Night clubs are thriving in Hrazdan, a town of 60,000 in Armenia’s Kotayk Province that has seen better days. Striptease joints have replaced the former Soviet giants of manufacture that once employed thousands.
It was the World Bank that financed the modernization of Hrazdan Medical Center, comprised of a hospital, polyclinic and maternity ward. All four buildings were renovated and outfitted with $800,000 worth of equipment and furnishings.
Something strange is going on at the Stone Symphony natural monument in Garni’s Azat River Gorge.
During his nine-year tenure as Basen’s mayor, tax collection in Basen increased from 5% to 120%, thanks to which the government’s subsidy to the community increased from year to year - from 9 million to 28 million.
The IJ had petitioned the Constitutional Court to assess the constitutionality of Parts 6 and 7 of Article 68 of the Land Code.
Charges of “abuse of official authority” have been filed against Baghramyan Mayor Ara Saharyan based on evidence presented by Hetq that the mayor had roads in the community dug up, sewage pipes removed, and later sold at prices he set.
"Most countries in the world are struggling against the use of plastic in everyday life. They employ different policies to achieve that. We don’t know what our country’s policy is for reducing plastic waste,” says Armineh Tukhikyan, Program Director of the Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development.
According to the World Bank’s 2017 Worldwide Governance Indicators, published in September, Armenia has improved in standing in all but one of the six indicators measured – Political Stability and Absence of Violence/Terrorism.
The equipment is operated by the Sevan Communal Enterprise, a not-for-profit arm of the municipality. Edgar Harutyunyan, who heads the Enterprise, says the newest garbage truck is six years old and that the others date back to the 1980s.
The 26-year-old Aroushanyan will serve as acting Gori mayor until the November 5 local elections.
However, in over fifty of the communities Hetq researched for the article, these rents paid by telephone operators don’t wind up in the community coffers but in the pockets of local mayors and those with “connections”.
The Ararat Valley aquifer spans some 1,300 square kilometers. However, many local communities lack potable and irrigation water due to poor resource management.
The road heading to the villages of Aghisou, Vorotan, Vaghatin and Lor, in Armenia’s Syunik Province, passes through the municipal garbage dump in the town of Sisian.
Volodya Hakobyan’s house, standing in the most visible place in Kornidzor, a village in Armenia’s Syunik Province, still bears the traces of being under fire during the 1990s Artsakh War.
Some of the 51 cultural and historical objects amassed four years ago by the History of Armenia and displayed at an exhibition “The Time to Collect Stones”, might never be returned to their original sites.
The numbers above show that more than half of the tax revenue in the budget is still contributed by large businesses. However, the contribution of SMEs is not proportionate to their role in economic activity.
A group of Syrian-Armenians, who have relocated to Armenia and want to transfer their businesses to Armenia, met today with Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan
Many visiting the mobile eye hospital are the elderly suffering from cataracts.
The struggle of Garni residents for Azat River was one of the most important events in 2016. The two- year struggle came to a solution on May 21, 2016 when Hovik Abrahamyan, the Prime Minister of the Republic, met with the residents of Garni, who had blocked Garni-Yerevan road for saving River Azat and announced: “Kaghtsrashen Gravity Scheme is cancelled, the construction is stopped and the construction machinery is withdrawn from Azat Gorge.”
Two years ago the Center of Excellence for the Prevention of Childhood Blindness (CEPCB) was established in Yerevan. Dr. Chien Wong - one of the main mentors of the CEPCB’s medical staff – asserts that the achievements of the Armenian ophthalmologists working in the Center are desirable for many developed countries in the world.
Mrs. Ayvazyan told this reporter that the three men entered the store and said they wanted to purchase some medicine. They then started to talk to her in a menacing tone and said they would be sending investigators to see her.
Hundreds of students living in the outer sections of Armenia’s Garni village have to walk three kilometers every day to get to school and three to return home.
Provincial authorities should be working with local communities to see that financial and other resources are effectively and legally used to tackle the garbage collection issue.
Thus, the public at large must demand that both parties of the grant equation come clean and provide comprehensive information on such programs. The government of Armenia must also be obligated to publish comprehensive program reports starting from the point when it argues in favor of financing for any sector
15 communities in Armenia’s Ararat Province have been operating a collective garbage collection service for the past five years.
At the October 29 Armenian government cabinet session, a proposal by independent MP Edmond Maroukyan to cancel obtaining fines from citizens by extra-judicial means and to cut fines by a factor of two was thrown out.
The FAO abattoir project was designed to prevent contagious diseases and to ensure the safety of meat and meat products. The first step was to stop the slaughtering of animals at home and along the roadside.
The Garni Health Center services Garni and four neighboring villages – Geghadir, Hatsavan, Goght and Geghard– with a population of some 100,000. This doesn’t include visitors and those residing in summer homes.
Unfit for consumption poultry also winds up in Yerevan grocery stores
According to the online auction listing, Bouniatyan was the winner and that same day the entire purchase amountof 7.9 million dram was transferred to the Compulsory Enforcement Service’s account
Water readings taken in July and August have shown that there isn’t enough water flowing in the Azad River to build the World Bank financed gravity fed Kaghtsrashen irrigation project.
The World Bank report states that a large portion of Nairit’s resources have deteriorated (wear and tear).
To improve household waste management in Armenia’s Kotayk Province and the town of Sevan, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (ERBD) has issued Armenia a financing package totaling 8.07 million Euros.
President Sargsyan has no doubts that the rate hike is justified. The World Bank has already studied the sector and has made suggestions to reform the sector to the Armenian government; all designed to guarantee the adequate and needed supply of electricity. Otherwise, more brownouts are on the way.
One month ago Save the Children published its 16th annual State of the World’s Mothers report. Using the latest data on women’s health, children’s health, educational attainment, economic well- being and female participation, the report ranked 179 countries, showing where mothers and children fare best and where they face the greatest hardships.
Winston Yu, Senior Water Resources Specialist at the World Bank, responds to questions from Hetq
The Aragatzotn village of Tegher, spread across the slope of a mountain, is only visible after traversing the last turn of a winding road.
Environmental groups in Armenia are in an uproar over a July 2014 government decision they say will allow a mining company to remove and replant endangered flora species and thus circumvent Armenian domestic law and the country’s international obligations to protect and preserve such plants.
The Ministry of Culture to this day has done nothing to resolve existing problems at the Garni historical and cultural museum reserve
Scores of youth today headed to Armenia’s historical Garni site to remove construction material previously delivered in order to build a café.
Today, the Garni Historical and Cultural Museum Reserve (that includes the Hellenistic-style temple, a bath complex, a royal summer palace, and a 9th c. church and cemetery) can only be considered a sore spot in the country’s stated drive to promote tourism.
In letters to the president of Armenia and other high-ranking officials, the Armenian national who's already served 3 years behind bars in Kiev's Lukyanivska Prison describes the legal violations, torture, and cruel and inhuman treatment he and his relatives have experienced.
The murder occurred in Kiev in 2010, outside the 4 room furniture store founded by the two businessmen in 2008, after which the dual citizen of Armenia and Russia was arrested in Russia (Aloyan is his name as it appears in his Armenian passport; after getting married, he adopted his wife's surname, Suslov).
The fourth estate is experiencing a similar crisis like the other three branches of government.
Elmira and her family lead a hardscrabble life in the Armavir village of Shenik.
After balancing the monetary amount of insult and slander suits, decisions by the courts to freeze property and financial assets became new challenges for news outlets and reporters.
Last month, when Minister Poghosyan visited the site, she wasn’t even aware that the monument was under the jurisdiction of her ministry.
These photos were taken within the building located at 17 Nansen Street in the 1st Nor Nork district. While the building supposedly does have a “management committee”, the accompanying photos prove that it exists in name only.
A February 6, 2013 decision handed down by the RA Agriculture Ministry’s Food Safety Service (FSS) was supposed to have led to testing for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and overall food safety in seven brands of frozen chicken and chicken parts imported to Armenia.