Five suspects nabbed following arson incident 

OFFICERS of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at the Tetere Police Station in Guadalcanal Province have arrested five suspects following an arson incident that happened at Teubala Village, North Guadalcanal on 5 April 2021. An initial report on the incident says a group of people from Tuebala Village went to Ghavagha Village to…

12 year-old arrested for raping girl, 4

A 12-YEAR-OLD male had been arrested for allegedly raping his four-year-old cousin sister at Maokao Village, Marumbo in West Guadalcanal on March 21. Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau told reporters at his weekly conference that the 12-year-old male suspect is yet to be charged. “The alleged victim was left with the parents of the suspect to…

Border at big risk 

The Western border continues to pose a greater cause of concern to the country in relation to COVID-19 security.  Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare highlighted this in his nationwide address, Tuesday.  Sogavare said with the rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Papua New Guinea (PNG), it is highly likely that numbers of COVID-19 in Bougainville…

TOP DOWN BUDGET

• 2021 Budget into 2nd reading • SIEA tariff rates reduction by May    THE government had decided to guide the development of the 2021 budget from a ‘top-down approach.  Minister for Finance and Treasury Harry Kuma said this when he delivered the 2021 Budget speech in the parliament, Tuesday. “Let me now turn to…

INDUSTRY HIT HARD

Govt takes steps to promote domestic tourism   THE Government through the Ministry of Culture and Tourism is taking steps to help keep the ailing tourism industry in the country afloat which has been battered by COVID-19 travel restrictions for the past 12 months. As such the government is scouting for solutions through its ‘re-direction…

China engineers arrive Tuesday

TWENTY-four (24) engineers from China will arrive in the country today to help construct the new fourth University of the Pacific (USP) campus in Honiara. This has been confirmed by the Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr. Jimmy Rodgers last week during a radio talk-back show at the national radio broadcaster. Dr. Rodgers said this…

FACEBOOK ‘CENSORSHIP’ LOOMS

Government will soon monitor ‘fake’ FB users   The Ministry for Communication and Aviation will soon closely monitor fake Facebook account users in Solomon Islands, as soon as the formal arrangement with Facebook Company is set. This was revealed by the Permanent Secretary (PS) for Communication and Aviation, Moses Virivolomo when his team appeared before…

Exam markers still awaiting payment

MORE than 200 teachers who marked high school exam papers in 2020 say there are still waiting to be paid their allowances – almost a year after they had completed their assignment. One of them told Solomon Star the teachers marked Form 3, Form 5, and Form 6 papers in 2020. “All the results were…

Illegal Bech-de-mer harvesters nabbed

OFFICERS of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at the Central Police Station in Honiara City assisted officials of the Ministry of Fisheries have arrested two suspects at the Honiara domestic wharf, Wednesday this week for illegal harvesting of beche-de-mer. Provincial Police Commander Honiara City Superintendent John Matamaru says, “Fisheries officials called police to…