2020 May 5

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May/5/2020 News: (1) "Gun laws" to get stricter (2) Govt wants to ban antibiotics in meat (3) Yerevan wastewater cleanup corruption (4) Family annihilator in Yerevan (5) PM makes staff changes (6) Eight students' bribery (7) Cursing lawyers = felony? (8) Fewer deaths, tourists, cargo (9) More inside
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.


Obtaining guns for hunting will become harder / Fishing & hunting reforms

There are 60,000 registered hunters with rifles. To get a hunting rifle, you just need to join a hunting club and pass a few performance and knowledge tests. At least that's what the law says.

In reality, some weapon sellers pretend to be hunting clubs. You can get a gun in a few minutes without tests. Only 10% of registered "hunters" are active hunters.

The system created rifle owners who don't know how to safely handle the gear, and where to hunt. Many will unknowingly hunt in areas too close to settlements.

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Nature Ministry drafted a bill: require stricter hunting knowledge exams, require knowledge about prohibited animals, have the police conduct weapon safety exams, charge a fee for exams, you can't get a rifle just by becoming a member of a club anymore you'll need to pass stricter exams.

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The bill also separates fishing from hunting, and "establishes a better oversight".

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1014328.html

Tag: #Hunting #HuntingRifle

Parliament could ban antibiotics in cattle food, eggs, and milk

Economy Ministry: although veterinarians must use antibiotics to treat animals, we must ban its presence in animal food.

QP MP: does that mean animal meat purchased in stores will no longer contain antibiotics?

Economy Ministry: Yes. Antibiotics can still be given to animals, but they must not be present in butchered meat, eggs, milk. The farmer must know how long the antibiotic stays in the body.

Why ban it?

"Today antibiotics are abused as tools to enlarge animals. It's not poisonous to humans, but its regular use is risky. A human with pneumonia might not benefit from anti-pneumonia antibiotics because his body doesn't respond to it anymore."

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187169

Family annihilator in Yerevan

A tragic incident happened in the B2 district of the capital.

A divorced father asked his wife and kids to visit him because he missed the kids [a neighbor claims they weren't divorced]. The family went and bought some popcorn and candy.

That evening, the father convinced them to stay overnight. In the morning, he threw one of the children (8yo) out the window, then grabbed the other child (5yo) and jumped out himself. All three died instantly.

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Neighbors described the man as educated, balanced, and well mannered. He is an ex-soldier in the Russian military, and so was his father. The building is known to house retired soldiers.

Nosy neighbors and the nearby shop owner say the family wasn't poor, by judging from purchased items. Seldom he would borrow cash and pay later.

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The bodies were discovered in the morning by a woman who left the building for work. She screamed for 911. Her co-workers say she had to take meds to relax.

Another neighbor saw medics at 7 am and thought it was for COVID.

Another neighbor saw the bodies from her balcony but thought the father was just laying on the ground with kids to play with the dogs that were roaming nearby. She then noticed broken knees sticking out, and blood, and realized they were dead.

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The mother of the murdered children was asleep at the time of the incident. The alarmed neighbors went upstairs to check on her. That's when she was woken up and told about what had happened.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187136

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187157

https://youtu.be/fx7SI7eES28?t=10

Job changes in the government / Deputy NSS / Nature Minister

SOC auditor agency was directed by Argishti Qaramyan. Pashinyan removed him and appointed as deputy chief of the Investigative Committee. Hours later he appointed Qaramyan as the deputy NSS chief.

Q: did you symbolically appoint him at Investigative Committee to meet a prerequisite for the NSS position?

A: Qaramyan fits better in NSS. The appointment was a political decision and regulated by law.

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FIP outlet denies the rumors that Qaramyan was briefly appointed to Investigative Committee so he could receive a military promotion to qualify for NSS. In reality, it was done because NSS's vacant seat can be appointed by someone from the Investigative Committee (no need to earn a higher rank).

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Who is 28yo Argishti Qaramyan? Police investigator since 2013. Prosecutor since 2016. IRS since 2018. SOC since 2019.

In 2019, Roboserj outlets circulated rumors that Qaramyan was investigating ex-NSS chief Vanetsyan's father's flower business.

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In another decision, Nature Minister Eric Grigoryan is no longer the Minister.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187167

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187168

https://hetq.am/hy/article/88755

https://fip.am/11350

www.1lurer.am/hy/2020/05/05/Էրիկ-Գրիգորյանն-ազատվել-է-Շրջակա-միջավայրի-նախարարի-պաշտոնից/236191

8 students and faculty chair arrested for bribery

NSS report said: Vanadzor State University faculty chair took bribes from students to give them high exam grades. The chair and 8 students are charged with felony bribery. They're told not to leave Armenia.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187195

Does your sanitizer sanitize, bro?

When the pandemic struck, all of a sudden there was a need for more sanitizers. That's when everyone and their aunts began producing "alco-gel". Many of these products aren't effective, are cosmetic in nature, and are registered with a violation, says Hetq.

Full: https://hetq.am/hy/article/116685

make it a felony to curse lawyers?

LHK proposed a bill to establish felony punishment for cursing or defaming lawyers "due to recent influx of verbal attacks against them". Between 200k fine to 3 years in prison for cursing or hindering lawyers' work.

The bill failed. QP and half of BHK voted against. It could be amended and re-introduced.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187146

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1014287.html

https://youtu.be/wAsJI-8pbpM

bill to allow Parliament to set war veteran pensions

Right now the Executive branch (PM) decides the size of war veterans' pension. Earlier they doubled the WW2 pension to 100k/mo, plus a 300k one-time payment.

BHK proposed a bill to transfer those duties from Executive to Legislative branch. MPs argued.

Parliament voted 39-77 to reject it.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187152

🚨A landmine in Yerevan🚨

The Emergency Ministry received a call about an unexploded landmine in Silikian District. They found a 125mm anti-tank mine.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187139

Railway traffic down / Salaries up

South Caucasus Railways says passenger train traffic is -16% YoY for Q1.

Cargo transfers -8.4%. Exports +7.6%. Internal transfers +15.2%.

Avg. salary was 246k/mo or +18%. They plan to revamp the salary bonus system. Its size will depend on the worker's performance rather than the company's financial performance.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187141

tourism down

1Q2020 saw 331k tourist inflow, or -15%.

275k Armenians traveled as tourists, or -13%.

https://hetq.am/hy/article/116738

deaths are down / cardiovascular biggest killer

1Q2020 YoY deaths are down 0.2%. Total 7.2k.

56% were from cardiovascular issues. The share of this killer rose 5.2%.

19% from cancer.

10% from respiratory. (YoY deaths went down from 912 to 755)

https://www.lragir.am/2020/05/05/543412/

Minnessotta Senate has recognized the Artsakh Republic

The resolution includes:

In 1991 Artsakh voted to be independent and held elections. It's been historically an Armenian land but was illegally separated by CCCP. It faces military threats from Azerbaijan.

8 other states have also recognized Artsakh (CA, GA, HI, LO, MA, MI, ME, RI). Many Genocide survivors live in Minnesota.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187208

Levon Aronyan is back. He is in Team Europe.

FIDE launched the online Nations Cup competed by China, Europe, India, Russia, U.S., and The Rest.

Aronyan returned after suffering a family tragedy recently, to play in Team Europe. All matches are 25-minute Rapid.

Update:

EU vs Russia: Aronyan lost.

EU vs China: Aronyan tied.

https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187144

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/chess/fide-announces-team-list-for-online-nations-cup/articleshow/75330866.cms

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1014369.html

farming intensifies...

Nature Ministry has a program to reduce illegal deforestation by helping poor citizens, who live near forests, to find alternative jobs.

The Ministry earlier created a new farming facility in Tatev, Syunik. It has 2 greenhouses and 1 large crop field, watered by an efficient drip-irrigation system.

Seeds and equipment were given to workers. The first income from crops was used towards renovating Tatev's public square and green zones. The nearby school gets the food from them.

Pics: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1014318.html

Prosecutors bust nature abuse / Loan from France / Yerevan waters

Prosecutor's report says:

Former Yerevan administration was supposed to improve water quality. They took a big loan from France to launch the "Aeratsia" water and dirt cleaning station by 2016.

In 2017, the officials signed documents claiming the repair was done. They paid $15mln. Meanwhile, the Aeratsia cleaning station is still dysfunctional.

Water quality tests revealed that nearby Hrazdan River is category 5 (dirty) because Yerevan's waste isn't being filtered out.

A felony case is launched for nature abuse and corruption.

https://factor.am/247082.html

Remix Portrait Jerevan

Last year Italians did a laser projector show in Yerevan. The embassy uploaded a video.

WARNING! This will mess with your mind. https://youtu.be/qtwMiWCceK4

In case you missed the Monday news

https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/gdib5c/monday_news_may42020_how_ucom_got_involved_in/


Link to original report and comments: https://old.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/ge4gn1/may52020_news_1_gun_laws_to_get_stricter_2_govt/


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