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At least eight Members of Parliament (MPs) defected from the Opposition yesterday afternoon.

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The Ministry of Health (MoH) has revealed the administration of the first doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine will end today, Friday 8 October 2021.

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Syrian national Abdul Rahman Khiti has become the first individual under the Development Support Program (DSP) to have his Vanuatu citizenship revoked by the Vanuatu Citizenship Commission yesterday.

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The 19 Members of Parliament (MPs) on the Government side who are subject to the ruling of Justice Oliver Saksak, will be filing a Civil Case through their legal counsel today.

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Speaker of Parliament, Gracia Chadrack, said his office has received a request for an extra-ordinary session of parliament from the Government on March 24, after he had already sent out the notice of parliament to meet in an extra-ordinary session on April 20.

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The Government has provided a Vt250 million loan to help Airports Vanuatu Limited (AVL) maintain continuity of services.

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Prime Minister Bob Loughman launched two language policies — the National Language Policy of the Republic of Vanuatu and the Language Policy of the Language Services Department (LSD) — last Thursday.

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Former Prime Minister (PM) of Vanuatu and Member of Parliament (MP) for Pentecost, Charlot Salwai was found guilty of committing perjury, an offence contrary to Section 75 of the Penal Code [CAP 135] yesterday afternoon.

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The Supreme Court has ruled that Motion No.6 of 2020 and its determination giving rise to the suspension of Opposition MPs from Parliament for two days is not a breach of their Constitutional rights.

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Prime Minister Bob Loughman said Speaker of Parliament Gracia Shadrack has displayed professionalism when executing his responsibilities during the Second Ordinary Session of Parliament.

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The Ministry of Finance has dismissed allegations that a huge sum of money has arrived in the country via the ministry for a group of people that normally meet every day at the Seafront area.

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The Government through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management has signed grant agreements with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to approve an amount of Vt3 Billion for Aid Assistance.

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The Government of Japan through the Japanese Embassy in Vanuatu officially handed over machineries, valued at approximately VT600 million, to the Port Vila City Council (PVCC) at the Council’s Waste Management Office yesterday afternoon.

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The legal counsels of both parties involved in the high profile criminal case that has been heard over the last two weeks are expected to make submissions in the Supreme Court today morning to assist in the final determination of the case.

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Last week, Prime Minister Bob Loughman announced that Vanuatu has recorded its first COVID-19 case on the 10th of November 2020.

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The Government, through the Council of Ministers (COM) has endorsed the recommendation of the National Disaster Committee (NDC) to lift temporary travel restrictions issued over Efate and its offshore islands.

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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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