Taiwan launches new eVisa system

TAIWAN officially launched an electronic visa (eVisa) application system Tuesday, with citizens of 27 countries, including Solomon Islands, to benefit in the first stage of the system’s implementation, its Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) officials have announced. Roger Luo, deputy director-general of MOFA’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, said the eVisa system is now open to…

New director for Kilu’ufi hospital

KILU’UFI Hospital in Malaita Province has a new director. He is Dr. Henry Kako This was confirmed yesterday by the Former Director, Mark Maleau. Speaking from Kilu’ufi Hospital, Maeleau said Dr. Kako has officially taken up his new position at the hospital. He said Dr.Kako comes from Malaita Province. The outgoing former director Mr Maeleau…

Man drowns at Auki wharf

AUKI police have retrieved the body of a man believed to have drowned after falling into the sea at Auki wharf, Malaita Province, Tuesday night. Police said the man in his 30’s was believed to have fallen asleep as he was sitting at the rail edge of the wharf while waiting for the arrival of…

Men, juveniles remanded

Four men including two juveniles facing separate criminal offences have been remanded in custody on Tuesday. The juveniles aged 16 and 17 were charged with one count each of burglary and criminal trespass in relation to alleged incidents last December at Tulagi, Central Province. Prosecution alleged they broke into a home and allegedly stole batteries.…

Police detains Lambi suspect

THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has arrested a suspect allegedly responsible for killing a man at Lambi area northwest Guadalcanal, Monday night this week. Guadalcanal police commander, Nixon Manetonga told Solomon Star that his officers attended to the scene and arrested the suspect the same night. He said from evidence gathered by the…

Expired goods confiscated

Officials from the Ministry of Trade, Commerce, Industry and Immigration have confiscated expired goods from a shop in Honiara. Minimart shop, at Rove area, west Honiara was said to have been caught by the officials selling expired goods. The confiscation of the goods came after a customer Alfred Karuheusubo bought a packet of army biscuit…

Makirans welcome new leader

VOTERS within Kira Kira Township, the capital of Makira/Ulawa province have welcomed their new premier, Stanley Siapu. Mr Siapu was elected premier at Tuesday’s election held at the provincial capital Kira Kira. He is expected to form the new executive provincial government following his election. Reporting to Solomon Star, Kira Kira resident Simon Waki said…

Makira assembly elects new premier

Makira Provincial Government has a new Premier. He is Stanley Siapu, the provincial member for ward 15, Santa Ana Island. Mr Siapu was elected yesterday, 12th January 2016. Siapu won his only rival Peter Baewai with 12 votes to 8 in the 20 member assembly. The new provincial assembly also elected Reginald Nunu as the…

20 New Constituencies proposed

TWENTY additional constituencies have been earmarked and are in the pipe-line but the absence of an officially appointed Boundary Committee to work on the plan has delayed progress on the project. Permanent Secretary (PS) for the Ministry of Home Affairs Mr George Selwyn Palua said  Government has already  accessed the proposal for 20 additional constituencies…