WATCH: Coca-Cola admits presence of plastic in Dasani

Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola has admitted to the presence of micro-plastics in Dasani water following a study released on Thursday that shows the brand is among 93 per cent of world’s famous bottled water products contaminated by tiny pieces of plastic. The concentration of microplastics in Dasani water sourced in Kenya topped 335 plastic pieces for every litre. Samples of Dasani water bought from Amazon had a minimum and maximum concentration of 85 and 303 plastic pieces per litre, respectively. The survey by scientists based at the State University of…

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UCU VC urges government to reduce operational tax on private Universities

The Vice Chancellor Uganda Christian University, Rev. Canon Dr.John Senyonyi has asked the government to reduce operational taxation charged on private Universities, so that they are easily enabled to develop. Ssenyonyi made this call while speaking during the 7th part of the 18th Graduation ceremony of 136 students at Bishop Barham University College, a constituent college of Uganda Christian University Mukono, a function that was held yesterday March 16 at the College Multipurpose Hall at Rugarama hill, in Kabale Municipality. Ssenyonyi said that though the Church of Uganda established various…

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Government acquires machine to manage blood, complex ailments

Dep IGP Brig.Muzeeyi Sabiiti donating blood recently. Nile Post Photo.

Government through the Joint Clinical Research Centre-JCRC has acquired a new blood separation machine for better blood management and research. Used to perform a procedure known as apheresis, the automated machine allows for only specific blood components to be removed or replaced efficiently, without any significant blood loss.  According to the JCRC Executive Director, Dr. Cissy Kityo Mutuluuza, the machine allows use of blood for various clinical applications, including disease management and research. Dr Kityo adds that the machine will improve sickle cell anemia management since it can separate a…

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Feeding Students Uneconomical – Makerere VC

KAMPALA: The Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has termed as uneconomical the provision of meals to students, saying it’s a burden that the university has been carrying on. This is after the University Council earlier this week unanimously agreed to abolish provision of meals to its 2000 government sponsored students residing inside the university. The decision was reached at after a survey conducted by the Dean of Students last year, where more than 50 percent of the students recommended receiving money instead of the university providing food. According…

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Locals-leaders rifts facilitating underdevelopment-Govt Chief Whip

RUKIGA: The Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu has called for cooperation between locals and leaders in the country, in order for development to be realized. Nankabirwa made this call yesterday March 16 while speaking as the Guest of Honor during the belated International Women’s Day cerebrations in Rukiga District. The function was held at Nyeikunama playground in Muhanga Town Council.  Nankabirwa said that many areas have remained undeveloped due to bickers between locals and leaders. She also asked parents to educate their children if they want them to have…

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Dep. Speaker of Parliament unhappy with government over Nodding Syndrome Funding

PARLIAMENT: The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah on Friday March 16 prematurely adjourned a scheduled parliament sitting after the government failed to give a conclusive stand on the treatment of sufferers of Nodding syndrome in Northern Uganda. The Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development Matia Kasaija was expected to present before Parliament, a commitment on funding towards the management of Nodding syndrome in the Districts of Pader, Gulu, Lamwo, Kitgum and Omoro. However, the State Minister for Planning, Hon. David Bahati told legislators that his Ministry was still…

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High Court orders Rubanda District to re-instate two of its staff

KABALE– High Court in Kabale on Friday March 16 directed Rubanda District Local Government to reinstate two of its staff who had not been considered during the recent recruitment of public servants. On 12th February this year, Bernad Kasangaki and Richard Mugayehwenki dragged the District to court seeking an order to stop the advertisement and appointment of new public servants to the positions they had been holding. Kasangaki had been serving in Greater Kabale District (from where Rubanda was curved) as Senior Assistant Secretary while Mugayehwenki was Education officer in…

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