2019 November 21
Anti-Corruption & News TLDRs - Nov/21/2019 :: Police to videotape interrogations, prevent abuse :: SIS vs Police Official :: Pashinyan vs Levon Ter-Petrosyan :: Animals _ Zoo :: Foreign affairs :: Soccer chief and board :: Female council :: Prisoners :: Refugee housing :: Antibiotics in food :: Serj
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.
Yesterday we got news that an endangered leopard attacked a hunter/shepherd in Yenoqavan by ambushing him from a nearby hill.
Now, several experts say it probably wasn't a leopard. They need more clarification from the victim. These animals avoid humans (smart kitties), they don't hunt or roam during a daytime (sleepy kitties), they avoid dense forests (wise kitties), but sometimes they do roam in forests (unpredictable kitties).
The area of attack has no mouflons or animals that leopards feed on. They don't live in Northern Armenia either.
Last time a leopard attacked people was in 1990s in Khnodzoruthe when two hunters became the victim of their own prey (karma kitties).
The Azeri blogger, Ata Abdullayev, who entered the Armenian church in Italy, interrupted the crowd to ask a question to Pashinyan, is an Azeri government ally and has, in past, helped the authorities to disperse peaceful protesters.
In 2010 he was found guilty of 100,000 manat fraud and sentenced to a 7-year probation. He decided to join the regime and help them disperse protesters.
In 2011 the Azatutyun media wrote an article bout him. He was basically one of those "undercover goons" that carries people away. This isn't illegal in Azerbaijan because the law allows civilians to help authorities in such situations.
These days he works as a blogger.
Pashinyan met Milan officials during his Italy trip, discussed improving tourism and ties, Ryanair trips, exchanging public transport info, met businesses, etc. He flew to Rome and met Senate president.
Meanwhile, president Sarkissian met Qatari businessmen, pitched the idea of investing in Armenia, and to use it as a transit for EU and EAEU trade, tourism, etc. "Our doors are open for you". Qataris will send a business group to Armenia to discuss further plans.
During a trip to Italy, Pashinyan at some point said that the presidential elections in 1996 (when 1st president Levon-Ter Petrosyan was re-elected) were also done with falsifications.
Pashinyan: all the leaders who got elected since 1996 without the trust of the public, are evil.
This prompted Ter-Petroysyan's party ANC spokesman to criticize Pashinyan during a TV interview, saying that "If PM said that, then he is the one that is evil."
Pashinyan's spokesman responded saying there was, in fact, evidence that some votes were rigged in 1996, but didn't want to go into details.
Sasna Tsrer party released a report saying they have info that Serj Sargsyan's son-in-law Mikael Minasyan secretly purchased a $20mln house for Serj in Rome, and registered it under someone else's name. They provided the exact address and urged the Armenian authorities to investigate.
Prosecutor's office is looking into the report.
Serj's office denied the reports and said the investigation will show it's false.
Soccer federation chief Vanetsyan and the entire HFF board met fan clubs Red Eagles and FAF to discuss the calls for resignation due to recent national team failures. They want the entire board to leave because it's "too politicized" and most people there don't have a soccer background.
Vanetsyan and the executive board decided to resign. New elections will be held in December.
Vanetsyan: when I came to HFF, I said that it was only temporary because I'm a busy person. The purpose was to establish a healthier atmosphere in HFF.
The govt approved an agreement with Kazakhstan to mutually allow their citizens to stay 30 days without a need to "register". Citizens can stay freely for 90 days if they register. It's part of EAEU.
Govt approved a bill to require police stations to install cameras at the entrance, and for the suspect interrogation process to be recorded on a video. It's meant to prevent torturing or other illegal acts by police.
Chamber of Lawyers wants the Parliament to introduce an "anti hate speech" law to outlaw the cursing of lawyers while they do their job.
Kocharyan lawyers sent a letter to Pashinyan and other institutes, urging them to "take steps" to make sure people don't curse them while they do their job.
Chamber of Lawyers launched an investigation against a Kocharyan lawyer for using a foul language against the judge Anna Danibekyan who kept Kocharyan in jail.
The lawyer told the judge that she doesn't know her job, and that she should go home and judge her cats.
"գնա ձեր տուն, կատուներին դատապարտի: Քո կատուների գործը լսի, ոչ թե մարդկանց"
112 Armenian families who fled Azerbaijan after war and currently live in communal housing in Yerevan, will receive ownership of apartments for free.
No such housing funding was issued after 2009. Govt will spend 1.5bln in 2020.
There are total of 895 families. These 112 applications were prioritized based on urgency.
An actor from Vervaratsner TV series Artyom Karapetyan had a road rage incident yesterday. He said the driver of a gazelle pulled a knife against him and tried to attack.
Today the police launched mass checks on the roads. The cars that were stopped due to violations, were also searched. 8 gazelle drivers didn't have licenses at all. Some knives were found in the cabins, and taken away.
Pashinyan created a new council tasked with discussing women's issues and promoting equality. Members are from opposition parties, ruling party, ministers, govt, others.
Govt gave a tax waiver to Newplast Firm to import 935mln worth technology used for producing drip irrigation systems. 15 additional jobs with 200k salary.
Trade Exports firm got a waiver to invest 2.8bln to create electronic counters, 50 new jobs, 153k salary.
Govt approved a Justice Ministry reform to allow those who got life in prison, but do qualify for an early release, to petition for an early release after serving 15 years, instead of the current minimum 25.
Other changes will improve the system of notifying victims and giving them a voice, before their attacker is released from prison, or before he files a petition to be released from prison.
A roof fire in Yerevan, caused most likely due to an ongoing construction, spread to the nearby famous restaurant Dolmama. Its roof burned down. 10 firefighter crews were dispatched. They poured a lot of water. Restaurant is calculating the damages done by the water that reached the bottom floor where the restaurant area is.
Infrastructure Minister happened to be there when the fire became noticeable, and was the first to call 911. He says the building has a historical-cultural value.
34 firefighter/emergency stations were renovated for 1.2bln. 300mln was saved and returned to budget.
US Military Cooperation Office has donated 70 firefighter equipment to the Emergency Ministry.
Yerevan zoo director is officially out, after criticism of dogs eating animals. Deputy director is the new acting director.
An Iranian veterinarian Iman Mamarian (Armenian?), who served as capital Tehran's zoo director, has arrived to Armenia. He quit his job earlier to serve as a deputy director of Yerevan zoo. Once he gets a citizenship he'll take the job.
SIS has busted the deputy chief of traffic police. He's been arrested.
2 felony charges are pressed against him for machinations during vehicle inspection processes, preventing competitive auctions, preventing a business from entering Armenian market to help preserve the existing monopoly.
A group tasked with examining antibiotic use in agriculture and farming has concluded that the meat from Armenian producers is free from use of antibiotics and hormones. Foreign meat will be examined in February.
Problem was found in honey production. Small traces of antibiotics were found.
Economy Ministry has a draft bill to ban the use of antibiotics for purposes other than curing the animal. They will only be given through a prescription.
Context: Farmers around the world unnecessarily pump their animals with antibiotics and hormones to make them bigger and survive longer. Humans then consume these substances, which reduces their future efficiency in humans.
Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/dzownj/anticorruption_news_tldrs_nov212019_police_to/
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