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Over 113,000 patients to be treated as RDF outreach drive kicks off

The Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Citizen Outreach Programme, formerly known as the RDF Army Week, will this year provide free medical care services to more than 113,000 patients. This was announced during a news briefing on Thursday at the RDF Headquarters by RDF officials, who also revealed that...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:49am

FEATURED: We are reinforcing accountability mechanism through empowering smallholder farmers – EU

“Citizen participation in identification of needs and monitoring of implementation makes policy making for sustainable development of agriculture more effective. Such involvement of citizens offers relevant information and increases ownership among the population – two elements crucial...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:48am

FEATURED: SCAB Project; Promoting sustainable agricultural policies and enhancing citizens’ participatory budgeting

Women smallholder farmers empowered to advocate for better agricultural services, and influence agriculture budgetary processes When she walked into the parliament while a parliamentarian  was presenting the national budget proposal to members of the august house, Dorothée Mukeshimana couldn...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:46am

RPF, Communist Party of China to deepen ties

Officials from a Chinese top think-tank are in the country at the invitation of the governing Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF-Inkotanyi), a visit that is aimed at, among others, formalising relations between Rwanda and China. The delegation, which is led by Dr JI Zhiye, comes from China Institute for...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 1:01am

Queen hopes Prince Charles will succeed her as Commonwealth head

Queen Elizabeth II has appealed to Commonwealth leaders to appoint her son, Prince Charles, to succeed her as their head. She said it was her “sincere wish” that Prince Charles takes over “one day”, as she opened the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 12:41am

Health ministry to increase clinical trials

The Ministry of Health, through Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), is committed to expand the scope of evidence-based healthcare by conducting more clinical trials, officials have said. The ministry Wednesday held a symposium to review the current development in terms clinical research to promote...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 12:21am

Rwanda commits to halve malaria cases in five years

Rwanda has joined the recently launched Commonwealth Nations initiative to curb malaria by half in the next five years. The initiative, launched on Wednesday at the Malaria Summit London 2018, on the sidelines of the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), calls on the 53...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 12:10am

Fighting plastic waste high on the agenda for Commonwealth summit

Tackling the global problem of plastic waste is high on the agenda at the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which is being held in London this week. In show of commitment to the cause, Britain pledged to contribute 61.4 million GBP (approx. Rwf74 billion) towards reducing...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 11:57pm

‘Smart classrooms’ a top priority – Government

Equipping secondary schools with ‘smart classrooms’ remains a government priority in education sector and there is optimism that all public schools will have been connected by 2020, according to Rwanda Education Board (REB). The aim of smart classrooms is to incorporate ICT into...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 11:53pm

Rwanda scoops Global Tourism Leadership Award at key summit

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 Global Tourism summit in Argentina’s capital of Buenos Aires. The award is in recognition of the country...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 11:49pm

Cigarette prices set to stabilise

Prices of cigarettes in Rwanda have hiked in recent days, following a shortage in supply on the local market that lasted two weeks. According to British American Tobacco (BAT), the manufacturer and suppliers of popular brands including Intore, Dunhill Switch and Dunhill Lights, the shortage was...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 11:47pm

ALU students pitch tech, entrepreneurship projects

After a competition that brought together 23 teams comprising students from African Leadership University (ALU) Rwanda, about six teams walked away with certificates, with the school committing to further support their projects. Dubbed ‘ALU Innovate’, the competition saw students...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 11:43pm

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