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Niger: African Landlocked State and Former French Colony

In 1960 after getting independence from France, the military ruler Gen. Ali Saibou governed Niger until 1991. In 1991 wide spread corruption and mass resentments provoked people to revolt against the military dictatorship. The mass resentment forced military ruler Gen. Ali Saibou to allow multiparty elections, which resulted in a democratic set up in 1993. However the mutual hostilities between different political parties resulted in political instability and brought the Niger government to a stand still in 1996. In 1999 Ibrahim Bare the man behind the 1996 political crisis was killed by his fellow military officer, which cleared the way for elections. In 1999 elections people voted Mamadou Tandja to power.

Niger Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures

    · National Name: The Republic of Niger
    · Capital: Niamey
    · Total area: 1.27 million sq km (489,000 sq miles)
    · Population: 14.7 million (UN, 2008)
    · Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine
    · Languages: French (official), Hausa, Djerma
    · Ethnicity/ Races: Haoussa 55.4%, Djerma Sonrai 21%, Tuareg 9.3%, Peuhl 8.5%, Kanouri Manga 4.7%, other 1.2% (2001 census)
    · Religion: Muslim 80%, other (includes indigenous beliefs and Christian) 20%
    · GDP (Per Capita): $700 (2008 est.)
    · Life Expectancy: Male: 44.3 years, Female: 44.26 years (2008 est.)
    · Literacy Rate: Male: 42.9%, Female: 15.1% (2005 est.)

Geographical Information on Niger:
Niger is a landlocked country located in Western Africa, bordered by Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, Algeria and Libya to the north and Chad to the east.

Niger enjoys subtropical climate, which is very hot and dry and having much of desert area. In the extreme south there is a tropical climate on the edges of the Niger River basin.

Culture, Cuisine and Tradition of Niger:
Niger is the part of great Sahelian cultural region of western Africa. The beliefs, practices and followings of Islam’s are predominant. Pre-Islamic cultural traditions can also be seen in Niger. The impact of French culture can be seen through the some of the beliefs and practices that are followed by the Niger’s. Special attention was given to promote handicrafts, dances, and music of Niger. Several initiatives were taken in order to preserve the cultural legacy of Niger.
Cuisine of Niger is world famous because of their exotic tastes. African style of cooking influences the Nigerian pattern of food preparation and spices like cinnamon, saffron, nutmeg, ginger and cloves are used to enhance the flavor of Niger’s food. The main diet of Niger are rice or legumes like niebe, millet, beef and mutton. Brochettes and foura is a dish, which is fermented millet prepared with sugar, milk, and spices. Tea is common beverage in Niger

Tourist Attractions of Niger:
The vast expansion of desert in Niger provides some of the rare vistas of sand dunes for the tourists who come to Niger. Niger is famous for its sand surfing and desert safari. The most important feature of Niger is the Sahara Desert that remains the primary attraction in the country. There are ample facilities of camel trekking on the grand desert. The desert provides a vivid picture of Bedouin and caravan culture. There are many tribes and clans, who inhabit the desert and have a distinct culture and custom of their own.

Major Sight-seeing Places in Niger include:

    · Zinder
    · Agadez

Portuguese Duarte appointed as Gabon coach

April 29, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Libreville (Gabon), April 29 (IANS) The Gabonese Football Federation confirmed that Portuguese Paulo Duarte will replace Gernot Rohr as head coach of Gabon.

World's rich putting earth at risk of century of disasters

April 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

London, Apr 26 (ANI): Global population must be stabilised quickly and high consumption in wealthy nations should be rapidly reduced to save our planet from "a downward spiral of economic and environmental ills", researchers have warned.

Envoys of twelve nations present credentials to President Patil

April 25, 2012 at 1:27 AM

New Delhi, Apr 24 (ANI): Envoys of twelve nations presented their credentials to the President Pratibha Devisingh Patil at a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Tuesday.

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Developing nations should work together: President Patil

April 25, 2012 at 1:25 AM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Welcoming the envoys of 12 countries, President Pratibha Patil Tuesday said it was very important to work together and have institutions in which the voices from developing countries find expression owing to the global financial crisis and developments in the Euro zone.

Spanish doctor kidnapped in Nigeria set free

April 22, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Madrid, April 22 (IANS/EFE) Spanish physician Jose Manuel Machimbarrena, kidnapped in Nigeria April 4, has been freed and is in good health though "pretty tired", officials at Spain's foreign ministry said Saturday.

Spanish doctor kidnapped in Nigeria

April 12, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Madrid, April 12 (IANS/EFE) The kidnapping in Nigeria of a Spanish physician has "all the characteristics" of being an economic crime rather than a political one, Spain's foreign minister said Wednesday.

Unicef urges India to curb open defecation

March 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) Tuesday stressed the urgent need for India, the first among 12 countries where open defecation takes place, to check and curb the practice and reduce the high rate of water-borne disease in rural communities.

Tom Hanks in 'hideously offensive' race row over 'blacked-up' man video

March 24, 2012 at 8:43 PM

London, Mar 24 (ANI): Tom Hanks, who has been caught in a race row storm after footage emerged of him sharing a stage with a 'blacked-up' man, has apologised for the "hideously offensive" incident that occurred when he hosted a charity auction at his children's school.

African Union suspends Mali following military coup

March 24, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Addis Ababa, Mar 24 (ANI): The African Union has suspended Mali's membership following the military coup, which ousted president Amadou Toumani Tour?.

Tom Hanks in 'hideously offensive' race row over 'blacked-up' man video

March 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

London, Mar 24 (ANI): Tom Hanks, who has been caught in a race row storm after footage emerged of him sharing a stage with a 'blacked-up' man, has apologised for the "hideously offensive" incident that occurred when he hosted a charity auction at his children's school.

Niger will not extradite Saadi Gaddafi despite 'subversive' talks violating asylum conditions

February 12, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Abuja, Feb 12 (ANI): Niger authorities have said that it would not extradite slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's son Saadi Gaddafi even though he violated his asylum conditions with "subversive" comments in a television interview.

Niger will not extradite Saadi Gaddafi despite 'subversive' talks violating asylum conditions

February 12, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Abuja, Feb 12 (ANI): Niger authorities have said that it would not extradite slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's son Saadi Gaddafi even though he violated his asylum conditions with "subversive" comments in a television interview.

'Al-Qaeda aiding Boko Haram in carrying out deadly attacks in Nigeria'

February 6, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Abuja, Feb 6 (ANI): Al-Qaeda operatives in North Africa have reportedly helped to transform Boko Haram into a terrorist group capable of killing hundreds in sophisticated attacks.

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