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By Awareness Times News
Jul 1, 2010, 17:02



Subscribers demand extension of SIM

registration date

Subscribers of various GMS operators in the country have requested for the extension of SIM registration date, local tabloids reported yesterday.  The official deadline given by NATCOM to all GMS operators in the country to register their subscribers SIMs expired on June 30 but many subscribers for various reasons are yet to comply.  This has reportedly caused both operators and customers to demand an extension of the date. However, reports say many continue to apply frantic efforts to register their SIMs in line with government regulations.

Power Tiller operators schooled at Makali and Lambayama

A power tiller operation and maintenance workshop ended over the weekend at Makali in the Tonkolili and Lambayama in the Kenema Districts respectively.  According to reports the training was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security in collaboration with FAO to train operators basic power tiller maintenance, trailing, ploughing and simple safety rules as well as the handling of power tillers. The training also reportedly covered basic accounting and book keeping.

AIG warns student officers to seek permission

The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of professional standards Santigie Koroma, has recently cautioned police officers who are students of various colleges to take permission from their office before undertaking their studies. According to the AIG, the police do offer their students scholarship ton further their education but if anybody is doing it unknowing to the police is a mere cheating. He also used this opportunity to appeal to their colleagues to take permission before undertaking such a venture.

Lodge Mount Aureol Donates to King Georges Home

Local Mount Aureol of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, a charitable organization from Scotland on Saturday donated food and other items to the inmates at King George Home in Freetown. The donated items said to worth millions of leones included bags of rice, onions, tomato, cooking oil and used clothing.

 PPRC Ready for 2012 elections

Reports say that the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) charged with the responsibility to monitor all political parties, is currently working on modalities to ensure the smooth running of the 2012 general elections.  According to reports, some 18 core and newly employed staff on Wednesday started a five-day international training course on Building Resources in Democracy and Elections (BRIDGE) at the Taia Resorts, Aberdeen, Freetown. The BRIDGE training was aimed at adapting a brief approach towards duty in the electoral management system of political parties in the country.

Kono Youth indict APC&SLPP

Reports have alleged that youths and women of the Diamond town of Koidu recently accused  both ruling APC and opposition SLPP for the backwardness of the District. According to reports the two political parties are doing little to uplift the status of the district.  In spite of many decades of diamond mining in that part of the country, Kono remains one of the most backward districts in Sierra Leone as they continue to live without basic facilities like pipe borne water, good road network and electricity.

Lunsar Police detain 9 pupils on African Childs Day

Nine pupil of Lunsar and Magbesseh Roman Catholic Primary School and Kerfie District Education Committee school were on June 16th arrested by police whilst celebrating the day of the African Child.  According to reports, the pupils were manning check points on the highway when a truck load of police went and arrested them.  Police say, the pupils were as young as 5 years and 10 years to perform such dangerous activity on the highway.

32 Tourist Guards certified

32 Tourist Guards have reportedly received certificates after an intensive 3 months training at the MMTC Brookfields Campus in Freetown.  The training was reportedly organized by the National Tourist Board in collaboration with the Ministry Tourism and cultural Affairs and was funded by the UNDP with the aim of improving the tourist industry.

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