FAMILY CARE: Starting September 26 a
new law came to force in Armenia stipulating a
payment of nonrecurrent 35,000 drams ($61) to
a newborn child's family, instead of the previous
$10, AZG daily reported.
Also, a one-time allowance will be given to the
family which lost a member that didn't reach an
age of pensioner will make 25,000 AMD ($43) instead
of earlier $5.The families that lost a pensioner
will receive an assistance of $130, instead of
GOOD RESULT, GOOD PLANS: The Board of Trustees
of the Armenia Fund convened September 26 for
its 12th session to present the work the Fund
accomplished in 2002, YERKIR online reported.
Last year the Foundation raised $5,180,534, and
during the ten years of its existence it has carried
out 200 projects worth $75 million.
One of the most important projects of the Fund
is the construction of the highway connecting
the northern and southern parts of Artsakh. A
40-kilometer section of the 165-km highway has
been already completed.
BODYGUARDS FOR VIP: According to the State
Officials Security bill the republic's President,
Prime Minister, Parliament Speaker and Constitutional
Court Chairman are to be given bodyguards. The
President is also given the right to decide who
else can be protected by the system, A1 Plus reported
Armenian National Assembly's Vice Speaker Vahan
Hovanisyan said that also the issue related to
a private bodyguards bill is now being worked
out. In his words, the number of bodyguards should
be restricted by the law.
NEW CLUB FOR JOURNALISTS: The reporters
accredited at the National Assembly may establish
a club of journalists, Yerkir online reported
September 27. The suggestion was made at the USAID
sponsored seminar September 27-28, under the "Armenia:
National Assembly Strengthening Project."
The seminar underscored that the journalists should
take active part in studying the State Budget
submitted to the National Assembly.
PLAYGROUND IN HOLY LAND: Grand Opening
ceremony was held on September 28 for children's
playground near the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin
in the city of Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin) ARMENPRESS
reported September 28.
The playground, built for the enjoyment of the
children of the city of Etchmiadzin, was financed
by the US philanthropists of Armenian origin Harold
and Josephine Gulameryans as well as the president
of the Gulameryan Fund Michael Aratunyan.
LITURGY FOR VICTIMS: The head of the Armenian
Apostolic Church Catholicos Garegin II has ministered
a service for the victims of the terrorist act
of August 19 near the UN office in Baghdad, ITAR
TASS Agency Yerevan bureau reported September
28. The Catholicos denounced terrorism and said
that people of the earth must fight against the
universal evil together. That unity would be the
best way to commemorate the dead, he said.
STATISTICS ON UNEMPLOYMENT ISSUES: Armenian
national employment center said the unemployment
level across the country dropped by one percent
by September 1, standing at 8.8 percent.
As ARMENPRESS reported September 29 over 150,000
people applied to regional employment centers
by September 1 to seek jobs, seventy percent of
which were women. Since the beginning of the year
regional employment centers found jobs for 5,000
people. By September 1 more than 7,000 unemployed
received unemployment benefits and another 13,000
one time money assistance.
ARMENTEL MONOPOLY IS QUESTIONABLE: The
Armenian Government intends to make a decision
within 30-40 days on depriving ArmenTel, the tele-communication
monopolist in Armenia, of monopoly, ARMINFO reported
September 29. Within this period of time, draft
amendments to the license granting ArmenTel monopoly
rights will be prepared. The Government intends
to limit the monopoly for Internet access and
cellular communication and release data transmission
POOR LEGISLATION HINDERS INVESTMENTS: Armenia
still remains a risky zone for European businessmen
to invest money, the members of the Union of European
Commercial Companies in Armenia acting as a Chamber
of Commerce told in a news conference September
30. ARMENPRESS reported that the head of the Union
said that Armenian legislation does not yet conform
with the European standards, creating extra problems
for businessmen. A string of red tape problems
mainly in customs and tax areas hinders favorable
investment in Armenia.
NATO SAYS NO: NATO may not and will not
claim for the leading role in the settlement of
conflicts in South Caucasus region, said Simone
de Manso from the NATO Department of Public Diplomacy
at the international conference on South Caucasus:
Regional Security and Stability. ARKA quoted October
1 Simone de Manso who said that the currently
frozen conflicts may not be resolved without the
major negotiators, such as Russia. As to the security
in the region, she thinks that it should be built
together with neighbors.
NEW SURVEY, UNHAPPY RESULTS: According
to World Values Survey, the Armenians are one
of the unhappiest nations in the world. BBC TV
and Radio Company reports that the monitoring
of life contentment is conducted among the citizens
of 65 countries every 4 years, and Armenia, Russia
and Romania ranked the last on the list, according
to the survey of 2003.
ARKA agency reported October 2 that the survey
traces the social-cultural and political changes
in the countries and their impact on the population.
The happiest people live in Nigeria, the population
of the U.S. ranks 16th, Australia is 20th and
Great Britain is 24th.
KHACHKARS ISSUES AT UNESCO: Armenian Foreign
Minister Vardan Oskanian drew the attention of
the UNESCO to the fact of Armenian historic monuments'
destruction in Nakhichevan region of Azerbaijan.
As Armenian Foreign Ministry's report says Oskanyan
announced at the 32nd General Conference in Paris
that "the Armenian population of Nakhichevan
was decreasing sharply in the course of the 20th
century, and Azerbaijan managed to oust completely
the Armenians from the region."