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  • Teachers in Addis enter public transport for free Monday on

     

    (Andegna.com) A memorandum of understanding signed between Addis Ababa Road Transport Bureau and City’s Education Bureau marked provision of Anbessa Bus transport service for free for about 21,000 teachers, including TVET teachers, school directors, supervisors and trainers in the city starting from coming Monday.

    Government’s Public Service Employees Transport Service Enterprise (PSETSE) started free of charge pick-up and drop-off public servants a year ago this include teachers. However, teachers have been complaining on the service delivery, where, teachers are forced to wait for the drop-off buses half a day.

    The Addis Ababa City Administration said, preparation of identification cards will be finalized on the weekend. According to the office of the Mayor, the annual cost of the service is estimated to be over 40 million Birr calculating 11.25 Birr a day per head with possible increase to the cost.

    Addis’s Light Rail Train, Anbessa City Bus Enterprise and PSETSE are parts of the public transport services in Ethiopia’s capital where getting public transport has become very challenging for majority. 

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  • Zambian Minister kneeling picture goes viral

    (by Andegna) A picture where Livestock and Fisheries Michael Katambo is seen kneeling for President Edgar Lungu, has gone viral on the internet. The photo was taken on Sunday inside the Parish priest’s office at Mary Immaculate Parish in Lusaka shortly after President Lungu attended mass.

    While President Lungu sat comfortably on the only chair in the office, Mr Katambo with fear all over him, clenched both hands as he knelt. It looked as if President Lungu was scolding Mr Katambo.

    Many people in Africa have taken to Twitter and Facebook to poke fun at Mr Katambo and mock President Lungu.

    However, kneeling down to greet superiors is a sign of respect in Zambian culture. A similar Picture below went viral during the Late President Mwanawasa’s era, when then Defense Minister George Mpombo was seen Kneeling before the late President Levy Mwanawasa

    Image: Katambo and Mpombo 

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  • Ethiopian Airlines wins 2016 African Airline award

    (by Andegna.com) Ethiopian Airlines has won the 2016 African Airline of the year award in recognition of its financial performance, fleet modernization, route network expansion, in-flight service, overall customer care and its outstanding contribution to aviation development in Africa. 

    The award was presented to Ethiopian during the 25th Anniversary African Aviation Air Finance Africa Conference & Exhibition and African Aviation Summit held in Johannesburg.

    Ethiopian said they are pleased to win the award. “African Airline of the Year 2016 Award’ is a testimony of Ethiopian 70 years of commitment to bring Africa together and closer to the rest of the world,” said Mesfin Tassew, Chief Operating Officer of the airline.

    Presenting the award Nick Fadugba, Chief Executive Officer African Aviation, said the airline have become “a source of great pride to Africa”.

    “ET has also excelled in the provision of technical services to African and non-African airlines and has made an enormous contribution to the development of Aviation Human Resources for the African continent, particularly in the fields of aircraft maintenance, pilot and cabin crew training.” Fadugba added.

    Ethiopian currently commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 92 international destinations across five continents.  

    Image: Ethiopian cabin crew  

     

     

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  • Happiness report: Norway is the happiest place on Earth, Ethiopia eighteenth in Africa

    (by Andegna) Norway is the happiest place on Earth while Ethiopia is 18th in Africa alone, according to a United Nations agency new World Happiness Report which measures "subjective well-being" - how happy the people are, and why.

    Algeria leads the rest of Africa in happiness, followed by Mauritius. Strife-torn Libya is surprisingly ranked third, ahead of Morocco. And even a bigger surprise, another crisis-torn nation, Somalia is Africa’s fifth happiest country ahead of Nigeria and South Africa, ranked 7th. Tunisia is eighth and Egypt ninth, while Sierra Leone is tenth.

    At the bottom ten are Benin, Madagascar, South Sudan, Liberia, Guinea, Togo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and the worst of them, Central African Republic.

    Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Finland round out the top five, while the Central African Republic came last. Western Europe and North America dominated the top of table, with the US and UK at 14th and 19th, respectively.

    Countries in sub-Saharan Africa and those hit by conflict have predictably low scores. Syria placed 152 of 155 countries - Yemen and South Sudan, which are facing impending famine, came in at 146 and 147. The World Happiness Report was released to coincide with the United Nations' International Day of Happiness on 20 March.

    Image: Rural girl in Ethiopia 

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