Outlawed: The advisor to Armenia's Health Ministry Suren Krmoyan commented
August 15 on the article of the new criminal code concerning the punishment for
the production and sale of fake medicine, ARMENPRESS reports.
According to the
new criminal code enacted August 1, the punishment for unlicensed pharmaceutical
activity, preparation and sale of fake medicines under the article 280 varies
between a fine in the amount of 300 minimal wages and a three-year prison term.
If a patient dies as a result of taking a fake medicine, the term is five years
Social Issues: Social Security Minister Aghvan
Vartanyan told ministry personnel in Yerevan August 15 that he planed to crack
down on "abuses, illegalities and corruption" in the allocation of social-security
benefits, RFE/RL's Yerevan bureau reported. Vartanyan questioned the credibility
of official records, which list some 139,000 families as qualifying for poverty
benefits worth 7,600 dram ($13) per month.
According to Azerbaijani "Echo" newspaper Tamerlan Galayev, the Chairman
of the Azerbaijani Association "Karabakh Home" does not rule out the
possibility of Armenia's having used bacteriological weapons, ARMINFO reports
August 16. He blames that the weapon caused an epidemic of infectious diseases
in the villages on the front line.
The Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defense
did not confirm this assumption
Echo of War: Relatives of Azerbaijani
soldiers missing during war with Nagorno Karabakh paid a landmark visit to Stepanakert
last weekend in the hope of ascertaining the whereabouts of the missing soldiers
and establishing contacts with similar families in Karabakh and Armenia proper,
RFE/RL's Yerevan bureau reported August 17.
Vilen Kocharian, the head of
a Karabakh commission on missing persons, welcomed the idea of Armenian-Azerbaijani
cooperation on the sensitive subject. "We are using and will continue to
use every opportunity to both repatriate Armenian soldiers and help the Azerbaijani
side," he said.
Paid Off : The Hrazdan thermoelectric
power plant will be transferred to Russia to pay Armenian debts by September 5,
2003, ARMINFO news agency reported August 17. The enterprise's shares amount to
$31 million and is the fifth and the last enterprises to be given to Russia within
the framework of the Russian-Armenian agreement on paying Armenian debts to Russia.
Armenia's main debt to Russia amounts to $93.7 million and it will be paid off
after the Hrazdan thermoelectric power plant is transferred to Russia.
new facts: The Armenian Prosecutor General has appealed to all those interested,
sufferers and others, asking for any information concerning the terrorist act
in the Armenian Parliament in October 1999 that was included in a special part
of the trial.
The press-service of the Prosecutor General's Office told
ARMINFO August 18 that no petitions for proof or interrogations of witnesses in
the given part of the case have been made to the Prosecutor General's Office so
Privatization must go on: Armenian Parliament Speaker Artur
Bagdasaryan called for suspending the privatization of health institutions until
a health insurance system is created, RFE/RL Yerevan bureau reported August 18.
Chaotic privatization may cause health care to collapse and trigger social upheavals,
Bagdasaryan warned. However the Government dismissed Bagdasaryan's criticism,
saying that the Government will continue to privatize public hospitals and policlinics.
Revival: Mary Danielyan, a local architect supervising the restoration of
a medieval Armenian temple of Zvartnots, said the 179 million dram ($300.000)
project is nearing completion, ARMENPRESS reported August 19.
of Zvartnots built in the VII century kicked off in 2002 September and is funded
by the US-based Lincy Foundation.
Archeological Find: Another
ancient temple was discovered on the right bank of Amberd River in Aragatsotn
province of Armenia by the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography, ARMENPRESS
reported August 20.
The discovered open-air rock-carved town-temple of the
Bronze Age was multi-layered and the findings witness that people had settled
the area beginning from 17-16th centuries BC till 18th century AD.
for Refugees: The Armenian Government has drawn up a $20 million plan to build
homes for thousands of refugees from Azerbaijan and will turn to Western donors
for the bulk of the funding, RFE/RL Yerevan bureau reported August 21.The plan
will target 4,000 low-income refugee families who still live in deplorable conditions