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Farmers fear loss of maize to fall armyworm

Experts say insects came to stay for a long period Covering the majority of Africa in the last 12 months, the Fall Armyworm (FAW), is feared to have spread fast infesting major crops, mostly maize. In the worst case this year, farmers could lose up to half of their crops, The Reporter has learnt.

House approves 14 bln birr supplementary budget

Upon the request made by the government three weeks ago, the House of People’s Representatives (HPR), on Tuesday approved a 14 billion birr (around USD 510 million) supplementary budget to finance natural and unexpected disasters, youth revolving fund and other activities that are being carried out by the federal government.

Eskinder, Andualem et al to go free

Capitalizing on the government’s decision to release additional 746 prisoners including a renowned political commentator and former newspaper publisher, Eskinder Nega, and opposition politician, Andualem Arage, political activists are calling for further widening of the political space and better media environment in Ethiopia.

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.

Ethiopian Airports makes 400% increment on facility rent

The Ethiopian Airports Enterprise has made a whopping 450 percent increment on facility rent. The Enterprise leases offices in its headquarters building near the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. It also rents offices, catering store and space for container offices and workshops at the Addis Ababa airport.

Kaldi’s to bring KFC to Ethiopia

The company behind Kaldi’s, Ethiopia’s most recognized coffee shop brand, is set to launch the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) franchise in Ethiopia within a year, The Reporter has learnt. Owned by one-time Ethiopian model, Tseday Asrat and Ethiopian Airlines captain, Elias Ketema, KFC Ethiopia is to complement the brands owned by the duo, including Lori-Agro-Industry and Gusto Restaurant, the latter being one of the few fine Italian dining spots in the capital.

Former Blue Party president to form a new party

Following elders’ mediation efforts to find solutions to the predicament Blue Party finds itself in, former president, Yelekal Getnet (Eng.), and other members who were ousted from the party, due to differences over the issue of audit report, have finally decided to form a new political party.

Authority to brighten dark streets, injects 125 mln birr

Frustrated by misuse  of sidewalks The Addis Ababa City Roads Authority (AACRA), has injected a sum of 125 million birr to brighten up Addis Ababa’s streets by replacing the existing street lights with what is said to be a new energy efficient lamps, LED technology (light-emitting diode), The Reporter has learnt.