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Papua New Guinea moves to ban polygamy, enforces registration of customary marriages | ABC Radio Australia


Papua New Guinea’s government has moved to ban polygamy.

The National Civil Registry office has made amendments to the Civil Registration Act to ban the practice of taking multiple wives.

via Papua New Guinea moves to ban polygamy, enforces registration of customary marriages | ABC Radio Australia.

PWD employs first female as civil engineer


The proof is in the employment by the Public Works Department (PWD) of the first female in a Civil Engineering position to work in the PWD.

Louisa Shem, a graduate from University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) started work this week at the Shefa Public Works depot on Wharf Road in Port Vila. With all the heavy rain recently, Louisa was quickly out on the roads of Port Vila with Jimmy Johnson, Shefa PWD Division Manager and the Roads Maintenance crews inspecting the roads and over-seeing work in prioritised areas for urgent pot-hole patching.

via PWD employs first female as civil engineer | Vanuatu Daily Post.

Australia dumps West Papuan Refugees in PNG


A group of West Papuans seeking refugee in Australia, have been diverted back and dumped in Port Moresby by Australian Immigration officers yesterday.

The group of seven, which includes a woman and a 10-year old boy, left Merauke last Tuesday, after alleging being hunted by Indonesian authorities, for taking part in the Freedom Flotilla event early this month, which pushed for West Papua independence and human rights abuses.

via Australia dumps  West Papuan Refugees in PNG,  – Papua New Guinea Facts.

Police recruitment increases due to increase in law and order problems in PNG


Law and order problems continue to inhibit true growth potential in business and tourism in Papua New Guinea.

And, one of the main reasons given for this, is the lack of police recruitment in the last decade.

Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill highlighted this in his independence day address, on Monday.

via Police recruitment increases due to increase in law and order problems in PNG – PNG Facts.

Team PNG wins three gold medals in weightlifting at the 9th Pacific Games


Team PNG has won three gold medals in weightlifting at the 9th Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna.

These medals were won by weightlifter, Morea Baru, yesterday afternoon.

Fred Bobola took out a silver.

via Team PNG wins three gold medals in weightlifting at the 9th Pacific Games – Papua New Guinea Facts.

Hard to control high internet cost in PNG


Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Jimmy Mirintoro says, his department is unable to control high cost of internet use in the country, due to the absence of proper legislation.

Mr. Miringtoro says, his department aims to fix this loophole, by submitting a policy to Cabinet to control this high cost.

via Hard to control high internet cost in PNG: Minister  Jimmy Mirintoro – Papua New Guinea Facts.

Air Nuigini soon to fly into New Zealand


Papua New Guinea’s national flag carrier, Air Niugini, has announced that it will soon introduce new flights to Fiji and Auckland.

The announcement from board chairman, Garth McIllwain came just after Air Nuigini made its maiden flight to the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

via Air Nuigini soon to fly into New Zealand – Papua New Guinea Facts.

PNG to Open up new diplomatic missions


Papua New Guinea will soon open up new diplomatic missions at locations of critical importance both regionally and globally.

This comes as PNG’s diplomatic relations develop and diversify.

The new diplomatic missions earmarked to open include Bangkok, Geneva, Israel, Paris and Shanghai.

via PNG to Open up NEW DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS – Papua New Guinea Facts.

Police are helping hide PNG’s most famous criminal William Kapis: Commander


A police commander in Papua New Guinea says he’s aware his own officers are assisting notorious bank robber and prison escapee William Kapris to hide in the capital.

William Kapris and accomplice Raphael Walimini escaped from the maximum security Bomana prison in May, using two pistols allegedly smuggled in by a guard.

A reward of A$50,000 is being offered for information that leads to his capture, but police say the public response has been slow.

via Police are helping hide PNG’s most famous criminal William Kapis: Commander – Papua New Guinea Facts.

Indonesia and PNG signs new Air Services


The new agreement follows PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s visit to Jakarta this week.

President of the PNG Chamber of Commerce and Industry, John Leahy, has told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat the proposed new direct air-link will not only benefit people from PNG and Indonesia.

“The idea is that they would utilise the 737 aircraft and travel from Nadi through Honiara, Moresby and then on to Bali,” he said.

“There could potentially be opportunities for passengers to come from the other Pacific Islands as well through Port Moresby and onto Bali.”

via Indonesia and PNG signs new Air Services – Papua New Guinea Facts.