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THE Royal Norwegian Ambassador to Tanzania, Hanne-Marie Kaarstad, has commended the government’s decision to ban plastic bags.

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TANZANIA and Uganda yesterday put pen to paper, to pave the way for the construction of a 1,443-kilometre pipeline to transport crude oil from Hoima, Uganda to Tanga Port.

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THE East African Community (EAC) Council of Ministers has tabled, before the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), a budget amounting to 110 million US dollars (246.69bn/-) for the 2017/18 financial year, which holds the theme, ‘Accelerating Implementation of the EAC Integration Agenda.’

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LEGISLATORS, yesterday, appealed for strengthened nationwide campaign and repossession of all undeveloped pieces of land most of which is owned by investors and politicians.

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PRELIMINARY surveys conducted in Kakonko District, Kigoma Region have revealed the area has deposits of mineral varieties. Deputy Minister Dr Medard Kalemani informed the National Assembly yesterday that the district had proved to have deposits of gold, limestone, Agate and Diatomite.

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THE ambition of the Fifth Phase Government on the industrialization agenda is getting a reality check, as 1.6bn/- is set to be invested in metal products mill by the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF).

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THE East African Community (EAC) is targeting Kiswahili to be a lingua franca of the community within the next few years, East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has heard.

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THE Police in Dar es Salaam are holding four people, including two mortuary attendants from Mwananyamala Referral Hospital in Kinondoni municipality for operating on a dead body and stealing 32 pellets of narcotic drugs.

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MEMBERS of Parliament have expressed their grave concerns on continued invasion of farms and destruction of properties by destructive wildlife such as jumbos (elephants) and hippos.

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A TOTAL of 5,418 bodaboda (motorcycle) accidents have occurred in three years, from January 2015 to February 2017, the National Assembly heard yesterday.

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THE Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment has announced number strategies to empower local investors to invest in industries.

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MORE than 20 Indian higher education institutions are set to visit Tanzania to showcase courses offered in their universities to address foreign student needs.

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IN a bid to boost energy access in rural Tanzania, the government of the Republic of Korea, yesterday, revealed plans to open a training centre for renewable energy technology in Arusha Region.

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THE Global Fund has sealed a support agreement under which it will offer 39 brand new trucks totally valued at 7.2bn/- to the Medical Stores Department (MSD), for facilitating smooth supply of drugs countrywide.

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THE ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has requested the government to invest more and improve security in Coast Region.

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INVESTMENTS in real estates could be in for a major breakthrough following a 67-per cent reduction in premium levy on land survey and issuance of title deed service effective FY 2017/18, Parliament heard yesterday.

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A DAY after President John Magufuli ordered security organs to investigate parties involved in the mineral sand saga, the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) and the Police are already on their toes implementing the directive.

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THREE new Bills on land are set for tabling in the Parliament to curb, among others, tax divergence and land monopoly as the government revealed yesterday that 34,000 surveyed plots in Dodoma region are in the hands of ‘middle men’ and lack title deeds.

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AT 54, festivities to mark ‘Africa Day’ took off here with calls whose message narrowed down to harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in youth.

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THE Government Employees Provident Fund (GEPF) in association with the Tanzania Investment Bank (TIB), is in the process of setting up a wine pressing factory in Dodoma, echoing the fifth phase government’s industrialization policy.

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INDUSTRIES and institutions that fail to manage waste efficiently and perpetrate environmental destruction will risk stiff legal sanctions.

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THE street children’s crisis in Kilimanjaro Region has been eased significantly, thanks to heightened awareness on the rights of young community members.

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KAGERA Region has underscored the importance of trans-border meetings to combat the outbreaks of diseases like cholera, which has been reported in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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CATA Mining is expected to start paying service levy to Butiama and Musoma district councils next month.

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IMPROVED enrolment and attendance in schools in Magu district are among the key successes of the Productive Social Safety Net (Tasaf-III) in the district.

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THE Police will get new 200 special patrol cars as part of efforts to improve security in the country, the National Assembly heard today.

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THE government has approved 246bn/- funding to the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB) as it supports the farming sector, to promote the country’s development goals.

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THE Vocational Educational and Training Authority (VETA) and Small Industries Development Organization (SIDO) have signed a threeyear agreement to share knowledge and provide training for local entrepreneurs.

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AN alert on the deadly Ebola disease is sweeping across Mwanza Region as residents here are cautioned to check the movements of visitors from the DR Congo.

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THE government is reviewing its 2003 postal policy to provide room for an expanded regional regime under which home-delivery courier services may play an increasing role.

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NO! NO! AGAIN NO! I can’t entertain such laxity…Not in my government . . .that’s non- sensical . . . briefly, that’s what President John Magufuli’s face and mood seemed to be depictIng, as he breathed fire after the presentation of a shocking report on mineral sands.

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ACADEMICIANS and legislators have described the probe report on copper concentrate exports presented to President John Magufuli as an eye-opener, on how Tanzania has been losing billions of shillings in the mining sector, calling for transparency in contracts between the government and investors.

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  • JPM flushes out Prof Muhongo

PRESIDENT John Magufuli, yesterday, fired the Minister of Energy and Minerals Prof Sospeter Muhongo, dissolved Tanzania Minerals Audit Agency (TMAA) Ministerial Advisory Board (MAB) and suspended the agency’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Eng Dominic Rwekaza, following mineral sand probe team’s report that revealed sickening thievery architected by mining firms and crooked leaders.

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