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Monthly Archives: January 2017

City businessman, employee to stand trial for triple murder in Robb Street fire

Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan today ruled a prima facie has been established against 72-year-old businessman Ganga Krishna, and his employee 24-year-old Avishkar Kissoon. The men, who plead innocence in court, will stand trial at the next practical date of the Demerara Assizes. Krishna told the court he is prepared to call witnesses to his defense at his High Court trial. ...

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Parking meter company, Finance Minister at odds over VAT

Smart City Solutions (SCS), operators of parking meters in Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, Monday night said tax officials must charge the 16 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on the payment cards, hours after Finance Minister, Winston Jordan said the tax should be payable on the parking time purchased. “The company received a visit this (Monday) evening from three GRA officers all ...

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GDF soldiers allegedly rape 15-year old girl at army base

A 15-year old girl was allegedly raped by three soldiers of the Guyana Defence Force on Saturday at one of the country’s military bases, police confirmed. The GDF late Monday night said it was aware of the allegation against three of its ranks and has convened a Board of Inquiry to “ascertain the facts and to determine whether the crime ...

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State Assets Recovery Bill to give Asset Recovery officials same power as Police, Immigration, Customs officers

Government is prepared to institutionalise its state asset recovery machinery with the introduction of the State Assets Recovery Bill tabled today by Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Basil Williams SC in the National Assembly. The bill’s introduction gives an intention to “establish a State Assets Recovery Agency in consonance with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption 2003.” The agency, ...

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Govt, Opposition wage parliamentary battle about VAT on “poor people food”

“Is VAT and VAT and VAT everywhere” decried Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira today in the National Assembly as she read a parliamentary motion in her name, which challenges government’s removal of a number of items from the Value Added Tax (VAT) zero-rated list, but government is questioning the validity of the motion. The parliamentary motion laid today “calls on Government ...

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Fleeing bandits leave gun, other items after home invasion, robbery

Four bandits invaded a house at Middle Road, La Penitence, Georgetown and held a woman at gunpoint before carting off with cash and valuables. They left behind a handgun, black toque and a yellow glove while escaping from police.  “The police, having been notified of the robbery whilst it was being committed responded promptly. On arrival the suspects were seen ...

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Fit and Proper: An Unnecessary Fight

by Attorney-at-Law, Vivian Williams, Esq; LLM When a moment in time presents an opportunity for a historian to leave foot prints in the sand, you expect him to seize the moment. The rejection of the list of nominees for Chairman of Guyana’s Elections Commission (GECOM), presented such an opportunity to President David Granger and he demurred. Mr. Granger traded a ...

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Attorney General wants ‘politically biased’ Deputy Solicitor General disciplined

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams Sunday night admitted that he wants to Deputy Solicitor General, Prithima Kissoon removed from office on grounds of alleged political bias. He hopes the Public Service Commission (PSC)  would discipline her based on a stack of evidence to support his claim of insubordination. “Last week, prior to my departure from Guyana ...

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