Levon Aronian 3rd in FIDE Rankings

Review of September 30 – October 7 sports events.

October 14, 2010
Chess: Armenian men and women’s team finished 7th and 12th respectively at the World Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Men tied the last round with France, while women scored a victory over Slovenia.
Armenia and world:

Baku wants to teach OSCE MG Russian Co-chair how to speak?

The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry is clarifying the Armenian media reports regarding Igor Popov’s statement about the death of the Armenian captive.

October 12, 2010
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs seems to instruct the international community how to comment on international agreements and conventions, specifically those regarding Armenian POWs or Nagorno Karabakh conflict resolution.

Georgian Foreign Minister’s statements and killing of Armenian captive in Baku dominate Armenia’s domestic agenda

Review of October 2-8 internal political events.

October 12, 2010
The political week in Armenia started with appointment of Vladimir Gasparyan as Deputy Defense Minister of Armenia.
IT & Telecom:

Armenian, Artsakh ICT leaders hold a meeting in Stepanakert

Review of October 4 - 11 information technology and telecommunication events.

October 11, 2010
Stepanakert hosted ICT leaders’ conference on development of technologic enterprises in Armenia and Artsakh and implementation of electronic management systems. Over 30 ICT companies, 80 representatives of international organizations and business sector were invited to participate.

Armenia set to discuss 2011 national budget

The standing committees of the Armenian National Assembly will debate the draft budget from October 18 to 23.

October 11, 2010
The Armenian government has approved the 2011 draft national budget, with expenditures and revenues totaling AMD 1 trillion and AMD 850 billion respectively. The budgetary deficit is expected to amount to AMD 148,6 billion.

Armenia hosts the most delicious festival

The initiators of the barbecue fest promise a better organization next year.

September 22, 2010
The second barbecue festival was held in Akhtala, Lori region of Armenia, on Sunday, September 12. It was dated to two other events: re-consecration of Surb Mariam Astvatsatsin Church and inauguration of a monument to wedding rings.

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.