Posted on Thu 21 Nov 2019, 05:01 PM

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, stepped down proceedings in the continuation of trial of Abdulrasheed Maina, Chairman, defunct Pension Reform Task Team, citing the accused’s “failing health.”

Justice Abang, who made the remark, said the order was to allow Maina, who was in court, to take his medication.

The development began a few minutes after the commencement of the proceeding.

Posted on Thu 21 Nov 2019, 04:45 PM

The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, said on Thursday that the Federal Government and its Chinese counterpart are holding talks on the  Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail project.

The minister disclosed this in a statement issued by his media aide, Israel Ibeleme.

He also said the federal government would continue its negotiations with a Russian company for the commencement of the Lagos-Calabar rail project.

Posted on Thu 21 Nov 2019, 04:12 PM

Pope Francis led an impassioned mass for tens of thousands of emotional worshippers at a packed Bangkok stadium Thursday, urging respect for prostitutes and trafficking victims in a part of the world where sex work is rampant.

The remarks came at the end of a whirlwind day of meetings for Pope Francis, who is on his first trip to Buddhist-majority Thailand where he is carrying a message of religious harmony and peace.

He heads to Japan next, visiting the twin atomic bombs sites of Nagasaki and Hiroshima where he will seek a ban on “immoral” nuclear weapons.

Posted on Thu 21 Nov 2019, 03:23 PM

The Senate has passed the 2019 Finance Bill which seeks an amendment of Nigeria’s tax laws.

The passage of the Bill was sequel to the consideration of the Finance Committee’s Report.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Olamilekan Adeola, says the Bill seeks to make Nigeria’s tax provisions more responsive to government’s tax policies.

The  Finance Bill when amended, would promote fiscal equity by mitigating instances of regressive taxation, as well as introduce tax incentives for investment in infrastructure and capital markets.

Posted on Thu 21 Nov 2019, 03:19 PM

Google on Wednesday updated how it handles political ads as online platforms remain under pressure to avoid being used to spread misleading information intended to influence voters.

The internet company said its rules already ban any advertiser, including those with political messages, from lying in ads. But it is making its policy more clear and adding examples of how that prohibits content such as doctored or manipulated images or video.

Posted on Thu 21 Nov 2019, 02:55 PM

A female travel agent, Aderonke Ise-Agba, 45, who allegedly defrauded three applicants of N1.186 million on Thursday appeared in a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

Ise-Agba, a resident of No. 10, Danshi St., Lagos, Island was charged with four-counts bothering on fraud and forgery however pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecutor, Insp. Ajaga Agboko, told the court that the defendant committed the offence sometimes in July 2018 at Warder’s Barracks, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Posted on Thu 21 Nov 2019, 02:12 PM

House of Representatives has asked the Federal ministry of education and the National Universities Commission, NUC to immediately abolish the payment of acceptance fees in nation’s tertiary institutions.

The House said that the practice has drastically affected the level of enrolment of qualified students in the universities and other institutions.

The Parliament further stated that with the economy in dire straits, parents are being subjected to more hardships.

Posted on Thu 21 Nov 2019, 01:32 PM

Pope Francis met with Thailand’s supreme Buddhist patriarch on Thursday in a gilded Bangkok temple on the first full day of his Asia tour aimed at promoting religious harmony.

This is the pontiff’s first visit to Buddhist-majority Thailand — where just over 0.5 per cent of the population are Catholics — before he jets off to Japan on Saturday.

He is pushing a message of inter-faith peace on a four-day visit that will see him lead a mass later Thursday for tens of thousands of faithful from across Southeast Asia.

Posted on Thu 21 Nov 2019, 12:35 PM

At least 13,423 Nigerians currently studying in the U.S. contributed 514 million dollars to the U.S. economy in 2018, according to official data.

The data is contained in the 2019 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange released by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The report indicates that Nigeria is the 11th leading place of origin for foreign students in the U.S. as of the 2018/2019 session.

Posted on Thu 21 Nov 2019, 12:09 PM

Sweden star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been offered a six-month deal to come to the aid of struggling former Italian giants AC Milan, according to reports in Italy on Thursday.

The 38-year-old striker confirmed his departure from Los Angeles Galaxy last week following the club’s elimination from the Major League Soccer playoffs.

Gazzetta dello Sport and Sky Sports Italia reported that the former seven-time European champions have now made contact with the player’s agent Mino Raiola.

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