BORDER UNDER 24-7 OPERATION

Police reassure country of tight security at common border By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN MEMBERS of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have beefed up security measures to guard the common Western Province border by operating around the clock on a 24/7 operation. Deputy Police Commissioner Ian Vaevaso revealed this yesterday to re-assure the country RSIPF…

Malaita declares day of pray

The Malaita Provincial Government has appointed 13 August commencing this year as the annual day of prayer for Malaita. Malaita Provincial Premier Daniel Suidani launched the Malaita Day of Prayer yesterday at the St Paul Anglican Church in Auki in the presence of church leaders from different denominations. It was also witnessed by members of…

Maneniaru questions marine inquiry

THE Undersecretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) Jimmy Nuake says the report by the Board of Marine inquiring into the fatal ferry incident is still unclear whether it will be made public or not. He made this assurance when Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member and Member of Parliament for West Are’are John Maneniaru…

Bill passed second reading

THE 2020 Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2020 has passed through its second reading in the parliament after it was tabled by the Minister for Finance and Treasury Harry Kuma, Wednesday. The 2020 Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2020 has been prepared for the current sitting of Parliament as required under section 102 (3) of the Constitution and section 51…

Former MP’s sentence, Aug 19

SENTENCING of the former Central Makira Member of Parliament (MP) who was found guilty of misusing more than $66,000 intended for tree farmers in his constituency in 2013 will be handed down on August 19. This was after Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi received sentencing submissions from the prosecution on Wednesday on the case of Hypolite Taremae.…

Ngati, Abae deny allegations

THE two Honiara City Councilors accused of intimidating Honiara City Clerk Rence Sore at the Councils headquarters in June have denied the allegation, Wednesday. Vavaya Ward Councilor Billy Abae and Vura Ward’s Reginald Ngati have pleaded not guilty to the intimidation charges against them. Having noted their not guilty pleas, Principal Magistrate Tearo Beneteti set…

$7M FOR CHARTERS 

  Fund used to meet cost of COVID-19 mass repatriation By ANDREW FANASIA   A total of $7,256,711 was spent to meet the cost of ship charters during the COVID-19 repatriation exercise carried out between March and April 2020. That’s according to the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) Under Secretary Jimmy Nuake when his team…

China plans to develop all provinces

THE Chinese government plans to develop all the provinces by establishing a sister relationship with each province with a number of provinces in China. This was highlighted by Counselor Ming Yao from the Chinese Embassy in Solomon Islands during an interview with the paper early this week. He said this is similar to what Guadalcanal…

Cabinet approves repatriation of students  

MINISTRY of Education and Human Resources Development’s (MEHRD) Deputy Permanent Secretary James Bosamata has confirmed that Cabinet had approved the repatriation of students studying in the Philippines. Mr Bosamata said that both Solomon Island Government and private sponsored students would be repatriated. Bosamata explained that after Cabinet approved the repatriation of students from the Philippines,…