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Iran condemns use of sanctions as political leverage

Tehran, Iran | Xinhua | Iran’s UN envoy said the Islamic republic condemns the imposition of sanctions by some governments as political leverage in their bilateral ties, Iranian Students’ News Agency reported on Wednesday. Iran’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi made the remarks on Tuesday at …

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Africa battling shortage of health workers: Report

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Africa does not have enough health workers to meet the needs of its population, according to a new study. The study which was published in the British Medical Journal surveyed health workforce in 47 countries between January 2018 and April 2019. The findings show that …

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Gulu city officials arrested over forgery

Gulu, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT | Members of Parliament on the Public Accounts Committee-PAC Local Government have handed four officials of Gulu City Council to the police over allegations of forgery. The officials are George Kidega, the Senior Finance Officer, Christo Balmoi, the Principal City Engineer, Richard Kidega, the Human Resource …

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Former Uganda Airlines CEO released on bail

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Cornwell Muleya, the former Chief Executive Officer of Uganda Airlines is out on bail. He appeared Wednesday before the Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate, Asuman Muhumuza who granted him bail of Shillings 1.5 million in cash and bonded his sureties Shillings 50 million non cash. …

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President Museveni agrees to lift ban on DGF

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has agreed to lift the ban he imposed on Democratic Governance Facility (DGF), a civil society funding body whose activities were suspended last year. In a press statement issued by the Presidential Press Unit, Museveni made the commitment yesterday in Kampala …

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Russia to deploy Sarmat ballistic missile system by year end: Putin

Moscow, Russia | Xinhua | Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that the country’s first Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile system would enter combat duty by the end of the year. “We will continue to develop and strengthen our armed forces, taking into account potential military threats and risks,” Putin said during …

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Gov’t orders striking teachers back to work

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The government has ordered striking teachers to return to their duty stations by June 24, without fail or risk being scrapped off the payrolls. The Public Service Permanent Secretary, Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwiire communicated the decision in her letter to Uganda National Teachers Union-UNATU, which announced …

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Small scale industries struggle to acquire UNBS certification

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Low capital and lack of consistency are the major hindrances to small-scale industries in acquiring certification for their products from the Uganda National Bureau of Standards-UNBS. All industries are required to acquire certification from UNBS to ensure that their products conform to standards, gain customer …

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