Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania on Monday, July 25, 2022.
Samia orders construction of monument to remember TZ’s heroes
President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Monday ordered Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa and Dodoma region authorities to allocate a suitable area for the construction of a national heroes monument in Dodoma.
President Samia gave the order during the National Heroes Day held at Mashujaa grounds in the capital Dodoma, emphasizing that the construction should be at an affordable price.
The Head of State wants a giant statue of both the known and unknown soldiers to be constructed in the allocated area to symbolize the heroes’ final resting place of tens and thousands of Tanzanians who sacrificed their lives for the nation.
She however expressed the government’s commitment to continue upholding the legacy of the various heroes who dedicated and risked their lives for the protection of the country and for peacekeeping.
“It is important to recognize the contribution of the various heroes who dedicated and risked their lives in the Maji Maji War, the Second World War, Kagera and Zanzibar Revolution,” President Samia said.
“These commemorations are not only for those who lost their lives, but also for those who got permanent disabilities in the course of protecting the country.”
The Head of State further noted that being a hero is not all about participating during wars but also ensuring the availability of food security, clean and safe water for citizens, good health services and education.
Govt reimposes ban on day-old chicks imports
The government on Monday imposed a total ban on the importation of day-old chicks effective next week as it seeks to protect its local hatcheries and limit the inflow of substandard chicks, The East African newspaper reported.
The ban, which takes effect on July 30, aims to protect the local poultry market, the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries said in a statement on Monday.
Deputy Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Abdallah Ulega said the government would no longer issue import permits on chicken from Saturday.
This was after a meeting with poultry business executives in the capital Dodoma. The government, Mr Ulega said, is currently collecting poultry industry data to ascertain the demand for day-old chicks.
Local poultry producers, Organia and Mkuza Chicks, had decried the rise in smuggled chicks sold at lower prices.
In 2016, Tanzania banned the importation of chicks and fresh poultry meat from Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, South Africa and the US to protect local farmers.
On October 31, 2017, government authorities in Arusha destroyed 6,400 chicks imported from Kenya through the Namanga border crossing. The ban was later lifted.
India’s top technology university considers setting up campus in Tanzania
One of India’s best universities, the Indian Institute of Technology–Madras (IIT-Madras), is considering establishing a campus in Tanzania as the Indian government works on a plan to ensure the country’s premier engineering institutes have a presence on the world map.
IIT-Madras is considered to be the best engineering institute among all the technology institutes in India. For the 6th consecutive year, IIT-Madras is ranked at 1st in the engineering category of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), a methodology adopted by the Indian ministry of education.
As per the 2022 report, the institute bags 1st position in the overall, 2nd in research institutes, and 10th in the management category of NIRF rankings 2022. The university is ranked 250th position in the QS World University Rankings 2023.
IIT-Madras Director Prof V Kamakoti told The Indian Express that apart from Tanzania and other African countries, the institute has also received requests from Sri Lanka and Nepal for campuses to offer courses in emerging areas such as data sciences and artificial intelligence as well as energy systems.
“IIT Madras is in discussions with multiple countries, including Tanzania, regarding offshore campuses,” the paper quoted Prof Kamakoti as saying. “We are considering many of these places. For African countries, programmes in mining are very important. In Nepal, there are demands for courses on energy systems. Courses in data sciences are in demand everywhere.”
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