ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua)
-- Ethiopia has granted
amnesty for thousands of prisoners on the occasion of
the Ethiopian New Year.
Ethiopia’s largest Oromia regional state granted amnesty
for 6,655 prisoners who have demonstrated good manners
whilst in detention.
Ethiopian regional states had pardoned a large number of
prisoners earlier this month in connection with the
recently celebrated Ethiopian New Year, which started on
Southern SNNP region pardoned over 3,000 prisoners,
while the second largest northwestern Amhara region
granted amnesty for over 1,980 prisoners ahead of the
New Year earlier this month. Tigray region was also the
third state that granted some 957 prisoners earlier this
Administrators of the three regional states have urged
the pardoned individuals to embrace peaceful and
productive livelihood while rejoining the community in
the just started Ethiopian New Year.
a unique calendar deriving from the Ethiopian Orthodox
Church traditions whereby the country counts its annual
year seven to eight years, based on leap year, behind
the internationally acclaimed Gregorian calendar.
Accordingly, the Ethiopian New Year that falls on
September 11, 2017 will be 2010.
was granted as part of the east African country’s 10-day
nationwide New Year celebrations, which started from
September 1, 2017, to usher in the Ethiopian New Year.
Ethiopia police vows to
ensure security of Meskel festival celebrations
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua)
-- The Ethiopia Federal Police
Commission said on Monday it’s ready to ensure the
two-day Meskel religious festival is conducted
reporters on Monday, Federal Police Commission Director
Desta Asmelash said police is working with other
security agencies to ensure the security during Meskel,
which is also a favorite tourist attraction.
which falls on Sept. 26-27 this year, is an annual
religious festival that’s celebrated by Ethiopian
Orthodox church adherents at the end of September, with
a public bonfire and religious procession.
Christians, who make up about 44 percent of Ethiopia’s
population of some 100 million, believe Meskel is an
affirmation of hope coming soon after the Ethiopian New
Year, which falls every year on Sept. 11.
celebrations coinciding with World Tourism Day
celebrations on Sept. 27, the Ethiopian government is
running this year a week-long program to promote the
country’s intangible and tangible cultural heritages.
the Ethiopian Culture and Tourism Ministry, more than
3.32 billion U.S. dollars was generated in revenue from
886,800 tourists who visited Ethiopia during the 2016-17
Scientists say fall
armyworms still spreading in Africa despite
NAIROBI Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
Fall armyworms (FAW) are likely to spread
to many African countries due to suitable climate
despite interventions by the governments, scientists
said in a report released on Monday.
scientists from the Centre for Agriculture and
Biosciences International (CABI) said the spread may be
affected by the desert to the North and the predominant
South-Easterly winds that may act as a brake.
FAW to spread to the limits of its viable African
habitat within the next few cropping seasons,” the
the report, the armyworm’s presence and impact are also
to be experienced in countries including Sierra Leone,
Mali, Senegal, Liberia, and Cote d’Ivoire, and Sudan,
where it has not been reported before.
notes that the high environmental suitability on the
Mediterranean coast in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and
Libya, is increasing the possible spread of this insect
to Europe, and the high suitability areas in Ethiopia
that could enable the pest to progress towards the
Middle East and Asia.
CABI, 28 countries have officially reported the pest on
their territory, compared to 12 in April 2017. Two
countries have stated that FAW is absent from the
nine countries have conducted or are presently
conducting surveys, and either strongly suspect its
presence or are awaiting official confirmation, at the
time of publication.
indicates that FAW has the potential to cause maize
yield losses between 2.4 million and 6.1 million U.S.
dollars per annum in Africa, in the absence of any
control methods, in just 12 maize-producing countries.
Ethiopia to assess 15
years of HIV/AIDS control
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua)
-- Ethiopia plans to conduct a
study on HIV/AIDS prevention and control activities that
have been carried out during the past 15 years.
the Ethiopian Public Health Institute, the study will be
conducted on more than 25,000 adults and children in 395
identified areas across the east African country.
Ethiopian Public Health Institute Director-General, told
reporters that the assessment, which is the first of its
kind to be conducted on HIV/AIDS in the country,
envisaged to investigate in detail HIV/AIDS prevention
and control activities that have been implemented over
the past 15 years.
assessment mainly aimed to complement the global
90-90-90 HIV treatment goals, which aspires 90 percent
of people living with HIV diagnosed, 90 percent of
diagnosed people on antiretroviral treatment (ART) and
90 percent of people in treatment with fully suppressed
viral load by 2020, it was indicated.
Abate, the study would help to identify priority areas
of intervention for the realization of the global target
as it would enable Ethiopia to figure out the status of
HIV/AIDS among its citizens.
among the 15 countries in Africa selected for the study,
which will be conducted jointly by the Ethiopian Public
Health Institute, the Center for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), and the International Center for AIDS
Care and Treatment and Programs at Columbia University (ICAP),
it was noted.
Ethiopian Anti-HIV/AIDS Associations Coalition has
recently expressed its concern that HIV/AIDS
intervention and response is presently sluggish in
Ethiopia. According to Edlam Gebreselassie, coalition
board head, over 54 HIV/AIDS associations were closed
over the past few years; while some 348 are facing
720,000 people in Ethiopia living with HIV, of whom
420,000 are receiving antiretroviral treatment,
according to the Ethiopian Ministry of Health.