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A week worthy of a decade

Vladimir Lenin once said 'there are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen’. This is one such week in the Ethiopian history.

Ministry working to resolve mining disputes

EEITI launches second country report The Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas disclosed that it is working on resolving the disputes that erupted among mining companies and local communities in some parts of the country.

Relatives rejoice release of prominent prisoners

A jubilant crowd of thousands celebrated as Kaliti prison released some of its noted prisoners earlier today. Even an anti-riot police couldn’t curb the enthusiasm as many stood for hours, including diplomats from the Norwegian embassy to welcome the release of one of its citizen Okello Akway Ochalla.

Oromia’s Agr. Coop submits highest offer in Assela Malt bid

Oromia Agricultural Cooperative Ltd listed the highest offer to acquire Asela Malt Factory in order of 1.34 billion birr, it was learnt.

At the bid opening held today at the Ministry of Public Enterprise, it was announced that three more firms have managed to submit their price offers besides the Cooperative: Calypso Agribusiness Ltd, Souflet Ethiopia PLC and Malt Africa.

Clash in Harar’s Hamaressa IDPs camp leaves 4 dead

Four individuals, including a police officer, died yesterday in a clash between security forces and the youth in Harar, Hamaressa camp that houses Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the Ethiopian Somali Regional State.

Additional ten people have also sustained injuries from the clashes.

Former army chief calls for establishment of independent commission

Former Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian Armed Forces, Tsadkan Gebretensae (Let. Gen.), called for the establishment of an independent commission, to prepare a level political playing field for the upcoming elections, if Ethiopia is to shrug off its current challenges and become a stable country.

UN says million displaced in Oromia-Somali conflict

A new report jointly released by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) indicated that close to one million people have been displaced due to the conflict along the borders of the Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regional states.

Controversy engulfs tantalum mine in Oromia

Officials of the Guji Zone in the Oromia Regional State has denied plans of transferring the Kenticha Tantalum Mine to youth associations saying that it was “merely an idea to entertain rather than an actionable plan” and that it had no intention of depriving the federal Mining, Petroleum and Biofuel Corporation off its mining concession and processing facility.