PM rebuts Sikua, defends $3m payment

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare said the Leader of the Independent Group in Parliament needs to be reminded that the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government is now made up of responsible leaders held together by a collective commitment to the principles of good governance, respect for one another and concern for the peace and happy…

Iromea questions MMF’s silence

Chairman of Burns creek Community, East Honiara, John Set Iromea has questioned why Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) has remained silent over the $3 million payment made to ex-militants on Christmas Eve, 2015. Mr Iromea said the controversial payment had sparked wide public anger and criticism across the country. He said while many former statesmen and…

Gov’t awards over 400 scholarships this year

ABOUT 400 individuals were being awarded the 2016 Solomon Islands Government (SIG) sponsored scholarship to do tertiary studies this year. This was revealed to the media yesterday by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD), Franco Rhodi. Mr Rhodi said that, the official announcement and release of the 2016…

PM hands over $3m for sanitation project

THE Niuleni and Funafou communities in the northern region of Malaita Province are the proud recipients of a $3-million sanitation project funding provided by the Republic of China Government through Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. Prime Minister Sogavare on Monday handed over the cheque for the project money to the Chairman of the steering committee for…

Defilement accused in custody

A man whose charge has been reduced from rape to defilement will be entering his plea to the new charge on January 25. The man who cannot be named to protect the identity of the alleged victim is in police custody. His appearance on Monday was dispensed off due to the current vacation period by…

Tourist recalls his experience here

SIX months has passed but American tourist David Grahl says he still thinks of the good times he spent in the Solomon Islands presenting gifts. One of his activities during his trips throughout the South Pacific was the donation of books to children in various communities that he visited since the beginning of his Pacific…

Student meeting date rescheduled

THE proposed date for meeting between the Director of the National Training Unit (NTU) and the government sponsored students this week has been rescheduled further from Wednesday to Thursday. This is according to the Solomon Islands Student Association (SISA) Laucala, Campus student body. In a statement that was passed on to the Solomon Star yesterday,…

Chiefs to launch community by-laws

EAST Honiara Outskirt Settlement Community Policing Law Association (EHOSCPLA) will launch their community by-laws soon. President of the EHOSCPLA Michael Kwaioloa confirmed that the draft copy of the by-laws is now with responsible authorities to screen it for purposes of inconsistency with the existing national laws before implementation. He said that community by-laws are mainly…