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The Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, on Monday commenced his big press conference in Vanadzor by announcing the 100 new facts recorded by the government. We already presented the first part of these facts. Below is the second part of these facts.

Construction works on half-built residential houses for the families left homeless as a result of the 1988 earthquake are underway in rural areas of Lori Province.

According to the government’s decision, the housing issues for 100 families have been resolved through donations dormitories spaces.

The government has approved a bill to raise the threshold for minimum wage.

In July, the Teghut copper and molybdenum mine started activities toward resuming operations, and, in parallel, ordering additional study on the strength of its tailing dam.

“Shady dealings” have substantially reduced in health care

As of July 1, approximately 400 medical drugs are provided free of charge to numerous beneficiary families.

From July, hospital care and services for children under 18 years of age are provided within the framework of the state funding.

Market prices for the coronary stent procedure continue to fall in Armenia.

As of September 2019, a total of 36 preschools and kindergartens have opened, with approximately 1,250 children attending. Also, 162 schools are being renovated.

More than AMD 1 billion have been allocated for the acquisition of intellectual equipment and making of capital investments in culture.

New specialties are being introduced in Armenia’s colleges—and as a result of collaboration between the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, and businessmen.

Attendance to Armenia’s museums and theaters—and theatrical companies—has increased by 31% and 41%, respectively, in the first six months of 2019.

The project to build small football stadiums has begun this year in Armenia’s provinces.

During 2019, relevant authorities have carried out inspections at metal mines, forestry and specially protected areas,

AMD 429,094,016 in fines for environmental damage have entered the state budget so far this year.

Stricter penalties are foreseen for illegal logging and destroying vegetation in forests.

The pilot program on forest preservation through modern technologies has kicked off in Armenia.

As of September 2019, water release—for irrigation proposes—from Lake Sevan was 53 million cubic meters less, and 17 million cubic meters more water was transported to the lake, as compared with the previous year. Also, the water level at Lake Sevan is 3 centimeters higher, as of this day last year.

The revenues and expenditures of capital city Yerevan’s budget have increased by 50% in 2019, as compared with 2018.

The Yerevan Municipality’s waste disposal and sanitation facility has been established.

AMD 500 million have been allocated from the Yerevan city budget for the implementation of the “public budget” concept.

The number of paramedics has increased in Armenia.

A company has been established toward rendering stray animals ineffective in Yerevan.

A total of 28 streets of Yerevan are lit by energy saving lamps. The upgrading of other streets’ lighting is in progress.

The Department of Corruption and Crimes Against Economic Activity has assessed the damages caused to the state by crime and their restoration. As a result, the damages caused to the state in 219 criminal cases amounted to AMD 25.7 billion, of which AMD 8.99 billion were recovered.

Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs has saved AMD 3․8 billion in pensions and benefits in first half of 2019.

In 2019, the Committee of Real Estate Cadaster will return about AMD 1 billion to the state budget, and this exceeds the total amount of the previous five years and constitutes about 25% of the annual budget of this system.

There are numerous women in top public service positions.

The composition of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) has been substantially renewed, and a new SJC chairman has been elected.

The single online alert platform, www.azdararir.am, was launched on May 21.

The government has approved a draft amendment to the Criminal Code that will criminalize criminal subculture and its members.

The tariffs for roaming services provided by operators in Artsakh and Armenia shall be semiannually reduced, from January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021.

With funding by the government of Armenia, the “Union of Informed Citizens” NGO and the Transparency International Anticorruption Center have carried out an observation mission during the local government elections in Artsakh, and this significantly increased the people of Artsakh’s trust elections.

On August 5, an unprecedented rally was held in the capital city of Artsakh, Stepanakert, during which Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan presented the conceptual idea of “pan-Armenianism.”

By the mediation of the authorities of Armenia, the title of Artsakh Hero was awarded to Karabakh War veteran Leonid Azgaldyan, the person behind of the phrase, “Artsakh is Armenia—period!”

The negative balance of Armenia’s border crossings has fallen 32 times, or by 96.9%, in the first half of 2019, as compared with the first half of 2015.

As part of the 2019 Action Plan, the European Union assistance to Armenia has increased by €25 million.

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