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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs, Ishmael Kalsakau, has confirmed that the Council of Minister on Malekula endorsed the removal of all agents in the Seasonal Worker Programme and Recognised Seasonal Employers work in Australia and New Zealand.

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Any civil servant who reaches full retirement age, dies in service or on medical grounds starting this year onward will receive a severance pay at the rate of two months of salary against the number of years they have worked.

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Former Prime Minister (PM), Charlot Salwai, Member of Parliament (MP) for Luganville, Matai Seremaiah, former MP for TAFEA Outer-Islands, Tomker Netvunei and former MP for Malekula, Jerome Ludvaune, will stand trial for plea before the Supreme Court on corruption related charges on September…

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The renovated Independence Grandstand was declared officially open yesterday, ready to host the main independence celebration in Port Vila where everyone will be gathering to sing the national anthem while the national flag is raised to honor Independence Day.

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The Head of State has pardoned the sentence of nine former Members of Parliament and four other inmates effective on July 9.

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A search warrant has been issued to investigate the Public Works Department (PWD), other Government institutions and private companies in relation to alleged offences of obtaining government contracts in an unlawful manner during the tenure of the government.

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A team of police senior inspectors is carrying out an investigation within the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities (MIPU) on contracts issued during the term of the former government.

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All members of the Opposition side in Parliament have been suspended for two sittings of Parliament.

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The communities of South Maewo, particularly from Asanvari and Lavatu have allocated a plot of approximately two hectares of land to the Government.

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The Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC) is facing a number of criminal charges and will appear before the Magistrate Courts for Preliminary Inquiry (PI) on July 21, 2020.

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All ministers are allocated official cars but if they want to hire replacement when there is a mechanical problem they or the ministry responsible should submit a request to the Fleet Management Unit for a relief vehicle. 

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The Directors General (DGs) for the Ministry of Youth and Sport Development (MoYSD), Henry Vira, and the Ministry of Trades, Tourism and Industry, Roy Mickey Joy, have been suspended.

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Assistant Commissioner of Police, Jackson Noal, has filed a criminal complaint against Acting Commissioner of Police (ComPol), Robson Iavro, on grounds that he allegedly assaulted one of his junior officers.

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The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Ephraim Kalsakau, has labelled the letter sent by the Speaker of Parliament to him on 12th of November 2019 as “very irrational and childish”.

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A reshuffle was administered by Prime Minister Charlot Salwai yesterday afternoon in the presence of other ministers and Government MPs.

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Former Member of Parliament (MP), Silas Yatan, has been released on parole last Friday on compassionate grounds, the Correction Director has confirmed.

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A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed yesterday by the Minister of Lands, Alfred Maoh, and the Minister of Internal Affairs, Andrew Napuat to expand the Lakatoro Police Station on Malekula.

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The Speaker of Parliament has appealed Chief Justice (CJ) Vincent Lunabek’s decision to uphold the President’s decision not to assent to the Bill for the Constitution (Seventh) (Amendment) in the absence of a national referendum.

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The Commissioner of Geology and Mines, Camillia Pauline Garae, has been suspended on half salary as of yesterday on grounds of alleged conflict of interest at work.

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Former Parliamentary Secretary (PS) to the Prime Minister, MP Johnny Koanapo has disclosed that protecting the integrity of the choice of the people of Tanna is the main reason behind his decision to step down as a PS.

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This is a clarification to the article on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Vanuatu Government (Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity and Ministry of Trade and Industry)and the National Bank of Vanuatu (NBV) at Chiko Farm last Friday.

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The Supreme Court has dismissed the claims of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Opposition bloc, the applicants in the case, who claimed the appointments of the Parliamentary Secretaries (PS) violates the Constitution.

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity (MALFFB) was honoured and privileged to have the United Nations (UN) Secretary General (SG), António Guterres, at the Tagabe Agriculture farm last weekend during his official visit to Vanuatu.

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