Over 4000 Hectares of Maize Field Under Attack in Balaka

Over 4000 hectares of maize field has been affected by fall army worms in Balaka with 39 percent of the crop heavily damaged, the District’s Agriculture Development Office (DADO) has disclosed. The officer responsible Denis Zingeni said this Friday when he briefed members of Balaka District Civil Protection Committee (DCPC) about the state of affairs regarding the worm infestation in the district. The affected fields represent 7.5 percent of the total 53, 000 hectares of land under maize cultivation…

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Two Women Sentenced for Drug Trafficking

The Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Court has sentenced two women to two years Imprisonment with Hard Labor (IHL) and to pay a fine of Mk500, 000 for being found in possession and attempting to export dangerous Drugs. Kamuzu International Airport Police Public Relations Officer, Sapulain Chitonde has indentified the convicts as Doreen Nguluwe 36, and Patricia Kamwendo 38. The two were found guilty by the for the offence of being found in possession of dangerous drugs called Apomorphine HC…

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Govt Asked to Invest MK3.5 Billion Into Cotton Industry

African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC) in Malawi has asked government to inject US$4.8 million (about K3.5 billion) into cotton farming to revive the industry which it says is at the verge of collapsing. AICC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Felix Lombe told journalists on Wednesday in Mzuzu that Malawi’s cotton production has gone down from 100,000 metric tons in 2012 to around 15,000 in 2017. He said the decline is worrisome because, among other crops, cotton remains one of…

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‘Chiwamba Cha Ndakatulo’ to Invade Blantyre On Monday

Poets and poetry lovers in the country will celebrate the New Year with poetry feast dubbed ‘Chiwamba Cha Ndakatulo’ slated for Monday, the 1st of January 2018 at Blantyre Cultural Centre. Speaking in an interview  the host for the show Mollen Nazombe said the show has been organized as one way of welcoming poetry fans into the year 2018. “We have organized ‘Chiwamba Cha Ndakatulo’ poetry show to entertain our fans as well as one way of welcoming them…

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Daily Times Caught Pants Down; ‘No Child Died Due to Blackouts at Kamuzu Central Hospital’

Ministry of Health and Population has refuted as untrue Daily Times story that alleged that four babies died at Kamuzu Central Hospital during Christmas because of blackout. According to the ministry, two babies died but not due to blackout. One died upon admission to the hospital and the other died while on oxygen whose oxygen cylinders do not use electricity. On Wednesday December 27, The Daily Times published an article that claimed that four babies died as a result…

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Five Years Later: BCC Vacates Encroachers Injunction

Blantyre City Council (BCC) has vacated a court injunction obtained by city residents who encroached on Sochi, Chilobwe and Chimwankhuntha forest reserve area. The injunction was granted by the High Court some five years ago and has been vacated few days after Vice President Saulos Chilima ordered the council to act swiftly in the reallocating residents from flood-prone areas for their own safety as the country continues to receive heavy rains which has already caused havoc in some parts…

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Fisheries Confiscate Chambo in Nkhotakota

The Department of Fisheries on Tuesday confiscated over 58 kilograms of Oreochromis species of fish commonly known as Kasawala or baby Chambo from Nkhotakota Market, saying the fishermen caught the fish illegally. District Fisheries Officer (DFO,) Rodgers Makwinja confirmed with Malawi News Agency (Mana) that his office confiscated illegal Kasawala from the market following a patrol conducted by the fisheries enforcement section. He said Chambo also known as maternal mouth brooding cichlids, a subgenus Nyasalapia of the genius Oreochromis…

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Plan International Donates Ten Motorcycles to MJ District Council

Mulanje District Council on Thursday received 10 motorcycles from Plan International, one of the Nongovernmental organizations working in the district. Speaking during the handover of the motorcycles, Plan International Program Area Manager, Daniel Kapatuka, said the donation was part of a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project exit strategy. Plan International has been implementing the WASH Project in the district from 2013 and ended in the year 2017. Kapatuka indicated that so far, Mulanje has achieved the Open-Defecation-Free (ODF)…

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MANEB Changes Examinations Format

Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) has announced that there will be some changes in the 2019 Malawi School Certificate of Examinations (MSCE) format in light of the newly introduced secondary school curriculum. Briefing the media  in Blantyre, MANEB Chief Executive Officer, Gerald Chiunda, said the changes have also come as an immediate response to the scrapping off of Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) coupled with the introduction of new subjects in line with the new curriculum. “The 2019 examinations…

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Tay Grin Scoops Position two in BCC Keep Your Premises Clean Competition

Blantyre based Hip hop music artist, Tay Grin, has been chosen as one of the residential winners in Blantyre City Council’s (BCC) Keep Your Premises Clean Competition. At the awards presentation ceremony held at the COMESA Hall in Blantyre in the presence of the Malawi First Lady, Gertrude Mutharika, companies and individuals were awarded certificates and various prizes after emerging as winners of the 2017 BCC Keep your Premises Clean. Speaking in an interview after the ceremony, Tay Grin,…

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