ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania is creating its first geopark and this
maiden geology-based tourism and scientific site is likely to
open with the anticipated exploding of the “Lengai” Volcano.
Ngorongoro-Lengai Geopark, earmarked to cover an area of
12,000 square kilometers of rocky hills, lengthy underground
caves, lake basins, hominid discovery sites and the active Ol
Doinyo Lengai Volcano, is going to be another geopark on the
Public Relations Officer with the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Authority (NCAA) said: “We are working to expand the country’s
tourism potential by introducing attractions based of land
formations, geology, history and geographical features all
being packaged under the single entity of the
Nyange said on
Sunday that NCAA is the conservation institution which is
behind the project.
The hot and
puffing, active volcano and Tanzania’s third highest peak, Ol
Doinyo Lengai Mountain will be one of the highlights for the
maiden geopark because there are reports that the so-called
“Mountain of God” shows signs of eruptions emanating from
seismic sensors planted around it.
The volcano, which
is located 150 kilometers from Arusha City and surrounded by
important paleoanthropological sites, has been experiencing
eruptions that are usually confined to its summit though the
lava flow can extend to several miles downhill.
Sarah Stamps, a
geophysicist at Virginia Tech, recently led a team of local
and international researchers to predict the next major
eruption. They installed five positioning sensors around Ol
Doinyo Lengai and these apparently are sending back signals
for impending volcanic activities.
The academics are
reporting that, the mountain may erupt in a few weeks’ time
and therefore necessary steps need to be taken. However,
residents at Enkaresero Village, located at the foot of Lengai
say, it is too early to vacate.
“We have lived
here for ages,” said Mepukoli Ole Melita. “and when volcano is
ripe, people here, including our livestock, can tell!”
national parks, geoparks are supposed to be a unified
geographical area which addresses the protection and the use
of geological heritage in a sustainable way, while also
promoting social and economic well-being of the people
residing within the earmarked location for the park.
Tanzania telecom regulator
imposes heavy fines to operators over violation
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The Tanzania Communications Regulatory
Authority (TCRA) on Friday imposed fines to the tune of 5
million U.S. dollars to mobile phone operators for violation
of subscriber identification module (SIM) cards registration
James Kilaba, TCRA
Director General, mentioned the fined mobile phone operators
as Airtel, Vodacom, Tigo, Zantel, Halotel and Smart, adding
that the fines should be paid before October 14, this year.
Kilaba said the
mobile phone operators were found with eight different
offences related to registration of SIM cards.
Kilaba linked the
increased tidal wave of crime incidences in the country to
malpractices in SIM card registration as most of the
incidences involved the use of mobile phones.
investigations to verify whether the operators were complying
with SIM card registration requirements,” he told a news
conference in the capital Dar es Salaam.
He said the six
mobile phone operators violated the Electronic and Postal
Communications Act, 2010 and the Electronic and Postal
Communication (Licensing) Regulation of 2011 by selling and
registering SIM cards without demanding identity cards from
buyers, and registering the SIM cards with unauthorized
required for SIM card registration include national IDs, a
Zanzibar resident ID, a driving licence, a passport or a
voter’s ID, said Kilaba.
He said the
operators were also found with other offences including
registering SIM cards without taking photos of subscribers and
confirming their particulars.
activated SIM cards without comparing subscriber’s photo on
IDs and the one taken during registration, allowing SIM cards
to be registered using other person’s identification documents
and activating them without being properly registered,” said
the Minister for Home Affairs, recently told the National
Assembly in Dodoma that criminal incidences had increased by 7
Nchemba, from July 2016 to March 2017, there were 2,470 murder
incidents reported during which 2,532 people were killed by
He said from July
last year to March this year, police reported 56,913 criminal
cases, where 53,850 cases were reported in Tanzania mainland
and 3,063 were reported in the Zanzibar archipelago.