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  • Ato Demeke Mekonne elected Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia

    Demeke Mekonne has been elected Deputy Prime Minister and Social Cluster Coordinator.

    The House of People’s Representatives (HPR), in its regular session today, approved Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s nomination of Demeke Mekonnen for Deputy Premiership position.

    Demeke served in various positions in Amhara Regional State. He served as Minister of Education since 2001EC.

    He is Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia as well as Executive Committee member of both the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) since 2005.

    He earned his first degree in Biology and second degree in Political Science.

    He is a trusted, responsible and able political leader, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said while presenting his reason for nominating him for the Deputy Premiership position.

    Similarly, the House approved the appointment of Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael as Deputy Prime Minister for Finance and Economic Cluster and Minister of Communication and Information Technology.

    Dr. Debretsion participated in the armed struggle against the dictatorial Derg regime and served in various positions in Tigray Regional State.

    He served as Minister of Communication and Information Technology since 2003 EC. He is Deputy Prime Minister for Finance and Economic Cluster and Minister of Communication and Information Technology since 2005 EC.

    He earned his doctorate degree in Information Technology.

    Aster Mamo was also appointed Deputy Prime Minister for Good Governance and Reform Cluster and Minister of Public Service and Human Resource Development.

    She served as Minister of Youth and Sport from 1998 to 2002 EC as well as in various positions in Oromia Regional State.

    Aster earned her first degree in language and literature and second degree in Management.

    source : fanabc

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  • UAE Bans Meat Imports from Ethiopia

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) had put an indefinite ban on all meat imports from Ethiopia starting from October 1, 2015, according to Addis Fortune.

    The ban was due to a rushed order of meat for the EId ul-Adha holiday.

    36 tons of sheep meat was ordered by a charity organization in UAE from seven meat processing companies, namely ELFORA Agro-Industries Plc, Luna Export Slaughter House Plc, Modjo Modern Export Abattoir Plc, Halal Food Industries Plc, HELIMEX (Hashim Ethiopian Livestock Meat Exporter), Allana Group and Abyssinia Export Abattoirs. Usually the normal sheep meat process takes 10 days, but the order came to supply in two days, General Manager of Halal Daniel Zenebe told Fortune.

    Haileselassie Weres, Director of Meat and Dairy Industry Development Institute, said to find a solution to the matter Meat Inspection Directorate in the Ministry of Agriculture and Meat Producers and Exporters Association is looking forward to communicate with the relevant regulatory bodies in UAE.

    UAE is Ethiopia’s largest meat export destination. The meet market accounts for 58.8 million dollars of the 93.2 million dollars earned in the past budget year. Saudi Arabia comes next accounting for 32.4 percent share, export data from Ministry of Trade shows.

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  • Facebook will use a satellite to deliver internet access to Africa

    Facebook's founder is planning to launch a satellite to deliver internet services to remote parts of Africa under his controversial Internet.org scheme.

    In a post on the social network, Mark Zuckerberg said he hoped the move would connect "millions" to the internet.

    The satellite, due to launch next year, is currently being built under a partnership with French firm Eutelsat.

    It would allow mobile users to download an app containing free data access to selected services, including Facebook.

    The decision underlines the scale of the billionaire's ambition to boost connectivity in emerging internet markets but the scheme has been met with opposition in many countries such as Uganda, India and Indonesia.

    Critics argue that it risks damaging investment by competing mobile operators and the principle of net neutrality because only selected services will be available by Internet.org.

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  • Baby born with one eye, without nose

    Doctor says condition may be due to radiation or medicines

    An Egyptian mother gave birth to a boy with one eye almost in the middle of his face and without a nose, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

    The boy was born at a private hospital in the Northeastern town of El Senbellawein and with other deformities in the face and body, ‘Alyoum Al Sabei’ said.

    It quoted Dr Ahmed Badruddin, who is supervising the baby’s condition, as saying it could be a result of radiation or medicines taken by the mother.

    He said babies having such conditions normally die a few days after birth.

    Source:-emirates247

     

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