Manele engages in India-Pacific dialogue

MINISTER for Foreign Affairs & External Trade Jeremiah Manele on Wednesday has addressed the India Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting in New York. The India Pacific Islands Leaders Dialogue was attended by Prime Ministers and Ministers of different pacific island countries and organised by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking during the occasion Minister Manele…

DCGA condemns bribery attempt

The Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) says it condemned any bribery-attempt by national leaders. Front-page articles published in the local print media reported claims by Premier of Malaita Daniel Suidani that a Minister and a Backbencher had tried to offer him SBD$1 million to support the China switch. Speaking on behalf of the DCGA…

In Court with Assumpta Buchanan

Taremae trial moves to today Ngedea back in court Alleged robbers’ bail ruling today  Suspects to enter plea Taremae trial moves to today PROSECUTION are still waiting for their witness to arrive in Honiara from Makira to testify in the trial of the former MP for Central Makira who faces conversion charges. The witness whom is…

Suidani refuses to give statement to police

MALAITA Premier Daniel Suidani has refused to provide a statement to police on the attempted bribery claim he made this week. Suidana has claimed certain national government MPs called him by phone and offered $1 million in bribe if he can support the Government’s China switch. However, Police Commissioner Matthew Varley said Suidani declined to…

HOU SPEAKS OF SACKING

• I know it’s coming • Sogavare lied to nation and development partners about China switch • Sogavare’s Our Party orchestrated China switch • Decision to switch was made in a rush By ANDREW FANASIA SACKED government minister Rick Hou says he accepts his termination, but the nation needs to know the truth about the…

PM urged to impose duty on APID 

MAKILI: TAX THE MINERS By IAN M.KAUKUI PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has been urged to revoke the 100% tax exemption duty granted to the bauxite miners on Rennell island, Renbel Province. The bauxite mine is owned by Chinese logger APID Ltd, which had contracted Hong Kong-based company Bintan Mining, to carry out the operation. Local activist…

Backhoe driver jailed

THE man who drove a Backhoe Excavator into the Coral Sea Resort’s lobby causing damages and fear to the hotel’s guests and employees last year has been sentenced to a total of two years imprisonment. Dickson Irofinao was sentenced following his guilty pleas to the charges of intimidation and wilful and unlawful damage. Principal Magistrate…

Makili: SI throws Taiwan in lions’ den

THE action taken by the Solomon Islands government is like dumping Taiwan into a lion’s den says a local civil society activist Lawrence Makili.  Makili said during the leadership of Solomon Mamaloni, he picked up Taiwan based on the spirit where Taiwan strives for soft determination. “Based on that spirit, Mamaloni and leaders at that time…

BRIBERY ATTEMPT EXPOSED

Pro-China MPs’ $1m attempt to bribe Malaita Premier fails By WILSON SAENI In Auki   A BRIBERY attempt by pro-China Members of Parliament (MPs’) within the DCGA to lure Malaita Premier Daniel Suidani with SBD$1million to support the China switch has been exposed, it was disclosed. A source close to the provincial government made the revelation…