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  • University Lecturers and Professors New Salary Scale

    Ethiopia is one of the countries school teachers and academicians are not well paid. Sources are emerging that the government is planning to adjust the salary scales of both school teachers and academic staffs in higher educational institutions.  

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  • New Income tax on salary introduced

    Ethiopia has introduced a new income tax on salary. Officials from the finance and economy ministry said the new tax rate takes into account the varying income levels of the tax payers. 

     The Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC) has announced today the newly amended draft income tax proclamation.

    The newly amended proclamation reduced the taxation of income from employees and took into account the earnings of the society, said Wasihun Abate, Legal Service Director at MoFEC.

    Discussion on the proclamation will be held on Thursday and Friday with the business community, foreign companies and professional associations, he said.

    The new proclamation will be effective as of July 1, 2008 EC after it is approved by the House of People’s Representatives.

     

     

    Source: FBC 

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  • [Breaking] Heavy fighting Broke Between Ethiopia and Eritrea

    A heavy fighting is going on the Tsorena front of Ethiopian Eritrean border, multiple sources confirmed to HornAffairs.

    Fighting in the Tsorena area of the border started since 5 am at dawn and it is still ongoing.

    The sound of heavy artilleries is heard as far as Zalambesa to the east, locals confirmed.

    Heavy artillery from Eritrean army have hit areas close to civilian Kebeles in Tsorena area.

    Ethiopian troops reportedly advanced into Eritrean land in some areas and brought captives to the border town Gerhu-sernay, according to one local source.

    HornAffairs also learned a mechanized division stationed in Mekele is partially mobilizing to the border area.

    The skirmish expanded eastwards in mid-day.

    In particular, the areas called Akran, Kolo berendo, and Kinin Kinito experienced fighting, HornAffairs’ sources disclosed. 

    Civilians in Egela area are told to evacuate the area.

    There has not been shooting Zalambesa area, but the military warned residents not to move outside town.

    In Sheraro, west of Tsorena and close to Badme, there are unconfirmed reports of shootings but doesn’t appear serious. However, people reported unusual military movement.

    It was not immediately clear how the fighting started.

    Sources claimed the Eritreans ambushed Ethiopian troops while the latter were holding a football match among Brigades. However, it is not clear whether the match was this morning or in previous days.

    Image: Ethiopian Military Artillery during Ethio-Eritrea war, 2000.

    Source: Horn Affairs 

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  • PM Hailemariam removes Mekuria Haile

    (by EthioTime) Seems an attempt of overhauling the leadership of his government, Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn has recently removed Mekuria Haile, Minister of Housing and Urban Development.

    Though Prime Minister Hailemariam did not offer any reasons as to why the minister has been sacked, a letter that was signed by the PM mentioned that Mekuria was given another position in government as advisor to the PM on the issues of housing and urban development with the rank of a minister. Is has also been confirmed that Mekuria received the letter a week ago, reports a local newspaper in Ethiopia.  

    However, according to a high-level discussion held back in November 2015, lack of good governance and emergence of rent-seeking trends in the government institution has posed a serious threat to the system. And hence, the Ministry, which is led by Mekuria, is one of the institutions that were cited in the good-governance report, which was discussed at the high-level meeting.

    However, recent reports indicate that Mekuria’s ministry was raised in connection to severe maladministration and lack of good governance. Former comrades of the ruling EPRDF revealed that the real administrative power has never been given to Mekuria which led to create strong network of officials to embezzle the land and housing development mainly in the city of Addis Ababa.   

    Mekuria was severely challenged in the House of People’s Representatives in June in connection with the performance of his Ministry and the slow delivery of public condominium houses to home-seekers.

    Particularly, he was grilled by a Member of Parliament after he reported that over 80 blocks of condominium houses were either lost or were not constructed despite fact that they were included in the site map. MPs were also angered over his comment that he claimed he knew nothing about the lost houses.

    Mekuria, who was born in Azza area of Gurage Zone, has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Addis Ababa University (AAU) and has obtained his Master’s degrees in International Business Management and Business Administration from Universities in Ireland and England. His first post in the public sector is the Trade, Industry and Urban Development Bureau of the Southern Region and cabinet member of Southern Regional State. He then moved to Addis Ababa as manager of the city under Kuma Demekssa who was back then Mayor of the city. His current ministerial portfolio materialized in 2010, in the then Urban Development and Construction Minister which was later renamed as Minster of Housing and Urban Development.

    Image: Mekuria Haile

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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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