Pre-polling held successfully

A FIRST ever pre-polling was successfully carried out on Thursday in Honiara and throughout all provincial capitals. Election Manager for Honiara Jude Devesi told this paper, Thursday that the pre-polling was good except few issues encountered that he will have to take it up to the electoral boss. “All is good except for a few…

KOICA hands over new aquaculture lab to SINU

It was on December of 2017 that KOICA presented to Solomon Islands National University (SINU) the world class Fisheries complex which young Solomon Islanders are currently enjoying today. Wednesday’s KOICA’s generous assistance was again witnessed by SINU with the handing over of the new Aquaculture Laboratory. Speaking during the hand-over ceremony, Country Director of KOICA…

Overseas journos banned

INTERNATIONAL journalists were banned from covering and entering the oil spill site and the wrecked MV Solomon Trader in Rennell Island, Wedesday. Reliable sources told the Solomon Star that it was believed that orders to stop the journalists came from Honiara and few people on the ground on Rennell who are agents of Bintan Mining…

MP’s tax-free to be scrapped

ABC: For the first time in four years, Member of Parliament (MP) will be required to pay tax on their salaries. Solomon Islands’ Parliamentary Entitlements Commission (PEC) will be gazetting the new regulations on April 1 to remove, tax exemptions that were granted in 2015. Commission Chairman Johnson Siapu has confirmed the changes with ABC,…

Kimi new census chief

DOUGLAS Kimi who is the Government Statistician is now the new 2019 National Census Commissioner. Caretaker Prime Minister Rick Hou officially announced this on Monday as the country is heading towards the next National Census in November. He said the announcement was made in accordance to the Census Act (Chapter 53). “I now invoke Section…