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Sport:

Composition of Armenian wrestling teams to participate in World Championships in Moscow determined

Review of August 19-26 sports events.

August 27, 2010
Wrestling: 7 Armenian wrestlers will participate in the World Wrestling Championships to take place between September 6 and 13 in Moscow. Chief coach of the Armenian Greco-Roman wrestling team Levon Julfalakyan told a PanARMENIAN.Net reporter that Armenia will compete in all weight classes. The team includes: Olympic Games bronze winner, World Championships silver winner and European champion Roman Amoyan (weight class 55kg), Vahan Juaryan (weight class 60kg), Arman Adikyan (weight class 66kg), European champion Arsen Julfalakyan (weight class 74kg), Denis Forov (weight class 84kg), Sargis Tonoyan (weight class 96kg), Olympic Games bronze winner and European champion Yuri Patrikeev (weight class 120kg).
Armenia and world:

Only not bright politicians would not take advantage of the situation in the region to regain lost positions

The understanding reached in Washington about direct talks between Israel and Palestine is likely to fail like the American project for normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations.

August 27, 2010
If the situation in the South Caucasus is developing exactly as it is introduced to the public by Russian and Armenian mass media, quoting well-known political scientists and experts on Russia and Armenia, then it is high time for Baku to think about her situation and conduct. On the eve of parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan it is very difficult for Baku to change her policy of blackmail and threats against Armenia for something more constructive. And such a turn of events would be disastrous for the current Aliyev regime.
IT & Telecom:

Armenia, Artsakh creating common information filed

Review of August 16-23 information technology and telecommunications events.

August 24, 2010
ArmenTel CJSC (Beeline trademark) has announced automatic activation of roaming service for Beeline postpaid subscribers in Artsakh. Earlier, the service activation in NKR cost AMD 15000 and 30000 for legal and physical persons respectively.
Economy:

Armenia seeks ways to develop wine-making

Head of Armenian Winemakers’ Union, Avag Harutyunyan, forecast 20-30% increase in grape harvest in Armenia compared with 2009.

August 21, 2010
Yerevan will be hosting Fruitfull Armenia winemaking forum on September 16-17. World-known oenologist Michel Rolland, invited as a special guest, as well as other participants, will be sampling the whole range of Armenian wines presented. A winner will be selected among 21 companies as a result of sampling. The forum to be opened by RA Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan aims at promoting Armenian wine-making industry, implementation of new production technologies and search for marketing outlets.
Politics:

Armenia, Russia strengthening relations

Review of August 16-21 domestic events.

August 21, 2010
The internal political events during the past week focused on the forthcoming visit of Russian President and informal summit of CIS leaders. The oncoming visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Armenia suggests positive development of Armenian-Russian cooperation, stated Eduard Sharmazanov, secretary of the Republican Party of Armenia.
Society:

Armenians do not celebrate Navasard as national holiday because Hayk Nahapet was not Christian

Navasard had been one of the most popular holidays before Gregorian calendar took effect.

August 13, 2010
For dozens of centuries Armenians had been celebrating the New Year, Navasard, on August 11. Once a favorite popular holiday, it now became a topic of historians’ remarks or Armenian folklore only. “August 11 is the first day of the new year according to the ancient Armenian calendar. It was celebrated by all – the rich and the poor,” said ethnographer Gohar Vardumyan, senior fellow at the Armenian National Academy of Sciences.
Culture:

Stars of Armenian show business expected Sona Shahgeldyan’s to cause furore

Almost all representatives of Armenia were notable for their powerful vocal at New Wave contest in different years, but all of them lacked just a little to win it.

August 5, 2010
An Armenian singer won New Wave song contest for the first time in nine years of its existence. Armenia was represented by Sona Shahgeldyan this year, as she passed through a selection round in April 2010. People had been talking about wonderful vocal of Sona and her unusual timbre for a long time. However, almost all representatives of Armenia were notable for their powerful vocal at the contest. Jury was traditionally delighted with Armenian artists, but each time they lacked several or even one point to win the contest. This refers also to Razmik Amyan, who participated in the contest in 2006, when everyone was speaking with admiration about the singer’s unique voice, but a representative of the U.S. won the contest. Almost the same thing happened to Mher, who participated in New Wave in 2008. He received the People’s Choice Award, but has not won the contest.