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Tuesday, July 25th, 2017


Cost to maintain London Mission a Challenge 

THE cost’s to ordinary taxpayers in maintaining the Solomon Islands High Commission office in London by the Sogavare led Grand Coalition for Change government (DCCG) is proving burdensome and financially very costly. Solomon Islands have established its Mission in London, United Kingdom. The London Mission which opened its doors for diplomatic and consular services on Monday 3rd April 2017 is the third Solomon Islands diplomatic Mission in Europe which includes Brussels in Belgium and Geneva in Switzerland. A report obtained by Island Sun, shows The Ministry of Foreign Affairs andRead More

SI “under pressure” to withdraw undersea cable contract with Huawei, China’s telco giant

AUSTRALIA is reportedly putting pressure on the Solomon Islands Government to withdraw the undersea cable Project Honiara awarded to China’s telco giant, Huawei. The Government and the Company signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), a few weeks ago, paving the way for work on the project to proceed. However, with Australia’s position, the project is expected to be further delayed. Canberra cited security reasons for its action, according to officials spoken to by Island Sun yesterday. Canberra’s opposition to the project was conveyed by the Australian government’s top spy, NickRead More

Set our MP free: Aba

A concerned voter of Baegu/Asifola constituency has called on responsible authorities to free their member of parliament under the Members of Parliament Immunity action made by the Prime Minister. Mr Daniel Aba made the call in response to reports which states that there will be no arrest of politicians until 17th December next year with sources citing political instability as the reason for delaying police action. The decision was made under the prerogative right of the Prime Minister. “If this immunity is given, then we want our Member of ParliamentRead More

Scholarship reduction for 2018

IT has surfaced that overseas scholarships for next year, 2018 will perhaps be reduced. The Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) Permanent Secretary highlighted this during last week’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing. “As of next year, we would like to see reduction in the number of scholarship that will be available to students wanting to go overseas,” the ministry’s permanent secretary Dr Franco Rodie said. He said the government sends students to regional universities such as in Fiji, Papua New Guinea and lately in the Philippines basedRead More

CBSI calls on public to report fake notes immediately

THE Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) is calling on the general public to immediately report fake money found circulating in the public. The Bank made the statement following reports that there are fake hundred dollar notes found here in Honiara early this month by a Mr Kevin Wanesiofa who reported the matter to this paper. He said he identified the hundred dollar note, but hardly recognised that the money was fake after an unknown person bought goods from him during a fund-raising held recently. Mr Wanesiofa said he realisedRead More

PM under pressure?

..Sogavare reportedly forced to sack two ministers under internal pressure   TWO senior government ministers stand to lose their portfolios as Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare finally relented under Party pressure to act, internal sources said. “It is looking likely. And it could be as early as this week,” one source said. This follows reports that one Party president told Mr Sogavare in no uncertain terms that if he did take action immediately, he would lose the support of some Party members. The source said some coalition partners have become veryRead More