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Tuesday, December 3, 1991

Probe on senior army officer

A SENIOR army officer has come under fire for alleged misappropriation of funds totalling over $200,000. The alleged fraud took place when the officer was the managing-director of a Suva based Japanese company. Documents obtained by The Fiji Times showed the officer — who now heads a special military branch — kept using company funds after he resigned to join the Fiji Military Forces. The owners of the company said the discrepancies were discovered by a visiting company representative and confirmed by auditors.

Ministry rejects Rabuka's moves

THE Ministry of Employment will not recognise any agreement worked out by Major-General Sitiveni Rabuka between striking garment workers and the Hantex Apparel Company. Hantex administration manager Francis Nair said they were told by the ministry that any settlement should be channelled through them and not via Maj-Gen Rabuka. The 137 strikers, who walked off their jobs on November 20 to protest against poor working conditions, claim they are required to work 24 hours, overtime is forced, they work more than 45 hours per week and are not provided with transport after doing overtime.

Saturday, December 3, 1983

Crackdown on Fiji 'illegals'

A LARGE number of Gujratis are in Fiji illegally and the Immigration Department has begun cracking down on them, sources told The Fiji Times. Many of the overstayers are believed to be students and relatives of Gujrati Fiji citizens who came here on visitor or work permits. Sources said the Immigration Department was cracking down not only on Gujratis but also on others, however, Gujratis formed the largest number on the over stayers' list.

No word on strike

MORE than 7000 civil servants wondered whether they would be called out on strike after Cabinet discussed a strike threat by their union. The Fiji Public Service Association has threatened to go on strike if the Government fails to implement the recommendations of the Nicol-Hurst Report on grading, classifications and conditions of service.

Monday, December 3, 1973

New law criticised

FIJI Court of Appeal judges have criticised the Government's new legislation about the death sentence for murder. They made the criticism in dismissing an appeal by Uday Narayn, 23, of Viseisei, Lautoka. In September the Supreme Court at Lautoka sentenced him to death. The court convicted Narayan of murdering Daya Prasad, 21, a farmer from the same village. The death sentence was the first since Fiji's Parliament restored capital punishment after a five-year-trial suspension.

Thursday, December 3, 1964

Suva's power mains going underground

THE Suva City Council's Electricity Department has started its program of laying mains underground in the city area. The Electrical Engineer (Mr W Smith) told The Fiji Times the project might take three to four years. He said, that present plans did not involve putting the cables underground throughout the city except for high voltage mains. The mains have been laid underground in Victoria Parade, near Grand Pacific Hotel and in Cakobau Rd between Victorial Parade and Gladstone Rd.

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