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Lehulu to Collect Fee from Television Owners

Published: Dec 17, 2014 by girumtebeje Filed under: Ethiopian News Business Economy
Lehulu to Collect Fee from Television Owners
Lehulu to Collect Fee from Television Owners


Kifiya Financial Technology, a subsidiary of the US based Global Computing Solution Plc (GCS), has been hired by Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporate (EBC) to collect license fees from television owners.

Kifiya is the company that has been running a United Billing System (UBS) called Lehulu. Via Lehulu, Kifiya has been collecting fees of telephone, electric and water from the public.

According to Fortune, Lehulu will soon start collecting traffic fines as per the agreement it concluded with Addis Ababa Road and Transport Bureau. Currently traffic fines are paid at sub-city’s transport office or post office. Nonetheless, upon completion of the database and network building, drivers that got tickets can pay their fines at a nearby Lehulu office.

Kifiya is finalizing preparations to commence collecting fee from television owners. According to Netsanet Raya, Kifiya’s Chief Operational Officer, the tasks being carried out include customizing application and transferring database from EBC.

Read More at Addis Fortune


Ethiopian rabbis accuse Israeli rabbinate of racial discrimination

Published: Dec 17, 2014 by girumtebeje Filed under: World News Ethiopian News Politics Social Affairs
Ethiopian rabbis accuse Israeli rabbinate of racial discrimination
Ethiopian rabbis accuse Israeli rabbinate of racial discrimination


Israeli rabbis of Ethiopian origin yesterday accused the Israeli rabbinate of racially discriminating against them despite all the challenges they have fought to transfer tens of thousands of Jews from Ethiopia to Israel and to preserve the Jewish faith in Ethiopia.

Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper released a report yesterday claiming that Ethiopian rabbis are racially discriminated against by the rabbinate because of their skin colour.

According to the report, the rabbinate has reduced the Ethiopian rabbis' powers and prevented them from performing the simplest tasks including holding wedding ceremonies for Ethiopian Jews.

Rabbi Abashat Yellao, who lives in Netanya with his wife and seven children, said: "I was an important rabbi in Ethiopia and protected the Jewish traditions there despite the pressures. I convinced them to come to this country... Today, the rabbinate discriminates against us because of our skin colour and deprives us of our most basic rights."

Dr Aviva Kaplan from the Netanya Academic College said Israel was serving its own interest. "It is Israel's fault, Israel moved Ethiopians from a patriarchal society to the postmodern community and through the transition, and the Ethiopians were preyed upon." 

Read More at Middle East Monitor


Suspected terrorists who murdered citizens in the Benishangul Gumuz region charged

Published: Dec 17, 2014 by girumtebeje Filed under: Ethiopian News Law & Order
Suspected terrorists who murdered citizens in the Benishangul Gumuz region charged
Suspected terrorists who murdered citizens in the Benishangul Gumuz region charged


Ten suspected terrorists who are said to have taken political and military training in Eritrea and killed people in an effort to create the independent state of Benishangul Gumuz are charged yesterday. They are also said to have tried to sabotage the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

The charge document prepared by the Federal prosecutor and presented to the Federal high court’s 19th criminal bench has listed down the ten suspects; Abdulwehab Mehedi, Abdurehman Nasser, Kurfil Jimma, Yasir Jabal, Imman Abdurezak, Defeala Mohammed, Adem Bedewi, Mudwekil Kemal, Alfayud Bedana and Azen Ahmed.

The suspects were members of the separatist group, Benishangul people’s liberation movement, which is fighting to make the Benishangul Gumuz region an independent state. 

The suspects have taken part in the killing of 12 passengers of a minibus in November, 2013.

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Foreign companies are to join the rapidly expanding housing program in Addis Ababa

Published: Dec 17, 2014 by Mihret L Filed under: Ethiopian News Business Economy
Foreign companies are to join the rapidly expanding housing program in Addis Ababa.
Foreign companies are to join the rapidly expanding housing program in Addis Ababa

Ministry of Urban Development and Construction told fanabc.com that an international bid has been issued to get foreign contractors involved in the housing program in Addis.

Minister Mekuria Haile said the need to involve foreign contractors is due to the need to build new houses as quickly as possible for the city’s dwellers.

The involvement of foreign contractors would positively impact the country, including a vast amount of experience, firm capital, time usage, human resource management, etc.

The international bid has taken several issues into consideration. Bidders will collaborate with local contractors to build the houses for more than 952,000 or so residents in the capital, according to Haile.

Source: FBC


Arup South Africa to prepare Transit Oriented Development master plan for Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit

Published: Dec 17, 2014 by Mihret L Filed under: Ethiopian News Business Economy
Arup South Africa to prepare Transit Oriented Development master plan for Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit
Arup South Africa to prepare Transit Oriented Development master plan for Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit

Arup South Africa has won the contract to prepare a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) master plan for ten of the key stations that are part of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system being built in Addis Abeba.

The 34.24 km network, based on two initial lines, one running north-south from Menelik Square to Kaliti and the other running east-west from Ayat to Tor Hailoch is set for completion in January 2015, with 41 stations in all.

The network is designed to carry 15,000 passengers per hour per direction.

“We have been retained by the Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC) to illustrate what activities, uses and yield can be created around the new stations within a 400 meter radius,” says Nico Venter, leader of Integrated Urbanism at Arup SA.

In a statement sent to Addis Standard, Arup further said that within this walkable node it needs to assess if each place and loci can accommodate appropriate use and bulk development. This forms part of the regeneration of a 125-year-old city with over 3 million people. Arup will visualize these nodes and illustrate potential future development, culminating in a broad based bankable approach, cognizant of costs and the catalytic potential these nodes could have on the city.

“This is a typical African city and each precinct has its own unique requirements and sense of place,” the statement said, adding the framework must therefore look to short, medium and long-term approaches that allow for flexibility and that can change over time as the node develops and matures.

“We have been requested to provide an independent view, using a multi-disciplinary approach, within a tight schedule of five months. We look forward to this task, as an exciting step forward in the future of city making,” said Venter.

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers and technical specialists that makes up the heart of the creative force of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and industry.

Source: Addis Standard


China is world's worst jailer of the press; global tally second worst on record

Published: Dec 17, 2014 by girumtebeje Filed under: Ethiopian News Law & Order
China is world's worst jailer of the press; global tally second worst on record
China is world's worst jailer of the press; global tally second worst on record


The Committee to Protect Journalists identified 220 journalists in jail around the world in 2014, an increase of nine from 2013. The tally marks the second-highest number of journalists in jail since CPJ began taking an annual census of imprisoned journalists in 1990, and highlights a resurgence of authoritarian governments in countries such as China, Ethiopia, Burma, and Egypt.

China’s use of anti-state charges and Iran’s revolving door policy in imprisoning reporters, bloggers, editors, and photographers earned the two countries the dubious distinction of being the world’s worst and second worst jailers of journalists, respectively. Together, China and Iran are holding a third of journalists jailed globally—despite speculation that new leaders who took the reins in each country in 2013 might implement liberal reforms.

The 44 journalists in Chinese jails are a jump from 32 the previous year, and reflect the pressure that President Xi Jinping has exerted on media, lawyers, dissidents, and academics to toe the government line. In addition to jailing journalists, Beijing has issued restrictive new rules about what can be covered and denied visas to international journalists.

Coverage of ethnic minority issues continues to be sensitive; almost half of those jailed are Tibetan or Uighur, including academic and blogger Ilham Tohti and seven students imprisoned for working on his website, Uighurbiz. Twenty-nine of the journalists behind bars in China were held on anti-state charges. (Read detailed accounts of each imprisoned journalist here.)

The administration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has also maintained repressive measures against the press. This year, Iranian authorities were holding 30 journalists in jail, down from 35 in 2013 and a record high of 45 in 2012. CPJ’s 2014 International Press Freedom Award winner Siamak Ghaderi was released from prison in July, but that same month, Iranian authorities jailed Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter. By late 2014, the government had still not disclosed the reason for Rezaian’s arrest or the nature of charges against him.

Read More at cpj


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