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Ethiopia: U.S. Embassy Awards Student Journalism Competition Winners

Published: Jun 25, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social News

Ethiopia: U.S. Embassy Awards Student Journalism Competition Winners

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa presented awards to three university students as part of the Embassy's second Student Journalism Competition. The objective of the competition is to encourage students to gain practical experience in journalism that can be applied to their future careers.

A panel of judges, including practicing journalists, reviewed the entries and judged them based on content, presentation, use of resources and research materials. The competition was conducted among university and college students throughout the country. Students submitted stories that were published or broadcast in public or private media outlets. The event was attended by Journalism and Communication Department heads and Community Radio coordinators from eight universities throughout the country. These are the only eight universities with Departments of Journalism and Communication. They participated in a discussion on the nature and importance of community radio. The discussion was moderated by Professor Sam Swan, Director of Internationalization and Outreach at the College of Communication and Information at the School of Journalism and Electronic Media of the University of Tennessee.

The parliament special committee is examining a bill for reestablishment of ERTA as a corporate

Published: Jun 25, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social News
The parliament special committee is examining a bill for reestablishment of ERTA as a corporate

A bill to reestablish Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (ERTA) as a corporate which was tabled before the parliament for approval recently is known to have been sent to the parliament’s special committee for further examination. According to the bill, the-would-be established corporation will be named as ‘Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation’.

The need for the reestablishment is said to be to enable it fulfill its public responsibilities. The reestablishment would make it a nonprofit service provider public enterprise.

It is believed that the new reestablishment would enable it have its own income and more freedom to fulfill its missions. The reestablishment is thought to accompany the Ethiopian Television’s recent move to switch to digital technology from its analogue radio and television transmissions.

Girum Tebeje of DireTube from FBC

Three railway projects haven’t yet started due to lack of finance: Ministry of Transport

Published: Jun 25, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Economy Social News
Three railway projects haven’t yet started due to lack of finance: Ministry of Transport

Minister of transport, Workineh Gebeyehu told parliament on Tuesday that three railway projects which were scheduled to be started in the GTP period and planned to be begin in the current fiscal year are not yet started due to lack of finance.

These three railway projects are the Awash-Woldia (Hara gebeya), Woldia (Hara gebeya)-Mekelle and Woldia (Hara gebeya)-Semera-Tajura railway lines. In his ten months project assessment report to the parliament, the minister labeled the project status of the railway projects as medium.

The minister has told the parliament that works have been underway at the ministry and the government level to acquire finance for the projects and recently Turkish and Swiss banks are expected to finance the projects. The report has also indicated that the Addis Ababa-Measo-Dewelle and the Addis Ababa city light train projects as being completed 40% and 71% respectively.

Concerning the road construction too, the report indicates that the amount of work done in the nine months time of the 2006 E.C is only 30 % of the planned work.

Girum Tebeje of DireTube from the Reporter

Ethiopian and Eritrean people shouldn’t live separated: Former President Girma Woldegiorgis.

Published: Jun 25, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics Social News
Ethiopian and Eritrean people shouldn’t live separated: Former President Girma Woldegiorgis.

Former Ethiopian president Girma Woldegiorgis told Awramba Times that the separation of the Ethiopian and Eritrean people has greatly harmed both the people.

The former President said that citizens of both countries are deprived of the advantage which is easily available in the other country. Concerning the Assab port the former president said that the port is well established by Ethiopia but Ethiopia is not getting any service out of it and neither Eritrea is benefited by it.

The former president told the paper that he is working to solve the current problem existing between the two countries. He also urged the public to strive to create a corruption free country using its democratic rights.

Former President Girma has also commented on the case of Samuel Zemichael, the con-man who recently been exposed who is known to have relationship with the former president. He expressed his shock when he heard the news and he told the newspaper that he had a very good relationship with Samuel whom had gone too far to publish his book.

Girum Tebeje of DireTube from
Awramba Times

EPRDF gave 1.3 million Birr to opposition political parties

Published: Jun 25, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics
EPRDF gave 1.3 million Birr to opposition political parties

As the Reporter writes, Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has given 1.3 million birr to opposition political parties. From the 1.3 million Birr, Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) got 233, 585 Birr and Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP) received 269,442 Birr while All Ethiopian National Movement (AENM) and Ethiopian Raie Party (ERP) received 213, 168 Birr and 191, 677 Birr respectively.

Besides to these, Ethiopian Social Democratic Party (ESDP), Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum (EFDUF), Ethiopian Democratic Union (EDU) got 148, 495 Birr, 98, 450 Birr and 79, 686 Birr respectively. It is indicated that this grant is of the fourth time and that the EPRDF gave it from its own budget. The grant is given only to parties that are involved in the Ethiopian Parties forum and signed the election ethics code. Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum (MEDREK) which doesn’t sign the election ethics code didn’t get the money. EFDUF and ERP were unhappy by the amount given to them.

Why Tanzania destination comes first to illegal immigrants' minds

Published: Jun 25, 2014 by bgt Filed under: World News Ethiopian News Social News
Why Tanzania destination comes first to illegal immigrants' minds

A geographical reason is the main cause why there are illegal migrants in Tanzania, since it is easier for them to travel in boarded countries.
Tanzania is the first country that comes to migrants’ minds because it shares boarders with other eight countries.

There is no need for visa from Ethiopia to Kenya, so that makes it easy for Ethiopians to come to Tanzania because it only takes 13 hours to travel from Kenya to Tanzania by bus.

Ethiopia is in top notch countries in Africa that practices human trafficking to East Africa because out of 7,000 illegal migrants caught in Tanzania, 6000 of them are Ethiopians, the Ministry of Home Affairs has confirmed.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has more departments than any other ministry in the government; some of them are specifically for refugee while others are for immigration services.

Immigration service department is the safety and security institute in Tanzania. Its main duty is to facilitate and control people’s movements such as foreigners’ legal entry and blocks the illegal migrants.

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