THERE ARE FLAWS IN PUBLIC SERVICES REGULATORY COMMISSION'S ACTIVITIES - ARMENIA'S HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER
- YEREVAN. - Armenian Ombudsman Karen Andreasyan has issued an evaluation of the Public Services Regulatory Commission activities for 2011.
The assessment is as follows:
Shortcomings and problems identified
• Though in 2011 new rates were prescribed by the Commission for the services, however, the list of rates- approved by N340 N decision made by the Commission on 24 August, 2007 and also by decision N530 N on 16 November, 2007 - has not been complied with the list of services subject to rate regulation - approved by decision N273 made on 20th May, 2008.
• In the sphere of wireless telephony, in certain cases, the service company did not provide equal facilities for the population.
• The society has not been properly aware of handling of disputes on electric power fluctuations or outages and the Commission's powers on resolution of such problems.
• Lack of alternative laboratories (basically inspection of gas and electricity meters) caused distrust of the population towards reliability of metering devices test results. The Commission has not raised the problems.
• The problem of twenty-four-hour water supply is still topical.
• The Commission has provided free "short" telephone numbers to 19 public bodies and organizations (ESM, HRDO and etc.).
• In 2011 the Commission reconsidered tariffs for drinking water and made a decision to reduce the tariff in 8 AMD.
• Certain changes have been made -in electric energy supply and utilization rules, as well as in fees of new consumer or the consumer's reconstructed consumption system accession to electrical network- according to decisions made during the session of the RA Public Services Regulatory Commission, held on 7 December, 2011. Prepayment dimensions of installation of single-phase and three-phase electronic multi-tariff meters have been reduced according to decisions made by the Commission.
• The Republic of Armenia is the fifth in the world, which has invested 4G wireless Internet network (LTE).
- 554 The Ecclesiastic Assembly in Dvin condemns the Chalcedonian Creed and irrevocably breaks off its relations with the Byzantine "Universal" Church.
- 1001 The architect Trdat, finished the construction of the Main Church of Ani.
- 1592 Birth of Nahapet Koochak. He was Armenia's first troubadour.
- 1827 The first Armenian voluntary brigade was formed in Tbilissi (Georgia).
- 1899 Birth of benefactor Calouste Gulbenkian in Constantinople. He was a Petroleum Engineer. He founded the Petroleum Benevolent Union in Turkey. In 1930, he was voted President of the Armenian General Benevolent Union. Calouste Gulbenkian died in July 1955 in Lisbon.
- 1912 Death of Gabriel Soondookyan (playwright) in Tbilissi (Georgia). He was born in 1825.
- 1914 The Armenian History and Archeology Association is created in Tbilissi (Georgia).
- 1918 Birth of Charles Hrach Papaz, Armenian-American radiophysicist, member of the American Physics and Mathematics Associations and the Electronic Engineers Institute. He is an overseas member of the Armenian National Academy of Science.
- 1921 The first Armenian Art House opened in Tbilissi. It was called after the great writer, Vahan Terian. The president was another great writer, Hovhannes Toomanian.
- 1971 Death of famous actor of the roles of Zimzimov, Iago and Nazar the Brave, Avet Avetisian (Voskanyan).
- 1992 Azeri Turk forces attack Stepanakert from Shooshee, Ghaybalu, Janhasan and Kiosalar. They are defeated and thrown back.