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British Pound Hits 4-week High, Sensex Ends Sharply Lower on Lockdown Fears, Venezuela March Inflation Rate Hits Over 1-Year High, Israel Trade Deficit Widens in March

British Pound Hits 4-week High, Sensex Ends Sharply Lower on Lockdown Fears, Venezuela March Inflation Rate Hits Over 1-Year High, Israel Trade Deficit Widens in March

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British Pound Hits 4-week HighGBPUSD increased to a 4-week high of 1.392Sensex Ends Sharply Lower on Lockdown FearsThe S&P BSE Sensex lost more than 880 points or 1.8% to close at 47,949 on Monday, having touched an over two-and-a-half-month low earlier in the session. Banks, automakers and energy stocks led the declines, as concerns about India's economic recovery mounted due to the pandemic-induced local lockdowns after the country's health authorities reported a tenth record daily increase in COVID-19 cases in eleven days. New Delhi is currently under a weekend curfew, while the state of Maharashtra is under a lockdown since April 15th. On the corporate front, heavyweight HDFC Bank posted on Saturday a more than 18% increase in its quarterly profit, but said the second coronavirus ...
U.S. imposes wide array of sanctions on Russia for ‘malign’ actions

U.S. imposes wide array of sanctions on Russia for ‘malign’ actions

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The United States on Thursday imposed a broad array of sanctions on Russia, including curbs to its sovereign debt market, to punish it for interfering in last year’s U.S. election, cyber hacking, bullying Ukraine and other alleged malign actions. The U.S. government blacklisted Russian companies, expelled Russian diplomats and barred U.S. banks from buying sovereign bonds from Russia's central bank, national wealth fund and Finance Ministry. The United States warned Russia that more penalties were possible but said it did not want to escalate. The Russian Foreign Ministry reacted angrily, summoning the U.S. ambassador for a diplomatic dressing-down to tell him "a series of retaliatory measures will follow soon." A ministry spokeswoman also said a possible summit could be imperiled. ...
Eight dead at FedEx facility in Indianapolis mass shooting

Eight dead at FedEx facility in Indianapolis mass shooting

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Eight people have been killed and many injured in a shooting in the US city of Indianapolis, police say. Witnesses heard several gunshots at a FedEx facility and one said he saw a man firing an automatic weapon. The gunman, said to have been acting alone, is reported to have killed himself. Authorities said there was no further threat to public safety. Police say several of the injured have been taken to hospital. Flights from the nearby airport are not affected.
Chicago police release video of officer shooting boy

Chicago police release video of officer shooting boy

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Chicago police have released graphic footage of an officer shooting dead a 13-year-old boy in a dark alley. Bodycam video shows the policeman shouting "Drop it" before shooting Adam Toledo once in the chest on 29 March. The boy does not appear to be holding a weapon in the split second he was shot, but police video shows a handgun near the spot where he fell. Small protests were held on Thursday evening around Chicago, hours after the city's mayor appealed for calm. The video's release follows the fatal police shooting on 11 April of Daunte Wright by an officer in a Minneapolis suburb. That shooting has sparked violent protests as the city awaits the outcome of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the officer accused in the death of George Floyd.
KCCA Executive Director Dorothy Kisaka makes a tour on the City Projects, not impressed with construction sites that are untidy.

KCCA Executive Director Dorothy Kisaka makes a tour on the City Projects, not impressed with construction sites that are untidy.

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Kampala Capital City Authority Executive Director Dorothy Kisaka today made an inspection of a number of roads in the City. She was first impressed by the the work on the first site which is John Babiha road now known as Acacia. Kisaka inspecting some of the roads under construction.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. However,later,she found out that drainage channels were left open, something dangerous to pedestrians. She blasted the Contractors of this work and City Engineers for not supervising well."This site is near a School.I can not be a proud parent of a child of Kabojja Junior School with the surrounds are dirty" Kisaka inspecting some of the roads under construction.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. ."Yes, you are doing a great job but this does not mean you ke...
INTEGRATING FOR SERVICE DELIVERY: UPDF VACCINATE CHURCH LEADERS AGAINST COVID 19

INTEGRATING FOR SERVICE DELIVERY: UPDF VACCINATE CHURCH LEADERS AGAINST COVID 19

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A team of the Uganda people's defense forces led by Lt A.W Mugonyi in collaboration with the ministry of health have today carried  out a covid-19 vaccination campaign aiming at vaccinating church leaders, their families and their followers at City of the loard church in Bwaise, Kalerwe. The UPDF was invited by ministry of health to give Manpower back up and expertise in the covid-19 vaccination, The activity was blessed by the overseer of Kawempe pentacostal churches Bishop Peter Mutebi who appreciated the Uganda People's Defense Forces and the Ministry of Health for taking the church into consideration.The campaign had a target of vaccinating over 500 church members and the people from the neighborhood today and it ended up cataring for all group of people from 18years and above....
Drugs,Structures worth millions  destroyed as  the Joint Medical Stores Warehouse goes into flames.

Drugs,Structures worth millions destroyed as the Joint Medical Stores Warehouse goes into flames.

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Kampala,Uganda: Fire has gutted the Joint Medical Stores Warehouse in Nakawa Industrial Area. Firefighters worked tirelessly to put out the fire to save the entire infrastructure from going up in flames. The fire, whose cause has not been readily established, sent a big dark smoke on the sky, destroying drugs and structures. The private pharmaceutical store serving at least 3000 medical facilities were established in 1979 as a joint venture between Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau (UCMB) and Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB). JMS is licensed by National Drug Authority to engage in import, export, wholesale of medicines and related health care supplies.
Pope appoints Bishop Paul Semwogerere  the  Apostolic Administrator for Kampala Archdiocese

Pope appoints Bishop Paul Semwogerere the Apostolic Administrator for Kampala Archdiocese

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Pope Francis VI has appointed  Uganda’s  Bishop of Kasana Luwero, Paul Ssemwogerere, as the Apostolic Administrator of Kampala Archdiocese, until a substantive archbishop is appointed.  This was announced by the Pope’s representative to Uganda, (Papal Nuncio) Archbishop Bianco Luigi at the burial ceremony of the Late Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga at Rubaga Cathedral. In the message, he consoled the Catholic Church in Uganda and the world for the loss of a great and committed shepherd like Dr Lwanga. The development follows the death of Archbishop Lwanga who was found dead in his room on Saturday morning. The development means Kampala Archbishop will now be under the watch of Bishop Ssemwogere and will carry on the duties until Pope Francis appoints a substantive...
Survivor of MV templar boat accident Omulangira Ssimbwa dies

Survivor of MV templar boat accident Omulangira Ssimbwa dies

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Omulangira Arnold Ssimbwa, well known as the Prince survived MV Kalangala Boat accident has been confirmed dead after failed treatment at Nsambya Hospital. Prince Ssimbwa is a son to prince David Ggolooba who is a brother to the King of Buganda Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II and his death has left many shocked. He is one of the survivors of the November 24 fatal boat accident on Lake Victoria, turned up at Victory Christian Centre, where he gave his life to Christ and became a born-again Christian before getting married one year later. Before Pastor Joseph Sserwadda prayed for him and his wife, Ssimbwa shared in Luganda his harrowing testimony with the congregation. Carolyne Nakazibwe transcribed the testimony. Omulangira (Prince) Arnold Simbwa, one of the few survivors o...
President Museveni hails China’s support to Africa

President Museveni hails China’s support to Africa

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KISOZI, GOMBA DISTRICT: President Yoweri Museveni has saluted the Chinese Communist Party for its support towards African countries political struggle for independence and economic development. “China has been a friend to Africa since 1950s. I congratulate Chinese Communist Party for its support towards Africa political struggle for development”, he said. President Museveni with the outgoing the outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Uganda Zheng Xhuquing. The President was saying farewell to the outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Uganda Zheng Xhuquing who paid a courtesy call on him at his Kisozi Ranch in Gomba  district. He said that Uganda National Congress, which was a national party by 1950s and other neighbouring countries like Tanzania that were linked to China through African...
President Kenyatta condoles with the Obama family

President Kenyatta condoles with the Obama family

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NAIROBI, 29th March 2021 (PSCU) –President Uhuru Kenyatta has condoled with the Obama family following the death of Mama Sarah Onyango Obama. Mama Sarah, who is the third wife of the paternal grandfather of former US President Barack Obama, died Monday morning in Kisumu. In his message of comfort, the President mourned the Obama family matriarch as an icon of family values and a philanthropist whose contribution to the progress of the Kenyan nation shall be dearly. "The passing away of Mama Sarah is a big blow to our nation. We've lost a strong, virtuous woman. A matriarch who held together the Obama family and was an icon of family values," the President eulogised. Mama Sarah Obama will be remembered by many for her philanthropic work especially in her Nyang'oma Kogel...
President Kenyatta attends State Funeral of former Tanzanian President Magufuli in Dodoma

President Kenyatta attends State Funeral of former Tanzanian President Magufuli in Dodoma

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DODOMA (Tanzania), 22nd March 2021 (PSCU) President Uhuru Kenyatta today joined thousands of Tanzanians and visiting leaders, among them eight other African Heads of State, at Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma for the State Funeral of former President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli. President Uhuru Kenyatta signs a condolence book as he pays his last respects to former Tanzania President Dr John Pombe Joseph Magufuli during the State Funeral at Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma. The President, who was accompanied by EAC Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed, attended the sombre ceremony alongside Presidents Cyril Ramaphosa (South Africa), Felix Tshisekedi (DR Congo) and Felipe Nyusi (Mozambique). President Uhuru Kenyatta pays his last respects to former Tanzania President Dr John Pombe Joseph Magufuli duri...
South sudan’s Salva Kiir Mayardit mourns his Tanzanian Counterpart John Pombe Magufuli

South sudan’s Salva Kiir Mayardit mourns his Tanzanian Counterpart John Pombe Magufuli

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Juba,South Sudan 18th March 2021, H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit has issued a statement on the passing on of H.E. John Pombe Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania. In his Statement to the media, H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit said that the People of Republic of South Sudan are deeply saddened and grieving with their brothers and sisters in the United Republic of Tanzania. South Sudanese President H.E Salvar Kiir.Courtesy Photo H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit declared three days of mourning across South Sudan and instructed all the Government institutions and our diplomatic missions abroad to fly their flags half-mast during this period beginning from today in his honour to the Late H.E. President John Pombe Magufuli. H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit...
President John Magufuli of Tanzania dies

President John Magufuli of Tanzania dies

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President John Magufuli of Tanzania, a populist leader who played down the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic and steered his country away from democratic ideals, died on Wednesdayin the port city of Dar es Salaam. He was 61.Magufuli had first been briefly admitted to the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute on March 6, but was subsequently discharged, Hassan said on state television. But he was rushed to hospital again on March 14 after feeling unwell. President John Magufuli After the death was announced, opposition leader Zitto Kabwe said he had spoken to Hassan to offer condolences for Magufuli’s death. “The nation will remember him for his contribution to the development of our country,” Kabwe said in a statement published on Twitter. President John Magufuli According...
Swedish Industrial Output Growth Slows in January, OECD Revises Up its 2021 Growth Outlook, Hungary Inflation Rate Rises to 3.1% in February

Swedish Industrial Output Growth Slows in January, OECD Revises Up its 2021 Growth Outlook, Hungary Inflation Rate Rises to 3.1% in February

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Swedish Industrial Output Growth Slows in JanuarySweden's industrial production rose 1.1 percent from a year earlier in January of 2021, following an upwardly revised 7.2 percent jump in the preceding month. Production grew at a slower pace for manufacturing (1.4 percent vs 7.2 percent in December) while it declined for mining & quarrying (-7.7 percent vs 2.8 percent). On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, industrial output fell 1.5 percent, after an upwardly revised 1.8 percent increase in the prior month.OECD Revises Up its 2021 Growth OutlookThe OECD revised its 2021 global growth projection to 5.6% from 4.2% as vaccine rollout is gaining momentum and government stimulus, particularly in the US, is likely to provide a major boost to economic activity. The US economy is seen growi...
Meeting between His Excellency President Kenyatta and His Excellency Charles Michel, President of the European Council

Meeting between His Excellency President Kenyatta and His Excellency Charles Michel, President of the European Council

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Tuesday, 9th March 2021 His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta today at State House, Nairobi held a meeting with His Excellency Charles Michel, President of the European Council who paid him a courtesy call. President Uhuru Kenyatta with His Excellency Charles Michel, President of the European Council who paid him a courtesy call today at State House, Nairobi. The President and the visiting European Union leader discussed several matters of bilateral and multilateral interest to Kenya and the EU, and agreed to: a) Strengthen and scale up partnership between Africa, and Kenya's private sector and the European Union as part of efforts to increase investments, create employment and support post Covid-19 economic recovery; President Uhuru Kenyatta with His Excellency Charles M...
COVID-19 pandemic worsening gender inequalities for refugee women and girls-UNHCR

COVID-19 pandemic worsening gender inequalities for refugee women and girls-UNHCR

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the lives and rights of refugee, displaced and stateless women and girls, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is warning on International Women’s Day today. “The unprecedented socio-economic impacts of the pandemic are leaving many lives in peril. We are seeing extremely worrying increases in reports of gender-based violence, including domestic violence, forced marriages, child labour and adolescent pregnancies,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi. These are being attributed to burgeoning socio-economic pressures, increased tensions in homes and communities, and school closures, all induced as a result of pandemic-related poverty. Some survivors are even resorting to the drastic measure of withdrawing their complaints ...
Emirates boosts services to Maldives and Seychelles ahead of Easter Break

Emirates boosts services to Maldives and Seychelles ahead of Easter Break

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Dubai, UAE: 09 March 2021 – Emirates has announced it will increase services to popular holiday destinations, Maldives and Seychelles, ahead of the Easter break. Starting 28 March, the airline will offer customers 28 weekly flights to Male, and seven weekly flights to Mahe. The added services will meet market demand and offer customers greater flexibility, choice and connectivity while planning their travels this Easter holiday. Fly better with Emirates to Maldives Emirates currently offers customers 24 weekly flights to the Maldives, utilising a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Starting from 28 March until 18 April, the airline will ramp up services to 28 flights a week – offering customers enhanced connectivity to the popular Indian Ocean destination, via Dubai. Tickets can be booked...