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Who is to blame for unwanted teenage pregnancies?

The number of teenage pregnancies in various parts of the country shows how government and parents need to put in more efforts to contain the issue which leads many young girls to drop out of school. Some 17,000 young girls, most of them under age got pregnant in 2016, according to figures from...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 8:02pm

Gorilla trekking in Virunga ranked top touristic experience

Gorilla trekking in the Virunga National Park has been named among the top tour and travel experiences by World's Best Travel Bucket List Experiences, a renowned travel website. In compiling the list, the outlet sought inputs from over 800 leading travel agencies and professionals. Gorilla...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 7:03pm

Rwanda scoops Global Tourism Leadership Award

Rwanda has been awarded the inaugural Global Tourism Leadership Award by the World Tours and Tourism Council (WTTC). Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente received the award Wednesday at the ongoing Global Tourism summit in Argentina’s capital of Buenos Aires. The award is in...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 2:00pm

Envoy: Rwanda will push for alignment of UN programmes tailored to challenges

Early this week in New York, Rwanda was elected to the executive board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), for a term of three years beginning 1st January 2019. In a statement by Rwanda’s permanent mission to the UN in New York, Valentine Rugwabiza says the elections...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 1:21pm

Cigarette prices to return to normal next week

Prices of cigarettes in Rwanda have doubled following a shortage in supply on the local market that lasted two weeks. According to the manufacturer, British American Tobacco (BAT); that supplies popular brands including Intore, Dunhill Switch and Dunhill Lights, the shortage was due to tax stamps...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 11:59am

Local start-up wins slot to compete at regional Data Hack for Financial Inclusion competition

Local startup, GO limited yesterday emerged as the winner of the Rwanda leg of Data Hack 4FI (Data Hack for Financial Inclusion), a regional innovation competition that brings together African businesses in data science to develop solutions that promote financial inclusion. GO emerged the top...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 11:03am

What next after parliament receives petition on driver’s licence tests?

A week after a citizen petitioned Parliament seeking to amend the law on acquisition of driving licences to allow for the use of automatic cars, The New Times has learnt that it could be a while before the petitioner get a response. In a letter addressed to the Speaker of Parliament, and copied to...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 3:45pm

Commonwealth leaders discuss growth, devt

President Paul Kagame Wednesday morning took part in a high-level round table discussion on the ‘State Fragility, Growth and Development' at the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London.   The discussion focused on encouraging and promoting...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 1:57pm

Regional assembly passes EAC bill on oaths

Members of the East African Legislative Assembly late Tuesday passed a draft law which aims to, among others, guide functions on taking of oaths in relation to people appointed to serve in organs or institutions of the six-member East African Community. The legislation, which is the first to be...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 1:40pm

Government rolls out new Doing Business reforms

With the deadline to review the World Bank Doing Business reforms looming, the Government is rolling out reforms in three sectors to improve the business ecosystem. The three reforms are aiming at reducing bureaucracy in construction, ensuring timely electricity provision for investors, and...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 9:06am

MPs start scrutiny of bill that seeks to tighten the noose around the corrupt

Members of the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday started scrutinising a new draft law on the fight against corruption, which seeks to expand the list of crimes described as corruption and toughen  penalties for bribery related offences. The draft law, which lists...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 7:18pm

Albinos in Musanze defying the odds to pursue their dreams

My recent visit to a group of people with albinism in Musanze District recently left me more excited than saddened as I had imagined. Reason? The faces that greeted me visibly beamed with a message of hope for a better future. “Disability is not inability”, they appeared to tell me in...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:42am

RDF explains arrest of soldiers on DR Congo territory

The Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) Spokesperson Lt. Col Innocent Munyengango has downplayed the incident in which two Rwandan soldiers were on Monday arrested within about 10 metres inside the Democratic Republic of Congo. Two RDF soldiers who had been held by the Congolese armed forces (FARDC) were...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:36am

Nigerian delegation in Rwanda on study tour

A 13-member delegation from Nigeria’s National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS) is in Rwanda for an eleven-day study tour that will mainly dwell on agriculture sector. Specifically, according to officials, the tour aims at exploring the impact Science, Technology, and...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:25am

Inmates' rights must be respected – Justice minister

The Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Johnston Busingye, has called on prisons wardens to respect rights of inmates, saying they are like other citizens of society. He was speaking at Huye Prison in Southern Province, on Tuesday, as Rwanda Correction Service (RCS) joined the international...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:12am

Local brewer in drive to support vulnerable families in Nyarugenge

Thibault Relecom, the chief executive of the Brussels-based UNIBRA SA, the parent company of Skol Rwanda, on Saturday graced the official launch of a Rwf185m ($250,000) project to uplift vulnerable families in Nyarugenge District. Under the banner of Skol Cares in partnership with FXB Rwanda, a...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 9:39am

The plight of children born of rape during Genocide

The law governing the Fund for Support and Assistance to Survivors of the Genocide against the Tutsi (FARG) does not recognise children born of rape during the Genocide among those entitled for relief assistance given to needy survivors. As a result, they say, they have been living in deprivation...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 2:04am

Kwibuka24: Rwandans in Israel commemorate

Over the weekend, members of Rwandan community in Israel were joined by friends of Rwanda to mark the 24th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi. The commemoration event, which took place at Kinneret Academic College in northern Israel, began by observing a two-minute moment of silence...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 1:23am

Genocide suspects in UK face fresh investigation

Five key suspects of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi currently on British soil have been placed under fresh investigations, UK Metropolitan Police has told The New Times. Eleven years ago, Rwanda issued indictments detailing the crimes the five men – all of whom held key leadership...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 1:07am

Biotechnology will transform Rwanda’s health sector – expert

Professor Jacob Souopgui, a Cameroonian scholar from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, together with a research team from Rwanda, have initiated a project that will facilitate the enhancement of skills in the biotech field. The project is set to implement Master’s and later PhD...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 1:03am