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.