Agovaka guilty of assault

Member of Parliament (MP) for Central Guadalcanal Peter Shanel Agovaka has been convicted of a lesser offence, in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court, Tuesday. Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi convicted Agovaka of a common assault charge and acquitted him of the assault causing actual bodily harm charge. The offence of common assault carries the maximum penalty of…

MMERE holds consultation at Gold Ridge

THE Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification (MMERE) on Tuesday conducted a successful consultation with members of the land owning groups at Gold Ridge Mine site. The consultation mainly focused on the National Minerals Policy, Mining Bill and the Solomon Islands Minerals Advisory Centre (SIMAC), a new avenue the government has decided to include…

Oti, Nasiu vying for Speaker’s post

Former Solomon Islands diplomat Patterson Oti and 10th Parliament speaker Ajilon Nasiu will be vying for the speaker’s post during the election which set down for today. This is the first sitting of the 11th parliament. He was nominated by the Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) while Nasiu was nominated by the Parliamentary Opposition…

BLOCKED FROM EXAMS

Gov’t fails students studying in Philippine Uni due to unpaid fees By ANDREW FANASIA MORE than 300 Solomon Islands’ students studying in AMA Quezon City Campus in the Philippines are in shock after they were denied entry into the exam venue due to unpaid tuition by the Government. Speaking to Solomon Star from the Philippines…

Agovaka’s verdict likely today

RULING into the assault case of the re-elected Central Guadalcanal MP, Peter Shanel Agovakais likely to be handed down this morning. This was after Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi adjourned the matter from last month to today for the ruling. This ruling will determine whether Agovaka is guilty of the assault offence or not. If he…

Taiwan still a close friend: PM

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has assured a stronger relationship with its long-time partner, the Republic of China (Taiwan). Sogavare highlighted this in his speech last Wednesday night, at a dinner hosted on-board the ROC Navy Squadron Flagship. This camefollowing what he described as a fruitful meeting with His Excellency the Ambassador Roger Luo last week.…

Sikua refuses to release machines

FORMER Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for North East Guadalcanal (NEG) constituency Dr Derek Sikua has turned down a request by constituents to use road work machineries funded under the Rural Constituency Development Funds (RCDF). Jonathan Tutu from NEG constituency told Solomon Star that they approached their former leader and requested the use of…

DCGA IS LISTENING

Your concerns have not fallen on deaf ears: PM PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has assured people of Solomon Islands that concerns raised by the people have not fallen on deaf ears. Mr Sogavare made these remarks when speaking during a farewell and welcome reception for the former and new Prime Minister at the Heritage Park…