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Friday 18 January 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Cabinet today passed new regulations for the new Income Tax Act, as well as introducing new Customs duty rates and regulations, and Excise duty rates and regulations. They are all gazetted today, the Prime Minister Dr Feleti Sevele said this afternoon.
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Thursday 3 January 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The leaking to a Tongan newspaper of a letter of complaint from the Ministry of Tourism's Chief Executive Officer Edgar Cocker to the Prime Minister Dr Feleti Sevele, is causing a stir within government.
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Monday 24 December 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Cabinet Relief Committee this morning distributed packages of foodstuff valued at about $150 pa‘anga each to 168 workers and individuals whose livelihoods were affected by the riots of 16 November 2006.
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Friday 21 December 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Government has announced today that it intends to sue the Kele‘a newspaper for alleged defamation over a letter to the editor that the Prime Minister's Office objects to.
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Thursday 13 December 2007
UK
Thank you Mr Harder for sharing your Christmas Message Peace Plan with us. I hope that you have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year as well. Just one thing though, if you ever tire of practising Law, try your luck at writing for Theatre Companies here in the UK. Your peace plan dream for Tonga would make a wonderful Christmas pantomime. We could slot it in between Cinderella and Snow White - I am certain that Peace in Paradise will be the flavour of this Christmas Season. - Senolita Swan
Monday 10 December 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Government will officially close down at the end of next week for its Christmas and New Year holidays, and reopen in the New Year.
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Friday 30 November 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Revenue Commission is flexing its muscles in the collection of overdue taxes, and recently three businesses have been forced to close their doors because of the non-payment of Consumption Tax.
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Friday 19 October 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's government this evening committed to a USD$56 million concessional loan from China to help with the reconstruction of Nuku'alofa's Central Business District, using a Chinese leading contractor.
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Friday 28 September 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Chinese Ambassador to Tonga, his excellency Mr Hu Yeshun handed over 20 new motorbikes and 20 new cars to Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Dr Viliami Tangi this afternoon.
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Tuesday 14 August 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Information Unit at the Prime Minister's office will soon come under the jurisdiction of the new Department of Information, said Hon 'Afu'alo Matoto, Tonga's recently appointed Minister of Information.
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Tuesday 7 August 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mele 'Amanaki, the Secretary General, of Tonga's Public Service Association, has been dismissed from her government post in a disciplinary action over her engagement in political activities.
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Monday 23 July 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hon. 'Afu'alo Matoto the Minister for Public Enterprises was appointed as Tonga's first Minister of Information on Friday, July 20.
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Tuesday 17 July 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia will contribute an additional AUD$5 million to the Business Recovery Fund in order to speed-up recovery for Nuku'alofa businesses that were affected by the riots of November 16, 2006, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Alexander Downer told a Press Conference in Nuku'alofa this morning.
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Friday 6 July 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three members of the Public Service Association PSA, Vili Vete, Mele 'Amanaki and Sione Taione presented a Letter of Petition to the Private Secretary of the king, Sateki 'Ahio at the Palace Office at 4 pm this afternoon.
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Monday 18 June 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Emergency Powers for Public Safety and Public Order Regulations 2007 have been extended for another 30 days, beginning on June 15.
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Wednesday 6 June 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Prime Minister, Dr Feleti Sevele, saying that the Public Servants' Association (PSA) is out of step with its new demands for the extension of the 60, 70, 80% salary rise for two more years and for a political reform to be implemented next year, has warned that civil servants should stay clear of politics.
Friday 1 June 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Peauafi Haukinima has resigned.
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Wednesday 16 May 2007
Nuku'aofa, Tonga
As a result of the continuing monitoring of the security situation in the country, Government has extended the period for the state of emergency, but with some changes to the associated regulations.
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Friday 11 May 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Ministry of Labour,Commerce and Industries (MLCI) hereby advises businesses affected by the events of 16/11, of the existence of the Business Hardship Fund (BHF).
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Tuesday 20 March 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Finance Minister and Chief Commissioner of Revenue, Hon Siosiua T.T. 'Utoikamanu, has announced the appointment of an external Special Advisor for Customs. He is also seeking assistance from an International Agency on tackling corruption.
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