Generous donations exemplify the Kiwi spirit

Kamil Lakshman –  New Zealand’s humane approach to natural disasters was exemplified by its overwhelming support to the suffering families affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston. Scores of schools and other public and private properties suffered total destruction, thousands of people have been left homeless, while many lost their loved ones. The loss to the country’s economy is still being assessed…

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Russian deal a shot-in-the arm for Fiji

Venkat Raman –  Fiji’s decision to purchase military weapons from the Russian Federation and the recent delivery of equipment in 25 containers not only demonstrated the Pacific country’s right to self-determination but also stupefied New Zealand and Australia, among others. International media was awash with varying interpretations to the latest development in this otherwise peaceful region. The Opposition in Fiji…

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Rudra Maharaj guilty of graft

Fiji Court has found former Information and Public Relations Officer Rudra Maharaj at the Office of the Prime Minister guilty of bribery charges. Judge Justice Priyantha Fernando said that the defendant was charged by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) on September 28, 2013. He was alleged to have accepted an advantage of $2000 in cash and two cheques…

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Domestic demand keeps Fiji economy robust

Reserve Bank of Fiji –  Recent data for the Fijian economy indicate that overall economic activity remains relatively strong supported by robust domestic demand and the economy is on track to achieve the 4% growth projected for 2015. Latest available partial indicators revealed buoyant consumption activity. Commercial banks’ new lending for consumption purposes grew by an annual 4% percent in…

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