Student Protest

Investigation to determine SOE at universities

The two universities, PNG University of Technology and the University of PNG, have boycotted classes for almost two months.

Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Malakai Tabar is directing a high powered Government team to assess the situation on the ground at Unitech following the burning of buildings (pictured) and death of a student.

Tabar will also be asking the Minister for Police to institute curfews in the troubled universities in order to maintain peace.

“We would like to go before cabinet to try and institute a curfew and SOE.

PNG Loop’s 5@5

UPNG building set alight due to ‘spillover’

The burning of the University of Papua New Guinea’s Uni Venture building this morning was a spillover from yesterday’s confrontation.

Court dismisses Nepo’s application

Airlines cancel flights to Mt Hagen

Loop PNG was informed in the morning by the State-owned airline’s public relations office that all flights operated as per the schedule this morning.

But in a press release yesterday afternoon, Air Niugini PX 186/187 was cancelled because of the situation on the ground.

“Although some flights this morning were delayed as passengers and staff had difficulty getting to the airport on time due to yesterday’s unrest, most Air Niugini flights operated as normal,” the statement read.

PNG Air flights to Mt Hagen were also cancelled yesterday.

Students application to restrain Cops on campus fails

The Waigani National Court this afternoon refused an application filed by University of Papua New Guinea Student Representative Counsel seeking removal of the ‘Heavy police presence’ on campus.

The Human Rights Enforcement application came before Justice David Cannings seeking three interim orders. It was filed by the SRC’s lawyer Robbie Yansion on May 17.

They were seeking orders;