Author: PNG Haus Bung

Following the detection of the first Omicron variant case in PNG the Commissioner of Police & Controller of the Papua New Guinea National Pandemic Response David Manning has banned public gatherings of more than 100. All events or public gatherings of more than 100 people will not be allowed until March 1, 2022. The ban which has become effective as of Friday, 14 January, 2022, means that spectators will not be allowed if a sport requires 100 team members. Big gatherings have proven to be avenues through which large numbers of people become infected with infectious diseases such as COVID-19.…

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Afghanistan defeated PNG in their first game of the World Cup. After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, Afghanistan scored 200 all out and in response PNG were all out for 65. Coach Rodney Maha was pleased that the PIH Under 19 Cricket PNG side restricted Afghanistan to an achievable target “Katenalaki Singi had a great debut match with figures of 4/18 and Rasan Kevau continued to take regular wickets with 3/23. Our innings started disastrously with Peter Karoho bowled off the first ball of the innings. Unfortunately, we were never able to get in the game with…

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Two high-achieving Australia Awards scholars from PNG have been awarded the Allison Sudradjat Prize for 2021 for their leadership skills and determination to contribute to the country’s development. Deputy Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea His Excellency Paul Lehmann presented the prestigious prize to Benishar Kombut, a scientist working in community health, and Posangat Ilius, a public sector human resource expert, at a ceremony at the Grand Papua Hotel, Port Moresby on 18 January. The Allison Sudradjat Prize is awarded annually to two Australia Awards scholars from PNG and four from Indonesia. It honours the late Australian official for…

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Police Commissioner David Manning issued instructions for police to find and arrest a woman who took a video of herself sexually abusing an infant. The shocking and disturbing video which was posted on the internet shows an adult female sexually assaulting an infant. The 2-minute 24 seconds video show the woman undressing herself before abusing the child. “This is a sick person who must be found, arrested and locked up. No child is safe around this person,” Mr Manning said. Anyone with any information of the identity of the woman are urged to contact Sergeant Job Eremungo of the Family…

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Parliament today (January 19 2022) passed the Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC) Ltd Authorisation (Amendment) Bill 2021, after it was introduced by Prime Minister James Marape. The Bill allows for governance procedures relating to appointment of directors on the MRDC board, and the election of directors for the MRDC company boards, to commence as mandated by its respective company constitution. It rectifies the unintended consequences of the current provision in the Principal Act, in that it prevents the refreshing of representational mandate for directors on the MRDC board as well as project area representative directors on their respective MRDC Company…

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Prime Minister James Marape has reiterated that no new round log export licenses have been granted to foreign companies as of 2020. He told Parliament today that by 2025 there must be no more round log exports. PM Marape said this when answering questions from Ambunti-Drekikier MP, Johnson Wapunai, about round log exports by foreign companies. “My Government has a clear policy view (on round log exports),” he said. “There must be a time when we stop round log exports. “We must process our logs in-country. “That commitment still stands. “When we came in, we said that from 2020 onwards,…

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Prime Minister Hon. James Marape says counting of people for the 2022 General Election will continue at the council level as well as through the Common Roll update being conducted by the Electoral Commission. He said the 2020 National Census was not held as scheduled due to COVID-19 and the politics at that time. PM Marape said this in response to questions from Rabaul MP, Hon. Dr Allan Marat, relating to the Papua New Guinea population, and population update in view of the elections. He said the Electoral Commission would give an update this week on updating of the Common…

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The taxpayers of National Capital District, under the leadership of NCD Governor Powes Parkop, this week recognized and supported the contribution of United Church in NCD and Central Province with a donation of new 15-seater bus. Presenting the bus key to representatives of the United Church’s Urban Region wing in front of the City Hall on Monday, Governor Parkop encouraged the church to keep spreading the gospel in the two provinces. Noting the importance of Gospel in communities, Governor Parkop said it taught the people good values and moral principles which are critical for nation building. Governor Parkop stated that…

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When the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted in Tonga on Saturday, it sent a huge plume 30 kilometres into the sky and a literal shockwave around the world. Every week there are around 20 volcanoes “showing some signs of unrest” across the globe, but most are fairly mild, says Scott Bryan, a volcano researcher at the Queensland University of Technology. So what made this volcano so explosive, was the eruption predicted, will it erupt again soon, and are there other volcanoes we should be watching out for? Why was it so explosive? The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano is what is known as a subduction…

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On January 9th, the Department of Information and Communication Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Cluj IT Cluster of Romania, which sets the stepping stones for cooperation in the area of building the digital economy through establishing a proven cluster model in PNG. The Memorandum of Understanding signing took place in the presence of Mr. Steven Matainaho, Secretary of the Department of Information and Communication Technology and Cluj IT’s Vice President and coordinator of internationalization activities, Daniel Homorodean, and the official delegation of Papua New Guinea. The event marks an important step for the collaboration between Papua…

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