Asian bus owners under spotlight

Drivers stage protest LOCAL bus drives and conductors showed their frustration last Monday towards the continuing increase in the number of Asian-owned buses operating in Honiara by staging a five-hour protest. They took the law into their own hands when they decided to stop working for more than five hours in protest to the issue.…

Murder accused to be tried in High Court

A MAN accused of killing a member of the Melanesian Brotherhood in north-west Guadalcanal last year has been committed to stand trial at the High Court. The decision followed a short form preliminary inquiry conducted on the case of Francis Au yesterday after he entered a not guilty plea to the murder charge against him.…

APID: West Rennell is still yours

The Asia Pacific Investment Development (APID) has clarified amidst mass controversial debate to its land acquisition process to it’s propose mining tenements in West Rennell that it does not take away the rights of landowners. Rather is there to work together in developing the province for a better and brighter province with good economy that…

Boso trial fails to proceed

HE trial on the case of the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Rural Development, Selina Boso did not proceed on Monday. This was because Chief Magistrate Emmanuel Kouhota,who was supposed to hear the trial, was not available. He is currently overseas. The trial was listed for five days, and was supposed to start on…

Father to plea on Aug 10

THE man who allegedly raped his daughter in April this year at a plantation in East Guadalcanal will enter his plea on August 10. This was after prosecution withdrew the charge of incest yesterday and maintained the rape charge. The 65-year-old father from Temotu was initially charged with one count of rape and another count…

SISA to help appeal against NTC’s decision

THE Solomon Islands Students Association (SISA) executive at the University of South Pacific in Fiji has agreed to stand with the students on the termination and suspension list and agreed to appeal the decision. This was revealed by the SISA president, Anthony Maelasi according to information this paper received. Reports reaching this paper said that…

TSI queries govt’s $13M payment of Zome motel

TRANSPARENCY Solomon Islands(TSI) is questioning the government’s proposed payment of $13.875 million to Zome Enterprises Ltd. In a statement, Monday, TSI said they have sighted documents showing two separate payments were paid into the account of Zome Enterprises last month.  A total of $4.875 was paid on 8th of July 2015 and another payment of…

Action on students clarified

THE Education Attaché (EA) who is looking after Solomon Islands Government sponsored students in Fiji has clarified the National Training Committee’s (NTC) decision to terminate and suspend a number of students studying at the University of South Pacific (USP). The Solomon Star understood that about 59 students have been terminated and suspended after they failed…

Tuesday’s forum called off

The People’s Forum set down for Tuesday at the National Museum auditorium has been postponed until further notice. Reports said, this was due to the last minute advice from the National Museum head office to cancel the meeting. No explanation was given for the cancellation but Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) hopes there is no…

Lack of public toilets annoys bus drivers

LACK of public toilets in Honiara city has disappointed bus drivers and conductors and it is also a contributing issue to their strike on Monday. A spokesperson for the group, James Ado said that the Honiara City Council has issued licenses to bus owners to run their businesses but failed to provide proper toilets in…