‘My Idol’ Instagram Photo Contest Winners

Supplied Content Dubai, United Arab Emirates September 20, 2018 The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) has concluded the August edition of the Instagram Photo Contest under the theme, ‘My Idol.’ A total of five winners were announced for the competition which received submissions under the hashtag #HIPAContest_MyIdol. The contest winners hailed from Egypt, Indonesia,…

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Friendly policies and people make Fiji an attractive destination

Supplied Content Suva, Fiji, September 21, 2018 The manufacturing sector is often regarded as the backbone of any economy, as it drives employment, creates know how and encapsulates a much wider network of ancillary suppliers. Being the ‘Hub of the Pacific,’ Fiji is also a strategic trans-shipment and re-export centre for cargo traded between the Pacific Island States. Trade Agreements…

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North Shore Indians plan Navaratri Festival next month

Venkat Raman Auckland, September 20, 2018 Aucklanders in general and residents of North Shore and beyond in particular, will have an opportunity to watch Navaratri celebrations and perhaps participate in the proceedings as a two-day festival gets ahead next month. North Shore Indian Association is organising the Festival at October 12 and October 13, 2018 at the North Shore Event…

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Telanganites celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with piety

Auckland, September 20, 2018 Hindus traditionally worship Lord Ganesha or Lord Vinayaka before commencing any event (including weddings, engagement ceremonies and religious programmes) as He is considered as the ‘Remover of All Obstacles,’ ensuring success of the venture. The Birthday of Lord Ganesha, known as ‘Ganesha Chaturthi’ is marked by Hindus all over the world, usually in September. New Zealand…

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Politically motivated surveys betray Business Confidence

Thakur Ranjit Singh We have seen some famous scandals, red-herrings and gossips during our lifetime. I will enumerate three such here. Thakur Ranjit Singh is a media commentator and runs his blog, Fiji Pundit The Millennium Bug The first and perhaps the most notorious scandal and scare the world has seen was the ‘Y2K Bug’ or ‘Millennium Bug.’ We were…

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IRD affirms close watch over property investors

Richard Owen Wellington, September 20, 2018 Any suggestion that the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has taken its eye off the ball when it comes to property investors is thoroughly misleading. Just under 100 Inland Revenue compliance specialists are focused on making sure property investors are aware of their tax obligations – including the bright-line test. The Property Compliance Programme was…

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Construction company owes ‘much more than’ claims, says liquidator

RNZ, Auckland, September 20, 2018 RNZ published Photo 123rf When Mainzeal collapsed, it owed creditors millions more than has been claimed, the liquidator for failed construction firm has said. The former construction giant went into liquidation in 2013 amid claims of governance failures and reckless trading. Larger than declared About $117 million in claims were filed against Mainzeal following its…

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Ardern to pursue women’s rights, multiculturalism with world leaders

Prime Minister to promote global cooperation at UN Leaders’ Week Supplied Content Wellington, September 20, 2018 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will make the case for global cooperation on combating climate change and inequality, supporting the rights of women and children and promoting fair global trading rules when she joins leaders from around the world at the United National General Assembly…

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