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Anti-Corruption Daily

Anti-Corruption & News from Armenia - Jul/1/2019
by ar_david_hh

Disclaimer: All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law, even if they may sound as being guilty. Currency in Armenian Drams unless specified otherwise.

5 Supreme Court Council members had earlier quit. Several new appointments were made by the Parliament. Today, the Parliament didn't give enough votes to elect the next QP appointee as a Supreme Councilwoman. Some MPs didn't like her view points during the Q&A.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/165163 https://armtimes.com/hy/article/165169 https://factor.am/164282.html

The government recently allocated extra cash for healthcare. Some of it will be used to renovate 15 medical centers http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/270519/

Yerevan municipality plans to renovate half of all the kindergartens by the end of 2020. Six thousand sq/m asphalt to be installed in 2019. The city has collected 1.7bln more in fees in 1H19 vs 1H18.

25 illegal street traders received a warning last week. 26 construction companies received a warning for improper organization of the construction area, last week. Metro served 1.6mln passengers this June, which is 10% more than in June of 2018. More stats inside.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/165140 -- https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/165205


90 apartment complex buildings will have solar panels installed on their roofs as part of a EU program. The panels will help to power elevators, lights inside and outside, other internal consumption.


Wassup Drama Nation! 🍿

There is an internal hissy fit between two high ranking QP members.

When BHK managed to narrowly hold onto its mayoral seat in Tsarukyan's Abovyan city, relations between QP MP Sasun Mikaelyan and Kotayk governor QP Romanos Petrosyan became strained. There were rumors that Sasun would quit the party after he wasn't chosen in a leadership board during QP's recent internal elections. Sasun denies any plans to quit.

He blamed the Abovyan loss on governor Romanos, saying that the QP challenger was Romanos' pick, and was a bad one. He refused to go to Abovyan and rally for the candidate, and even praised the BHK mayor for managing the city budget properly. In his turn, governor Romanos blames the candidate's narrow defeat on Sasun.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/165157 -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4BsaQF0Mco

The Parliament passed a bill that changes how work experience is calculated in the army. Soldiers who serve on the line of contact with the enemy will receive twice the seniority for the time spent there. Some improvements will be applied on those who do part time work.



Other laws were passed...


2Q19: Lake Sevan depth was 2cm lower than same period of last year. Arpa-Sevan canal brought 124mln cubic-meter water into the lake, while 29mln exited for irrigation through Hrazdan river.


PM Pashinyan met Ara Najarian, the mayor of Glendale, California, Armenia. The mayor said his city's Armenian diaspora is excited about the changes in Armenia, and said that new opportunities were created for them to do business in Armenia. He welcomed Pashinyan's decision to appoint Zareh Sinanyan as the head of diasporan affairs committee.


2nd European Games.

The man the legend Greco-Roman wrestler 97KG Arthur Alexanyan is the champion.



Greco-Roman wrestler Karapet CHalyan is the silver winner of European Games. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/980358.html


64KG Boxer Arthur Hovhannisyan is the champion. https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/165120


Boxer Hovhannes Bachkov is also the champion. https://armenpress.am/arm/news/980369.html


Gymnast Arthur Davtyan is the champion. Gymanst Vahagn Davtyan won silver in another competition.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/165125 -- https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/165124


European Games are over. Armenia's 37 athletes won 11 medals. Gold 5, Silver 3, Bronze 3. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏


-- https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/165130


Closing ceremony


Around 40 hectares of grain fields (and 10mln worth property) were burned after the fire spread from Azerbaijan to Armenia. Ministry of emergency believes the arson was deliberate. Incidents happened since the beginning of June.

These fires happen quite often and both sides accuse each other of harming one another on purpose.


Mission Accomplished.

The humanitarian envoy consisted of sappers, medics and accompanying soldiers, that was sent to Syria this February, has finished its duties and returned home.

They helped to identify 1.3mln sq/m dangerous land in Aleppo province. 35,000 sq/m was cleared by our group. One sapper was wounded. Hundreds of locals were given medical care and surgeries, thousands of lab examinations carried out.

The replacement group was sent on June 16th. It will spend there 4 months.


--- https://armenpress.am/arm/news/980417.html --- https://armenpress.am/arm/news/980466.html

Drama nayshhhhh! ✌️ 🍿

Dzakh Harut, Armenchik and other famous singers had a concert in Hrazdan stadium yesterday. It was dedicated to Harut's return after 30 years of absence.

Notably missing was Razmik Amyan, another famous singer. There are rumors that he skipped the concert because of a recent negative feedback he received for performing a song praising Serzh Sargsyan. Although the music was not placed on his official channels, it was either leaked or shared with other channels for publishing.

Razmik Amyan has a history of accepting deals to write music for others, including from Serj's nephew Narek Sargsyan.

https://factor.am/164288.html - - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOrEUwrxHwE

How about smart vending machines for recycling any type of plastic, except penoplast? Throw your unneeded items in the recycling machine and get a discount coupon for a supermarket. 40 restaurants and other businesses have agreed to implement a discount system for recyclers. What's unique about these Made in Armenia machines is that they accept all sorts of items and not just bottles.


Someone's grandfather was given a VR headset to play a racing game at a tech expo in Belarus. https://youtu.be/pochMDId754?t=44

Link to original report: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/c7zg0h/anticorruption_news_from_armenia_jul12019/

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