SIM card registration soon 

THE Solomon Islands Government is amending the Telecommunications Act 2009 to allow for SIM Card registration before the proposed suspension of Facebook, the social media platform, takes effect. Minister Peter Shanel Agovaka disclosed this in a news conference this week. “My Ministry is currently working on a plan to simultaneously complete the amendment to include the SIM…

Ship for East Makira Constituency

MEMBER of Parliament (MP) for East Makira Constituency Lilly Maefai says her office is looking into getting a ship for her constituency. She made the revelation when she spoke during the sine-die motion in parliament on Tuesday. She stressed that given her constituency’s geographical location in the east of the island and irregular shipping services…

Forestry: Karaori misleads public

THE Ministry of Forestry and Research on Thursday described as “misleading” accusations that junior officers have hijacked the work of the Commissioner of Forests. Community leader, Charles Karaori, earlier this week accused junior officers of having taken over the work of the Commissioner, including signing off on statutory documents which he said could be illegal. Mr.…

The SI-Aust partnership 

Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands His Excellency Dr. Lachlan Strahan on Wednesday called on Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to discuss the deep partnership between Australia and Solomon Islands. Some of these areas include; health, COVID response, education, labour mobility, infrastructure, inclusive economic growth, gender equality, and security, a statement from the Prime Minister…

DJOKOVIC’s CITIZENSHIP

Hearing done, judgment next   THE fate of Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, Robson Djokovic related to his citizenship status will be known next. This paper understands that Mr Djokovic travels using an Australian passport. This followed the completion of a hearing on the issue of Djokovic’s citizenship on Thursday in the High Court. Djokovic is…

GOVT ON SIM CARDS, FACEBOOK

The government through the Ministry of Communication and Aviation has announced the temporary suspension of Facebook as policy and lawmakers explore ways to regulate its use. At the same time Government is also working on amending the Telecommunication Act 2009 to ensure all SIM Card owners must undergo registration. Minister Shanel Agovaka announced this yesterday…

Water outage due to high turbidity 

THE ongoing water outage faced by residents of the capital since Sunday is due to the continuing heavy rainfall at the Kongulai water source. This was confirmed by the Solomon Water Custom Care officer to this paper. A customer care officer said the closure of the Kongulai pump and gravity system over the past days…

Resettlement plans for low-lying islands

PARLIAMENT has been told that the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management, and Meteorology and the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey have been tasked to develop a resettlement policy for low-lying atolls and artificial islands highly vulnerable to climate change. Environment Minister Dickson Mua Panakitasi disclosed this during the debate on the SINE-DIE…

Probe into MP’s traffic case still on

A traffic accident involving the Member of Parliament (MP) for North-West Guadalcanal Bodo Dettke is still under investigation – four months after the accident, police said, Tuesday. Police said the accident happened opposite the Central Market area in Honiara on 8 August 2020. National Traffic Department of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) charged the…

Xiao freed

The Chinese national accused of unlawfully entering a quarantine station at Pacific Casino hotel in September had been freed, Tuesday. Eddie Xiao was acquitted of the charge of the prohibition of entry of a person in a quarantine station due to insufficient evidence and technical issues regarding the quarantine regulation. Xiao was charged contrary to…