Arupa airport to open on December

The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister ,Peter O’Neill,  will open the Arupa international airport in Bougainville in December. Regional events and protocol officer of Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG), Joe Maineke confirmed this to the Solomon Star last Friday at Madang airport. He said the establishment of the airport will boost the tourism industry in Bougainville…

Why PEC reduces terminal grant

The Parliamentary Entitlements Commission (PEC) has elaborated on its decision to reduce the $400,000 terminal grant for 50 members of the now dissolved Ninth Parliament. Members of the Commission decided to reduce the terminal grant to $200,000 because of the following reasons. The recommended $400,000 could impact heavily on the national economy and the government’s…

SIPRA to contest 20 constituencies

CARETAKER Prime Minister’s Party has announced their group will contest twenty constituencies in the upcoming general elections. Called the Solomon Islands Party for Rural Advancement (SIPRA), Party leader Gordon Darcy Lilo said he was proud to make the announcement. He said SIPRA will contest the following constituencies; Central Kwara’ae, Central Honiara, North New Georgia, South…

In the News this week

Maneka launches campaign in North Guadalcanal Intending candidate for North Guadalcanal Samson Maneka launched his campaign strategy on Monday at Pitukole, North Guadalcanal. Mr Maneka outlined his campaign platform to the crowd who turned up. “My aim is to focus on infrastructure, quality health services, empowering of families, agriculture, recognizing people with special need and…

Plans for a smoke-free society

Ministry of Health and Medical Service wants to see a smoke free society in Solomon Islands. This came after high number of population, especially youths and women have engaged in smoking, which can caused heart attack, stroke and cancer. Others are exposed to second hand smoking, which they inhale it from someone’s smoke. Acting Permanent…