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Ethiopia Commemorates Martyr’s Day

Martyrs-day-celebratedFebruary 20, 2017 - Ethiopia commemorates the thousands of Ethiopians massacred by the troops of fascist Italy 80 years ago following the attempted assassination on Marshal Rodolfo Graziani., according to ENA

The 80th anniversary of Martyr’s Day featured laying of wreaths in memory of the dead at the Martyr’s Monument attended by patriots and a huge crowd of people.  

The Martyrs’ Day commemorates Ethiopians indiscriminately massacred by the Italian occupation forces following an attempted assassination on Marshal Rodolfo Graziani.

Estimates show that as many as 30,000 Ethiopians were killed during t

Leading Historian, Friend of Ethiopia Richard Pankhurst Passes Away

Richard-Pankhurst-diesFebruary 16, 2017 - Ethiopia is mourning one of its greatest historians, Dr Richard Pankhurst, who died at the age of 90, according to media reports.

The country’s Foreign Ministry in a statement referred to Pankhurst as a ‘‘doyen of historians and scholars of Ethiopia,’‘ it added that he ‘‘was one of Ethiopia’s greatest friends during his long and productive life, and his scholarship and understanding for Ethiopia will be sorely missed.’‘

He received an award of recognition from President Teshome Mulatu for the crucial role he played in the campaign for the return of a histori

Preparations Finalized to Celebrate Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

6th-GERD-celebrationFebruary 15, 2017 - Preparation has been finalized to celebrate the 6th anniversary of the commencement of the construction of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) with different fund raising programs, Office of the National Council for for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of the Dam said, according to ENA.

In connection with the anniversary, 11 types of fund raising programs will be implemented, Fikirte Tamr, deputy director general of the office told ENA.

Since the launch of the project, the public has been supporting the construction of the dam through labor, knowledge and financial support. 

Metered Taxis Service Starts in Addis Ababa

Metered-taxi-starts-addis-ababaFebruary 8, 2017 - Addis Ababa City Transport Authority yesterday announced that new meter taxis fare rate would take effect as of today, according to FBC.

According to the Authority, the fare of four-seat meter taxis is 10 Birr per kilometer while 13 Birr for seven-seat taxis per kilometer.

Authority Communication Officer Mitiku Gebisa, told EPA that the rate would be effective up until 10 PM local time. Beginning from 10:01 onward, the rate will increase by 50 per cent, meaning, for instance, the 10 Birr fare will increase to 15 Birr, he added.

Mitiku also said that fare calculator software, which issues

United Nations to Plant One Million Trees in Ethiopia

UN-plant-million-trees-ethiopiaFebruary 8, 2017 - United Nations plans to plant one million trees in Ethiopia to fight deforestation around camps hosting hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese refugees who rely almost entirely on wood for fuel, a United Nations agency said on Wednesday, according to Reuters report.

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said the trees would be planted on 150 hectares of land in Ethiopia's western Gambella region to meet the growing refugee population's demand for energy.

Almost 300,000 people, mostly women and children, have found shelter in Ethiopia since conflict erupted in South S

Ethiopia Working on Safe Return of Kidnapped Children

Ethiopia-working-on-safe-return-of-childrenFebruary 3, 2017 - Ethiopia is working to ensure the safe return of 19 children kidnapped recently from Gambella Regional State by the Murle tribe of South Sudan, the Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) said, according to ENA.

At a press briefing he gave this afternoon, GCAO Minister Dr. Negeri Lencho said this occured in the middle of the effort Ethiopia has been exerting to ensure the return of its remaining 60 children of the 151 children kidnapped last year by the same group.

According to Dr. Negeri, the government has been training 1,500 militias to patrol the border frequentl

More Than 5 Million Ethiopian in Need of Urgent Aid - Report

5million-ethiopians-need-aidJanuary 28, 2017 - Ethiopian authorities say 5.6 million people are in need of urgent aid, according to AP report. Reporters witnessed carcasses of goats and sheep litter the ground near the airstrip in this remote eastern Somale region of Ethiopia.

U.N. humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien visited a local camp for displaced persons on Saturday, saying that "these people are really struggling to survive." He cautioned, however, against "dramatizing by saying this may degenerate into famine."

Last year's drought, exacerbated by the El Nino climate phenomenon that affected seasonal rains, left 10

Ethiopia Prepares to Celebrate 6th Anniversary of GERD

Ethiopia-prepares-to-celebrate-GERDJanuary 19, 2017 - The Office of the National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam said that preparations to mark the 6th anniversary Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD) foundation stone laid is underway, according to Walta.

In his exclusive interview with WIC, Public Relations Head with the Council, Hailu Abrham, said that the day will be marked under the objective of scaling up the national conciseness and generating much more money.

Beauty contest, exhibitions, talk show, drawing competitions with children cat

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

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