauty, culture, and burgeoning tourism industry landed it on our recent list of 10 places that deserve more travelers—has charm in spades and enough places to eat to keep your belly happily filled,” the article reads.

For a day of good eating, the NationalGeographc advises to choose Charles Aznavour Square as the center point and fan out from there. The author offers to start with a breakfast of waffles or French toast, try Georgian khinkali and dolma after a morning of sightseeing.

Armenia is known for khorovats, meat grilled on a skewer, and the place to get the best khorovats in Yerevan is Proshyan Street (which becomes Paronyan Street). Barbecue Street, as it’s known, is lined with khorovats restaurants and roadside grills.

Along with Yerevan, the list includes Budapest (Hungary), Detroit (USA), Santiago (Chile), Dakar (Senegal) and Wellington (New Zealand).

For the full article click here :

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