Politics

Setting up a unit to check foreign investors’ background costly: Finau

SETTING up a unit to carry out background checks on foreign investors within the Land and Mineral Resources Ministry will be a costly exercise, says permanent secretary Malakai Finau. Mr Finau said there wasn’t any...

Lands ministry told to strengthen checks on foreign investors

FIJI’S Ministry of Land and Mineral Resources needs to strengthen background checks on foreign investors, says SODELPA MP Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu. Ratu Naiqama made this comment yesterday as the ministry responded to questions from members of the Public Accounts Committee. However, the ministry’s permanent secretary, Malakai Finau, told the committee there was no need to...

PAC scrutinises ministry’s land use division

THE Ministry of Land and Mineral Resources was scrutinised by the Public Accounts Committee over the land use division standard operations procedures (SOPs). This came to light while the ministry was making submissions on the audit report on the management of lands reform program yesterday. Ministry permanent secretary Malakai Finau said there were amendments made to the...

25th March

Fiji Public Service Association General Secretary Rajeshwar Singh speaks at the Air Terminal Services March in Nadi. Picture: Shayal Devi

FPSA calls for inquiry; Fiji Airports says there is no grievance

THE Fiji Public Service Association (FPSA) is calling for an inquiry into the dispute between air traffic controllers and Fiji Airports for the safety of the travelling public. While responding to statements made by Fiji Airports last Friday, FPSA president Rajeshwar Singh said the company’s safety issues required a response to put matters into proper...

22nd March

Fiji tower controllers ‘not returning to work’

AIR traffic controllers say they will not return to work until Fiji Airports agrees to come to the negotiation table to discuss pay grievances and operational issues. This was the word from team leader and senior controller Kolokesa Kini during a press conference in Suva yesterday. He travelled with two other senior ATCs to meet...

Fiji airport impasse continues

AS the impasse between air traffic controllers (ATCs) and Fiji Airports management enters its fourth day, the ATCs are adamant they will not return to work unless serious steps are taken to address their issues. Team leader and senior ATC Kolokesa Kini made the statement during a press conference at the Fiji Public Service Association...

FTUC members to deliver petition to Fiji-based Indian High Commission

THE Fiji Trades Union Congress Union members will deliver its petition to the Indian High Commission Office in Suva this morning. FTUC executive officer Jyotika Sharma said that the petition was to be delivered yesterday but the Indian High Commission’s Office was closed for the Holi festival. “Our trade union leaders gathered in Suva today...

21st March

Employment Minister meets Fiji Airports senior management

MINISTER for Employment, Industrial Relations and Productivity Parveen Kumar is meeting Fiji Airports senior management and air traffic controllers this hour. The air traffic controllers will be represented by Fiji Public Service Association general secretary Rajeshwar Singh. Mr Kumar is expected to release a statement on the impasse following the discussions.

Online Commission warns against hateful and racial words

THE Online Safety Commission has issued a warning to all Fijians to refrain from spreading hateful words and discrimination on social media over the barbaric attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, last Friday. Commissioner Anne Dunn Baleilevuka said they were aware that hateful and racial words were spreading across social media platforms. “We have not received...

Namosi hydro talks: Less impacts on swimming and washing – EIA Report

THERE is expected to be very few impacts on swimming, playing, bathing and washing in the Wainikoroiluva river once the construction of the proposed hydropower project starts. This was revealed in the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report of the Wainikovu and Waivaka Hydropower project given to this newspaper by landowners of Nakavika Village in Namosi....

Namosi hydro talks: Land portions will be permanently inundated – EIA Report

PORTIONS of land owned by various clans (mataqali) located downstream and upstream of the Wainikoroiluva river in Namosi will be permanently inundated by the reservoir to be created upstream of the dam. This was revealed in the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report of the Wainikovu and Waivaka hydropower project. Hydro VL Pty Ltd is working...

Namosi hydro talks: Navunikabi women plead with authorities

WOMEN of Navunikabi Village in the interior of Namosi are pleading with relevant authorities to remember them and their families. The villagers claim they will be the first to be inundated with water once the construction of the proposed Wainikoroiluva hydropower plant goes ahead. Usenia Tavutavu, 45, and her husband depend on farming and the...

Namosi hydro talks: Villagers fear flooding and diminishing food stock

VILLAGERS of Navunikabi in Namosi fear that their village will be inundated with water if the construction of the Wainikoroiluva hydro project goes ahead. Hydro VL Pty Ltd is working on the Wainikoroiluva, Wainikovu and Waivaka hydro project. It is estimated to cost $200million. The proposed Wainikoroiluva hydro project is located in the district of...

Namosi hydro talks: Landowners yet to decide on construction

VILLAGERS of Nakavika in Namosi will meet tomorrow to decide whether they will consent to the construction of the proposed Wainikoroiluva hydropower plant or not. Revealing this, Nakavika Village headman Mario Senimoli said they had rejected the proposed project because they were worried about the livelihoods of villagers of Navunikabi, who were located upstream from...

20th March

President Konrote receives Romania non-resident ambassador

PRESIDENT Jioji Konrote this morning received the Non-Resident Ambassador of Romania to Fiji Nineta Bărbulescu at Borron House. Ms Bărbulescu presented her credentials to President Konrote and was also accorded a guard of honour by the members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces. Prior to holding the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania post...

Hungary non-resident ambassador to Fiji presents credentials

THE non-resident ambassador of Hungary to Fiji, Laszlo Zsolt Szabo presented his credentials to the President  Jioji Konrote this morning. Mr Szabo presented his credentials to Mr Konrote at Borron House after inspecting a guard of honour mounted by members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces. Prior to holding the ambassador post in 2016...

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