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Eight bodies retrieved from Lake Albert

Hoima, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The bodies of eight people who drowned in Lake Albert when their boat capsized on Monday have been recovered. The eight were returning to Hoima district together with several others from a funeral in Mukambu Mahagi zone in Bunia district in the Democratic Republic …

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Experts welcome tax waiver on agricultural inputs

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The move by the government to waive taxes on most agriculture products has been welcomed as a positive step. Finance Minister Matia Kasaija is expected to announce the removal of the 18 percent value-added tax (VAT) on all the tools used in the garden …

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World stocks extend gains on economic optimism

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Global stock markets built on strong pre-weekend gains on Monday as optimism that economies are emerging from coronavirus gloom kept buyers onside. On Wall Street, the Dow index was up just over 200 points at the opening bell, while in Europe London and Frankfurt were …

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SAGE beneficiaries ask gov’t to revert to mobile money services

Katakwi, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Beneficiaries of the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment-SAGE in Katakwi district want the government to reconsider paying them through mobile money platforms. Through the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment, the government pays senior citizens above 65-years of age a monthly stipend of 25,000 Shillings. …

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Police explains heightened security deployment in Kampala

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | This morning different parts of Kampala Metropolitan Area woke up to a more than usual security deployment of police, the UPDF and the Local defense Units. In some areas where the roadblocks and checkpoints had been removed thanks to the relaxation of the lockdown …

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Bank of Uganda further cuts growth forecast

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Bank of Uganda has further cut growth forecasts to just over 2 percent an indicator that the impact of coronavirus disease on the economy is deeper than earlier thought. In the June monetary policy statement issued on Monday,  the central bank said that the …

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Masaka activists warn of increased wetland encroachment under lockdown

Masaka, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | There is uncontrolled encroachment on wetlands in Greater Masaka region because of the ongoing lockdown, a survey by Action for Sustainable Development Initiative-ASDI has revealed. Antonio Kalyango, the Executive Director ASDI, says encroachers have taken advantage in the laxity of enforcing environmental protection laws …

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It’s 2021 or never for Tokyo, confirms senior Olympic official

  Brussels, Belgium | AFP | High-ranking Olympic official Pierre-Olivier Beckers on Saturday made plain that the delayed Tokyo Olympics “will be held in 2021 or not at all”. The Belgian was reiterating the stance put forward by Japan and International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach that next year was the last chance to hold …

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