Moves to have compulsory voting

Movements and religious organisations that are discouraging their followers from casting their votes during the National General Election should be charged under the Solomon Islands panel code. Thats according to the Secretary to the Prime Minister (SSPM) Dr Jimmy Rogers during a press conference at the Prime Minister’s Office, Tuesday. A question was raised by…

In Court with Assumpta Buchanan

* Father admits incest charges* Police given time to complete rape probe Father admits incest charges A 38-YEAR-OLD man, Tuesday pleaded guilty to having sex with his 11-year-old daughter last year in Isabel. The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his daughter, is facing two counts of incest. He admitted the…

Police identify ship looters

AUKI Police have already identified more than 10 suspects,believed to be behind the looting of a wrecked ship near Auki, Malaita province on New Year’s Eve. Malaita Provincial Police Commander (PPC), Timothy Apaesi confirmed this to Solomon Star Auki in an interview, Monday. Mr.Apaesi who resumed duty from his leave this week told this paper…

Manetoali denies diverting $100,000

OUTGOING Member of Parliament for Gao/Bugotu, Samuel Manetoali on Tuesday denied diverting $100,000 of constituency fund for his own use. Manetoali pleaded not guilty to the 17 charges of conversion against him before Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi. The defence lawyer, Evans Olofia, thereafter put the court on notice of their intention to apply for leave…

CABLE PROJECT STARTS

‘Cheaper, higher quality and reliable internet coming soon By ANDREW FANASIA Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne has joined Caretaker Prime Minister Rick Hou in a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the commencement of the next phase of Coral Sea Cable System construction in Honiara, Tuesday. The ground breaking ceremony took place at Coral Sea Cable System…

APRIL 3

  Polling date set By IAN KAUKUI SOLOMON Islanders will go to the polls on April 3. Governor General Sir Frank Kabui announced the date in an official proclamation yesterday. Electoral Office Chief Electoral Officer Mose Saitala said in the next seven days, Returning Officers will publish notice of the national general election date in…

Wale: Tax reform increase foreign investment

LEADER of the Solomon Islands Democratic Party (SIDP) Mathew Wale says one of their proposed priorities requires substantive fiscal reform to stimulate the economy to create opportunities and jobs for people in the long term. Wale said these initiatives will require an accommodative monetary policy stance to ensure that gains are not allowed to dissipate…

Call for waste management improvement

PERMANENT Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology Dr Melchior Mataki says waste management in Solomon Islands really needs a lot of improvements. Mataki highlighted this during the recent Commonwealth Marine Litter Programme (CLiP) workshop in Honiara. He said waste management needs improvement and it needs everybody’s support as…

Fake circulated foreign notes warning

THE public is being warned to be on alert about the circulation of fake foreign currency notes in the country. Police Commissioner Mathew Varley has warned the public to be on a look out for these fake notes which believe to be circulated in the country by some people. The call following an incident last…