Politics

20th February

Bill lacks coverage on certain acts, says Sharma

THE unrealistic expectations on the practicability of implementing the provisions of the Cybercrime Bill is one of the salient issues identified in the Bill, says deputy chairperson of the Standing Committee on Justice, Law and...

State urged to move abattoir

NATIONAL Federation Party president Pio Tikoduadua has urged the Government to consider moving the Fiji Meat Industry Board abattoir and the processing plant in Nakasi as the stench emanating from the facility is affecting residents. “The FMIB abattoir and the processing plant in 9 miles is a bit of an issue for the residents there...

Five remote areas to be electrified through solar

FIVE remote areas have been identified and will be electrified through the solar systems, says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He said this project would cost $1.8 million, which would be completely funded by the UK Government. “As a result of the Vio Island program, we have already identified five other sites that will actually be electrified...

Bulitavu: Solar is the way forward

SOLAR is the way forward for Fiji, says Social Democratic Liberal Party member Mosese Bulitavu. “Most of the main energy lines are down after cyclones or any other climate or weather change that affects us,” he said. “So, one of the greatest needs that arise is energy and I think solar is the way forward...

New laws to be implemented before evaluation

NEW laws will need to be implemented and put in place before a Job Evaluation Exercise (JEE) is undertaken for the Fiji Corrections Service, says Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Civil Service, and Communications Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He highlighted this in Parliament recently after he was questioned by Opposition MP, Ratu Tevita Navurelevu, on whether a...

Strong moral compass helps people do right

HAVING a strong moral compass will help people learn right from wrong and ultimately do the right thing. SODELPA MP Mitieli Bulanauca said this while speaking in Parliament recently. He said moral convictions could also help address child trafficking. “In order for you not to sell children, not to have prostitution with children, not to...

268 growers obtain farms

PRIME Minister and Sugar Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said 268 growers have acquired cane farms through Government’s new Farmers Assistance Scheme. Speaking in Parliament recently, he said through the scheme, new land had been brought under cane farming and that had contributed to the overall increase in production. “To produce better crop yield, FSC (Fiji Sugar...

Ro Filipe raises biomass concerns

OPPOSITION member of Parliament Ro Filipe Tuisawau urged the relevant ministries to relook at the supply of biomass which has affected the operation of the Nabou Biomass. “There is the issue about the Nabou Biomass and when we made the visit, it was not operating, some issues relating to that is the supply of biomass...

Pio says planned law ‘frightening’

OPPOSITION parliamentarian Pio Tikoduadua says Government’s plans to introduce a law that could allow authorities to enter and search anyone’s property through force at any time is “frightening”. He directed his comment at Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and asked him to clarify whether Government was looking at drafting the National Legislation Bill 2020 during the recent...

19th February

FTUC applies for permit to march; six previous applications declined

The Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) has lodged an application for a permit to conduct a march and rally in Suva. The FTUC National Executive Board had met in January and resolved that FTUC would conduct a national march on May 1, 2021, to campaign in support of critical workers rights that remain pending. Also,...

Commission approves increase in voters at a polling station

The Electoral Commission has approved the increase in the number of voters per polling station from 500 to 650. In approving the recommendation of the Fijian Elections Office (FEO), the Commission noted that the FEO had carried out a consultation with political parties as well as provided substantive information in relation to the conduct of...

18th February

Fijians ‘matter more’

THE lives of Fijians are more important than bringing in more tourists, says Opposition member Ro Filipe Tuisawau. In Parliament last week, Mr Tuisawau addressed Opposition’s concerns on Government’s effort to reopen borders to foreign visitors. “The sequence of events following the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and people’s livelihood, the devastation inflicted by...

Villagers say solar use limited

PEOPLE on Vio Island, off the coast of Lautoka, cannot fully use the solar power equipment they have been given, says Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) member Aseri Radrodro. He said the villagers had limitations on the use of the solar. “When we visited Vio Island, which is one of the beneficiaries of the programs...

Safe water for urban dwellers

PEOPLE in urban areas should have full access to clean and safe drinking water by next year, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Natural Resources chairman Sanjay Kirpal told Parliament last week. Speaking on the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) annual report 2016, he said it was part of Government’s plan to have clean and safe water...

Monitor children, Akbar tells parents

NO one has the right to sell their child to put food on the table, says Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar. She said poverty could be a contributing factor but did not justify parents to sell their children to put food on the table. She urged parents to monitor their children. “Even...

Attack on MP – PM says Biman ‘sucked up’ to Prof Ahluwalia

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama launched a scathing attack against National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad, claiming he had an agenda to attack former vice-chancellor Professor Rajesh Chandra and “sucked up” to VC Pal Ahluwalia so his wife could get a post. Mr Bainimarama said when Prof Ahluwalia took up the post as VC, Prof...

Ali calls on PM Bainimarama to retract statement against Dr Chand

The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre has called on Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to offer an apology to one of the University of the South Pacific’s renowned and award-winning academic Dr Rajni Chand. In a statement today, FWCC Co-ordinator Shamima Ali said they were appalled at Mr Bainimarama’s uncalled-for and “misogynistic attack” on Dr Chand. “To...

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