Thursday, 22 June 2017

** FATHER FRANK’S RANTS Rant Number 731 21 June 17


HUMOUR & HORROR MINGLE IN A PLAY ABOUT BESTIALITY. ICON OF HUMAN DEGRADATION AND DECADENCE?
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BEASTLY LOVES

Stevie, a nice middle-class wife, suspects her equally bourgeois husband Martin of having an affair. With a mysterious female called Sylvia. She is hurt but gets real ballistic when she finds out Sylvia isn’t human. She is…a goat!

Such is the quirky plot of Edward Albee’s play, The Goat, or who is Sylvia? (It got the playwright the Pulitzer Prize.) Weird? Absurd? Disgusting? Yes, but not impossible. The Bible prohibits bestiality. Exodus 22:19 warns that ‘whoever lies with an animal shall be put to death’. Consider: why should such a stern prohibition be necessary, unless people existed who were drawn to it? There is no need to forbid sex with sticks and stones, is there?

Indeed, bestiality was not unknown to the ancient world. The myth of Pasiphae alludes to it. A Queen of Crete, Pasiphae burnt with love for a bull. Her unlovely offspring was the fierce Minotaur, half human and half beast. In partial excuse the myth says Pasiphae’s lust was the effect of a curse by the god Poseidon. In another version, the Queen has artisan Daedalus construct a wooden cow with cowhide covering, so she can copulate with the thing to her heart’s content. An intriguing Lesbian twist to the story…

To be blunt: Martin’s love for Sylvia isn’t abstract or platonic. He actually fornicates with the animal. ‘You are f…ing a goat?’ screams distraught Stevie at him. Again and again – can you blame her? Never mind how lyrical Martin waxes about Sylvia’s eyes, ‘her purity’, ‘her innocence’, the reality is that he loves her physically, i.e. has intercourse with the beast. Disagreeable and revolting but also comically thoughtful. How low can human beings sink in perversion?

Western countries, wallowing in the decadence they call ‘freedom’, scoff at religious morality. Yet, many still draw the line at bestiality. Ultra-liberal Germany has a ban on sex with an animal or ‘zoophilia’. (A German bloke called Oliver Burdinski three years ago demanded the right to have sex with his Siberian pet dog, Joey. The dog’s views are unclear.) The rationale though is curious. It is an offence to hurt an animal but also to ‘force’ it into unnatural sex. What’s wrong with bestiality is that it is against animal welfare, is that the idea? But imagine, if you can bear the thought, a wretched beast whose behaviour suggested…it enjoyed it. (Like poor Joey?) Would that make the thing right? When St Thomas Aquinas wrote about ‘sins against nature’ he taught they were grave offences against God, love of neighbour and reason, not against ‘consent’. Bestiality was for the Saint the most monstrous of all unnatural transgressions.

Despite the queer subject, The Goat has hilarious lines. When Martin tells distraught wife Stevie that he had joined a support group for people with similar syndromes, he runs through the unlovely gamut. A bloke physically loved a pig, he tells her. ‘A PIG?!’ yells Stevie. ‘A small one’, Martin qualifies. Another man fancied a dog. A third screwed a goose. Whereupon Stevie starts throwing and smashing plates around, like a fury. Can you blame her?

Albee was an openly gay man. In the play you encounter Martin’s gay teenage son, Billy. Initially shocked and hurt by his father’s confession, Billy eventually comes to some kind of acceptance and reconciliation with dad. They ‘talk things over’. Which allows Martin to set out his anti-social opinions about ‘love’. It was a bit like that old fraud, Dr Freud, expounding his sinister theories about infantile sexuality being intrinsically ‘perverse and polymorphous’. A convenient cover for all sorts of abominations. I am so glad Freud is dead. Hope he and his nutty, bogus ideas stay dead, too.

God in the Book of Leviticus commands that not only the man who commits bestiality should die but the animal too (20:15). This is echoed in Sharia’, the Holy Law of Islam. A Prophetic hadith enjoins: ‘If someone engages with sex with an animal kill him and kill the animal.’ There is no suggestion in the play, of course, that Stevie goes in for Old Testament or Islamic morality. She doesn’t kill Martin. Her terrible revenge is of a more exquisite, feminine type. ‘You brought be down, but I will bring you down!’ she shouts at her husband, and goes off. Later she reappears, bespattered with blood, dragging on the stage a large, bloody bundle: Stevie has slaughtered the goat. ‘Why?’ Martin cries. The play ends with his puzzling ‘I am sorry!’ Bit lame, perhaps.

Man lives ‘In this waning age’, lamented Shakespeare. A reference to the Elizabethan notion that mankind is declining from an original, pristine ‘Golden Age’ to the current, corrupt state of mankind. Even Milton thought the same. For the poet human beings were getting physically smaller, becoming like elves and fairies. Poetic imagery perhaps signifying an indictment of the monsters of nascent modernity. Makes you think that all is not well in the ‘tolerant’ and ‘enlightened’ Western world. It is the moral state of humanity that is in the dock. Will sentence soon be passed? Insh'allah!

Revd Frank Julian Gelli

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Armenian News... A Topalian... UNHCR AND DISPLACED ARMENIANS IN SYRIA!!!


Public Radio of Armenia
June 20 2017
UNHCR welcomes Armenia’s approach towards persons displaced due to conflict in Syria 

UNHCR welcomes the very receptive approach both the Government of Armenia and the overwhelming majority of the Armenian population have taken in receiving persons displaced due to the conflict in Syria seeking protection in Armenia. 

According to Government source, since the start of the conflict in Syria Armenia has welcomed over 22,000 persons, primarily of ethnic Armenian background. While some of them have moved on to other countries, serving as migrant workers in the Golf states, having made use of resettlement opportunities or united with family members elsewhere UNHCR estimates that about 15,000 displaced continue to stay and UNHCR notes with appreciation the significant progress many families where able to make towards achieving self-reliance and integration into the Armenian society. 

“The highly developed service culture, diligence and quality of work of the displaced businessmen and workers has brought ‘fresh wind’ to the Armenian economy and society and contributes to their development” emphasized Mr. Christoph Bierwirth, the UNHCR Representative in Armenia adding that “this fits very well, the new directions of the government as to the economic development of the country giving increased attention to small and medium size enterprises and the development of the tourist sector.” 

UNHCR has also noted with appreciation that the new Prime Minister has repeatedly and publicly acknowledged the value of the displaced population for Armenian economic development, sending a clear message of welcome to the population. 

Despite all progress made there are still challenges and more needs to be done to successfully conclude the multifaceted integration process, UNHCR says. Some families, in particular those consisting of elderly, single headed households or students or having family members with disabilities face more problems in their integration, given constraints in their ability to work, limited number of job opportunities and low wages. 

In addition to persons displaced due to the conflict in Syria seeking protection in Armenia, the country faces other displacement challenges. Among the over 360,000 persons who were displaced between 1988 and 1992 in context of the Nagorno- Karabakh conflict, Some 2000 have not yet availed themselves to the opportunity of naturalization in Armenian and remain de jure refugees. 

The escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in early April 2016 resulted in, at peak, over 2000 persons, overwhelmingly women, children and elderly, having fled from Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia. Most of them found shelter with relatives or family friends often belonging to the poorer segments of the society. UNHCR was impressed by the level of hospitality and support extended to the displaced. The cash based intervention allowed for a more dignified and flexible response. Most of those displaced from Nagorno-Karabkh were able to return; by the end of 2016 a total of 573 persons (representing 172 households), primarily originating from the conflict affected village of Talish, remained in displacement. 

Moreover, Armenia also hosts refugees displaced due to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine as well as refugees from Iraq, Iran and in smaller numbers originating from a variety of African and Asian countries. UNHCR wishes to emphasize that refugee protection needs to be offered without discrimination and irrespective of ethnic background or religion of the displaced. 

In conclusion of the media briefing on the occasion of World Refugee Day 2017 the UNHCR Representative in Armenia, Mr. Christoph Bierwirth expressed: “In Armenia the recollection of the terrible and tragic events which started 102 years ago entail the memory of many Armenians having survived because protection, asylum was offered to them by other nations, in Europe, in the Americas, but also in many Arab countries. The institution of asylum is valued high in the Armenian society. This collective memory and experience should also govern approaches to today’s displacement challenges.” 

He emphasized: “Refugee protection and integration is not only a task for the authorities, everyone, every member of the society can contribute to the creation of a receptive environment. Everyone can and should care; be it the landlord who offers rent at a fair price, the employer who offers a fair salary to the displaced employee and patience during the initial coaching and adaptation period, the neighbor who offers a helping hand to the refugee who moves in next door, the consumer who makes a choice between cheap and sometimes low quality imports and the products offered by displaced entrepreneurs, or the student who shows his new displaced fellow student around the campus and familiarizes him or her with the study system in Armenia. There is no limit for creativity as to ways how to address the plight of refugees and means to demonstrate that you care.” 


Panorama, Armenia
More than 2000 people left Karabakh for Armenia amid 2016 NK conflict escalation
– UNHCR representative in Armenia
June 20 2017 

As a result of the escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in April 2016, more than 2000 people moved to Armenia from Karabakh, Christoph Bierwirth Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Armenia said at a press conference on Tuesday. The meeting was dedicated to the World Refugee Day and We Stand With Refugees campaign. 

The UN official noted that women, children and the elderly made up the greatest part of those displaced, while the men stayed in Karabakh to protect their homes or to take part in operations. The majority of the displaced people were housed by their friends and relatives, who, according to Mr. Bierwirth, mainly belong to lower social class. 

Mr. Christoph Bierwirth also noted that the UN Commissioner was impressed with the support and hospitality shown to the displaced people, noting that the situation prompted the UNHCR to take immediate action. The UN representative noted that at the annual meeting of UNHCR's governing Executive Committee “the Government of the Republic of Armenia highly appreciates UNHCR’s rapid and efficient humanitarian response, which immediately reached to the people in need.” 

In Mr. Bierwirth’s words, the majority of the displaced Karabakh people did not manage to make it back to their country. At the end of 2016, 573 people (172 families) mainly from the conflict-stricken village Talish, continued to remain displaced since Talish is not safe yet. 


Panorama, Armenia
June 20 2017
UK Ambassador expressed condolences on the death of the four servicemen in Artsakh 

The United Kingdom supports the approaches of the OSCE Minsk Group and sees the solution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict exclusively through negotiations, Judith Farnworth, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Armenia noted at a meeting with Armenian National Assembly (NA) Speaker Ara Babloyan. 

According to the NA release, Judith Farnworth expressed her condolences on the death of the four servicemen, who died on the frontline in recent days, noting that those young people’s death is really painful and inadmissible in war and ceasefire conditions. 

The Ambassador has stated that the countries cannot choose their geographical position, but can choose their future: the steps being taken in direction of democracy, protection of human rights, and freedom of speech are visible in Armenia, the release said. 

Speaking about the Nagorno Karabakh problem, Ara Babloyan, in turn, thanked the Ambassador for the position of the United Kingdom over that issue and noted that Armenia is resolute to solve the conflict within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group. 

The NA Speaker documented: “As a doctor I mostly highlight the human life and feel pain, when in peaceful conditions, young people die during the ceasefire. This is inadmissible in the 21st century and in the civilized world.” 

According to the source, the interlocutors also touched upon the issues regarding the parliamentary system of government, the development of democracy in Armenia and the Armenian-British parliamentary cooperation. 


news.am , Armenia
June 20 2017
Former MP: Armenia has only two friends 

YEREVAM. – The last five years were to serve a good lesson for Armenia, as they showed the country has no friends, former Armenian MP Tevan Poghosyan told reporters. 

The only friends are Karabakh and Armenian diaspora, as a big network organization, head of the International Center for Human Development said commenting on Russia's arms sales to Azerbaijan. 

According to the ex-MP, Armenia is a country that has its own interests. He noted that the Armenian side has a number of advantages: it can analyze and understand interests of other countries and make so that its interests and interests of these countries coincide in most cases. 

Pogosyan emphasized that Armenia can also try to make everyone realize that unless Armenian interests are taken into account, their wishes will not be implemented. 

“To do this, it is necessary to change the policy so that neither Russia, nor Belarus or Ukraine, had desire to sell arms to Azerbaijan, and so that Turkey could have no opportunity to do that,” Tevon Poghosyan said. 


Armenpress News Agency , Armenia
June 19, 2017 Monday
3000 jobs created in Armenia within three months 

According to the last monitoring, 3000 jobs have been created in 
Armenia within the three months, Suren Karayan, Minister of Economic 
Development and Investments told 
Armenpress. 

He informed that the monitoring has been conducted two months before. 

Commenting on the question how is the process of implementation of the 
PM’s tasks to grant privileges to enterprises operating in light 
industry field, the minister said currently they are holding 
discussions over it. 

“We are holding discussions so that more investments will be made in 
certain branches of light industry, be it textile, shoes-making and 
etc, through provision of possible privileges, as well as new jobs 
will be created. At the moment we hold discussions on this, if 
clarified we will report”, the minister added. 


Panorama, Armenia
June 20 2017
Armenia’s economic activity index increases by 6.4% 

According to the data released by Armenia’s National Statistical Service (NSS), the economic activity index (EAI) of Armenia increased by 6.4% in January-May 2017 to compare with the same period of 2016. 

As the NSS reports, the index rose by 11.9% in May compared with April of the ongoing year, Panorama.am reports. 

According to the NSS, the utmost growth was registered in the industry sphere in the mentioned period. Namely, in January-May of this year, the industrial production volume rose by 14.4%, increasing by 12.7% compared to the previous month and 20% to compare with the production volume of May 2016. 

Electricity production sphere also saw an increase amounting for 4.6%. Compared to January-May 2016, this year the service volume (excluding the trade) rose by 11%. 

The trade turnover increased by 12.8% in January-May 2017 to compare with the same period of 2016. The consumer prices, according to the NSS statistics, also increased by 0.4% compared to January-May 2016. 

The gross agricultural output decreased by 3.5% in January-May 2017 to compare with the same period of 2016, with the construction volumes dropping by 12.1% 

As for the external trade turnover, it rose by 23.1% in January-May 2017 with the exports increasing by 20.9% and imports by 24.4%. 

According to the NSS data, the average monthly salary in Armenia rose by 1.9% and the average annual wage by 2.7% in January-May 2017. In the public sector the average salary decreased by 0.5%, totaling to 156.000 AMD and in the private sector the average wage rose by 2.4%, amounting to 224.613 AMD. 


ArmBanks, Armenia
June 20 2017
EFSD has provided $490 million to finance infrastructure projects in Armenia 

EFSD has provided $490 million to finance infrastructure projects in Armenia 

YEREVAN, June 20. /ARKA/. The Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development (EFSD) has provided $490 million to finance a string of infrastructure projects in Armenia, Alexey Cherekaev, an EFSD project group director, said in an interview with ARKA news agency. 

He said the total funding consists of a budget assistance loan to the tune of $300 million, a loan for the construction of the North-South highway ($150 million) and an irrigation project loan ($40 million). He added that EFSD is considering another project for the construction of the Mastara reservoir worth $40 million. 

He said since Armenia is entitled to claim assistance for another $510 million from EFSD, the latter is ready to consider new projects in the same sectors. In his words, the issue of additional financing is primarily linked with Armenia’s debt sustainability and its budget rule. 

"Now, as you know, Armenia has a rather complicated debt situation, and all the loans provided by the EFSD are sovereign loans. This means they are added to the country’s external debt. Therefore, if the situation improves slightly and the debt burden becomes easier, the consideration of new projects will go faster,’ he said. 

The Eurasian Stabilization and Development Fund ($8.513 billion) was established on June 9, 2009 by Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to support economic stability in member countries.-0-

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Armenian News...A Topalian... Croydon Advertiser - UK


Croydon Advertiser, UK
June 18 2017
 

Kind-hearted students have started a fundraising page for a 
Croydon lecturer who lived in the Grenfell Tower and lost of 
all his possessions in the fire, including research for his PhD. 
Mesrob Kassemdjian, known as Robbie to his students, managed to escape his 17th floor flat with his girlfriend and elderly auntie before the fire engulfed the building.

So far 30 people are confirmed to have died in the disaster but the death toll is expected to rise above 70.

The teacher of criminology at University Centre Croydon (UCC), based at Croydon College, watched as the building "caught fire like a candle".

Now, his students, who describe Robbie as "much-loved" are trying to collect £1,500 for him to replace his extensive book collection, laptop and equipment he used to teach and for research into his PhD, which were all lost in the blaze.

On the JustGiving website, one of the organisers of the fundraiser wrote: "We want to try raise money for Robbie so that he can replace these things in order to carry on learning, teaching and researching.

"If you can make a contribution to help Robbie get back on his feet please do, any contributions will be greatly appreciated."

Robbie was watching a movie when he heard the sirens of the fire trucks, and says he didn't hear any fire alarms going off.

Speaking outside the tower block on the American Today programme earlier this week, Robbie said: "I went outside to check the lifts to see if there was any activity. It seemed quiet but I smelt the smoke.

"I went inside and looked out the window and I could see the flames coming out from beneath.

"I woke up my auntie and with the help of my girlfriend we moved fast so that we could move slowly down the stairs. I tried to warn my neighbour. Him and his wife were right behind us by a couple of minutes."

He said "chaos" broke out behind them on the stairwell and he felt like they were minutes away from "real disaster".

Robbie said: "When we got outside the initial fire that I saw underneath me, by the time we got down, which took about 10 to 12 minutes, had risen along the whole length of the building.

"The building caught fire like a candle. We were outside and looking up and we could see people inside waving at us.

"We were telling them to come down but they were waving back which makes me feel like maybe they couldn't because there was already smoke when we were going down the stairwell but maybe the smoke got worse and people were scared to take the risk of I suppose suffocation.

"I don't know everybody in the building by name but we know each other by face. We see each other every day, everyone in the building is really nice.

"It's full of families and children and I've seen a lot of people, I'm so happy to see them, we've all come together but there's a lot of people I haven't seen either. I don't want to think the worst but it's really worrying."

To donate, visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/robbiesbooks 


BBC News
Grenfell fire: Families given £200,000 from emergency fund 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40336994 


Armenian Weekly.
June 19 2017
Four Armenians Elected to French Parliament 

PARIS, France (A.W.)—Four ethnic Armenians—Danielle Cazarian, Nadia Essayan, Guillaume Kasbarian, and Jacques Marilossian—were elected to France’s National Assembly on June 18. All four Members of Parliament (MP) represent newly elected President Emmanuel Macron’s La République en Marche (LREM), which won 308 seats with 43 percent of the vote.

According to preliminary results, the LREM and its centrist ally MoDem will control at least 355 of the 577 seats in the French National Assembly. Three-quarters of the Parliament are new members and a record 223 of the 577 MPs are women.

Pascal Chamassian, A fifth French-Armenian candidate (LREM) was defeated by the pro-Armenian Valérie Boyer of the Republicans. On Dec. 2011, the National Assembly of France adopted a bill presented by Valérie Boyer, penalizing denial of the Armenian Genocide.

Patrick Devedjian, the 72-year old veteran member of the Republicans and the only ethnic Armenian in the outgoing Parliament, did not run for reelection.

Around half a million ethnic Armenian live in France—one of the largest Armenian Diasporas in the world. Ahead of the May Presidential elections, Macron and other front-runners appealed to the Armenian community for their support.

The Coordination Council of Armenian Organization in France (CCAF) officially endorsed Macron on April 27, ahead of his run-off election against Marine Le Pen of the French National Front (FN) party. On April 24, Macron visited Paris’ Armenian Genocide memorial to 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and told reporters that the memory of the victims “must be fully recognized.”


ARKA, Armenia
June 19 2017
About 22,000 Syrian refugees live in Armenia now 

About 22,000 refugees from Syria live in Armenia today, according to Levon Antonyan, the head of the Near and Middle East Department at f the Ministry of Diaspora.

Speaking to reporters today, marked as United Nations World Refugee Day, he said most of them are of Armenian descent. He also said since the beginning of this year 75 people have moved from Syria to Armenia. In his words, the low number of refugees is because of what he described as ‘relative lull in military operations in Syria.’

Petros Aghababyan, the head of a department on asylum issues at f the State Migration Service, said it has received this year a total of 52 asylum applications. Most of the petitioners are citizens of Syria, followed by citizens of Iraq and Ukraine. The bulk are Armenians by birth, but there are also ethnic Arabs, Russians and Ukrainians.

According to him, from 2000 to this day about 4000 foreign citizens have applied for refugee status in Armenia and some 3000 have been granted it. Of them only 75 people are not Armenian by origin.

Naira Marutyan, an employee of the UNHCR Office in Yerevan, in her turn, noted that a record 65.6 million people worldwide were forced from their homes due to conflict or persecution by the end of 2016. This included 22.5 million refugees, 40.3 million uprooted within their countries and 2.8 million asylum seekers. Children under 18 make up just over half the refugee population. More than half of refugees globally come from three countries: Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan, which have been war-torn for years. -0-



Tert, Armenia
June 19 2017
Istanbul-Armenians need proper attention to community institutions 
– Armenian MP on patriarchal elections
Hripsime Hovhannsyan 
In an interview with Tert.am, an Armenian member of Turkey's Grand National Assembly commented upon the upcoming elections to the Istanbul-Armenian patriarchate, sharing her expectations from the new religious leader.

Selina Doghan (Peoples' Democratic Party) said she will back the candidate who demonstrates a commitment to stand by the community to assist in its development.

“I have no idea for now who the candidates will be. What we need is a proper care of our schools, institutions, and our foundations. So I will support anyone who will be equal to the task of handling those problems in Turkey,” she said.

Archbishop Aram Ateshyan, the general vicar who stepped down in May, is likely to field his candidacy too, though he has little chances of election after the wide discounted he stirred up among the local Armenians over the period of his tenure, Ms Dogan added.

In the election for the vicar general on March 15 (held according to a decision passed in St Echmiadzin in February), the primate of the Armenian Diocese in Germany, Archbishop Karekin Bekdjian, gained an overwhelming advantage over Ateshyan. But the Istanbul Provincial Administration unexpectedly intervened in the process. In a notice sent to the Patriarchate, a deputy provincial governor said they considered the election legally impossible. Ateshyan submitted the document to the local clergymen shortly after the voting, insisting on his decision to remain in office

All the liturgies served, and addresses delivered by, the defeated vicar general were later boycotted by the community which also urged for his resignation. 

Ateshyan officially stepped down on May 25, leaving the position vacant for Archbishop Bekchyan (who took over the patriarchate’s leadership after returning to Istanbul). 

Ms Dogan said she considers the recent developments very positive and inspiring for the community.

“I now really hope that the elections will eventually take place. But all this needs to be considered also in the realm of the Turkish politics. We do not virtually know what is going to happen. All we are aware of is that the country is in a state of emergency,” she said, adding that thet are planning demonstrations in Istanbul and Ankra to protest the arrest of several fellow party members.

The Turkish-Armenian MP also stressed the importance of adopting a community legislation to address the activities of not only the Patriarchate but also the other Armenian institutions.


news.am , Armenia
June 19 2017
Armenia to raise minimum wage by 25% in 2017-2022 

Armenia is going to raise the minimum wage by 25 percent in 2017-2022, as per the officially published program of the Armenian Governments, whose discussion will soon be held in the parliament.

It is planned to reduce the poverty level by 12 percentage points (now it amounts to about 30 percent in Armenia).

The first program of Armenian PM Karen Karapetyan published in October 2016 mentioned no target indexes on labor payment and poverty reduction.


ArmBanks, Armenia
June 19 2017
Armenia’s external reserves up 2 percent in one month to $1.982.2 billion 

Armenia’s external reserves in May 2017 amounted to $1.982.2 billion, having increased by 2% or $42.7 million from the previous month, the Central Bank said. It said also foreign reserves in freely convertible currency in May 2017 stood at $1.974.5 billion.

According to the regulator, the country’s special drawing rights (SDR) at the IMF stood at $7.8 million at the end of the reporting period ($ 1 - 481.77 drams). -0-


ARKA, Armenia
June 19 2017
Tax inflow into Armenia’s government budget exceeds projected amount – finance ministry 

Tax inflow into Armenia’s government budget intensified in the first quarter exceeding the projected amount by AMD 13 billion, Vardan Aramyan, Armenian finance minister, told journalists on Friday.

In his words, this year’s tax revenue is believed to be larger than projected.

The April and May tax receipts, he said, give ground for thinking that Armenia continues building up its tax revenue, which is projected at AMD 1 trillion 197 billion in the government budget.

Aramyan said AMD 107.5 billion came to the budget in April against AMD 97 billion in April 2016, and in May 2017 AMD 92.4 billion was transferred to the budget against AMD 91.9 billion in the same month a year before.

”In fact, we have increased tax collection indicator by AMD 10 billion,” he said. “As a whole, the projected annual indicator is quite ambitious and we will make every effort to achieve it, though it seems already now that this ambition is quite achievable.”

Speaking about budget spending, the minister said that the budget saved AMD 26 billion in the first quarter, in April and May it was performed as projected and in June it is planned to be increased.

In April, the Armenian government decided to increase capital spending by AMD 50 billion by using the increased tax revenue.

In the 2017 government budget, tax revenue is projected at AMD 1 trillion 135 billion, of which AMD 77.6 billion was planned to be collected in January, though actually the tax inflow was by AMD 3 billion larger than projected, and in February the government budget received AMD 83.6 billion instead of the projected AMD 80 billion. ($1 – AMD 481.77). --0-----

Sunday, 18 June 2017

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