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[6 Oct 2011 | No Comment | 14,262]

Oct 06 2011
The iTaukei Affairs Board and the Fiji Police Force signed a memorandum of understanding today.
The memorandum is aimed at strengthening policing of rural iTaukei by establishing rural policing partnership between the board and the Police.
This is an outcome of National Consultation on proactive approaches to curb drug cultivation and the need to find alternative community-based approaches for effective rural policing.
In recognizing the importance of the board and the police department’s role in ensuring law and order in iTaukei communities, the two organisations have come up with the agreement …

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[6 Oct 2011 | No Comment | 5,985]

Mediation office for Labasa

Oct 06, 2011
Minister for Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Mr Filipe Bole will officially launch the mediation services for people of the Northern Division at the Labasa Civic Center tomorrow.
The establishment of the mediation services office, with a sole mediator providing array of services, is in line with government’s ‘Look North’ policy and the commitment to provide free, fast and fair services in the resolution of employment problems and maintaining peace and harmony in the work place.
This will also meet government’s objective of improving livelihoods for people …

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[11 Jul 2011 | No Comment | 5,890]

Jul 12 2011
Positive signs on tourist arrivals indicate a rapid increase in arrivals from China.

Attorney General and Minister for Tourism Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum released the latest tourist arrival figures at a press conference in Suva today.

For the first time ever arrival figures for April exceed the 50,000 mark.
“For the first time in Fiji’s history, ever for the month of April, we surpassed 50,000 visitor arrivals. We have never exceeded the 50, 000 mark. We have had 55, 043 arrivals,” he said.

“It has now exceeded the 2010 mark by a whopping 23.7 …

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[10 Jul 2011 | No Comment | 6,361]

Jun 30 , 2011
 Below is a statement from the Attorney General’s Chambers; Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum (Attorney General)

1. The comments made by the Ministry of Defence official have obviously been put out of context by certain sections of the media and various NGO personalities.
2. The Bainimarama Government welcomes foreign direct investment into Fiji.
3. All investors and investment proposals need to be compliant with all Fijian laws.
4. Accordingly, should there be any proposal by an investor to set up an arms or ammunition manufacturing plant in Fiji then that proposal will be …

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[18 Jun 2011 | No Comment | 1,565]

Jun 17, 2011
The Public Service Commission is currently working on a Scarce Skills Retention Policy for Civil Service.
Public Service Commission permanent secretary Mr Parmesh Chand said over the past years government has lost considerable qualified and skilled personnel to private and regional organization’s, adding that the absence of qualified staff in Ministries affects Government’s ability to deliver the required services to the public.
Work classifications that Government considers as scarce skills are in the areas of Doctors, Engineers, Meteorologists, Veterinary Officers, Town Planners, Marine Scientists, Agricultural Scientists, and Geologists etc.
“The recruiting …

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[14 Jun 2011 | No Comment | 1,647]

Jun 15, 2011
Squatters of Lakena Hill, Manoca, Nausori will receive official documents of their land leases from the Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment, Colonel Sameula Saumatua on Thursday, June 16.
Project officer for Lakena Hill, Mr Peni Bakewa said the land was a crown residential lot where a total of 147 lessees will be given 99 years of lease.

“Government has taken the initiative to provide families with decent housing and Lakena is one of them,” he said.

The residents will be provided with sewer lines in the future …

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[7 Jun 2011 | No Comment | 2,259]

Jun 06, 2011
The Republic of Fiji Military Forces acknowledged the hard work and diligence of 80 officers at a military parade held at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua today.
Prime Minister Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama handed out the leadership and service medals to the 80 officers.
“We thank those who are awarded their medals this morning. We hope to give out all pending medals to those of you who deserve to receive your medals,” Commodore Bainimarama said.
Three categories of medals were awarded:
1.       Operational Leadership medal that was awarded to Lieutenant Colonel …

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[7 Jun 2011 | No Comment | 1,728]

Jun 08, 2011
The following decision was taken by Cabinet at its 10th scheduled meeting held this morning Cabinet has approved the University Of Fiji Decree 2011.
The Decree provides the legal framework for the establishment of the University.
Cabinet based its decision on a submission by the Minister for Education National Heritage Culture and Arts, and Youth and Sports, Mr Filipe Bole.
The University of Fiji (UniFiji) commenced operation as a higher education institution in February 2005, and is in its seventh year of operation.
It is founded and managed by the Arya Pratinidhi …

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Jun 08, 2011
Police in the western division have uncovered a scrap metal racket and have apprehended and charged 44 men and one 19 year old female in connection with 15 telecom cable thefts and damage of optic cables in the Ba area.
The thefts occurred between March and May this year and have cost Telecom Fiji more than $80,000 in losses.
The ages of the men range from 16 – 52 years of age. All have been charged and have appeared in court in the past month as the result of a …

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[24 May 2011 | No Comment | 1,569]

It is reported by various media sources that the New Zealand government is considering offering political asylum to a fugitive Fijian military man at the centre of a diplomatic row.
Fiji’s military regime is believed to have filed an extradition order with Tonga calling on the immediate return of its former military chief Lieutenant Colonel Ratu Tevita Mara.
Mara is reported to have  escaped Fiji after being charged with plotting to overthrow the government and is holed up in the Tongan capital Nuku’alofa.
Using  YouTube and blog websites Mara has been issuing  strings …