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News Headlines- January 28 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

BINDURI TOO HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED BY JOHN MAHAMA

Patience is needed by investors, farmers, expectant mothers and greatly needed by politicians. Patiently, Binduri too has been recognized by the affable President, John Mahama through its son.

IMPROVED CORRUPTION RANKING AN ‘ENVIABLE FEAT’ – GOV’T

Unlike other times when Government has hurriedly rubbished surveys touting the administration as corrupt, it has this time around welcomed the latest corruption perception index report, which suggests the country has slightly improved in its fight against corruption.

GOVERNMENT, LABOUR REACH DEAL ON TARIFF HIKES

The government has agreed to provide relief for lifeline consumers of electricity and the vulnerable with effect from February 1, as it has reached a deal with organised labour over the increases in utility tariffs.

MENINGITIS CLAIMS LIVES IN ASHANTI, VOLTA REGIONS

The deadly pneumococcal meningitis continues to claim more lives in parts of the country. The latest area to record mortality is the Ashanti Region where the disease has claimed four lives in two weeks.

4 CPP PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS SELL MESSAGES

Four Convention People’s Party (CPP) presidential hopefuls on Tuesday evening locked themselves to their party electorates and Ghanaian voters ahead of their Saturday primaries.

CONFIRMED! NDC ORGANIZER BUSTED FOR COCAINE IN LONDON

The Ayawaso East constituency organizer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Ismaila Ali Horoya, has been arrested by British security agents in London for transporting cocaine into that country.

NANA DAMNS FALSE REPORT

The presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has expressed disgust at claims that he killed his first wife, Obaa Yaa Nkansah Dwamena.

EC DENIES AYARIGA APC

The Electoral Commission has dismissed reports that it has registered Hassan Ayariga’s All People’s Congress (APC) to operate as a political party.

BUS BRANDING: MORE OFFICIALS LEFT OFF THE HOOK – REPORT

A leaked highly confidential government document suggests that Ghana’s presidency has been rather lenient in its handling of the bus branding scandal which led to some 1.9 million Ghana cedis loss to the state due to an overpayment.

HAS GOV’T BECOME THAT INSENSITIVE?

OUR government has become so insensitive that it will not act even when sachet water, otherwise known as pure, is now selling at 30 pesewas per a sachet. That is what we are confronted with today.

GUNS SEIZED AT AFLAO BORDER; ONE ARRESTED

Immigration officials at the Aflao border in the Volta region have impounded a huge cache of guns and other ammunition.Starr News understands that the weapons were in transit to Ivory Coast through Ghana from Togo on a motorbike.

NDC BEGINS DISTRIBUTION OF MAHAMA TEXTILES FOR VOTES

The Catalyst can confirm that the ruling National Democratic Congress government has set its vote buying machinery in motion, with the commencement of the distribution of seized and pirated textiles to folks in villages across the country.

I DID NOT KILLED MY FIRST WIFE – NANA ADDO

The attention of the Office of Nana Akufo-Addo has been drawn, once again, to a false and defamatory publication in the Daily Post newspaper of Wednesday, January 27, 2015.

INTRA-PARTY DEMOCRACY: GHANAIANS LAUD CPP

A cross-section of Ghanaians have commended the Convention People’s Party (CPP) and its leadership for helping to deepen democracy in the country’s body politics.

GHANAIANS WILL VOTE FOR MAHAMA ON NOV 7 – KOFI ADAMS

National Organizer of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) Kofi Adams has reiterated President John Mahama’s commitment to building the nation.

SAMIA CAUSED HER OWN DEFEAT IN 2012 ELECTION – KABILA

The Director of Election for the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) James Kwabena Bomfeh a.k.a Kabila has said Samia Nkrumah, a Flagbearer aspirant of the party should desist from continuing to accuse her political detractors of being behind her inability to retain the Jomoro Parliamentary seat.

2 DIE IN RENEWED BUNKPURUGU CLASHES; HUNDREDS FLEE

The Northern Regional Police PRO ASP Ebenezer Tetteh has confirmed the death of two persons in troubled Bunkprugu township after renewed clashes that lasted for hours between Wednesday night and Thursday dawn.

TARIFF NEGOTIATIONS: TUC VOWS TO PUSH FOR BETTER DEAL WITH GOV’T

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) says it is not happy with the outcome of negotiations with government that only met one of their demands, the reduction in electricity tariffs.

WHYTE: NSS NOT JOB PROVIDER

Acting Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), Dr Michael Kpessah Whyte, has advised national service personnel to cultivate the habit of entrepreneurship.

MENINGITIS OUTBREAK: DEATH TOLL RISES TO 37

The total number of people who have died from the Pneumococcal Meningitis disease has risen from 33 to 37.

43% OF GHANA’S URBAN DWELLERS RELY ON SACHET WATER [INFOGRAPHIC]

A 2014 Demographic and Health Survey report by the Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Statistical Service has revealed that 43% of Ghana’s urban dwellers depend on sachet water as a source of drinking water.

REVEALED: GHC3.6M BUS BRANDING CASH MEANT FOR RAILWAY DEV’T

A leaked confidential Government document available to Citi News has revealed that the GHc 3.6 million of Ghana’s oil revenue released for the controversial bus branding deal, was actually intended for the development of Ghana’s ailing railway sector.

INSULTS AND NAME CALLING, NOT THE WAY TO GO – NCCE

Deputy Chairman in-charge of Operations, National Commission for Civil Education (NCCE), Mr. Samuel Akuamoah, has advised the political parties and their supporters to stop the insults and name calling.

I DON’T PREACH POLITICS AT CHURCH – PROF. OCQUAYE

Theologian and politician Professor Mike Ocquaye has said he never preaches politics at church even though he has an active church and congregation.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

BRACE UP FOR THE WORST

In spite of the frustration and public outcry that have greeted killer taxes and rising cost of living in Ghana, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says Ghanaians must brace for more hardships.

MANUFACTURING SECTOR HIT BY NEGATIVE GROWTH

The harsh economic conditions facing the country impacted negatively on manufacturing firms in 2015.

FINANCE MINISTRY STALLING GETFUND GROWTH – PARLIAMENT

The Parliament of Ghana, Wednesday, bemoaned the untimely releases of funds to the GETFund Secretariat by the Ministry of Finance for their planned infrastructural projects.

FARES LIKELY TO GO UP BETWEEN 10-15% ON FEB. 1

Sources close to ongoing negotiations between transport unions and government have hinted Citi News that transport fares are likely to go up between 10 to 15 per cent on February 1, 2016.

CLIMBING RISK LEVELS TO IMPACT ON SOCIETE GENERALE PERFORMANCE

Societe Generale Ghana (SOGEGH) closed trade as the only gainer on the bourse yesterday on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE).SOGEGH pegged at 83 pesewas per share to record a Year-To-Date (YTD) gain of 3.34%.However, the fundamentals of this equity is yet to witness significant improvement.

FT LAUDS ‘FRIGHTENINGLY CLEVER’ MPEDIGREE FOUNDER BRIGHT SIMONS

UK newspaper, The Financial Times (FT) has lauded Ghana’s technology entrepreneur, Bright Simons, describing him as a “frighteningly clever” individual.

PRIVATE SECTOR EDGED OUT OF PPPS

The former President of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Seth Adjei-Baah, says local businesses are being crowded out in the government’s Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) agenda, describing it as ‘public-foreign partnerships.’

POWER MINISTRY TO UNDERTAKE TRANSMISSION LINES AUDIT

The Power Ministry says it has given the Energy Commission a two-week ultimatum to undertake a nationwide audit of the country’s power transmission network following a fault in one of the transmission lines that led to massive blackouts in a greater part of the country.

SHADY IMPORTERS CAN’T OUTSMART US ANYMORE – CEPS

The Customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority is confident the newly introduced Single Window system will fix the challenges with its item valuation process. The division says there is a rigorous process in place to ascertain the right value of items imported into the country.

IDEAL FINANCE EARMARKS MONEY TO SUPPORT RCBS

Ideal Finance, a non-banking financial institution, has earmarked on a GH₵ 50,000000.00 credit facility to support the operations of Rural and Community Banks (RCBs) in the country this year.

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR GHANA PUBLIC SECTOR AWARDS 2016

Instinct Wave, organisers of the Ghana Telecom Awards, Ghana Construction Awards, Ghana CFO Awards and 3rd West African Telecom Summit & Expo open nominations for 2016 Ghana Public Sector Awards.

CPC SHUTDOWN: GOV’T, COCOBOD URGED TO RESCUE COMPANY FROM COLLAPSE

Government and managements of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) have been advised to rescue the Cocoa Processing Company Limited (CPC) from total collapse.

TOR: A VIABLE ENTITY THAT NEEDS ATTENTION

In a spate of 53 years, the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), Ghana’s only refinery, has moved from a profitable crude oil refining company to an idling structure of buildings and plants that is now a drain on the national purse.

INCOME TAX ACT THREATENS CAPITAL MARKET

The Managing Director of the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE), Mr Kofi Yamoah, has said the introduction of the new Income Tax Act, 2015 (Act 896) has ripped off all incentives on the capital market, The phenomenon he said is, therefore threatening the sustainability of existing funds.

TELCOS, BANKS LOCK HORNS OVER INTEREST ON MOBILE MONEY

Telecoms operators and banks in the country are in a tussle over how to pay interest to mobile money customers as per the requirement of the new Electronic Money Issuers (EMI) Guidelines.

LACK OF COOPERATION STALLS COMMODITY EXCHANGE AGENDA

The country is likely to miss its June 2016 deadline of starting the commodity exchange market due to the lack of support from some stakeholders, the Project Coordinator, Mr Robert Dowuono Owoo, has said.

AIRTEL EMPLOYEES DONATE TO SOS VILLAGE IN TAMALE

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility and employee-driven initiative dubbed Make your Change, Airtel Ghana has made a donation comprising food and non-food items to Children and staff of the SOS Village in Tamale.

OIL RESUMES DECLINE NEAR $30

Oil resumed its decline near $30 a barrel after US industry data showed crude stockpiles increased, exacerbating a global glut.Futures slid as much as 3.7% in New York. Inventories surged by 11.4 million barrels last week, the industry-funded American Petroleum Institute was said to report.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

GBAGBO TRIAL REKINDLES CONTROVERSY IN AFRICA OVER WESTERN JUSTICE

The groundbreaking war crimes trial in The Hague of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo has rekindled a bitter row across Africa over the international justice system.

IRAN’S ROUHANI IN FRANCE TO REVIVE BUSINESS TIES AFTER NUCLEAR DEAL

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told French business leaders on Wednesday that Iran was open for investment as he started a visit in France to revive business ties despite diplomatic differences.

NORTH KOREA MAY BE READYING LONG-RANGE MISSILE LAUNCH SOON – KYODO

North Korea may be preparing to launch a long-range missile as soon as within a week, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported early on Thursday, citing an unnamed Japanese government official.

VIETNAM PARTY BOSS SAYS TOUGH JOB AHEAD FOR NEW, EXPANDED LEADERSHIP

Vietnam’s Communist Party unveiled a new politburo on Thursday with 12 newcomers and members of the controversial outgoing premier’s cabinet, expanding the leadership of a party facing a “heavy” workload of economic reforms.

JAPAN ECONOMY MINISTER AMARI SAYS ‘WILL DO UTMOST’ TO FULFIL DUTIES

Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari said on Thursday that he would fulfil his responsibility of offering an explanation over reported bribery accusations, and that he wanted to continue fulfilling his duties as minister “with utmost effort”.

MALAYSIA’S TOP LAWYER REJECTED ADVICE TO CHARGE PM – SOURCE

Malaysia’s anti-graft agency had recommended that Prime Minister Najib Razak be charged with criminal misappropriation, a source said, amid growing outrage after the premier was cleared of any offences in a multi-million-dollar scandal.

GLOBAL HEALTH BODY UNDER PRESSURE TO STOP ZIKA VIRUS

The World Health Organization will hold a special session on Thursday on the Zika virus as the U.N. agency comes under pressure for quick action against the infection linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil that is spreading through Latin America and the Caribbean.

SYRIAN OPPOSITION DEMANDS ANSWERS BEFORE JOINING TALKS

Plans to hold the first negotiations to end the civil war in Syria for two years were in doubt on Wednesday after the opposition said it would not show up unless the United Nations responded to demands for a halt to attacks on civilian areas.

TAIWAN PRESIDENT FLIES TO DISPUTED ISLAND IN SOUTH CHINA SEA

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou flew to Itu Aba island in the disputed South China Sea on Thursday to reaffirm Taipei’s sovereignty over the outpost, ignoring criticism from Washington over the trip.

ATTENTION! ATTENTION!! ATTENTION!!!

Join the JOHN MAHAMA FAN CLUB in a massive clean-up exercise at the Maamobi Hospital this Saturday, 30th January, 2015.
Procession starts at 7am at the Accra Girls Senior High School-AGISS and ends at the MAMOBI POLY CLINIC.
This is the announcement again Come and let’s have fun while we clean to change lives, transform Ghana.

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