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This fortnight the newsletter is coming from San Diegio, USA thanks to Sharon. I just hope that this transfer of the newsletter goes okay.
The Prime Minister has ordered a probe into the appointment of Gabriel Dusava as the head of the Investment Promotion Authority.
Over 600 Western Highlanders have turned to farming common carp and rainbow trout. This is a direct result of the price increase of tinned fish.
The Government is under pressure to pay out more than K5 million owed to lawyers for major cases last year. Some of the cases not paid for have been Sandline, the Y2K fairness legislation, the fight between the taxman and the K7 million man - Dr Hamidian-Rad plus several other cases. The money is owed to both local and overseas legal firms.
The children and adult outpatient wings at the Mt Hagen general hospital are being renovated at a cost more than K500,000. The money has been made available through provincial budget and the hospital itself.
The Department of Health has recently purchased 82 vehicles for use by selected health centres around PNG. Approximately K5 million has been spent on the vehicles that have been funded by the Health Sector Development Programme.
It is hoped that a new licensing system for security companies will be legislated through parliament soon. There have been numerous complaints from the general public in all provinces over the conduct of security guards and companies.
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