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  • Ministry Plans to Introduce Excise Taxes

    Excise taxes that enable the government to collect additional 20 to 30 billion birr annually are being finalized, Finance State Minister Eyob Tekalign disclosed today.

    Briefing journalists, he said the excise taxes will help the country generate the revenue it can raise from the economy.

    This in turn will play a crucial role in enhancing the development of various sectors, including education, health and agriculture.

    The ministry is also going to introduce single treasury account to modernize the finance system which will enable the government to utilize collected taxes in proper manner.

    The pilot program will be made on seven government institutions this Ethiopian fiscal year, Eyob added.

    Besides, the state minister said Electronic-Government Procurement (E-GP) software is being developed by Ministry of Innovation and Technology to improve good governance in procurement management system.

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  • Kenyan Helicopter Battling Wildfire in Semein Mountains Nat’l Park

    Kenya’s firefighting helicopter that has the capacity to hold 1200 liters of water starts sprinkling on a blaze that rage the Semein Mountains National Park.

    The helicopter and 12 Israeli wildfire experts have arrived this morning at the national park to support the eradication process of the wildfire raging in the national park.

    As wildfire has been ravaging the Semein national park for a couple of weeks, Ethiopia has called the international community for support to contain and extinguish the blaze. 

    Though the park is an abode for peculiar Waliya Ibex and Gelada baboon beyond its trendy tourist destination, the park is burning out for weeks.

    The blaze has become difficult to prevent due to the jagged topography, but it doesn’t raging the nearby residents and wildlife including the Gelada baboon, Waliya Ibex and Ethiopian Wolf, according Ethiopian Wild Life Conservation Authority

    However, the Authority announced experts are learning the general damage of the wildfire.

    The Semein Mountains National Park which covers about 412 hectare of land fire has blazed last March but Ethiopia managed to control it.

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  • Ten countries host half of world's refugees: report

     

    Ten countries - which account for just 2.5 percent of the global economy - are hosting more than half the world's refugees, a rights group has said, accusing wealthy countries of leaving poorer nations to bear the brunt of a worsening crisis.

    In a report published on Tuesday, Amnesty International said the unequal share was exacerbating the global refugee problem, as inadequate conditions in the main countries of shelter pushed many to embark on dangerous journeys to Europe and Australia.

    The London-based group said 56 percent of the world's 21 million refugees are being hosted by just 10 countries - all in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

    Top refugee hosting countries
    1. Jordan (2.7 million) 
    2. Turkey (2.5 million)
    3. Pakistan (1.6 million)  
    4. Lebanon (1.5 million)
    5. Iran (979,400)
    6. Ethiopia (736,100) 
    7. Kenya (553,900) 
    8. Uganda (477,200)
    9. Democratic Republic of Congo (383,100)
    10. Chad (369,500)
     

    Jordan, which has taken in more than 2.7 million people, was named as the top refugee hosting country,  followed by Turkey, over 2.5 million; Pakistan, 1.6 million; and Lebanon, more than 1.5 million.

    The other top six nations were Iran, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad.

    "A small number of countries have been left to do far too much just because they are neighbours to a crisis," said Salil Shetty, Amnesty's secretary-general.

    "That situation is inherently unsustainable, exposing the millions fleeing war and persecution in countries like Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan and Iraq to intolerable misery and suffering."

    Amnesty said many of the world's wealthiest nations "host the fewest and do the least", highlighting a stark contrast in the number of refugees taken in by countries near crisis-hit areas and by wealthier nations with similar populations elsewhere.

     

    Dangerous routes

    Britain, for example, has taken in fewer than 8,000 Syrians since 2011, while Jordan - with a population almost 10 times smaller than Britain and just 1.2 percent of its GDP - hosts more than 655,000 refugees from its war-torn neighbour, Amnesty said.

    Europe faces worsening refugee crisis in 2016

     

    "It is not simply a matter of sending aid money. Rich countries cannot pay to keep people 'over there'," it said.

    Amnesty proposed a solution, whereby the world's richest countries would find a home for 10 percent of the planet's refugees every year, and singled out Canada, which has resettled some 30,000 Syrian refugees in the past year, as a wealthy country doing its part.

    "It is time for leaders to enter into a serious, constructive debate about how our societies are going to help people forced to leave their homes by war and persecution," Shetty said.

    "They need to explain why the world can bail out banks, develop new technologies and fight wars, but cannot find safe homes for 21 million refugees, just 0.3 percent of the world's population."

    Kathleen Newland, cofounder of the Migration Policy Institute, said unless more countries step up their response, the refugees will continue to flee using dangerous routes

    "I think we'll see more people trying to move through clandestine channels using smugglers, putting themselves in great danger to try to reach a place where they can restart their lives," she told Al Jazeera.

    "The more governments try to close off those routes, the more dangerous the alternatives become."

     

     

    Source: Al Jazeera News And 

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  • Housemaid arrested for attempting to murder housewife and daughters

    attempting to murder a Saudi housewife and her two young daughters.

    Jazan Police said they received a call from neighbors saying the housemaid physically assaulted the woman of the house she worked in and her two daughters who are aged 9 and 6.

    The woman continuously banged her victims’ heads against the wall in an attempt to kill them. Hearing their cries, neighbors barged in and saved the mother and her daughters.

    The neighbors took the victims to hospital in an unconscious state. They had sustained fractures in their skulls as well as several injuries in their bodies.

    The housemaid tried to escape from the scene but she was caught and arrested a few meters away from the house. She was charged with attempted murder and handed over to the pertinent authorities.

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