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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Zanzibar bank allocates 2bn/- for small businesses

  • SMALL business entrepreneurs can join People’s Bank of Zanzibar and get low interest rate loans to grow their businesses.
People’s Bank of Zanzibar (PBZ) Limited, Managing Director, Juma Hafidh and Director of Human Resources and Administration, Viwa Juma said in Dar es Salaam on Monday evening that to cater for more customers on the Mainland, PBZ will open more branches including one in Mtwara next month.

Speaking after hosting an Iftar for in Dar es Salaam clients, Hafidh said another branch will also be opened in Zanzibar where the bank has its headquarters.

He pointed out that PBZ is expanding its branches to more places both in the islands and on the Mainland. A number of new innovative products will also be introduced in the market.

“The bank is in the process of improving its service delivery in all areas. Such improvement is geared towards providing high quality services coupled with innovative products that will strategically add to the present product portfolios,” he said.

Hafidh also said that the bank is in the process of starting to disburse the loans to small businesses countrywide to help them grow.

PBZ has a wide range of retail, corporate and institutional products covering current, business and savings accounts.

“We also have Islamic banking products includes current accounts, Murabaha financing, Baimuajal financing, Sharia compliant and many more,” the PBZ MD noted.

Seconding his boss, Juma called upon the public especially entrepreneurs to join the bank so that they can benefit from soft loans set for them.

“We have set over 2bn/- to provide soft loans to small and medium size enterprises and that’s why we are emphasizing to them to join our bank,” she said.

“Technology has brought new products, new alternative delivery channels, flexibility and has elongated banking business hours from eight we were used to, to 24 hours for a whole week,” the PBZ Director noted.


Ufisadi wa kutisha watikisa vigogo 12 serikali ya Zanzibar


WATENDAJI 12 wa serikali ya Zanzibar, akiwamo Naibu Mhasibu Mkuu wa Serikali wamesimamishwa kazi kutokana na upotevu mkubwa wa fedha.

Akizungumza na waandishi wa habari visiwani Zanzibar jana, Waziri wa Fedha na Mipango, Dk. Khalid Salum Mohamed, alisema kati ya watendaji hao wamo wahasibu wakuu wa wizara sita wanaohusika na upotevu huo wa fedha.

“Kwa masikitiko makubwa naomba kutoa taarifa kuwa tumebaini upotevu wa fedha za serikali ambao tumeanza kuuchukulia hatua,” alisema waziri huyo.

Alisema upotevu huo wa fedha unaonekana sio wa bahati mbaya, bali ni jambo la kupangwa na umetekelezwa kwa njama za watendaji wa vitengo vya fedha uliowahusisha wahasibu.

Aidha, alisema hadi sasa kuna hundi zenye thamani ya Sh. milioni 571 zimeshindwa kulipwa kwa sababu ya uhalifu huo na hatua za awali za kutathmini upotevu huo zinaonyesha kuwa kiasi ambacho kinahusika na wizi huo kinaweza kuwa kikubwa zaidi ya hicho.

“Tulipopata taarifa za awali juu ya upotevu huu hatua za haraka zilichukuliwa na kubaini wahusika wakuu”alisema Dk. Khalid.

Alisema taarifa za awali zinaonyesha upotevu huo wa fedha umetokana na njama za baadhi ya watendaji wa kitengo cha malipo katika Wizara ya Fedha na Mipango wakishirikiana na baadhi ya wahasibu wa wizara tofauti za serikali.

Waziri huyo alisema hatua hiyo imezingatia matakwa ya Sheria ya Fedha za Umma namba 12 ya mwaka 2005 na kanuni zake na Sheria ya Utumishi wa Umma ya mwaka 2014 na kanuni zake.

Alisema kutokana na ukubwa wa upotevu huo wa fedha, hatua itakayofuata ni kuundwa kwa bodi ya uchunguzi ambayo itakuwa na watu wanne watakaoteuliwa na Katibu Mkuu wa Wizara ya Fedha na Mipango.

Alisema azma ya serikali ni kuimarisha utawala bora na kuimarisha usimamizi wa fedha za umma, hivyo watendaji wote wanapaswa kufahamu kuwa azma hiyo inatekelezwa bila ya kuyumba wala kumuonea haya mtu yeyote.


http://www.ippmedia.com/sw/habari/ufisadi-wa-kutisha-watikisa-vigogo-12-serikali-ya-z%E2%80%99bar

Now perform Umrah throughout the year!


The issuance of new Umrah visa has been stopped from June 20. With over seven per cent increase in Umrah visa, their number reached to 6.4 million last year.

Devotees can now choose any part of the year to perform pilgrimage, as Umrah season is likely to remain open through the year.

The Ministry of Haj and Umrah are contemplating on keeping the Umrah season open for the whole year. This shall come into effect from next year.

Saudigazette quoted Abdullah Qadi, Deputy Chairman of the National Committee for the Haj and Umrah in Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry as saying ,

"Umrah visas will be granted throughout the year except during the Haj season which begins mid-Shawwal (the 10th month of the Islamic calendar) and ends on mid-Muharram (first month on the calendar)."

The issuance of new Umrah visa has been stopped from June 20. With over seven per cent increase in Umrah visa, their number reached to 6.4 million last year.

"This is still below the ministry's ambitious plan of receiving about eight million Umrah pilgrims this year," said Qadi attributing the drop in Umrah pilgrims to the global economic slowdown.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Hifadhi kubwa zaidi ya gesi ya Helium yagunduliwa Tanzania

  • Hifadhi kubwa zaidi ya gesi ya Helium yagunduliwa Tanzania
Tanzania ni miongoni mwa mataifa machache duniani yaliyojaliwa kuwa na rasilimali na madini mengi.

Na baada ya kugunduliwa kwa gesi asili huko Mtwara na dhahabu sasa watafiti kutoka Uingereza wamegundua hifadhi kubwa zaidi duniani ya gesi adimu zaidi ya Helium nchini Tanzania.

Watafiti kutoka chuo kikuu cha Oxford na kile cha Durham kwa ushirikiano na wataalumu wa madini kutoka Norway wamegundua uwepo wa takriban futi bilioni 54 za gesi hiyo ya barafu kama inavyofahamika.

Ugunduzi huo umefanyika katika eneo la bonde la ufa la Tanzania.

Katika taarifa kwa wanahabri huko Japan, watafiti hao wanasema kuwa uhaba wa gesi hiyo kote duniani ulikuwa umesababisha taharuki haswa kwa madaktari ambao wanatumia gesi hiyo adimu kuendesha mashine za utabibu zijulikanazo kama MRI scanners, mbali na kutumika katika mitambo ya kinyuklia miongoni mwa sekta zingine nyingi za kawi na teknolojia.

Kabla ugunduzi huo watafiti walikuwa wamebashiri ukosefu wa gesi hiyo baridi ifikapo mwaka wa 2035.

Wataalumu wa madini kutoka Norway wamegundua uwepo wa takriban futi bilioni 54 za gesi hiyo ya barafu kama inavyofahamika.


RAIS WA ZANZIBA DK.ALI MOHAMED SHEIN AWAAPISHA NAIBU KATIBU WAKUU LEO.

 Rais wa Zanzibar na Mwenyekiti wa Baraza la Mapinduzi Mhe. Dkt. Ali Mohamed Shein   akimuapisha Dk.Islam Seif Salum kuwa Naibu Katibu Mkuu ,Mifugo na Uvuvi katika Wizara ya Kilimo,Maliasili,Mifugo na Uvuvi, katika  hafla iliyofanyika leo katika ukumbi wa Ikulu Mjini Unguja. Rais wa Zanzibar na Mwenyekiti wa Baraza la Mapinduzi Mhe. Dkt. Ali Mohamed Shein akimkabidhi hati ya kiapo  Dk.Islam Seif Salum  baada ya kumuapisha  kuwa Naibu Katibu Mkuu ,Mifugo na Uvuvi katika Wizara ya Kilimo,Maliasili,Mifugo na Uvuvi, katika  hafla iliyofanyika leo  ukumbi wa Ikulu Mjini Unguja.
 Rais wa Zanzibar na Mwenyekiti wa Baraza la Mapinduzi Mhe. Dkt. Ali Mohamed Shein  akimuapisha Nd,Hassan Abdulla Mitawi  kuwa  Naibu Katibu Mkuu Habari katika Wizara ya Habari,Utalii,Utamaduni na Michezo katika hafla iliyofanyika leo katika ukumbi wa Ikulu Mjini Unguja.
 Rais wa Zanzibar na Mwenyekiti wa Baraza la Mapinduzi Mhe. Dkt. Ali Mohamed Shein  akimkabidhi hati ya kiapo Nd,Hassan Abdulla Mitawi  baada ya kumuapisha    kuwa  Naibu Katibu Mkuu Habari katika Wizara ya Habari,Utalii,Utamaduni na Michezo katika hafla iliyofanyika leo katika ukumbi wa Ikulu Mjini Unguja.
Rais wa Zanzibar na Mwenyekiti wa Baraza la Mapinduzi Mhe. Dkt. Ali Mohamed Shein  akimuapisha Nd, Rafii Haji Makame kuwa Katibu Mtendaji wa Tume ya Utangazaji katika Wizara ya Habari,Utalii,Utamaduni na Michezo katika hafla iliyofanyika leo katika ukumbi wa Ikulu Mjini Unguja.
 Rais wa Zanzibar na Mwenyekiti wa Baraza la Mapinduzi Mhe. Dkt. Ali Mohamed Shein  akimkabidhi hati ya kiapo Nd, Rafii Haji Makame baada ya kumuapisha   kuwa Katibu Mtendaji wa Tume ya Utangazaji katika Wizara ya Habari,Utalii,Utamaduni na Michezo katika hafla iliyofanyika leo katika ukumbi wa Ikulu Mjini Unguja.
Rais wa Zanzibar na Mwenyekiti wa Baraza la Mapinduzi Mhe. Dkt. Ali Mohamed Shein  akimwapisha  Nd, Rafii Haji Makame baada ya kumuapisha   kuwa Katibu Mtendaji wa Tume ya Utangazaji katika Wizara ya Habari,Utalii,Utamaduni na Michezo katika hafla iliyofanyika leo katika ukumbi wa Ikulu Mjini Unguja.
 Viongozi walioshiriki katika hafla ya kuwapishwa Watendaji katika Wizara mbali mbali za Serikali ya Mapinduzi Zanzibar katika hafila iliyofanyika leo Ikulu Mjini Unguja,(kutoka kushoto) Mhe,Kadhi Mkuu wa Zanzibar Sheikh Haji Khamis,Mwanasheria Mkuu wa Zanzibar Mhe,Said Hassan Said na Mshauri wa Rais Utamaduni Mhe,Chimbeni Kheir
Spika wa Baraza la Wawakilishi Zanzibar Mhe,Zubeir Ali Maulid,(kulia) akifuatiwa na Waziri wa Kilimo,Maliasili,Mifugo na Uvuvi mhe,Hamad Rashid Mohamed,Waziri wa Habari, Utalii, Utamaduni na Michezo, Mhe. Rashid Ali Juma,pamoja na Viongozi wengine akiwepo Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Mjini Magharibi, Mhe. Ayuob Mohamed Mahmoud wakiwa katika hafla ya kuwapishwa Watendaji katika Wizara mbali mbali za Serikali ya Mapinduzi Zanzibar leo Ikulu Mjini Unguja. (Picha na Ikulu)

Monday, June 27, 2016

Nine days holiday for Eid Al Fitr in UAE

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  • UAE Cabinet approves Eid Al Fitr holiday of Federal entities,, starting from Sunday, July 3, with work resuming on Sunday, July 10, 2016.

Based on the directives of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Cabinet chaired by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has approved Eid Al Fitr holiday for Ministries and Federal entities, starting from 28 of Ramadan 1437 Hijri year, corresponding to Sunday, July 3, with work resuming on Sunday, July 10, 2016.

The nine days holiday is counting the Friday and Saturday weekly offs that are before and after the five-day Eid week.

The Cabinet meeting this evening at the Presidential Palace was held in the presence of Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

The Cabinet also approved an adjustment to the working days of the administrative and educational bodies for the year 2015-2016, adopted by Resolution No. (57/2-20) for the year 2015 on the Academic Calendar for the coming three years, marking the end of the year 2015-16 for administrative and educational bodies of public and private educational institutions under the Ministry of Education. Accordingly, the last working day for this year will be June 30, 2016.

Fatwa allows transgender marriage in Pakistan



  • The fatwa added, a transgender person carrying "visible signs of both genders" may not marry anyone.

At least 50 clerics have issued a fatwa (religious decree) that marriage with a transgender person is now lawful in Pakistan, a media report said on Monday.

The fatwa, released on Sunday by the clerics affiliated with Tanzeem Ittehad-i-Ummat, said a transgender person having "visible signs of being a male" may marry a woman or a transgender with "visible signs of being a female" and vice versa, Dawn online reported.

But, the fatwa added, a transgender person carrying "visible signs of both genders" may not marry anyone.

It declared that robbing transgender people of their share in inheritance was unlawful and that parents who deprive their transgender sons/daughters of inheritance were "inviting the wrath of God".

The clerics called upon the government to take action against such parents.

The decree also dwelt upon societal attitudes towards transgenders. It went to the extent of terming 'haraam' any act intended to "humiliate, insult or tease" them.

The fatwa ended with a word on last rites, declaring that all funeral rituals for a transgender person will be the same as for any other Muslim man or woman.


http://khaleejtimes.com/international/pakistan/fatwa-allows-transgender-marriage-in-pakistan