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  • Prime Minister Hailemariam clicks ‘merciless measure’

    (by EthioTime) Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn in a half-hearted approach announced that his rule will take merciless measures once again.  

    However Hailemariam tried to be as bold as he could towards the latest tension in Ethiopia on his statement opened only for state run media mainly EBC, last night, many are still labeling his words of no value at a time.

    People are being reported for having said that this statement would rather fuel the current protest against the rule in the country.

    The Prime Minister in his speech claimed that the protest against the government is being fueled by anti-government group funded in pack of money. Despite his this address to the public it has been reported that grievance have continued in parts of Amhara region.  

    However he didn’t mention Egypt exactly as source of the fund for the opposition group, he said “the longstanding enemies of our country who do not want us to use our natural resources are conspiring to weaken and dismantle the country with massive funding to ‘extremist diaspora’ group”.

    At this point he has ordered all security personnel to take merciless measure against anyone who are believed to involve in this process.     

    Seen while speaking at the national television Hailemariam has displayed indifference in some of his points especially while warning for merciless measures to be taken against the protest.

    His last night statement seems to reflect that the ruling party is not ready to accept the public grievance coming from multiple socio-economic burden in the East African country. Analysis fear this warning would rather aggravate the situation by promoting the mass protest to a higher bloodshed.

    The Prime Minister also said that his party is in renewal while he promised for more package of job for the youth.

    Image: Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn

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  • Ethiopian NAFCA nominees need over 520 thousand Birr for US stay

    (by EthioTime) Girum Ermias and Rutha Mengistab, the two Ethiopian nominees of Nollywood and African Film Critics’ Awards (NAFCA), requires over 520,000 Birr or about USD 24,000 to cover their expense of stay at the U.S.       

    The two film stars have already confirmed their attendance for the 2016 African film award ceremony to be held on the coming November at California after they have been nominated by people’s choice, surpassing other African nominees for the award.

    Girum secured over 7000 votes in a “Best Actor” and Rutha with close to 5000 votes as “Best Actress” Categories. It was learned that for the past five years, NAFCA did not included Ethiopian nominees just because they haven’t had a contact with the industry of the country.

    Accordingly, we have learned that different fund raising events are to be held for the travel, accommodation and other expenses for the two starts. However there is no much financial support gained so far.

    Each year, NAFCA awards nominees who are recognized as outstanding individuals whose professional careers have been marked by extraordinary personal and professional achievements.

    Image: Ethiopian film stars NAFCA 2016 nominees, Girum Ermias and Rutha Mengistab  

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  • Ethiopia Grade 10 General School Leaving Certificate Examination Officially Released

    Ethiopia Grade 10 General School Leaving Certificate Examination of the year 2006 is officially released today. You can see your results using your detail in the following link http://www.neaea.gov.et/Home/Student. If the link doesn't work/busy for you, it could be because of large traffic flooding to the website. In this case, you can use the alternative mechanism by sending RTN and your  ID number (with space between RTN and your ID) to the free number 8181. We wish you all the best. 

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  • Frightened Feyissa can come back home says Ethiopia’s gov’t

    (by EthioTime) Ethiopia’s government vowed to Olympian Feyissa Lelisa who earned a silver medal in men's marathon at the Rio Olympics that he will not face any problem while returning back home.

    Feyisa won’t face any problem due to his political stance, Getachew Reda, Government Communication Affairs Office Minister told a local radio station on Monday.

    Getachew was heard saying that “though it is impossible to express a political stance at Olympic Games, the athlete will be welcomed while returning home along with other members of the Ethiopian Olympic squad”.

    Feyissa however has told reporters in Rio that he will possibly be jailed or killed upon his arrival to Ethiopia.  "If not kill me, they will put me in prison," he said. "I have not decided yet, but maybe I will move to another country." He also told journalists he would prefer to go to America.

    As he took the silver medal, Feyissa Lelisa crossed his arms above - a gesture made by the Oromo and other people who have suffered brutal police crackdowns.

    Despite government’s vow to welcome the athlete many people are expressing their doubt about this promise by the government.

    In related development more than $20,000 has been raised for Feyessa's political asylum process.

    Image:  Feyissa in Rio

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