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445,000 households to access off-grid power under new BRD Rwf4bn funding

Private sector-lead projects geared at boosting access to power will now find it easier to secure funding, thanks to a new deal signed between Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) and commercial banks. The multimillion dollar funding agreement seeks to enable the banks to finance off-grid power...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 11:36 PM

MTN, RwandaOnline partner to drive use of mobile digital payment systems

Ongoing efforts to promote the use of mobile and digital payment systems have been boosted by a renewed partnership between MTN and RwandaOnline. The two firms, yesterday, launched a joint campaign geared at promoting mobile online payment services by the telecom’s mobile money subscribers....

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 8:59 PM

MTN, RwandaOnline launch campaign to promote mobile digital payments

MTN, RwandaOnline have unveiled a new drive that is aimed at increasing use of digital payment services by the public. The 90-day campaign dubbed “Byikorere ku Irembo, Birangize na MoMo” seeks to encourage Rwandans to pay for services electronically, according to Bart Hofker, the MTN...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 2:22 PM

EABC roots for common approach in regional integration process

Public and private sector players should have a common approach that will help expedite the implementation of regional integration, thus drive the East African Community into a large market. Rwanda’s businessman, Denis Karera, the managing director of Kigali Heights, said a hormonised...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 12:00 AM

FEATURED: Women get knowledge boost on hygiene, child malnutrition

The Minister of Defense, General James Kabarebe has tasked women to accelerate their efforts in developing themselves in all aspects as they have all they need to prosper from laws, good leadership and special women consideration. General Kabarebe was speaking at the inauguration of a 2-day women...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 12:00 AM

Rwanda has no place for drug peddlers

Editor, RE: “Police arrest 40 over drugs” (The New Times, March 26). Well done Rwanda National Police for operations conducted countrywide to fight against drugs and similar narcotic substances. Traffickers should give up narcotic drug business because Police has identified and knew...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 12:00 AM

EABC moots new strategies to benefit from African continental free trade zone

Regional governments should move fast and expedite integration process to give the East African Community a competitive edge in proposed continental free trade zone, the East African Business Council (EABC) leaders have said. Last week, 44 African Heads of State and government officials signed the...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 12:00 AM

Rwanda, Nigeria sign deal to boost air transport

Efforts by the national flag carrier, RwandAir, to expand its footprint across West Africa have been boosted following the signing of new airspace agreement between government of Rwanda and Nigeria. The agreement was signed on Monday in Kigali by Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye, Rwanda...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 12:00 AM

RDF delivers model village to ex-combatants in Kayonza

At least 20 families of ex-combatants, comprising war casualties and vulnerable army retirees, last week received new housing units constructed for them by the Rwanda Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission (RDRC), Rwanda Defence Forces and other stakeholders. Other partners in the exercise...

Monday, March 26, 2018, 12:00 AM

What are the health risks of going to sauna?

Dear Doctor, Are there any health risks of visiting the sauna? Musoni ----- Dear Musoni, Using steam for relaxation and or treatment has a long history of more than thousand years. In modern times, sauna baths are getting more and more popular across the world. The modern sauna usually...

Monday, March 26, 2018, 12:00 AM

Mass public transport is the way to go

Editor, RE: “Kigali City says road upgrades will ease traffic during major meetings” (The New Times, March 24). An admired and prestigious country like Rwanda which has shown the example to Africa in terms of cleanliness, universal health care, environment protection should stop...

Monday, March 26, 2018, 12:00 AM

How does the rainy season affect children's health?

Dear Doctor, What medical conditions are children aged under 5 more susceptible to during the rainy season? ----- Dear Alice, The rainy season brings a cool weather and greenery. But it can also cause some health problems. The most common problem occurring is viral influenza. Common cold or...

Monday, March 26, 2018, 12:00 AM

Kagame, Museveni agree to strengthen ties

President Paul Kagame yesterday met his Ugandan counterpart, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, at the State House in Entebbe, Uganda where the two leaders resolved to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. The President was accompanied onto his one-day official visit to Uganda...

Monday, March 26, 2018, 12:00 AM

Access to justice, emerging crimes top justice sector retreat agenda

Emerging crimes like cyber-crimes and drug abuse and trafficking are among the key issues discussed at a retreat by stakeholders in the justice sector that ended Friday. The seventh of such retreat that was held in Rubavu District under the theme; The Rwanda We Want: Reengineering our Justice...

Monday, March 26, 2018, 12:00 AM

Global academia in Rwanda for the Next Einstein Forum

Over 1000 scientists, businesspersons, policymakers and other stakeholders will meet in Kigali starting today for the NEF (Next Einstein Forum) Global Gathering 2018. An initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), in partnership with Robert Bosch Stiftung, NEF Global...

Monday, March 26, 2018, 12:00 AM

Why Rwandans should not be surprised by what gets published in French media

Editor, RE: “Many are beginning to learn the hard way that Genocide is not a laughing matter” (The New Times, March 25). Your editorial provides an excellent summary of the issues that keep on arising in France and Belgium as a result of these two countries’ shameful role during...

Monday, March 26, 2018, 12:00 AM

How can I remove body scars?

Dear Doctor, I was involved in a motor accident two years ago which left me with several scars on my face and other parts. Can these scars be removed permanently? Raymond ----- Dear Raymond, Injury can be of various kinds like that by a blunt object, sharp penetrating object, burns, theram...

Monday, March 26, 2018, 12:00 AM

Editorial cartoon

Authorities have warned they will continue with the crackdown on places of worship that fall short of minimum building standards.

Monday, March 26, 2018, 12:00 AM

Can food supplements cure diseases?

Dear Doctor, Can proper dieting alone rid one of certain like diabetes as some people/companies who sell food supplements claim? Aminah ----- Dear Aminah, It is not dieting but a correct type of diet which helps in control of blood sugar levels in diabetes. In fact in type II diabetes (where...

Monday, March 26, 2018, 12:00 AM

What your waist circumference says about your health

Last week, the East Africa Diabetes Group (EADSG) in collaboration with Rwanda’s Ministry of Health held a congress in Kigali, aimed at discussing the latest development in treatment of diabetes, measures of addressing challenges posed by an increasing burden of diabetes and other non-...

Monday, March 26, 2018, 12:00 AM