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Piece of Iran in Yerevan

Shahid Fahmideh school

November 25, 2016
Piece of Iran in Yerevan
The relations between Armenia and Iran count thousands of years, although they had not always been friendly. After the Republic of Armenia regained independence, the two states engaged in close cooperation, strengthening economic and cultural ties. As result of this cooperation, Shahid Fahmideh school opened at the Iranian embassy in Yerevan over 20 years ago. PAN visited the school and talked to principal Afshin Mahmoudvandi, while PAN Photo took the photographs of the educational institution.

How to save billions with tax service optimization

Armenian tax inspectors 4 times ‘lazier’ than Georgian counterparts

November 15, 2016
How to save billions with tax service optimization
There has been a lot of talk recently about unnecessary staff members in some state institutions. To make things clear, PAN decided to compare the number of tax inspectors operating in Armenia and Georgia and their responsibilities.

Above the Earth

Where Armenian pilots and controllers study

November 4, 2016
Above the Earth
A mature aviation system gives a country a possibility of uninterrupted connection with the different parts of the world. However, we should not forget that besides ensuring communication with the other countries, aviation has great military and strategic importance. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Armenian aviation suffered a sharp decline, leaving experienced pilots unemployed and forcing some of them to look for a job abroad.

385 million children in poverty

UNICEF and WB analysis

October 5, 2016
385 million children in poverty
Children are more than twice as likely as adults to live in extreme poverty, according to a new analysis from the World Bank Group and UNICEF. Ending Extreme Poverty: A Focus on Children finds that in 19.5 per cent of children in developing countries were living in households that survived on an average of US$1.90 a day or less per person, compared to just 9.2 per cent of adults. Globally, almost 385 million children were living in extreme poverty.

Paradox of Armenian consumer market

Smartphones instead of food and clothes

October 4, 2016
Paradox of Armenian consumer market
According to statistical data, despite the decline of Armenian retail business in the first half of 2016, the sales of smartphones, refrigerators, TVs and other equipment has grown.

Dead man’s chest

Necropolis treasures in Armenian village

September 29, 2016
Dead man’s chest
Excavations in village of Karashamb started in 1987. Since then, about 800 graves containing jewels, weapons, pottery and china items have been discovered. The findings shed light not only on the funeral practice of the ancient times but also on the way of life of that civilization.

Gonorrhea becoming resistant to all antibiotics

New guidelines for STIs treatment

September 24, 2016
Gonorrhea becoming resistant to all antibiotics
New guidelines for the treatment of 3 common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have been issued by World Health Organization (WHO) in summer 2016 in response to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.

Stone that conquers time

Armenian tuff as key national building material

August 24, 2016
Stone that conquers time
Armenia possesses about 90% of the world’s tuff resources. Besides, there are some deposits in Italy (near Rome and Naples), Turkey and Iran.

Why Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse army service

Facts and lies

August 19, 2016
Why Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse army service
The issues of arming, strengthening and replenishing the Armenian army have again aroused after the April escalation of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, making the refusal from army service by members of various religious groups a very acute problem.

Sasna Tsrer lay down arms

Further bloodshed must be avoided

August 1, 2016
Sasna Tsrer lay down arms
On the morning of July 17, an armed group calling themselves Sasna Tsrer (Daredevils of Sassoun) seized a police compound in Yerevan’s district of Erebuni demanding the release of Karabakh war veteran, the Founding Parliament movement leader Jirair Sefilian accused of illegal possession of firearms. Sasna Tsrer also demanded the resignation of President Serzh Sargsyan and cancellation of talks to cede some lands around the former Nagorno Karabakh Autonomous Oblast to Azerbaijan. Those in the building, as well as the deputy police chief of Armenia Vartan Yeghiazaryan and deputy police chief of Yerevan Valeriy Osipyan, who arrived at the site to hold negotiations, were taken hostage by the armed group. On July 23, the armed group released all hostages. On July 27, 4 ambulance personnel were held in the police building. However, paramedic David Tonoyan was released on the evening of the same day, while doctor Salvador Khechoyan was let go on July 29. Throughout the 2-week siege of the police compound, rallies were staged in support of Sasna Tsrer. On the night of July 29-30, dozens, including journalists, were injured as riot police fired grenades to disperse the demonstrators. 165 people were detained, 26 of them arrested.
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