ARMENIAN MINISTER TIRED OF BEING GOVERNMENT MEMBER - NEWSPAPER
- YEREVAN. - Armenia's Education and Science Minister Armen Ashotyan no longer wants to be in the Government and, instead, wants to return to lawmaking, that is, to become a National Assembly (NA) MP, but not a rank-and-file deputy, Hraparak daily writes.
"According to some information, Ashotyan wishes to assume the position of the Chairman of the parliamentary [Standing] Committee on European Integration. But, most likely, Ashotyan will not be satisfied with such small post, and he could assume the position of NA Speaker. According to well-informed sources, this is also why Ashotyan not only was included in [the ruling coalition's Republican Party of Armenia] RPA Executive Body, but also became RPA Vice Chairman. The current NA Speaker Samvel Nikoyan, who is a veteran RPA, is not RPA Vice Chairman," Hraparak writes.
- 0 Our ancestors celebrated the New Year in this day as the reawakening of nature and the work of the farmer.
- 1615 According to a proclamation by the Polish King Sigismund the Third, Armenians were allowed to live and work in Dubrovitsa. This Armenian colony was obliterated in 1672 in the course of Turkish attacks.
- 1747 The Dutch award the Armenians of Indonesia the same civil rights as European free citizens.
- 1758 Birth of Ghookas Eencheechyan (armenologist and geographer). He died in 1833.
- 1763 Death of Catholicos Hakob the Fifth --Shamakhetsee. He was an important figure in the liberation movement of the 18th century. His birthdate is unknown.
- 1828 Tsar Nicholas the First defines the status of the Armenian Province. Major-General Tchavchevadze is appointed Governor of the Province.
- 1879 Birth of Anooshavan Vardanian, playwright, representative of proletarian literature. He was head of the Copyright Protection Department.
- 1888 Birth of Marietta Shahinyan (Bolshevik propaganda writer) in Moscow.
- 1942 Vahan Mirakyan (poet) dies in Yerevan. He was born in 1866.
- 1981 Inauguration of the Arpa-Sevan tunnel.