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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga can cater for a maximum of only 246 repatriated passengers at one time, the Ministry of Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola said today. This means that repatriating over 3,000 people currently registered on the government's repatriation list will be a slow, drawn-out process. By Eleanor Gee.
Wednesday 23 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The body of a 20-year-old male diver was recovered early Saturday morning, September 19, near Lofanga in Ha’apai waters.
Wednesday 23 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Churches have scaled down their annual Faka-Sepitema roll-call for women, with each district having their own roll-call due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19 prevention.
Wednesday 23 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An appeal by the Tonga National Rugby League (TNRL) over its expulsion from the International Rugby League (IRL) has been adjourned by the Court of Arbitration of Sport.
Tuesday 22 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 25 repatriated passengers from the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu have all tested negative for CoViD-19 and are now on one week home quarantine for added safety, confirmed Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola yesterday.
Tuesday 22 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Students at GPS Matahau and GPS Fahefa celebrated their new classrooms at commissioning events last Friday, 18 September. They were built under the Pacific Resilience Program (PREP) led by MEIDECC and co-funded by the World Bank and the Australian Government.
Tuesday 22 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A proposed Government Bill to amend Clause 89 of the Tongan Constitution, with an additional Clause 89A introducing "traditional culture", sparked off some vociferous exchanges in the Tongan Parliament yesterday, 21 September, but wording of the proposed amendment has not been released. Clause 89 gives judges the power to direct the form of indictments to control the procedure of the lower courts, and to make rules of procedure. However, the proposed change was not read out in the House and the Bill was not made available to the media. 
From the House by Pesi Fonua.
Monday 21 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Timote ‘Asa was sentenced to a deterrent sentence of six-years imprisonment for numerous charges, including rape and abduction of a young woman in Tongatapu. In sentencing at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on September 18, the Chief Justice protected the identity of the complainant.
Monday 21 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The annual Tax Week, September 21-27, was launched by Prime Minister Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa, under a theme of resilience. It aims to inform and raise awareness on the Ministry's services.
Monday 21 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A group of women who formed a backyard vegetable gardening group called Green Fingers, presented their harvest to Princess Pilolevu Tuita at her residence, last week.
Monday 21 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Iasinito Mataele Toke (38) who pleaded guilty to serious fraudulent conversion of $39,596 pa'anga from his employer Pacific Energy Ltd. was sentenced to two-years three-months imprisonment.
Saturday 19 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new children's book was launched at a reception for the 50th Anniversary of the Diplomatic Relations between Tonga and New Zealand on Friday evening, 18 September 2020.
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Friday 18 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a devastating toll in terms of human lives and health, jobs, growth, and economic progress in Asia and the Pacific. Donors have pledged more than $4 billion to replenish Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) grant funds for the region during a virtual meeting on 16 September.
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Friday 18 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tinitale Finau (45) was sentenced today at the Supreme Court to two-years imprisonment, which was fully suspended for cultivating 54 cannabis plants in 'Eua.
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Friday 18 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four men have been arrested with methamphetamine and cannabis at three different locations in Tongatapu in an ongoing operation by Tonga Police.
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Friday 18 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongamoa Kakau (32) was found guilty today of serious indecent assault committed on a 21-year-old woman in the early morning hours, at her home in Houmakelikao.
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Friday 18 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Court of Appeal second session, which will hear Lord Tu’ivakano's appeal against his conviction is deferred to start on October 19 in Nuku'alofa.
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Friday 18 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Forty-five people repatriated from Fiji and Kiribati tested negative for CoViD-19 and are now in home quarantine for seven days after completing their 14 days quarantine at the Tanoa Hotel.
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Friday 18 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan economy has been struggling to recover from the impact of two severely destructive cyclones, Gita in 2018 and Harold in 2020, followed by a long-term border closure, and extended CoVid-19 restrictions. Economic outlooks are so depressing in the region, that policy makers now need to consider mental and physical wellness alongside economic recovery planning. The September Asian Development Outlook 2020 Update, is sub-titled: “Wellness in Worrying Times”.
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Wednesday 16 September 2020

New Delhi, India
The World Bank should no longer publish its Doing Business index, owing to its flawed design and vulnerability to manipulation. The Bank also owes the developing world an apology for all the harm this misleading and problematic tool has already caused. By Jayati Ghosh.
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