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Police find body of a man in Lautoka

THE body of an unidentified man has been found near the Lautoka Sugar Mill this morning. Early morning commuters were shocked to find the body lying underneath a bridge along the busy roadway. Police have cordoned off the road to retrieve the body.

Fire destroys Raiwaqa home

An early morning fire destroyed a three-bedroom home at Raiwaqa in Suva today. The family was still asleep when a neighbour alerted them after seeing smoke coming from the house at around 7.30am. The owner of the home is abroad and the house was being occupied by her nephew, his wife and two children who...

Debate on FRCS report

MEMBERS of Parliament debated the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service 2016-2017 Annual Report this morning which lasted for an hour in Parliament. This is after the chairman for economic affairs Vijay Nath tabled the report before Parliament to be debated by both sides of the House as mandated under the Standing Orders. Leader of Opposition...

Two accused of fraud

A CIVIL servant and a company director appeared in the Labasa Magistrates Court charged with a joint count of conspiracy to defraud causing a loss and a count each of obtaining a financial advantage. They are alleged to have caused a loss of $6000 to Rural and Maritime Development and Natural Disaster Management Ministry in...

Police charge former FNPF worker

  A FORMER Fiji National Provident Fund worker will be produced later in court today for forging legal documents. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the 41-year-old accused with six others illegally obtained more than $49,000 between March and April this year. Ms Naisoro said the accused was alleged to have knowingly used forged Certificate of...

Fiji Airways Boeing 737 aircraft returns to Nadi after engine issue

A FIJI Airways Boeing 737 aircraft was forced to turn around after it developed issues with an engine shortly after take-off from Nadi International Airport this morning. An airline spokesperson said the engine was shut down as a precautionary measure and the flight landed safely. “Our Nadi-Brisbane flight FJ921 operated by Miami Air experienced an...

Infectious disease ruled out as cause of US couple’s death in Fiji: Government

FIJI’S Ministry of Health and Medical Services has ruled out infectious disease as a cause of the death of American couple David and Michelle Paul who died in Nadi while on holiday last month. In a statement, the ministry stated a number of investigations were carried out to reach a final result. “Following an extensive,...

2019/2020 National Budget: Grant for first time home buyers to continue

GOVERNMENT’S first home buyers grant will continue next year. Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum said last night the existing interest rate subsidy of 1 per cent for first home buyers and land buyers will also remain in place. Delivering the 2019/2020 Budget, he said the Reserve Bank of Fiji has also...

2019/2020 National Budget: FCCC to begin as self-funding entity

THE Fijian Consumer and Competition Commission will no longer come under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism. Attorney General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said FCCC would also begin operations as a self-funding entity by charging fees to industries and organisations who hire their services. “The financial independence on FCCC is a critical big...

2019/2020 National Budget: $54.4m allocated to Fiji’s judiciary

THE 2019/2020 Budget has allocated $54.4 million to Fiji’s judiciary. Attorney General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said aside from operational costs, the funds would cover the completion of refurbishment works at the Nasinu Court Complex. “We will continue to increase the number of judges and magistrates serving the judiciary,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said. “The judiciary...

2019/2020 National Budget: Restrictions on student bus cards

SUBSIDISED bus cards for school children were being abused by both parent and student – and as a result, Government will restrict the use of the card to 4.30pm, says Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. While delivering the 2019/2020 National Budget, he said Government had to restrict some of the assistance after they found loopholes...

2019/2020 National Budget: Internal audit committee to oversee audits

GOVERNMENT is enhancing the accountability of internal audit function within government through the establishment of an internal audit committee to oversee audits, says Attorney General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum. And, he said, where necessary, permanent secretaries have been empowered to initiate prosecution to combat abuse of taxpayers’ funds. In his 2019/2020 Budget address...

2019/2020 National Budget: Debt stock to hit close to $6bn

FIJI’s debt stock will hit close to $6billion by July next year. This according to the Economic and Fiscal Update supplement to the 2019-2020 Budget Address. While delivering the 2019-2020 national budget in Parliament tonight, Fiji’s Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the budget total for 2019-2020 is $3.491billion. He said a...

2019/2020 National Budget: Government to reform State and public enterprise

GOVERNMENT is reforming State and public enterprise to make them more customer-oriented, profitable and efficient,  Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said while delivering the 2019/2020 Budget address last night. “Just last week, we announced the reform of our secure transaction framework and the launch of the personal property security registry which makes...

2019/2020 National Budget: Expect cheaper imported children’s clothing

IMPORTED children’s clothing will become cheaper following an announcement by Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum that duty will be reduced from 32 to five per cent. “This will help to fill the retailers’ shelves with more affordable garments to the benefit of business owners and parents alike,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said. “And the duty on batteries and...

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