Lands PS defends ministry

PERMANENT secretary of the Ministry of Lands Stanley Waleanisia has defended his ministry against public perception that it is one of the most “corrupt” government ministries. Speaking during an exclusive interview with the Solomon Star, Mr Waleanisia said like any other ministry, there are policies and procedures that act as a compass for officers to…

Court clears son of charges

CHARLES against a man accused of obstructing Government officers on duty at one of the flood evacuation centres in Honiara have been cleared. This is due to insufficient evidence against the accused Eddie Agooka. Principal Magistrate Shepherd Lapo freed Eddie of the six counts of refusing to cooperate with government officers during the state of…

Murder PI starts in court

TWO witnesses have testified in court during a committal hearing on Monday in relation to a murder case at Kolobangara last year. The long form preliminary inquiry (PI) was conducted before Principal Magistrate Jim Seuika. He will deliver his ruling tomorrow. If there is sufficient evidence, the two accused Reuben Kobolo and Tana Kabolo will…

Judge to rule on no-case submission

HIGH Court judge Francis Mwanesalua will today deliver his ruling on the no case to answer submission in relation to the murder case at Lungga River, East Honiara. Lawyer representing the accused Aaron Konle has submitted a no case to answer submission at the close of the prosecution case. Konle faces one count of murder…

U.S Secretary of State arrives today

UNITED States Secretary of State John Kerry arrives today on his first visit to Solomon Islands. He’ll spent a couple of hours in Honiara before flying over to Hawai’, where he’ll end his Asia-Pacific trip that includes Burma, Australia, and Solomon Islands. In Honiara, he will attend wreath-laying ceremonies at the Guadalcanal American Memorial and…

Villagers plan to produce bio-fuel

The newly established coconut crushing mill in Mangakiki, West Guadalcanal will venture into bio fuel production soon. This was stated during the opening of the new community crushing mill over the week. Operation manager of the Solomon Tropical Product (SPT) Bevan Vollrath said as production continues to increase the community will go into small bio-fuel…