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By Awareness Times News
Jul 16, 2010, 17:08



Salone Soldier Dies in Darfur

RSLAF has reportedly informed the public of the demise of a female serving officer, Adama Kamara while on a peace keeping mission in the troubled Sudanese region of Darfur. The sad event reportedly took place on Friday 2nd¬†July, 2010 at the Pakistani Level III Hospital in the Khartoum, Sudanís capital. The remains of the deceased was yesterday said to have been flown to Freetown for a befitting burial. The circumstance of Adamaís death was not however disclosed according to reports.

Bo and Kenema Plan Big Demo

Reports from the South-eastern cities of Bo and Kenema say the people are planning a big demonstration against the reinstatement of Mr. Beresford Taego sent on leave sometime back. Locals allege that Bo/Kenema Power Station (BKPS) manager was bent on sabotaging electricity supply for those provincial cities. Since he was sent on leave, reports say there has been an improvement in electricity supply and hence do not want any power shortage any longer for which they do not want the managerís return.

Land Minister Forces Church Service On Staff

Local tabloids have alleged that the Minister of Land, Country Planning and the Environment, Dr. Denis Sandy has transformed the ministry into a Christian holy place by forcing staff members to attend morning church services. Dr. Dennis Sandy conducts the morning services from 8am to 9am everyday which he has reportedly made compulsory even for non Christians. This has caused dissatisfaction amongst Muslim staff members who see the ministerís move as trampling on their religious rights.

Makeni Reviews Development plan

The development plan for Makeni City for 2010-2012 facilitated by ENCISS has now come to fruition according to information filtering in.  To review the plan, a radio discuss was said to have been held and a survey conducted with local and international NGOs, Civil Society Organization and other stakeholders in that city.  The draft copy of the document reportedly presented by the development officer of the Makeni City Council, Mr. Nyuma Maningo has also been thoroughly assessed by council members in a one day forum.  The council authorities have commended ENCISS for their wonderful job.

Local Councils Intensify Tax Collection

Tax Collectors through out the country with support from local police are vigilantly checking people for local tax receipts, reports say. Council authorities both in Freetown and the provinces have mounted check points in their respective communities to check people above eighteen years to produce receipts or pay for them upfront.  This has reportedly resulted in people being unduly molested and embarrassed by the tax collectors.  But the authorities claim it is the only way to curtail default, especially in the city where residents are not used to paying local taxes.

SLBC forms merger with Cabenda

At last the former UN Radio Staff at Cabenda Hotel have on Wednesday been officially merged with those of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Cooperation (SLBC). This is as a result of the new arrangement to integrate the former UN Radio with the SLBC now operating as public corporation.¬† The merger is for collective operation to strengthen professionalism upon the two stationsí transformation into an independent station. The ceremony was held at the SLBC New England studio and was attended by several important personalities including the minister of information, the IMC membership, SLAJ and national privatization commission to reassure the public about the SLBCí independence.

City Council Staff sent on Remand

The Secretary of the Freetown City Council Avirl Paris was on Wednesday sent on remand at the Pademba Road Prisons by Magistrate Bankole Shyllon of Court No. 3 for allegedly splashing hot water on her sister-in-law. According to reports, the objection to the accused bail came as a result of the gravity of the crime as matter was adjourned to 19th July. The victims is said to be currently responding to treatment at the Connaught Hospital.

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