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…

Japan releases half a million to Vavalu

THE government of Japan through its embassy in the country yesterday released an assistance of $520,000 to Vavalu Primary school in central Guadalcanal. The signing to avail funds for the project was held at the embassy. Chairman of the school Solomon Rata said that it was the first time for the school to receive such…

Hopes fade as search eased

THE search and rescue centre in Honiara says, there is still no sighting of the missing five people missing at sea between Ulawa Island and Small Malaita. The search and rescue centre says after five days searching the waters within the vicinity of the area, the search and rescue mission operation involving ships, helicopter and…

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…

The Commonwealth to observe Vanuatu elections

A former Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Hubert Ingraham, will lead a Commonwealth Observer Group to Vanuatu for its General Election on 22 January. The snap election is being held nine months ahead of schedule, following a period of political instability in which 14 Members of Parliament were convicted of bribery.  The convictions led to…