Ex-militants to be paid $300m

THE Government has agreed to pay ex-militants from Malaita and Guadalcanal $300 million, well-placed sources from the Prime Minister’s Office say. Up to 2,000 ex-combatants are likely to benefit, with each receiving $150,000 each. Members of the now defunct Malaita Eagle Force (MEF) received part of this package last Thursday when Cabinet approved $3 million…

Why we sell rice

SIPA says it wants to break the monopoly SOLOMON Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) wants to break the monopoly on rice sales in the country. This came after the country’s long time rice importer, Sol Rice has been dominating the market for years now. Even the government’s effort to help local farmers plant rice to reduce…

Hospital theft on the rise

Latest victim loses laptop, cash HEALTH authorities are working on beefing up security around the National Referral Hospital (NRH) premises in light of the increasing incidents of theft in there. NRH chief executive officer Dr Steve Aumanu revealed this to the Solomon Star. “Security is a long standing issue for the hospital,” Dr Aumanu said.…

Govt warned to fulfill promises

THE GOVERNMENT has been reminded to fulfill promises it made to the people of Solomon Islands. Parliament member for North West Choiseul, Connelly Sandakabatu reminded Government this during debate on the 2016 national budget by the Public Accounts Committee. The Public Accounts committee was then deliberating on sub-head allocations in the budget in respect of…

Gizo havoc under control

Police nab 18 people for being violent and causing disturbance GIZO Police say the tense situation at the provincial capital caused by retaliatory confrontation by two ethnic groups has now been brought under control. Provincial Police Commander Western Province Fred Satu said Gizo Township is now peaceful and calm after the havoc had caused public…