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US government donates X-ray machine to Banjul International Airport

On March 26th the US government donated an x-ray machine to the Banjul International Airport to augment security operations.

IMAM FATTY: ISLAM DOES NOT SUPPORT WOMAN PRESIDENT

In the wake of increasing clamour for greater women's participation in politics and manning of leadership positions with some predicting a future woman president for The Gambia, the imam of State House, Alhaji Abdoulie Fatty, has said such a move is not supported by Islam noting that any country that does such a thing “shall not prosper”...

Today is the state opening of parliament

President Yayha Jammeh will today outline his government's plans for the year as well as achievements of his administration at the state opening of the parliament....

Senegalese population now 12.8 million

The population of Senegal is now 12,873,601, according to the provisional results from the general census on Senegalese population and housing (RGPH), released on Friday. The results of the exercise, which was conducted in November, 2013, reveal that Senegal has 6,428,189 men and 6,445,412 women....

Police charge marabout with murder

Alhaji Karamo Njie, a psychiatrist marabout from the Central Jarra village of Jappineh, has been charged with murder for the death of his patient Bubacarr Fadera, police spokesman ASP David Kujabi has revealed. He is charged under section 187 of the Criminal Code of The Gambia which defines murder as “causing death with malice aforethought”....

Gambian rapper threatens to sue producer for D6 million

Gambian rapper, Junior Don and his manager, are threatening to drag American-born musician and producer, Hakeem Samadhi, to court and claim D6 miilion.

‘Gambia is on the right track’ (APRC admin sec)

The former APRC parliamentarian for Basse, now administrative secretary at the APRC political bureau, has said The Gambia is on the right track. While reacting to claims made my some participants at the just-concluded political forum on women's effective participation in politics and leadership positions that there is more room for women participation in politics, Sellu Bah said: “I think we are on track. It cannot all happen one day, so it is a process. We shoukd know that 80% of the Gambia populace are illiterates and that's why APRC policy of sending more boys and girls to school is paying dividend. I have seen lots of young girls stand in front of the public and speak well about issues that men cannot say or do.”....

Telecoms experts say cyber security has to be priority for governments

Efforts to create secure and private communications on the internet has to be top priority on every agenda of governments' national policy-making, experts in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and regulators have said. During a workshop on cyber security as part of the 12th Innovation Africa Digital (IAD) summit underway in Banjul, the stakeholders said it is important for governments to look into their policy-making process to ensure cyber security for their citizens, for enterprises and for government entities themselves is given priority, as most of activities now are ditigalised......

Gambia: Increased Internet bandwidth does not translate to price reduction or improved services

Internet bandwidth in The Gambia has increased significantly as all the internet service providers (ISPs) have multiplied their bandwidth capacity, Nancy Nyang, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Information and Communications Infrastructure has said. The country's bandwidth is said to have increased by fourfold since the installation of the African Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable, some two years ago....

Farafenni Senior Secondary principal attends US-sponsored International Visitors Leadership Programme

On Friday, March 21st Momodou Jallow departed for the International Visitor Leadership Programme in the United States. The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the US Department of State's premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging leaders in a variety of fields experience the United States firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.

Gunjur Yiriwaa Kafoo renamed Gamcel Kafoo

The Gunjur Yiriwaa Kafoo, a women's association that stands for the development of the coastal village was on Tuesday officially renamed 'Gunjur Gamcel Kafoo', at a high profile ceremony held at the village grounds and graced by Jaliba Kuyateh and Kumareh Band.

‘HOMOSEXUALS SHOULD SEEK TREATMENT’

Ousainou Darboe, leader of opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) has described homosexuality as an “abominable” act that “has no place in Gambian culture. It has no place in this country. People who are engaged in it must certainly desist. I believe that it is part of those tendencies in human beings that require some treatment… I think it is something psychological.”

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