Tax officer to take plea next

THE Inland Revenue Division (IRD) officer accused of defrauding the government of much needed tax revenue will be taking his pleas next week. Ellison Raoga appeared in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court and his matter was further adjourned to Monday next week. Public Prosecutor Bradley Dalipanda yesterday informed the court that the defence counsel had informed…

Rape accused to face high court

THE case of a man accused of raping his sister in-law last year at a village in Central Island Province has been committed to the High Court for trial. This was after a committal hearing was conducted on the case, Wednesday. Principal Magistrate Augustine Aulanga having found sufficient evidence on the case against the accused…

Police lauds drivers

Director of the Kukum Traffic, superintended Charles Hapatia has applauded  those drivers who continued to warn other drivers about the work of breathalyzer. Breathalyzer is an equipment police uses to test drivers for alcohol level. “I want to thank few vehicle drivers who were being caught by the machine, penalized and afterwards conduct awareness about…

Police special team to visit provinces

THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Rapid Response Team will soon make its presence felt in Malaita and Western provinces. Malaita Provincial Police Commander David Wate said arrangements are being made with the Ministry of Police in Honiara to have the Rapid Response Team doing routine rounds in the two provinces. “As I understand the government…

Khadem is our new consul in Auckland

THE Government (SIG) says it has appointed Kayhan Khadem as the country’s Honorary Consul in Auckland, New Zealand. This follows a Cabinet approval and official exequatur signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade in August 2016. A statement from Government Communication Unit said, the appointment of Mr Khadem was done in accordance…

First female president for SINUSA

FOR the first time a female has been elected to lead the Solomon Islands National University Student Association (SINUSA). This follows a successful election being held on Monday. Ms Farlaii Floyd created history for the student’s body, when she was voted into the once male dominated position. She was the only female contesting with other…

Benefits of forest highlighted

FOREST is very important resource because it can be used to generate energy for lighting, cooking, heating and many more. Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Forestry Vaeno Vigulu highlighted this on Wednesday during the International Day of Forest which was celebrated in Honiara. The theme for the celebration was: ‘Forests and Energy.’ “Forest in…

Bilateral deals to be reviewed

The existing bilateral programmes between Solomon Islands Government and Papua New Guinea (PNG) will soon come under review with the focus to improve on them. A statement from the Prime Minister Press Secretariat a joint working group consisting of Solomon Islands Government and Papua New Guinea (PNG) Government officials are being tasked to conduct the…