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Thursday, April 20th, 2017


Tonga typhoid cases since January now 12


NUKU’ALOFA-April 20: 4:17pm(RNZI): Travel for people from a Tongan village has been restricted after the discovery of typhoid there. The latest victims takes the number of typhoid cases in Tonga since January to 12. Those affected range in age from 5 years to 62.

Support in Tonga for tough police stance on booze

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NUKU’ALOFA-April 20: 4:10pm(RNZI): A commentator on Tongan affairs is giving strong backing to an Easter Weekend police blitz in the capital, Nuku’alofa, that led to dozens of arrests. It  is reports 176 people were arrested in total in the week leading up to and including Easter. The arrests were mostly for drunk driving and drinking in public. It followed a similar campaign over the Christmas period in which 159 arrests were made.

Tonga becomes first Pacific nation to publish SOE information online


NUKU’ALOFA-April 20: 4:04pm(RNZI): Tonga has become the first Pacific island country to launch a website giving access to information on state-owned enterprises. The change is in line with Tonga’s ambition to increase transparency in government. A reform expert from the Asian Development Bank Christopher Russell said Tonga was leading the way in the Pacific.