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Stock markets rise as reopenings trump geopolitical tensions

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Further easing of countries’ coronavirus lockdowns pushed equities higher Tuesday, with optimism stoked by the reopening of bars, cafes, pools and beaches outweighing China-US tensions that hurt the dollar. While countries including Brazil, Chile and Russia are enduring rising death and infection tolls from COVID-19, …

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UK minister quits over Cummings lockdown trip

London, United Kingdom | AFP | British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government was hit by its first resignation on Tuesday over the controversy surrounding his top aide Dominic Cummings’ cross-country trip during the coronavirus lockdown. Undermining attempts by ministers to try and move on from the crisis which has dominated British …

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Traffic jam hits Kampala as private cars return on streets

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Kampala has marked an increase in traffic congestion along the major junctions as private cars returned on the roads with the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. URN journalists were in Kamwokya, Kalerwe, Bwaise and Wandegeya and found that unlike during the lockdown, the …

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Onion prices shoot up across markets in Acholi sub-region

Amuru, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Onion prices have shot up in markets within Acholi sub-region. In Kalongo market in Kalongo town council, a kilogram of onions now goes for 6,500 Shillings up from 4,500 Shillings. Lucky Akello, one of the vendors in Kalongo market told Uganda Radio Network that …

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Give landlords tax incentives to waive rent – KACITA

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) has asked government to waive income tax obligation from rent for the three months of lockdown to help the landlords also reduce pressure on the tenants. KACITA was today appearing before the National Economy committee of Parliament which …

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Increasing cases of violence against children bother Hoima leaders

Hoima, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Leaders and police in Hoima district are bothered by the increasing cases of violence against children. They say since the nationwide lockdown was announced to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), acts of violence against children drastically increased in the district …

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Ministry directs educational institutions to pay staff

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Ministry of Education and Sports has directed all private education institutions to duly pay their staff. Teachers and other workers in some educational institutions have reportedly gone two months without receiving their due salaries while several institutions had resorted to paying them lesser …

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MTN, Airtel re-instate mobile money sending charges

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Telecom giants MTN Uganda and Airtel have announced they will be re-instating their charges on sending money ending the suspension that was meant to make it easy for users to go through the lockdown. During the last two months of the lockdown, customers were …

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