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Matilda Simmons
Sunday, November 26, 2017

Friday November, 26, 1982

Threat of blackout

FIJI'S power workers threatened to plunge the nation into darkness unless their leader reaches an agreement with the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Mohammed Ramzan. One of the main grievances is the Fiji Electricity Authority insistence that Suva members should be examined by a company doctor of their choice.

Qionibaravi reads a long list

MINISTER for Foreign Affairs Mosese Qionibaravi was forced to read out an invitation list of 1001 names in yesterday's morning session of the House of Representatives as deputy leader of the National Federation Party Irene Jai Narayan insisted that her questions be answered orally.

Mrs Narayan wanted to know who received invitations to the seven public functions hosted by the Government during the previous month's Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting (CHOGRM). When asked if she wanted the list tabled or read out, replied: "The question is to be answered orally."

"Can I have a glass of water, please?" asked Mr Qionibaravi to laughter as 10 members on the Government side slowly rose and left their seats.

Friday, November 26, 1976

NFP cash frozen

THE National Federation Party's bank accounts with the Bank of Baroda have been frozen on the instructions of three key NFP leaders: Opposition Whip, Karam Ramrakha, the party president, Mrs Irene Jai Narayan and a Nadi parliamentarian Hargovind Lodhia. Reliable sources told The Fiji Times the NFP had about $15,000 left over from funds it collected to hire a British lawyer to present its case before the royal commission which looked into the country's electoral system.

November 26, 1927

On one occasion in 1927, Suva's water supply was described as "unpleasant but healthy". The housewives were complaining about the colour of water coming through the pipes. The water was described as "dark in colour, and having a strange mixture in it," and after tasting samples, Mr A. Barker received the following report from the analytical chemist. "The amount of sediment was very high. It consisted of vegetable debri and soil. The latter was very rich in iron oxide. I consider, although the water is unpleasant in appearance, it is not dangerous to health."

Tuesday, November 27, 1918

Shot fired

ALLEGATION of a shot on Saturday was made to the police by Mangre Prasad (f/n Prabhu), of Rabulu, Tavua. He alleged the incident occurred about 11pm while was in bed. The bullet passed over his head and lodged in the wall.

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