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2018-02-20 Imported Packaging Materials to Be Struck Off Tax-Exempt List
[New Times] Government is set to remove imported packaging materials from the list of tax-exempted goods in a bid to ease competition against local manufacturers, the Minister for Trade and Industry told Parliament yesterday.

2018-02-20 New Law to Govern Faith Based Organisations in the Offing
[New Times] Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) has drafted a new legal framework to guide the operations of faith-based organisations (FBOs) which it says will help address illegalities and other inappropriate activities among religious groups.

2018-02-20 Retirees Welcome Pension Increase
[New Times] Retirees have welcomed last week's cabinet decision to increase monthly pension payouts.

2018-02-20 Benchmark Index for Local Counters Down 0.24%
[New Times] Rwanda Stock Exchange (RSE) benchmark index for local counters dropped by 0.24 per cent, closing at 133.21 points, while the All Share Index was at 133.17, down by 0.03 per cent.

2018-02-20 Police Officers Awarded UN Medals for Outstanding Service in Juba
[New Times] A total of 183 Rwandan police officers, including 30 women, were on Monday awarded UN medals for their diligence and dedicated service under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

2018-02-19 Govt Maintains Tough Stance on Used Clothes
[New Times] The U.S has made a fresh call for the East African Community not to phase out imported used clothes and leather products locally known as "Chagua", but Rwanda says the U.S should not shift goals on what was agreed by the parties in 2015 when the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), pact was renewed.

2018-02-19 IMF Speaks Out On Rwanda's Debt Levels
[New Times] The International Monetary Fund has spoken out on Rwanda's debt levels, saying that though they have gone up in the recent past they are still manageable.

2018-02-19 RwandAir Heads to Cape Town, Via Harare, Four Times a Week
[EA Business] Kigali -The Rwandan national carrier will fly directly from Kigali to Cape Town International Airport, with a stop-over in Harare, four times a week from 16 May 2018. In the press release by Rwandair, its CEO, Chance Ndagano, said: "This is yet another big milestone for RwandAir as we continue to expand our network.

2018-02-19 Duo Win Medals at Africa Triathlon Cup
[New Times] Rwanda athletes Timamu Hategekimana and Hanani Uwineza defied odds to win medals at the 2018 Trout-beck Africa Triathlon Union Sprint Cup that ended on Saturday in Zimbabwe.

2018-02-19 RwandAir Taps MKU For Human Resource Capacity Building
[Nation] Mount Kenya University (MKU) through its Kigali campus has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the national carrier of Rwanda, RwandAir, to design relevant market-driven programmes targeting the airline's staff.

2018-02-19 Areruya Crowned Africa's Best Under-23 Cyclist
[New Times] Rwanda's star cyclist Joseph Areruya was crowned Africa's best Under-23 rider at the just concluded 13th African Continental Road Championship in Kigali on Sunday afternoon.

2018-02-19 Areruya Eyes Victory as African Champs Climax
[New Times] Team Rwanda cyclists, led by Africa's top ranked rider Joseph Areruya, will be on spot as the 13th African Continental Road Championship comes to a close in Kigali with the event's main race, the U23 & elite men's road race.

2018-02-19 Substandard Materials Caused Muhanga Church Collapse - Police
[New Times] Preliminary findings into what caused the collapse of a catholic church that was under construction in Muhanga District have pointed at use of substandard construction materials that couldn't hold the structure's heavy pillars, Police said.

2018-02-19 APR Eye Repeat of 1st Leg Feat in Seychelles
[New Times] APR FC players are confident that they will stage a repeat of their first leg feat against Anse RĂ©union in Seychelles when the two sides meet in the return leg of the CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round on Tuesday at Stade Linite , Victoria.

2018-02-19 Army Hands Over Bodies of Congolese Soldiers
[New Times] Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) on Saturday handed over bodies of three Congolese soldiers who were killed during a recent attack on Rwandan territory.

2018-02-19 Dairy Farmers Welcome Milk Price Regulation
[New Times] Dairy farmers have welcomed last week's directive on milk price regulation by the Ministry of Trade and Industry. The farmers say the regulation would protect them from unscrupulous buyers.

2018-02-19 Huge Turnout at 'Black Panther' Premiere in Kigali
[New Times] Century Cinema Kigali was alive with excitement as hundreds streamed in for the world premiere of superhero film Black Panther.

2018-02-19 Award Winning Jazz Artiste Somi On Her Career and Musical Plans
[New Times] Somi, real name Laura Kabasomi Kakoma, is the 2018 NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Jazz Album. The Rwandan US- based jazz artiste and songwriter recently held an exclusive jazz performance in Kigali with her band as part of her East African tour.

2018-02-18 Rwandan Makes a Prototype That Enables Whatsapp Users to Call Without Internet
[New Times] Calling from Japan, China, United States of America or even from Europe to Africa, is one of the most expensive things one can do. Telecommunication firms charge a lot of money both on text messages and calling.

2018-02-17 EAC Heads of State to Meet Over Health, Infrastructure
[New Times] East African Community Heads of State are expected to convene in Uganda's capital Kampala next week to discuss a number of regional matters, including infrastructure and health sector growth.

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