Debate on budget commences Friday

THE much-awaited debate on the 2021 Government Budget was suspended after Opposition Leader and Member for Aoke/Langalanga Mathew Wale asked the concurrence of the Prime Minister to have the debate adjourned to tomorrow (Friday). Wale told the Parliament this is to allow a bit of time for Members of Parliament to read and formulate their…

DCGA recognises rural development

THE Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) continues to seriously recognise the rural sector development as stated in the 2021 budget. Minister for Finance and Treasury Harry Kuma told the parliament when he presented the 2021 Appropriation Bill 2021, Tuesday. “Mr. Speaker, as this Honorable House would fully appreciate, the Solomon Islands cannot realise its…

COMING SOON

‘Sinopharm vaccine from China’   THE Government of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) has donated 50,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine to the Solomon Islands.  Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare announced this in his nationwide address. “We expect the 50,000 doses to arrive in the country on 11 April 2021,” Sogavare said. He further explained…

In court with Assumpta

* Magistrate: Trial of ‘disabled’ rape accused must proceed * Trial on fatal accident vacated * Woman accused of assaulting court clerk to plea Magistrate: Trial of ‘disabled’ rape accused must proceed  A HONIARA Magistrate had insisted that the trial of a disabled man accused of raping a young woman with disability at Rove, West Honiara must…

Accused in HCC break-in to take plea 

A MAN who allegedly broke into the Planning office unit of the Honiara City Council (HCC) in Honiara in February will be entering his plea to the allegation against him on April 20. Daniel Lamotu who faces one count of housebreak-in and committing felony appeared in the Honiara Magistrate’s Court, Tuesday. The court had heard…

12 year-old arrested for raping girl, 4

A 12-YEAR-OLD male had been arrested for allegedly raping his four-year-old cousin sister at Maokao Village, Marumbo in West Guadalcanal on March 21. Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau told reporters at his weekly conference that the 12-year-old male suspect is yet to be charged. “The alleged victim was left with the parents of the suspect to…

Border at big risk 

The Western border continues to pose a greater cause of concern to the country in relation to COVID-19 security.  Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare highlighted this in his nationwide address, Tuesday.  Sogavare said with the rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Papua New Guinea (PNG), it is highly likely that numbers of COVID-19 in Bougainville…

TOP DOWN BUDGET

• 2021 Budget into 2nd reading • SIEA tariff rates reduction by May    THE government had decided to guide the development of the 2021 budget from a ‘top-down approach.  Minister for Finance and Treasury Harry Kuma said this when he delivered the 2021 Budget speech in the parliament, Tuesday. “Let me now turn to…