The seventh night of protest on Baghramyan passed peacefully, following some tense hours when it seemed police might move in and disperse the crowd that gathered there in continued demonstration against a proposed electricity rate hike.
During his meeting with the members of the public council early this month mayor of Yerevan Karen Karapetyan confirmed his earlier voiced decision to forbid construction at the expense of green zones assuring that the center of Yerevan will not be part of urban development anymore.
Public council members Karine Danielyan and Hmayak Hovhannissyan said at a press conference on Tuesday that despite the mayor’s solemn pledges more construction sites keep appearing in the city.
Environmental groups in Armenia warn that the new facilities being installed at a mine in the country’s Gegharkunik province will double the damage caused to the local environment.
GeoProMining Gold, a company that develops the mines in Sotk and Meghradzor, as well as manages the Ararat gold recovery factory, began last month the installation of some new equipment for pounding gold ore that it hopes will expedite the plant’s work. The work was due to finish this week.
The protracted reconstruction of Armenia’s second largest city of Gyumri, still reeling from a catastrophic 1988 earthquake, will be essentially completed as planned this year, government officials and a private contractor said on Thursday.
The assurances came as President Serzh Sarkisian inspected new apartment blocks built in two Gyumri suburbs founded following the calamity. He looked satisfied with what he saw but made no public statements afterwards.
Chairman of the Control Chamber Ishkhan Zakaryan, in a report submitted to the National Assembly of Armenia on Monday, stated that as a result of an auditing held at the State Social Insurance Service of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of Armenia, it was revealed that many dead people had received pensions in Armenia. Currently the amounts are being clarified.
The auditing was held in 14 out of 51 territorial departments of the State Social Insurance Service.
The Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) has initiated a project, if realized, a biodiversity national center will be founded in Armenia. The project is called ‘Ecological Education and National Center for Preservation of Biodiversity’.
FPWC head Ruben Khachatryan told ArmeniaNow the project is still in the stage of development; however, at the same time he considered it to be quite realistic.
A joint project between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was announced March 17 that will promote and facilitate recycling of plastics in Armenia.
The goal of the project, according to Armenia USAID Mission Director Jatinder Cheema, is to encourage “environmentally-friendly solid waste management systems in selected areas and boosting the collection and recycling of plastic containers to reduce pollution”.
By decree of City Hall, Yerevan public kindergartens will be free of charge beginning April 1.
“Taking this step, the municipality took into consideration the social importance of the issue, besides, it predicted a possible increase in the number of children who attend kindergartens,” said Mayor Karen Karapetyan.
Another unconstitutional law has been ratified, activists of a civil group opposed to the controversial pension reform claimed late last week after President Serzh Sargsyan signed the amended legislation on Friday.
In Armenia that lacks natural energy resources the government attaches great importance to renewable energy developing small Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP) system. This causes dissatisfaction and complaints of environmentalists and the public at large.