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Bus drivers quizzed over damage claim

Police are investigating allegations that bus drivers damaged property at Naqere subdivision, Savusavu. Police spokeswoman Savaira Gonedua said investigations had begun after property owner Bashir Khan lodged a report at the Savusavu Police Station. She...

PEOPLE: Little dholakia

The complexity of dholak (Indian drum) playing did not hinder Arnav Chand’s little fingers from giving it a try. The belief that little children cannot play dholak perfectly was proven wrong by Arnav. Originally from Rambisessar Rd, Sawani, Nausori, he is known as the youngest dholakia in the community. Arnav, 7, is a Year 2...

Labour leader questions disparity in fuel prices on Garden Island

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry has questioned the disparity in fuel prices on Taveuni and the rest of Fiji. He said it was unfair that people living on the Garden Island were forced to pay 35 cents a litre more for all types of fuel. “They feel cheated considering that the price per litre...

Former ministers call for a committee of inquiry

Two former Fijian education ministers have called on the Education Ministry to establish a committee of inquiry to look into the grievances of students at Ratu Kadavulevu School (RKS). Opposition parliamentarian Ro Teimumu Kepa said the ministry needed to urgently resolve the impasse. She said closing the school and acting “in a high handed manner”...

Countries can end COVID-19 by working together in solidarity – Taiwan’s Foreign Affairs Minister

In the Declaration on the Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations, governments and heads of state acknowledge that only by working together in solidarity can countries end the pandemic and effectively tackle its consequences. This has been the message shared by Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Jaushieh...

Moore: This is wrong

All foreign companies contracted for road maintenance projects must abide by Fiji’s labour laws, says Fiji Roads Authority chief executive officer Jonathan Moore. He made the comments in response to a statement by contractor China Railway No.5 Engineering Group Fiji Co that they were not familiar with “Fiji’s labour laws” when they sent home more...

‘MOE still rebuilding schools’

The Ministry of Education is still rebuilding schools four years after Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston made landfall in Fiji. This, according to Education Minister Rosy Akbar while commissioning new school classrooms at Naivicula District School in Wainibuka, Tailevu. Ms Akbar said Government spent more than $220 million in their rebuilding process. She said a total...

Fiji’s Registrar of Political Parties request meeting with NFP accounts team, auditor

Fiji’s Registrar of Political Parties Mohammed Saneem has requested a meeting with the National Federation Party’s (NFP) accounts team so issues identified by the verification team are conveyed to all parties. Mr Saneem called for the meeting this afternoon after receiving confirmation that the NFP had appointed an auditor – recognised by the Fiji Institute...

Training plane reports landing incident on Kadavu

A Cessna training plane went off the runway on Kadavu this morning. Pacific Flying School chief executive officer Tim Joyce said there were no injuries. “I can confirm a landing incident,” Mr Joyce said. He said inspectors from the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji had departed Nadi for Kadavu to inspect the plane.    

Agreement signed for waste collection service

Residents, businesses and informal settlements in the Nasinu area will receive regular and efficient waste collection service from next Monday, says Minister for Local Government, Housing and Community Development Premila Kumar. She said this was made possible after the Suva City Council (SCC) and the Nasinu Town Council (NTC) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA)...

Parliament – Small Grant Scheme funded 171 projects since 2018

The Small Grant Scheme (SEG) has funded a total of 171 projects at a combined cost of $12.6million. This was revealed in a written response provided by Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama following a question raised by Opposition MP Mosese Bulitavu in Parliament querying statistics and costing on projects funded by small grant project allocation...

Teenagers feared drowned are brothers; yet to be found

The two brothers believed to have drowned in Lautoka are students of Tilak High School. They have been identified as Shivnil Singh and Shelvin Singh. It is understood they did not go to school and joined a group of other students to spend the day the Saweni picnic spot. Initial searches conducted by Police and...

‘Big Guns’: Top Funding for FijiFirst

The FijiFirst party has been mostly funded by “big guns” of the local business community. This, according to Labasa businessman Charan Jeath Singh who claimed he received a list yesterday containing the names of donors from the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) after he made a formal request. He said he could not release a copy...

Child injured in felling accident; police investigate

Fijian Police are investigating an incident where a four-year-old girl sustained injuries by a tree allegedly felled by military engineers near her home at Wailailai Settlement in Suva last week. Police spokesperson Savaira Tabua also confirmed a report had been lodged with Police regarding the incident. “Investigations are still ongoing. If any progress, I will...

NFA commends public response to new 910 emergency line

National Fire Authority (NFA) chief executive officer Puamau Sowane says it is encouraging to see the public acknowledge the new 910 fire emergency number that officially launched last week. Mr Sowane said the authority was grateful that the 910 emergency line was finally reaching the public and feedbacks were being provided. A letter writer to...

Fiji Navy musical band commissioned

The Republic of the Fiji Military Forces Navy band was commissioned at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua this morning. RFMF Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto said the event would add on to their rich history. “Today, on display as the RFMF Navy band is a direct product of the RFMF band,” Cmdr Naupoto said....

Teenagers believed to have drowned at Lautoka picnic spot

Two teenagers are believed to have drowned at a picnic spot in Saweni, Lautoka. They are high school students who had gone to the picnic area with a group of other students. Family, friends and Police officers are now looking for the missing students.  

Police seize marijuana plants from Cakaudrove farm

The Fijian Police Special Response Unit seized more than 30 plants confirmed to be marijuana from a farm in Cakaudrove on Vanua Levu. Police said the raid was conducted on the farm that allegedly belonged to a 41-year-old man of Loa Village. The man has been charged with one count of unlawful possession of illicit...

Port Denarau Marina: Blue Lane initiative attracts 72 vessels

The Blue Lane initiative has so far attracted 72 vessels, including six superyachts and several pending applications. This was revealed by publicly-listed company Port Denarau Marina in its market announcement via the South Pacific Stock Exchange (SPX). Company chairman David Skeggs said it was pleasing to see the gradual increase in their occupancy from the...

Fiji can expect new innovative programs to support green growth investments

Fiji can expect new innovative programs supporting ‘Green Growth Investments’ to emerge through strengthened engagements between the Fijian Government and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), an international organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in developing economies. This was emphasised at a meeting held on Monday this week between...

U.S reaffirms commitment to work closely with Fiji and the region

The United States of America has reaffirmed its commitment to work closely with Fiji and the region in advancing the shared vision of building lasting peace and prosperity. This was the key message of the commemoration of the 244th anniversary of Independence celebrations with the theme “Stars and Stripes Forever”. The program, organised by the...

Stepfather facing rape charges advised to get instructions

The High Court in Suva has given a stepfather facing multiple charges of sexual related offences time to get instructions on how he intends to plead. The accused appeared at the High Court in Suva yesterday charged with three counts of rape and one count of sexual assault. He is alleged to have committed the...

Ministry still rebuilding schools damaged by TC Winston, says minister

The Ministry of Education is still rebuilding schools four years after Tropical Cyclone Winston made landfall in Fiji. This, according to Education Minster Rosy Akbar while commissioning the new school classrooms at Naivicula District School in Wainibuka, Tailevu. Ms Akbar said Government spent more than $220 million in their rebuilding process. More in today’s edition...

Jail term for man found guilty of stealing goats

A Tavua man who stole two billy goats was jailed for 38 days by the Tavua Magistrates Court. Petero Ratoto stole the two goats on February 2 from Melaia Vouvou who lives at Tagitagi, Tavua. The goats were worth $80 each and Mr Ratoto sold them for $55 each. More in today’s edition of The...

17th September

‘Gaps’ in COVID fight

An incident where three people in quarantine drank alcohol with officers tasked with monitoring them highlighted the gaps that existed in Fiji’s COVID-19 response. This was the comment made by Nadi Hospital COVID-19 Response Unit head Dr Pablo Romakin. He said the COVID-19 reporting system needed to be improved because “it is not in real...

Ozone day celebrated

Fiji is on track to complete the total phase out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by 2030, says Environment Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy. He made the comments during a celebration to mark World Ozone Day in Nadi yesterday. “Our theme this year, Ozone for Life: 35 years of ozone protection, reflects on the years of international co-operation...

Girl, 4, in ICU after tree felling incident

A four-year-old girl has been admitted to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit for injuries allegedly caused by a tree felled by engineers of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces last Wednesday. RFMF Commander Viliame Naupoto has confirmed that investigations into the “unfortunate” incident had begun. According to the child’s grandmother, Losalini Vodi,...

Felled tree ruins home

A family in Nabua, Suva, claims a tree felled last week by Republic of Fiji Military Forces engineers had destroyed their home. Homeowner Semiti Koroi said as a result of the incident, his family was forced to move into a nearby dwelling not fit for human habitation. He claimed the engineers visited a neighbouring property...

‘Retirement crisis looms’

Fiji will face a national retirement crisis if Government continues to ask workers to withdraw Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) monies to support their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. This was the view expressed by the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) in its COVID-19 rapid assessment report. The report was based on data collected from...

New ‘special’ bus bay

People with special needs have something new and exciting to look forward to after the launch of a new bus bay at the Lautoka Bus Stand yesterday. The milestone event, attended by students of the Lautoka School for Special Education and Lautoka Sunshine Special School means they will no longer have to wait in long...

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