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Charrandass Persaud probe is ‘national security’ matter

- Top Cop says

Police Commissioner Leslie James yesterday refused to disclose details of the ongoing investigation involving former government Member of Parliament (MP) Charrandass Persaud, saying that it is a national security issue which “will not be disclosed publicly” at this point.

GTUC calls for broadening of no-confidence talks

While welcoming Wednesday’s meeting between government and the opposition on the issues surrounding the passage of the no-confidence motion against the David Granger-led administration, the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) has urged that civil society also be included.

JSC may be reconstituted before month end

-Granger

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) may likely be reconstituted before the end of this month, President David Granger disclosed yesterday.

Man wanted for unlawful bird trading at CJIA

The police yesterday issued a wanted bulletin for Gregory Ramkellawan, 39, in relation to the illegal trading of birds at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri on  December 8.

Windies directors clash over controversial Pybus appointment

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Cricket West Indies directors, Enoch Lewis and Conde Riley, have sparred publicly over the recent choice of Richard Pybus for senior men’s head coach, further increasing the rancour surrounding the Englishman’s appointment less than two weeks before the opening Test against England.

Granger, Jagdeo in ‘positive’ talks

-gov’t continues to function, preparations to be made for early polls

President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday held their first meeting on the December 21 passage of the no-confidence motion and there appeared to be agreement that pending any court decisions, the government continues to function and preparations would be made for early general elections.

Jagdeo expects general elections before April 30

-otherwise gov’t will be illegitimate

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has enough time between now and April 30 when the current voters’ list becomes invalid to hold elections, according to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo who yesterday warned that once this period passes the government becomes illegitimate.

WPA calls for swift resolution of confidence motion issues

The Working People’s Alliance (WPA) yesterday called for a swift resolution of the issues surrounding the motion of no-confidence passed against the government and urged both sides to pledge to respect the outcome when the court rules.

Jagdeo: PPP racing ahead with poll preparations

The PPP has started preparations for general and regional elections and its list of candidates will be ready for Nomination Day which should be in the first two weeks in February, according to the party’s General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo.

Gold Board saw 6.22% decrease in declarations last year

—2019 projection pegged at 651,000 ozs

Despite the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) recording a 6.22% decrease in declarations last year, after 613,073 ounces of gold were declared at the end of December 2018, the company has projected an output of 651,000 oz.

Traffic cop struck down while on duty

A traffic officer attached to the Providence Police Station was yesterday afternoon struck down by a motor car while directing traffic at Eccles, on the East Bank Public Road.

Lucky shoppers win free groceries in DSL drawing

Twelve lucky shoppers won prizes in  Distribution Services Limited’s (DSL) Cash & Carry’s ‘Free Groceries’ drawing which took place last weekend at the DSL Cash & Carry’s Sheriff Street’s parking lot.

Chinese association renovates Region 3 school

-as part of Arrival Day observances

The 166th anniversary of the arrival of the Chinese in  British Guiana will be celebrated on Saturday, January 12 at the Windsor Forest Primary School and in keeping with regular practice, the Association of Chinese Enterprise in Guyana has built a new school fence and recapped the school’s tarmac at an estimated cost of $3 million.

Suriname authorities seize record amount of cocaine at port

PARAMARIBO,  (Reuters) – Authorities in Suriname have made their largest ever seizure of cocaine, found hidden in containers filled with rice waiting to be exported from a port in capital Paramaribo, the small South American country’s top law enforcement official said today.

Granger says agreement reached on some issues

-Jagdeo says elections have to be held before April 30

President David Granger says that the meeting today between the government and the opposition ended successfully with the two sides reaching agreement on some issues.

PPP-nominated commissioners concerned over extension of GECOM Chairman’s medical leave

Following the extension of the medical leave of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman James Patterson, 85, the opposition-nominated commissioners yesterday voiced concern that it could be a ploy to delay the holding of general and regional elections, which they say are  now due within 90 days following the passage of a no-confidence motion against the government.  

Annandale man gets 14 years for killing son

Amernauth Chand, the Annandale man charged with killing his son two years ago, was yesterday morning sentenced to 14 years in jail for the crime of manslaughter.

PPP presidential candidate hopefuls set to make case to Central Committee

-Persaud says prepared for challenge

The presidential candidate hopefuls for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will tomorrow and Friday make their pitches to its Central Committee on why they should lead the party into the next general and regional elections, according to Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha.

Bandits steal safe with $600,000 from Melanie NIS office

-security guards being questioned

Bandits early yesterday morning broke into the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) Melanie Damishana, East Coast Demerara office and carted off a metal safe containing $600,000 cash.

Lusignan man charged over Coldingen fatal accident

Lakeram Puran, the driver who allegedly struck down and killed pedal cyclist Rodwell Imanuel James on New Year’s Day along the Coldingen Railway Embankment, East Coast Demerara was yesterday released on a sum of $350,000 bail after he was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

House passes updates to nurses and midwives law

The National Assembly last Thursday passed amendments to the legislation governing nursing and midwifery, which Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence said will improve the welfare of practitioners.