2021 January 5

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Daily news wrap-up

Jan/5/2020 news: __ Meetings in Artsakh __ Healthcare & financial aid for soldiers & families __ Azeris to build airport in Fizuli __ POWs & search operations __ ECHR court petition __ Sapper provides demining details __ Mass poisoning __ President catches COVID __ New TUMO __ Christmas __ Economy
by ar_david_hh


Your 6-minute Tuesday report in 1350 words.

officials from Armenian & Artsakh hold meetings

Labor Minister Mesrop visited Artsakh and met President Arayik to discuss social aid programs for refugees who lost their homes. The Armenian government plans to launch new programs in the near future.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039560.html

MFA Ayvazyan went to Artsakh to meet the newly appointed Artsakh MFA Davit Babayan. Ayvazyan said they will continue with the efforts towards the international recognition of the Artsakh Republic.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039564.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039573.html

Azerbaijan wants to build an international airport

... in Karabakh's southern Fizuli region that went under Azeri control during the war. Aliyev wants to build it, or at least its runways, this year after clearing the area of unexploded mines. It's part of the plan to improve transportation to Shushi.

https://iravaban.net/en/312665.html

Aliyev also declared Shushi the "Cultural capital of Azerbaijan" and voted to "restore Azeri religious and historical monuments, and inspect the housing stock."

https://www.civilnet.am/news/2021/01/05/Azerbaijan-Declares-Shushi-Its-Cultural-Capital/415167

Turkish weapons used by Azerbaijan during the war

... may include the laser-guided Turkish TRLG-230 units mounted to Kamaz trucks, reports RazmInfo. These can be used with Bayraktar drones to locate and strike a target.

https://razm.info/147827

POWs and missing soldiers' search operations

Search crews in Talish-Mataghis, Hadrut, and Fizuli regions have discovered bodies of 6 soldiers and 3 civilians. Their identifies are being clarified.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039544.html

Parents of several missing soldiers gathered in front of the govt building to demand news about their missing sons' whereabouts. A parent complained that the DNA test results are too slow and they've been waiting for two months. A father of a POW complained about NSS being unable to provide news about the son who was confirmed as a POW two weeks ago.

Parents want to meet with the Healthcare Minister or PM Pashinyan. Pashinyan's aide met the parents to discuss the process of scheduling a meeting with the PM.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039568.html , https://factor.am/326109.html , https://factor.am/326115.html

Healthcare Ministry rebutted claims made by one of the parents who suggested a theory that DNA device has never found anyone's identity, and those who were identified turned out to be incorrect and their graves had to be exhumed.

"The claim is not true. There has never been an incident when the DNA results were found to be false after the funeral. We have so far identified 468 bodies through DNA analysis. They could not be identified by other means. Given how sensitive the topic is, please do not spread misinformation; do not mislead parents who have found their sons with DNA," wrote the Ministry.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039566.html

Armenia files another petition with ECHR

Yesterday, the European Court for Human Rights approved Armenia's petition to require Azerbaijan to provide information about the condition of several Armenia POWs. Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of intentionally delaying the swap process, and not sharing enough information. A similar petition was also approved earlier.

Today, the Armenian delegation asked the Court to escalate the issue to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, so the latter can discuss Azerbaijan's violations of past Court rulings.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039571.html

Healthcare services for soldiers & families

Healthcare Ministry cautions wounded soldiers and others to be wary of unofficial fundraisers on the internet, that have recently appeared, claiming to help wounded soldiers to travel abroad for medical care.

"The medical care for injured civilians and soldiers, including future therapy, was and will be exclusively free, subsidized by the government. In the event that a medical procedure is unavailable in Armenia, the government will pay for the patient to travel abroad and receive care," said the Ministry.

https://factor.am/326085.html

update: aid package for soldiers & families

Labor Ministry website www.mlsa.am is open for applications from soldiers who became disabled, or families who lost their relatives during the war. This aid package provides a $10,000 one-time aid to families of deceased soldiers, and between $2,000-$4,000 to disabled soldiers. Must apply before April.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/203958

rumors & rebuttals: Ararat governor responds to Tigranashen rumors

A Pashinyan critic claimed yesterday that Pashinyan will soon give away the village Tigranashen located far away from Artsakh and Syunik, on the border between Armenia and Nakhijevan.

Ararat Province governor: the well-known "opposition" circles spread information that the Armenian authorities will soon hand over the village of Tigranashen in the Ararat region to Azerbaijan. It is clear that these circles, which are desperate to come to power again, do not hesitate to spread even the most insidious lies, thus aiming to cause panic and tension among the population. This practice once again exposes their policy of terrorizing the public with naked lies and false news. Do not believe the widespread misinformation. The borders of the Ararat region are guarded by the Armenian Armed Forces and no community will go under the control of the enemy.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/203951

Russian sappers & humanitarian aid

Russian peacekeepers used URAN robots to clear another 14 hectares of land near Stepanakert. 19,000 explosives have been founds by them since the ceasefire.

Russian doctors provided care for 50 residents of village Nngi yesterday. The most common reasons are chronic illnesses and cardiovascular care.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039546.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039553.html

demining operations in Artsakh

Samvel Mesropyan is the director of the Humanitarian Demining Center in Artsakh. He showed a map (see video) with locations of the areas that have already been cleared of landmines and unexploded missiles. The map shows that Stenapanert's southern, western, and most of the northern parts have been fully cleared. No bombs fell in some eastern parts of the city, so they don't work there.

They have found 40,000 unexploded bombs since September 27th. Some of them were from the 1990s. The group has 30 sappers, who were joined by 40 Russian sappers after the ceasefire.

Mesropyan showed a downed Israeli Orbiter-1 surveillance drone that fell in Stepanakert's Ajapnyak district. It was discovered by local residents who called the authorities with concerns that it could explode.

Mesropyan also showed parts of exploded Bayraktar drones and Smerch missiles.

In the end, he took reporters to an explosion field where Armenian and Russian sappers neutralize suspicious devices. Everyone was instructed to take cover before the Russian soldier detonated the load.

https://youtu.be/dCfpkfHX25A

https://factor.am/326155.html

water poisoning in Jujevan

14 people visited a Noyemberyan hospital with signs of poisoning. The cause was dirty water in one of the water sources that was being used by 60 households in Jujevan settlement. The healthcare inspectors shut it down after lab samples showed irregularities. The problematic location and the cause were identified. The municipality is replacing the water pipes.

https://factor.am/326149.html COVID stats

+1601 tested. +324 infected. +14 deaths. +928 healed. 11215 active.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039541.html

President Armen Sargsyan infected with COVID

The President spent the New Year with his family in London. He then underwent a successful leg surgery on January 3rd, before developing signs of COVID. The test results came positive. Sargsyan will carry out his duties remotely.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1039561.html

world bank predicts

... that Armenia's economy shrank by 8% in 2020, and will grow by 3.1% in 2021. The world economy could see a 4% growth, after a 4.3% decline in 2020.

state 	      2020 	2021
Armenia 	-8 	+3.1
Georgia 	-6 	+4
Azerbaijan 	-5 	+1.9
Russia         -4 	+2.6
Turkey       +0.5 	+4.5

https://www.civilnet.am/news/2021/01/05/Համաշխարհային-բանկը-Հայաստանում-2020-ին-կանխատեսում-է-8-անկում-2021-ին՝-3-1-աճ/415174

city Berd has a new TUMO box

Tavush Province's bordering city Berd has a new TUMO high-tech and entrepreneurship education center. It's the mobile box version.

TUMO CEO Marie Lou Papazyan: The "box" idea came 1-2 years ago when we set upon a task to make the education program more accessible to all Armenian youth, regardless of their location. It was important for us to reach remote bordering regions. We decided to split Armenia and Artsakh into several regions and install a Box in each one of them. The one here in Berd supplements the center in Dilijan.

https://youtu.be/N5KuqujXDNY

https://factor.am/326100.html

Maro, by Apo Sahagian

Rock music enthusiast Maro Sahagian lives in Jerusalem. He regularly presents Armenian folk songs in a modern style. "Maro" was filmed in Gyumri.

Maro: https://youtu.be/e9RhpjdRLvw

Ari Yertank (Artsakh): https://youtu.be/WLuL2aezCtU

candlelight liturgy in Ejmiatsin's St. Gayane monastery

https://youtu.be/hqaGhDQK2yY?t=2028

Christmas concert

Yerevan State Choir will perform a concert Live on Facebook at 10:30 pm. Tomorrow is Christmas in Armenia.

https://youtu.be/hqaGhDQK2yY?t=3339

donations for Artsakh & recovering soldiers

www.1000plus.am (recovering soldiers & their families)

www.HimnaDram.org (for Artsakh & Armenia)

www.ArmeniaFund.org (U.S. tax-deductible)

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http://www.armeniapedia.org/wiki/Daily_Anti-Corruption_Reports

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