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nem name
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News Items

Police Ambushed

Two policemen have been killed in a daring ambush near Mendi in the Southern Highlands Province. Another policeman is in critical condition in hospital and two teachers are missing following an attack at the Angule Bridge. The five people, three policemen and two teachers, all based in Koroba, Hela Province, were heading towards Mendi when another vehicle pulled up alongside the police vehicle and sprayed bullets on the occupants, killing two instantly.

The bodies of the two policemen have been taken to the Goroka funeral home in the Eastern Highlands Province.

Post Courier --

See also - election violence --

Surrender or Get Hunted Down: Baki --

Gamato accepts writs for SHP --

Emergency Response Challenge

More than 200 participants from various mining and petroleum companies converged in Madang recently for the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum emergency response challenge.

The National -- -- also Youtube --

All-female crew takes part in challenge | Loop PNG --

Refugee Found Dead

A Sri Lankan refugee who was being detained by Australia on Manus has been found dead. The Tamil man, 32, died in a suspected suicide after receiving treatment for mental illness, refugee advocates said. Nine detainees have died since 2013 - including six at the Manus centre, which is due to close this month.

BBC --

Manus Island refugees put 'that hell' behind them for fresh start in the United States --

End Time Movement

The end time movement crusade held in Central Rigo recently has capped off a seven year campaign to unify churches in Central Province.

Post Courier --

Nautilus Provides Update

Nautilus Minerals has provided an update on its operations. It has disclosed, the Company requires significant additional funding in order to complete the build and deployment of the seafloor production system to be utilized at the Solwara 1 Project by the Company and its joint venture partner (as to 15%), the Independent State of PNG's nominee.

Nautilus Website --

Trukai Hulling Mill

Trukai Industries has opened a new hulling mill at its main operations base in Mataram Street, Lae, Morobe province. The mill opening marks a critical step in establishing Trukai's holistic paddy-to-plate value chain, which connects commercial quantities of locally grown rice with PNG consumers via a 100% fully integrated domestic production process.

PNG News --

Morobe NID Office

The National Identification (NID) Registry office in Lae is currently operating with only one machine to register the citizens of Morobe. The Provincial Registrar for Morobe, Keputong Geibob, said this in a response to Lae's Councillor's concern on the slow processing of the NID cards.


Adventist Family Violence Project

A professor at Avondale College, a Seventh-day Adventist school in Australia, and his students are partnering with the Adventist Church and its humanitarian agency to address family violence in PNG.

Adventist Review --

Voco Point Police Post

The Voco Point Police Post in Lae, set on fire earlier this year, has been reopened for operation. The Wong Tim and Company rebuilt it after it was set on fire by youths from a nearby settlement in the area.


Rubber Exports

An Impact multimillion-kina rubber development project in New Ireland province has received a major boost from the government's Rubber Industry Board with the awarding of a rubber exporting license.

Post Courier --

National Trade Policy

Launched in early August, the National Trade Policy (NTP) 2017-32 sets out guidelines for the country's trading future, with a strategic implementation plan, currently in draft form, set to follow. Under the NTP, PNG will set out to establish a policy framework and clear vision aimed at steering the country towards a competitive, export-driven economy, built on and supported by an expanding domestic market.

Oxford Business Group --

Tipper Truck Overturns

A 10-tonne tipper truck recently overturned at the main Poreporena Freeway Roundabout in Konedobu, Port Moresby while carrying sand to a construction site.

Post Courier --

Pala Questions Gure's Win

Former Rigo MP, Ano Pala, is disputing the win of Lekwa Gure in the 2017 national elections in the court of disputed returns. Pala has filed a petition alleging two counts of bribery against Gure and grounds of errors and omissions against the Electoral Commission. This was during the scrutiny process at the Kwikila counting hall.

Loop PNG --

World Ozone Day

To mark world Ozone day, the first 'Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technical Skills Challenge' was held recently at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby. The participating teams included Port Moresby Technical Institute and Don Bosco Technical and companies such as Daikin PNG, South Pacific Air Conditioning and others.


PNG is being challenged to have effective legislation, industry standards and updated training information to manage a safe introduction and transition to the use of ozone and climate-friendly refrigerants --

Stick to the Facts

East Sepik Governor Allan Bird says irresponsible use of data in Parliament by senior Cabinet ministers is a serious concern.

The National --

Pasin Tumbuna Festival

The Pasin Tumbuna Festival, held in partnership with the National Capital District Commission (NCDC), has been hailed a success with more than 2200 people attending the event to witness more than 100 cultural ambassadors' display and share traditional skills and activities.

Post Courier --

Manam Island

Villagers of Dugulava on Manam Island, in Madang, affected by the volcanic eruption in April have returned home and say there will be no more evacuations for them if there are any future eruptions.

The National --

PNG Power Clamps Down

PNG Power Limited (PPL) is clamping down on electricity theft by carrying out a disconnection exercise in the National Capital District and moving on to other provincial centres.

PPL has a system loss of 23 percent: 11 percent of which comes from non-technical losses or illegal connections.


Hiri Queen

Ms Barakau, Hebou Nou has been crowned the 2017 Hiri Moale Festival Queen, Ms Araira Tatana Rizza Tupa won the title of Runner-up and Ms Tatana Jessie David taking home the Ms Friendship title.

Post Courier --

Exxon Mobil

ExxonMobil PNG Limited is operator of the PNG LNG joint venture which includes affiliates of Oil Search, Santos, Kumul Petroleum, JX Nippon and Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC).

ExxonMobil has been marketing petroleum fuels and other refined products in PNG since 1922, and today accounts for just over 35 percent of the market.

Exxon Mobil PNG Website --

Oil Search's involvment --

Human Rights Film Festival

The PNG Human Rights Film Festival is set run from the 13th of October through to the 15th at the Moresby Arts Theatre in Port Moresby. It will also be held from the 9th to the 11th of October at the Mark Solon Auditorium (MSA) at the University of Goroka, Eastern Highlands. Other places that the PNG Human Rights Film Festival will visit, apart from Port Moresby and Goroka, are Madang and Buka.



PNG can achieve a lot through sport by urging the government and the private sector to inject more funding into sports to create more opportunities for the people, Governor-General Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae said.

Post Courier --

Gulf TB Response Plan

Stakeholders in the fight against Tuberculosis (TB) met in Port Moresby last week to finalise ways to implement the five-year Gulf Province Strategic TB Plan, an Oil Search Foundation (OSF) report stated. OSF has been committed to the development of the province's response to TB since 2015.


HIV/AIDs Carriers

Programme manager of sexual transmitted disease and HIV at the Department of Health Dr Nick Dala said in Madang that the HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to be a challenge for the country with more than 25,000 people affected and receiving treatment.

The National --

East Cape Market

A new fish market has been opened at East Cape in Milne Bay province. Alotau MP, Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel urged the people to look after the market which was funded by the National Fisheries Authority (NFA).

The National --

Ethnic Clash at Gerehu

Alcohol is believed to be the cause of a recent fight between Western Highlanders and Pangia people of Southern Highlands at Gerehu in Moresby Northwest.

Post Courier --

Melanesia Basketball Cup

Former Cairns Marlins guard Joel Khalu has coached PNG to a gold medal at the FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup held in Port Moresby. As a result of the tournament, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea have earned qualification through to the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa. It's just the latest in a long list of accolades for Khalu who won three Queensland Basketball League championships in nine years with the Marlins.

Cairns Post --


Half-centuries by Vani Morea and Sese Bau, and contributions from Lega Siaka and Jack Vare helped PNG reach 285 for 7 on the first day of the Intercontinental match against Scotland at Amini Park.

ICC Cricket --

Boroko Market

The new Boroko Market has opened in Port Moresby. Many vendors are at the new market due to the closing of the main Gordons market for reconstruction last month.

Post Courier --

Coming Events

Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates change and events can sometimes get cancelled. Of course I may also put down a wrong date.

War Canoe Festival - 27th and 28th of October, Alotau, Milne Bay Province

Rugby League World Cup 2017 - Wales vs PNG in Port Moresby - 28 October 2017 --

PNG Games have reportedly been postponed to 18 November 2017

Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2017

Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2017

New Year, 1 January 2018

Good Friday, 30 March 2018

Easter Sunday, 1 April 2018

2018 - APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit to be held in Port Moresby --

Oceania Men's and Women's Continental Hockey Qualification in Port Moresby in May 2018

Queen's Birthday, 11 June 2018

Rememberance Day, 23 July 2018

Mount Hagen Cultural Show --

Independence Day, 16 September 2018

Goroka Show --

World Tourism Day 2018, 27 September 2018

Port Moresby Craft Markets - Laguna Hotel - 1st Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), PNG Arts - 2nd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Holiday Inn - 3rd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Ela Beach - 4th Saturday of the month (6 am to 12 pm)

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