2020 September 22

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Sep/22/2020 news: \\ tech industry grows \\ Pashinyan blasts Aliyev for "falsifying history" \\ Israeli arms dealer & Aliyev's offshore laundromats \\ solar energy \\ crosswalks to have lights \\ trials: Mishik, Kocharyan, Tsarukyan \\ opposition prepares huge rally \\ many more stories inside...
by ar_david_hh


the high-tech industry grew

...by 24% YoY, going from $142m to $176m turnover.

+13% jobs, totaling 16,442.

+11% companies, totaling 1,118.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028454.html

new solar panels in Shoghakat

Sunny Gegharquniq province's Shogaghat settlement will soon have several solar farms with 5MW capacity each.

The construction began in 2019 and will end this year, with the help of the Tufenkyan Foundation, the government subsidy, and Solar Farm Inc.

It'll cost $8.3m and create 140 temporary and 10 permanent jobs.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028399.html

development ideas for old Firdusi district

The govt wants to turn Yerevan's old Firdusi district into a tourist sight and preserve the historic-cultural buildings.

An independent group held its own auction to win the best design idea. Dozens of architects from 15 countries participated. A Vietnamese architect won.

Design photos: https://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/285345/

Yerevan will install lighting on 100 crosswalks

The capital wants to make it safer to cross the streets. The Mayor says they'll prioritize areas with the highest number of pedestrian incidents.

LED will replace the sodium-vapor lamp on streets and near statues.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028459.html

Pashinyan's UN speech about Artsakh sovereignty / Accuses Aliyev of fabricating Azerbaijan's history

Pashinyan to UN: // In these challenging times, some reckless revisionists are trying to score from the perceived weakness of the international order, posing a real danger to international peace and security.

Social engineering of historical memories and appropriation of the civilizational heritage of others are becoming common. //

The PM spoke about the importance of recognizing the sovereignty of states, rights for determination, the prohibition of threat/use of force in international relations.

https://youtu.be/aZx5A25_KRc , https://factor.am/285715.html

Azeri authorities confiscate civilian cars for army use

Several Azeri drivers told the media that the police approached them yesterday and ordered their cars to be driven to a special parking lot. Others reported the same on social media. It's mostly larger pickup trucks.

An Azeri analyst believes it's related to the recent call for some army reservists to draft for training. "The govt passed a law in 2006 allowing the confiscation of certain types of vehicles for the army."

The Interior Ministry confirmed the rumors.

https://factor.am/285706.html

documents leaked / Israeli weapons for Azerbaijan / Aliyev's laundering

Haaretz outlet writes that in 2012-2014, Israeli weapons manufacturer Aerospace Industries wired $155m to companies that are used by Ilham Aliyev for alleged money laundering.

This was revealed after thousands of banking transactions were leaked. The "bribe" to Aliyev was transferred after Azerbaijan signed a $1.6b deal with the Israeli arms dealer.

Aerospace Industries, a state-company, denied wrongdoing.

One of the alleged bribe intermediaries was an offshore firm Jetfield Networks founded by Azeri Javid Huseinov. He transferred the company to the Marshall Islands shortly after the $1.6b deal was announced. Many parts of that deal are kept secret to this day.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-aerospace-industries-paid-155-million-to-two-companies-linked-to-azerbaijan-1.9172980

https://factor.am/285820.html

judge orders повар Mishik to be arrested

Serj's fugitive son-in-law Mikael Minasyan was charged with financial crimes, but the court didn't find it enough to arrest him. Then the IRS slapped him with more charges.

Today the court decided the new alleged crimes are serious enough for an arrest. Mishik currently resides in Sochi, Russia.

IRS: // we also charged Mishik's friend Leonid Arevshatyan because he is the de-facto controller of Mishik's companies and is an accomplice. //

https://factor.am/285668.html , https://factor.am/285793.html

Kocharyan & Co's March 1st trial resumes

Robik approached his supporters gathered in front of the court building to thank them for support. "Go home. This pointless trial will last long."

Prosecutors and Defendants made their case.

Citing "violations of personal rights", defendants asked the court to prevent prosecutors from using evidence gathered by chief investigator Hrach Mushegyan, which placed Robik in jail earlier. The judge rejected the petition and allowed the materials.

September 29th in the next trial.

https://factor.am/285655.html , https://factor.am/285684.html , https://factor.am/285696.html , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/196360

re: the Dossier and Russian agents in Armenia

QP leader Lilith: anyone who serves the interests of foreign states instead of theirs, will wear the "traitor" tag for centuries.

BHK Ivetta: I don't know how the copy of Gagik Tsarukyan's passport ended up in the Russian dossier organizer's hands. Anyone can obtain someone else's passport photo for various reasons. [The dossier had a passport photo of Russian agents such as ex-NSS chief of Armenia, and also Gagik Tsarukyan's passport photo, although he wasn't mentioned as an "agent" but rather a "figure friendly to Russia".]

https://factor.am/285723.html , https://factor.am/285741.html , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/196318

BHK leaker Tsarukyan's trial is tomorrow

Gago is accused of voter bribery in 2017 and financial crimes. Tomorrow's trial, which will decide whether Gago will be arrested, will be presided by judge Mnatsakan Martirosyan, whose record shows that he usually sides with prosecutors.

This trial is happening because the Appeals Court struck down the Lower Court's verdict. That Lower Court verdict kept Tsarukyan free. Tomorrow he could be sent to jail.

https://factor.am/285752.html , https://factor.am/285770.html

opposition parties to organize a huge rally

A large rally will be held on October 8th by BHK, ARF, and Hayreniq (co-founded by HHK official and ex-NSS chief Vanetsyan).

BHK Ivetta: // the govt failed to do its job and keep its promises. There is widespread dissatisfaction in the public. Instead of getting ahead of themselves with 2050 promises, they should focus on promises made during the revolution. //

QP MPs: // they purposely scheduled the rally at a time to coincide with Tsarukyan's trial. The reasons for organizing the rally are unfounded. They don't care if the majority of attendees catch COVID. They're willing to sacrifice people for political gain. //

LHK chief Marukyan: // I don't know details about the proposed rally. Can't comment if LHK will join. We have some agreements and disagreements with BHK.

We don't actively call for Pashinyan's resignation for now; if we needed that, we would organize an impeachment process in Parliament. If you want the PM to resign, you have to understand who the prospective replacement would be. Would you like Nature Minister Romanos Petrosyan to replace Pashinyan? The govt needs to peacefully leave in 2023 in they lose. //

HHK Ashotyan (ճպլ guy): every Autumn is "hot" [as in protests] in Armenia because of this semi-illiteral comical government. The economy is getting worse. I hope the opposition will unite and BHK-HHK will cooperate.

https://factor.am/285523.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028409.html , https://factor.am/285526.html , https://factor.am/285562.html , https://factor.am/285747.html , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/196357

NSS busts an ex-Yerevan district leader

The report says: // The 2005-2008 leader of Yerevan's Arabkir district, HHK Hovhannes Shahinyan, rigged property auctions to embezzle $623,000 worth state property for himself and others, with the help of council members. A felony case is launched. //

The suspect [obviously] called the charges a "political persecution" and an attempt to silence him. "Փաշինյան Նիկոլ, դա քեզ մոտ չի ստացվելու."

https://factor.am/285628.html , https://web.archive.org/web/20200920111440/https://yerevan.today/all/politics/64124/past-e,-or-hetapndvoum-em-im-hasarakakan-qaghaqakan-gortsouneoutyan-hamar-arabkiri-naxkin-taghapet

Artashat mayors busted with corruption

The prosecutors say they re-investigated a case that was earlier closed under the pretense of "not enough evidence of a crime", and found that the former and current mayors of Artsashat, who are father and son, allegedly committed a property auction crime worth dozens of millions.

https://factor.am/285760.html

QP and BHK argue over their economic record during a global crisis

BHK accused the govt of failing the economy and huge economic losses reaching "scary numbers".

QP MP responds: the economy shrank at 5.7%, not 10.2% as presented by you. The industry rose 1.4% and didn't shrink 2.3%. The prices rose by 0.7% instead of 2.8%.

When BHK and HHK were coalition and BHK had Ministers, you had the worst GDP contraction at -14.4% during the previous global crisis. The prices increased 33% under your watch. The construction was -36% and exports -34%.

https://factor.am/285784.html

reforms in social services and disability institute

The govt drafted a bill to create one universal agency that will handle social services/disability qualification and assessment.

LHK Marukyan: there are rumors you plan to fire everyone and start from zero.

Labor Ministry: the old agency will be dissolved and a new one will be created. Workers with experience will be given a chance to be re-hired through a competition... Soon we'll have 49 facilities which will provide unified services... There are 85k families and 350k residents who'll use these services.

BHK Melkumyan: how many workers today, how many after layoffs, the avg salary now and in the future?

Labor Ministry: right now we have 50 regional branches, 51 labor-aid branches, 55 social services branches directly under governors' control. We plan to unify them all under 49 branches managed by the same body.

Job positions will go from 1,825 to 1,690. The average salaries will increase.

LHK Samsonyan: for years, the social services field was mired in corruption. Can you prevent it now?

Labor Ministry: // there is no "vetting" of new hirees, but we pass corruption reports to relevant authorities... Right now various departments report to various bodies. With the change, we'll have better monitoring over efficiency. //

Parliament voted 88-x to approve the govt bill. It goes into effect in April 20201.

https://factor.am/285567.html , https://factor.am/285587.html , https://factor.am/285590.html , https://factor.am/285593.html , https://factor.am/285687.html , https://factor.am/285596.html , https://factor.am/285612.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028437.html

COVID stats

+155 infected. +2 deaths. 3,765 active. 266,066 tested. Aragatsotn governor is sick.

+218 infected and +2 deaths in Georgia.

https://factor.am/285529.html , https://factor.am/285561.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028414.html

no methyl poison found in alco-gel

Earlier we learned the full story on how a man sold alcohol poisoned with methyl spirit and ended up killing dozens of consumers.

One of the suspects was also in alco-gel businesses. The authorities pulled his products off shelves for examination. No poison was found in alco-gel.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028407.html

just a list of random fake news

in case you fell for any of these: https://fip.am/12811

Bob Dole to lobby for Armenia

"The former senator and one-time GOP presidential nominee is helping to "foster improved diplomatic relations" between Armenia and the U.S." ahead of upcoming AM-US talks.

https://www.law.com/nationallawjournal/2020/09/18/alston-birds-bob-dole-registers-as-foreign-agent-for-armenia/?slreturn=20200822153312

https://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/285339/

Nuclear plant renovation & lifespan

Infrastructure Minister Papikyan continues the meeting with the international Atomic agency. Yesterday he complained about Azerbaijan's threats to bomb Metsamor NPP.

Today they discussed the routine renovation work to improve safety and extend NPP's lifespan. The Minister asked for more aid packages.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028446.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028452.html kids win bronze medal

Armenian youth team won bronze in a European chess competition held among 40 states.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1028450.html

theater and cinema renovations

The Education Ministry will renovate several cultural buildings: $100k for Sundukyan, $213k for National Cinema Center, $43k Tumanyan Puppet Center, $12k Spendarian opera. New lighting and audio will be installed besides repairs.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/196313

mortars Made in Armenia

On August 26th the High-Tech Minister Arshakyan bragged about Armenia manufacturing its mortars and shells. Today they presented a demo:

https://youtu.be/kMDHJS11Pgg

Տուֆտուֆիկ's Deed and Title registration

The winner of this year's "The Hero of Our Times" initiative, which was created by Pashinyan to promote self-made businesses, is Sevak Markosyan, for his "Markos toys" business.

One of the toys is "TufTufik". It lets you create a small house with tuf stones.

It comes with a 92 cm2 property registration document and a certificate of 42,000 km2 adjacent land ownership.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/196320

Aram Khachaturyan's old Tbilisi house / The new resident was unaware

Tbilisi's 93 Uznadze building has a special placard on the wall. That's where Armenian composer Aram Khachatryan spent his childhood in 1906-1922.

It's an old Italian-style backyard with neighbors' balconies in close proximity. The young woman who lives in the apartment organized a meeting with neighbors to meet the journalists and talk about what they knew about Khachaturyan. The resident was the only one who had never heard that the famed composer lived in her apartment. (probably lying lol)

They invited the crew inside. The only thing left was the exterior doors and windows. The furniture was obviously renovated.

The full story with photos inside: https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/196294

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You've read 1943 words.


Link to original report and comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/ixvb5m/sep222020_news_tech_industry_grows_pashinyan/

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. Helpful overview of Armenia's media ownership and leanings.


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