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Sikeli Qounadovu
Sunday, January 28, 2018

January 28, 1958

Sharks caught at Suva

and Nukulau wharves

The newspaper reported a nine-foot grey nurse shark was caught at Nukulau wharf and an eight-foot grey nurse had been caught at the Suva wharf.

Conciliation and arbitration Bill

ON this day Government proposed to way deal with industrial disputes that will attempt to simplify the process of conciliation and arbitration in Fiji. However the Bill had several weaknesses which would become apparent in a major industry upheaval. The article stated there seems to be an attempt, whether by design or accident to muzzle free discussion of a dispute, however this could have an effect on the colonial government.

Party for students leaving for Australia

THE article reporteds friends gathered at Tamavua at the home Sethi Narain to farewell classmates who were headed to Australia on an education scholarship. It reported that former Marist Brothers High School student Binod Ram Charitra was heading to Victoria to attend St Joseph's College in Geelong. Narain's two daughters Satyamani and Lilamani, who were students of Dudley House School and St Anne's School, respectively had been enrolled at the Dominican Convent in Moss Vale, New South Wales.

Four months jail for

assaulting police officer

ON this day 23-year-old Manasa Koromo of Davuilevu was sentenced to four months behind bars for assaulting a police officer. Koromo, who was arrested at the Rodwell Rd for being drunk and disorderly, assaulted the officer when he was taken to the Central Police Station. The article reported Koromo denied assaulting the police officer.

January 28, 1964

Monster pineapple

ON the front page of The Fiji Times, Mr SH Wilson brought what was deemed the largest pineapple plant to have been witnessed by the newspaper company. The newspaper reported "the monstrous freak of a pineapple plant — consisting of a head, and eight more surrounding its base were brought over from his estate at Oneva, Savusavu.

Lautoka Mayor elected

In a special meeting of the Lautoka town Council, Cr RB Ingelton was re-elected as mayor. According to the article, the election was held following receipt of a letter from the Colonial Secretary to the town clerk.

Flights at dangerous levels

Fiji-born Malcom Bower joined the Fiji Airways.

Known as the Fiji born flyer on the payroll, the then 28-year-old had been flying thousands of miles almost at ground level while in New Zealand. His late father WD Bower was a former government employee of the colonial government before migrating to New Zealand when Malcom was still a young boy.

Batiki fatal accident

A village working group on the island of Batiki when 16-year-old Marika Vakatoga lost his life following an injury. The newspaper account stated Marika was in a group of 10 men who were working in the village compound. Behind Marika with a cane knife was Viliame Qio. The knife slipped out of Qio's hands and struck just above the knee causing a severe injury. Unfortunately for Marika, the district nurse was away in Levuka and by the time she returned Makogai to try and take Marika over to Levuka, he died. Reports revealed he died because of excessive loss of blood.

Fish scarce in Suva market

Interestingly according to this article, on this day fish was scarce in the Suva market with prices skyrocketing following a week of poor catch. However there were abundance of fruits, root crops and vegetables.

Many Turn Up for Funeral

Many mourners attended the funeral of nine year old Surila Devi Sharma who was involved in a collision at the junction of the Wainibokasi and Cakobau Rd in Nausori. The newspaper reported, Surila had accompanied her sister Premila and brother Ramesh while delivering a billy-can to their uncle.

Shark poisoning

According to The Fiji Times Levuka corresponded 12 people from Visoto village were rushed to hospital after suffering from fish poisoning. It was reported the 12 consumed the liver of a big grey nurse shark which was caught off the shores of Levuka earlier in the day. The newspaper reported they were all making a favourable recovery.

Danger Notice

On this day the public were warned that the Royal New Zealand Air Force will be carrying out Fixed Target Bombing and Towed Target Bombing exercise at Laucala Bay.








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