Standards body quality management systems receive global certification

Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) has received the International Organisation for Standardisation, ISO 900:2008 certification. Raymond Murenzi, the director general of RSB, said the certification is an indication that services offered by the Standards watchdog comply with ISO 9001 requirements in its...

Monday, February 6, 2017, 12:00 AM

Nyamasheke moves to enhance coffee quality, farmers’ income

The quality of coffee is critical in the marketing of the beans locally and on the global arena. This fact is not lost on one of the major coffee producing areas in Rwanda, Nyamasheke District. The district has been attracting investors to setup more coffee washing stations to help increase the...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 12:00 AM

Campaign to build centre for abused children launched

A drive aimed at raising funds for the construction of an integrated centre for child victims of abuse and street children, especially girls, has been launched. The campaign, dubbed “One hundred for one girl”, was launched on Saturday in Gasogi, Ndera Sector, Gasabo District. The...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 12:00 AM

Should Christians switch off their phones during prayers?

The advancement of technology has not only led to many people using phones but to a new addiction with many people now finding it difficult to spend a few minutes without their mobile telephone. Turning mobile phones off is a common message by religious leaders during service. However, many people...

Sunday, January 22, 2017, 12:00 AM

Gicumbi vulnerable families get heifers

A total of 40 cows were distributed to vulnerable families in Cyumba and Manyagiro sectors in Gicumbi District under the government cattle stocking programme, best known as Girinka. Also donated were iron sheets to 20 vulnerable families in the area. The donation was handed over at an event...

Saturday, January 21, 2017, 12:00 AM

Gashora Girls students make mosquito repellent soap

Sarah Benimana and Rachel Nikuze, former students of Gashora Girls Academy, have put what they learnt in Science class into practice: create a soap that acts as a mosquito repellent. Benimana and Nikuze picked interest in soap making after learning about saponification in a Chemistry lesson while...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

Voter registration update at 95 per cent completion

At least 95 per cent of eligible voters have already validated their personal details on the national voters’ registrar with the majority using internet and mobile phones through short message services, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) has said.  Since November, last year, the electoral...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

PLE best performers share joy

The Ministry of Education, on Monday, released results for last year’s Primary Leaving and Ordinary Level examinations indicating an improvement in general pass rate compared to 2015. The New Times spoke to some of the top performers. Cyndy Nina Bwiza Cyndy Nina Bwiza, Saint Paul...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

Bigirimana on how dog rearing has transformed her life

She was scorned and ridiculed over what many called a crazy business venture. Many felt pity for the woman who was obsessed with dogs. But this did not dampen her passion for dog rearing.  From dog rearing, Mediatrice Bigirimana has become a successful businesswoman. At the gate of Bigirimana’s...

Thursday, January 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

World Science Day marked with call to boost devt efforts

Science is not about books and libraries, but a springboard to improve the lives of the people, Education minister Papias Musafiri has said. He was speaking during celebrations to mark the World Science Day in Musanze District, Northern Province, on Tuesday. Young scientists from higher learning...

Thursday, December 22, 2016, 12:00 AM

Believe in your dreams, Nsengimana tells youth behind agriculture drone

The youth must believe in their dreams and strive to work hard in order to achieve them, because an enabling environment has been created for them to realise their potential. The Minister for Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, delivered the message during his visit to Charis, a company...

Thursday, December 22, 2016, 12:00 AM

Dealers, RSB move to improve grain quality and safety along value chain

Grain and cereal industry stakeholders have joined hands with Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) to chart ways of improving the safety and quality along the value chain. The stakeholders noted that ensuring quality and safety of grains and cereals will boost competitiveness in the local, regional and...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

[PHOTOS]: Girls urged to embrace vocational education

 Girls shoul strive to embrace vocational education, especially science, technology and mathematics (STEM)-related discipline as a way to make them self-reliant and major drivers for the country’s economy. The call was made on Tuesday by Esperance Nyirasafari, the minister for gender and family...

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 12:00 AM

Rwanda celebrates International Human Rghts Day

Every year, on 10th December, the World celebrates the International Human Rights Day. This day was set aside by the United Nations following the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on 10th December 1948. The Declaration established respect for human rights and human...

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

Embrace cashless culture to create more jobs for youth - experts

Rwandans and the private sector should embrace cashless culture because it creates new ICT-based and related jobs, Pascal Nyagahene, the MobiCash Rwanda chief, has said. He said that as more firms come up to support government’s push for cashless payments, new jobs are created, especially points...

Friday, December 9, 2016, 12:00 AM

Clergy urged to act as anti-graft watchdogs

Religious leaders can use their influence to preach on the dangers of corruption to national development and citizens’ wellbeing, officials said yesterday. Bernadette Kanzayire, the deputy Ombudsman in charge of preventing and fighting injustice, made the remarks while addressing clerics...

Friday, December 9, 2016, 12:00 AM

Meet the women giving hope to abandoned babies in Nyamata

Children are the leaders of tomorrow. They are the future. That is why 40-year-old Francoise Mukamana, a widow and mother of two children decided to take on two abandoned children like her own. She believes it is the responsibility of society to take care of children who are abandoned for...

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

Public, private sector agencies partner to foster buyers’ rights

Public and private institutions have committed to work together to protect the rights of consumers. The move seeks to help find a lasting remedy for the various consumer abuses encountered by local buyers of goods and services. Damien Ndizeye, the president of Rwanda Consumer Rights Protection...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 12:00 AM

Govt to set up consumer protection body next year

Consumers and groups advocating for the rights of buyers of goods and services have reason to smile following announcement by government of plans to set up a new body to monitor the implementation of consumer-related trade laws, and standards. The Rwanda Inspectorate, Competition and Consumer...

Monday, December 5, 2016, 12:00 AM

Rwf4bn model village to avert disasters in Ngororero District

A total of 20,000 residents in Ngororero District still reside in high risk zones. To avert a catastrophe, government, in partnership with key development partners, is in the process of building a model village to relocate people living in high risk areas. At least 500 houses in Ngororero were...

Monday, December 5, 2016, 12:00 AM

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