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By Awareness Times News
Dec 2, 2010, 17:06



MPs to Enact HIV Bill

Hon. Salamatu Turay of Constituency 112 of the All People’s Congress (APC) party has reportedly disclosed that Members of Parliament are ready to enact the HIV Bill, once the document reaches parliament. According to her, they as members of parliament have concern over people living with HIV and AIDS and have therefore recommended that they should have a separate parliamentary committee on HIV.

Defence Minister Visits Counterpart in China

Reports have it that the Defence Minister of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Hon Paolo Conteh on 26th November 2010 held talks with General Liang Guanglie, State Councilor and Defense Minister of the People’s Republic of China, in Beijing. According to reports, the two ministers discussed the smooth bilateral diplomatic relationship between the two countries. Reports say the minister also dilated on strong relationship that will foster development and promotions that will strengthen mutual trust.

Dutch and Sierra Leone - Flagged Vessels Collide


Reports have disclosed that a Dutch and Sierra Leone-flagged vessel collided last Monday afternoon in the Black Sea. The Bulgarian Transport Ministry reportedly informed that the Sierra Leone-flagged vessel ‘Karim 1’ was carrying 10 people when it collided with the Netherlands-flagged tank “Alessondro DP.” According to reports, four crew members of “Karim1’ were rescued while six others got lost. The crew consisted of 9 Syrians and 1 Egyptian. There was no report of injury on the “Alessandro DP.” The “Karim 1” reportedly sank after the accident.

Strike at SALPOST

Local tabloids say junior and intermediate staff of the Sierra Leone Postal Service (SALPOST) on last Monday halted their operations and commenced a sit down strike in Freetown. According to reports, the workers staged a strike for their drawbacks and salary increments yet to be paid by the postal management. It was revealed that the management owed the workers eleven month draw back since 2006. According to reports, since the workers increment was effected on January 1st 2010 none of them has realized it. Reports alleged that several meetings had been held on the matter but no action has been taken.

OGI Meets MPS in Tonkolili District

Reports have it that the Open Government Initiative (OGI) last Saturday undertook a dialogue forum in the Tonkolili District. Parliamentarians and Councilors of Tonkolili were taken by OGI to speak to their people. According to reports, OGI initiative aims at bridging the gap between the people and the government through a dialogue forum. During the forum, the people reportedly disclosed their grievances about lack of quality education in that area even through the district is now experiencing large scale mining activities.

Hon Alice Foyah Boosts Kailahun

Reports from Kailahun say Sierra Leone People’s Party Member of Parliament representing Constituency 1 Kailahun District over the weekend distributed 40 scholarships to pupils who excelled in the recent BECE and NPSE. Making the distribution, Hon Alice Foyah reportedly disclosed that educational standard is too low and that the donation was geared towards encouraging the pupils to improve on standards. The MP also appealed to parents to encourage their children to concentrate on their studies.

650 Pilgrims Jet in Today  

It has been reported that the last two batches of Sierra Leonean pilgrims will arrive in Freetown today. The Chairman of the 2010 Hajj Committee, Hon Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray who doubles as the Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security has disclosed that the two sets of pilgrims are expected to leave the Holy land of Mecca on December 1st and will arrived today. The first two sets have reportedly arrived in the country. Reports say the pilgrims will meet President Koroma at State House on 3rd December after the Friday prayer.

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