Civic education needed for proper industrial hemp regulation

  By Alice Chunga, MANA Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Ben Phiri has said civic education is essential to change the people’s perception regarding industrial hemp regulation. He said this on Thursday during the 48th Session of Parliament where the Cannabis Regulation Bill was passed. The Bill, which seeks to distinguish the criminalised Indian hemp (chamba) from medicinal cannabis through cultivation, production, possession and marketing, was first tabled five years ago by former legislator Boniface Kadzamira. “Perception…

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Chaos in Nkhotakota after elephant stomps woman to death

  By Stanley Nkhondoyachepa, MANA Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve field operations manager, David Robertson is in pain while his game ranger, Thomson Mizeck is battling for his life in hospital after they were stoned and hacked with panga knives by an angry mob, who are incensed with the death of a woman who was stomped by an elephant.  The attack on the two occurred Friday morning in Bamba Village in Traditional Authority (TA) Mwadzama, who had visited the village to…

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FIFA chief Infantino says open to changes in offside law

  SuperSport.com World football governing body, FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he is open to changes to the offside law to help address problems that have arisen since the introduction of VAR video reviews. Football’s law-making body, the International FA Board (IFAB), is expected to meet on Saturday and discuss VAR and the offside law, although no proposal has been tabled for a concrete law change. Frustration in England’s Premier League with VAR ruling out goals for tiny margins…

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FIFA set to limit number of loan deals

  By Muambo Edward, kick442.com The world football governing body, FIFA has announced that the new laws governing loan deals for players will soon be effective. FIFA has announced a-three-year plan to enforce its new regulations that will govern the transfer of players. The entire transfers system has been revisited by FIFA and particular attention was paid on the modalities and number of loan deals authorized in a season for any club. Clubs will be limited to eight arrivals…

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Nkhata Bay launches Sanitation and Hygiene Investment plan

    By Aliko Munde, MANA Nkhata Bay District Council and Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) have launched a 20-year Sanitation and Hygiene Investment Plan to guide implementation and promotion of sanitation and hygiene services in the district. During the launch on Thursday at Nkhata Bay District Council Chamber, a sanitation set of equipment worth K15.9 million was handed over to the council. NRWB Chief Executive Engineer, Titus Mtegha noted that only the district hospital has a sewer system…

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K2,000 ID processing fees force Standard 8 learners out of school

  By Dyna Mtalimanja Banda, MANA Some Standard 8 learners in Dowa have been forced to drop out of school after failing to pay K2,000 for identity cards required by Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) if one is to sit for Primary School Leaving Certificate Examinations (PLSCE). A report produced by District Education Management Information System (DEMIS) Office, shows 556 learners dropped out after failing to pay processing fee for the IDs. Out of the 556 dropouts, Kayembe Zone…

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Donors happy with progress of lean season response

  By Louis Kumchima, MANA Donors have expressed satisfaction with the progress made by government in responding to the food insecurity situation in the 2019/2020 season. Donor partners who assist with funding towards lean-season response and Social Cash Transfers, which among others include Department for International Development (DfID), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Irish Aid in collaboration with Plan Malawi International, made the sentiments when they toured Ulongwe in Balaka District. DfID Country Director, Dave Beer…

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There was nothing wrong with Vision 2020; It still remains valid

  By Duncan Mlanjira In its process to develop the successor of Vision 2020, National Planning Commission has concluded that there was nothing wrong with the original Vision because it was perfectly crafted and remains valid to this very day. This has been presented by Dr. Winford Masanjala during the launch of envisioning process held at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC), which was presided over by President Peter Mutharika on Friday together with Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara…

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EGENCO promises full power supply to be back in March

  By Yamikani Yapuwa, MANA Electricity Generation Company (Malawi) Limited (EGENCO) says the country should expect full power generation by the end of March this year as it is still working on faulty machines at Kapichira Power Station. According to a press statement issued on Tuesday, currently, three out of four machines at the power station have broken down with different technical problems. The statement said EGENCO engineers and technicians are working tirelessly to resolve the faults and that…

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Gabadinho one of highly rated ahead of Soweto derby showdown between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs

  By Duncan Mlanjira Malawi’s international Gabadinho Mhango is amongst four players who have been high rated as players to watch in Saturday’s showdown between arch rivals Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs in what is the biggest Soweto derby. The Absa Premiership match, that kick-off at 3:30pm CAT at FNB Stadium, is being touted as one of the best in recent memory and the other three players mentioned as players to watch are Pirates’ Wayne Sandilands and Chiefs’ Samir…

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