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Studies are being conducted to invite investors into the housing project

Published: Jul 27, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social Affairs
Studies are being conducted to invite investors into the housing project

As sources told the Reporter newspaper, urban development, housing and construction ministry is conducting a study to find ways of inviting local and overseas investors into the country’s housing projects. In the past ten years government have constructed about 170, 000 homes in various cities across the country.

But currently around 950,000 people are registered to get home from the housing project. And from the rate the housing projects are being carried out, about 25, 000 houses per year, it is evident that the housing demand will not be satisfied in the near future. Therefore, the ministry in charge of the housing projects is conducting a study to find ways of incorporating investors into the housing project.

The result of the study is hoped to collect and provide policy advice to the government for ways of incorporating local and international investors into the housing project. It is estimated that the integration of private construction firms into the housing project will enable to build about 100,000 homes per year which would help fulfill the project’s objective within reasonable time scale.

Girum Tebeje of DireTube from the Reporter  

Huajian Group to build its own industry zone

Published: Jul 27, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Business Economy
Huajian Group to build its own industry zone

The Chinese shoe company, which has already heavily invested in Ethiopia at the Eastern Industrial Zone in Dukem town of the Special Zone of the Oromia Regional State, Huajian Group, is now set to invest USD 2.2 billion on an industrial zone of its own located around Lebu area in the South Western outskirts of Addis Ababa.

The Reporter learnt from the Ministry of Industry that the company has applied and secured a license in addition to acquiring a plot for the construction of    an industrial zone of its own which is expected to kick-start next year. The project is expected to cost some USD 2.2 billion and make the company an industrial zone operator apart from being one of biggest shoemakers in world.

The group already received 138 hectares plot of land in the Lebu locality for the construction of the planned industrial zone.

The zone is expected to house some 45 textile and garment, leather and leather products, chemical and pharmaceuticals, agro-processing and metal engineering factories. According to sources, all of the shades in the industry zone is reserved for companies which have affiliation with the Huajian Group. Back home, Huajian is known to own and operate huge industrial zones in three districts.

According to the tentative plan, the construction and population of the industrial zone will go in harmony with the country's Growth and Transformation Plan II, currently under preparation. The plan shows that the construction as well as the population of the shades will happen in phases where by the end of the first year (2015/16) three leather processing plants are expected to go operational in the zone. The three plants are also projected to employ some 3,000 workers.

An Egyptian intensive care unit for cardiac surgery was inaugurated Saturday at Black Lion Hospita

Published: Jul 27, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social Affairs
An Egyptian intensive care unit for cardiac surgery was inaugurated Saturday at Black Lion Hospita

An Egyptian intensive care unit for cardiac surgery was inaugurated Saturday at Black Lion Hospital in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a Saturday statement.

Renowned Egyptian-born British heart surgeon Magdi Yacoub, Egyptian Ambassador to Ethiopia Mohamed Idris and members of the Ethiopian Parliament attended the opening.

“My visit with the Egyptian medical crew to Ethiopia represents the true bonds of the two peoples,” the statement quoted Yacoub as saying.

Yacoub, who received the Order of Merit from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in June, added, “This cooperation will continue and evolve to provide high-level medical service to Ethiopian citizens and save the lives of Ethiopian children and brothers who suffer heart diseases.”

The unit, which will mainly serve children, was funded by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry as part of growing medical cooperation between the two African countries, the statement said.

Several other Egyptian medical units specialized in a variety of conditions have recently been inaugurated in Ethiopia’s capital, including Saint Louis Hospital.

“The visit comes in the framework of an integrated system aimed at enhancing Egyptian-Ethiopian relations in all fields and on different tracks. Cooperation in the medical field has had direct positive effects on the lives of our Ethiopian brothers,” Idris said.

“The upcoming period will witness a lot of efforts and many mutual visits to develop cooperation between the two states and peoples,” the ambassador added.

Ethiopian Maid held for murder of child

Published: Jul 26, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social Affairs
Ethiopian Maid held for murder of child

A 19-year-old Ethiopian domestic worker has reportedly confessed to torturing and murdering a child under the age of five with a prayer mat in Tabuk.

According to police sources, the child was subject to torture before being placed in a wooden box and left to die.

Tabuk Gov. Fahd bin Sultan paid his condolences to Abdulrahman Albluwi for the tragic death of his son, Mohammed.

In a report released Thursday, security authorities in the region revealed that the domestic worker confessed to killing the child in the family’s home in the Alnatheem neighborhood on Monday.

She said she used a wooden broomstick to torture the child by inserting it into sensitive areas of his body prior to suffocating him, placing him inside a wooden box and then cleaning the child’s blood with a towel and disposing it in a trash can near the home.

Police spokesman Lt. Col. Khalid Ghaban confirmed that examiners found signs of bruising in the form of lines identified around the thighs and legs, as well as signs of internal lacerations, confirming the occurrence of abuse, during post-mortem examination, he said.

“The family’s testimony indicated that they could not find the child before it was time to break their fast that day,” he said. “They found his corpse inside a wooden box located in the ladies’ room. The family revealed they also found a prayer rug and bed sheets with traces of blood.”
 

Police seek missing Guelph coffee shop owner Seble Dietrich

Published: Jul 26, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social Affairs
Police seek missing Guelph coffee shop owner Seble Dietrich

"Mimi" Dietrich known to travel extensively between Canada and Ethiopia

Guelph Police say they are interested in speaking to anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of 39-year-old Seble Dietrich, who runs a coffee shop in downtown Guelph.

Investigators say Dietrich, who also goes by the name of "Mimi", left her home sometime between 12:00 p.m. on July 10th and 6:00 p.m. on July 11th, 2014.

She was last seen driving her car, a red 1999 Mercedes SLK. The car has since been located at her coffee shop in downtown Guelph.

Police say Dietrich is known to travel often between Canada and Ethiopia, and that it is not uncommon for her to be away for extended periods of time without telling anyone. Police said they are appealing for information so they can determine whether she did in fact leave for Ethiopia.

Dietrich is also said by police to be highly involved in the local Ethiopian community and ran prayer studies from her coffee shop.

Anyone with information is asked to call Guelph Police or CrimeStoppers. 

Source:cbc

Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on Monday or Tuesday

Published: Jul 26, 2014 by bgt Filed under: World News Ethiopian News Social Affairs
Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on Monday or Tuesday

The Federal Supreme Sharia Court announced that the Eid al-Fitr holiday will be celebrated on Monday if the moon is seen on Sunday night, otherwise on Tuesday. The court wished a happy 1435th Eid al-Fitr holiday for all Ethiopian Muslims.

“In this great and sacred holiday celebration, praising our Lord we wish love, peace, happiness and development for our country and for all Muslims of the world” said the court in its statement.



Girum Tebeje of DireTube from ERTA
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