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2022 Grammy Awards postponed to early April in Las Vegas

Los Angeles, U.S. | Xinhua | The 64th annual Grammy Awards, the U.S. music industry’s biggest event, has been rescheduled for early April in Las Vegas, Nevada, due to growing concerns about the COVID-19 Omicron variant, organizers announced Tuesday. The Recording Academy, the organization behind the awards, said that the music …

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Hundreds of UPDF veterans turn up for verification exercise

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Hundreds of pensioners and relatives of deceased ex-servicemen on Tuesday turned up at Kololo Airstrip for the army veteran verification exercise. The Ministry of Defense last carried out a physical validation of the pensioners in 2016. The nationwide exercise that commenced on 17 January and ends …

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UN chief calls for end to violence in Sudan

Khartoum, Sudan | Xinhua | UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called for an end to violence in Sudan to allow mediation efforts. “First and foremost, we want to see an end to the violence. We condemn very clearly the use of live ammunition and lethal force against demonstrators yesterday,” said …

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Finance ministry, MPs disagree on budget estimates

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Parliament’s Budget Committee on Tuesday questioned the discrepancies in figures under the National Budget Framework Paper presented by the Ministry of Finance. Officials from the Ministry of Finance led by the Minister of State for Planning, Amos Lugoloobi appeared before the committee to formally present and …

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Oil prices rise amid geopolitical tensions

New York, U.S. | Xinhua | Oil prices climbed on Tuesday as investors grew concerned over rising geopolitical tensions. The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for February delivery added 1.61 U.S. dollars, or 1.9 percent, to settle at 85.43 dollars a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude for March …

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Mukono residents protest land allocation to American rapper Akon

Mukono, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Residents at Mpunge sub-county in Mukono district are protesting the planned allocation of one square mile of land to American artist Aliaune Damala Badara, also known as Akon to establish his second futuristic city in Uganda. Akon, together with his wife Rozina Negusei, visited Uganda last …

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MPs urge gov’t to refill oil reserves to curb fuel prices

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Members of Parliament have quizzed officials from the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development over the skyrocketing fuel prices in the country. The MPs on the Committee of Finance believe that the ongoing fuel crisis would have been averted if the county’s oil reserves were …

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Fire guts furniture workshop in Mityana town

Mityana, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Property worth millions of shillings has been destroyed after a fire gutted a furniture workshop at Kibibi village, Mityana municipality. The fire destroyed chairs, beds, machines, and hand tool equipment among others. The fire broke out at Kibibi garage in Mityana district on Tuesday morning. Swaib …

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Judiciary seeks UGX 200Bn for court construction, case management

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The judiciary needs an additional allocation of 202 billion Shillings next financial year to cater for the construction of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal buildings in Mbarara and Gulu, among others. The construction of the Supreme Court building is expected to cost 10.9 billion …

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