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Half of Ethiopia’s Youth Chew Khat (Chat) – NY Times

Half-Ethiopian-Youth-chew-KhatJuly 23, 2017 - Ethiopian authorities stated that about half of Ethiopia’s youth are thought to chew Khat, according to New York Times report.  The Ethiopian government is worried that the habit could derail its plans to transform Ethiopia into a middle-income country in less than a decade ― a national undertaking that will require an army of young, capable workers, it says. Officials consider the problem an epidemic in all but name.

Khat is legal and remains so mainly because it is a big source of revenue for the government. But there are mounting concerns about its widespread use.

As many as 1.2 million acres of land are thou

Ethiopia Slashes Child Malnutrition - UNICEF

Ethiopia-reduces-child-malnutritionJuly 20, 2017 - Ethiopia reduced child malnutrition for children aged 6 to 23 months, according to the United Nations International Children's and Emergency Fund (UNICEF) report. The malnutrition rate went down to 38 percent in 2016 from 58 percent in 2000.

A study conducted by UNICEF, shows an estimated 5.7 million children are stunted in Ethiopia due to the combined effects of poor malnutrition, repeated infection and inadequate psychosocial stimulation.

Speaking on the subject, Ephrem Tekle Director of Maternal and Child Health at the Ethiopian Ministry of Health said that the period from 6-8 months when ch

Addis Ababa City Transfers 972 Newly Built Condominium Houses

Condominiums-transferred-Addis-AbabaJuly 9, 2017 - Addis Ababa City transferred 972 condominium houses built under the 40/60 housing program to beneficiaries in a lottery draw held at Addis Ababa municipality meeting hall. As part of its development programs, for the past 10 years the Ethiopian government has been availing savings to purchase condominium houses for its citizens.

The new houses are of four, three and two bedrooms and were built at places commonly known as Sengatera and Kaliti Crown Hotel.  About 11, 088 people who have paid the full amount (100%) of the houses 18 months ago were included in the yesterday’s lottery

Ethiopia to Tighten Rules for Smokers

Smoking-ban-EthiopiaJuly 8, 2017 - The Ethiopian Federal attorney general disclosed that a new, tighter anti-smoking proclamation has been drafted. In 2014, Ethiopia introduced a directive which prohibited public smoking. However, the new proclamation is different from the directive of public smoking ban ratified by parliament back in 2014, according to Belayehun Yerga, Law drafting studies and inculcation director at the Ethiopian federal attorney general office. The new smoking ban proclamation will be presented for approval by parliament next year.

Some of the highest smoking rates are now seen in the developing world, according to the JAMA report from the Univ

Axum Obelisk to Get Renovated with 2 Million Euros

Axum-Oblesik-to-get-renovatedMay 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

Ethiopia-drought-2017May 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

Drought-affected-people-revised-upApril 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

Former-Hostess-Murdered-BoleApril 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

Amhara-state-building-museumApril 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. 

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Diaspora Housing Scheme Stalled for Lack of Land - FM

Ethiopian-FMApril 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

Ethiopian-StudentsMarch 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

Donations-coming-to-dump-victimsMarch 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

40-60-condos-inauguratedMarch 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

State-funeral-called-Richard-PankhurstFebruary 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

Ethiopia-celebrates-timketJanuary 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

World-bank-grants-24mln-to-ethiopian-universitiesJanuary 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

National-reconciliation-ethiopiaJanuary 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

Abune-MathiasJanuary 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

40-60-housing-ready-for-transferDecember 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

Et-AmharaDecember 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

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