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Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Torch to Tour Country

GERD-TorchMarch 27, 2017 - PM Hailemariam Desalegne lit a symbolic Grand Renaissance Torch on Sunday in Addis Ababa, according to ENA. The torch was handed over to Addis Ababa City Administration where it will stay for one month and will tour across the country for the coming 11 months, according to the report.

The renaissance torch aimed at enhancing the public mobilization for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will help to revitalize the public's support with new spirit, said Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

After lighting the torch, Hailemariam said that the public's contribution for the project was 'tremendous' since

As Toll Rises from Ethiopian Garbage Dump Collapse, Survivors Ask Why - NYT

Koshe-dump-disaster-why?March 23, 2017 - According to the latest government estimate, at least 113 people, were killed when part of the Repi landfill in the southwest of Ethiopia’s capital collapsed, according to the New York Times. In the days since, grieving survivors have been tormented by a pressing question: Could this tragedy have been prevented?

“We don’t know how such a thing could happen,” a weeping Ms. Hanna said. “Hopefully, someone can tell us and find a solution for the future. I hope this can be a lesson for the government, and that they remember us.”

The disaster is at odds with the image Ethiopia wants

Ethiopian to Host International Aviation Symposium

Internation-Aviation-Symposium-Addis-AbabaMarch 14, 2017 - Ethiopian Airlines will host the 4th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Global Aviation Training and Training Plus Symposium April 11-13, 2017 in Addis Ababa, according to Walta.

CEO of Ethiopian, Tewolde Geberemariam, in his briefings to journalists, said that the symposium is the first in Africa of its kind and will be marked under the theme “Together, Enhancing Training to Build Capacity”.

The new cargo terminal will also be inaugurated during the symposium days he said; adding that this Cargo terminal is the largest and most modern in Afri

Ethiopia Celebrates International Women's Day

International-Women-DayMarch 8, 2017 - Ethiopia celebrated the International Women's Day for the 41st time today with various programs, including the panel discussion held at the Prime Minister office, according to FBC.

During a discussion held with representatives of women’s drawn from a wide cross section of the society, Prime Minister Hailemariam said the government will give due focus towards supporting the all round efforts of women.

Ethiopia potential for growth is immense if all, including the government and women, are able to do their parts, he added.

As part of the efforts to increase productivity of women, the government

Great Run Planned to Commemorate Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Project

Great-Ethiopian-RunMarch 3, 2017 - Great run is planned to commemorate the 6th year anniversary of laying the foundation for the construction of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and the 41st International Women’s Day is scheduled for Suday.

Public Relation Directorate Director of GERD Public Participation and Mobilization National Council, Hailu Abraham, told WIC that the mass run is expected to participate more than 650 thousand people.

The 6 kilometers long run commences at the Meskel Square, goes through areas known as Bunanashayi, Genet Hotel, Kiera, Gotera, Lanchia, Meshualekia and lasts at Meskel square.

The event

Ethiopia Plans to Make Adwa Mountains Top Tourism Destination

Battle-of-Adwa-mountainsMarch 2, 2017 - Ethiopia plans to make the chain of mountains on which the battle of Adwa was fought and won top tourism destination, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said, according to ENA.

Building pan African university and museum are also among the planned projects, the Ministry said.

In an exclusive interview with ENA, Public and International Relations Director at the Ministry, Gezahegn Abate said that since it is a historic battle ground related to the identity of the peoples of Ethiopia, a memorial and museum should be prepared.

The victory of Adwa was a historical demonstration of the national identit

No Change in US Visa Rules for Ethiopians - Embassy Official

No-Rule-Change-US-Embassy-OfficialFebruary 28, 2017 - The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa said Ethiopians can apply for visas as usual, according to FBC.  No changes have been made on visa application processes under the Executive Order 13769 for Ethiopian applicants, the Embassy told FBC today.

“Things are as they were before the Executive Order,” said Chase Thompson, Visa Section Vice Consul at the Embassy of the United States of America in Addis Ababa.

According to the Vice Consul, there is small change in visa interview waiver program, which has limited the time frame for those individuals who seek to do an interview waiver pro

Professor Pankhurst Laid to Rest at Holy Trinity Addis Ababa

Richard-Pankhurst-laid-to-restFebruary 21, 2017 - Professor Richard Pankhurst, the prominent historian and researcher on Ethiopia, was laid to rest at the Saint Trinity Cathedral today, according to ENA.

President Mulatu Teshome and other senior government officials as well as grieving family members and relatives of the scholar were present at the funeral.

Professor Richard Pankhurst was born in London in 1927 and earned a BSc. in Economic History and a PhD in Political Science.

He was involved with his mother, Sylvia Pankhurst, in the campaign against the fascist occupation of Ethiopia and participated with her in demonstra

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.

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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

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