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Katuntu Committee recommends refund of sh6bn ‘Presidential Handshake’

I suggest that on top of refunding the money, the Presidential Handshake beneficiaries each make a public apology – Anna Adeke Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | Uganda’s Parliament has overwhelmingly approved recommendations from its Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises requiring 42 public officials to refund Ushs 6 billion shared out …

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Sistine chapel photographed in unprecedented detail

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP | The famous frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, whose ceiling was painted by Michelangelo, can now be examined in minute detail thanks to an unprecedented photographic venture, the Vatican Museums have said. By combining innovative digital technology and special LED lamps which aimed to …

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SH6billion: URA explains ‘Presidential handshake’

Uganda Revenue Authority has explained the circumstances under which several government officials were rewarded for helping win the 2014 capital gains tax case against UK based oil company Heritage. “It is standard international best practice for employees to receive bonus payments/ or honoraria for exemplary performance in both the public …

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VIDEO: MPs up in arms over Heritage Oil case cash reward

VIDEO: Legislators have condemned a reward of sh7 billion of oil money given to senior government officials after they won an oil tax case against Heritage Oil.  The legislators under a loose coalition dubbed; “NRM Members of Parliament Think-tank”want the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga to cause an investigation into …

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Rumba and beer join UNESCO’s ‘intangibles’

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Cuba’s sensual rumba dance and Belgium’s thriving beer culture brought a new exuberance to UNESCO’s prestigious list of “intangible” heritage on Wednesday. The UN body gave the nod to the rumba, which it said evokes “grace, sensuality and joy”, while it said “making and …

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London’s Tower Bridge closes until New Year

London, United Kingdom | AFP | London’s iconic Tower Bridge closed to vehicles for three months on Saturday for its first major maintenance works in nearly half a century. The 122-year-old drawbridge by the Tower of London — whose roadway leaves are lifted to allow tall ships on the River …

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Uganda in biggest tax evasion story

Panama Papers expose efforts plot to dodge taxes in oil deals When 370 journalists from 76 countries collaborate on an investigation, the resulting story is bound to be explosive. That is exactly what happened with what has come to be known as “The Panama Papers”; which is a huge leak …

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Industry threatens nearly half of natural heritage sites: WWF

Paris, France | AFP Almost half of all natural World Heritage Sites, including the Great Barrier Reef and Machu Picchu, are threatened by industrial activities such as mining, oil exploration and illegal logging, conservation group WWF warned Wednesday. The 114 threatened sites, virtually half the total listed by UNESCO, provide …

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