- 11:28 | Region Azerbaijan fires 1,300 shots towards Karabakh positions
The enemy’s activity was suppressed as a result of retaliatory actions by frontline forces of NKR Defense Army.
Source: NKR Defense Army
- 11:25 | Armenia Nairit cannot resume normal operations
Former member of Armenia’s Supreme Council and National Assembly, former director of Nairit plant Gagik Nersisyan told Zhoghovurd daily that despite the assurances, Nairit cannot resume normal operations.
- 09:25 | In the world Thousands rally in Moscow in support of Crimea’s secession
Moscow police estimated the turnout at the sanctioned rally outside the Kremlin at 65,000.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:14 | In the world Russia warns US sanctions would have boomerang effect
In a telephone call initiated by the American side, Lavrov told US Secretary of State John Kerry that any sanctions against Russia “would inevitably hit the United States like a boomerang.”
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:14 | In the world Pussy Riot members attacked
Two members of the dissident Russian punk band Pussy Riot were attacked by a group of men while eating breakfast at a McDonald's restaurant in a Russian city on Thursday.
- 09:08 | In the world Spy chief: Assume Russia knows all
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, made that clear when he told National Public Radio in an interview broadcast Friday how U.S. officials must plan for the possibility that Vladimir Putin's Russia has access to American battle plans and other secrets possibly taken by classified leaker Edward Snowden.
- 08:59 | In the world Ukraine crisis: Crimea military base stand-off over
Troops wearing Russian uniform without insignia have blockaded bases since taking control of Crimea last week.
- 08:54 | In the world Malaysia Airlines loses contact with plane flying to Beijing
The airline said in a statement that flight MH370 disappeared at 02:40 local time on Saturday (18:40 GMT on Friday).
- 17:00 | Armenia Aronian to participate in Candidates Tournament
He will play against Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Topalov, Sergey Karjakin, Peter Svidler, Shakhriyar
Mamedyarov, Dmitry Andreikin.
- 14:42 | Armenia Women can undergo free health checks as part of women’s healthcare campaign
Armenia’s Ministry of Health declared the period from March 8 to April 7 a month of women’s health.
- 13:51 | Armenia Sculptor Ara Shiraz remains in hospital in critical condition
Health Ministry’s chief anesthetist-resuscitation expert Anatoly Gnuni told Panorama.am that he is still unconscious and is on a life support machine.
- 13:14 | Armenia Armenian President holds bilateral meetings in Dublin
As part of his working visit to Ireland, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan met on Thursday with President of EU Parliament-Armenia Friendship Group Eleni Theocharous and President of Democratic Rally party of Cyprus Averof Neophytou.
Source: presidential press service
- 12:28 | Armenia Compulsory pension payment may receive status of tax
Civilnet reported that the Finance Ministry is working on a bill under which 5% compulsory pension payment will be given status of a tax.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 12:02 | Armenia Margarit Yesayan gives her license plate to SAS Artak
"I had no car so I gave it to him after he asked for it. I have had good relations with Artak for a long time, since the time I worked as a reporter,” she said.
- 11:43 | Armenia Serbian Foreign Minister to visit Armenia
Ivan Mrkić will meet with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamyan, Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II.
- 11:11 | Armenia Prosperous Armenia offices closed
Prosperous Armenia Party’s Yerevan offices have not been working for several days already.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 09:09 | Armenia Greta Sargsyan in stable condition
Mrs Greta Sargsyan, the mother of Sparapet Vazgen Sargsyan, is still at the intensive care unit of Nairi Medical Center.
- 09:08 | In the world Gen Dempsey: 'Two years' to overcome Snowden leak
Gen Martin Dempsey said the "vast majority" of documents taken by the ex-NSA contractor were military-related.
- 09:03 | In the world Crimean Tatar minority to boycott secession vote
The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, who constitute about 15 percent of the region’s population of 2 million, calls to boycott the vote, the organization’s head Refat Chubarov said.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:58 | In the world Ukraine proposes to host NATO Council meeting
Ukraine’s interim prime minister said on Thursday he has invited NATO Council to hold a meeting in Kiev over the recent developments in the political crisis in the country.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:51 | In the world Fatal car bomb hits Homs
The explosion happened in an Armenian district, where the majority of people are Christians and Alawites.
- 08:47 | In the world Malaria 'spreading to new altitudes'
Warmer temperatures are causing malaria to spread to higher altitudes, a study suggests.
- 08:39 | In the world Obama pushes Putin on Crimea talks
In their hour-long conversation, the Russian leader said Moscow-Washington relations should not suffer.
- 19:09 | Armenia Tsarukyan is even better than Ivanishvili – Galust Sahakyan
Head of Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) parliamentary faction Galust Sahakyan commented on the comparison between Prosperous Armenia Party leader Gagik Tsarukyan and former Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili made by ANC leader, first Armenian President Levon Ter-Petrosyan.
- 17:10 | Armenia Armenian economy may be affected by depreciation of Russian ruble
The current developments in Ukraine may lead to a decrease of the amount of remittances from Russia to Armenia, Economy Minister Vahram Avanesyan told reporters.
- 17:08 | Armenia ICRC gives no comment on released captive’s health
“Our main mission was to help the Armenian citizen return to his homeland. That mission was achieved. I cannot give any comment on Khojoyan’s health condition,” said the head of communication programs of the ICRC Yerevan Office.
- 15:57 | Region New member of NKR State Council on Statistics appointed
Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan signed a decree appointing Susanna Harutyunyan member of the NKR State Council on Statistics for 6 years in office.
Source: presidential press service
- 15:49 | Armenia Mamikon Khojoyan to be moved to Yerevan
Released captive Mamikon Khojoyan will be moved to St. Gregory the Illuminator Medical Center in Yerevan due to a need of a specialized medical examination.
- 15:09 | Armenia U.S., Armenia mark cooperative efforts to prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
The United States, the National Security Service (NSS) and Armenian Border Guard (ABG) held a ceremony on March 6 to mark the completion of a two-year cooperative effort aimed at reducing the threat of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) along Armenia's northern border with Georgia.
Source: U.S. Embassy
- 11:50 | Armenia Commission on gas issues holds second meeting
Each group will present its program along with a question list at the next meeting of the commission.
- 11:19 | Armenia Prosperous Armenia to reopen offices
PAP spokesman Tigran Urikhanyan confirmed the information, saying that they need to improve and mobilize the party.
- 10:57 | Armenia Authorities to reduce number of political parties
For this purpose, the State Register Agency of Legal Entities plans to carry out serious optimization in the political field.
Source: 168 Hours
- 09:11 | Armenia Rosneft to buy Electric Networks of Armenia
A final agreement was reached on March 1 and a preliminary deal was signed.
- 09:09 | In the world Leaked phone tape raises claim that opposition involved in sniper attacks in Kiev
Snipers who shot at protesters and police in Kiev were allegedly linked to “somebody from the new coalition,” Estonia’s foreign minister said in a leaked phone call.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:04 | In the world Lavrov, Kerry agree that Ukraine should uphold peace accord
“We have agreed that Ukrainians need assistance to implement the February 21 accord,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:58 | In the world Israel intercepts ship with weapons headed to Gaza
The Israel Defense Forces said Wednesday it intercepted an Iranian shipment of "advanced" weapons bound for "terrorist organizations" operating in Gaza.
- 08:52 | In the world Moammar Gadhafi's son in Libyan custody
The government made the announcement in a message on Facebook that thanked the president of neighboring Niger for his cooperation.
- 08:47 | In the world Venezuela breaks ties with Panama
Panama's official statement said the country was "astonished" and called Mr Maduro's words "unacceptable."
- 08:42 | In the world Ukraine crisis: EU leaders to hold emergency talks
Some members, particularly from Eastern Europe, press for tough sanctions, but others - led by Germany - stress mediation as way out of the crisis.
- 22:30 | In the world Survey suggests 9 million women in EU rape victims
A survey of 42,000 women across the European Union suggests that about one in 10 have been the victims of sexual violence, and half of them reported being raped.
Source: ABC News
- 22:23 | In the world How Facebook can trigger an eating disorder
Too much time on the site makes us body conscious and food obsessed.
Details: The Daily Mail
- 22:15 | In the world Adults should cut sugar intake to less than a can of coke a day, says WHO
World Health Organisation's director of nutrition says adults should get only 5% of daily calories from sugar.
Source: The Guardian
- 22:08 | In the world Student ordered to pay $100,000 over Twitter defamation of teacher
Music teacher in Australia wins case against former student who defamed her on Twitter and Facebook.
Source: The Telegraph
- 22:00 | In the world Ukraine FM: No troops allowed for a Crimea vote
Ukraine's foreign minister says pro-Russian citizens in the nation's strategic Crimea region must be willing to replace armed forces with international observers if the new government allows a vote for more autonomy.
Source: Associated Press
- 21:52 | In the world Pope hits out at criticism of Church over sexual abuse
In a rare interview with an Italian newspaper, the Pope said "no-one else has done more" to root out paedophilia.
- 21:45 | In the world Israel says seized Gaza-bound rocket shipment from Iran
The Israeli navy seized a ship in the Red Sea on Wednesday that was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied rockets made in Syria and intended for Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza Strip, the military said.
- 18:04 | Armenia Pilot project of agricultural insurance to be launched in Armenia
An insurance company has expressed a desire to launch a pilot project of agricultural insurance in Armenia this year, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Samvel Galstyan said.
- 18:03 | Region Bako Sahakyan attends events dedicated to Vazgen Sargsyan’s 55th birthday
President Sahakyan attended a solemn meeting held in NKR Defense Army’s military unit named after Vazgen Sargsyan and delivered there a speech.
See the details here.
- 17:21 | Armenia Serzh Sargsyan to visit Ireland
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan will pay a working visit to Ireland on March 6 to participate in the European People’s Party Congress in Dublin.
Source: presidential press service
- 14:10 | In the world Wreath laid on Vazgen Sargsyan’s grave on behalf of Serzh Sargsyan
A wreath was laid on the grave of state and political figure, National Hero of Armenia and Hero of Artsakh Vazgen Sargsyan on behalf of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan today in Yerablur military cemetery on the occasion of Vazgen Sargsyan’s 55th birthday.
Source: presidential press service
- 14:09 | Armenia Tsarukyan-Ivanishvili comparison inappropriate – Heritage secretary
“Prosperous Armenia did not say that it will carry out a full change of power. We can rather call it a demand to “divide the power,” Stepan Safaryan said.
- 13:13 | Armenia Sparapet’s mother in stable condition
Mrs Greta Sargsyan, the mother of Sparapet Vazgen Sargsyan, has suffered ischemic stroke, head of Nairi Medical Center’s intensive care unit Anatoly Gnuni said.
- 12:03 | Armenia Staff reductions at Public Television
Eight engineers, who are old workers, received notifications saying that they will be dismissed in two months.
- 11:24 | Armenia Government also affected by inflation
In the previous years, the government allocated AMD 240-280 million to Services SNPO, while this year it decided to allocate over AMD 364 million from the country’s budget.
- 10:53 | Armenia Armenian defense chief visits military unit
Seyran Ohanyan checked the combat readiness of the military unit, the condition of the military equipment, particularly the equipment being overhauled.
15:26 27/02/2013 » Sport
Henrikh Mkhitaryan: I never take the praise, if I know that I played badly
The latest issue of Shakhtar magazine has appeared on newsstands. Below is an interview with one of the protagonists of the January issue - Henrikh Mkhitaryan, published by FC Shakhtar Press Office.
- Henrikh, last year, you hit nearly all football top lists one can imagine - in Ukraine, Armenia and in Europe. Aren’t you afraid that such popularity can just blow your mind?
- I am not afraid of it, because I've always dreamed of it! I had to cover a very long way. And it was hard to accomplish. The same happens in life: it’s hard to achieve something, but you can lose it in one minute, just in no time. So I know the value of what I have achieved, and I hope that I won’t ever lose it.
- So do you purposefully control yourself not to be influenced by fame?
- No, I don’t. But at times, I intentionаlly listen to what they say about me. That’s pleasing and motivational for me to perform even better.
- Whose opinion is most important to you?
- First of all, I'm self-critical. I know myself when I played well, and when not, when I managed to do something and when I didn’t. And then come Lucescu with theory sessions, plus friends and relatives.
- How do you respond to criticism?
- If criticism corresponds to reality, then I respond to it very positively, because it proves the fact that I have the potential to play even better.
- And if, say, you are severely criticized by an individual who has never played football?
- Maybe we’ll have a discussion with him or her about this. After all, not everyone can see what happens on the pitch. Watching football is much easier than playing. When you take the field – that’s a totally different world. Therefore, I usually begin to explain why it happened that way in that particular situation. But dissatisfaction is expressed by a representative of football community, it is better to listen to them than to argue. Although you can listen first and then give your opinion.
- Is it possible to infuriate you?
- There is a point when I realize that we can’t continue like that any more, it just won’t help. I will still prove my point – by my performance instead of words.
- What game or maybe the missed effort do you kick yourself the most?
- There were many chances I failed to convert. But I try to work on that, because I know that in the game you can have just one chance, but a very important one. Perhaps, at 0-0 in the 90th minute, you may have that chance, and if you don’t covert it, the team will lose points. Therefore, I try to improve, especially as I had some problems in this regard.
- And yet what mistake was the most disappointing?
- I think it happened in the home game against Chelsea. I had five goal-scoring chances, but Cech just tipped the balls away.
- How do you feel about the fact that the Armenian fans, no matter how you play, still praise you?
- I never take the praise, if I know that I played badly. They're fans, this is normal. They are the people who just like you and support you throughout. I am thankful to them. By the way, the situation has changed now: when my performance is poor, my countrymen start criticising me.
- Henrikh, you just said you were mastering your finishing. But this is a common statement for players. Can you explain how you polish it in more detail?
- I can simulate the goalscoring situation in training. Yes, the goalmouth is clear, the goalie is not there. But you probably understand that I must hit the corner of the net instead of just making it on target. It is better to hit the corner three times out of ten than just fire the centre of the goal. That’s, actually, the performance.
- Do you practise free kicks?
- Yes, we stay with the mates for that after trainings.
- But in the game you never take them! Can’t dare?
- Simply enough, Mister just tells us who will do that. That's why I never step up for it.
- Are you an emotional man. What about the spot kicks, the nerves?
- I already took a penalty kick last year, in a match with Hoverla, and missed. But if I have another chance – I’ll try. Why not?
- Aren’t you afraid of getting injured on the pitch? After all, it’s always in your subconscious.
- No, I’m not. If a player takes to the pitch with such thoughts, he will surely get injured.
- Do your mother and sister often attend the games?
- The last one attended by my sister was the game with Juventus in Turin. And mom... (takes him long to recall) When Armenia played Lithuania! Speaking of Shakhtar, then at the game with Barcelona two years ago.
- But do they watch it on TV?
- Yes, always! Both on television and on the Internet they find broadcasts. They call immediately after a game, congratulating me and scolding sometimes.
- What has changed about you since your move to Shakhtar?
- I matured: I came when I was 21, and now I’m 24.
- You feel that you grew older?
- Yes, because I've got used to this team. When you join a new team, you try to adapt, and eventually you start feeling more at ease, just as an experienced man.
- Do you feel that you are gaining credibility in the team, your significance grows, you have the right to vote?
- I don’t have any voting right, because there are players who have been longer than me at Shakhtar. We have the captain and the vice-captain, who are entitled to vote. I can just do my job on the pitch - that's my right!
- How do you feel about your growing popularity among girls: many lady fans see a potential husband in you and want to meet you?
- Haven’t met anyone yet, no one came up to me. (laughs) Actually, it's nice to be the center of attention of girls.
- Nevertheless, you live at the base and don’t quite leave it...
- Why? Sometimes I go out. I just know why I train and play. I do’nt deny that it is possible to combine the two. But now, when I’ve become an idol and begun to score more, I do not want to forget about football and change my way. I have just one way, and I'm going to combine it all.
- Don’t the teammates gibe at you over the place of residence?
- At first – they did, even gave me a nickname of the President of the Base. It’s been one year now since they didn’t say anything, they just calmed down and got used to it. But... sometimes they tease me by asking whether I plan to go home or stay at the base.
- What about your private life? Honestly, if constantly staying at Kirsha, you’ ll have no chance to get acquainted with your future wife.
- Maybe, but it's fate, and there’s no escaping it.
- Are you a fatalist, you believe in fate?
- Yes, of course. The date of birth determined my fate. Just as anyone else’s, indeed. Life is a book, and we are actors who play according to what is written.
- But you yourself made that choice - to live at Kirsha instead of central Donetsk.
- Thus, the book has it so!
- Look, maybe you just save on accomodation?
- No! (laughs) No! I never had problems with money, and for me it’s in the last place. If you work, you have to earn. I chose Kirsha because I had to concentrate more on training and matches than on living in Donetsk. Knowing how gorgeous the local girls are, I chose to live at the base, while in my spare time I can go out socializing with my friends. I'm not a recluse! When there is a desire, I travel to the city to relax, get distracted from football and start the next day with a clear head.
- That is, you don’t experience any lack of communication?
- I don’t lack anything. Except for increadibly missing my friends and relatives in Armenia.
- Okay, let's dream a little. How do you see your future wife?
- Beautiful, intelligent.
- They all say so. There is no man who would say: I want an ugly and stupid one.
- Oh! There are some! For me it does not matter whether she will be blonde, brunette or redhead. It is important that she will be well educated, because if we have children, we must also must take care of them. She will sit at home, and I will earn a living.
- And what if she doesn’t wish just to sit in a golden cage, willing to make her own career or develop own business instead?
- Why? I will make a living.
- Well, she also might want to fulfill as a personality, she might need communication.
- Let her bring her girlfriends to our home.
- Why, then, do your mother and sister work?
- (Pause.) I asked my mom to quit her job, but she says she can’t do without it. She will just feel uncomfortable, because she was always busy doing something. Whilst modern young girls do not work. (laughing)
- Is your sister old or something?
- Not in this case. My sister doesn’t live in Armenia. She works at UEFA and wants to earn a living herself. I sometimes help her, but she doesn’t like it. Saying: “What you earn is yours.” But I tell her that there isn’t such thing as “yours and mine.” We are a family, and that’s ours.
- Have any curious or funny things happen to you since your move to Shakhtar? Maybe some unusual calls and stuff?
- I receive a lot of calls... from strangers.
- And what do they want?
- What do you tell them?
- Of course, I refuse them. How can I give money to strangers or just borrow? I will never get it back.
- I can hardly imagine you at a nightclub. Perhaps, some stories happen at cafes?
- Sometimes. We call in at a restaurant or a café, people recognize us, ask for an autograph or a photo. For me, this is normal and nice, I never hide from the people, from fans. I do not feel like a star or kind of cool. I am a normal man.
- What do you order in a café? You have lots of delicious ethnic food, and our people often choose your meals. What do you prefer?
- Borshch and salo! (laughs) We have, by the way, almost the same - basturma.
- And you know how to cook?
- I can make spaghetti and semi-finished burgers. Well, scrambled eggs, of course.
- They propose different clubs to you, but you say that you think only of Shakhtar. In the future, would you like to develop here, together with the club, or to go to Europe?
- To be honest, I feel good at Shakhtar. But there comes a time when you want to change the setting. Not because it's bad here, just to test your strength in a different league.
- And if you fail?
- It means then that the book read it like that!
- But there are players like Darijo and Tomas, who spent almost their entire careers in Donetsk. How do you like this option?
- If possible, why not? I am also ready to spend my entire career at Shakhtar.
- Did you think of what would you do after quitting football?
- I had some thoughts. I won’t be coaching, that’s just not my cup of tea. I can try myself in this role, but don’t want to. That’s all about nerves, but I wouldn’t want my hair to get grey early. If everything goes well, I can see myself doing business. Still do not know the line, but in this particular area.
- Business in Donetsk?
- No, probably in Armenia. I plan so far to get back there when I retire.
- Don’t you want to live in Europe? You know so many languages!
- I don’t want to move there so far. And languages... We talk French only with our physiotherapist Clement Hazard. Oh, and with Mister! But with him, you can also speak English, Russian and Portuguese. Except Armenian. To be honest, I would like to have a good command of English, I always liked it.
- Have you got a higher education?
- Yes, I graduated from the Institute of Physical Culture in Armenia. Currently, I study economics at the Yerevan branch of the St. Petersburg Institute. I entered it because their degree is valid in almost sixty countries. When I graduate, I want to study there as a lawyer. And at the same time, I will master my English.
- By the way, usually Armenians speak with an accent. You don’t have it at all. How come?
- My grandmother is from Moscow. I spoke a lot of Russian with her at home. She still lives in Armenia - for almost 50 years now. Probably it’s by virtue of my grandmother’s assistance that I don’t have that accent any longer. And that's good!
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13:25 08/03/2014 » Society
Precipitation is expected in some areas on March 8 and on the evening of March 10 and in most regions on March 11-12. Rainless weather is expected on March 9, Hydrometeorological Service of Armenian Emergency Ministry reports. Southwest winds will be around 2-7 per second. 15-20 mps winds are likely in some areas on March 8. Temperatures will drop by 6-8 degrees in eastern regions on March 8, will rise by 2-3 degrees, in eastern regions by 6-8 degrees on March 9.
12:40 08/03/2014 » Society
Azeri forces violated the ceasefire at the Line of Contact between Nagorno-Karabakh’s and Azerbaijan’s troops about 200 times on March 2-8, with over 1,300 shots fired at Karabakh’s frontline positions, according to the press service of NKR Defense Ministry. The enemy’s activity was suppressed as a result of retaliatory actions by frontline forces of NKR Defense Army.
12:05 08/03/2014 » Society
Zhoghovurd daily’s correspondent asked Republic party chairman Aram Sargsyan why he did not visit Yerablur military cemetery on his brother Sparapet Vazgen Sargsyan’s birthday on March 5. “I was in Karabakh. The NKR authorities invited me to an event. They hold a series of events in jubilee years. So I spent that day there,” he replied.
11:39 08/03/2014 » Society
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan sent congratulations to women in a message for the International Women’s Day. “Dear Women, I warmly congratulate you on the occasion of Women’s Day. Today, all of us express our love and respect to you by clearly realizing that the solicitude towards you should never be limited by this day only. All the successes of Armenia have been possible thanks to firm family values and the most active involvement of women in all the spheres ...