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PM’s spouse sums up results of activities of My Step and City of Smile charitable foundations
/Feb 21/ArmenPress.am/ 

YEREVAN – 859 million 22 thousand drams have been transferred to the account of My Step Foundation in the six months of its operation, out of which 236 million drams have been spent, Anna Hakobyan – spouse of Armenia’s Prime Minister, chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of My Step and City of Smile charitable Foundations, told reporters, reports Armenpress.

Summing up the activities of the Foundations, Anna Hakobyan said the My Step Foundation has spent 4 million 472 thousand drams from its budget for business trips aimed at fundraising. During one business trip 97 million 440 thousand drams, and during another one – 75 million drams have been raised.

“The Foundation has 11 employees, but it operates in a rented area. At this stage we are searching for a convenient space. I would like to state that we haven’t acquired any property during this period”, she said, adding that the Foundation has paid 3 million AMD tax to the state.

Anna Hakobyan noted that the Foundation’s biggest donation comprised 241 million drams for the renovation of the kindergarten in Meghri, and the smallest one comprised 1000 AMD by an individual citizen.

As for the five-month activity of the City of Smile Foundation, the PM’s spouse said 264 million drams have been transferred to the Foundation’s account. The biggest investment comprised 51 million drams, the smallest – 1000 drams.

“The Foundation has over 100 beneficiary children. You know that the Foundation covers the expenses of the children suffering cancer. During this period 70 million drams have been spent for acquiring medicine, surgery equipment, for surgeries, food and other expenses. The Foundation has organized more than 10 events”, Anna Hakobyan added.


Զանգեզուրի կոմբինատ, Ալեքսանյան, եկեղեցի․ ովքե՞ր են Աննա Հակոբյանի հիմնադրամի նվիրատուները
/Feb 25/Verelq.am/

City of smile («Ժպիտների քաղաք») բարեգործական հիմնադրամը, որի հոգաբարձուների նախագահը ՀՀ վարչապետ Նիկոլ Փաշինյանի տիկին Աննա Հակոբյանը, հրապարակել է 2018 թվականին նվիրատվություն իրականացրած կազմակերպությունների և անձանց ցանկը :

Ինչպես նշված է հրապարակված փաստաթղթում, նվիրատուների ցանկը գլխավորում է « Զանգեզուրի Պղնձամոլիբդենային Գործարանը » -, որը 51 մլն դրամի նվիրատվություն է կատարել :

Երկրորդ տեղում Մայր Աթոռ Սուրբ Էջմիածինն է՝ 47.9 մլն դրամ : Երրորդ տեղում « Հայաստան » հիմնադրամ ԱՄՆ-ն է (31,2 մլն դրամ, 4-րդ տեղում՝ « Ամերիաբանկ » ՓԲԸ-ն՝ 11,8 մլն դրամ :

Ըստ հրապարակման, Առաջին հնգյակը եզրափակում է Ալեքսանյանների ընտանիք բարեգործական հիմնադրամն, էրը փոխանցել է 10 մլն դրամ :

Ցանկի 6-րդ հորիզոնականում Հայաստանի Պարի պետական անսամբլն է (9,5 մլն դրամ), 7-րդ հորիզոնականում՝ Անահիտ Ծառուկյանը (5 մլն դրամ), 8-րդ հորիզոնականում՝ « Գրանդքենդին » է (5 մլն դրամ) եւ 5 մլն դրամ փոխանցել է Գագիկ Ծառուկյանի կինը՝ Ջավահիր Ծառուկյանը :

Հայտնի գործարար Սամվել Ալեքսանյանին պատկանող « Նատալի ֆարմը » եզրափակում է նվիրատուների տասնյակը՝ 3 մլն դրամ նվիրատվությամբ :

Նվիրատուների ցանկում են նաեւ « Ալեքս տեքստիլը », « Գագիկ Ծառուկյան » բարեգործական հիմնադրամը, « Երեւանի կոնյակի գործարանը » :
 

Audio archive of Public Radio of Armenia goes online
/Feb 27/Public Radio of Armenia/

The audio archive of Public Radio of Armenia is now available online. The official website at armradioarchive.am was officially launched today. 

The Public Radio archive is Armenia’s largest audio repository. It hosts about 100,000 recordings, including songs, speeches, programs, concerts, etc.

The history of Armenian radio starts from September 1, 1926. It was the day of the first experimental broadcast and the day the words “Yerevan is speaking” were heard for the first time.

For the first time on that day, the “Eastern Chorus” (later, the National Instrumental Ensemble of the Republican Radio of Armenia) performed live.

The radio schedule was created in April-June 1927, and programs began broadcasting at exact hours.

Today the Fund holds over 150 thousand hours of performances, literary and artistic programs, recitals, radio performances. It stores not only Armenian and Russian, but also Kurdish, Yezidi, Azerbaijani and Arabic recordings, music, cultural and children’s programs, radio performances, speeches by renowned Armenians, interviews, etc.

 2017 marked the start of a new process of digitization involving cutting-edge technology for recycling of the fund, improving the quality of the recordings, ensuring their long-term storage, use and publication. The “Cultural Revival” Foundation contributed to the process.

The audio fund holds about 97,000 recording, of which 28,000 are works by Armenian composers.

On the trilingual website the audio recordings are linked to the date of recording, the authors of the music and lyrics, their biography, photos, etc. The recordings are presented by genres: classical, folk, pop, radio performances, special speeches, interviews, etc.

The archiving works are still in process, as the audio fund gets enriched with new recordings and names every day. Here one can find unique songs, speeches, concerts and voices that have been unknown to many by now.

These voices and songs that are witnesses to history and tell about the past and present are getting more valuable with every new visitor and new listener.

Today it is not only possible to enjoy the gems of the “Golden Fund,” but also create new ones. The recently reopened recording studio – the Radio Studio – where most of archive materials have been recorded for decades, enables to record works that will become an evidence of today’s cultural values.
 

Armenian government approves action plan for UN resolution on women, peace, and security
/Feb 28/Panorama/

The Armenian government approved a draft decision on the 2019-2021 national action plan for the implementation of the Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security and its timeframes.

The resolution addresses the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women, stresses the importance of women’s equal and full participation as active agents in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace-building and peacekeeping.

According to the decision, the action plan will not only coordinate the work previously done in this area but will also create an opportunity for receiving financial support both from various countries and the UN fund created for the resolution.

The program will step up Armenia’s role as a country struggling for women’s role and peace in the international arena. 
 

Karasin issues a warning to Georgia, mentions Armenia
/Feb 28/MediaMax/

Yerevan – Russia is concerned about “the large-scale NATO military exercises in Georgia and the fact that Georgia is engaging other countries of the region in these exercises, for instance, Armenia”.

The remark was made by Deputy Foreign Minister, State Secretary of Russia Grigory Karasin, who gave an interview to Kommersant after the meeting with Georgian Prime Minister’s Special Representative Zurab Abashidze in Prague.

Before the meeting Grigory Karasin said he planned to “warn the Georgian side about possible surprises, which will be unpleasant for both countries”.

After meeting Abashidze Karasin made the following remarks:

 “The NATO agenda is showing more and more actively in Georgia’s foreign policy. They hold large-scale NATO military exercises fairly often, and Georgia is engaging other countries of the region in them, for instance, Armenia. Georgian politicians speak of expedited NATO membership strategy, the so-called “Russian threat against the entire democratic Europe”, and so on. Naturally, it offends us. It does not facilitate strengthening of the atmosphere of mutual attraction between Russia and Georgia.

Tbilisi has to decide: either they choose the atmosphere of regional welfare or the Euro-Atlantic agenda. Doing both simultaneously is difficult and fraught with most serious consequences. Obviously, if NATO military activity develops in the South Caucasus, problems will follow sooner or later. We all remember what started the Ukrainian problems. This time the statement of the question is absolutely the same”.

In December 2018 he noted:

 “Kremlin counts on the new government of Armenia to find the courage to resist the blackmail and pressure from the American side.”
 

Expenses of official travel will be increased to office of Prime Minister of Armenia
/Feb 28/Arminfo/By Alexandr Avanesov/

The office of the Prime Minister of Armenia will increase the costs of official travel. The decision was made at the February 28 sitting of the RA government.

As noted in the project’s rationale, the Prime Minister’s office has already exceeded its quarterly spending plan. At the same time, wage premiums, rental expenses and entertainment expenses will be cut. As a result, the Prime Minister’s office will be deprived of the opportunity to receive wage premiums of 70 million drams, the cost of renting property and equipment will be reduced by 50 million drams, and representation expenses – by 15 million drams. Thus, 135 million drams will be saved. At the same time, travel expenses will increase by 70 million drams and other expenses by 20 million drams.

 

 

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