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News Headlines-March 24 2016

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THURSDAY 24TH MARCH 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

LET’S UPHOLD PEACE AT EASTER CLERGYMEN TELL GHANAIANS

Heads of various Christian denominations in the country have reminded Christians that the Easter celebrations ought to be used for sober reflection on the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made in dying to save mankind from sin.

3 SOUTH AFRICANS TO APPEAR IN COURT TODAY

The three retired South African police officers who were picked up at Agona Duakwa in the Central Region for allegedly engaging in activities with national security implications will be put before court today.

5 CHARGED FOR ‘UNLAWFUL TRAINING’

The three South African security officers being held by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) for alleged breach of security have been charged with committing crime, to wit unlawful training and false declaration.

WOYOME ATTACKED AT ACHIMOTA MALL

There was drama at the Achimota Shopping Mall in Accra last Saturday when a man accosted businessman and NDC financier, Alfred Woyome, for duping the state in the sum of GH¢51.2 million.

ARMED ROBBERS RAID FOREX BUREAU

The Police in Accra yesterday arrested two suspected armed robbers at Mpamprom near the Kaneshie market, after a fierce gun battle.

KLOTTEY KORLE SEAT: EVA LOKKO POISED TO BREACH STATUS QUO

2012 vice-presidential candidate of the PPP, Madam Eva Lokko, has indicated her readiness to cause n electoral tsunami in the Osu Klottey Korle as she formally enters the fray to contest the Osu Klottey Korle parliamentary seat in November 2016.

FRAUD AT CAGD

Information reaching Today from the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) indicates that some staff of the institution have allegedly connived with some pupil teachers in the Sekyere South District of the Ashanti Region to defraud the state of millions of Ghana cedis.

KWAHU PLACED ON TERROR ALERT

Ghana Police Service has deployed anti-terror personnel to Kwahu in the Eastern Region ahead of the annual Easter celebrations.

MAHAMA SIGNS JAKE’S BOOK OF CONDOLENCE

President Mahama has hailed the late Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey for his contribution in maintaining the peace in Ghana during turbulent times.

NPP ACTED IRRESPONSIBLY IN SA SECURITY TRAINERS SAGA’

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Ablekuma south, Fritz Baffour, has chided the opposition New Patriotic party (NPP), for exhibiting what he calls “irresponsibility” in the recruitment of three South African ex-security persons to train their party’s security personnel.

NANA WILL NOT GET MY VOTE AS NPP CHAIRMAN – PAUL AFOKO

Suspended Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Paul Afoko, says he is still the substantive chairman of the Party and “not a suspended chairman” of the NPP. Even so, he is not sure if he will vote for the party’s flag-bearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the 2016 polls.

MINISTER CUTS SOD FOR ASPHALTING OF AXIM TOWN ROADS

The Deputy Minister for Roads and Highways, Isaac Adjei Mensah, has cut the sod for the commencement of the asphalting of the Axim Town Roads in the Nzema East Municipality of the Western Region.

DISREGARD PURPORTED SHS LEAGUE TABLE – WAEC URGES PUBLIC

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has asked Ghanaians to disregard a League Table which is making rounds on social media purportedly ranking Senior High Schools according to their performance in the 2015 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

FLAGBEARERS ARE SAFE IN OUR HANDS – POLICE

The police administration is assuring political parties that it will provide security for their flagbearers ahead of the 2016 elections. Director of Public Affairs Superintendent Cephas Arthur told Joy News his outfit has already met with some political parties and other stakeholders over the same matter.

STATE SECURITY BIASED – NPP

Leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has condemned the continued questioning and detention of the three South African ex-police officers who are in the custody of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).

ONE DEAD, FIVE INJURED IN ROBBERS, POLICE SHOOTOUT

Two people are feared dead while five others are critically injured in a gun battle between the Police and armed robbers at Abossey-Okine, a suburb in Accra.

NDC DOESN’T THINK CLEAR ON ECONOMIC ISSUES – BAWUMIA

Dr. Bawumia has again reiterated the need to restore allowances allocated to trainee teachers and nurses.

NPP’S SECURITY TRAINING ‘DANGEROUS’ – LECTURER

A lecturer in international affairs and security at the University of Cape Coast, Dr. Kingsley Agyei, has described as ‘dangerous’ the New Patriotic Party’s decision to bring in three retired South African Police Officers to train its security detail.

CASH AIRLIFT TO BRAZIL WAS MEANT TO BE A COVERT OPERATION – AFRIYIE ANKRAH

Former Minister of Youth & Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah has revealed that the airlifting of US$3million to Brazil to pay for match bonuses was a clandestine move which had the National Security spearheading it.

MORE THAN 200 DISPLACED BY RAINSTORM

The heavy rainfall with strong winds that swept through Atomfourso, near Seikwa, in the Tain District, has left more than 200 people displaced.

AFROBAROMETER: GHANA HEADED IN WRONG DIRECTION

The latest Afrobarometer Report has revealed that 82 percent of Ghanaians believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction, whereas 58 percent think the country is already in a very bad state.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

DEPOSITS DROP BY GH¢960 IN JUST ONE MONTH

Total deposits in the banking industry dropped by GH¢40.3 billion at the end of January 2016, according to the latest Summary of Economic and Financial data by the Bank of Ghana.

DEBT CRISIS CRIPPLING BUSINESS

Ghana’s debt distress is weighing heavily on the operations and survival of businesses in the country, economists and some research institutions have warned.

GHANA AND EU REVIEW TIMBER TRADE AGREEMENT

The Government of Ghana and the European Union (EU) have met to review progress towards the implementation of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA). The VPA is aimed at ensuring the legal means of selling timber products exported to the EU and at the domestic market.

NORTHERN REGION’S GRA EXCEEDS TARGETS

The Northern Regional branch of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has said it exceeded its revenue collection target by a whopping GH¢7.9million, representing a positive deviation of 30 percent.

10,000 JOBS FOR GHANAIAN ENTREPRENEURS SOON

Ten thousand Ghanaian youth and entrepreneurs are to be employed for the Accra Business Processing Outsourcing [BPO] to be launched by President John Dramani Mahama.

GOIL SLASHES DIESEL PRICE FOR EASTER

As part of its corporate social responsibility, state oil company, Goil, has reduced the price of diesel by 18 pesewas per gallon.

GOVERNMENT PAYS ₵9 BILLION INTEREST ON LOANS IN 2015

A Ministry of Finance Fiscal Data for 2015 has indicated that the government of Ghana had concluded last year 92015) spending slightly less than projected expenditure target. In 2015, government was expecting to spend 37.9 billion Ghana Cedis at the end of December 2015, but was able to end the year with ₵630 million short of the projected expenditure.

GHANAIAN COMPANY LAUNCHES AFFORDABLE TABLET; TARGETS STUDENTS

Zepto Limited, a wholly Ghanaian-owned company has introduced the new and affordable Zepto UmiTab 10.1 two-in-one tablet, targeting students in tertiary institutions.

DOMESTIC DEBIT CARDS TO BEAR GH-LINK LOGO

As part of efforts to inform the public about the wide access that gh-link provides for bank customers all domestic cards being issued by the banks are now expected to bear the gh-link logo.

BE OPEN MINDED TO INVESTORS – RICE FARMERS ADVISED

The US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) ‘Feed the Future’ agriculture support project has advised small scale farmers in the Volta region to remain open minded about agriculture investors and not see themselves as “preys” to investors.

GHANA SEEKS MORE VOTING RIGHTS AT WORLD BANK

Parliament has adopted the report of its Finance Committee backing Ghana’s efforts to enhance her participation and voting powers with the World Bank Group.

GHANA GAS TIGHTENS SECURITY

The Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) has, in the wake of terror threats alert in the West African sub-region, has met with some key security heads in the country to assess threat levels and map out plans and strategies to enhance a collective protection of the nation’s premier gas infrastructure.

SCRAMBLE FOR ECG AS 42 COMPANIES SHOW INTEREST IN CONCESSIONS

The number of companies that have expressed interest in the private sector participa­tion (PSP) in Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has jumped from 33 as of the end of 2015 to 42 com­panies at March 2, 2016.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

CONGO PRESIDENT SASSOU NGUESSO EXTENDS 32 YEARS IN POWER

Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso has extended his 32 years in power, winning presidential elections in the first round with 60 percent of the vote, the interior minister said.

SOMALIA PRIME MINISTER SHARMARKE BACKS ANTI-FGM CAMPAIGN

Somalia’s prime minister has publicly backed a campaign to ban female genital mutilation (FGM) in his country. It is currently against the constitution but parliament has not yet passed a bill outlawing the practice.

SENEGALESE VOTERS BACK SHORTER PRESIDENTIAL TERMS

Voters in Senegal have approved constitutional reforms including a reduction of presidential terms, the electoral commission announced on Wednesday.

BELGIANS HUNT ‘THIRD MAN’ AFTER ISLAMIC STATE BOMBINGS

A “third man” seen with two Islamic State suicide bombers at Brussels Airport was the focus of a Belgian manhunt on Thursday after police identified three others, including two brothers, who killed at least 31 people at the airport and on a city metro train.

EU JOINS SYRIA PEACE TALKS AS SIDES REMAIN AT ODDS

The EU sent its foreign policy chief to Geneva on Wednesday to breathe new life into Syrian peace talks, as the two sides remained at odds over the country’s political future.

NORTH KOREA CLAIMS ROCKET ENGINE SUCCESS; SOUTH KOREA ON HIGH ALERT

North Korea successfully tested a solid-fuel engine that boosted the power of its ballistic rockets, state media reported on Thursday, as South Korea’s president ordered the military to be ready to respond to the North’s “reckless provocation”.

U.S. TO CHARGE IRAN IN CYBER ATTACKS AGAINST BANKS, NEW YORK DAM: SOURCES

The Obama administration is expected to blame Iranian hackers as soon as Thursday for a coordinated campaign of cyber attacks in 2012 and 2013 on several U.S. banks and a New York dam, sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters.

COLOMBIAN GOVERNMENT, REBELS MISS DEADLINE TO REACH PEACE DEAL

Colombian peace negotiators missed Wednesday’s deadline for a final accord but talks will continue in Havana to end Latin America’s longest war, representatives of the government and the FARC rebels said.

YEMEN COMBAT TO HALT APRIL 10, A WEEK BEFORE PEACE TALKS – U.N.

The warring parties in Yemen have agreed to a cessation of hostilities starting at midnight on April 10 and peace talks in Kuwait beginning a week later, United Nations special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said on Wednesday.

DID YOU KNOW?

Government has completed the construction of modern cold-stores at Prampram, Nyanyano, Shama, Sekondi-Takoradi, Half Assini and Kormantse;
• Government is facilitating the acquisition and distribution of three thousand (3,000) outboard motors for fishermen following the distribution of 1,622 since 2010.

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