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Armenian President: I am glad to see Armenian scientists at “DESY”
/Nov 30/Panorama/

President of the Republic of Armenia Armen Sarkissian visited today the well-known German “DESY” research center in Tsoyten, which conducts fundamental research in high energy and accelerator physics, president’s press office informed.
“DESY” cooperates with A. E. Alikhanyan National Scientific Laboratory, Yerevan Physics Institute and Yerevan CANDLE Synchrotron Research Institute.
President of the Board of Directors of “DESY”, Professor Helmut Dosch presented the directions of the center’s activities to President Sarkissian. The President also learnt about the capabilities of the PITZ accelerator in the center, after which he met with 3DESY” Scientific Council.
Noting that Armenia has serious traditions in fundamental sciences and especially in the field of physics, President Sarkissian underlined that there is great potential for expanding cooperation with the Armenian scientific-research institutions.
“I’m glad to see Armenian scholars at” DESY “and their presence here is a proof  of true Armenian-German cooperation. I think there are serious opportunities to deepen the cooperation within your new projects.
Armenia has good specialists and ties, Armenia has shown that it can produce high quality products. Therefore, I think we need to continue and develop our partnership,” the President underscored, adding that he was ready to do his best to support the deepening of the cooperation.
 

Armenian government lifts ban from import of right-hand drive cars
/Dec 6/ARKA/

YEREVAN – The government of Armenia has approved today a decision allowing the import and sale of vehicles with right-hand steering wheels. The decision will be effective until March 1, 2019.

Earlier, the government banned the import of such cars from April 1, saying the ban would be in effect until October 1, 2018. It also said traffic rules in the country are established for vehicles with steering wheels on the left side. Consequently, road signs, lines, traffic lights are installed for cars with right-hand drive cars.  
However, some citizens appeared to be unaware of these changes. Right-hand cars are brought usually from neighboring Georgia and a small part from Japan.
Deputy Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology Bagrat Badalyan said today 
the decision applies to those citizens who were not allowed to bring in their cars after October 1. As a result their owners had to keep them at the border and pay money for it.
According to the deputy minister, the owners of right-hand drive cars will be given six months to have the steering wheels of their cars changed to the left side and adapted to the traffic rules. First Deputy Prime Minister Ararat Mirzoyan said this is the last concessions the government was making for owners of right-hand cars.
According to some estimates, there are about 40,000 cars with right-hand drive in Armenia. Most of them are cheap second-hand vehicles manufactured in Japan. Last year some 13,100 such cars were imported to Armenia.
 

Fingerprint scanner once again did not recognize Serzh Sargsyan`s fingerprints during voting
/Dec 9/ArmInfo/

The third President of Armenia retired Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, together with his wife Rita Sargsyan, fulfilled their civic duty and refused to talk with journalists silently leaving the polling station.

Citizens of Armenia will never know for whom Sargsyan voted, who for more than 10 years led the country.  However, a curious case occurred during Serzh Sargsyan’s voting – the electronic equipment did not recognize his fingerprints. A similar situation was recorded on May 14, 2017 at the elections to the Council of Elders of Yerevan.   Someone handed a bouquet of flowers to former first lady of the country in the polling station.

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