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Newly sworn in Prime Minister (PM) Moses Nagamootoo today met with staff of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and assured them that there will be no witch hunt against any staff member. The PM asked that the staff continue to perform their duties in a professional manner. PM Nagamootoo briefly outlined his vision for the functioning of the OPM and implored staff that the OPM must be service oriented to the citizens of Guyana. "People come here for service, and we must provide service because we are paid servants to the people.
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The newly appointed Minister of Finance Winston Jordan has already begun extensive consultations with high-level ministry staffers with a view to completing and presenting the National 2015 Budget. The minister, who is a highly qualified financial expert, said that he inherited some of the groundwork which was already laid out by the previous sector minister Dr Ashni Singh.
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The liberalisation of the Telecommunications Sector is set to become a reality with the new administration. Acting Head of the Presidential Secretariat Joseph Harmon, in an interview with the National Communications Network Inc., on Monday indicated that the new APNU+AFC administration intends to put on the front-burner the passage of the Telecommunications Bill in the 11th Parliament. Harmon explained that the Bill was on the verge of conclusion, prior to the prorogation of the last Parliament.
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Senior Canadian politician and former envoy to the Dominican Republic, Dr. Alvin Curling has written to congratulate Prime Minister-elect Moses Nagamootoo. “It is with great honour that I extend the heartiest congratulations to you and your election as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Guyana,” Dr. Curling, a Jamaican born Canadian politician wrote. “The greatest honour that can be bestowed upon anyone is to be elected by the people to represent their interest and serve the nation.
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The United States (US) Charge d’ affaires, Bryan Hunt in offering his congratulations to Guyana’s 8th Executive President, His Excellency David Arthur Granger, said the US is looking forward to strengthening bilateral relations. Hunt paid a courtesy call on the Head of State at the Presidential complex today. During the meeting, Hunt said several areas in which the United States has had long cooperation with Guyana were discussed.
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Georgetown : At about 2:20pm, a mining pit caved in on miners at Mowasi Backdam, Potaro. Seven of the men were rescued and are at the Mahdia Hospital receiving medical attention. The other ten are still trapped as efforts to rescue them are continuing.