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PLASTIC BAG BAN TAKES EFFECT TODAY

Gambians react As the government's ban on the use and importation of plastic bags in the country officially takes effect today, July 1, Gambians have called on the government to embark on a 'reach out' campaign to ensure it is fully embraced.
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Witnesses lied against me for financial benefit, Sabally tells court

The former secretary general and head of the civil service yesterday informed a high court sitting in Banjul that two state witnesses lied against him in return for financial benefit while he was under the custody of the NIA last year.
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Bensouda pleads for UNSC to act on Darfur case

Gambia-born chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Monday pleaded for the United Nations Security Council to take action to ensure justice "for the long-suffering victims of atrocity crimes."
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Man drowns at sea in Bakau

The body of man believed to be in his 20s and said to be suffering from a mental health problem, has been discovered lying ashore at the Bakau Tourist beach, witnesses told The Standard.
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Man docked for defiling underage girl

A man from Tallinding was yesterday arraigned at the Bundung Magistrates' court for allegedly defiling a girl under the age of eighteen.
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Granddad rape trial reaches climax

The high court in Banjul has adjourned the rape trial of man accused of raping his granddaughter two years ago till July 16, for adoption of briefs of argument.
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‘Psychiatric least cared for in Gambia'

A senior mental health expert has decried the low attention given to psychiatrical issues in The Gambia.
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D87,000 boost for seven youth entrepreneurs

The community organisation, Saamasang Federation, on Friday disbursed a total of eighty-seven thousand dalasis to seven youth entrepreneurs in Brikama to shore up businesses.
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Plans underway for for 'blockbuster' homecoming roots festival

The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Momodou Joof, has disclosed that plans are underway to making the upcoming International Roots Homecoming Festival a 'blockbuster'.
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GPU EYES PARTNERSHIP WITH GOV'T ON PRESS FREEDOM IN GAMBIA

The Gambia Press Union yesterday assured of its readiness to partner with the government to strengthen and sustain the global campaign on freedom of the media and expression in the country.
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SCB pretax profit hits D127.3M

The chairman of the Standard Chartered Bank said yesterday that the bank's 2014 pretax profit rose to 127.3 million dalasi from 58.7 million in 2013 representing a 115 percent increase.
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UK-based Gambian relives terror FGM ordeal

Sarata Jabbi, from Kings Norton in the UK, relives her terror FGM ordeal as a child in The Gambia.
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Mr Ndoye told me he had cars to donate to President, Sabally tells court

Momodou Sabally yesterday told a high court sitting in Banjul that a Senegalese businessman, Alhassan Ndoye, told him he had cars he wanted to donate to President Yahya Jammeh.
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2 men in court over visa scam

Two men, a Gambian and a Senegalese, yesterday appeared at the Bundung Magistrates' Court on a two-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence.
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Bloodless malaria test passes first test in humans

A new laser test that can detect malaria in seconds with a simple skin scan is the first in-human device to diagnose the disease without drawing blood.
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YPM to launch media campaign for girls

Young People in the Media has revealed plans to launch a media campaign that seeks to support the girls to have increased access to the media
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When Messi and Co bewitched my friend John Bass

It is the time of the year when almost if not all of Europe's clubs are primed for football's version of a sabbatical, when the players and their families descend on the sandy beaches of Barbados and other exquisite holiday destinations for a well deserved break after seeing out another gruesome season. However, for some of us who are still miles away yet so much in love with the European leagues, it's the beginning of boredom especially during the weekends as benches in match viewing centers or the so called video clubs gather dust until preseason football comeths.
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IMF PROFFERS STRONG REFORMS TO BOOST GAMBIA'S ECONOMY

The Mission Chief of the International Monetary Fund for The Gambia has called on the government to implement 'very strong' reforms to steady the Gambian economy.
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GPU gets D.7M plus grant

The Gambia Press Union is going to announce at a press conference today the signature of a financing agreement that it has with the German Embassy worth over eighteen thousand euros.
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Gambia relaxes tax for Turkish, Qatari investors

Gambian lawmakers at a plenary on Tuesday passed a motion that seeks to attract more foreign direct investment from friendly Arab nations of Turkey and Qatar.
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