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ST LAWRENCE LAUNCHES JOB CREATORS’ COMPETITION

By UTN Reporter Kampala - In a rare drive to encourage entrepreneurship in Schools, St Lawrence University has launched an annual competition that will see students getting rewarded for their innovativeness and entrepreneurship skills.

The Competition dubbed Mr. and Mrs. Job creator attracts students at the university, where the two best innovators and skill developers are rewarded with a brand new car.

Launching the initiative for the year 2017/18, the Chief Executive Officer for Diamond Trust Bank Varghese Thambi applauded the initiative as a key to job creation and a sure solution to unemployment, encouraging innovativeness among the students.

He singled our national initiatives like Buy Uganda Build Uganda as key to encouraging innovativeness amongst the youths, skills development and developing the local industrial sector.

He says such and other initiatives should be built right from school. Byte- Varghese Thambi

The Head of the school of Entrepreneurship and small businesses at the University Daniel Mugaru said the initiative is geared towards producing a highly competent work force, well skilled to face the challenges in the job market, as well as adding real value to national development.

Mugaru says after realizing that most institutions reward beauty of the body, at St Lawrence they chose to reward beauty of the brain, as a key to working in a competitive world of economics and survival.

He intimated that the exercise is normally held on a free and fair basis, were many competitors participate, and they end up getting more educated, skilled and encouraged in several other ways. Byte-Daniel Mugaru-

He says in the past ten years, they are yet to get many submissions in support to agribusiness, as many students concentrate on smart urban ventures that attract quick returns.

He argued the participants to innovate widely, in things like aquaculture, ICT, as well as Human resources management, transport among others. The two female and male winners will each walk away with a brand new Toyota Wish, while the runners-up will win other things like mobile phones, fridges and other valuables.

The final draw is slated for 5th May 2017 at the University.

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NGO’s DEMAND FOR GOVERNMENT COMMITMENT ON ELDERY FUND

Civil society organization and the parliamentary forum on the social protection have asked government to exhibit equity in distribution of resources amongst its citizens.

Despite its mandate, government has continued to negate its funding commitments to development partners on the SAGE program

BUNDIBUGYO ETHINIC CONFLICT: DEATH LINGERS ON

Bundibugyo - As tension continues to flare between the Bamba and the Bakonjjo in the grater Rwenzori region, the death toll is seemingly increasing with at-least over five people dead on a daily basis. The ethnic battles barreling a legacy that arose from land conflicts has instigated hatred amongst the Bakonzo and the Bamba communities, who have resorted to hacking each other to death.

40 WITNESSES TO TESTIFY AGAINST KAMOGA

Government has lined up over 40 witnesses to testify against terror suspects including the leader of Tabliq sect Sheikh Yunus Kamoga for their alleged participation in the killing of Muslim clerics last year. Principle State Attorney Charles Richard Kaamuli said during a pre-trial session

KCCA TO LOSE 22B TO MARKET VENDORS

By Isaac Tenywa

Kampala Capital City Authority will lose about Shs. 22bn in compensation to road side vendors working along the Railway line in areas of Kibuye, Katwe, Ndeeba and Nalukolongo.

TWIST IN BESIGYE TREASON CASE, GOVT WANT TRIAL IN LUZIRA

Remanded former opposition FDC presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye was this morning not produced before Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court as earlier scheduled after the state cited security threats.

Principal State Attorney Lino Anguzu told court presided over by

US DIPLOMATS ON M7 TALK AGAINST ICC

The United States diplomats have re-echoed their stand when they walked out of the swearing in ceremony for Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni at Kololo grounds describing President Museveni’s attack on International Criminal Court as meaningless.

President Yoweri Museveni during his swearing in

COOPERATIVES SUBMIT VIEWS TO PARLIAMENT

By Shakira Namatende

The cooperative Union in Uganda will Wednesday submit their views to Parliament on the proposed Cooperative Societies Bill 2014.

The bill seeks to regulate groupings in the category of

Cooperative Unions that are taking a strong mobilization wave in the Country side.

The cooperative Union is seen as a strong force that draws people together into uniformity seeking to address their economic and financial challenges.

As one of the activities to celebrate the International Cooperative Week, cooperators in Uganda will submit their views to the Parliamentary Committee on Trade, seeking for among other things an independent ministry, and fully fledged cooperative bank, and a degree of autonomy from their mother ministry of Trade.

They cooperators led by Uhuru Institute for Social Development will also carry out a tree planting campaign as a gesture to restore the environment.

Earlier on, the same body flanked by Uganda Cooperative Alliance donated blood in different Blood Banks countrywide, as a social responsibility gesture.

In Kampala, it was held at the Constitutional

Square, and a total of 15,000 units of blood were collected country wide.

As Leonard Okello the Chief Executive Officer Uhuru Institute explains, the country has a dire need for blood, a resource that is not manufactured anywhere, but human generosity determines its availability.

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The Institute partnered with Nakasero Blood Bank in this campaign with a target of at least 20,000 units of blood country wide.

Okello says the cooperators work towards an improved livelihood of the society, economic independence and improved healthy labor force for the country.

Byte………..Leonard Okello

Lilian Nantambi from the Nakasero Blood Bank say the collection is significant an will work to reduce the need across the country.

Byte……… Lilian Nantambi (Blood Donor Recruiter

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MASAKA GETS FREE SOLAR POWER

About 1500 households in two villages of Buwunga Sub County in Masaka district have been registered to benefit in a free solar power project. Masaka district woman MP Mary Babirye Kabanda announced the endowment from the United Kingdom and Australian based ‘Crossing Borders’. In two separate meetings with the residents of Bulando village in Bulando parish

XMAS FIRE LEAVES AMURU RESIDENTS HOMELESS

Amuru- At least 34 families were left homeless following a wild fire outbreak in Amuru District. The fire that gutted over 40 huts, destroying property worth of millions of shillings in Okidi ward in Atiak Sub County