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2018 December 19

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Anti-Corruption Daily

Anti-Corruption Dec/19/2018: /// Healthcare Ministry official charged with embezzlement and document falsification /// City to save millions per year on electricity, and 20% fewer car accidents with new lighting /// Gagik Tsarukyan is warned not to abuse his TV to harm a competitor /// more below...
by ar_david_hh

Disclaimer: All the accused are innocent until proven guilty by the court of law. This post may contain allegations that are yet to be proven in court. Currency in Armenian Drams unless specified otherwise.

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A chairman of a committee that is part of the Ministry of Healthcare is facing criminal charges for allegedly stealing 5.5mln on 2011 by abusing his authority and registering a non-existent employee as a staff member with the intent of embezzling the salary. He is also accused of forgery, ID theft and wire fraud. The case is submitted to court.

http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/150984

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Yerevan municipality will save 89mln per year after replacing street lights in 18 areas with newer, brighter, low energy models. Around 59km area is covered under the go-green initiative aided by UN.

The city says a 20% drop in traffic accidents has been observed on the streets with the new lighting.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/958665.html

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Television and Radio Commission has raised a concern about the actions of BHK Gagik Tsarukyan's Kentron TV because of its post-election coverage. They advise Kentron not to mislead the viewers with manipulative tactics, and to tone down the excessive targeted propaganda against Bright Armenia party. (Commission did not name any individuals or political parties. I added them for your convenience).

Commission reminds, that networks which receive public broadcasting license, always sign a contract pledging to remain impartial, present both sides of a story, and to prioritize the public interest. Commission has found that this "impartiality is at risk and there is evidence that it is a result of one political party and its leadership".

Context: During the election live debate, Bright Armenia's leader pressured BHK's Tsarukyan about his business' mixture with politics. This was a soft spot for the billionaire, who was heard saying that Edmon Marukyan (Bright Armenia leader) will get in trouble for it. Tsarukyan's network then launched a widespread propaganda campaign against Bright Armenia. Both sides exchanged a heated rhetoric on social media as well.

http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/150973 ------- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMQ1YLeka1g

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Gagik Tsarukyan's spokeswoman denies Jamanak paper report that she was fired after a dispute with Gagik because of insufficient handling of the situation around the public spat between BHK and Bright Armenia. Also denies the reports that Gagik's Pharavon hotel was built with unlicensed materials.

"Ես իհարկե հասկանում եմ, որ հողաթափիկ ինֆուզորիայի հոգեբանություն ունեցող որոշ սուբյեկտներ, տենչալով իրենց համար խիստ ցանկալին իրականության տեղ հրամցնել, փորձել են նման ստահոդ լուրեր շրջանառել:", spokeswoman said.

https://factor.am/109478.html

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ARM-EU cooperation agreement was signed on 2017. It begun working as of June 2018. Eight EU countries have already ratified it. The cooperation agreement will increase mutual interest in various areas of the economy, including transportation and Armenia as a trade route, strengthening of consumer rights protections, climate, healthcare e.t.c.

Pashinyan cabinet has just sent transportation related documents to EU that are necessary as part of the agreement. At the moment, 80% of the agreement is in action.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/958690.html

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Dairy giant Lusakert Inc. has been caught importing 302k unregulated dirty eggs without proper expiration or production tags, hidden behind good batches of egg crates. The access was denied at the border.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/958672.html

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Pashinyan says Armenia hasn't received any reasonable weapon purchase deals from US.

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Says he has discussed the Russian weapon sales to Azerbaijan with Putin on multiple occasions, in response to a question about Belarus president Kuklashenko's complaints that "only Belarus receives criticism from Armenia".

Says he initiated serious and necessary discussions within CSTO and the organization's role, which hasn't been done since its formation. The role of the chairmanship isn't the most important topic because it's a temporary position that constantly rotates between the members, says Pashinyan.

http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/150960

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Says the US-funded laboratory transparency agreement with Russia isn't something that was initiated by his administration, and he is unaware of its full content. It's something that was apparently agreed upon earlier that is being discussed again now. Says he doesn't have more info about it.

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Responds to HHK Shawarmazanov's claims that Azerbaijan is bragging about taking large pieces of lands in Nakhijevan on 2018. Says Azerbaijan and Armenia constantly make moves in their territories. No territory controlled by Armenia has been lost. Armenia's positions have also been improved since May 2018, after he took the office. Says 95% of 2018's military movements in the region took place during HHK administration.

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Accuses Azerbaijan of rejecting the 2016 Vienna and St. Petersburg negotiation agreements, during which both sides agreed to increase the role of observers on the Artsakh front lines.

https://factor.am/109649.html --- http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/150950 ---- http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/150954 ---- http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/263690/ ----- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CDUdLHnnGI

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1st Deputy PM Mirzoyan will be the Speaker of the new Parliament. Alen Simonyan and Lena Nazaryan to be deputy Speakers. Minister of Culture Lilit Makunts will become an MP. Minister of Diaspora Mkhitar Hayrapetyan will become the chairman of the Parliamentary Education and Cultural Committee, which will work closely with diaspora. There is a big chance the Ministry of Diaspora itself may be dissolved and become a branch of another ministry, as party of Pashinyan's plan to optimize the government and squeeze 12 17 ministries into 9 12.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/958747.html --- http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/150988 --- http://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/150987

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001 AO 01 license plates .... not good enough to get away with traffic violations :'(

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjSgX4AINd8

Press F to refund your gold plates...

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A group of Anti-Kocharyan activists staged a march demanding his conviction and sentencing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HBo22RTnfs

Edit: Corrected the number of ministries.

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