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Tradesman’s struggles

The biggest challenge for Apisalome Cookson these days is providing a decent meal for his family each day in the midst of no work and very limited funds. The skilled tradesman has been unemployed since Government announced the Lautoka lockdown in the wake of Fiji’s first COVID-19 case on March 19. “I am a carpenter...

Business ‘getting back up’

ONE of Nadi Town’s most popular confectionary traders says business is slowly getting back to normal. Salata Pillay said COVID-19 pandemic had severely impacted on her business — an Indian savoury cart — but things were now looking up. “Business has hit rock bottom, but things look like they are stabilising a bit for now,”...

LIVE!! COVID-19 PM Press Conference

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama addresses the nation.  

LIVE!! TC Harold Update

Director NDMO Vasiti Soko addresses the Media

COVID-19: Kashmir temporary lockdown lifted

The temporary lockdown of an area in Kashmir, Lautoka, early this morning has been lifted. Police officers who set up checkpoints at entry points into the residential area were seen packing up their equipment at around 8.30AM. Vehicles were seen driving into the suspected lockdown area after the checkpoints were removed.    

LIVE: PM addresses the nation

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama addressed the nation of new cases.

Fiji PM terminates Minister Sudhakar after sexual harassment allegations emerge

Government Member of Parliament and Minister for Lands Ashneel Sudakhar has been terminated from his ministerial position as of this afternoon. Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum confirmed Mr Sudakhar was terminated by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for allegations of sexual harassment. He said a disciplinary committee consisting of FijiFirst party members who would be overseeing the internal...

Ministry: No confirmed COVID-19 case, 4 in isolation

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services last night reiterated there were no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Fiji. However, the ministry confirmed four people were being monitored for COVID-19 in Fiji. In a statement last night, the ministry said the four were in strict isolation and in stable condition while they awaited test results. In...

Police find body of a man in Lautoka

THE body of an unidentified man has been found near the Lautoka Sugar Mill this morning. Early morning commuters were shocked to find the body lying underneath a bridge along the busy roadway. Police have cordoned off the road to retrieve the body.

Fire destroys Raiwaqa home

An early morning fire destroyed a three-bedroom home at Raiwaqa in Suva today. The family was still asleep when a neighbour alerted them after seeing smoke coming from the house at around 7.30am. The owner of the home is abroad and the house was being occupied by her nephew, his wife and two children who...

Debate on FRCS report

MEMBERS of Parliament debated the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service 2016-2017 Annual Report this morning which lasted for an hour in Parliament. This is after the chairman for economic affairs Vijay Nath tabled the report before Parliament to be debated by both sides of the House as mandated under the Standing Orders. Leader of Opposition...

Two accused of fraud

A CIVIL servant and a company director appeared in the Labasa Magistrates Court charged with a joint count of conspiracy to defraud causing a loss and a count each of obtaining a financial advantage. They are alleged to have caused a loss of $6000 to Rural and Maritime Development and Natural Disaster Management Ministry in...

Police charge former FNPF worker

  A FORMER Fiji National Provident Fund worker will be produced later in court today for forging legal documents. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the 41-year-old accused with six others illegally obtained more than $49,000 between March and April this year. Ms Naisoro said the accused was alleged to have knowingly used forged Certificate of...

Fiji Airways Boeing 737 aircraft returns to Nadi after engine issue

A FIJI Airways Boeing 737 aircraft was forced to turn around after it developed issues with an engine shortly after take-off from Nadi International Airport this morning. An airline spokesperson said the engine was shut down as a precautionary measure and the flight landed safely. “Our Nadi-Brisbane flight FJ921 operated by Miami Air experienced an...

Infectious disease ruled out as cause of US couple’s death in Fiji: Government

FIJI’S Ministry of Health and Medical Services has ruled out infectious disease as a cause of the death of American couple David and Michelle Paul who died in Nadi while on holiday last month. In a statement, the ministry stated a number of investigations were carried out to reach a final result. “Following an extensive,...

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