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  • Defendants in Bekele Gerba et al case petitions court to subpoena PM Hailemariam

    The defendants in the pending court case of Bekele Gerba et al has petitioned the Federal High Court to subpoena Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn to appear as witness after the PM failed to appear in court in spite of being issued with official court summon.

    Hailemariam was called as defense witness in the ongoing case involving the prominent Oromo opposition leader, Bekele Gerba, and many others included in the same charge. Hence, the court has issued summon for the PM during the last trial date to which the PM failed to respond.

    In fact, it was the Office of the Prime Minister that informed the court that the PM could not appear before court to be a witness in the aforementioned case since he is overburdened with heavy workload and very tight schedule.

    Hence, defendants requested the court today to serve the PM with subpoena and compel him to appear as witness in the high-profile case.



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  • Member organizations set to reinstate previous unity, says EPRDF

    Executive Committee of the Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has started reviewing the performances of the deep renewal program it began last year, according to a statement the committee sent to EBC Wednesday.

    As we speak, the statement says, Ethiopia is registering speedy economic leap for which the country is being acclaimed locally and globally.

    EPRDF also understands that issues pertinent to development, good governance and peace demand basic and lasting solutions.

    Our evaluations have, therefore, pinpointed typical manifestations of these issues and their underlying causes.

    Thus, the ruling party, as usual, is ready to successfully discharge the huge responsibility the nations have entrusted upon it. 

    EPRDF also takes notice that the conflicts which led to bloodshed and threats in the country are mainly attributable to weak spots in the leaderships of the organization.

    The committee underscores the need for a strong unity among the four EPRDF member organizations so as to maintain the ongoing rapid economic growth and democratization process.

    In accordance with the assessment it has carried out so far, the committee realizes that mistrust has been growing among them recently.

    After looking into the problem and based on in-depth discussion held on it, the member organizations have reached consensus to reinstate the previous unity.

    The Executive Committee also strongly demands unwavering efforts in an attempt to prevent potential conflicts and safeguard the federal system.

    The committee would soon bring to a close its meeting and come up with long-lasting solutions to issues of development, good governance and peace, the statement noted.


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  • student dies in a clash at Adigrat University

    One student has been confirmed dead and several others injured due to a clash between students that began on Friday at Adigrat University, it was learnt. in the area have also confirmed that the clash has taken an ethnic angle over the weekend and students from other regions have tried to leave the campus, this morning.

    According to officials of the region, the clash began following a confrontation between two students in the university and later grew to an ethnic conflict. Tigray Region Government Communications Bureau head, Gebremichael Meles, confirmed the death of one student while saying the number of students who are injured is not yet known as his Bureau is still compiling information regarding the incident.

    The University compound has come under the control of the military and tension is high in the surrounding areas.

    Apart from that, despite their attempts earlier, students who came from other regions have not left the campus yet, while efforts are underway to calm the situation down and resume with the teaching and learning process.



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  • The environmental, social and financial crises

    he International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) urge governments to invest in resilience, strengthen local control over natural resources, and apply realistic values to the environment and human wellbeing in order to steer societies onto a more secure path. 
    The call comes in a paper published by IIED’s director Camilla Toulmin, ahead of the Rio+20 conference in Brazil next month, when world leaders will meet to agree ways to tackle the environment and development challenges facing humanity. IIED recommends action in three areas areamong others; Local control: Evidence shows that local control of natural assets is the best way to ensure strong investment in and sustainable use of forests, water, soils and other resources, in ways that create jobs, profits and secure livelihoods in both rural and urban areas. “When governments recognise the rights and organisations of local communities, they encourage long-term decision-making, and sustainable management of key assets. It’s also a better option for outside investors, since returns need to be balanced to generate long term stable outcomes,” says Toulmin; Investing in Resilience: Environmental, economic and social shocks are becoming more common and include climatic extremes, volatile food and fuel prices, and financial instability. Governments can build resilience to such shocks with policies that prioritise long-term adaptive capacity, more diverse economic activities, and climate-resilient growth. “Decentralised energy supplies, new approaches to urban density, inclusive business models, and greater accountability in global institutions are among the building blocks of resilience to the shocks tend to hit the poorest and most vulnerable communities hardest,” says Toulmin; and Realistic valuation: Today, true environmental costs and benefits do not appear on balance sheets, and we use GDP to measure development despite knowing that it does not reflect human wellbeing and can mask the unsustainable aspects of growth. “We need to change the way we measure progress and address the market failures that today’s false environmental accounting allows to endure. The first and most urgent steps are a significant and rising price on carbon, and an end to fossil fuel subsidies.” says Toulmin.  The paper shows how the June meeting in Rio — the 20th anniversary of the Rio Earth Summit – is an opportunity for leaders to agree change in these three areas.
    “The environmental, social and financial crises that face us are interconnected, and so are their solutions,” says Toulmin. “After four decades of research on the links between the environment and development, IIED has identified three clear policy shifts that are realistic, achievable and effective ways to reshape our future and create a fair, greener and more secure world.”

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  • international standard golf course for Addis


    Addis Ababa, though a seat of many international organizations including the African Union, does not have a full golf course. During the competition held last Saturday, at the Golf Club the Ethiopian Golf Association President Nebyou Samuel indicated that Addis is shortly to have an 18-hole 72-par international standard golf course.

    The former Addis Ababa Golf Association President Abraham Abegaz, the General Manager of Nyala Motors told Capital that Addis Ababa currently only has a nine-hole golf course.

    “A full course, with 18 holes is under construction. The number of players is increasing day by day. In the past mostly foreigners played but now 80 percent of the players are Ethiopians,” he added. 

    The golf Club at the Old Airport area had full course at the time of Emperor Hailselassie. The military junta made it a half course with the belief that golf is a game played exclusively by the ruling bourgeoisie class. So a warehouse was built on half of the golf course to store some military equipment.

    After the fall of the Derg, the warehouse was demolished and the Ministry of Defense decided to construct the full course citing the games importance for young Ethiopians. The association said that the construction will help attract more participation.

    A single course takes between 800,000 to one million square meters of plot. Covering the full length of the pitch requires endurance. In this sense one could say that playing golf is a very important activity for a human body. So it is sad to understand that neighbouring Kenya has 40 golf courses. But Ethiopia with a population of over 80 million has only one half course.

    Meanwhile in the golf competition held at the Golf Club last Saturday, Abraham Abegaz came out an over all Addis Ababa golf winner. Abraham has played golf for the last 25 years. At the tournament that drew 70 contenders, Elias Wolde won the first place in Group A leaving behind Natty Fantahun and Berhane Negash to take the second and third places, respectively. The fourth place was won by General Samora Yunus, Chief of Staff of the Armed forces.

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