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Opposition not going for reduced electricity rates hike

The opposition parties have slapped down a government feeler about a compromise figure for the proposed electricity rates increase, remaining adamantly against any rates hike at this time. Government sources on Thursday indicated to Demerara Waves Online News that consideration was being given to raising the tariffs by about 10 percent rather than the 26.7 percent that the Guyana Power ...

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Soldier found dead in house

A Guyana Defence Force solider was found dead in his house at Lamaha Springs/Joint Services scheme late Thursday night, sources said. The decomposed body of the Lance Corporal was removed from a house on Rewa Street. Sources said the discovery of his body was made several days after he had not been seen. Investigators are not ruling out foul play.  ...

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UPDATED: House votes down “Rohee bills”

The National Assembly has voted down four bills which appeared before the House in the name of Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee with the opposition maintaining they will not support bills in the minister’s name. The bills voted down were the Evidence (Amendment) Bill 2013; Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2013; Fire Service (Change of Name) Bill 2013; ...

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10 percent “compromise” electricity tariff hike likely- govt sources

Government is considering increasing electricity tariffs by about 10 percent, rather than the 26.7 percent hike that Guyana Power and Light (GPL) wants to compensate for the multi-billion dollar budget cut, according to top government sources. The estimated 10 percent hike is being regarded as a “compromise” to give the power company some of the much needed revenue, while yielding ...

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Digicel Guyana introduces the new Blackberry Q10

Digicel, the leading mobile communications provider in Guyana, today announced that the sleek BlackBerry Q10 will be available to Guyanese consumers from Friday, June 14. The introduction of the BlackBerry Q10 in Guyana coincides with the launch of the smartphone cross the Caribbean. This amazing smartphone with the ergonomically sculpted keyboard is meticulously designed for premium performance. Commenting on the ...

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Guyana to open int’l inquiry into Walter Rodney’s death

The Guyana government has announced that it will be establishing an international commission of inquiry to probe the assassination of noted historian and political activist Walter Rodney more than three decades ago. The announcement came from Prime Minister Samuel Hinds who read a brief message from the Office of the President at the start of Thursday’s sitting of the National ...

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WPA welcomes inquiry into Walter Rodney’s death

Guyana on Thursday announced that an International Commission of Inquiry would ne held into the bomb-blast death of Working Peoples Alliance (WPA) co-founder Dr. Walter Rodney 33 years ago. WPA executive member, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine welcomed the announcement by Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon but said it would be an “uphill struggle” for the commission to come to a conclusion ...

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New York-bound man caught with cocaine

A New York-bound man was Thursday morning caught with a quantity of cocaine stashed in his suitcase, officials said. Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) agents intercepted the piece of baggage with the illicit substance shortly before the man was due to board the flight. He and the suiitcase with the drug were due to be transported to CANU’s headquarters for weighing, ...

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Aishalton women block gold miner’s excavator

by Alva Solomon A group of Aishalton women Wednesday afternoon congregated at a section of the Region 9 community to stop an excavator from venturing into the gold-mining areas at the Marudi mountains.   Reports are that during the mid-afternoon hours Wednesday , the women banded themselves together and stopped the driver of the heavy duty equipment belonging to the Mulgravian ...

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Lawmen closing in on marijuana cultivators

Police are hot on the heels of marijuana growers in the Linden-Soesdyke highway and its environs, the latest operation netting a huge quantity of plants and seeds Friday morning. The raid, which was conducted at First Creek, Kuru Kuru, netted 3,5000 kilogrammes averaging a weight of 9,000 kilogrammes A quantity seeds was also seized and destroyed. Investigators found two tents ...

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