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By Awareness Times News
May 14, 2010, 17:04



Tussle at Theological College


Reports have revealed that students of the Theological College in Freetown are currently dissatisfied with the college administration for allowing a year one student to contest for the upcoming student election. According to reports, the college administration is currently manipulating the constitution to suit the freshman to contest. Further reports states that no higher institution of learning will ever allow a first year student to contest elections for student union presidency.

MP Appeals for Fire Disaster Victims

Hon. Kondeh Yapoh Conteh of the All Peoples Congress party representing constituency 34 in the Briwa Chiefdom, Bombali District has reportedly appealed to all stakeholders in public offices to assist fire disaster victims in his constituency. According to reports, two villages, Kamasama and Kamakorogbo in a fire disaster that occurred last year, lost eight people and two houses to fire during the disaster. Reports went on that the cause of the outbreak of the fire still remains unknown.


JSDP Boosts Chiefdom Police


The Justice Sector Development Programme office in Sierra Leone, in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Local Government and Rural Development recently held a one day validation workshop to develop the code of conduct, roles and responsibilities for Chiefdoms Police Officers in Sierra Leone, at the British Council Hall on Tower Hill in Freetown. According to reports, the aim of the workshop is to promote and ensure that improved justice system at community level is seen. Reports say, Chiefdom Police officers and Paramount Chiefs from many parts of the country attended the workshop.

June 30 is Deadline for Sim Park Registration


The National Telecommunication Commission (NATCOM) that is responsible for regulating operations of the mobile phone companies in Sierra Leone, has reportedly slated June 30th 2010 as the deadline date for all GMS operators to register their subscribers Sim Packs. According to reports, subscribers who fails to register their Sim will have them blocked and NATCOM will not allow operation license for the GMS Companies to be renewed. According to NATCOM Director Michala Mackay, the registration of Sim Park is now a global phenomenon that aims at maintaining sanity in the communication industry.


Bank of Sierra Leone Barricaded


Reports say, the Bank of Sierra Leone was partially barricaded for the launching of the family resized bank note in Freetown, a ceremony slated for today 14th May 2010. According to reports the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma will be launching the new bank notes today at the Bank Complex, Kingtom in Freetown.

Mercury International Sponsors Athletics


The Mercury International Lottery Company according to reports has sponsored the Bo Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Meet which started yesterday 13th May 2010 with two trophies and 288 medals. According to news reports, the companys Southern Regional Head Rodney Michael has disclosed that the donation which cost about Le 13,000,000.00 is part of the companys corporate social responsibility towards sport..


Kailahun Police Boss Attacks Smuggling


It is reported that the Local Unit Commander of Kailahun Police Division Superintendent Mohamed Kamara has deployed men along the Sierra Leone/Liberia boarder in order to help tackle smuggling. Although his action is reported to be yielding divided, the LUC has concluded that they can not do it alone without the cooperation of inhabitants of that locality. Smuggling LUC Kamara asserted in the report is a threat to the security of that area.

Pharmacists Annoyed with 15% GST

Local tabloid reports say Health Sector Commentators say pharmacies have threaten to close down operations because of a 15% Goods and Services Tax levied on medicine products. Reports went on that the new tax level according to market observers has led to an increase in price of whole sale of medicines so as to enable them meet the payment of GST, pharmacy board changes, and City Council rates. This resultant hike in operational cost has left pharmacists with no option but to shut down their operations, reports stated.   

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