From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your September 22 briefing
21 September, 2021, 11:41 pm
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Here are some reports that made headlines in The Fiji Times’ edition for Wednesday, September 22.
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THE Solicitor-General Sharvada Nand Sharma has been suspended from his job pending a tribunal hearing, Chairman of the Judicial Services Commission and Chief Justice Kamal Kumar confirmed last night.
Leap for faith
INSPIRED by the success of dual-code international Semi Radradra, one of Fiji’s future rugby stars has taken a leap of faith and switched codes.
GOVERNMENT found it a challenge to distribute the $20 data allocation to Year 13 students because some do not have mobile phones, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum told Parliament today.
THE iTaukei Land Trust Board is processing 96 cane leases that will be issued this year and will also qualify for the Committee of Better Utilisation of Land (CBUL) subsidy, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama told Parliament today.
SEX offenders will be required to report personal information about themselves in the Register of Sex Offenders where they will be monitored by specified agencies in the community.
Sharma should stand ground
SUSPENDED Solicitor-General Sharvada Sharma should stand his ground against anyone bullying him into resigning.
Complaints against Police
COMPLAINTS against the Fiji Police Force decreased by 12 per cent in the last quarter of 2020, Minister for Defence Inia Seruiratu told Parliament today.
THE first phase of data collection for the 14 provinces under the cultural mapping programs has been completed, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama told Parliament on Monday.
PLANS to have private general practitioners administer COVID-19 vaccines are underway, Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete told Parliament on Monday.
Nawaikula calls for SOE’s sacking
OPPOSITION MP Niko Nawaikula told Parliament that instead of “wasting time” bringing “a trifecta of laws” in relation to voters and elections into the House, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum should sack the Supervisor of Elections.
ATTORNEY-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says Government has removed the requirement of getting a deed poll done for married women using their husbands’ names.
Electoral Amendment Bill
THE genesis of the Electoral (Registration of Voters) (Amendment) Bill 2021 “is really to correct the incompetence of certain constitutional office holders” who rushed into getting rid of Opposition MP Niko Nawaikula out of the House.
SOCIAL Democratic Liberal Party leader Viliame Gavoka says Parliament has passed 274 laws and “the vast majority came by way of ambush” using Standing Order 51.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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The big one on the back page is about: Fijian Drua sign up players
THE Fijian Drua Super Rugby franchise has signed up 20 players out of its targeted 37-member squad for the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific competition.
MORE TO READ INSIDE
There’s more to read inside but you’ll have to get a copy to know what we are talking about. Happy reading!