Hackers attack Ghana Election Commission Website

The website of Ghana’s Electoral Commission become the target of hackers as votes are counted after tightly contested elections. The Ghanian Election Commission said that the attempt to put up “fake results” have failed. In a tweet, the commission urged the people to ignore the “fake results” circulating on the social media.

“We deplore the attempt to hack the EC’s [electoral commission’s] website. Please respect the integrity and independence of the EC,” it said in a tweet.

The Electoral website was offline for about four hours. But the commission had not put up results overnight to avoid the generation of fake results.


DR Congo’s club TP Mazembe wins CAF Confederation cup.

TP Mazembe won the CAF Confederation Cup by beating the Algerian club MO Bejaia by 4-1 on Sunday.

TP Mazembe have won the Confederation cup for the first time, adding it to their list of continental trophies.

The DRC club had come by a draw with Algeria in the first leg of the final week and they opened the score seven minutes into the game, maintaining their dominance to win 5-2 on aggregate

TP Mazembe will now compete with South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns who won this year’s Champions League at the African Super Cup in February 2017.

Women in Uganda partake in UN’s initiative to bridge the digital financial gap.

To overcome the issues of poverty and inequality and boost the global growth, financial inclusion of women certainly holds a crucial value.

Supporting and engaging women to invest and borrow will develop a better economic picture of a country. Pertaining to this fact, United Nations’ capital investment agency, UNCDF and other partners are holding a forum on digital financial services for women in Uganda.

Maria Kiwanuka, Uganda’s senior presidential finance advisor said  “This is key theme running through these three days and is helping our colleagues that are providers in the room to understand how you access this untapped potential in some markets it is really untapped,”

Efforts made in this direction have not been fruitful as the gender gap still exists in terms of of the quality of access to a bank or mobile money account.


INDIA RAISING A TOAST FOR AFRICAModi’s Four Nation Tour to Africa

Since time immemorial, India has considered Africa as an auspicious market for Indian goods, services, and investments. This is apparent in the government’s recent determined focus on the India-Africa relationship – high profile visits by top leaders of India to African countries, a recasting of India’s development diplomacy, and an attempt to match action to past promises. In the same vein, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a journey to four African nations (Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya) from July 7-11.

“Our approach to partnership with Africa is driven by the aim of empowerment, capacity building, human resource development, access to Indian market, and support for Indian investments in Africa, so that the people of Africa have the capacity to make their own free choices and the capability to shoulder the responsibility of their continent’s development. Our relationship with Africa is unique,” said the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India’s association with Africa has gone through an extraordinary intensification in the last month. In the first week of June, Vice President Hamid Ansari visited Tunisia and Morocco. In the second week, President Pranab Mukherjee embarked on a tour of western and southern Africa, covering Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, and Namibia. And in July, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. Incidentally, all these four countries that Prime Minister Modi plans to visit have coasts that opens up to the Indian Ocean.

The Vice President’s visits to Morocco and Tunisia are vital since India imports phosphate – a critical raw material for fertilizer production – from these countries. The Vice President also inaugurated an India- Morocco Chamber of Commerce during his trip to Rabat. The President’s three-country tour provided an opportunity to further boost India’s business interests in these countries.

High on the agenda of Prime Minister’s Modi visit is expanding energy ties, maritime security and enhanced co-operation in intelligence sharing with Africa. India plans to extend developmental support to Tanzania and Kenya for building road and port infrastructure and discuss ways to combat Islamic terrorism with the rise of Al Shahab jihadist group. India is also looking for a maritime security tie-up with the two countries to fight a growing pirate menace off the coast of Africa. Besides, the Indian diaspora is present in large numbers in these nations. India needs Africa for its own growth; with China increasing its footprint in the continent by utilizing natural resources through joint venture sand private investment.

In a progressively growing world, Africa is a significant companion for India on all global strategic issues. Africa is one of the fastest growing regions with enormous natural resources. It offers not only these resources to India’s growing needs but also a vast market for Indian companies for trade and investment. Identifying the development potential of Africa, India in recent years has made unrelenting efforts to upsurge it’s trade, investment and is assisting in capacity building to lift the dynamics of South-South Cooperation. The present renewed outreach is also fearless about business, and is setting a good example of geo-politics merging with geoeconomics. Indian leaders are also looking for renewed investment opportunities for Indian public and private sector companies in different African countries.

Mozambique hosts approximately 25% of Indian investments in Africa. The trade between two countries has multiplied five times in the last five years. India is indeed enchanted to be a development partner for Mozambique in numerous areas, including agriculture, healthcare, energy, infrastructure and human resource development. The leadership of the two countries have maintained affable and friendly rapport. There have been regular high-level exchanges and interactions in a number of fields. On his visit to India in 2015, Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi said he aimed to establish a strong economic partnership with India.

“This is my first visit to Asia after I took over as president of the Republic of Mozambique six months ago. I decided to visit India first in Asia, since we intend to have a strong economic partnership with India,” Nyusi said.

India and Mozambique signed a memorandum of understanding intended at solidifying bilateral cooperation in new and renewable energy as art of the state visit by the President of Mozambique to India. “The doors are, however, open to investments in other sectors such as transport, water and sanitation, tourism, communications and infrastructure, but the priority should be given to agriculture, because there are business people from both countries working on identifying potential investments,” Nyusi said. During his visit, Nyusi invited the Indian Prime Minister to travel to Mozambique, to reinforce relations of friendship and collaboration between the two countries.

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Mozambique is momentous as the country is home to a bulk of India’s Africa-bound investment. Energy dialogue amid two sides has been progressively rising since the India Africa Forum Summit, when Carlos Augustinho Do Rosario, Prime Minister of Mozambique deliberated the possibility of expanding energy ties. This visit will also be a reciprocation as Mozambique was amongst the first countries in Africa to engage with the Modi government. Moreover, Mozambique is likely to become a major energy exporter like Nigeria if it can set an appropriate legal framework to permit foreign firms to explore oil and gas in the country. India has been a major campaigner to facilitate the pro-energy legal framework in the country. Read more….

Transfusing Life

Transfusing LifeIndia has emerged as the most favored destination for African patients. Here is a case of Ana Jose from Angola who has undergone a complex surgery procedure for her ailing Knee.

Ana Jose, a 48 year lady from Angola, suffered from painful knees from last almost 5 years. She had consulted numerous doctors in her native country, who tried different treatments for her knees, but nothing worked. Then she consulted Dr Mrinal Sharma, Consultant Joint Replacement Surgeon and Knee Specialist in New Delhi, India. She was diagnosed with advanced osteoarthritis knee and was advised a total knee replacement. Everything was fixed and going on well till she informed the surgeon, that she is a believer of Jehovah’s Witness and as per their belief any blood transfusion, including auto transfusion was not allowed.

She informed the authorities, not to get operated, as she was concerned with her religious commitment and beliefs to not to undergo the procedure of blood transfusion.

This was challenging as post knee replacement, patients usually require blood transfusion. Ana Jose had a low hemoglobin lever during her preoperative investigations. The team of doctors planned the surgery in such a manner that the blood loss is minimal during and after knee replacement and the need for blood transfusion does not arise. A hypotensive anesthesia was maintained throughout surgery. Prior to the surgery patient was given IV Tranexamic acid, a drug that reduces bleeding. All surgical dissection was done using cautery and all bleeding points were cauterized. Dr. Mrinal was literally catching RBC on table. He was meticulous and quick in his technique and finished the surgery in 45 minutes. She was also injected Tranexamic acid into tissues before closure of wound, to reduce post operative ooze. Doctor did not use drain in her knees and he believed that drains reduce the tamponade effect and increase the need for post operative blood transfusion. Team had also arranged a cell saver which filters the blood loss during surgery which can be transfused to the patient in a case of emergency.

Ana Jose is mobilizing without any pain in her knees now and the credit goes to a successful Knee replacement procedure performed by Dr. Mrinal Sharma and his team. Read more….