- Independent Journalism From Today's Armenia
June 11, 2004

News: Issues of importance in the country and region

New Lessons: Armenia prepares for significant changes in secondary education


A Project on Education Quality and Compliance has been in public discussion for several months and proposes fundamental changes in Armenia’s schools of general education.

According to the new state education system, beginning 2006 secondary education in the republic will be 12 years and children will be admitted at the age of six. (Presently, the system is 10 years, with students entering at age six.)

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Framed?: Political leader’s arrest on drug charges have questionable foundation

By Vahan Ishkhanyan

Human rights activists, an attorney, neighbors and relatives of a Baghramyan political party head are charging that police in their region “planted” illegal drugs in the leader’s home, in order to justify his imprisonment.

Lavrenti Kirakosyan, 44, has been in jail since April 10, since first being arrested during a political demonstration at Yerevan’s Opera House. He was arrested for failing to obey a police order, however court records do not say what that police order was.

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Healthy if not Wealthy: State hopes to educate population of its medical rights

By Julia Hakobyan

Aiming to support the most vulnerable groups of the population, the Ministry of Health in Armenia has launched a campaign against corruption in the medical institutions of the country and against dishonest physicians.

Starting next week the halls of polyclinics and hospitals will welcome the citizens not only with price lists for services, but also with posters telling if the citizens can apply for their treatment free of change.

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Power Struggle: New nuclear plant one option for future energy

By Gevorg Stamboltsian
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Construction of a new nuclear power station is viewed by the Armenian government as one of the possible alternatives to the aging atomic plant at Metsamor, Energy Minister Armen Movsisyan said this week.

Movsisyan told journalists the possibility is also “quite a competitive option”. The minister says the ambitious project can be implemented with $1 billion demanded by the government from the European Union in exchange for the closure of the Metsamor plant.

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Church officials were on hand Monday to bless construction of a new terminal at Zvartnots International Airport.



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