News Bytes for 21st May, 2014

“REFORMED TAX RATE” – Edwin Fidelis
A tax review commission seminar held in Lae today will suggest tax reforms from the national government. The seminar revealed that more than half of the tax revenue generated by the government comes from personal income tax rather than businesses. But a re-adjustment to the tax rates may come with serious economic implications.


“GOVERNOR ON LAE FIRES” – Bethanie Harriman

Morobe Governor Kelly Naru says funding for new Lae Fire stations will be allocated next year. It’s understood that the National Government was supposed to allocate around 300 million kina for improving the Lae Fire Service. Governor Naru says the Government is still planning for it.

 “ABG POLLING BEGINS” – Fabian Hakalits

Bougainville Electoral Commissioner George Manu has announced that polling for the Taunita/Tinputz, by-election has commenced. The five-day polling will end this Friday, with counting scheduled to start immediately at the Tinputz District office. A new member should be declared by Saturday.


In upholding a UN General Assembly resolution in 2001, the PNG National Commission of UNESCO commemorated the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development yesterday in Port Moresby.

The declaration was officiated by Acting New Zealand High Commissioner Nicci Stillwell in front of the Vision City Amphitheatre. The event falls in line with the inaugural Global Village Festival intended to promote cultural diversity and advance Government’s foreign policy of friends to all and enemies to none.

Different activities are planned for the next 2 days including international exhibitions, cultural performances, and international dishes. The celebrations started last night with live performances at the Port Moresby Arts Theatre.


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