According to data published by the National Statistical Service (NSS) late last week, during the first ten months of 2010 Armenia’s economy expanded by 2.4 percent as compared to the corresponding period of 2009.
However, growth has been declining since June, and at the current rate would bring the number down by year’s end.
Minister of Education Armen Ashotyan has announced that entrance exams for Armenian universities will be changed in an effort to cut down on corruption. The November 18 announcement is in response to a demand from Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan.
The proposals package, called “revolutionary” according to the Government of Armenia official website, envisages, for example, a guide to the Armenian language entrance examination tests. The main tests for the exam will be taken only from that very guide, where both the questions and correct answers will be included beforehand.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, currently on a working visit to Russia, attended on Tuesday the annual gala night of the All-Armenian Hayastan Fund that will direct the funds it raises later this year to supporting Karabakh.
In his address at the event also attended by Nagorno-Karabakh President Bako Sahakyan, as well as members of the Board of Trustees of the Fund and Armenian businessmen residing in Russia, Sargsyan said this years fundraising will be used “to implement projects directed at the improvement of the NK water supply infrastructure as well as development of border villages and enhancement of the well-being of their residents.”
Traces of torture have been revealed on the body of Manvel Saribekyan, whose remains were returned to Armenia last Thursday, after he died in Azeri captivity.
Late Friday the Prosecutor-General’s Office of Armenia released a statement, saying that a criminal case had been instituted in connection with Saribekyan’s death, according to the RA Criminal Code - “murder committed with particular cruelty.”
GeoProMining Gold Company, has denied claims brought against it by the Control Chamber of Armenia, saying that the mining company was illegally licensed.
“The license contracts, signed on February 29, 2008, were singed in violations of the Code regulating the sector,” Ishkhan Zakaryan, Chairman of the Control Chamber told journalists, adding that the exploitation of the mines has started earlier, even since 2004.
An open letter, expressing more than ten NGO’s discontent over the draft law on ‘Temporary Unemployment Benefit’ has been submitted to the RA president last week by organizations dissatisfied with the proposed law’s shortening of maternity leave.
Currently new mothers are allowed 140 calendar days for which the state gives them allowances. The new law envisions only 100 days, cutting out the non-working days that are presumed in the 140 days now covered.