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Police hunting suspect in Christ Church Secondary School fire

A suspect has been identified in the burning down of the Christ Church Secondary School on Camp and Middle Street, a senior police officer said Tuesday. “Investigators are pursuing a male suspect who was seen at the school prior to the building being burnt,” the high ranking police officer told Demerara Waves Online News. The suspect, according police, was not ...

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Opposition Leader, Finance Minister at odds over measures to ease rising prices

Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton Monday night criticised the 2023 National Budget for failing to include measures that would slow down inflation and already steep cost of living, but Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh forecasts that inflation would be reduced this year. “There are absolutely no measures in this budget to deal with inflation. While I agree that there is need ...

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Increases in Income tax threshold, Because We Care Cash Grant, Old Age Pension; owning vehicles will be cheaper

Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh on Monday announced in Guyana’s 2023 National Budget that owning new and reconditioned vehicles below 1500 CC would be cheaper this year. He said the importation of new motor vehicles less than four years old, below 1500 CC engine capacity would see a reduction of the duty from 45 percent to 35 percent . He ...

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Christ Church Secondary School fire was arson- Fire Service

The fire that destroyed the Christ Church Secondary School last week Thursday was “malciously” set, the Guyana Fire Service said on Monday. The Service noted that eight days before the inferno, a small fire in the school’s laboratory had been extinguished. Investigators indicated that the second fire started on several seats in the school but the common link is the ...

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High Court throws out suspension of opposition parliamentarians case

The High Court on Monday refused to overturn the suspension of eight opposition parliamentarians for their role in an unrest in the Chamber in December 2021 while Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh was outlining the benefits of the new Natural Resources Fund legislation. Justice Damon Younge said the Court not intervene in the work of the Parliament as the Standing ...

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GDF to get India-made planes but veteran aviator warns Guyana’s ICAO safety rating faces downgrade

Guyana is to purchase two India-made Dornier 228 aircraft for the Guyana Defence Force, prompting a warning that this South American nation risked losing its safety rating by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the global regulatory agency. The cost of the new planes was not immediately available. The top government official confirmed a report in the Times of India ...

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Jagdeo denies defaming Vincent Alexander over IDPADA-G’s use of State funds for “ordinary Afro-Guyanese”

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo has told the High Court that he did not defame the Chairman of the International Decade for People of African Descent Assembly- Guyana (IDPADA-G), Vincent Alexander while dealing with the financial management of that government-funded entity. Through his lawyers C.V. Satram and Ron Motilall, Mr Jagdeo denies that the publications of 19th or 20th August, 2022 ...

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Investigations into Christ Church Secondary’s fire continue

Fire fighters and police were Saturday continuing to probe the destruction by fire of Christ Church Secondary School, Fire Chief Gregory Wickham said. He said it was too early to determine whether the fire at the decades-old wooden and concrete structure at Camp and Middle Streets was the work of arsonists. “Investigators are still going through the debris,” he told ...

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Benn, Manickchand urge Guyanese to guard against fires at schools

Home Affairs Minister Robeson Benn and Minister of Education Priya Manickchand on Thursday evening stopped short of casting blame on anyone for the fire that destroyed the Christ Church Secondary School in Georgetown, opting instead to urge Guyanese to be vigilant against those who might be targeting schools. “Primarily, it requires the communities, the parents, each and everyone and the ...

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February 2023