RIOT INSTIGATORS NABBED – The hunt is on, more to be arrested police warned

POLICE have yesterday arrested and charged one of the prime suspects and instigators which led to the rioting and looting fortnight ago. Acting assistant commissioner national capital, Gabriel Manelusi confirmed to the Solomon Star last night that, in police custody awaiting court appearance is flash flood victims coalition taskforce interim chairman Jefferey Leni. Mr Manelusi…

OPPOSITION WALKS OUT, BILL PASS

THE controversial Political Parties Integrity Bill was finally passed, but with some tension in the chamber. Members of the opposition group walked out during the committee stage proceeding. Deputy Opposition Leader Mathew Wale has been very critical on all the clauses during the initial stage of the committee of the whole house. But many of…

Rennell landowners embrace miners

RENNELL island is a step closer to hosting its first ever mining project after four tribal landowning groups signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with an Indonesian mining company Bintang Borneo last week. The historic ceremony took place at Tingoa between landowners from East and West Rennell with the mining firm. A nine-member delegation from…

Seized tobacco still held by Customs

NO decision has yet been made on how 1,145 boxes of illegally imported tobacco products seized in September 2012 are to be disposed. The products are being kept at the Customs Queen warehouse at Point Cruz. Earlier this year, top government officials reportedly attempted to remove the products out from the warehouse but Customs prevented…

Residents complain about noise

RESIDENTS of Rove police quarters say life has not been the same again after a nearby sea front facility was turned into an entertainment area. “Noise coming from the sea front area has been a major source of disturbance to those of us living here,” one resident told the Solomon Star. “Sometimes when they have…

Rise in mentally ill patients causes fear

THE increasing numbers of suspected mentally ill patients roaming around and causing trouble in villages and communities in East Kwara’ae has caused fear and raises a deep concern. This came about following a series of incidents claimed to have been caused by those believed to be mentally or psychiatrically ill. There have been associated incidents…