Politics

SODELPA management board meets in Suva; “few members” restricted

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) management board meeting is underway at the Southern Cross Hotel in Suva. It is understood that a few members of the management board were restricted  from entering the meeting...

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 Human Rights Rohit Sharma. Speaking in Parliament recently, he said during the review of the Bill, the committee identified that...

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...

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