Dr Chand fires back

VC, Chairman denies claims of son’s recruitment By ANDREW FANASIA SOLOMON Islands National University ‘s (SINU) Vice-Chancellor Dr. Ganesh Chand strongly denied allegations that he forced the university to offer a director’s position to his son. Dr. Chand’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Estee Lonamei told Solomon Star on Tuesday that this is a total fabrication and…

COVID-19 impacts on forestry sector  

THE economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are inevitable for the domestic market and the forestry sector has been equally affected at the forefront of this current ongoing economic recess. Prime Minister (PM) Manasseh Sogavare highlighted this during his nationwide address yesterday.     Sogavare said most forest commodity prices have fallen slightly in the first…

Police top step up security at border

THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) will beef up security patrols in the common Papua New Guinea (PNG)-Solomon Islands border in the Western Province. Acting Assistance Commissioner of Crime and Intelligence Patricia Leta stated this during the weekly talk-back show on Sunday. “Since there has been an increasing number of cases in Papua New…

In court with Assumpta

Men deny sorcery-related killing Men released after serving jail terms Men deny sorcery-related killing TEN of the 12 men accused of the murder of a man at Malaisu village in South Guadalcanal in March this year have denied the allegation against them on Monday. Dudley Garebola, 22, Joshua Garebola, 36, John Mare, 22, Peter Rangia,…

‘No time for politics’

PRIME Minister (PM) Manasseh Sogavare says the last thing this country needs in light of the current health pandemic is ‘petty politics.’ He highlighted this on Monday in an appeal to leaders of the Opposition and Independent Groups to work closely with the government in the fight against COVID-19.  Speaking during his weekly nation-wide address over…

Djokovic fined $1,700 for careless driving

CHIEF of Staff in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Robson Djokovic has been fined $1,700 on Monday for careless driving after hitting a brick wall in front of the Iron Bottom Sound Hotel on July 4.  This was after Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi refused to exercise her discretion under section 35 of the Penal Code…

VANUATU COMMUNITY THANKS SOLOMONS GOVERNMENT HOSPITALITY

The Vanuatu-Solomons community has expressed gratitude towards the Government and people of Solomon Islands for hosting their nationals working and residing in the country during celebrations to mark Vanuatu’s 40th Independence Anniversary over the weekend. Ni-Vanuatu nationals with friends of Vanuatu gathered in Honiara to mark this milestone event in their country’s political history at…

BIG DROP IN FINANCE

THE Solomon Islands Government (SIG) is experiencing a cash flow problem and a big drop in finance collection due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the State of Public Emergency (SoPE). Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury McKinnie Dentana confirmed this yesterday during the weekly talk-back show over the national broadcaster.…