| Axum Obelisk to Get Renovated with 2 Million Euros
May 16, 2017 - The 24 meter high Axum Obelisk will soon get renovated according to ENA report. An agreement was signed yesterday at Axum town between the Ethiopian government Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritages, a local company called MH Engineering, and an Italian consultant Studio Croci.
Authority Director-General, Yonas Desta, said the renovation of the obelisk is necessary because the device fitted on the obelisk to absorb shock has failed due to age, sun light and rain.
The Government of Ethiopia has allocated 2 million Euros for the renovation of the obelisk which is expected to be&n
| Resource Depleted, Ethiopia Faces Killer Drought - Report
May 2, 2017 - The announcement by the United Nations in March that 20 million people in four countries were teetering on the edge of famine stunned the world due to the breadth of the humanitarian crisis faced by so many in 2017, reports the Washington Post.
Yet even as donors struggle to meet the severe needs in the war-torn nations of Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen, another crisis, more environmental in nature, is taking place nearby — nearly unnoticed, according to the report.
On Thursday, the Ethiopian government increased its count of the number of people requiring emergency food aid from 5.6 million to 7.7 millio
| Ethiopia Revises Up People in Need of Food Aid to 7.7M
April 27, 2017 - The number of people in need of emergency food aid has increased to more than 7 million, according to the National Disaster Risk Management Commission, reports FBC.
The number of people requiring aid at the beginning of 2017 decreased to 5.6 million people from 10.2 million people in 2016.
However, it increased to more than 7.7 million now, according to Abebe Zewdie, public relations director of the commission.
The increase is mainly attributable to the drought occurred in some lowland areas of Oromia, Amhara and SNNP regional states as well as due to lower Meher production than e
| Former Ethiopian Airliness Hostess Murdered by Her Maid in Bole
April 15, 2017 - Hewan Sahle Argaw, a 29-year old graduate of Assay Public School and a former Ethiopian airlines hostess, was murdered by her maid last week, according to the Reporter. The six-month old bride and an expectant mother was allegedly murdered by her maid on Thursday, April 6, 2017.
The maid is said to have surrendered and, according to the Addis Ababa Police, she has confessed to the crime. According to her friends, Hewan was hit with a sharp object, thrown over stairs and sustained heavy burn over half of her body.
The maid was said to have made frantic calls to f
| Amhara State Building 900M Birr Museum in Bahir Dar
April 13, 2017 - A cornerstone was laid to build Amhara People Museum at a cost of 900 million birr at the regional city Bahirdar., according to ENA
Amhara State Chief Administrator, Gedu Andargachew laid the cornerstone today.
Culture and Tourism Bureau Head, Dr. Hirut Kasaw said the museum will accommodate the history, culture, heritages as well as others treasures.
The first draft of the design of the museum that rests on 15,650 square meters is finalized, she said.
The construction of the Amhara People Museum that begins next Ethiopian year will be finalized within five years.
| Diaspora Housing Scheme Stalled for Lack of Land - FM
April 9, 2017 - The Diaspora Housing Scheme, which the government has offered to Ethiopians in the diaspora, was unable to proceed further due to the Addis Ababa City Administration’s failure to provide plots for the construction of the proposed houses, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said on Tuesday, according to the Reporter.
The scheme, which is more than two and a half years since its inception, is said to have attracted tens of thousands who have shown strong interest by registering through their respective embassies and consulates.
Minister of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Workneh Gebeyehu (PhD) appeared before the House of Peoples’
| Ethiopian Agency Tables New Directive to Regulate Higher Education Institutions
March 19, 2017 - Higher Education Relevance Quality Agency (HERQA) is discussing with private higher education institutions to introduce a new directive which will regulate them and possibly penalize them in case of breaches, according to the Reporter.
The directive, which was prepared by the Agency last year, was tabled to stakeholders including owners, presidents and associations of private higher education institutions for a final discussion. The discussion was meant to receive comments regarding the directive.
“Once we receive comments from the interested parties we will take them into consideration,” Tarekgne Geressu, comm
| Over 45 Million Birr Pledged to Help Rubbish Dump Victims
March 17, 2017 - Donation for rehabilitating victims of the rubbish landslide here in the capital city has gained momentum, according to ENA.
Among the 3 organizations that extended assistance today, MIDROC sister companies contributed forty million birr.
Oromia Regional Government donated 5 million birr and Ethiopian Full Gospel Church 150,000 birr.
The donors have also extended their condolences over the death of citizens.
They further expressed their commitment to stand with the government in all its efforts to rehabilitate the victims.
Representatives of the organizations handed over t
| Addis Ababa: First Batch of 40/60 Condominiums Inaugurated
March 11, 2017 - The first batch of 40/60 condominium houses built in two sites in Addis Ababa under the 40/60 housing program inaugurated today, according to ENA.
The 1,292 condominium houses are part of more than 39,000 condominium houses being built in 13 sites in Addis Ababa.
The project known as the 40/60 housing program is part of the government's initiative in developing condominium houses so as to ease housing shortages in the capital and major towns.
These types of condominium houses will be transferred to beneficiaries who saved 40 percent of the cost of the houses.
The houses expected to be transfer
| Ethiopians Call for State Funeral for Richard Pankhurst
February 17, 2017 - Ethiopians yesterday called for a state funeral to be bestowed on Richard Pankhurst, according to the Telegraph.
Officials, writers, academics and scores of ordinary Ethiopians issued sorrowful tributes to a man whose legacy was so significant and so varied many struggled to encapsulate it.
There was the academic: More than 20 books on Ethiopia, including its first ever economic history. There was the cultural, most notably with the establishment of Ethiopia’s first proper archive.
And, perhaps most significantly, there was the diplomatic, in the form of a dogged crusade for the retu
| Security High as Ethiopia Celebrates Timket
January 19, 2017 - Tensions are high in two of Ethiopia’s ‘protest cities’ – Bahir Dar and Gondar – as the Orthodox Church celebrates the Epiphany, known in local parlance as the Timket, reports Africa News. The event celebrates the occasion of the baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan.
The two cities, located in the north-west in the Amhara region, are famous for anti-government protests that led to deaths of hundreds of people last year. They have refused to be part of the event which starts Wednesday evening till Thursday evening.
Their refusal to openly celebrate is apparently over fears over a repeat of
| World Bank Grants USD 24mln for Two Ethiopian Universities
January 16, 2017 - The World Bank has granted a 24 million US dollars support for Addis Ababa and Haremaya universities to help them establish centers of excellence.
Both universities were selected to be East and South African centers of excellence after competing with other African universities.
Hence, Addis Ababa University (AAU) will open three and Haremaya University (HU) one center of excellence.
The World Bank provided 6 million US dollars for the establishment of each center.
In a related development, AAU and the European Union (EU) signed a memorandum of understand
| Conference on Peace and Development Opens in Addis Ababa
January 11, 2017 - A national consultative forum aimed at deliberating on peace and development kicked off here in Addis Ababa yesterday, according to FBC.
Organized by the Inter Religious Council of Ethiopia, the two-day forum will help come up with solutions for common challenges of peace and development.
Speaking at the event, Kassa Teklebirhan, Minister of Federal Affairs and Pastoral Area Development, said the government has continued conducting reform program to better respond for questions raised by the public.
The public have been taking active part in the reform program carried out so far, he said, further ca
| Religious Leaders Ask Ethiopians to Reflect on Peace and Development
January 6, 2017 - Ethiopian Christian Fathers urged their followers today to celebrate Christmas by reflecting on peace and development, according to ENA.
The Fathers of the various Christian denominations have extended their Christmas wishes to followers that celebrate the holiday tomorrow.
Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Abune Matias said the purpose of His incarnation is to bring peace and harmony.
The faithful should thus celebrate Christmas by reconciling people, supporting the weak and consulting one another, he added.
“Christ was born to abolish discord and hatred and replace lasting p
| Addis Ababa Finalizes Plans to Transfer 40/60 Condominiums
December 23, 2016 - Addis Ababa Saving Houses Development Enterprise said that preparations are finalized to transfer 1,292 houses under 40/60 housing scheme.
Communication work process head with the enterprise, Yohannes Abayeneh told WIC that preparations are finalized to transfer about 1, 292 houses recently from the total of 39, 229 houses under construction during the last three and half year.
According to Yohannes, houses of 40/60 housing scheme are under construction in 13 construction sites. The construction of 1,292 houses found in senga tera and crown sites were comp
| Amhara State Preparing Mobilization Forum to Boost Youth Employment
December 16, 2016 - The Amhara regional state has planned to prepare a mobilization forum for the engagement of more youth in various areas of employment. The forum is scheduled to be part of the strategy to create more than 800 thousand jobs in the region this year.
Chief administrator of the region is to chair the forum to take place in the weekend.
The forum is expected to help the region trace the drawbacks, success and failures witnessed in terms of creating employment in the region so far. Successful entrepreneurs are expected to share their experiences to others.
Belay Zeleke, Deputy Head of Technical and Vocational Enterprises Development Bure
| Active Public Participation Needed for Successful Reform - PM
December 8, 2016 - Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, in his speech at the 11th Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Day celebration held today at Harari town, said that the public should scale up the deep reform in a well comprehended, qualitative and active participation to realize Ethiopian renaissance.
The premier noted that Ethiopia has recorded a fast economic growth in the past 15 years, though there are shackles that need more effort to be exerted on.
The anti-peace elements motivated by chauvinism and extremism should be effectively prevented from derailing the leap forward the country has continued to make.
| Addis Ababa Slums Slowly Disappearing
October 30, 2016 - The Ethiopian government wants to do two things at once. Ridding the capital city of its slums, and providing housing for three million inhabitants of the capital, according to AFP report.
The main slums in Addis must become the business center of the Ethiopian capital, but slum dwellers do not like the idea. The municipal had given them a month to clear out of their homes and they have complained that they had been forcefully removed.
For the authorities however, whose objective is to raise Ethiopia among the middle-income countries by 2025 – a gross national income (GNI) per capita above $ 1,000 &n
| Where is Khat Taking Ethiopia?
By Seble Teweldebirhan
Addis Ababa, May 8, 2013 (Ezega.com) – From all the rulers that followed the Solomonic Dynasty in Ethiopia, Lij Iyasu, the grandson of Emperor Menelik II was a lot different. The young designated but uncrowned Emperor of Ethiopia (1913-16), who was supposed to be succeeding the throne of his grandfather by will, did not get to be the king for several
| Supporting the Ethiopian Family through Migration
By Seble Teweldebirhan
Addis Ababa, March 26, 2013 (Ezega.com) - Wherever they might be, Ethiopians, have a deep love and connection to their families. Even with all the faults and unnecessary responsibilities they carry, Ethiopians all over the world scarifice their time and money to support and change their families. In fact, supporting family in financial t