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NEWS HEADLINES —-THURSDAY 2-4-2015

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Seventy people were killed and 79 others were wounded in the Al-Shabaab terror attack on Garissa University in Kenya, the Kenya National Disaster Operation Center said today.PRESIDENT MAHAMA MOVED TO VISIT PRISONS The basis for an agreement for a peaceful Iranian nuclear program and a process to lift sanctions against Iran has been reached, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has announced. “We have reached solutions on key parameters of a joint comprehensive plan of action,” she said.

Iran’s enrichment capacity and stockpile will be limited, and its sole enrichment facility will be at the Natanz nuclear facility, Mogherini said. Other nuclear facilities will be converted for other uses, she said.

President John Mahama has received a copy of the Joy News documentary with a surprise announcement that he is ready to tour Ghana’s prisons following a shocking tale of squalor and deprivation.

NPP MAKES U-TURN OVER AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has reverted its earlier decision to allow female Members of Parliament (MPs) to go uncontested by male aspirants following internal party hue and cry over the decision.

PRESIDENT KUFUOR, KOFI ANNAN, OTHER SALUTE BUHARI

President John Dramani Mahama has congratulated General Muhammadu Buhari on his great victory in the Nigerian presidential elections.

IGP ALHASSAN SALUTES NIGERIAN COUNTERPART

Inspector General of Police Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan has congratulated his counterpart in Nigeria, Suleiman Abba, for policing peaceful elections.

DEVELOPMENT OF TECHIMAN UNDER JOHN MAHAMA AND NDC “DEY BEE KEKE” – NDC GROUP

Pro-NDC pressure group headquartered in Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region says the development of the area under President John Dramani Mahama and NDC “dey bee keke“.

3 DENU FUGITIVES ARRESTED

The usual bubble that is associated with the Easter festivities seems to be missing in the capital Accra; the Daily Graphic’s checks have shown.

OLE GHANA HANDS OVER GHANA READS TO GA WEST MUNICIPALITY

An educational awareness program which inculcates in children the use of technology in promoting reading and delivery of quality basic education is ongoing in the Ga West Municipality of the Greater Accra Region.

RE-EXAMINE YOUR LIVES – RT REV DR AGIDI

Ghanaians have been urged to use the Easter season to do a self-appraised and re-examination of their lives to access where they have fallen short and pray vehemently for forgiveness.

BUHARI’S JOURNEY TO ASO ROCK

Although the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria has declared him as the president-elect of Nigeria and presented him with the Certificate of Return as the winner, General Muhammadu Buhari has a last slippery hurdle to clear.

BABIEE SURVIVES DEATH SCARE AFTER BEING ELECTROCUTED

Television and radio personality, Babiee Dapaah, cannot stop thanking God after almost losing her life when she got electrocuted last week Monday at her home in Dzorwulu.

WHY NO FEMALE RAPPER PRICE – EAZZY ASKS

Popular female rapper, Eazzy , has questioned the organisers of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards why there is no category for “Best Female Rapper”

US AMBASSADOR LAUDS GHANA’S DEMOCRATIC CREDENTIALS

Mr. Gene A. Cretz, the United States of America (USA) Ambassador to Ghana has commended the country for its enviable democratic credentials.

POLICE BEEF UP SECURITY FOR EASTER FESTIVITIES

The Police Administration has deployed a large number of its personnel to various places to beef up security for the Easter festivities.

USE EASTER TO PROMOTE UNITY – CLERGY

Members of the clergy have asked Ghanaians not to allow the commercialisation of the Easter season to redefine what the celebration means.

GHANA RUNS TO IVORY COAST FOR “EASTER POWER ”

Efforts are being made by the country’s power generators especially the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) to get some assistance from La Cote d’Ivoire over the energy deficit of the country, TV3 can confirm.

NASPA EXECUTIVE FLOOR KPESSA WHYTE

The Human Rights Division of the High Court, Accra today dismissed an application at the instance of Dr. Michael Kpessa Whyte and his co-defendants seeking an order of the court to strike out a case that has been brought against him, the Attorney General and 10 others.

NIGERIANS HAVE TAKEN LEAD IN REJECTION OF CORRUPTION — RAWLINGS

Former President J.J. Rawlings has said that Nigerians have taken the lead in the rejection of corruption.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION OF GAS BEGINS

The Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas) has begun commercial production of gas from the Jubilee Fields after successfully completing the commissioning of the $1 billion Western Corridor gas infrastructure development project in the Western Region.

MINISTER INAUGURATES COTTON BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mr Fiifi Fiavi Kwetey, the Minister of Food and Agriculture on Tuesday inaugurated a nine-member Board of Directors of the Cotton Development Authority (CDA) in Tamale with a call on members to commit themselves towards revamping the cotton industry.

BANK RATES GO UP AS CEDI FALLS FURTHER

The Business Finder can confirm that banks in the country are raising their base rates citing high operational costs and developments on the foreign exchange market among others.

BUSINESSES ON THE EDGE

The woes of businesses in Ghana appear to have reached a climax, as firms have resorted to massive job cuts as a cost cutting measure to avert total shut down.

INTERCITY STC BACK WITH A BANG

The Intercity State Transport Corporation (STC) is gradually discovering its glorious past.

GWCL WILL PUSH FOR 21% TARIFF INCREASE

The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) says it is unhappy with the 1% upward tariff adjustment granted by PURC, which it says falls short of what is needed to operate efficiently and profitably — and will thus push for a 21% increase.

GNPC CLARIFIES RESERVE POSITION

The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has dismissed claims by the African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) that the corporation is now operating as a slush fund, hence its decision to under-utilise its revenues to finance government’s

VIVO ENERGY INAUGURATES FIRST EVER MOTORBIKE FUEL PUMPS

Vivo Energy Ghana, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants, has inaugurated customised motorbike fuel pumps at selected Shell service stations in Salaga, Salvalugu and Sakasaka – all in the Northern Region – to offer exclusive services to motorcyclists.

POULTRY FARMERS CONTEST EDAIF’s GH¢7.7m CLAIM

The Ghana Poultry Farmers Association (GNAPF) says none of its members has received grants from the Export Development and Agricultural Investment Fund (EDAIF) to revamp their farms.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

CHAD SAYS HUNDREDS OF BOKO HARAM MILITANTS, NINE SOLDIERS KILLED IN CLASH

Chad’s army said its forces had killed hundreds of Boko Haram militants and lost nine of its own troops in clashes in northern Nigeria on Wednesday.

LAST CUBAN EBOLA MEDICS LEAVE S.LEONE, NEW CLAMPDOWN FOR EASTER

The last remaining Cuban medics sent to Sierra Leone in October last year to help in the fight against Ebola left the country on Wednesday, as the number of infections there is falling.

FIRST TV DEBATE OF UK ELECTION CAMPAIGN TO PITCAMERON AGAINST SIX OTHERS

Prime Minister David Cameron will face off against six political rivals later on Thursday in the first TV debate of Britain’s national election campaign, hoping the format will allow him to cast himself as a statesman against squabbling pretenders.

IRAN TALKS STRETCH INTO ANOTHER DAY ; DEAL SEEN CLOSE , BUT ELUSIVE

Major powers and Iran negotiated into the early hours of Thursday on Tehran’s nuclear programme two days past their deadline, with diplomats saying prospects for a preliminary agreement were finely balanced between success and collapse.

YEMEN HOUTHI FIGHTERS BACKED BY TANKS REACH CENTRAL ADEN

A unit of Houthi rebels and allies backed by tanks pushed into central Aden, the main foothold of fighters loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, witnesses said on Wednesday, despite a week of air strikes by Saudi-led coalition forces.

AT LEAST 54 DEAD , 15 MISSING AFTER RUSSIAN TRAWLER SINKS OFF KAMCHATKA

At least 54 crew on a Russian fishing trawler died and 15 were missing after it sank in freezing waters off the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Western Pacific Ocean late on Wednesday, officials in the area said.

HONG KONG COURT ADJOURNS BRITISH BANKER MURDER CASE FOR FIVE WEEKS

The pre-trial hearing for a British banker, accused of murdering two women in Hong Kong last November, was adjourned for five weeks on Thursday after the prosecution requested for more time to build its case.

TURKEY DETAINS NINE BRITONS CROSSING INTO SYRIA

Turkish security forces arrested nine British nationals trying to cross illegally into Syria, the Turkish military said in a statement on Wednesday.

GREECE SENDS UPDATED REFORMS, PLEDGESTO PAY IMF ON TIME

Greece sent an updated list of reforms to lenders on Wednesday to try to unlock financial aid and avoid a default but euro zone officials said more work was needed before new funds could be released.

IRAQ CLAIMS VICTORY OVER ISLAMIC STATE IN TIKRIT

The Iraqi government claimed victory over Islamic State insurgents in Tikrit on Wednesday after a month-long battle for the city supported by Shi’ite militiamen and U.S.-led air strikes, saying that only small pockets of resistance remained.

ISLAMIC STATE SEIZES VAST DAMASCUS REFUGEE CAMP

Islamic State fighters seized most of a vast camp for Palestinian refugees on the outskirts of Damascus from other insurgents on Wednesday in a bid to capture a major foothold close to President Bashar al-Assad’s seat of power.

SPORTS HEADLINES

GHANA FIRM FAVORITES TO HOST 2017 AFCON

Footy-ghana.com understands that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) is leaning towards awarding Ghana the hosting rights for the 2017 African Nations Cup.

KOTOKO INCREASE BONUS FOR PLAYERS AHEAD OF EULMA CLASH

Asante Kotoko have promised an enhanced bonus package of $600 to their players if they manage to beat MC El Eulma on Sunday.

GFA APPROVES APPLICATION FEES FOR INTERMEDIARIES IN GHANA

The Ghana Football Association has approved the Application Fee for the registration of Intermediaries in Ghana after the coming into force of the FIFA Regulations on Working with Intermediaries on 1st April, 2015.

DOUBTS: MOHAMMED POLO LASHES OUT AT GILBERT FIAMENYO

Gilbert Fiamenya has come under serious criticisms from his ex-coach Mohammed Ahmed Polo indicating that the player should have made bigger impact in football some seasons ago not at the moment that age is catching up with him and accused him of age cheating.

EX GHANA STAR JUNIOR AGOGO IN MASSIVE WEIGHT LOSS AS HE MAKES STRIDES IN RECOVERY FROM STROKE

Ex Ghana striker Junior Agogo is making tremendous strides in his recovery from a stroke suffered over two months ago at his base in England.

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