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Covid-19 and children: What do scientists say?

Ten months since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, no one has been spared of its impacts, not even children, but science shows that the pandemic has less severe health effects on children. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) data, less than 10 percent of reported cases and less...

Monday, September 21, 2020 - 9:01am

Civil Society Organisations push for gender inclusive approach in economic recovery plan

In April 2020, the government released an Economic Recovery Plan (May 2020 – December 2021) as one of the strategies for economic recovery with a significant focus on social protection, providing a good foundation for the most vulnerable Rwandans to begin rebuilding their lives....

Monday, September 21, 2020 - 7:36am

Opinion: Partisan views on Rwanda: Who is the real culprit?

In a letter published by The Guardian on September 16th, 2020, Martin Plaut - who presents himself as a senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London- accused Andrew Mitchell of expressing partisan views on Rwanda as the British MP argued that, if...

Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 7:48pm

Hundreds throng Kigali streets as Car Free Day returns

After a six-month wait, people of all ages ushered into streets across Kigali as the Car Free Day finally returned on Sunday, September 20 following the Ministry of Sports’ announcement a week before. The bi-monthly physical mass sports exercise was among Sports activities which...

Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 7:26pm

Regional Heads of State Summit to be held virtually

Heads of State from Angola, Burundi, DR Congo, Rwanda and Uganda will in coming days hold a summit virtually, officials with insight to the matter say. The meeting which was convened by the DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi was initially planned to be held in the border town of Goma and...

Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 2:58pm

There must be value for every public penny spent - AG

The Auditor-General has indicated that every penny from the national treasury should be put to good use and value for money for public finances is determined by the extent of improvement in citizens’ lives. AG Obadiah Biraro made the observations on Saturday, September 19, during a...

Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 1:28am

Rwanda’s GDP slumps by 12% in Quarter 2, Covid-19 blamed

In the second quarter of 2020, the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) plummeted by 12.4 per cent, latest figures have revealed. According to the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR), the slump is attributed to measures in place to contain the spread of Covid-19. The statistics...

Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 5:34pm

Mobile data in Rwanda 11th cheapest in sub-Saharan Africa

Contrary to popular belief, eight out of the top 50 cheapest countries in the world for mobile data are in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is in stark contrast to the cost of broadband on the continent, which is almost universally very high or non-existent. In the sub-region, Rwanda which is weaving...

Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 12:47pm

Why Rwanda reduced subsidies on imported maize seeds

As the Agricultural Season A gets underway, government has announced that it has reduced subsidies on imported maize seeds so as to promote use of locally produced seeds, The New Times has learnt. The season started at the beginning of September. The new development follows many years of...

Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 10:47am

Rwanda’s affordable energy ambitions get $150m boost

Rwanda’s quest to avail affordable energy to the population got a boost this week following, the approval by the World Bank Group of $150m (approximately Rwf142bn) to finance energy access for households, enterprises and public institutions in Rwanda. Half of the allocated funds will be...

Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 9:06am

Musanze farmers optimistic of good harvest after devastating rains

During the heavy rains that ravaged many parts of the country in April this year, streams leading into Mugogo Marshland, a valley in Musanze District, burst around its banks, destroying plantations grown in the marshland. Joseph Nsengiyumva is one of the 395 farmers whose crops were washed away...

Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 7:06am

Young entrepreneurs with best innovative business ideas to get mentorship, funding

Young entrepreneurs with the best innovative business ideas are poised to be incubated at the African Centre of Excellence in Energy for Sustainable Development’s Grid Innovation and Incubation Hub (GIIH) at University of Rwanda. This is in a bid to inspire and mentor innovation-based...

Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 12:29am

Rwanda registers two more Covid-19 deaths

Rwanda on Friday, September 18, recorded two new Covid-19 deaths, one who was 29 years old and another one aged 80. According to the Ministry of Health, both deceased passed away in Kigali. The latest demise brings the country’s Covid-19 death toll to 25 people. On Thursday, Rwanda...

Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 12:10am

Digital tools to drive social-economic recovery post-Covid, Kagame

Digital tools will speed up the world’s recovery from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as serve to catch up with the Sustainable Development Goals, President Paul Kagame has said. President Kagame was speaking at the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. ...

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 11:00pm

Okonjo-Iweala, Amina Mohamed remain in WTO top position race

Two African candidates, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria and Amina C. Mohamed of Kenya, have made it to the list of five candidates that will advance to the next stage of selecting the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Another African candidate, Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh of...

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 2:28pm

Bank of Kigali donates 30,000 facemasks to Rwamagana

Bank of Kigali has donated 30,000 facemasks to people in Ubudehe categories one and two in Rwamagana District, in the continued battle to fight Covid-19 pandemic.  This is the first event to distribute face masks to vulnerable families through the national joint campaign named "Mask...

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 2:04pm

There are fake construction permits on the market, City of Kigali warns

When Joyce, a US-based Rwandan national, wanted to build commercial residential apartments in her home country, she entrusted her brother, Innocent Kimenyi to see through the process, right from the procurement of the construction permit, to supervising the works. The multi-storied house was set...

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 10:01am

Rusesabagina to appeal against remand decision

Terror suspect, Paul Rusesabagina on Thursday, September 17 announced that he would appeal against a decision by Kicukiro Primary Court remanding him for 30 days in prison. This follows the ruling by Judge Dorothy Yankurije, who said that there was reasonable ground for Rusesabagina to be...

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 8:42am

Prosecution seeks 7-year sentence for shamed ex-minister

The former Minister of State for Education should be sentenced to jail for 7 years and fined Rwf 5 million for corruption-related charges, Prosecution told court on Thursday, September 17, 2020.  Isaac Munyakazi resigned from his position in February this year after allegations of...

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 8:02pm

PAC says BDF failing its SMEs growth mandate

The Business Development Fund (BDF)’s work is not in line with its core mandate to support the development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), especially startups, as most of its security funds have gone to large businesses. PAC made the observation during a hearing on Thursday,...

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 7:10pm

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