From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your October 10 briefing



October 10 is a very special day for many reasons.

It means different things to different people. As a nation, it’s a day when we reflect on the events of 1970. That’s when we became independent. A couple of things happened on this date in 1970 that are etched in history. Read about that in the editorial on Page 8. Meanwhile, the big one on the front page of The Fiji Times for Monday, October 10 is on drugs and students.


We have a wraparound over The Fiji Times main front page.


here are some headlines inside:PG 4 & PG 5

TESSA Mackenzie, the woman who designed the noble banner blue has one message for Fiji Day. “Be honest, be kind, think of others and be thankful for all the good things in Fiji,” the 88-year-old said.

  • FIJI Day is a day to celebrate how we have managed to get through difficult and turbulent times through faith, perseverance and compassion. Unity Fiji leader Savenaca Narube said this in a Fiji Day message where he outlined that many Fijians were still facing significant challenges in trying to make ends meet.
  • OPPOSITION Whip Ro Filipe Tuisawau says an electoral system where someone with up to 600 votes can enter Parliament while a candidate with 5000 does not make it into the House is “a sham and fraud on the nation”.
  • OUT of the 52 years of independence, over 35 years of the nationhood was marred by four coups, says Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry.
  • WHILE Fiji celebrates 52 years of independence this year, the country’s civilisation dates back over 3000 years. This was reiterated by prominent University of the South Pacific (USP) Professor Vijay Naidu.

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HAVING access to tools to combat cybercrime does not necessarily grant an institution power, says Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) commissioner Rashmi Aslam.

  • COMMISSIONER of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho says there is no such abduction or human trafficking ring in existence in Fiji where a group of men are abducting young girls and children. He said they would never intentionally not inform the general populace about a crime trend or a possible threat to the safety of the general public or in particular children.
  • THE Fiji Police Force records an average of 20 to 30 missing persons cases a month. This, according to Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho yesterday, while clearing the air over the misconceptions on social media regarding the high number of missing person’s cases that are supposedly linked to abduction and human trafficking.
  • Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho has urged members of the public not to take the law into their own hands as it could result in the loss of innocent lives. He made this statement following an incident in Kalekana Settlement, Lami where residents allegedly attacked the owner of a vehicle on Saturday night claiming it was involved in an abduction ring.


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