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Armenia Migration Service speaks about number of Indians living in Armenia Armenia Migration Service speaks about number of Indians living in Armenia
/Jan 24/News.am/

Over 1,120 citizens of India received resident status in Armenia in 2015, in 2017 – 938, in 2018 – about 2000. Armen Ghazaryan, Head of the State Migration Service of Armenia, stated during the discussion of migration issues organized by the National Agenda Foundation on January 24.

A total of 21,061 Indian citizens have entered Armenia in the first nine months of 2018, but 18,095 of them later departed from the country.

 “Thus, there are about 3,000 citizens of India in Armenia,” explained Ghazaryan. 

In turn, Yerkir Tsirani (Apricot Country) party Zaruhi Postanjyan stated that she had direct contact with the Indian citizens living in Armenia, and noted that in general they are satisfied with life in the republic.

At the same time, she stressed that it is about students studying in Armenia who were able to find temporary work. “Over time, they will turn to us for Armenian citizenship. We must be prepared and prepare all legal mechanisms in order not to face possible problems in the future as we are a member of the Council of Europe,” Pagsanjan recalled.

Armenian parliament elects heads of standing committees
/Jan 18/MediaMax/By Lusin Mkrtchyan/

The Armenian National Assembly of the 7th convocation has elected today heads of standing committees via a secret ballot.

The assembly will have 11 committees instead of previous 9. Eight committees will be chaired by My Step group, two by Prosperous Armenia and one by Bright Armenia.

Mediamax has followed the announcement of the voting results, which are as follows:

My Step groups

Standing Committee on Health Care and Social Affairs (12 members), chairman: Narek Zeynalyan (112 votes “for” and 16 “against”).

Standing Committee on Foreign Relations (14 members), chairman: Ruben Rubinyan (117 votes “for” and 12 “against”).

Standing Committee on Science, Education, Culture, Diaspora, Youth and Sport (12 members), chairman: Mkhitar Hayrapetyan (116 votes “for” and 11 “against”, two ballots were declared invalid).

Standing Committee on European Integration (10 members), chairman: Arman Yeghoyan (108 votes “for” and 17 “against”, four ballots were declared invalid).

Standing Committee on Defense and Security (11 members), chairman: Andranik Kocharyan (122 votes “for” and 4 “against”, three ballots were declared invalid).

Standing Committee on State and Legal Affairs (15 members), chairman: Vladimir Vardanyan (122 votes “for” and 6 “against”, one ballots was declared invalid).

Standing Committee on Territorial Administration, Local Self-Government, Agriculture and Environment (12 members), chairman: Varazdat Karapetyan (127 votes “for” and 2 “against”).

Standing Committee on Economic Affairs (15 members), chairman: Babken Tunyan (123 votes “for” and 6 “against”).

Prosperous Armenia group

Standing Committee on Regional Integration (11 members), chairman: Mikael Melkumyan (122 votes “for” and 6 “against”, one ballot was declared invalid).

Standing Committee on Protection of Human Rights and Public Affairs (10 members), chairwoman: Naira Zohrabyan (127 votes “for” and 2 “against”).

Bright Armenia group

Standing Committee on Financial-Credit and Budgetary Affairs (10 members), chairwoman: Mane Tandilyan (116 votes “for” 10 “against”, three ballots were declared invalid).

Roger Federer takes 6th place in rating list
/Jan 26/A1+/

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic continues to lead the Professional Tennis League rankings.

After winning the Australian Open Championship, he earned overall 10955 points. Rafael Nadal is in the second place with 8320 points and. The top three finalize the German tennis player Alexander Zverev with 6475 points.

And now, Swiss Roger Federer, took the 6th place from the 3rd place and now has 4600 points.

Russian-Armenian tennis player Karen Khachanov remains the 11th with 2880 points.

Savior of rare Christian manuscripts installed Mossul archbishop
/Jan 28/La Croix International

Dominican friar in Iraq risked life to keep ancient documents out of extremists’ hands

An Iraq priest credited with stopping the Islamic State (IS) from destroying precious Christian manuscripts and documents has been ordained as the new Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mossul.

Najib Mikhael Moussa, 63, was installed in Jan. 25 at St. Paul Church in the war-ravaged city that is still reeling from a nine-month battle to retake it from the extremist group, also known as Daesh, which officially ended in July 2017, Agence France-Presse reports.

During the siege, over 54,000 houses were reportedly destroyed in and around the city, leading to a wealth of reconstruction projects.

Many are benefiting from a US$400-million fund that was set up in 2015 to help reconstruct Iraq a year after Daesh tore through the country like wildfire, laying ruin to Christian churches and other religious artifacts.

 “Our message to the whole world, and to Mosul’s people, is one of coexistence, love, and peace among all of Mosul’s different communities and the end of the ideology that Daesh (IS) brought here,” Mikhael, who began his religious service at the age of 24, was quoted as saying.

The Dominican friar was responsible for preserving nearly 850 ancient manuscripts in Aramaic, Arabic and other languages and about 50,000 books while serving at Al-Saa Church (Our Lady of the Hour) in Mosul, Iraq.

But due to the rapid advance of the IS, he was forced to make two emergency maneuvers to ensure they survived.

In 2007, Mikhael relocated them all to Qaraqosh, formerly Iraq’s biggest Christian city; then in 2014 when the Jihadists rushed toward Qaraqosh, he bundled as many of the rarest manuscripts as he could into his car and raced east to the country’s autonomous Kurdish region.

Together with some other friars, he also moved the Oriental Manuscript Digitization Center to a safer location and digitally copied thousands of damaged Syrian, Armenian and other manuscripts.

On Jan. 25, Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, appealed for more support for Iraq’s Christians from bishops globally and other international groups.