Author: Josu KIM

In light of the country’s 46th independence anniversary, West New Britain Governor Sasindran Muthuvel has made a call for government heads to do their part in fighting nepotism and corruption by refraining from making politically convenient appointments. Governor Muthuvel said as the country gears up for the independence celebrations, public servants are seemingly less interested and have lost the feeling of patriotism and sense of pride serving the country compared to the past. He said this is simply because corruption and nepotism have made people less motivated to do their job. “Nowadays, it has become all too common for appointments…

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Cases that made news headlines involving crimes against women and children that were either dismissed or given compensation payments as a form of sentencing by the courts will be reviewed and appealed before the Supreme Court. Justice Minister Bryan Kramer made this known in Parliament on Thursday when asked by Oro Governor Gary Juffa. Governor Juffa in his series of questions asked Minister Kramer if the Department of Justice is considering conducting reviews in the criminal prosecution and the justice system amidst the growing trend of what he called “the breakdown in justice system.” Minister Kramer in response said even…

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The National Government has been called on to ensure the National Parliament is given its share of funding in the upcoming national budget. National Parliament Speaker Job Pomat sounded the call on Thursday in Parliament in light of a request for a parliamentary committee to immediately commence investigations into the procurement of a controversial medical drug that has resulted in several fatalities last month. Mr Pomat said in his last four years as Speaker, successive governments continue to overlook the Parliament’s budget that he presents in the annual budgets. “Over the years, the Parliament’s budget that I present to the…

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The Government’s policy on COVID19 vaccination still remains as voluntary and not to be forced on individuals. Prime Minister James Marape reaffirmed this in Parliament today in light of the recent incidences in Lae where employers of several business houses protested against their respective companies ‘policy on the termination of employees who refused to be vaccinated. Mr Marape says by far no industrial dispute was made to the Labour Department regarding this issue hence the government has not made any response to the complaints raised. However, he says with the issues in Lae, he has dispatched a team from the…

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NCD police have warned that there is a new trend used by armed criminals in committing crime in the city lately with the use of taxi cabs. NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Gideon Ikumu sounded the warning after an armed robbery incident yesterday at a fast-food outlet where the criminals made off in a taxi cab. A CCTV footage captured the whole incident. “Criminals are now using taxis to commit crimes because their chances of stealing cars in the city is being restricted by effective police responses,” Mr Ikumu said. He said in a similar incident recently, criminals used a cab and…

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A total of 22 new proposed electorates have been identified to be eligible in the findings by the Electoral Boundaries Commission’s first phase of nationwide consultation. The 22 proposed electorates cover Milne Bay, Northern, Western, Gulf, Central, Manus, New Ireland, East New Britain, West New Britain, West Sepik, East Sepik, Madang, Morobe, Hela, Jiwaka, Western Highlands, Southern Highlands and Enga Provinces. Electoral Boundaries Commission Chairman and acting Electoral Commissioner Simon Sinai revealed this in a media conference today when giving an update on the review currently underway. However Mr Sinai said these are only the findings from the initial phase…

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An inmate serving life year sentence who was among 18 escapees who broke out of Bomana Prison facility yesterday was recaptured late yesterday by police in the National Capital District. The recapture of the hardened criminal at Sabusa in the Central Province now leaves 17 of the escapees still at large as Correctional Service officers and Police continue their manhunt to capture  the fugitives on the run. Correctional Service Commissioner Stephen Pokanis told this newsroom this morning that the prisoner, Saku Dove, 30 years of age from Lufa in Eastern Highlands Province was sentenced to life year two weeks ago.…

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A total of 18 high risk inmates, which includes 3 convicts and 15 remandees are now at large after breaking out of Bomana CS Facility this afternoon. Correctional Services Commissioner Stephen Pokanis told this newsroom that out of the three convicted inmates, one is on death row while the other two are serving life sentences. Commissioner Pokanis says the 15 remandees including the three are all high-risk prisoners. The incident took place as the jail officers and other inmates were preparing for an occasion to the mark the Repentance Day public holiday today. “They did not all escape at once…

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A mass jailbreak took place around 1pm this afternoon at the Bomana CIS facility in Port Moresby. Correctional Service Commissioner Stephen Pokanis told this newsroom that the number of escapees is unknown at this time. “Currently jail officers are doing master roll to determine how many prisoners have escaped but we believe there may be a large number of them,” Mr Pokanis said. Details as to how the breakout happened is still unknown at this stage as investigations continue. “All this information will be out shortly,” Pokanis said. Police and CS operations are currently at Bomana and surrounding areas around…

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Two members of Parliament have joined the ruling Pangu Pati in an announcement made by the Prime Minister yesterday. The move takes Pangu Pati’s number to 37, following the suspension of another Pangu Pati member by the courts yesterday. The two MPs include South Bougainville MP and Minister of Information and Communication Technology Timothy Masiu and Bogia MP Robert Naguri. The two were former members of the National Alliance Party. Both MPs expressed their move as voluntary and based on their judgement on the current political landscape. Masiu said he moved because he admired Pangu Pati leader and Prime Minister…

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