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  • PM HAILEMARIAM: ANNOUNCED THE CANCELLATION OF A PLAN TO CONSTRUCT THE RAILWAY IN THE NORTHWEST ETHIOPIA

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced the cancellation of a plan to construct the railway in the northwest Ethiopia.

    The Premier made the controversial statement in a town hall meeting in Adwa town last Monday.

    PM Hailemariam said: “A railway is expensive. It costs about 4 million dollars per kilometer in a plain ground. In the mountainous northern Ethiopia, it costs about 7-8 million dollars per kilometer”. It wasn’t clear how those figures were calculated.

    Therefore, Hailemariam said he is uncertain when a railway route might reach the area. Yet, he advised the audience to focus on development, “as your city grows, the train gets closer”. At one point, he suggested it might not happen ”in our lifetime”.

    Hailemariam’s statement, however, contradicts the official line of the government.

    The 10-years plan unveiled by the government unveiled in 2010 aimed to build 4,780 km National Railway Network.

    According to that plan, the first phase consisted the construction of about 1,800 km railway line in four routes: Addis Ababa to Djibouti, Addis Ababa to the southwestern Bedele, Awash (near Addis Ababa) to Hara Gebeya(Woldya) to the northern city Mekelle, and Hara Gebeya to Assayta to Djibouti.

    The second phase was to connect Jimma to Dima (South Sudan border), Ijaji to Nekemet to Assosa to Kimuruk, Mekele to Shire, Fenote selam to Bahir dar to Wereta to Woldia, Wereta to Azazo to Metema and Adama to Indeto to Gassera to Ginir.

    However, by 2015, when the first phase was supposed to be completed, the Ethiopian Railway Corporation could only report the near-completion status of the Addis Ababa – Djibouti route, while construction contracts for the Awash – Hara Gebeya(Woldya) – Mekelle and the Hara Gebeya – Assayta railway lines were awarded.

    The causes of the under-performance were said to be low institutional capacity and lack of financial sources.

    The government quietly downsized its ambitions to 1545 kilometers in the plan for 2016-2020 period. The plan document stated the target for the current period would be “the completion and operationalization of the networks began in the previous plan period and making preparations to launch construction of new railway projects”.

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  • Social media critic still persists against Tewodros Tsegaye

    People are downplaying the comments suggested by Journalist Tewodros Tsegaye and his colleague about Teddy Afro’s new “Ethiopia” album draft poster and expectations of contents of his melodies in the new album.

    Social media posts are seriously critising the comments of the journalist as it reads: “comments on Teddy Afro album forwarded on Riyot show are totally not expert wise views, it lacks professionalism”.

    Tewodros commented on pictures of the draft poster for the album and he went on to say that, “Teddy Afro songs in the new album must come up with his new and original ideas than sticking to famous personalities as he did before”.

    Facebookers and some social media pages are still resisting the journalist for his comments, but he said in his show about Teddy Afro’s album that “We’ll continue to give our opinions, especially after the album is officially released”.

    Tewodros Tsegaye has a background of Bachelor of Arts in Law from the Addis Abeba University.

     

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  • Four million Ethiopians living with depression: WHO

    Four million Ethiopians are living with depression that put the country second next to Nigeria, a data from World Health Organization (WHO) indicates.

    A data released in 2015 indicated that 48 million Nigerian are the victims of depression.

    The theme for WHO’s World Health Day on April 7, 2017 is “Depression: let’s talk”. According to the latest WHO’s estimates, 322 million people are living with depression worldwide, with the numbers increasing from by more than 18 percent between 2005 and 2015. Close to one in 20 people (4.4 percent) are affected, with depression being more common among women (5.1percent) than men (3.6 percent).
    Dr. Dawit Assefa, General Manager of the Amanuel Specialized Hospital and a Psychiatrist by profession told Sheger FM that depression is a continuous loss of happiness feelings.

    Especially when long-lasting and with moderate or severe intensity, depression may become a serious health condition. It can cause the affected person to suffer greatly and function poorly at work, at school and in the family and social life, according to Dr. Dawit.

    At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. Close to 800, 000 people die due to suicide every year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds.The last stage of depression is committing suicidal, according to Dr. Dawit

    The number of people living with depression in Ethiopia shows how much little attention and medication have been implemented in Ethiopia, said Dawit.

    Although there are known, effective treatments for depression, fewer than half of those affected in the world (in many countries, fewer than 10 percent) receive such treatments.

    Barriers to effective care include a lack of resources, lack of trained health-care providers, and social stigma associated with mental disorders. Another barrier to effective care is inaccurate assessment. In countries of all income levels, people who are depressed are often not correctly diagnosed, and others who do not have the disorder are too often misdiagnosed and prescribed antidepressants, sates the WHO.

    A temporary depression could be treated by some way of entertainments like walking and seeing movies.

    Dawit advises a person suffers from continuous depression should immediately go to doctors before it reaches to its worst stage.
    Depression is a common mental disorder, characterized by sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, feelings of tiredness, and poor concentration, according to the WHO.

    Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.

     

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  • Latest Salaries Of Top African Politicians Revealed, Including Ethiopia

    The salary of top African politicians is quite overwhelming, making it one of the best places in the world to be a politician. Our Prime Minister is currently paid ETB 966.184,00 Annually.

    Hailemariam Desalegn

    Prime Minister Ethiopia
    Born: 1965 Ethiopia
    Married
    Children: 3
    Annual: ETB 966.184,00
    Monthly: ETB 80.515,00
    Weekly: ETB 18.580,00
    Daily: ETB 2.647,00

    Uhuru Kenyatta


    President Kenya
    Born: 1961 Kenya
    Married
    Children: 3
    Annual: ETB 3.482.574,00
    Monthly: ETB 290.215,00
    Weekly: ETB 66.973,00
    Daily: ETB 9.541,00

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