Fastjet gains permission to start international operations from Tanzania

Fastjet gains permission to start international operations from TanzaniaAfrican budget carrier Fastjet has announced that it has finally gained permission to start international operations from its hub in Tanzania.

Fastjet, which is backed by Easyjet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou, said that it would start international flights to Rwanda, Zambia and South Africa, as it had already received route approvals from the relevant government authorities.

The governments of Rwanda, Zambia and South Africa granted permissions under their Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASAs) with Tanzania.

Tanzania building collapse toll reaches 20

Tanzania building collapse toll reaches 20Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), March 31 - The number of people killed in the 16-storey under construction building collapse in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam has risen to 20, police said Saturday.

The building, situated at the junction of Indira Gandhi Street and Morogoro Road in this commercial capital city, crumbled Friday morning. Initial reports stated three deaths and over 60 people as trapped.

Nokia’s Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 smartphones launched in Tanzania

Nokia’s Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 smartphones launched in TanzaniaIn a recent launch which brings a new brand of smartphones to the Tanzanian market, Vodacom and Nokia jointly unveiled the latest Nokia handsets - the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Nokia Lumia 820 - in the country; unfolding an opportunity for Tanzania's mobile phone users to upgrade their devices.

The unveiling of the two hi-tech LTE-capable Nokia smartphones in Tanzania comes at a time when Vodacom has completed the laying out of its 3G network across the country, and its 4G network in Dar es Salaam.

Tanzania to buy back Airtel's stake in TTCL

Tanzania to buy back Airtel's stake in TTCLTanzania's government has plans to gain full ownership of Tanzania Telecommunications Corp Ltd (TTCL) by buying back a stake from the local subsidiary of Bharti Airtel.

Bharti Airtel, the biggest telecommunications firm India, holds the 35 per cent stake in Tanzania's state-run telecoms firm TTCL.

The Tanzania President's office announced that the government was all set to start talks with Bharti Airtel to buy back the stake to gain full control of the TTCL.

Scientists may have discovered Homo sapiens’ oldest known trackways in Tanzania

Scientists may have discovered Homo sapiens’ oldest known trackways in TanzaniaWashington, September 16 : A team of researchers from the Appalachian State University, US, is investigating in Tanzania, East Africa, what may represent the oldest known and best-preserved trackways of modern humans (Homo sapiens) in the world.

The research is being carried out by Dr. Cynthia Liutkus an assistant professor in Appalachian State University’s Department of Geology, and Kate McGinnis, an undergraduate student assistant in the University.

For amateur climbers, Kilimanjaro can be "evil-spirited mountain"

For amateur climbers, Kilimanjaro can be "evil-spirited mountain"Moshi, Tanzania  - Majestically towering above Tanzania's savannah is Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak. Several climbing routes lead to the summit through rainforest and lunar-like landscapes. Mountaineering skills are not needed, so about 30,000 tourists annually attempt to reach the top. Not all succeed, though.

East Africa hooked up as undersea cable goes live

East Africa hooked up as undersea cable goes liveDar es Salaam  - The first of three undersea fibre-optic cables expected to dramatically jack up internet speeds and slash costs in East Africa went live on Thursday, prompting hopes of economic benefits.

The arrival of high-speed internet is expected to prompt a surge in internet use and boost economic growth in East Africa, which has been reliant on expensive and unreliable satellite technology.

Tanzanian armoury explosion death toll rises

Tanzanian armoury explosion death toll rises Nairobi/Dar es Salaam  - Ten people were dead and over 300 in hospital in Tanzania Thursday, one day after an explosion at an armoury on the outskirts of the capital Dar es Salaam.

The blast from exploding artillery shells, bullets and other ammunition, which took place on the Bagala army base, was felt throughout the whole of the coastal city, and set many nearby houses on fire.

An investigation has begun into the cause of the blast, although officials believe it was accidental.

Now, bagpipes are ethically sound

Now, bagpipes are ethically soundEdinburgh, April 30 : Two communities in Tanzania have gained appreciation for making bagpipes from ethical sources of wood for the first time.

All Highland bagpipes and many other traditional Scottish pipes are made from African blackwood, which comes from the rare and threatened mpingo tree found only in certain parts of Africa.

Now, according to a report in The Scotsman, two communities in Tanzania have been awarded certification for managing their forests sustainably.

At least 15 dead in Tanzania train crash

At least 15 dead in Tanzania train crashNairobi/Dar es Salaam  - At least 15 people have died after a passenger train ploughed into a stationary cargo train in Tanzania, reports said Monday.

Local officials said that more people were believed to be trapped in the wreckage and that the death toll could rise.

The Tanzanian newspaper The Citizen Daily said that Infrastructure Development Minister Shukuru Kawambwa blamed the accident on negligence.

A tour of Tanzania's Usambara Mountains, home of the African violet

A tour of Tanzania's Usambara Mountains, home of the African violetLushoto, Tanzania  - Many of East Africa's touristic highlights lie in Tanzania: Serengeti National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar. Another area, the rain forests covering Tanzania's Usambara Mountains, may be little known to tourists but is a major attraction to scientists.

Need to increase trade between India and Tanzania: Kamal Nath

Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal NathNew Delhi, Jan 19 : Commerce Minister Kamal Nath today said that there is a need to increase the bilateral trade between India and Tanzania, as there is huge potential for the same.

During the bilateral interaction with the Tanzanian Minister for Industry, Trade and Marketing, Dr. Mary Nagu, Nath called for the Tanzanian investors to avail the opportunities of the favourable investment climate in India, particularly in the sectors viz., telecommunication, fibre-optics, infrastructure development and tourism.

Rwandan singer sentenced to 15 years for role in genocide

Nairobi/Arusha - One of Rwanda's most famous singers has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for inciting the 1994 genocide, the international criminal court for the genocide in Rwanda (ICTR) said Tuesday.

Simon Bikindi was convicted for making a speech in June 1994 in which he urged Hutus to kill the Tutsi minority.

"The chamber found Simon Bikindi guilty of direct and public incitement to commit genocide for his calls to exterminate Tutsi at the end of June 1994 on the Kivumu-Kayove road," the ICTR said in a statement on its website.

The ICTR also said that three of Bikindi's songs were used in 1994 to "promote contempt for and hatred of the Tutsi population, and to incite people to attack and kill Tutsi."

Tanzania turns to Cambodia for development advice

Phnom Penh - A delegation from the East African nation of Tanzania visited Cambodia to discuss development in areas that included tourism and agriculture and also pledged to promote Cambodia's bid for UN Security Council membership, local media reported Thursday.

The Khmer-language Rasmei Kampuchea newspaper said a delegation led by Omar Ramadhan Mapuri, who has served as Tanzania's ambassador to China since 
2006, met with a range of government representatives and also discussed strategies for mining and eco-tourism.

It quoted Foreign Ministry Secretary of State Ouch Borin as saying Mapuri also pledged to lobby his government to support Cambodia's bid to become a temporary member of the UN Security Council in 2013.

Kenya and Tanzania to commemorate US embassy bomb blasts

Nairobi - Kenya and Tanzania were Thursday set to commemorate the 10th anniversary of deadly coordinated bomb attacks on United States embassies in their respective capital cities that killed over 200 and injured thousands.

In the Kenyan capital Nairobi, ceremonies were set to take place at the US embassy and at the site of the former embassy, now a downtown park, where 213 people - largely Kenyans - died.

Over 4,000 people were injured in the bomb attack.

A ceremony will be held in a memorial park in Dar es Salaam, where 11 where killed and 70 injured in the 1998 attack.

HIV/AIDS Rate In Tanzania Falls, Says Mizengo Pinda

Tanzanian Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda has announced that the country’s Tanzanian Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda national HIV/AIDS infection rate had dropped down to 5.8 percent in 2007, down from 7.0 percent in 2003.

While addressing a press meeting in Dar es Salaam on Friday, Mr. Pinda said that the infection rate of women had dropped to 6.8 percent in 2007 from 8.0 percent in 2003 while that of men also came down to 4.7 percent in 2007 from 7.0 percent during 2003.

Tanzania cracks down on Pemba separatists - report

Nairobi/Dar es Salam  - Authorities on the Tanzanian island of Pemba have arrest 12 elders who are advocating independence for the island, it was reported Tuesday.

The Citizen newspaper said the 12 were seized early Monday by security forces and taken to an unknown location.

The move came after last week's developments when Pemba's 12 elders made a demand for secession for Pemba, which is part of the Zanzibar archipelago off the eastern coast of Africa.

The elders had also sought to gain US and UN support for their cause, while alleging that the island had been neglected by the central government.

The Tanzanian government blasted the demand as "treason" and unconstitutional. (dpa)

Controversial Olympic torch relay to continue in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam/Nairobi  - Olympic torch relay to continue in TanzaniaThe Olympic torch relay continues its trip around the world Sunday in Tanzania, where protests that have dogged the flame in other stops are unlikely in the seaside city.

The torch arrived in the East African nation late Saturday amid high security. Sunday's 25 kilometre run has been reduced to only five kilometres.

"It is a great honour and privilege for Tanzania to host this torch. Don't worry, all preparations are all set," Dar es Salaam mayor Adam Kimbisa said after the torch's arrival.

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