Ethiopia Promotes 65 Army Officers, Including 6 Women GeneralsBy Staff ReporterJanuary 18, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian President Sahelework Zewdie on Saturday granted high-level military titles to 65 senior army officers ranging from Brigadier General to Lieutenant General as presented to her by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Accordingly, 40 Colonels were promoted to the rank of Brigadier General; 19 Brigadier Generals to Major General; and 6 Major Generals to Lieutenant General posts. Six of the new generals are women, an unprecedented step in Ethiopian military history. The promotion of six officers to Lieutenant General rank is a generous step compared to previous years. In the past six years, only six officers have been promoted to Lieutenant General rank.
January 18, 2020 20:37 UTC
At least 35,000 university students have left 22 campuses across the country fleeing the ethnic based clashes in university grounds.A report revealed on Saturday by a committee in charge of investigating the source conflicts on campuses said violent attacks on innocent university students have forced 22 universities to close doors at least temporarily after at least 35,000 students left the universities. Speaking in a relevant meeting, Ethiopian Minister of Science and Higher Learning Institutions Professor Hirut Woldemariam said 640 students, 40 teachers and 240 administrative employees who were allegedly involved in conflicts in 22 campuses have been suspended as part of the addressing the problems.. The report further noted the ministry has taken various disciplinary measures involving penalties ranging from a one-year suspension to total dismissal but the security situation has gone worseThe report blamed different political groups and hired individuals inside and outside campuses for the unfolding conflicts between ethnic Amhara and Oromia students. “Those students who received missions to destabilize the universities have caused the loss of lives, inflicted psychological, physical, material damages on innocent university students, the report added. At least 12 students were killed and hundreds of others wounded due to politically-charged ethnic tension in half of the country’s universities since classes began in October last year.
January 18, 2020 15:11 UTC
Baku, January 18, AZERTACAzerbaijan`s Embassy in Ethiopia has organized a lecture commemorating the 30th anniversary of 20 January events at the country’s Addis Ababa University (AAU). Professor of the Center for African Studies at AAU Dr. Samuel and university students attended the event. Speaking at the event, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Ethiopia Elman Abdullayev provided an insight into the history of the Black January events. Responding to the questions of Ethiopian students, Abdullayev touched upon the prospects for relations with Africa, including Ethiopia. Head of the Center for African Studies Dr. Samuel praised Azerbaijan's achievements, its economic development, traditions of tolerance and statehood.
January 18, 2020 13:41 UTC
After a two-day conference in Washington, DC over 13-15 January, ministers from Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan signed their names to six “points” concerning the filling and operation of the $5bn Grand Renaissance Ethiopian Dame (GERD) that Ethiopia is building on a tributary of the Nile. US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin and the President of the World Bank, David Malpass, attended the conference as observers. Egypt fears GERD will threaten its water security, while Ethiopia insists it will not while maintaining its right to build the dam. The foreign ministers and water minister from the three countries agreed to meet again in Washington, DC on 28-29 January to try and finalise a comprehensive agreement on GERD. and the early generation of electricity, while providing appropriate mitigation measures for Egypt and Sudan in case of severe droughts during this stage.
January 18, 2020 09:11 UTC
Otherwise known as Ethiopian Christmas, the festival is celebrated yearly on Jan 7 by Coptic Christians in accordance with the ancient Julian calendar still used in Ethiopia. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary (particularly venerated in Ethiopia), this is the most popular church among worshippers. Several deacons began beating large drums, and the priests began to sway in unison, rattling their sistras, then crouching in a wavy line to the beat and rising again – King David’s dance. Afterwards, the pilgrims began the long walk home. Addis Adventures (00251 93 167 1888; addisadventures.com) offers extensive tours throughout Ethiopia, including to Genna in Lalibela.
January 18, 2020 07:52 UTC
Fears excise tax impacts telecom penetrationEthio Telecom, the sole telecom service provider in Ethiopia, this week expressed its concern over the ongoing telecom liberalization process. Some of the articles will create a difficult situation for Ethio Telecom to expand and provide basic telecom services. Ethio Telecom has submitted its objection on the telecom regulatory framework in a written letter addressed to ECA. Ethio Telecom has undertaken a reorganizational program that divides the telecom company into five divisions. “We believe that the draft regulatory framework favors the foreign telecom operators and harm Ethio Telecom,” sources said.
January 18, 2020 06:45 UTC
District level administrative arrangement in Tigray, north Ethiopia ,is triggering protest in the region. Google Map of Tigray regionborkenaBy Staff WriterJanuary 17, 2020Residents of Hintalo in Tigray region, northern Ethiopia, reportedly protested over what they call government unwillingness to address their demands. Youth groups from the area reportedly closed road between Mekelle and Samre for about three days now. There was also another reported protest and road closure along Shire-Endaselassie-Shiraro road. It is to be recalled that opposition parties operating in Tigray region have been accusing TPLF led regional government of making peaceful political struggle impossible due to excessive repression.
January 18, 2020 03:45 UTC
Photo credit : ENAborkenaBy Staff WriterJanuary 17, 2020Ethio-Djibouti Border Administrators joint meeting which has been underway for three days in Jijiga, seat of Ethiopia Somali regional government, is completed on Friday. The meeting discussed border security issues and human trafficking among other things. Senior government officials and military officers from both countries have attended the joint meeting, as reported by Ethiopian News AgencyIn a weekly brief the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Nebiyat Getachew, said :“…the 26th Ethio-Djibouti Border Administrators joint meeting in its biannual conference held in Jigjiga, Somali Regional State on 14-17 January has successfully addressed ways to tackle human trafficking, strengthen security and improve transportation facilities between the two countries.”Join the conversation. Like borkena on Facebook and get Ethiopian News updates regularly. As well, you may get Ethiopia News by following us on twitter @zborkena
January 18, 2020 00:56 UTC
A previous software issue, discovered in June, revealed a flaw that could push the plane downward, though it’s still unknown if that specific problem is what caused the two deadly crashes. In October 2018, Lion Air flight 610 went down right after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board, and a March 2019 Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crashed shortly after taking off from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, killing 157 people.
January 18, 2020 00:44 UTC
For many, the agreement, which is not yet final, does compromise Ethiopia’s right to use its share of the Nile water more than 80 percent of which originates from Ethiopia. Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Gedu Andargachew, along with Seleshi Bekele, Ethiopia’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, had a press conference at the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington DC just a day after the agreement between the three countries was announced. Apparently, the press conference was organized in response to outrage in social media about the contents of the agreement. Gedu Andargachew and Seleshi Bekele said during the press conference that Ethiopia not compromise its national interest in the points of consensus and will never do that in the future too. They have also said that filling the dam will start this year, and it may take anywhere between 4 and 7 years to complete filling of the dam, according to Gedu Andargachew and Seleshi Bekele.
January 17, 2020 23:48 UTC
borkenaBy Staff WriterJanuary 17, 2020Ethiopia’s National Information and Intelligence Services (NISS) says it has foiled a planned attack which targeted Tikmat (Epiphany) celebration in Gondar, North Western Ethiopia. Names of the individuals or groups who allegedly planned the attack is unspecified. However, Ethiopia’s national intelligence said that it will disclose the identities of groups who deployed the attackers but again date for doing so is unspecified. The attackers were meant to be rewarded residential homes in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and a huge sum of money, according to NISS. Timkat celebration in Gondar attracts millions of people every year.
January 17, 2020 22:41 UTC
National Interest Not Compromised by GERD Deal: Ethiopian OfficialsBy Staff reporterJanuary 17, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia did not give away its national interest during the latest US-mediated talks in connection to the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), said Ethiopian Officials. In the latest talks, Ethiopia agreed to release 37 billion cubic meters of water to downstream countries during dry seasons. The volume of water Ethiopia should release during the dry season was a contentious issue as Egypt demanded to get 40 billion cubic meters of water and Ethiopia had proposed 35 billion cubic meters of water. According to the minster, two turbines will be operational by the end of this year after the GERD holds 4.95 billion cubic meters of water. Get the latest Ethiopia News by following us on twitter @Ezega_Official.
January 17, 2020 21:11 UTC
Despite this disadvantage, I suggest strongly that the most reasonable policy option is for Egypt, Ethiopia, and North Sudan to agree on an equitable and fair position that serves all countries. Egypt should stop insisting that the filling of the Dam takes over many decades to ensure that Egypt is not affected. It must apply diplomatic pressure on Egypt and must muster the will and resolve to defend Ethiopian national interests. Sadly, for Ethiopia, Egypt has other tools that it has deployed with aplomb. Egypt, ethnic elites and fundamentalists, of course.
January 17, 2020 20:37 UTC
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ethiopian Airlines' flight ET302 crashed shortly after take off from Addis Abiba in MarchThe 737 Max is Boeing's fastest selling aircraft. In November 2018, 189 people died when a 737 Max crashed into the sea off Indonesia. In one, an employee described the 737 Max as "designed by clowns who are in turn supervised by monkeys". The review did set out a list of improvements it said should be made to the certification system. Congressman Sam Graves - who has previously insisted that pilot error was a factor in both crashes involving the 737 Max - described the report as an "unbiased expert review".
January 17, 2020 19:07 UTC
Rob Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, today concluded a successful 7-day visit to Sudan, Mozambique and Ethiopia that focused on Canada’s engagement in the region. In Sudan, Parliamentary Secretary Oliphant and Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok announced Canada and Sudan’s intention to reciprocally elevate diplomatic representation to the ambassadorial level. Parliamentary Secretary Oliphant also met with members of the government’s Sovereign Council, Sudanese youth and representatives of women’s organizations and Canadian and Sudanese businesses to discuss the country’s transition to a civilian-led democracy. In Ethiopia, the Parliamentary Secretary met with President Sahle-Work Zewde and State Minister Hirut Zemene and visited the African Union (AU) to meet with the Deputy Chairperson of the AU, Kwesi Quartey. Parliamentary Secretary Oliphant also met with civil society representatives to discuss civic engagement in Ethiopia in advance of the upcoming elections.
January 17, 2020 18:22 UTC