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Famous Market to Go As Ring Road Enters Final Stretch

Published: Feb 12, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News

The expensive and long-delayed Addis Ababa ring road project is set to begin the final phase of construction, for the section stretching from the Addisu Gebeya area to the Megenagna Terminal. On announcing the plans, the Addis Ababa City Road Authority (AACRA) also detailed the controversial demolition of the famous Shiromeda market center, well known as a major tourist spot.

Residential houses and businesses will also be removed as part of the ongoing road construction. The Shiromeda marketing center is one of the biggest in the capital, exclusively serving locally-made traditional attire. It sees thousands of visitors each day, including sellers, buyers and weavers, and many micro and small enterprises depend on the existence of this frenetic market place. Apart from being a business center, Shiromeda is regarded as a prime tourist location in Addis Ababa, a place where many foreign visitors seek to purchase original cotton-made clothes or to see the traditional weavers in action. The construction of Addis Ababa's ring road was initiated in 1998 and had a planned completion date of 2003.

With a view of implementing the city master plan and enhancing peripheral development, currently 37km of the ring road has been completed. However, the road is still more than ten years behind the original schedule, for a variety of reasons as claimed by the Authority. According to both ACCRA and the city administration, the clearing of existing infrastructure such as water pipes, telecommunication and power lines have impeded the project.

The inconvenience of living in Addis

Published: Feb 11, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News

Those active on social media platforms were bitter last week about the inconvenience of living in Addis Abeba, gossip noticed. There is no adequate transport, electricity, water, internet or mobile communications network, so have they claimed. In a way, most are questioning Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's administration on its competence to properly provide public services - one of the main raison d'être of the state, gossip claims.

The aggravation of the public comes as a result of growing frustrated at being unable to be receive a functioning public transport system, gossip observed. There ought to have been resignations in droves by those in charge of the nation's transportation system, with the growing number of commuters lined up everywhere in Addis Abeba - a city whose mayors are proud in naming "the diplomatic and political capital of Africa".

The standard answer from those in the administration is that all these problems are temporary and the public simply needs to employ patience. Sustainable solutions are, reportedly, underway, gossip observed. They urge for understanding and pledge to provide temporary relief. One such relief is the administration's decision to invest close to 1.7 billion Br for the purchase of around 500 buses from a Chinese manufacturer, gossip disclosed.

Irrigation Ministry: Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam lacks legitimacy

Published: Feb 11, 2014 by fiyori Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics
CAIRO, Feb 10 (Aswat Masriya) - The Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is lacking in legitimacy since no country voiced its approval of the constructions Ethiopia is building along the Blue Nile, an Irrigation and Water Resources Minister official has said.

Ethiopia has begun building the Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, which supplies Egypt with more than 80 percent of its water supply.

It has not been proven so far that any foreign country or a donor organisation has shown interest to fund the building of the dam, ministry spokesman Khaled Waseef said on Monday.

A Doctor is Accused of Harm Caused in Connection with Abortion

Published: Feb 11, 2014 by fiyori Filed under: Ethiopian News Law & Order
A doctor who is an owner of a clinic in Addis Ababa is accused of charges of harm inflicted by negligence in connection to abortion and a failure to help a patient on danger. Belayenesh Yimer, a two months pregnant woman, has gone to the Dr. Belachew Tolera’s Global Higher Clinic hoping to get medical help and advice on the cause of a miner issue when she noticed a blood like liquid streaming in connection with her pregnancy. But the accused doctor, examining her only with his finger and saying that the “position of the fetus is not right” he goes on inserting metal into her womb to abort the fetus.

2.7 Million Ethiopians May Need Food Help

Published: Feb 11, 2014 by fiyori Filed under: Ethiopian News
Ethiopia finds itself in critical need of donors’ assistance, in order to feed 2.7 million people. This announcement comes not long after its leaders were upbeat, reporting a bumper harvest of 231 million quintals of grain for the current fiscal year.

When donors and Ethiopian authorities met on January 24, 2014, to agree on the projection of the volume of humanitarian assistance needed for 2014, the resultant crucial document-the joint Government and Humanitarian partners’ Document-showed that 2.7 million of the 91 million people in the nation, according to the latest estimate by the World Bank are in need of humanitarian aid.

PM Hailemariam Desalegn's Press Conference on Current Issues

Published: Feb 11, 2014 by fiyori Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics
On his latest press conference on current issues on February 10, 2014, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has answered to questions raised by journalists from different media.

Concerning the trio discussion between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt on the Renaissance dam’s construction project, the Premier said that meetings haven’t yet been finalized. About the Ethio-Sudan border demarcation issue where some are saying that a land been given to Sudan, the Prime Minister said that such an issue can’t happen and the recent accusation is one of the ring of blames that has always been raised when election time approaches.

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