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Wednesday, February 25, 1987

Inquiry sought on land deal

LAUTOKA City Council will ask the Goverrnment to hold an inquiry into how an eight-hectare block of crown land was granted to a private company in preference to the council and Housing Authority for housing development. At its monthly meeting recently, the council passed recommendations from its staff and general purposes committee calling for the inquiry and expressing shock at the allocation.

Council rules on suicide report

THE Fiji Press Council says there is no need for restrictive legislation on reporting of suicides by the press. It says this in a ruling on a complaint against a report in the Fiji Sun. The complainant, W.D Sisarich, director of The Law Reform Commission, suggested on January 28, 1987 that the Press Council rule on the mode of reporting sudden and unnatural deaths. He said the media should refrain from expressing their own opinions or those of “informed sources”, including police.

Saturday, February 25, 1967

Jets drop in at Nausori

TWO RNZF jet bombers arrived at Nausori Airport the previous day — the first military pure jets to land there. They circled round the airport, their dark bodies blending with the greyish sky, before landing. The bombers, three-seater B12s were on flight exercises. They flew across Suva and then turned to Laucala Bay before going to Nausori.

Fiji loan

THE Commonwealth secretary, Herbert Bowden, said he could not foresee Britain being able to aid Fiji with the Government loan it was attempting to raise for its development. The Australian Government recently turned down a loan of $3,650,000. Mr Bowden said British overseas development aid was pretty well stretched — almost 4 pounds per head of population.

Flip-flops will be made at Nausori

Fiji will have its own flip-flop factory if experiments in progress at Nausori are successful, and if there is a demand for the product. The owner of the factory is a newly formed Fiji company, Japan Industrial Corporation Ltd. Managing director Lall Hathi Ramani said they planned to cater for the Fiji market and later for markets in other Pacific territories.

Monday, February 25, 1957

Shark attacks Fijian fisherman

A shark attacked a Fijian named Samu Bale while he was fishing at Nasese on Sunday. The shark tore at the man’s hand and forearm. The article reported his forearm had to be amputated. Reports said he was carrying fish when he was attacked.

Nausori Mill can be saved

Canegrowers are firmly of the opinion that with goodwill and co-operation the Nausori Mill can be operated at a profit.

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