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NATIONAL Environmental Management Council last week ordered all plastic bag manufacturers in the country to strategically establish recycling plants to curb environmental degradation.

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ASK any ordinary citizen about the Union between the Republic of Tanganyika and the Zanzibar Revolutionary Government, which gave rise to the current Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, especially those born after independence, and you won’t be surprised if that majority will only tell you sketchy information apart from ‘knowing that one is free to move between the two without a passport or visa’.

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IT was a sad day for Tanzania when the country’s only envoys at the continental level tournaments, Young Africans crashed out with a humiliating defeat in Algiers last Saturday.

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A GROUP of Indian nationals, (16 of them), who have been working with Quality Group Limited illegally, escaped a threeyear jail term each when they paid fines amounting to 22m/-, on Tuesday.

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IF the Chinese City of Beijing comes to mind every time you talk about gender issues it’s probably advisable not to read beyond this first sentence.

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THIS year’s Easter festival has come and gone. It was a festive season that saw Tanzanian Christians and other well wishers join the rest of the world in celebrations.

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THE meaning of Easter is Jesus Christ’s victory over death, and for believers, His resurrection symbolizes the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him.

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‘Enough is enough,’ bests describe the recurring ambushes and brutal killing of police officers in different parts of the country. To make matters worse, the perpetrators rob their victims of weapons and ammunition.

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WINNING medals in major global events is a dream for many sports persons the world over. And, countries invest their sportsmen and do whatever is possible for them to make their fellow citizens proud. It is against this background that Tanzania has embarked on a renewed campaign to make sure local athletes win medals.

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THE recent fire outbreak at the Kigamboni Ferry in Dar es Salaam should serve as a lesson of what is really in store for marine commute; it’s not something to be treated as a ‘normal’ fire incidence, even though we seem socialized on ‘business as usual’ mode.

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AS the government gears up for the new East African Community (EAC) passports from next January, after a Summit in Arusha of Heads of State, we should all lend support because the new document will be‘duplicate-proof’ and promises to deal our omnipresent copy-cats the ultimate deterrent.

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EAGERLY awaited Mwanza Business Forum takes off today at the imposing Rocky City Mall in the lakeside city, with 300 participants expected to attend.

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ONCE euphemistically called the ‘poor man’s food’ cassava is now billed among top commercial crops, finding industrial use in such sectors as brewery, pharmaceuticals and confectionery.

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IT is tactical football backed by water-tight defence, midfield masterly and good marksmanship that help Dar es Salaam giants; Simba, Young Africans remain ahead in the Premier League run.

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ALTHOUGH all citizens are obliged to pay taxes, there are seemingly thousands of people with substantial earnings and fancy titles, yet they don’t pay any tax.

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WATER undoubtedly forms an essential part of human life. And, despite Tanzania being endowed by many water bodies such as lakes, dams, ocean, wells and springs just but to mention a few, there is hardly enough for human domestic use.

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NATURAL and Tourism Minister Jumanne Maghembe hinted that consumption of charcoal in the country is likely to double by 2030.

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SOUTH-SOUTH Cooperation is a term we’ve heard in recent history mainly from policymakers and academics to describe the exchange of resources, technology, and knowledge between developing countries also known as countries of the Global South.

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AGRICULTURE undoubtedly forms the backbone, not only of the country’s economy but that of the bulk of families in Tanzania and the world over.

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THE clock is ticking towards the Serengeti Boys 2017 Africa Youth Cup of Nations (AYC) finals on May 14 in Gabon.

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NOW that the long rains are with us, pounding many parts of the country, it should be common sense that people should plant crops and expect to harvest if they do not want to starve or face hunger in the coming months.

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THE case of John the Rhino, that sent shock waves across the country after controversies hogged the animal’s disappearance last year, has been put to rest.

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MANY people hardly practise ‘prevention is better than cure’ slogan, which they embrace, albeit theoretically.

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THERE’S an old poem that runs, “Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink …” which should remind us how casually we tend to take this precious liquid for granted and, like everything else which tend to treat with disdain, we lose a lot of water to the seas and other water bodies.

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MANY police stations in the country today look like parking yards or garages for wrecked motorbikes that have suffered deadly accidents on the hands of reckless riders.

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MAJORITY Tanzanians may be unaware that the World Bank’s loans, which have stimulated economic growth and reduced poverty in many parts of the world, Africa and Tanzania inclusive, have to be repaid.

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THERE is a community of people, mostly men, dominating bus stages in almost all major cities and towns in the country.

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PRESIDENT John Magufuli’s offer to give our neighbours in Kenya a batch of 500 doctors to plug a gap left by striking medics in that country – who have since agreed to return – couldn’t have come at a better time.

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TANZANIA is undoubtedly a haven of peace in a region where some countries are rocked by pockets of violence and political disturbances.

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SURELY, if you have ever lost a relative, friend or neighbour to the illegal drugs like marijuana, heroin and cocaine, you will realise that the government has a genuine cause to fiercely wage the war against drug abuse.

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AUSTRALIA is set to ban unvaccinated children from nursery preschool and childcare centres.

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BANK of Tanzania (BoT) Governor, Professor Benno Ndulu, met chief executives of banks and financial institutions in Dar es Salaam last Friday and asked them to consider cutting lending rates to make loans more affordable.

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THE ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) National Executive Committee (NEC) last week seized the hour – when least expected – and expelled a total of 12 members including its long serving and prominent cadres, Sophia Simba and RamadhaniMadabida.

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