From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your July 1 briefing



The big one on the front page of The Fiji Times for Friday, July 1 is on the rise in fuel prices and how it is impacting Fijians.

Read the full report in The Fiji Times.



  • MOTORISTS will pay an extra 36 cents per litre at the pump as of today, and many say the price hike will come at a huge cost – not just financially – but also in a reduction in their food bill.


  • THE Lands and Mineral Resources Ministry has issued two special prospecting licenses to Chinese company, Dinjin Mining (PTE) Limited this month after “going through the Mineral Resources Department’s rigorous tenement application process”, says Minister Jone Usamate.
  • A PEOPLE’S Alliance government will introduce a Girmit Day national holiday and bring back the Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna public holiday, says party leader Sitiveni Rabuka.
  • STUDENTS, parents and teachers of fire victim Neelam Kumar gathered yesterday at the Namaka, Nadi, house where she perished on Tuesday night.
  • ATTORNEY General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says political party offices do not handle government administrative issues brought to them by the public.


  • A GROUP of 26 University of the South Pacific students will join their peers from 13 countries for a three-week voyage on the Norwegian tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl.
  • CHURCHES play a leading role in preventing violence before it starts, says Sandra Bernklau, representative for the UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office.


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IKALE Tahi Tonga coach Toutai Kefu is expecting a physical match when they tussle with the Vodafone Flying Fijians tomorrow at the HFC Stadium at 3.30pm.

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Tevita Sokiveta is a young person living with rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and will be running this weekend in the Munro Leys Namosi Marathon for Cure Kids Fiji, proving that nothing is impossible.

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The Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby League finals will be held at the Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori tomorrow.


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