Shant-2015: Ancient manuscrips of Matenadaran moved to a safer repository

Within the framework of the “Shant-2015”strategic  command-post exercises the precious manuscripts of the Matenadaran Institute were moved to a special repository, Armenpress reports.

Director of Matenadaran Institute Hrachya Tamrazyan said “the Institution is one of the unique centers, which has secured the best safeguarding measures.”

“The new building is furnished with an unprecedented storage system, which is unique in the world. The items on display in different places can be moved to and kept in Matenadaran,” he said.

“Evacuation is a secret program. There are large storage areas in both the old and new building,” he said.

The Director assured the storages are safe even from natural disasters. “These repositories are meant for manuscripts and ancient books. The state has made huge investments in the creation of this system,” he noted.

Armenian Ambassador meets Metropolitan Sava of Warsaw and All Poland

Armenian Ambassador to Poland Edgar Ghazaryan had a meeting with His Beatitude Metropolitan Sava of Warsaw and All Poland in Belgrade, Press and Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports.

Ambassador Ghazaryan expressed gratitude to Metropolitan Sava for the Mass at St. Maria Magdalena Church on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and for the joining of all Orthodox Churches in Poland to the bell tolling at 19:15 Yerevan time on April 23.

Issues related to inter-church relations were discussed. Reference was made to the opportunities of cooperation in the field of education.

Ambassador Ghazaryan conveyed to Metropolitan Sava an official invitation form His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, to visit the Mother See of Holy Etcmiadzin.

Armenian genocide is top of mind for System of a Down on tour

It’s been a decade since System of a Down released a new album —and all has been quiet on the studio front since the artsy heavy rock quartet came back from a four-year-hiatus in 2010.

But the wait — which is the operative word — may come to an end soon, according to

“We do want to get together after the tour to talk about writing, but who knows?” says drummer John Dolmayan. Right now SOAD’s focus is on the current Wake Up The Souls tour, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide during World War I, “But who knows.” Dolmayan adds. “Maybe things will happen on this tour that will inspire songs. Anything can surprise you.”

For Dolmayan and his mates — all of Armenian heritage — the tour, of course, “transcends the music.”

“This is more important than the next System of a Down album,” he says. “This is something that’s far-reaching, and it’s actually even bigger than the Armenian genocide itself. This is a world issue.”

SOAD has been at the forefront of that issue since forming during 1994 in Los Angeles, and its campaign has carried more weight thanks to the success of five platinum albums, the last two of which — “Mesmerize” and “Hypnotize,” both in 2005 — debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

The spread-out, 14-date tour began during April in Los Angeles and included an April 23 stop in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, the day before the annual worldwide observance of the genocide, which also was SOAD’s first-ever performance in Armenia. For frontman Serj Tankian, it’s not only another opportunity to talk about the genocide and promote worldwide recognition of it but to also tie that in with events going on today.

“What’s important to us is the fact that genocide still occurs today,” Tankian explains. “There is no international, executable agreement, irrespective of the Genocide Convention and many ad hoc committees around the world. There’s nothing that all nations have signed that says when a genocide is occurring, all bets are off. … It’s important to us to not just raise awareness but to help bring justice to this cause.”

But, Dolmayan adds, SOAD is careful about how it delivers that message to crowds coming to hear the group play “Chop Suey!” “Aerials,” “Hypnotize,” “Toxicity” and its other favorites.

“You don’t want to get too preachy,” the drummer acknowledges. “You want to provide information, but you don’t want to push it down people’s throats. So we will have some information available and we have some video presentations we put together that will be taking place during the show.

“We’ve been very fortunate in that we’re in a position we can entertain people and also give them information at the same time, if they’re open to it.”

NKR President’s congratulation on International Children’s Day

President of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic Bako Sahakyan has issued a congratulatory message on the occasion of the International Children’s Day.

Beloved children,
Dear parents,

On behalf of the Artsakh Republic authorities and myself personally I cordially congratulate you on the International Children’s Day.

Children are the joy and light of our life, consequently, safeguarding their routine and making it more prosperous is the sacred duty of each parent. The same is true for the state. Every year different programs aimed at guaranteeing healthcare for the younger generations, raising the quality of education, organizing children’s leisure, securing their comprehensive development are being implemented in our country.

From year to year the number of new and convenient schools and kindergartens, hospitals and playing grounds corresponding to modern standards are steadily increasing. These activities will be of continuous nature contributing substantially to the resolving of issues concerning children in Artsakh, forging a bright and secure future for our people.

I congratulate all the little citizens of Artsakh on this magnificent holiday once again and wish them peace, good health and all the best. Be always happy and cheerful, and let each your step be crowned with success!

Germanwings plane co-pilot Lubitz ‘practised rapid descent’

The co-pilot of the Germanwings plane which crashed in the French Alps in March may have practised a rapid descent on a previous flight, a report by French investigators has said, the BBC reports.

The report said Andreas Lubitz repeatedly set the plane into an unauthorised descent earlier that day.

Lubitz is suspected of deliberately crashing the Airbus 320, killing all 150 people on board.

The plane had been flying from Barcelona to Duesseldorf on 24 March.

The descent occurred on the plane’s outbound flight from Duesseldorf to Barcelona on the same day, the report said.

The co-pilot is known to have suffered depression in the past.

Last month German prosecutors revealed that Lubitz had researched suicide methods and the security of cockpit doors.

Voice recorder findings suggest he locked the pilot out of the cockpit on the doomed flight.