• Akhaltskha’s Mariam Harutyunyan becomes Armenia’s best student
    Akhaltskha’s Mariam Harutyunyan becomes Armenia’s best student
    The RA Ministry of Education and Science summed up the results of its Best Student nation-wide competition yesterday.

    RA Minister of Education and Science Levon Mkrtchyan greeted the students and granted their awards. The annual competition also serves as a way for the government to reveal and encourage the best students and help them grow as professionals.

    The students passed two stages. The first was held within universities. Each university had submitted to the RA Ministry of Education and Science the documents of the winner of the first stage from the Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree Programs, according to spheres.

    The second stage was held by a commission established upon the executive order of the RA Minister of Education and Science. The competition was held in the following areas: natural science, medicine, humanities, social studies, engineering, Armenology, culture/sports.

    To win the competition, the students of various universities had to not only have outstanding performance and be socially active, but also be involved in academics.

    This year, there were participants from 18 universities. One of the winners of the competition is 2nd-year Master’s student of the Faculty of Informatics and Applied Mathematics at Yerevan State University Mariam Harutyunyan, who is from Akhaltskha. She was awarded with a certificate and a one-time nominal scholarship set by the RA Minister of Education and Science a...
  • Akhaltskha celebrated St. Sarkis the Warrior Day
    Akhaltskha celebrated St. Sarkis the Warrior Day
    On February 11, the Armenian Apostolic Church is celebrating the day of Saint Sarkis the Warrior, His Son, Mardiros and the 14 soldiers.

    Every year, the faithful of Akhaltskha region travel nearly 4 kilometers to visit the St. Sarkis the Warrior Chapel, which is located next to the Holy Cross Church in Sazel village. The holiday is especially a joyful holiday for young Armenians who very often head towards the St. Sarkis the Warrior Chapel in groups and with their classmates, and this has been a folk ritual in Akhaltskha for a long time now.

    On the occasion, a Holy Mass was served, and the celebrant was pastor of Akhaltskha and the nearby villages, Fr. Priest Torgom Vardanyan at Holy Cross Church in the Sazel village of Akhaltskha.

    His Holiness and Fr. Torgom interpreted the symbol of the day for the faithful and congratulated them.

    At the end of the Holy Mass, Spiritual Superintendent of Akhaltskha, Fr. Friar Hakob Sahakyan and the celebrant performed the blessing of youth.
  • Lebanese-Armenians visited House-Museum of Jivani
    Lebanese-Armenians visited House-Museum of Jivani
    Despite the cold winter, the House-Museum of Jivani continues to host visitors and convey the warmth that was characteristic of the troubadour. Today, it is a pleasure to state that there are visitors from quite a lot of countries around the world.
    Lebanese-Armenians recently visited the House-Museum of Jivani in Kartsakh. During their visit, they mentioned the following: “We were very impressed with the museum in Kartsakh where the items were sorted properly, interestingly and meticulously. The life of Jivani was presented in a very interesting way. We received great explanations and got to know Jivani up close. We hope many people visit this museum,” writes javakhkmedia.com.

    The guests left with great impressions and promised to return with a larger group in the spring.
  • Vardges Surenyants’s house in Akhaltskha on sale
    Vardges Surenyants’s house in Akhaltskha on sale
    The house of great Armenian painter Vardges Surenyants in Akhaltskha is on sale. According to the homeowner, he has preserved the former look of Vardges Surenyants’s house and has not renovated it since he still believes there will be people who will want to purchase Surenyants’s house and turn it into a museum.

    Vardges Surenyants’s house has five medium-size rooms and a small garden in the back of the house. Currently, the house is on sale for $90,000 dollars.

    On August 1, 2009, a plaque dedicated to the memory of great Armenian painter Vardges Surenyants was unveiled on the wall of the painter’s house in Akhaltskha.

    The event dedicated to the painter’s 150th birth anniversary and the unveiling of the plaque were organized by businessman Sos Sahakyan, who lives in Armenia and is originally from Akhaltskha.

    Vardges Surenyants was born in 1860 to a family of a clergyman in Akhaltskha. He received his primary education at the Lazaryan College, after which he continued his studies in the department of architecture of the highly reputable school for painting, sculpting and architecture in Moscow. He started pursuing his career as a painter at the imperial academy in Munich.

    Knowing ten languages, Surenyants also studied the arts and literature of different nations. According to his contemporaries, he would recite the poems of Persian poets Hafez and Khayam, translate the works of William Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde,...
  • Public discourse on Akhaltskha’s budget for the year 2017
    Public discourse on Akhaltskha’s budget for the year 2017
    Representatives of the city council of Akhaltskha participated in the discussion on the city’s budget for the year 2017. Among the representatives of Armenia organizations were the founder of the Democratic Union of Nations of Georgia Ashot Kavaleryan and Director of the Media Analysis Center of Samtskhe-Javakhk Eduard Ayvazyan.

    The discussion began with a speech by Head of the Sacrebulo of Akhaltskha Davit Lomidze. “The regional development foundation has allocated 2,250,000 Laris and has distributed the funds to solve issues in various sectors, including infrastructure projects and social programs. As far as the sacrebulo’s budget is concerned, we reduced it by 126,000 Laris and immediately allocated it for the implementation of infrastructural projects,” head of the city council Davit Lomidze.

    After being introduced to the draft of the city’s budget, the participants of the meeting expressed their views on the budget. The attendees said it would be nice, if the city solved the issues related to stray dogs, public restrooms, the renovation of the local cultural center, public transportation and the wrongly placed road signs.

    According to Davit Lomidze, the budget for the year 2017 in Akhaltskha will make up nearly 7,900,000 Laris. According to the draft, administrative expenditures have been reduced by 798,200 Laris.
The geography of my birthplace
The geography of my birthplace
It is the duty of each person to examine the history of his nation. It is also important for each person to examine the geography of his birthplace.

This was the purpose of the already annual Armenian History Contest organized by the Board of ARS Georgia this year.

The contest was held at the Armenian Educational, Cultural and Youth Center of Akhalkalak and gathered over 100 schoolchildren from several schools across Akhalkalak. The schoolchildren were assigned to write the answers to 15 questions about the versions that they had proposed. They were excited about answering the questions in written form since they considered it more effective than taking a test. The contest made everyone work independently. The committee comprised of the best experts of the region will announce the results in two days. Stages will be held in other regions over the next few days.

The final stage for the winners of the regional stage will be a verbal test that will help enhance a child’s verbal skills and check his knowledge.

The Board of ARS Georgia will also organize an Award Ceremony for the winners to encourage the winners with the awards that they deserve.
Javakhk representative speaking in the Parliament of Georgia urged to follow the example of the German Bundestag
Javakhk representative speaking in the Parliament of Georgia urged to follow the example of the German Bundestag
Today, 8th of June, a few hours earlier the representative from Akhalkalak region Samvel Petrosyan spoke in the Parliament of Georgia. His speech was devoted to the adoption by the German Bundestag the resolution on the Armenian Genocide. Javakhk MP also called on other countries, including Georgia, to follow the example of Germany. Here is the complete text of the speech:

Dear colleagues,

June 2 of this year, the German Bundestag adopted a resolution and condemned the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire.

I would like from this high tribune to sincerely thank the German Bundestag and the German people for an objective approach to the events of 100 years ago and to the restoration of historical justice.

Also, I call upon all democratic countries, including Georgia, that have not yet recognized the Genocide, to follow the example of Germany and many countries that recognize and condemn the Armenian Genocide, and thus prevent a similar crime to other peoples.

Thank you.

S. Petrosyan is the member of the Parliament of Georgia since October 1, 2012. Before that, he held administrative positions, including being a prefect of Akhalkalak region from November 11, 1991.

JavakhkMedia, Akhaltskha.net
Akhalkalak’s youth center celebrated Armenia’s Independence Day
Akhalkalak’s youth center celebrated Armenia’s Independence Day
It was the 28th of May 1918 when Armenia gained its independence and was declared as the First Republic of Armenia. After the persecutions, massacres and wars orchestrated by the Young Turks’ government, the tortured Armenian people were barely trying to get back on their feet and find peace in their native land. They were fighting to restore justice and gain independence. And finally, after the heroic battles of Bash-Aparan, Gharakilisa and Sardarapat, the centuries-old dream of creating an autonomous state came true for the Armenian people.

Despite its short existence (1918-20), the First Republic of Armenia played a major and invaluable role in the future reinstatement of statehood.

Today, Armenia is independent once again and is celebrating the 98th anniversary of its independence along with all Armenians around the world.

The youth center of Akhalkalak also celebrated Republic Day with an event attended by the personnel of the youth center, as well as the students and their parents. According to tradition, the event was held properly and set the festive mood.

The students’ poems, songs and dances devoted to Armenia and independence put smiles on people’s faces and made them feel wonderful.

Everyone was happy and proud to have an Independent Armenia and to be Armenian in general.

Congratulations, Independent Armenia!
Akhalkalaki-Ninotsminda road is in dire state
Akhalkalaki-Ninotsminda road is in dire state
Akhalkalaki-Ninotsminda road, which underwent capital repairs back in 1997, has become completely unserviceable. There are numerous deep pits on the road.

Although repair activities are carried out every year, new pits appear on the asphalt. According to the local residents, the road also breaks the cars, which may cause accidents. Many people think that this road section needs capital repairs.
Akhaltskha celebrated St. George Day
Akhaltskha celebrated St. George Day
According to tradition, every May 6th, a grand celebration is always held near the chapel of St. George the Warrior on one of the hills of Small Pamatch village of Akhaltskha region of Georgia called Bural.

However, this year’s celebration was special in that sons of the Small Pamatch village, large businessmen and benefactors Ashot and Artavazd Baboyan (founders of the от Мартинa company) turned the celebration into a big feast. In a matter of days, the area near the St. George the Warrior Chapel turned into a heavenly place for a feast. Several open villas and shacks for reception were quickly built.

The event began after the Holy Mass and included a concert and athletic program during which Grigory Yesayan was able to sing only a couple of songs due to the bad weather. The athletic program included a wrestling tournament, the winners of which would receive cars, while the participants would receive bicycles, but the rain and strong winds postponed the major part of the event to the next day.

According to spiritual leader of Akhaltskha, Father Hakob Sahakyan, they would organize short events following the Holy Mass at Bural every May 6th during which the Gohanamk Ensemble of the local youth center would perform and benefactors would help organize the sacrificing of lamb, but this year’s celebration was incomparably bigger and gathered several thousands of people from the whole region. “Unfortunately, the event ended soon due to the bad ... »»»
Akhaltskha-Armenians transfer $12,100 dollars to Artsakh
Akhaltskha-Armenians transfer $12,100 dollars to Artsakh
On May 5, the Armenians of Akhaltskha transferred $12,100 dollars to the bank account opened by the Ministry of Finance of the Artsakh Republic.

Hhe funds were raised by the Armenians of Akhaltskha and the nearby 15 Armenian villages to support Artsakh.
Youth center of Akhaltskha hosts event dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide
Youth center of Akhaltskha hosts event dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide
On April 23, the Armenian Youth Educational-Cultural Center of Akhaltskha hosted an event dedicated to the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and to the memory of the servicemen killed in Artsakh. The event began with a performance of the Armenian national anthem, after which spiritual pastor of Akhaltskha, Father Torgom read the Lord’s Prayer along with all the participants.

During the event, the members and scouts of the Center sang patriotic songs, recited poems and expressed their heartfelt words to commemorate the holy martyrs of the Armenian Genocide and the heroes who sacrificed their lives for Artsakh.

In their closing speeches, the Center’s administrators stated that April 23rd and 24th are not days of crying and mourning, but days of awakening, rebirth and struggle because there can be no crying when there is a struggle. According to them, by attacking Artsakh in early April, the Turks tried to massacre the Armenians once again, but they were pushed back thanks to the heroic acts of Armenian soldiers.
“It is the duty of every Armenian to speak and think in Armenian”
“It is the duty of every Armenian to speak and think in Armenian”
On March 13, Russian language teacher of the Youth, Educational and Cultural Center of Akhalkalak A. Ayvazyan and her students organized an event entitled “The More Languages You Know, the More of a Person You Are”. The members of the Center presented the role that the Russian language plays in the lives of Armenians.

In the beginning, the master of ceremonies presented the purpose of the event, after which the participants of the event praised and glorified Armenia and the Armenian language, presented comic sketches in Russian and performed songs and dances that set the great mood.

The members of the dance club performed the “Kochari-Potpourri-Katyusha” combination of Russian and Armenian dances, presenting the Russian and Armenian national dances separately. The performance was very unique and beautiful.

At the end, in Armenian, one of the schoolchildren told everyone that no matter how much we Armenians love and learn foreign languages, the first and important language for us must be our native language, that is, Armenian and that it is the duty of every Armenian to speak and think in Armenian.
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