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News Headlines -March 30 2016

ߓᅫEWS HEADLINESߓハWEDNESDAY 30TH MARCH 2016

BY MR LARRY ®

DEPORTATION OF 3 SA EX-POLICE OFFICERS: WE’LL PURSUE CASE TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF THE COURT – LAWYER

Nana Asante Bediatuo, one of the lawyers for the three South African ex police officers who were arrested by the BNI for allegedly engaging in acts that threatened national security and later deported, says he would continue to pursue the case to protect the integrity of the court.

18-YEAR-OLD ARBITER MEETS UNTIMELY DEATH

A genuine attempt of an 18-year-old senior high school student to separate two men who were fighting over a lady has resulted in this untimely death.

‘3 SA EX-COPS DEPORTED; BNI TO FACE CONTEMPT CHARGE

The three retired South African police officers who were arrested in the Central Region for allegedly engaging in activities with national security implications for Ghana has been deported.

PPP WILL HALT ROAMING CATTLE PRACTICE’

Presidential hopeful of the Progressive People’s Party, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, has indicated his willingness to halt the practice where cattle and livestock roam on the streets of Ghana freely, should he be given the opportunity to govern this country.

NUGS WARNS GOV’T OVER DELAY OF TEACHER TRAINEES’FEEDING FEES

National Union of Ghana Students has called on government to without further delay, release all the outstanding feeding grants for Teacher Trainees across the country.

NPP ‘CAPOS’DEPORTED; FAMILY CRIES FOUL IN SOUTH AFRICA

The three South African ex-police officers who made the headlines last week following their arrest by the Bureau of National Investigations were deported to their home country yesterday in a manner that is seen as contemptuous of the court of law.

GOV’T RELEASES GHS62.7 MILLION FEEDING GRANT ARREARS

The Government has released GHS62.7 million for disbursement to the various Colleges of Education as feeding grant. This was confirmed in a statement from the Ministry of Education issued on Tuesday March 29.

CHIEF CITED IN CHINESE GALAMSEY

It has emerged that the four Chinese nationals where were recently arrested by the Asankragwa Divisional Police in the Western Region for illegal mining were working for the paramount chief of the Wassa Amanfi Traditional Area, Nana Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim II.

GOV’T REDUCES TAX AND ROYALTY FOR GOLDFIELDS

Goldfields has reached a development agreement with government over the reduction in tax and royalty rate.

AKUFO-ADDO WOULDN’T HAVE SURVIVED IF.. – KOFI ADAMS

The National Organizer of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) says the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo would not have survived if he had not accepted the Supreme Court verdict on the election petition.

AT 72, I FEEL RELEVANT AND YOUNG – NANA

Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, has said, on his 72nd birthday that: “Inside me, I feel very relevant and alive.”

KORLE BU INTERDICTS OFFEI-PALM OVER ‘FALSE’ RADIO COMMENTS

Management of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has sanctioned leader of the hospital’s senior staff association over alleged malicious comments on an Accra-based FM station.

MINISTER WANTED BY HO COURT DENIES WRONGDOING

The Minister of Water Resources Works and Housing, Dr. Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, has refuted claims by a Ho High Court that he has consistently failed to turn up in court over a contempt motion against him.

3 EX-SA COPS NOT SURE WHO INVITED THEM TO GHANA – GIS

While documentation shows that three deported former South African police officers were invited by two named institutions, the deportees said otherwise; findings by the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) revealed.

WE’LL FIND A WAY OF TRAINING OUR GUARDS – NPP VOW

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) says it is undaunted by the deportation of the three South African ex-police officers brought in to train the security detail of its leader and his running mate.

ONE SHOT DEAD IN GUN BATTLE AT TEMA

Tema Police Command has mounted a manhunt for four armed robbers who engaged them in gun battle at Sakumono beach in Community 3 on Easter Monday.

INT. MINISTER ‘REVIVES’ STL DEBATE; KOFI ADAMS CHIDES NPP

A Deputy General Secretary of the governing National Democratic Congress is accusing the opposition New Patriotic Party of clutching to straw over the role played by Superlock Technologies Limited (STL) in the 2012 general elections.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

FATE OF NEW NHIS SUBSCRIBERS HANGS AS SCHEME FACES GH¢337M FUNDING GAP

The National Health Insurance Scheme is facing a GH¢337 million funding gap, which could hamper the Scheme’s operations and leave close to 700, 000 people without medicare.

GHANA’S ROADS WORTH $6 BILLION

The country’s road infrastructure is valued at over $6 billion – though there remains a deficit in the sector that requires huge financial outlay to address, the Parliamentary Select Committee on Transport has noted in a report.

PUMA ENERGY TO ESTABLISH A TERMINAL AT KIA

Puma Energy has said it intends inaugurating a terminal at Ghana’s Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in April.

GHANA TO RESUME VEGETABLE EXPORT TO EU MARKET SOON

Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan, says Ghanaian vegetable exporters would soon resume exports to European Union (EU) market following corrective measures put in place to address concerns raised by the EU.

IMF PROGRAM WITH GHANA IS A SHAM – DR. BAWUMIA

The 2016 New Patriotic Party (NPP) vice presidential candidate has described the International Monetary Fund (IMF) program with Ghana as a sham.

A MONTH RENT ADVANCE COULD WORSEN HOUSING GAP – ESTATE BROKER

Mr Narteh Tetteh, a real estate broker, has advised against the adoption of a proposed rent law that would force landlords to charge not more than one month rent.

WAMPAH TO STEP DOWN AS BOG GOVERNOR

There are reports that the Governor of the Bank of Ghana could step down on Thursday, March 31.

NEWMONT AHAFO FOUNDATION ACCUMULATES GHC50 MILLION

The Newmont Ahafo Development Foundation (NADeF) has received GHC9,717,519.68, as the 2015 contribution from the Ahafo Mine of Newmont Gold Ghana Limited (NGGL).

GOV’T MUST DOUBLE EFFORTS IN SEED SECTOR – DAN ACQUAYE

Government has been urged to double efforts in the seed sector as Ghana spends over $1.5 Billion on importation of basic foods each year.

KARPOWER DEFENDS FUEL CONTRACT WITH GNPC

Karpower Company limited has defended its contract with the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) to supply fuel for the Karpower emergency power ships.

STC TO RECAPTURE ITS LOCAL ROUTES SOON

After it’s near demise, the State Transport Company, popularly known as Intercity STC will soon take delivery of new fleets to ply major local routes within the country.The new buses are expected to arrive in two months’ time.

FITCH MAINTAINS GHANA’S CREDIT RATINGS AT ‘B’

Rating Agency, Fitch in its latest report has maintained Ghana’s credit rating at ‘B’ with a negative outlook.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

EGYPTAIR HIJACK ENDS WITH PASSENGERS FREED UNHARMED, SUSPECT ARRESTED

An EgyptAir plane flying from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked and forced to land in Cyprus on Tuesday by a man with what authorities said was a fake suicide belt, who was arrested after giving himself up.

BLASTS AND HEAVY GUNFIRE HEARD IN TRIPOLI

Several loud explosions followed by heavy gunfire were heard over Tripoli in the early hours of Wednesday, a Reuters reporter said.

MORE ACTIONS UNDERWAY – BUHARI TELLS NIGERIANS

Aware of the present harsh economic realities, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said that his government is taking pragmatic steps to cushion the effects on Nigerians, assuring that there were better days ahead.

SYRIA’S ASSAD SAYS MILITARY GAINS WILL SPEED UP POLITICAL DEAL

Syrian army successes will help accelerate a political settlement to the country’s civil war, President Bashar al-Assad said, because they weaken the position of international opponents who he accused of hindering any agreement.

BRAZIL’S BIGGEST PARTY QUITS RULING COALITION, ROUSSEFF ISOLATED

Brazil’s largest party announced on Tuesday it was leaving President Dilma Rousseff’s governing coalition and pulling its members from her government, a departure that sharply raises the odds she could be impeached in a matter of months.

IRAN MISSILE TESTS WERE ‘IN DEFIANCE OF’ U.N. RESOLUTION – U.S., ALLIES

By launching nuclear-capable missiles Iran has defied a United Nations Security Council resolution that endorsed last year’s historic nuclear deal, the United States and its European allies said in a joint letter seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

TRUMP DROPS PLEDGE TO BACK REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE OTHER THAN HIMSELF

Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Tuesday abandoned a pledge to support a party presidential nominee other than himself, a sign of increasing friction with chief rival Ted Cruz.

EMOTIONS RUN HIGH AS MYANMAR SWEARS IN FIRST PRESIDENT WITH NO ARMY TIES IN MORE THAN 50 YEARS

Myanmar’s parliament swore in the first president with no military ties in more than half a century on Wednesday, after Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) swept to power following a landslide election win in November.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Government has subsidised the provision of 680,879 metric tonnes of fertilizer equivalent to GHC325.24 million for Ghanaian farmers since 2009. In 2013, subsidies on 166,807 metric tonnes were given to farmers as against 43,176 metric tonnes in 2008.

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