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Organic farming, a hope for Armenia?
22 December 2018 - Proponents of organic farming say that this softer way of producing food can help poorer countries achieve several of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. An EU backed Organic Agriculture Support Initiative has been promoting organic farming in Armenia since 2015. Christian Cummins went to find out how it is working. (more)

The country breeding a generation of chess whizz kids
18 February 2018 - Since 2011, all children in Armenia from six to eight years old have compulsory chess lessons. It's the first country in the world to include it on the national curriculum. Armenia now has more than 3,000 qualified trained chess teachers in its schools. Many other countries want to follow suit, according to Smbat Lputian, president of the Armenian Chess Academy. He tells me excitedly about a new chess scientific research institute, due to open in Yerevan (Armenia's capital) later this year, where scientists and psychologists will research the impact of chess in the learning process. (more)

Armenia on track to commission 10 MW, announce new utility-scale PV quotas
15 December 2017 - Work has been completed on Armenia's third large-scale solar PV plant. Shtigen LLC commissioned the 1 MW project two days ago in the presence of Armenia's Prime Minister, Karen Karapetyan. All of the projects have owners, [said Shtigen founder and CEO, Hayk Shekyan], which are taking advantage of credit facilities provided by German development bank, KfW. As a rule of thumb, owners invest between 20 to 30 per cent of total project costs, he says. (more)

Russia: Armenian exhibition opens in St. Petersburg
27 June 2011 - An exhibition named Russian-Armenian Spiritual Ties has opened in St. Petersburg. For the first time, visitors will have an opportunity to see books describing the lives and activities of Armenian Catholicoses and books in the history of the Armenian church, which is 1,700 years old. (more)

Armenia, China to jointly develop tourism
10 June 2011 - On 10 June, the Armenian government approved the signing of an agreement in the field of tourism with China. Armenian Minister of Economy Tigran Davtyan said the agreement will facilitate an inrush of tourists into the republic and development of bilateral relations in tourism. (more)

Armenia's President to attend match in Turkey
13 October 2009 - Armenia's President said Monday that he will go to Turkey this week for a football World Cup qualifier between the two national teams, returning a gesture by Turkey's President in what has become known as soccer diplomacy. President Serge Sarkisian's announcement followed the signing of an agreement between Armenia and Turkey to establish diplomatic ties and end a century of enmity between the two neighbours. (more)

Armenia and Turkey sign peace deal
10 October 2009 - Turkey and Armenia signed a landmark peace accord on Saturday to restore ties and open their joint border after a century of hostility. Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian signed the Swiss-mediated deal in Zurich at a ceremony attended by US Secretary of State Clinton, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and France's Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner. (more)

Progress reported at Armenia-Azerbaijan talks
8 May 2009 - The Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan made 'serious progress' on Thursday during discussions aimed at resolving their long-standing dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, a US official said. French and Russian mediators at the talks also expressed optimism, saying the two leaders had tentatively agreed to meet again early next month in St. Petersburg, Russia. (more)

Armenia and Azerbaijan to intensify Karabakh talks
2 November 2008 - The Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on 2 November to intensify efforts to resolve their dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan and his Azeri counterpart, Ilham Aliyev also agreed after talks outside Moscow with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to develop confidence building measures as they search for a way to resolve the conflict. (more)

Armenia invites Turkish President to football match, marking a shift in relations
5 July 2008 - Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan has invited his Turkish counterpart to visit Yerevan for a football match in September, marking a shift in relations between the two states which have no diplomatic ties. Turkey broke diplomatic relations with Armenia in protest against Yerevan's control of Nagorno-Karabakh region over which Armenia fought Turkey's ally Azerbaijan in a war in the 1990s. (more)

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Armenia: Students, educators show keen interest in Consciousness-Based Education
1 January 2015 - A series of presentations in Armenia in the past year awakened a new level of interest in Consciousness-Based Education, said Dr Ashley Deans, Executive Director of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in the USA. Dr Deans visited Armenia during a tour of southeastern Europe and the Middle East. He met with a number of leading educators and education officials in the country, as well as many students. The young people were especially eager and enthusiastic to learn more about Consciousness-Based Education, including the Transcendental Meditation technique, one of its central components. (more)

Armenia: President of MUM speaks at schools, university, national television
12 July 2013 - During a tour this year in southeastern Europe and the region on the border of Europe and Asia, Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management in the USA, visited Ukraine, Armenia, and Georgia. In Armenia he lectured about Transcendental Meditation and Consciousness-Based Education at two secondary schools and a large teacher training university, and was interviewed on national television. He also spoke with many practitioners of Transcendental Meditation. Everywhere he went he found great enthusiasm and interest, often meeting people who learned Transcendental Meditation years ago, when MUM faculty were invited to the country and instructed many thousands in the technique. (more)

Media coverage of Invincible Defence inspires communities in Armenia
19 February 2010 - One of the most prestigious online newspapers in Armenia recently published an article on the Invincible Defence programme of the Global Country of World Peace. After the article appeared, several communities came forward and expressed their interest in establishing a coherence-creating group of Yogic Flyers. (more)

News media, expositions stir interest in Transcendental Meditation in Armenia
18 February 2010 - The Transcendental Meditation Technique and other programmes of the Global Country of World Peace in Armenia have recently been featured in newspapers and television. The organization has also received many invitations to present its programmes in a diverse range of expositions, especially those involving health and education. (more)

Armenia celebrates 20th anniversary of one per cent learning Transcendental Meditation: Momentum continues rising for national invincibility
17 February 2010 - Twenty years ago Armenia became a 'one per cent' country--with more than one per cent of the population practising the Transcendental Meditation Programme. As well-wishers celebrate 20 years of rising coherence, interest in programmes of the Global Country of World Peace continues to grow. (more)

Halting confrontation in Armenia by 'smothering the political fire', through Invincible Defence Technology
29 January 2010 - Invincible Defence Technology utilizes the Transcendental Meditation Programme and its advanced techniques to create an indomitable influence of peace and harmony for any nation. (more)

Armenia celebrates 20th anniversary of Transcendental Meditation in the country
12 December 2009 - Armenia is currently celebrating the 20th anniversary of the founding of Transcendental Meditation in the country. At that historic time, one per cent of the population learnt Transcendental Meditation, and the square root of one per cent became practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, including Yogic Flying. Teachers of these technologies for creating invincibility on a national scale have been finding great receptivity to their presentations, especially those on Consciousness-Based Education. (more)

Nation of Armenia advancing towards invincibility
14 October 2008 - Speaking 8 October 2008 on Maharishi Global Family Chat, Raja Robert Wynne, Raja of Invincible Armenia for the Global Country of World Peace, reported recent initiatives to bring invincibility to his domain. (more)

Armenia: Launching a programme to create invincibility
8 September 2008 - The National Director of the Global Country of World Peace in Armenia, Dr Svetlana Galstyan, is discussing plans with Raja Robert Wynne, Raja of Armenia, to bring invincibility to her country through a campaign beginning on 21 September, the national day of Armenia. (more)

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Why Monsanto in Armenia should raise red flags for its farmers
2 November 2017 - The United States Embassy in Yerevan on Wednesday (1 November) organized a business conference focused on Armenia's agriculture sector. 'The goal was to connect Armenian companies involved in the sector with the expertise, products, and technology of well-known U.S. companies Valmont and Monsanto,' said a press announcement from the U.S. Embassy, which also stated that the U.S. companies 'sent representatives to the conference to present their products and services and to learn about business opportunities in Armenia.' (more)

Armenian freezes Turkey pact ratification
22 April 2010 - Armenia is freezing its ratification of an agreement to normalize ties with Turkey and reopen their shared border, the Armenian president said Thursday -- dealing a setback to efforts to end the countries' long-standing enmity. Turkey closed its border with Armenia in 1993 to protest the Armenia-backed war by separatists in the Nagorno-Karabakh region; the region is an enclave within Azerbaijan but under the control of Armenian and ethnic Armenian forces. Neither Turkey nor Armenia have ratified the October agreement to restore diplomatic ties. Armenia's governing coalition accuses Turkey of dragging its feet by demanding the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute be settled first. (more)

Russia blockade of Georgia has serious consequences for Armenia
10 October 2006 - Politicians and analysts warn that Russia's transport and postal blockade on Georgia may end up economically isolating Armenia, Georgia's landlocked southern neighbor. The dispute could also deal another blow to Armenia if Moscow cuts its natural gas supplies to Georgia, effectively blocking supplies to Armenia. (more)


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