The Seismic Protection Service of the Armenian Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations reports that a 4-point earthquake occurred in Georgia. It was registered at 10:58 am (06:68 GMT) in Rustavi, Georgia. The hypocenter was at the depth of 10 km. The quake intensity in the epicenter was 5-6 points.
On July 27, the Investigative Committee of Armenia filed charges against Syunik province governor's son Tigran Khachatryan, who was arrested on July 25 over the incident that took place near the Sdghi gyol site.
The Investigative Committee has instituted a criminal case over the shooting at Levon Nalbandyan, the son of Lori province governor Arthur Nalbandyan, under Article 120 Part 1 of the Armenian Criminal Code (reckless infliction of grievous bodily harm) and Article 235 Part 1 (illegal keeping of fire weapons). The Investigative Committee has told ArmInfo that on July 19, at 0:40 am, the Alaverdi Medical Center reported that Levon Nalbandyan (born in 1993) was brought to the Medical Center with gunshot wounds.
According to the July 7 decision of Public Services Regulatory Commission of the Republic of Armenia (PSRC), drinking water tariff will remain unchanged (170, 256 AMD/ 1cu m - including the VAT) in Yerevan and several adjacent villages. PSRC's decision will take effect starting Aug 9. 2015.
General Court of Yerevan Center and Nork Marash communities ruled applying arrest as a measure of restraint against Ara Budaghyan who stands accused of assassination attempt on Syunik Governor Suren Khachatryan.
Baghramyan Avenue, that is currently hosting the protest rally against the energy rate increase, evidenced a wedding on June 27. Karine and David, the just married couple, are saying they have come to the Avenue for they are also a part of the Armenian nation.
On June 24 Minister of the EEC Karine Minasyan is to be awarded the Order of Friendship at Russian Embassy. The minister will be decorated for her contribution to the development of the Armenian- Russian trade, economic and cultural relations.
The girl was taken to the Medial Center of Armavir Tuesday, from the local village of Jrashen. According to the website of the Health Ministry of Armenia, the child's health was assessed as moderately severe. Later on the same day, the child's health sharply deteriorated and the doctors were not able to save her life.
On June 16, American businessman of Armenian descent Kirk Kerkorian passed away at the age of 98, USA Today reports.
On June 15, a Chess Tournament in memory of late Armenian chess champion Karen Asrian started in Jermuk, the press office of Geoteam CJSC has told ArmInfo.
Hrachik Babayan, the record-holder rifleman from Armenia, Silver medalist at Youth Olympic Games and World Youth Championship, set a European record among the youth and took the 5th place advancing to the final.
Four employees of the Yerevan Zoo have left for Tbilisi to help Georgia liquidate the aftermath of the natural disaster. Earlier the Tbilisi Zoo reported that of the Zoo's 600 residents, including fish and birds, about half were missing on Sunday.
On June 9, the Investigation Committee of Armenia arrested two persons on suspicion of implication in the May 2 incident in Goris.
Energy rate will be increased by 7 drams per kWh for final consumers on Aug 1 2015, according to the draft decision of the public services watchdog. The decision is available on the website of the Public Services Regulatory Committee (PSRC).
Director General of South-Caucasus Railway CJSC Victor Rebets is attending the Tenth International Rail Business Forum 1520 Strategic Partnership in Sochi on June 3-5, the company's press-service told ArmInfo. The Strategic Partnership 1520 (SP1520) is a bespoke international forum dealing with rail issues and is the largest business meeting of all major stakeholders across the wide gauge area.
The authorities in Armenia weigh two options of the power rate: either to raise it by 7 drams or leave unchanged and find other sources to compensate for losses of the Electric Networks of Armenia (ENA) CJSC, a local newspaper "Zhoghovurd" writes citing reliable sources.
Karapet Israelyan, the battered mayoral candidate for Abovyan, does not preclude that the attack has been mounted by supporters of his opponent Vahan Gevorgyan, informs "168 Zham" newspaper.
The Public Services Regulatory Committee of Armenia will submit its decision on the application of the Electric Networks of Armenia (ENA) CJSC for raising the energy rate on June 9-10, the public services watchdog Robert Nazaryan told reporters. He did not say how much the public watchdog will increase the rate, adding that the unreasonable expenses of ENA (rent of expensive cars, mansions etc.) will not be reflected in the new power rate. "Armenian consumers will not have to pay for those unreasonable expenses," Nazaryan said.
Most children in Armenia undergo both physical and psychological violence at school and even in their families. Very often this makes the children miss classes, Iren Sargsyan, Senior Manager, Program Implementation at Save the Children International, has told ArmInfo.
Minister for Labor and Social Affairs Artyom Asatryan disclaimed the reports that orphanages "rent" kids to beggars. Talking to reporters on May 29, the minister said the parliamentarians who raise such issues must submit facts, if they have any, to the law enforcement. The minister said he will discuss the issue with Naira Zohrabyan, the head of the Prosperous Armenia Party faction in the parliament, who raised the issue earlier.
New rates for energy generated by renewable power generation enterprises will come into force in Armenia starting July 1, 2015. During the May 29 meeting Public Services Regulatory Commission of the Republic of Armenia has taken the decision to levy 23.631 AMD/1kWh (exc. VAT) tariff for natural flow power generation facilities. The tariff for irrigation water power stations will be 15.751 AMD/1kWh (exc. VAT) and 10.502 AMD/1kWh (exc. VAT) for small hydro-electric power stations that operate on drinking water. The tariff for wind turbine generators will total 42, 42 AMD/1kWh (exc. VAT) and 42,426 AMD/1kWh (exc. VAT) for stations that operate on biofuel. The decision will be in force till July 1, 2016.
Prime Minister of Armenia Hovik Abrahamyan has charged the members of the Government to spare funds, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Artyom Asatryan told reporters, on May 29, when asked about acquisition of expensive cars for the Government members and Municipality.
Baku takes reprisals on civil society pursing one goal only - to test the Western response on the fact that numerous journalists, human rights activists and just people whose opinions differ being apprehended, Sergey Markedonov, a famous Russian analyst, said during Caucasus-2014 International Conference in Yerevan on May 26.
There are still corruption elements in the education system, Armenian Minister of Armen Ashotyan said at a press conference on May 25. He added that it is impossible to resolve that problem promptly.
The citizens of Armenia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, who work in Russia, now have the right to receive insurance benefits along with the Russians, Tomsk News Agency reports, citing Vera Timofeyeva, representative of the Tomsk Department of the Russian Social Insurance Fund.
To fight tortures of suspects at the stage of preliminary investigation, a legislative reform is needed in Armenia, Avetik Ishkhanyan, the head of the Helsinki Committee Armenia said at public discussions on the topic "Efficient Investigation in Tortures: Problems in Armenia and International Experience," on May 21.
During the May 21 meeting National Assembly of RA ratified a set of agreements regarding the "Kotayk Sold Waste Management Project". Following the programme European organizations will allocate about 8.07 mln EUR to Armenia for providing municipal organizations with support on garbage collection.
Shots have been fired towards the car of Syunik governor Surik Khachatryan. The police has confirmed to ArmInfo that shots were fired in Goris administrative district at about 18:15 local time. Surik Khachatryan has told the media that shots were fired towards his car - he has not been injured.
Harut Zakaryan, who was attacked in the fight with the involvement of Syunik governor's son Tigran Khachatryan, has been operated on his eye in Moscow. However, the situation was so grave he lost eye, the victim's father Gagik Zakaryan has told ArmInfo journalist. He is currently at Russian hospital with his son.
Situation in the town of Abovyan has been tense since early morning today, as owners of small stores are concerned over their businesses. The point is that oligarch Gagik Tsarukyan has opened a great mall "Arinj" in the town impeding the trade turnover of small stores.
This year the children of the YMCA Hiroshima Center have sent traditional lanterns made by the hands of Japanese children to honor the memory of the Armenian Genocide victims.