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2nd February

Resignation negates probe – PM

The resignation of Mohammed Saneem from his post as Supervisor of Elections has negated the need for an investigation by the Constitutional Offices Commission (COC). This, according to Prime Minister and COC chair Sitiveni Rabuka....

‘True return of democracy’ – FLGOA welcomes municipal polls

The Fiji Local Government Officers Association hopes that the municipal council elections working group could also be extended to include former councillors, union and relevant stakeholders. While welcoming the announcement by Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka, association president Rouhit Singh said he looked forward to participating in the municipal council elections which they hope would be...

Group to facilitate elections

A working group chaired by the permanent secretary of the Local Government Ministry will be established to facilitate the election of municipal councillors for town and city councils. Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka told a news conference yesterday that the working group would consist of heads of central agencies, the CEOs of municipal councils and the...

Year 8 exam provisional results out today

The Fiji Eighth Year Examination provisional result will be released today. The Fijian Government confirmed that this morning and advised students, parents and guardians of the same. A total of 17,366 students sat for the examination. The Ministry of Education recorded a 62 per cent pass rate for 2022 FY8E compared to 69 per cent...

Taveuni man to front court for murder

A man alleged to have caused the death of a 35-year-old Taveuni farmer during an argument out at sea last Friday has been charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder. Police allege the incident occurred between Laucala Island and Taveuni. In its initial report, police alleged an argument broke out...

Two Cabinet subcommittees to be established; review Government decision-making machinery

Cabinet’s approval to review the Government’s decision-making machinery will now result in the establishment of two Cabinet subcommittees. The Cabinet subcommittees are the Economic Strategy Committee (ESC) and the Cabinet Subcommittee on Budget (CSB). According to Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka, the Economic Strategy Committee of Cabinet will be chaired by the Prime Minister, and its...

Cabinet approves agreement on Fiji-NZ defence cooperation

An agreement between the Fiji and New Zealand governments on defence cooperation and status of visiting forces will, among others, reaffirm mutual benefits of interoperability between the countries’ defence forces. Cabinet approved the agreement on Tuesday, which Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka said was an affirmation of Fiji and New Zealand’s strong bilateral defence relationship. In...

Cabinet agrees to reactivate development subcommittee of PS’s

The Development Subcommittee (DSC) of Permanent Secretaries will be reactivated. Cabinet agreed to this decision during its meeting on Tuesday. Announcing the decision, Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka said the DSC was a forum where permanent secretaries deliberated on matters concerning government conduct and issues that governed the government machinery. “This will allow permanent secretaries to...

Transforming Fiji’s human capital part of National Economic Summit deliberations

A consensus on the essentials for transforming Fiji’s ‘immense human capital’ into a nationally productive and innovative capacity will form part of deliberations for the proposed National Economic Summit (NES) in April this year. Now referring itself as the People’s Coalition Government, Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka announced at a press briefing in Suva yesterday that...

What’s happening today!

Bula vinaka everyone. Here is another edition of some basic information you may need to know for today. First, here is your weather forecast for today: Weather: Heavy rain alert remains in force for the eastern and northern divisions Situation: A trough of low pressure lies slow moving just to the north of Fiji It...

1st February

Plan to wipe out disease

In a bid to eradicate leprosy in Fiji, the Health Ministry will strengthen its screening programs, says Dr Meciusela Tuicakau, a dermatologist at the Tamavua Twomey Hospital. “The leprosy and dermatology teams have begun their actions in the mission to eradicate leprosy in Fiji,” he said at a World Leprosy Day event on Monday. “We...

Leprosy still an issue in Fiji

Fiji continues to detect between four to seven new leprosy cases every year, says Health Minister Dr Atonio Lalabalavu. While speaking at a World Leprosy Day event at the Tamavua Twomey Hospital on Monday, Dr Lalabalavu said he had confidence in his staff at the Leprosy and Dermatology department to address the issue. “They will...

Stronger partnership for future of regional tourism

Tourism Minister Viliame Gavoka says Fiji has certain advantages in the tourism sector and there is a need to share that with its Pacific neighbours. The deputy Prime Minister shared this with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation chief executive Petero Manufolau and reaffirmed stronger partnership for the prosperity of regional tourism. “The outlook is more...

Report highlights sectors that will lead growth in 2023

A recent report from Westpac expects the economy to progress through 2023 with a forecast of an increase in the growth profile for the economy with real GDP growth of 7.2 per cent. In the latest issue of the Westpac Wave, the bank’s senior economist Krishal Prasad said the increase in the growth profile would...

Fiji’s exports to rise

Total exports are expected to grow in line with the anticipated improvement in domestic activity and growth in Fiji’s major trading partners in 2023. The Westpac Wave for January 2023 states that the COVID-19 pandemic affected trade in Fiji over the past two years, as with the rest of the world. Westpac Fiji’s senior economist...

Fiji Sugar Minister reveals ‘extravagant’ remuneration for FSC chief executive officers

Minister for Sugar Charan Jeath Singh has revealed the hefty salaries and allowances paid to the former chief executive officers of Fiji Sugar Corporation. At a press conference in Suva today, he revealed the following remuneration, which he described extravagant: Former CEO Graham Clerk was paid a base salary of $550,000; $178,128 in allowances and...

People: Healing old scars

The pain of losing a loved one is an unbearable agony — hard to erase from a person’s memory. Such is the pain Losana Nai has had to bear. She lost four close family members to a massive landslide that buried and killed them at Tukuraki Village in the highlands of Ba in 2012. Losana...

Judge says couple inclined to bitterness

There is a unique propensity for bitterness between a couple going through a separation or divorce, said High Court in Lautoka judge Justice Anare Tuilevuka. He made the statement in a ruling delivered on January 23 in a case where a husband was seeking court orders to stop his “separated” wife from making defamatory statements...

PM’s fruitful visit to Kiribati

Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka’s inaugural state visit to Kiribati has borne fruit after the government of Kiribati formally announced its intent to rejoin the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in 2023. A statement issued by the Government of Kiribati on Monday also highlighted the decision came following a “fruitful, positive, and successful” bilateral meeting held between...

Tribunal to look into allegations against Chief Justice Kumar

A tribunalwill be convened to look into allegations of misbehaviour levelled against Chief Justice Kamal Kumar, who was suspended from his position with full pay on Monday. President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere endorsed the suspension on the advice of the Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka. The suspension was in accordance with Chapter 5, Part A, Section 111(4)...

‘Immediate action’ prevents further inconvenience

Fiji Airports took immediate action to ensure minimum inconvenience to passengers when rainwater seeped through a portion of the departure lounge area during a torrential downpour over the weekend. Chief executive Rowan Chalmers said this in response to questions about a video of the deluge circulating on social media. “Rainwater seeped through the external wall...

Fiji’s Opposition Leader writes to President about COC

Fiji’s Opposition Leader Voreqe Bainimarama has refused an offer of housing extended by Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka. Yet, a little more than a month after the 2022 General Election, there is no confirmation from Government that he has vacated the home he occupied as PM. In a letter to Speaker Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, Mr Bainimarama...

Former FBC CEO paid $224k in bonuses in 14 years

Former Fijian Broadcasting Corporation CEO Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum was paid $224,792.84 in bonuses during his term at FBC which began in 2008. He was due for a $30,000 bonus this year. FBC chairman Ajai Bhai Amrit also revealed Mr Sayed-Khaiyum received a salary of $304,453.08 and paid a bonus of $25,671.28 during the COVID-19 pandemic. He...

More changes for Fiji Police; acting PS for Education

Acting Commissioner of Police Juki Fong Chew has confirmed that Deputy Commissioner of Police Itendra Nair is nearing the end of his contract and has taken leave. “His replacement will be announced in due course,” Mr Chew said. He also said former assistant commissioner of police Surend Sami was no longer holding the post of...

Fund carries our risk analysis before loans

As a long-term investor, the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) carries out risk analysis prior to the issuance of any loan. This, according to FNPF general manager member services Alipate Waqairawai. Speaking during the annual member forum in Suva last Tuesday, Mr Waqairawai said FNPF had a portfolio of commercial loans. “Then, the relevant due...

Cabinet approves municipal elections in Fiji; working group to be established to prepare budget

Cabinet has approved the process to be adopted to facilitate the election of municipal councillors for town and city councils. And a working group will be established to prepare a detailed plan and a budget for the elections. This was confirmed by Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka today as he announced the decisions of yesterday’s Cabinet...

Talks in progress to invest lease monies

In a bid to ensure young iTaukei landowners benefit, the Fiji National Provident Fund is in discussions with the iTaukei Land Trust Board to invest lease monies in FNPF. FNPF member services general manager Alipate Waqairawai said the discussions were carried out at the board level with the TLTB. “We had some discussions with TLTB...

$1.7bn Solvency Reserve Account for ‘rainy days’

The Fiji National Provident Fund has undistributed profits amounting to $1.7 billion. Fund CEO Viliame Vodonaivalu said this was part of their Solvency Reserve Account. “Solvency is your ability to pay for your obligations at any time,” he said while speaking in Lautoka recently. “In other words, if you apply it in a personal setting,...

Fiji drops 2 scores; New Government a hope to improve corruption index – Transparency International

A new coalition Government in Fiji offers some hope that the country will improve its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2023, states Transparency International. In its 2022 CPI released yesterday, Fiji dropped two scores from 55 to 53, showing the country has not fared well. The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranks 180 countries and territories...

In court for scuffle

Three youths involved in a scuffle outside a wedding venue in Seaqaqa, Vanua Levu, on Sunday night have been charged and appeared before Magistrate Bimsara Jagodage at the Labasa Magistrates Court on Monday. Pita Ravula, 20, Tokalau Rasai, 23, and Orisi Biunimasei, 23, were charged with one each count of assault causing actual bodily harm....

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