Author: Nathan KUMAN

Divine Word University (DWU), located in the center of Madang, is consumed in an absolute crisis as the institution’s strength is continuously tested by shortages of fuel, water, and electricity. The President of DWU, Professor Father Philip Gibbs, in an interview with PNG HAUSBUNG spoke about the ongoing issues of fuel, water and continuous power outage in Madang and the steps taken to get through these trying times. Professor Gibbs said, “Unlike earlier challenges, this one is much more dangerous, requiring the organization to implement stringent fuel restriction in order to maintain essential operations.” “Our previous buffer with fuel reserves…

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The United Nations has strongly condemned the mass slaughter of over 50 people in Enga Province, Papua New Guinea, in a sharp response to the current wave of violence in that region. The tragedy, which has been called the bloodiest in recent memory, has shocked the country and sparked pleas for justice and peace. The UN Resident Coordinator in PNG, Mr. Richard Howard, expressed deep shock at the violence shown in pictures and videos showing the massacre’s aftermath. He emphasized how crucial it is that all parties concluded conflicts right away and pleaded with the authorities to look into the…

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Prime Minister James Marape has summarized the accomplishments and policy priorities of his administration in the face of mounting political unrest, notably in relation to the “Vote-of-No-Confidence” procedures. The achievements of Prime Minister Marape’s government over the last four years were highlighted. Among these were the production of more than 100,000 new employment, the reintegration of more than 100,000 school dropouts into programs offering second chances, and the significant assistance provided to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). He cited accomplishments in resource management, like the Porgera project’s ownership terms being renegotiated in a way that favored Papua New Guinea. Prime…

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Prime Minister James Marape has spoken refuting accusations and charges made by the opposition against his government, especially with reference to the “Vote-of-No-Confidence” proceedings. Prime Minister Marape further emphasized the value of productive policy talks above divisive remarks. PM Marape added building a new administration required a serious approach and the creation of alternative policy initiatives that intended to go beyond existing accomplishments. Marape said those in the Opposition should stop their campaign of defamation against him and instead submit strong, alternative policies for review. The Prime Minister defended the record of his government, pointing to accomplishments like the Constitution’s…

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The National Capital District (NCD) Metropolitan Superintendent has assured concerned bus drivers and bus conductors that a thorough police investigation is being conducted into the police shooting of a bus driver over the weekend and urged them to return to work, and let police do their job. Speaking to a casual crowd at the Unagi Oval at Gordons in Port Moresby city this morning, Superintendent Silva Sika told the crowd that the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) is committed to carrying out a comprehensive investigation into this incident. He said that the investigation had started as soon as the…

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Australia has partnered with Lily Magazine and Pacifund to offer crucial entrepreneurial skills training to 15 Homemade competition finalists, with the goal of empowering Papua New Guinea’s aspiring business owners. The effort, known as the Business Launch Challenge (Biz Launch), sought to provide these business owners with access to the technology they needed to support the expansion of their firms and with practical skills. On December 18, 2023, the 30-day Biz Launch program began, with participants exploring a range of company lifecycle topics. The extensive course covered subjects including financial literacy, marketing tactics, and company plan development. It was delivered…

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Hugo Canning Business Limited has reported that Kraft Heinz has successfully sold its shares to a group of investors led by Taylor Pacific, a Papua New Guinea (PNG) registered company, marking a substantial change in ownership. With effect from Monday, February 5, 2024, this ownership transfer ushers in a new era for the well-known food industry. Stakeholders are reassured by the corporation that normal business operations won’t be affected by this ownership transition. Hugo Canning Company Limited promises to continue producing and distributing its well-known brands, such as Ox & Palm and Ocean Blue, in the Papua New Guinea market,…

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In a significant update to Papua New Guinea’s infrastructure landscape, the Minister for Works & Highways, Solan Mirisim, revealed that more than halfway of Phase 1 of the Connect PNG Infrastructure Development Program has been completed. This milestone marks a crucial step forward in connecting remote communities to the broader world through the construction of vital ‘missing link’ roads. The program, aimed at enhancing connectivity across Papua New Guinea, has seen substantial progress with over 350 kilometers of new roads constructed out of the targeted 633 kilometers in Phase 1. Among these developments are seven roads breaking into previously unconnected…

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The recent announcement by PUMA Energy PNG to stop providing fuel has caused a stir in the aviation industry in Papua New Guinea, especially with regard to PNG Air’s operations. In light of these constraints, PNG Air has issued a cautionary statement, alerting travelers to the possibility of delays and cancellations stemming from fuel restrictions and adverse weather conditions. Concerns have been raised about the airline’s capacity to uphold flight schedules and guarantee passenger safety in light of the sudden notice. PNG Air is currently facing a difficult situation where it must maintain its present flight schedule while maintaining operational…

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Westpac according to a statement reaffirmed its commitment to education in Papua New Guinea (PNG) by donating 300 backpacks to Links of Hope PNG’s Children Sponsorship program. Appropriately timed for the start of the academic year, this act guarantees underprivileged kids receive the resources they need to start their educational path. Brett Hooker, CEO of Westpac PNG, stressed the bank’s commitment to helping families and making sure every child has access to education. Hooker said in the statement, “Giving these backpacks shows our commitment to helping those in need. We want to make it easier for these kids to go…

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