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Punjas Lautoka factory burnt down

A Punja and Sons factory was razed by fire on Wednesday night, a day after claims in the High Court in Suva that the company had financed the May 2000 coup. The Ocean Soaps Company building, which was 50-years old,…

Crime a major concern in Fiji: Australian High Commissioner

Australian High Commissioner Susan Boyd says crime in Fiji has deteriorated so much that it is the major topic of conversation around Fiji and dominates content of daily newspapers. Australia has agreed to a five-year programme to revamp Fiji’s law…

Police Commissioner Savua knew of coup plot

A rebel soldier who turned State witness told the High Court yesterday that Police Commissioner Isikia Savua had known beforehand of the 19 May 2000 coup plot to overthrow the Chaudhry government. CRW soldier Salesi Tuifagalele who had been closely…

Rebels planned to blow up Westpac/ANZ bldgs

A rebel soldier claims that part of the May 2000 coup plan was to blow up the headquaters of the Westpac and ANZ bank buildings in Suva. CRW soldier Salesi Tuifagalele who had been closely involved in the planning and…

Chaudhry’s tour of cyclone affected areas

The Fiji Labour Party has criticised government for neglecting the needs of hundreds of families badly affected by cyclone AMI. “It is three weeks since the cyclone struck and they have yet to receive any help from the government,” said…

12,000 desperate children need help

A preliminary survey by the Save the Children Fund shows 12,000 of the 39,000 students in the cyclone hit areas of the Northern Division (Labasa and Savusavu) are in desperate need of assistance to begin the new school year. (Fiji…

Labour slams Labasa businessmen

Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry has expressed deep disgust at the 15 Labasa businessmen who wrote to the court martial asking for lenient sentencing for soldiers involved in the takeover of the Sukunaivalu Barracks at the time of the 2000 coup….

Thousands of cyclone victims without food, water

Three days after a cyclone hit the Labasa area in Vanua Levu, thousands of people without food, water and shelter have received no relief assistance. The Fiji Labour Party is urging government to immediately start distributing food rations and water…

Cyclone Ami leaves Vanua Levu devastated

Cyclone Ami had passed Fiji on South-southeast direction with maximum average winds of 150 kilometres per hour and gusts of 200 kilometres per hour close to its centre. The cyclone left a trail of devastation including communication blackout in Vanua…

FLP reports racial discrimination to the UN Committee

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) sits in Geneva from March 3-21. Fiji case will come up for consideration at this 62nd sitting of the Committee. The National Farmers Union has filed…

Vayeshnoi to boycott Parliament sittings

Fiji Labour Party parliamentarian Lekh Ram Vayeshnoi says he will boycott all sittings of the Lower House until Government intervenes to lift the roadblock at Nabitu, 30 km away from Sigatoka town. The Indian settlers at Nabitu, mostly poor farmers,…

Fiji emigration high since 2002 coup

More than 14,000 Fiji Indians have left the country since the coup of May 2000, mainly professionals and skilled people. Official statistics show that a total of 16,200 people have left the country between May 2000 and October 2002 of…

Budget 2003 deals a severe blow to the poor

The SDL government dealt a severe blow to the pockets of the poor by raising the goods and services tax (VAT) to 12.5% in its 2003 Budget tabled today. The 25% increase in VAT from a previous 10% will mean…

Indian men brutalised by Police

Three Indian men who reported a crime were brutally assaulted by the Police, hung upside down naked and forced to pay $1000 before they were freed. The men claim they were subjected to racial taunts and told that Indians were…

Government Finances in bad shape

Government’s 2003 Budget today will be delivered against a background of dismal budgetary performance and gross financial mismanagement during the year, the Fiji Labour Party said in a pre-Budget statement. As at September 30, the Budget deficit stood at $180…

Diwali is an integral part of Hindu culture

Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry has called on Hindus as they celebrate Diwali to understand the deeper meaning behind Diwali and not just focus on the gaiety of the festival. Speaking at Diwali celebrations in Ba on Friday night organised by…

Labour Leader declines Opposition office

Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry has declined yet another attempt by the President to appoint him Leader of the Opposition. Mr Chaudhry says he is bound by the FLP decision to exercise its constitutional right to be represented in cabinet and…

Labour makes inroads in municipal elections

The Fiji Labour Party is happy with its results in last Saturday’s municipal elections having made good inroad in several key towns and having retained its dominance in Lautoka. The Party is particularly pleased with the results in Suva where…

Indian families are evicted illegally

Land problems for Indian tenant families have worsened in the past few months with several families being forcefully evicted from their homes by landowners acting illegally. In all cases, the evicted families have held valid and lawful leases to land…

FLP to contest all Municipal Elections

The Fiji Labour Party is standing on its own in contesting the municipal elections to be held next Saturday, 12 October 2002. FLP is contesting all seats (with the exception of one in Sigatoka) in all the municipalities. “We have…

Bail Bill interferes with judges’ discretion

Government sneaked in amendments to a Bill this week which makes it mandatory for the courts to allow bail after two years, thus taking the discretion away from the courts. The Fiji Labour Party claims the amendment was sneaked in…

EU delays signing Cotonou Agreement with Fiji

The European Commission will not be signing a trade and aid package with Fiji under the Cotonous Agreement this week-end when the EU’s Commission for Development and Humanitarian Affairs, visits Fiji. The EU has made it clear that the 9th…

Bail Bill interferes with judges’ discretion

Government sneaked in amendments to a Bill this week which makes it mandatory for the courts to allow bail after two years, thus taking the discretion away from the courts. The Fiji Labour Party claims the amendment was sneaked in…

Army fabricated documents to discredit Chaudhry Government

Shocking revelations were made at the proceedings of the court martial hearing in the army mutiny case of the active role senior officers of the Fiji Military Forces played in the overthrow of the People’s Coalition Government and in the…

Chandrika Prasad’s home destroyed in arson attack

The home of Chandrika Prasad, the farmer who won world wide acclaim by challenging the army’s abrogation of the 1997 Constitution, was razed in an arson attack early this morning. The house was vacant at the time because Chandrika Prasad…

Chandrika Prasad’s home destroyed in arson attack

The home of Chandrika Prasad, the farmer who won world wide acclaim by challenging the army’s abrogation of the 1997 Constitution, was razed in an arson attack early this morning. The house was vacant at the time because Chandrika Prasad…

NFU rejects quality cane payment

The National Farmers Union rejects government’s plan to introduce a quality cane payment system by next year. NFU National President Param Sivam said a quality cane payment system cannot be introduced unless milling efficiency is improved. “With the present state…

FLP questions move to stall multi-party cabinet case

Fiji Labour Party is shocked to hear that the multi-party cabinet case is being deferred to next year as reported in today’s Fiji Times. Fiji Labour Party believes that this is an issue of great concern to the nation and…

Labour calls for fresh general elections

The law as pronounced stands with the ruling given by Justice Gates in the matter of Prem Singh vs. Krishna Prasad. That pronouncement has to be upheld and acted upon. The Labour Party is glad that the matter has been…

Labour rejects criticism on Crown Lands

The People’s Coalition Government had renewed all Schedule A&B leases that had come up for renewal during its term in office. The Sugar Cane Growers Council chief executive Jaganath Sami’s criticism blaming the People’s Coalition Government for the forced eviction…

UN Committee asks Fiji to explain racial policies

The United Nations Committee on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination (CERD) has asked Fiji to explain its stand in regard to racially discriminatory policies and practices. he National Farmers Union had submitted a report to the August…

Labour slates CJ’s statement on the multi-party cabinet case

President of the Fiji Labour Party Mrs Jokapeci Koroi today slammed as “the height of absurdity” a statement by Chief Justice Daniel Fatiaki that Labour’s multi party cabinet case in the Supreme Court could not be given priority over over…

Prem Singh a one-man band opposition leader

Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry has shrugged Opposition leader Prem Singh off as a one-man band who lacks credibility and legitimacy. In a letters to the Editor in response to a letter in today’s Fiji Times by Prem Singh, Mr. Chaudhry…

Qarase a lawbreaker, says Labour

The Fiji Labour Party has been allocated office space, staff and other parliamentary resources in accordance with its numbers in Parliament. The allocation was made by the Speaker and the House Committee based on the fact that as the second…

PM should stop distorting facts

The Fiji Labour Party has called on Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase to stop distorting facts to impress leaders of the neighbouring countries who are here to attend the Pacific Forum meeting. Mr. Qarase is well aware that Talanoa talks on…

FLP MPs stay out of Parliament

Fiji Labour Party MPs stayed away from deliberations on six Bills in the House of Representatives today. The government introduced these Bills without complying with the notice requirements under the House Standing Orders, said FLP Leader Mahendra Chaudhry. Standing orders…

Fiji Labour Party withdraws from Talanoa Talks

The Fiji Labour arty has decided not to participate in the Talanoa talks on land and constitutional matters scheduled for this weekend at the Outrigger Hotel, Sigatoka. FLP Leader Mahendra Chaudhry has informed the convenor of the Talanoa talks Dr….