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Hand Grenade Kills One at Recreational Center in North Gonder

Hand-grenade-gonderJanuary 11, 2017 - Hand grenade thrown yesterday night at a recreational place in north Gondar zone, Amhara Regional State, killed one person.

Some 11 people were also injured in the attack carried out by unknown individuals on Entasol hotel at a place commonly known as kebele 18 (district), Commander Assefa Ashebe, head of police department of Gondar town told FBC.

Those wounded in the attack were receiving medical care at Gondar Referral Hospital, he said.

Police have continued searching for the attackers, he said.

“The attack might be a new tactic started by anti-peace forces as the strategy they

Drought Affected People in Ethiopia Drops by 44 Percent

drought-affected-dropsJanuary  03, 2017 - The number of people affected by the drought and who seek humanitarian aid has dropped to 5.6 million from the previous 10.2 million last year, showing a 44 percent decline, the National Disaster Risk Management Commission disclosed, according to ENA.

The Commissioner, Mitiku Kassa said a recent drought assessment conducted on 54 zones in nine regional states, indicate the reduction in the number of affected people.

The marked reduction in the number of affected people is attributed to the proper and timely rains that many areas of the country get during the main rainy season.

The proper and timely rains h

Ethiopian Court Sentences 20 People for Trying to Establish Islamic State

Ethiopian-court-sentences-20-muslims-shariaJanuary 3, 2017 - The Federal High Court 19th Criminal Bench has sentenced 20 people for up to five years and six months in prison for trying to establish Islamic state.

The Bench passed guilty verdicts on December 26, 2016 on the 20 people, including first, second and third defendants, Kedir Mohammed, Nezif Temam and Fuad Abdilkadir, respectively.

According to the charge sheets, the accused participated in criminal activities, agreed to conduct criminal strike as well as tried to establish Islamic state.

They also attempted to free jailed members of the 'Dimtsachin Yisema' (let our voices be heard) m

Bole Flight Congestions Raising Serious Concerns to Operators

Airport_CongestionNovember 28, 2016 - Due to the increasing air traffic the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport’s runway is being congested stifling the operation of pilot training schools and charter flight operations, according to the Reporter.

At a consultative meeting organized by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA) yesterday at  Harmony Hote,l director of ECAA, Wossenyeleh Hunegnaw (Col.), disclosed that the national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, is growing fast and the authority is trying to match the growth of the airline. Wossenyeleh said that the airline is acquiring new fleet and increasing flight frequencies. “There are also ch

38 Prison Inmates Charged Over Prison Fire at Kilinto

Kilinto_PrisonNovember 24, 2016 - Ethiopia Charged 38 inmates over deadly Kilinto prison fire, according to media reports. At least 38 prisoners have been charged in an Ethiopian court with causing a fire that killed dozens of fellow inmates in September.

Ethiopian authorities say more than 20 inmates died when fire broke out at the Kilinto prison, on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa.

The 38 are also accused of trying to recruit inmates for banned groups.

Details of what exactly caused the fire at the prison in early September remain scarce.

At the time, the prison was holding hundreds of anti-government protesters and some prominent opposi

Ethiopian Government Signs Peace Accord with Unity Patriots Front

Ethiopia signs peace accord with rebelsNovember 4, 2016 - A peace agreement has been signed between the government of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Unity Patriots Front (EUPF).

The Front that has been in armed struggle agreed to abide by the constitution, operate peacefully and stand for the benefit of the county.

The Front inked an 8-point peace agreement with the Ethiopian government following the successive discussions both sides held since 2004 E.C.

Minister of Defense, Siraj Fegessa, said various organizations that have been in armed struggle against the government are entering into peaceful activities and EUPF is one of them.

The government is

Addis Ababa Finds 101 Hectares of Unregistered Land

Addis Ababa City

October 30, 2016 - The Addis Ababa City Government Land Holding Registration and Information Agency announced unregistered land in 230 places in the 10 sub cities of Addis Ababa measuring 101 hectares, according to Capital.

According to the agency the unregistered land is neither occupied by the government or any individuals.

Gifawossen Desissa Director of the agency said during a meeting organized by Fana Broadcasting Corporate on October 27, that the land will be put in to the City Land Bank.

“We will register the land properly and transfer it either for development or to sell it through an auction,” he said.

In Ethiopia’s war against social media, the truth is the main casualty

Is truth the casualityOctober 16, 2016 - The annual U.N. General Assembly meeting provides an unparalleled opportunity for world leaders to take to the bully pulpit of the U.N. chamber and trumpet their country’s achievements or slam their enemies.

Last month, presidents, kings and prime ministers talked about the dangers of climate change, progress made in development goals, the threats of terrorism or their responses to the global immigration crisis. But when Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn took the podium Sept. 21, the global challenge he had in mind was perhaps unexpected: social media.

There were many other things he coul

Shock and Grief as California Woman Mourned

American researcher killed in Ethiopia

October 8, 2016 -- An American researcher killed in a rock attack by protesters in Ethiopia this week was a talented scientist with a bright future, family members and mentors said Thursday.

 

Sharon Gray, 31, was a leader in the study of how climate change affects plants, said Savithramma Dinesh-Kumar, chairman of Gray’s plant biology department at the University of California, Davis.

 

“She’s really an always-s

40/60 Housing Registration to Start Soon

By Seble Teweldebirhan

Ethiopian CondosAddis Ababa, June 13, 2013 (Ezega.com) - Addis Ababa City Administration and Commercial Bank of Ethiopia in a joint press conference held this week on Tuesday announced that Addis Ababa has finalized preparations to register over 1.3 million house seekers.

Excessive Hotel Rates Annoy Foreign Diplomats

Excessive hotel ratesMay 28, 2013 - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs for some some six month now has been consulting with hotels and restaurants not to make a sudden price increase for their services in relation to the 50th anniversary of the Organization of African Unity/African Union (AU), according to the Reporter. Unfortunately, many did increase the regular prices fourfold or more on average and quite a number of them are making millions of dollars in just about a week. 

Th

Privatization Effort to Sell Ghion Hotel Fails Once Again

Ghion HotelApril 26, 2013 - The privatization bid for the biggest state-owned hotel, Ghion Hotel Enterprise, once again failed to attract interested buyers on the bid opening day held on Friday, reports Capital. Even though the bid opening was expected to be well attended by parties interested in the acquisition of the hotel, no bid documents were submitted for Ghion when the sealed box was opened in the bid hall of the Privatization and Public Enterprises Supervising Agency (PPESA).

According to the information obtained from the agency, the document for the hotel bid was sold to interested bi

Coca Cola Launches Replenish Africa Initiative

CocaColaApril 17, 2013 - The Coca Cola Africa Foundation announced on Friday the launch of Replenish Africa Initiative’s (RAIN) Multiple Use Water Improvements project, reports Capital.

It is stated that the program will support water supply improvements and multiple uses of water. It will work on improving water access, sanitation and hygiene in schools, institutions and households.

It will also work on empowering women in water related entrepreneurship in seven rural Woredas in three Ethiopian regions.  The project tha

First Armless Pilot Visits Ethiopia

Armless PilotApril 11, 2013 - Jessica Cox, the first armless person to earn a pilot’s license, visited Ethiopia as part of Handicap International’s efforts to foster inclusion of children with disabilities in schools which are supported by USAID, according to Capital.

It was stated that the aim of the visit was to speak and interact with children with disabilities and their peers and show Ethiopians the great potential for achievement within people with disabilities if they are encouraged to attend school.

During her visit Jessica spoke to more

Ethiopia Mourns the Passing of His Holiness Abune Paulos

By Seble Teweledbirhan

 

Abune Paulos passes awayAddis Ababa, August 16, 2012 (Ezega.com) - His Holiness the 5th Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Abune Paulos has passed away this morning at the age of 77. The pope was hospitalized last wee

Thousands Displaced in Ethnic Clashes Near Kenyan Border

Thousands displaced in ethnic clashesJuly 29, 2012 - 18 people are killed and thousands of people displaced as ethnic clashes over land rights in southern Ethiopia, near the Kenyan border, the Kenyan Red Cross has said according to Al Jazeera. Two police officers are reportedly killed in the fighting.

Members of the Borana and Garri groups clashed around the town of Moyale, which is on Ethiopia's border with Kenya. "Garris have been settled into the disputed lands that Boranas claim ownership of," the Red Cross

How Challenging Is the Journalism Profession in Ethiopia?

By Seble Teweldebirhan

 

Media in EthiopiaAddis Ababa, April 29, 2012 (Ezega.com) – Journalism is a tough profession in Ethiopia. When I say this, people might go to the obvious and assume the difficulties of journalism, which is demanding, risky and the like, or presume the repression of the media, which Ethiopia is known for. However, sometimes the everyday challenges of journalism in Ethiopia take differen

The Legacy of the Battle of Adwa

By Meron Tekleberhan

 

Adwa BattleAddis Ababa, March 4, 2012 (Ezega.com) - The one hundred and sixteenth anniversary of the victory of the Battle of Adwa was celebrated on the 2nd of March in Ethiopia.

116th Anniversay of Adwa Victory Celebrated (Callously)

By Seble Teweldebirhan

 

Adwa - an African VictoryAddis Ababa, March 3, 2012 (Ezega.com) - The victory of Adwa is one of the few defining moments in Ethiopian history. It is an Ethiopian version of a story of the biblical chronicle of David Vs Goliath story. 116 years back, Ethiopia was a country whose existence was hardly known by the rest of the world. While declaring a war after Italian aggression, Men

Al Amoudi's Net Worth Increased by USD 2.3 Billion This Year

Al AmoudiMarch 1, 2012 - Ethiopian-Born Saudi business tycoon Mohammed Al Amoudi has been ranked the 63rd wealthiest person in the world according to Forbes Magazine with total assets of 12.3 billion dollars and as reported by Capital.

He is the world’s second richest black person, trailing only the Nigerian Business Mogul Aliko Dangote who has USD 13.8 billion through his sugar, flour and cement empires.

Al- Amoudi a married father of eight increased his fortune by an impressive USD 2.3 billion this year.

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