2019 October 16
Anti-Corruption & News Oct/16/2019 :: IRS stats & audits -- TV star charged with tax evasion -- Gyumri boss sacked :: Several low-cost airlines & Armenia; Airbus; Ryanair; Wizz; Pobeda :: Tax-breaks for airlines -- Gyumri Investments:: Armenian airlines talks :: 10 million trees :: WCIT & Venture
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.
Update: 23 kids got poisoned yesterday after buying junk food from a school cafeteria. They have been discharged from the hospital. Food inspection committee is examining all school in Artashat. By the end of 2019, they plan to examine all schools in Armenia.
Two teen brothers robbed a barber shop in Arabkir district last night. They hid the loot under some bridge and went towards Victory Park.
Victory Park patrol cops noticed a suspicious activity by the teens at 4:30am. After noticing that the two cops were onto them, the teens fled the area. The cops chased them and tried to detain.
They detained one of then. The other one ran and hid in the dark, then ambushed the cops with an attempt to free his brother.
A fight took place. The 16 year old stole the cop's gun and killed one cop and wounded the other before fleeing the scene.
Police caught the suspects later. The weapon is missing (update: they found it). Suspects have a criminal record and had gone through theft trials in past.
The cops will receive a medal for bravery. The surviving cop has vowed to continue his service in the police force.
The police chief has asked the businesses in Armenia to consider installing security cameras because it helps to catch criminals. Apparently a camera helped them in this case.
Gun related crime stats in Armenia:
Beginning 2016, 50 people were murdered with a gun (total of 184 murders). 173 other crimes were committed with a gun. 2195 guns were either confiscated or voluntarily submitted to cops.
Sweden and Canada will end military deals with Turkey because of the Kurdistan invasion.
United States will end its anti-ISIS cooperation with Turkey because they're afraid that Turkey will use the intelligence data to target the local YPG Kurds.
Erdogan has agreed to host a US delegation led by VP Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo tomorrow.
Anonymous sources say turkey has until November 28th to pull out of Syria, where the locals plan to celebrate the Thanksgiving day with garlic and bread. The increased international pressure through forks and knives could become too costly for Erdogan.
A high ranking Russian parliament member Konstantin Zatulin earlier visited Artsakh Republic to participate in a friendly forum, during which he said that Artsakh will not lose its statehood, and Russia won't let an unfair settlement to happen. President Bako Sahakyan gave him a medal.
Azeri MFA got mad the next day and sent a note of protest to Russian govt. Today Zatulin accused Azeri govt of "indecent hysteria".
Another high ranking Russian Parliamentarian Kalashnikov criticized Zatulin for "abusing the powers", and stated that it was the politician's personal opinion and not Parliament's.
IRS chief Ananyan: we collected 53bln more than envisioned for Jan-Sep of 2019.
In 1Q and 2Q they collected 62bln more than was envisioned. It was expected that 3Q would see a 25bln under-collection, but the drop was only 10bln. They ended the period with a positive 52bln.
21.6% more taxes were collected vs 2018.
IRS: Businesses printed 312.4 million sales receipts this year so far. Last year it was 226.9 million. A 38% growth. We conducted 1004 audits and required businesses to pay additional 58bln.
Last week Pashinyan got mad that the same number of sales receipts were printed by businesses in Gyumri during the Independence Day celebration, which saw dozens of thousands tourists enter Gyumri. He complained that some businesses hid taxes.
IRS chief Ananyan says they've fired the chief of Gyumri's IRS branch for a poor performance. Ananyan says the bigger issue is that there are still some businesses that don't have the culture of paying taxes.
Uncle Samvel: we have a felony case against 1 show-business star for not paying taxes. 1 star is about to get hit with a charge. 2 will return to Armenia and file their taxes. 5 have already filed.
According to Factor media, the felony charges are pressed against the famous singer Lilit Hovhanisyan.
Pashinyan earlier said a customs clearance center will be moved from Yerevan to Gyumri.
IRS: we aren't moving the center to Gyumri just for fun. Currently, 80% of such customs services are done in Yerevan. We need to balance the load. Gyumri and Sisian will play a role. Gyumri center's construction is happening 24/7. (earlier they revised the proposed deadline).
WCIT 2019 world tech forum happened in Yerevan. Tech leaders and 6,700 others visited.
4 (unnamed) speakers are currently looking for ways to invest in Armenia. San Jose State University (California) is discussing cooperation plans with Armenian universities.
A $50mln (starting amount) venture fund will be created to help Armenian tech businesses.
Chinese UnionPay payments system signed a deal with ACBA bank to do business in Armenia . Chinese tourists use UnionPay abroad.
Russian low-cost airlines Pobeda lost a lawsuit in Russia and is obligated not to collect a certain fee for flights entering to Russia. As a result, airlines will just add the $25 fee to its ticket costs. It'll also affect flights from Gyumri to Russia.
President Sarkissian visited an air show in France in summer and met Airbus reps. Today they're in Armenia to discuss business and high tech education.
Prime Minister's office and the president negotiated with Airbus around creating an Armenian airlines company. In addition to Airbus, they're also negotiating with another unnamed jet producer.
Armenia International Airport plans to invest $20mln in Gyumri airport. Flights between Yerevan and Gyumri will become more frequent. They'll prepare the Gyumri airport for Ryanair low-coster's entry.
Recently the Civil Aviation begun negotiating with European low-cost airliner Ryanair. The firm wanted some tax breaks to enter the Armenian market.
Today Ryanair chief came to Armenia and met Civil Aviation chief Tatevik Revazyan and spoke about the upcoming plans. Beginning 2020, the firm will connect Yerevan to Rome, Milan and Berlin. Gyumri airport will also be connected to Munich.
Ryanair says the low costs will help 130,000 travelers to save $20mln.
Ryanair is the largest airlines in Europe, says the rep. They have 150 million passengers annually. Next year they predict 200 million.
Civil Aviation chief: we want to encourage people to travel to Europe, including those who've never done it before. The cheap flights will also help to create jobs in Armenia.
Ryanair rep: the cheapest ticket is $5 (probably means within Europe). The most expensive ones are usually twice cheaper than an equivalent from a competitor. We don't operate in the old method of fixing a price for 5 years in advance. Today our customers decide the ticket costs (probably means supply and demand). The average one-way cost will be $35.
(Currency in Euro not Dollar I just don't have the Euro sign on the keyboard ATM)
Civil Aviation chief Revazyan: we are currently negotiating with Hungarian WizzAir to enter Armenia
Interview by Petros Ghazaryan with Civil Aviation chief Revazyan. Topic is Ryanair.
Few pieces: In some regions 80% of tourism is done by low-cost airlines. Jets will fly during a daytime, too. These 4 routes between Armenia-Europe are just the beginning.
Thank you Ireland. Very cool.
Ryanair's entry is going to increase tourism. The government has agreed to waiver the air tax for flight routes that weren't being serviced at the time of Ryanair's entry, for Yerevan and Gyumri airports. This was one of the key demands by Ryanair. The government has also agreed to give other similar tax breaks to Ryanair.
Any foreign airline firm can take advantage of this incentive, Ryanair is the first one, concluded Pashinyan.
Pashinyan: we're going to plant 10 million trees by 10/10/2020 as a sign of unity for 10 million Armenians around the world. It'll also ձեռի հետ benefit the nature.
Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/diulz0/anticorruption_news_oct162019_irs_stats_audits_tv/
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