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Daily Archives: January 7, 2016

Budget cuts for Indigenous Peoples and Child Rights Commissions

The Guyana government Thursday slashed huge chunks of monies from the proposed budgets of the Rights of the Child Commission and the Indigenous Peoples Commission for 2016. The ROC asked government for GYD$84 million but in the end only ended up with GYD$31 million, prompting opposition Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) MP, Gillian Burton-Persaud to observe that the reduction has ...

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Guyana’s DPP Chambers budget cut by GYD$74 million

Government used its one seat majority to erase GYD$74 million from the proposed budget of the Director of Public Prosecutions Chambers, reducing the allocation for 2016 to GYD$160 million. Reacting to People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) front-bencher , Anil Nandlall’s assertions that budget cut amounted to a violation of the law and the constitution, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said ...

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Auditor General’s office budget cut by GYD$76 million

After a heated debated and s series of verbal exchanges on the floor of the National Assembly the Office of the Auditor General received approval for a budget of GYD$714M after requesting a GYD$790M budget. It was explained that Finance Minister Winston Jordan would have presented the House with an expenditure budget of $714M after the Auditor General would have requested ...

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House surmounts quandary for consideration of estimates for constitutional offices

After more than two hours of closed door meetings, government and the opposition reached agreement that the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Irfan Ali should be able to answer questions about the Auditor General’s Office. House Speaker, Dr. Barton Scotland, shortly after 6:30 PM emerged an announced that the PAC Chairman is the appropriate person to respond to ...

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AG says PPP attempting to derail inquests by opposing Coroners Bill

Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams says that the stern opposition to the Coroners Amendment Bill 2015 by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is an attempt to derail impending inquests into several deaths. Shadow Attorney General Anil Nandlall had bashed the consultation process on the Coroners Bill labeling it as ‘cosmetic’ and a mere ‘gaff.’ Williams speaking to ...

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Police Force establishes football club in Bartica

The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has spearheaded the establishment of an Under 15 football team in Bartica as part of its Social Crime Prevention Programme, that law enforcement agency said in a statement. Twenty-five youths were Wednesday, January 6, 2016 identified by Commander ‘F’ Division Senior Superintendent Ravindradat Budhram and ranks to be part of the team. “The objective of ...

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Dog Mouth jailed for indecent assault, dry-humping of woman

A man Thursday admitted that he took out his penis and dry-humped a woman as well as damaged a door at the City Constabulary’s Bourda Outpost. Balram “Dog Mouth” Singh was sentenced to five months imprisonment for indecent exposure, indecent assault and damage to property. After the charges were read to him by City Magistrate Alex Moore, the accused told ...

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Not ready to vaccine port workers for swine flu- Health Minister

Health Minister Dr. George Norton said Thursday that the time was not ripe for port workers to be vaccinated against the potentially deadly swine flu virus that has already claimed the life of one Guyanese. Speaking with reporters at Parliament Building before the start of the sitting of the National Assembly, he said the vaccines should not be given without ...

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Transparency Institute wants Broomes to relinquish gold mining interests

The Acting President of Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc. (TIGI) Compton Meerabux says that Junior Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomes should relinquish all her interests in Guyana’s lucrative gold mining sector. Broomes was recently relieved of her duties as Social Protection Minister and appointed Natural Resources Minister. Questioned by Demerara Waves on Wednsday, Broomes admitted to owning claims in the ...

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GECOM DCEO says voter education systems adequate

The Deputy Chief Elections Officer (DCEO) of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Vishnu Persaud says that the current civic voter education strategies being employed by the elections body are adequate. This comes after concerns would have been raised that the voter education program may be lacking in some areas and not reaching the widest cross section of Guyanese. These concerns ...

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