Locals in Syunik Region speak for the village consolidation program by the Armenian Government. Heads of villages included in the program believe the process will lead to more developed communities and tackle infrastructure issues.
The recent proposed amendments to the laws on income tax and profit tax define that the resident companies in Armenia which take Armenian citizens to foreign countries to work may pay income and profit taxes to the state budget. The bill remains in the spotlight.
The Bologna process has been carried out in Armenia since 2005, with a lot of people not really understanding the process as such. Neither students nor faculties are well aware of the reforms, experts believe.
The Public Monitoring Group on the Detention Facilities has filed a motion to the Administrative Court to appeal the Police Head’s decision not to include advocates in the monitoring group issued in 2005.
Regardless of the widespread availability of the online media, press in Armenia remains mostly dependent. Controlled by the authorities or various political powers, mass media often adopt this or that political direction. Control over media is crucial for authorities since it is one of the cornerstones for the political administration.
The recent research among the youth in Armenia fixes social issues and military security as two main challenges. The research has been implemented by Peace Dialogue NGO and it aims at studying the perceptions of youth on political developments, foreign policy, safety and a number of other issues in Armenia. The research engaged young people of 18-25 living in Tavush, Gegharkunik, Lori and Syunik regions and Yerevan.
The Government’s bill on the wheat flour enrichment still fuels hot discussions. The Ministry of Health describes the enrichment of high quality flour with premixes, namely iron and folic acid, as a positive step since it, according to the ministry experts, aims to prevent anemia among certain society groups. Those who oppose the initiative point out the possible danger to people suffering cancer the enrichment may bring about.
The Armenian and Turkish societies will continue strengthening the relations after the Armenian Genocide Centennial, and both societies are seeing dynamic shifts. The society in Turkey does not hold a single opinion over the Armenian Genocide since it is divided into sub-societies which have drastically divergent approaches towards Armenia and the Genocide.
Armenia must grant amnesty on the occasion of the Armenian Genocide Centennial and 70th anniversary of World War II. With overcrowding and “simply unbearable” hygienic and food conditions in prisons, amnesty may be a life buoy for them, rights defenders say.
The Georgian authorities are tackling the issues Armenians in Georgia with dual citizenship have to cope with, following the restriction of the migration law. The civilians stripped of the citizenship may now apply for a temporary or permanent residence permit, said Ruben Palyan, Head of Akhalkalaki Department of Public Service Development Agency, Ministry of Justice of Georgia.
The introduction of universal 12-year school education in Armenia aims to improve the education system at Armenian schools. Investments and large-scale changes will prompt the system to work, say education experts.
The detention of five members of the Founding Parliament comes with lame grounds, with the accusation having political motives, said the lawyers of the Founding Parliament members. They have decided to apply to the European Court of Human Rights.