2019 March 29
Anti-Corruption & Other News - Mar/29/2019: SOC busts a police-run organization with 344mln.... Farming subsidies... Gambling ads limitations approved.... Pashinyan met Aliyev... $500mln from World Bank... ECHR vs Armenian Courts.... Daily Fake News Alert
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The State Oversight Committee (SOC) has uncovered 344.7mln in damages to state done by a gov-funded Lusanshan traffic equipment company, which was formed and run by the police. The audit was for 2014-2018 years. 209mln has been recovered so far. A criminal case is launched.
Higher court confirms the lower court's ruling that an arrest warrant at this stage isn't justified for the former director of St. Gregory Illuminator hospital chief. He and his administration are charged with embezzling 426mln in state subsidies by falsifying patient data to overstate the services received by them.
The government held a session today.
Ministry of Emergency plans to provide aid to people in southern Iran who suffered from the recent deadly floods. They held a meeting with Iran ambassador yesterday.
6 of the national soccer team players were given the right not to join the army.
The government gave a temporary tax-free status to Vaba company that produces anti-heil systems for farmers. 9bln to be invested. 2.3bln already invested. 24 jobs with 320k avg salary.
The government will subsidize a cattle breeding program for farmers to help them purchase 10,000 units of "breedable" animals. The project will yield 25bln worth milk and meat. (This was one of Pashinyan's promises during the December elections. It's meant to reduce the reliance on cattle imports.)
A similar subsidy program is planned for small land farmers. The program is expected to create 100 hectares of new high-yield agricultural gardens every year. 2% interest or 0% for bordering regions. Farmers will have 8 years to repay the loan.
The government will also subsidize 40% of the costs associated with purchasing the basic necessary items to create the agricultural gardens.
As part of the continued efficiency and spending optimizations, the government has shut down another gov-funded organization, "Directorate of Automobile Roads in Armenia". The Ministry of Transport will cover their transport related work. This will save 218mln/year.
The government has approved QP MP's proposal that limits gambling ads on TV, radio and websites by setting run-time and other limitations.
First official meeting. Pashinyan and Foreign Ministry met their Azeri counterparts in Vienna. The dialogue lasted over 3 hours. Pashinyan says it went normal and positive, "nothing extraordinary".
Ilham Aliyev called the meeting constructive, and was happy that Artsakh representatives weren't part of the meeting.
OCSE said the leaders agreed to strengthen the direct communication and ceasefire mechanisms.
Pashinyan later met the Armenian businessmen and the community of Austria, later the president and PM of Austria.
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The Council of Judges has approved the prosecutor request to arrest a judge whom NSS busted with a 1.2mln bribery during a sting operation with the help of the person who gave the bribe to the judge. The judge was supposed to make a favorable ruling for the person during the verdict.
The World Bank will issue a $500mln loan to Armenia to help its development between 2019-2023.
World Bank: «Համաշխարհային բանկի խմբի կողմից առաջարկվող ռազմավարությունը կհենվի Հայաստանի վերջին փոփոխությունների շնորհիվ առաջացած ավելի խորը բարեփոխումների խթանի ու քաղաքական կամքի և լավ կառավարման նորացված հանձնառության վրա՝ աճի նոր մոդելի ուղղությամբ տնտեսության վերահավասարակշռմանն աջակցելու համար»,- ասել է Համաշխարհային բանկի Հայաստանի գրասենյակի ղեկավար Սիլվի Բոսութղոն:
The European Court for Human Rights has made a ruling against the Armenian courts in a case that stretched between 1999-2008. The Armenian courts were found to have violated the plaintiff's rights for a fair hearing. The Armenian government will pay 3600 Euros to the plaintiff.
ECHR made another similar ruling on a different case (around 2012) against the courts for ignoring the fact that a judge had a conflict of interest during one of trials. The government will pay 3600 Europe to this plaintiff too.
Daily fake news alert
"Past" media outlet published anonymous rumors alleging that Cleaners Inc., the company that's tasked with cleaning Parliament building, got the job because QP MP Alen Simonyan is friends with THE CEO and he helped the latter.
Simonyan called it the latest misinformation campaign for clickbait. The paper has agreed to retract the inaccurate story, says Simonyan.
(The Parliament recently told Cleaners Inc. that it plans to cut the funds given to Cleaners because some of their havaqarars were working part time but earning same as full time workers)
Roboserj media outlet ArmDaily.am continues the smear campaign against the Pashinyan administration, specifically against Parliament speaker Ararat Mirzoyan. The outlet considers the $160/night or $116/daytime expenditures (as designated by law) during a trip to Germany too "excessive", and criticized the fact that Mirzoyan didn't fly there by himself and instead took several of his assistants with him. The outlet also lied and exaggerated the number of assistants that flew with him, reports FIP.
(During the Germany trip, Mirzoyan discussed the EU-AM trade agreement ratification, pitched various investment possibilities for the Germans, and spoke about the need for German kids to learn about the Armenian Genocide in schools.)
Culture Ministry has fired the famous Opera theater director Konstantin Orbelyan. The Ministry says he is a also CEO of a non-culture related company, which is against the law which mandates that someone who is the head of Opera can work only simultaneously work in the culture-related field. Orbelyan will remain as the chief conductor in the theater.
Orbelyan is considering a legal action to challenge his termination.
A German city gave 2800 fir trees (yeghevni) to Yerevan on its 2800th anniversary. They are currently planted in a special facility, and will soon be transferred to various public parts of the city.
Edit: Corrected Opera theater director's name. Konstantin Orbelyan.
Link to original report: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/b73so6/anticorruption_other_news_mar292019_soc_busts_a/
|2018 Daily Armenia Reports|
|2019 Daily Armenia Reports|