Writs Issued For Local Level Government Elections

The Writs for 6,375 Local Level Government Elections were issued this morning, to begin the formal election process for ward councillors throughout the country. The elections, delayed by a year, seemed to be on track, with Inter-Government Relations Minister Kevin Isifu signing the final writs to allow for the commencement of the LLG Election process at 10am this morning. 

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PNG PM pays homage to the fallen in unmarked graves

As Australian New Zealand and PNG servicemen gathered  at sacred sites to pay their respects to the fallen on ANZAC Day, PNG’s Prime Minister, made special mention of  hundreds of graves throughout the country that bear no names  on their  headstones. In a statement this morning, Peter O’Neill, said ANZAC day is more than just the recognition of a tragic day in our military history.

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Working Together to Create Cleaner Cities and Provinces

The common sight of plastic, paper and aluminum wastes washed up on the beaches, thrown around in streets, public places and overloaded dump sites is an issue that does not only pose a threat to the Environment but also to public health. Phase Two of Japan’s Technical Cooperation Project for the Promotion of Regional Initiative on Solid Waste Management in Pacific Island Countries [J-PRISM II] tries to address this issue.

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Education Minister Responds to PNG Teachers Association Demands

Yesterday Minister for Education, Nick Kuman responded to demands made by the Papua New Guinea Teachers Association on the three percent pay rise. The Teaching Service Salary Fixation Agreement gives a three percent increase annually for 2017, 2018 and 2019. This equates to a total of nine percent that should have been adjusted to the teachers’ salaries over the last three years, however the government did not budget for it in 2017 and 2018.

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Teachers Demand Promised Pay

The Papua New Guinea Teachers Association wants the government to pay the three percent pay rise promised to them according to the Teaching Service Salary Fixation Agreement that was signed between the Council of Public Sectors Union and the government in 2016.The association demanded a response from the government this Friday, or term two classes for primary and secondary schools will be disrupted.

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PNG Customs to roll out new ‘Supermarket Approach’ at Wutung Border

A new approach in cargo management and clearance will be implemented at the Wutung Land Border Port once it opens before the end of the year. Called the ‘Supermarket Approach’, this system developed by PNG Customs Service will better cater for goods coming in and out of the country using specific conditions that are set to improve customs accounting and clearance.

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PNG Nurses Association sign up with PHA Health Scheme

The recently launched National Health Insurance Scheme underwritten by PNG Health Assurance Company signed its first Public Service Association last Friday (April 12). National President of PNG Nurses Association, Fredrick Kebai, says after consultation with PHA, the union decided on the motion to sign up for the health insurance scheme.

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