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  • ERC to DireTube: Addis- Djibouti railway can transport 5,800 people per day

     By Elias Meseret

    (DireTube News. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)- The Addis to Djibouti electric railway system will have the capacity to transport up to 5,800 people per day, the Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC) told DireTube. According to the company, the new rail system can also transport up to 3,500 tons of goods at a time.

     “We don’t expect the railway line to transport that much people, at least in the beginning,” Dereje Tefera, Communications Head of ERC said. “It will greatly reduce the travel time between the two countries and will contribute to the development of Ethiopia’s hinterland.

    It is also part of the East to West Africa Railway network.” The 656km long electric railway system laid inside Ethiopia, which was constructed at a cost of $3.4 billion, will shorten the three days torturous journey between the two countries into just 12 to 15 hours.

    The line in Ethiopia, which has 16 major stations and was completed in three and half years, was financed seventy percent through China’s EximBank while the rest was covered by the Ethiopian government.

    Two Chinse companies were also selected to carry out the massive railway system between Ethiopia and Djibouti and the locomotives were imported from China.

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  • Dangote’s Dream to Buy the Gunners

    Africa’s richest man, Nigerian entrepreneur Aliko Dangote has revealed that he has what it takes to change the fortunes of English football giants Arsenal. The commodities billionare whose business tentacles extend across Africa says he plans to buy the club in four years.

    In an interview with with Bloomberg Television, Dangote revealed that he intends to make the swoop in three or your years but right now needs to focus on current investments before he can make the commitment.

    Speaking on his plans, the billionaire who is a die-hard Gunners fan said: “It’s not about buying Arsenal and just continuing with business as usual,” “It’s about buying Arsenal and turning it around… Right now, with what we’re facing, over $20 billion of projects, I cannot do both”.

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  • The Racism of Mahatma Gandhi and Ghanaian’s Movement to Demolish his Statue

    Despite the image many try to sell of Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi), he was a racist. A racist is a person who believes that a particular race is superior to another. Gandhi’s writings prove just that. More recently, his writings have created more debate about the man because Professors at the University of Ghana have filed a petition to protest the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on their campus.

    This petition has also revealed how racist Mahatma Gandhi was towards Africans. His writings clearly show he felt Indian people were superior to Africans and often used the derogatory term ‘kaffir’ to describe Africans to strengthen his case against racism perpetrated towards Indians particularly in South Africa. Gandhi has been described by his critics as an accomplice of colonial subjugation in South Africa. He favored racial segregation that was perpetuated by the colonial government. He even went as far as to support more taxes on impoverished African people and turned a blind eye to the brutality of the Empire on Africans.

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  • Ethiopia Closed Its Door to S.Sudan Rebel Machar

    Dr Machar — who is currently in Khartoum after fleeing Juba on July 11— has been denied asylum in Ethiopia where he had hoped to take refuge after completing treatment in the Sudanese capital.

    Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, in a media interview on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York this week, said that Addis Ababa "does not need someone who is leading an armed struggle on its soil."

    After the civil war broke out in Juba in December 2013, Ethiopia had hosted Dr Machar for most of the two-and-a-half years of the peace negotiations led by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (Igad). But Addis Ababa is now bowing to pressure from Juba and the dynamics of the deployment of the UN-backed regional protection force.

    Ethiopia was supposed to provide the bulk of the 4,000 troops and this was going to complicate their participation if the country gave asylum to Dr Machar.

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  • Israel’s Minister of Agriculture Visits to Ethiopia Related with the Detained Tidhar Construction Owner

    Israel’s Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi party) on Wednesday took an unexpected flight to Ethiopia, in order to visit Israeli citizen Menashe Levy. Levy has been under arrest in the country for about 15 months, suspected of tax evasion to the sum of about NIS 26 million.

    This is the first time an Israeli minister has asked to visit an Israeli prisoner abroad, other than Jonathan Pollard. Ariel has also requested a meeting with Ethiopia's agriculture minister.

    Ariel's trip is being kept at a low profile and may even have confidential aspects to it.

    Levy, an Israeli businessman, has lived in Ethiopia for the past eight years. He managed a branch of Israeli excavating and mining company Tidhar, which was considered to be one of the country's biggest infrastructure contractors. He claims that the charges against him are false, and prompted by interested parties in the country using political connections to smear him.

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  • Minister Ahmed Shide: China is a Serious Partner for Ethiopia

    Ethiopia sees China as a serious development partner, says Ethiopian State Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation Ahmed Shide. The Ethiopian minister made the remarks at a reception co-hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia and the Mission to the African Union (AU) on Thursday to mark the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China,
    The heroes and heroines of China, in the 1930s and 40s, made the historic long march to bring peace, equality, and justice to their great nation, which culminated in the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, he said.

    "Ever since the succeeding generations, through relentless struggle, have not only pulled hundreds of millions of Chinese out of abject poverty, and enabled them to meet their dire needs, but also successfully put their great nation on irreversible development path," said the minister.

    "Hence, this day is indeed, memorable for the Chinese people and the world at large," he noted.

    Stating that Ethiopia and China enjoy a longstanding and wide-ranging strategic comprehensive partnership, Ahmed said China has played an exemplary role in supporting Ethiopia's relentless struggle to extricate its people out of poverty and to transform its economy.

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