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More than half of the Armenian population trusts the government – survey results

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The results of a new study by the Centre for Public Surveys of the International Republican Institute show that 72 percent of respondents trust the government, while 22 percent consider bad governance to be the biggest failure of the current government.

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In numbers

The survey showed: the majority of the population is optimistic about the future of Armenia, despite certain concerns about the quick pace of development of the economy.

72% of respondents expressed confidence in the Prime Minister.

59% of respondents believe that the government is doing enough to combat corruption.

60% of respondents believe that the country is on the right path in general. And although this is quite a high figure, in comparison to October 2018, it is down 12 points.

More than 60% of respondents want the government to carry out economic and political reforms not gradually, but as quickly as possible.

The good will and attitude expressed by the Armenian people give the government an unprecedented opportunity to carry out fundamental reforms and improve the economic well-being of the people … Implementing government reforms is crucial for maintaining public support and implementing the government’s reform programme,” said the Director of the Eurasian Region of the International Republican Institute Stephen Nix.

What the people are unhappy about

22% of those surveyed said their biggest grievance against the government is poor governance.

Over the past six months, the percentage of people who believe that they can influence decisions taken in the country has decreased from 72% to 53%.

Respondents said that in the next six months, the government, first of all, should solve the following problems:

• job creation (30%),

• solving social and economic problems (18%)

• salary increase (14%),

• increase of pensions (12%).

How was the poll conducted

The International Republican Institute is a non-profit organization. Its goal is “to assist individual countries in building democracy”.

The chairman of the board of directors of this organization is Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan.

Data collection in Armenia was carried out by the Armenian Sociological Association across the country from May 6 to May 31, 2019 through one-on-one surveys in the homes of those interviewed.

1200 permanent residents of Armenia aged 18 and over participated in the study.

The survey was funded by the United States Agency for International Development.

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Today, 26 years pass from the occupation of Azerbaijan’s Aghdam district by Armenia, Trend reports.

Armenian invaders occupied the major part of the Aghdam District on July 23, 1993, seizing around 882 sq km of 1,094 sq km territory of Aghdam, one city, and 80 villages.

More than 6,000 people died during the battles in Aghdam, while 128,000 people became internally displaced persons after the occupation.

The district’s occupation inflicted a damage of $6.179 billion to Azerbaijan. The damage inflicted to the region’s agriculture only is estimated at 992.8 million manats.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

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India launches second Moon mission

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India`s mission to the moon has blasted into space one week after a technical glitch forced scientists to abruptly halt its scheduled launch, according to The Guardian.

Thousands gathered to watch Chandrayaan-2 take off at a 2.43pm local time on Monday from Satish Dhawan space center in Sriharikota, north of Chennai.

Last Monday, the unmanned mission was aborted 56 minutes from takeoff. The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) blamed a “technical snag”.

In a speech after the launch, Kailasavadivoo Sivan, chairman of Isro, said the agency’s staff had worked tirelessly to fix the fault and had “bounced back with flying colors”.

“It is the beginning of a historical journey of India towards the moon, and to land at a place near the south pole to carry out scientific experiments to explore the unexplored,” said Sivan.

With India poised to become the world’s fifth-largest economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ardently nationalist government is eager to show off the country’s prowess in security and technology.

Chandrayaan-2 aims to become the first mission to conduct a surface landing on the lunar south pole region, where it will collect crucial information about the moon’s composition. It would be India’s first surface landing on the moon – a feat previously achieved by only Russia, the US, and China.

The $141m (£113m) mission is a “demonstration of the growing sophistication of India’s space power”, said Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, head of the nuclear and space policy initiative at the Observer Research Foundation thinktank in Delhi.

India launched its first lunar probe in 2008 and guided a spacecraft into orbit around Mars in 2014.

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Cases of fires in Armenia have become very frequent this year hitting the record high – they increased 2.1 times in the first half of this year, compared with the same period a year before, Sergey Hayrapetyan, spokesman of the emergency ministry’s firefighting service, said on Monday.

“As for the fires on territories covered with plants, their number was four times greater this year than at the same period a year earlier,” he said.

In his words, the territories swallowed by flames were 5.7 times greater.

Over 20 days of July 2019, he said, more than 1,200 fires have been reported, and 75% of them happened on green spaces.

Hayrapetyan said that the high frequency of fires was caused by heat and also by a human factor.

He said that most frequently fires happen in Yerevan as well as in Kotayk, Ararat, Syunik, Armavir and Aragatsotn provinces.

He stressed that fire-preventing efforts are not only the emergency ministry’s business – citizens themselves, local governing bodies and various organizations should do something as well.

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