SINU PROTEST LOOMS

MEMBERS of the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) staff will ‘withdraw all services’ for an indefinite period starting next week in protest to remove the Vice-Chancellor Dr. Ganesh Chand. The move was agreed upon by members of the Lecturer Association of Solomon Islands National University (LASINU) and the Solomon Islands National University General Staff Union…

CHINA FLIGHT CRITICISED

THE Government has now come under criticism over its proposed plan to organise a direct repatriation flight to China later this month. Both the Opposition Group and Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) on Tuesday expressed their concern over the planned charter flight in separate statements issued to the media. The Opposition Group in its statement labeled the…

Kuma hits back at TSI

The Minister for Finance and Treasury (MoFT) Harry Kuma has described the media article published by the Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI), as factually incorrect, malicious, and unbecoming of an organization that promotes itself as the beacon of transparency.   Any article that is published without proper research is ultimately designed to mislead the public, he said. …

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…