Kottana Chidyaonga’s murder suspects released on bail

By Duncan Mlanjira The four suspects in the mysterious and alleged murder of 23-year-old Kottana Chidyaonga, Timothy Mtilonsanje (28), Gilbert Kamaliza (29), Diana Baghwanji (23) and Ekari Chaweza, finally walked out of Maula Prison in Lilongwe on Tuesday after spending weeks in custody as they were being denied bail. This happened after a group of concerned friends for the four suspects, decided to file a petition on social media asking the public to support asking the legal authorities, Ministry…

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Government says thin plastic ban still in force

By Glory Msowoya, MANA Government, through the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining has developed a strategy which will guide the implementation of a ban on thin plastics which will require about US$302,072 (an equivalent of K225 million). In August last year, Supreme Court of Appeal gave government an order to implement the ban following an appeal by the plastics industry on grounds that they were not properly consulted on the implications of the ban and the harm…

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Oman’s senior journalist Dr Ahmed Siddiqui pleads for more women’s empowerment

By Duncan Mlanjira Express’ foreign correspondent, Dr. Ahmed Mohiuddin Siddiqui, believes that governments of the world need to cut down spending on weapons of mass destruction but instead they channel such resources in providing healthcare and medicines, especially for women and children. Dr Ahmed Siddiqui said this when he was interviewed by renowned British radio host Adam Cole, for The Radio Oman FM English, as a recognition of this senior journalist and political analyst’s tenacious coverage of cancer associated…

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Concerned friends for Kottana Chidyaonga’s murder suspects petition for their release from custody

By Duncan Mlanjira A group of concerned friends for the four suspects on the mysterious and alleged murder of 23-year-old Kottana Chidyaonga, have organised a petition for the public to support asking the authorities to consider granting them bail. The suspects, Timothy Mtilonsanje (28), Gilbert Kamaliza (29), Diana Baghwanji (23) and Ekari Chaweza are still in custody and being denied bail, as according to the petition that’s posted on http://chng.it/PzMpKd8L. As of Monday morning, 1,057 people had signed in…

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Oman Cancer Association President Al Kharusi laments: ‘Cancer is synonymed as disease of death!’

  By Dr Ahmed Mohiuddin Siddiqui The Sultanate of Oman is leading the fight against cancer at the international stage. A not-so-large country, Oman has made giant strides in preventing and fighting cancer, which has made the global community sit up and take notice.  Like the yesteryears, the Oman Cancer Association (OCA) commemorated the World Cancer Day, which falls on 4th February every year with a series of programmes and free cancer detection tests for females and males. In…

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Botswana denies cases of confirmed Coronavirus

  By allAfrica.com Botswana Ministry of Health says it had noted with concern the misleading information circulating on social media, particularly Facebook and WhatsApp, about Coronavirus situation in the country. The Ministry says the country has not reported any confirmed cases of coronavirus but rather acknowledged of five suspected. The Ministry urges social media users to always check the source of their material to avoid circulating misleading and distressing information. The Ministry says it is continuing to monitor the…

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Higher Institute of Health Specialties conducts blood donation drive in Muscat

  By Dr Ahmed Mohiuddin Siddiqui Literally, it was a ‘bloody’ Sunday in Muscat, Oman! A large number of people donated blood at a donation drive supervised by Dr. Manal Abdul Majeed Al Zadjali, Dean, Higher Institute of Health Specialties (HIHS).  The donors trooped in from early morning for the noble cause. The blood donors had to register themselves before being taken to a room where their blood samples were collected to check for haemoglobin levels.  Their weight, blood…

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Ethiopian Airlines continues China flights as others suspend

  By Samuel Getachew, The Reporter As dozens of major airlines around the world cancel flights to China as a precaution over the outbreak of coronavirus, Ethiopian Airlines has refused to follow suit even after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the virus as a ‘global health emergency’. For Africa’s busiest airliner with frequent flight to China and that has built a growing and overwhelming influence within the continent, said it is business as usual. Instead, the airline posted…

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China breaks world record for constructing 1,000-bed coronavirus hospital within 2 days

  By Opera.com  After employing over 500 workers to work, including electricians, the police and several other stakeholders, China finally opened a 1,000-bed capacity hospital in Huangzhou District to treat people infected with coronavirus. The hospital, which was built and completed in 48 hours caught the world by surprise and admired the responsiveness of the government to the out break of the coronavirus.  The hospital was originally scheduled to open in May, but due to the urgency, resources, and…

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Jacaranda’s Mr. Luc’s Library primary school project to open its 17th at St. Pius in Soche Township

  By Duncan Mlanjira  Jacaranda School for Orphans, under Mr. Luc’s Library project will on Tuesday officially launch its 17th provision of a library to primary schools and the public’s at St. Pius Primary School in Soche Township, Blantyre. The Jacaranda Outreach program of public libraries and school libraries has so far reached out to over 41,000 children in Blantyre. St. Pius Primary School joins others such as Chigumula, Misesa, HHI, Kapeni, Bangwe Catholic, Nkolokoti, Makata, St. Maria Goretti, Limbe Primary…

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