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.
Armenian consumers are surprised and angry at the sudden increase in the price of cheese, one of the centerpieces of the Armenian diet. During the last week, prices rose on average from 500 drams ($1.30) to 1,000 drams ($2.60) and cheese-producing companies explain that the price hike is determined by the rise in prices of milk.
Hasmik Margaryan, shop assistant of a store on Amiryan Street, Yerevan, says that at their store the price of Lori Cheese produced by Ashtarak-Kat dairy company, rose the most – almost by 1,000 drams (about $2.70); now one kilo of Lori Cheese costs 2,800 drams (about $7.80); and the prices of other cheese rose by 500-600 drams (about $1.40).
Armenia’s economic growth indexes released last week have become a concern for officials and a target of criticism by oppositionists. According to the National Statistical Service, the September Gross Domestic Product dropped 25 percent as compared to August, while economic growth was only 2.8 percent. The economic growth itself showed a 0.3 percent drop from its level over the first eight months.