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Man charged for allegedly raping 4-year-old step-granddaughter in Ba
A 57-year-old labourer who allegedly raped his 4-year-old step-granddaughter in Ba has been charged
29 minutes ago
Significant drop in gas and fuel prices from today
The significant drop in gas and fuel prices officially comes into effect from today. Fijian Compe
23 minutes ago
Good progress made in Nasinu area clean up
Good progress is now being made by the Nasinu Town Council to clean up the piles of rubbish which ha
15 minutes ago

There are areas Police need to improve on responses to gender based violence - Tudravu
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Rusiate Tudravu says there are areas that the Fiji Police Force needs
15 hours ago
Labasa farmer devastated after sugarcane farm is allegedly set on fire
A farmer from Nabela in Labasa is devastated after his sugarcane plantation was allegedly set on fir
15 hours ago
No more weight restrictions at Vatudova Bridge located between Nabouwalu and Labasa
There are now no longer weight restrictions on the Vatudova Bridge located between Nabouwalu and Lab
15 hours ago

George Floyd death: US cities order curfews amid widespread clashes
Curfews have been ordered in cities across the US in an attempt to stem the violent clashes between
15 hours ago
Police officer who was allegedly drunk among the 36 people arrested last night for breach of curfew
36 breach of curfew arrests were made from 10 pm to 5 o’clock this morning which includes a police
23 hours ago
Tourism Fiji progresses into Stage Two of its Market Re-entry Plan following ongoing ease of restrictions across Fiji's source markets
Tourism Fiji’s Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Stoeckel has confirmed that they have progressed i
2 days ago

Sai Prema Foundation and Digicel Fiji donate food to St. Mina’s Children’s Home
The Sai Prema Foundation along with Digicel Fiji have teamed up and donated a month's worth of groce
21 hours ago
Police await more medical statements in the investigation of Fiji’s first COVID-19 patient
Police are still waiting for more medical statements before proceeding in the investigation of the 2
20 hours ago
Tourism Fiji progresses into Stage Two of its Market Re-entry Plan following ongoing ease of restrictions across Fiji's source markets
Tourism Fiji’s Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Stoeckel has confirmed that they have progressed i
2 days ago

Fiji’s 9th COVID-19 patient Mohammad Saheed granted bail
54-year-old Mohammad Saheed from Soasoa in Labasa who allegedly breached self-quarantine orders afte
2 days ago
Government revenue likely to drop by almost 50% in the next financial year if things do not pick up - AG
Government revenue has decreased by almost $1 billion for the current financial year and is likely t
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31/05/2020
Five-month-old Brazilian baby survives coronavirus after 32 days in coma
After spending a month in an induced coma due to COVID-19, Dom, a 5-month-old Brazilian baby, gets to go home and celebrate his 6-month birthday. A few months after he
19 hours ago
George Floyd protests erupt in at least 30 US cities
Protests have erupted in at least 30 US cities over the death of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The former
19 hours ago
Students watch historic launch of NASA and SpaceX Demo Mission 2 to the International Space Station
Primary, high school and university students were hosted by U.S. Ambassador Joseph Cella at the U.S. Embassy this morning to watch the historic launch of the NASA and Spa
20 hours ago

SpaceX launch: NASA astronauts begin historic mission on private spaceship
The private rocket company SpaceX has sent two NASA astronauts into orbit. It's the first time since the retirement of the shuttles nine years ago that an American cre
21 hours ago
The US terminates relationship with WHO
US President Donald Trump has announced that he is terminating the country's relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO). Trump has accused the WHO of failin
23 hours ago
India to loosen lockdown despite record cases
India has announced plans to further ease a strict national lockdown even as the country reported a record daily rise in new coronavirus cases. BBC News reports from 9
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30/05/2020
More test kits and Personal Protective Equipment expected to arrive next month
More test kits and personal protective equipment is anticipated to arrive in Fiji by the end of next month. The first set of assistance consists of 20,000 COVID-19 te
2 days ago
3 Fijians posthumously awarded medals by UN for their sacrifice
Three Fijian Peacekeepers have been posthumously awarded the Dag Hammarskjold Medal as the United Nations has honoured our fallen soldiers on International Day of United
2 days ago
Protesters clash with police in cities across the US over the killing of an unarmed African-American man
Protesters have clashed with police in cities across the US over the killing of an unarmed African-American man at the hands of officers in Minneapolis. Hundreds of peopl
2 days ago

RBF says overall labour market conditions have worsened
The Reserve Bank of Fiji says overall labour market conditions have worsened with further announcements of layoffs. In its Economic Review for the month of May, the RB
2 days ago
Law to be amended as penalties for illegal developments are not effective
Minister for Local Government Premila Kumar says penalties associated with illegal developments are very low and not an effective deterrent. While speaking in parliam
2 days ago
Fire leaves a family of 14 homeless with wedding plans shattered
A 27-year-old priest from Vuqele in Tavua who was in the middle of preparing for his wedding in July is still in shock after a fire destroyed their home yesterday. She
2 days ago

Forbes magazine removes Kylie Jenner from its list of billionaires
Forbes magazine has removed reality TV star and entrepreneur Kylie Jenner from its list of billionaires and accused her family of inflating the value of her cosmetics bus
2 days ago
$4832.40 donation received by PM from the Xplizit Car Club
A donation of $4832.40 has been given by Xplizit Car Club to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to help provide relief to Fijians affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The do
2 days ago
Fiji Airways Union looking at options to challenge termination decision
Fiji Trades Union Congress National Secretary Felix Anthony says he has been advised that the Fiji Airways Union has taken steps and have sought legal action and they hav
2 days ago

Seven people arrested for playing soccer in Grantham Road
Seven people who were playing soccer along Grantham Road were arrested yesterday for breaching COVID-19 restrictions on sporting activities. Police Commissioner Sitive
2 days ago
China donates US$100,000 and more medical supplies to Fiji
China has injected US$100,000 and medical supplies to help in Fiji’s fight against COVID-19. China’s Ambassador to Fiji Qian Bo says through the China–Pacific Is
2 days ago
14 people homeless after a fire in Vuqele, Tavua
Fourteen people are homeless after a fire destroyed their two-flat home in Vuqele, Tavua and the National Fire Authority says their investigations have been completed and
2 days ago

Former cop charged in US death of unarmed black man
A former Minneapolis police officer has been arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter following the death of an unarmed black man in custody. Derek Chauvin is
2 days ago
Special court sitting for Fiji’s 9th COVID-19 patient today
The 54-year-old man from Soasoa in Labasa who allegedly breached self-quarantine orders after arriving into Fiji has been charged and will appear in a special sitting in
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29/05/2020
We will require radical financing solutions – Bainimarama
Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama says they will require radical financing solutions as their tourism revenue is gutted, lending capacity is limited, and they cannot go
3 days ago
Salary cuts if any will be announced in the National Budget
Any decision on pay cuts for civil servants as a cost-cutting measure will be announced in the National Budget. When questioned by Fijivillage if the government is loo
3 days ago
“Act of God” amendment to the Employment Relations Act is sheer sacrilege - Chaudhry
Fiji Labour Party Leader, Mahendra Chaudhry says the categorisation of the COVID-19 pandemic as an “act of God” after the amendment to the Employment Relations Act is
3 days ago

AG not concerned about Anthony
Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says he is not concerned about the comments made by Fiji Trades Union Congress National Secretary Felix Anthony but Anthony says Say
3 days ago
PM pays tribute to women peacekeepers on World Peacekeeping Day
Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama has honored women in peacekeeping on World Peacekeeping Day which is being celebrated today. Bainimarama says just in February it sh
3 days ago
Digicel Fiji provides assistance to United Blind Persons of Fiji, St Minas Children’s Home and victims of TC Harold in Kadavu
With the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects of Tropical Cyclone Harold affecting thousands of people in the nation, Digicel Fiji has taken up the role to provide relief su
3 days ago

State to consider appealing court decision to discharge man earlier charged for breach of Public Health Act
The Director of Public Prosecutions Christopher Pryde says the State will consider an appeal against the decision of the Magistrates Court to discharge Sixtus Torokana on
3 days ago
Fiji’s COVID-19 tracing mobile app expected to be ready by next week
Fiji’s COVID-19 tracing mobile app is expected to be ready by next week and Minister for Economy and Communications, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the Care Fiji mobile app i
3 days ago
I’m not concerned about the comments made by Felix Anthony - AG
Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says he is not concerned about the comments made by Fiji Trades Union Congress National Secretary Felix Anthony regarding the Em
3 days ago

Man allegedly rapes step-granddaughter in Ba
A 57-year-old labourer of Ba allegedly raped his 4-year-old step-granddaughter several times earlier this week. Police say the alleged incident occurred at a cane fiel
3 days ago
About 500 businesses expecting bankruptcy while another 1,200 businesses expect a decrease in revenue by 75 percent - Faiyaz Koya
About 500 businesses are expecting bankruptcy if the effects of COVID-19 continues for up to another 6 months while another 1,200 businesses have stated that they expect
3 days ago
Significant drop in gas and fuel prices from 1st June
There will be another significant drop in gas and fuel prices from the 1st of next month. Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission CEO, Joel Abraham says the price o
3 days ago

Police seek further legal advice before Soasoa man will be produced in court
Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho confirms that their investigators will be seeking further legal advice before the 54-year-old man from Soasoa in Labasa will be produc
3 days ago
The government now has a huge focus on offshore borrowings – AG
Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum confirms that the government now has a huge focus on offshore borrowings when asked by National Federation Party Leader, Profess
3 days ago
Police and protesters clashed for second night in Minneapolis after an unarmed black man died in police custody
Police and protesters have clashed for a second night in the US city of Minneapolis after an unarmed black man died in police custody. BBC News reports tear gas was fi
3 days ago

Live stream of Parliament and Committee sittings on Facebook “terminated indefinitely”
Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau says the live stream of all Parliament sittings including its Committees through Facebook is terminated indefinitely. Faceb
3 days ago
My Annual Performance Assessment Payments will be made before the end of this financial year - AG
There is some good news as the “2017/2018 My Annual Performance Assessment Payments” will be made to the Ministry of Education staff who have been assessed and modera
3 days ago
3 civil servants allegedly breach curfew
Three civil servants were arrested for breaching curfew hours in the Southern and Northern Divisions in the last 24 hours. Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho confirms
3 days ago

Tamavua-I-Wai bridge construction works to cause traffic jam
Expect traffic if you are planning to travel along Queens Highway as works on the Tamavua-i-Wai Bridge has started and will run till tomorrow. The Fiji Roads Authority
3 days ago
Soasoa man charged with one count of failure to comply with COVID-19 orders
The 54-year-old man from Soasoa in Labasa who had allegedly breached self-quarantine orders after arriving into Fiji has been charged and will be produced in the Labasa M
3 days ago
Pandemic is manmade and China is not in heaven - Anthony
Fiji Trades Union Congress National Secretary Felix Anthony is sending a strong message to the government saying the pandemic is manmade, and China is not located in heav
3 days ago

US COVID-19 deaths pass 100,000 mark in less than four months
The US has passed 100,000 deaths in the coronavirus outbreak in less than four months. It has seen more fatalities than any other country, while its 1.69 million confi
3 days ago

28/05/2020
Education Ministry had to halt One Laptop Per Child Initiative due to TC Winston - Akbar
The Ministry of Education had to shelve the One Laptop Per Child Initiative because the Ministry had to reprioritise and restrategise because of TC Winston in 2016. Ed
4 days ago
Survey done at three companies reveals over 20 percent of the staff experienced harassment
A survey done on 563 staff from three private companies in Fiji has revealed that over 20 percent of the women and men have experienced harassment at work. Minister fo
4 days ago
About 3,000 operations done at the CWM Hospital from January to April 2020 - Doctor Waqainabete
About 3,000 operations have been done at the CWM Hospital from January to April this year and 5 out of the 8 operation theatres are currently functioning at the hospital.
4 days ago

All fiscal measures will be announced in the National Budget – AG
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and things are expected to get tougher weeks and months ahead, Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says all fiscal measures will
4 days ago
2,982 arrests for breach of COVID-19 related restrictions however there is a significant drop in other offences
A total of 2,982 arrests for breaching COVID-19 related restrictions were made from March to yesterday however Police Commissioner, Sitiveni Qiliho says there is a signif
4 days ago
Bala calls on businesses to re-think how they are doing business
Minister for Employment, Praveen Bala is calling on employers and corporate organisations to start thinking of ways and means of continuing or re-configuring their operat
4 days ago

Bill passed to allow employers to let go of their workers if they cannot provide work due to an act of God which includes COVID-19
Parliament has today passed the Employment Relations Bill that allows employers to let go of their workers if they cannot provide work due to an act of God which includes
4 days ago
Latest COVID-19 headlines from around the world
The US has recorded more than 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, figures from Johns Hopkins University show. Its 1.69m confirmed infections account for about 30% of the wor
4 days ago
Fiji’s 9th COVID-19 patient yet to be questioned for breach of Public Health Amendment Act
Police are yet to interview the 54-year-old man from Soasoa in Labasa who returned from a religious gathering in India and spread COVID-19 to a few people in the country.
4 days ago

Two Fiji Corrections Service dog handlers graduate from Drug Detection course in Australia
Two dog handlers in the Fiji Corrections Service K9 Unit have graduated from a Passive Alert Drug Detection Course at the Queensland Corrective Service Academy. They a
4 days ago
Naked and underweight teenagers found locked in room in Brisbane
Two teenagers are in hospital after being found naked and malnourished in a locked room in a house in Brisbane where a dead body was also discovered. Police officers w
4 days ago
Huge traffic jam along Queens Highway
There is a huge traffic jam along Queens Highway this afternoon due to roadworks are being done there. People have told us the traffic is built up past Wailekutu now.
4 days ago

We all need the Veilomani spirit - Qiliho
Police Commissioner, Sitiveni Qiliho says during these trying times people need to work together and care for each other in the spirit of Veilomani. While receiving ha
4 days ago
Magistrate discharges a person who breached the curfew as there are two conflicting decisions in the High Court regarding offences under the Public Health Act that need to be resolved by the Fiji Court of Appeal
Suva Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa has discharged a person earlier charged with one count of disobedience of lawful order as he said that there are two conflicting decisions
4 days ago
Family Care and Paternity Leave days to be reduced during the COVID-19 period due to an Act of God
The Family Care Leave and Paternity Leave of 5 days each will be reduced to 2 days each during the COVID-19 period and resume to 5 days each when a decision is made by th
4 days ago

Solo Mara pleads not guilty
Former Fijian Ambassador to the US and Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Solo Mara pleaded not guilty to one count of Disobedience of Lawful Order and one count of
4 days ago
Tabuya’s trial to be held in October
The trial date for politician Lynda Tabuya charged for an alleged malicious social media post has been set by Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili to be held from 12th to 16th
4 days ago
4 people were arrested last night for breach of curfew
4 people were arrested last night for breach of curfew. Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho says that 3 reports were from the Southern and 1 was from the Western Divis
4 days ago

Osea Tuidraki who allegedly set fire to a church remanded in custody
The 24-year old man from Votualevu, Nadi who allegedly set fire to the Bible Truth Fellowship Church building in Namaka on Sunday night has been remanded in custody. O
4 days ago
No need to fully access the $455 million loan if travel bubble is up
Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says that if the travel bubble is up this year then there will be no need to access all of the $455 million loan for Fiji Airways
4 days ago
Nine more traders charged by FCCC
9 more traders have been charged by the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission for various breaches of the FCCC Act 2010. These traders were found to be selling pr
4 days ago

Pakistani villager urges India to return 'spy' pigeon
A Pakistani villager has urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to return his pigeon, currently being held in India on charges of spying. The man, who lives just 4
4 days ago

27/05/2020
Australians may be allowed to travel to NZ and the Pacific Islands from July 1st
Australians may be allowed to travel to New Zealand and the Pacific from July 1st, and other countries deemed “safe” from September, according to a timetable produced
5 days ago
Change the taboo culture regarding menstrual hygiene – Vuniwaqa
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa says Fiji still has a taboo state of mind surrounding menstrual hygiene management. In her mess
5 days ago
Two web platforms assisted govt to better plan during the lockdown period and TC Harold
The government developed two web platforms through the Geographic Information System (GIS) to better plan and mobilise resources during the COVID-19 lockdown period and T
5 days ago

AG says they want Australia and New Zealand to change the narrative on the travel bubble
Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says what they are trying to get Australia and New Zealand to do is to change the narrative with regards to
5 days ago
NZ government provides $3.25 million budget support to Fiji
The New Zealand government has fast-tracked a FJ$3.25 million budget support payment for advance release to the government of Fiji this week. This is to support Fiji
5 days ago
There is no more presence of COVID-19 however we cannot afford second or third wave – Waqainabete
Minister for Health Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete says their testing is telling them there is no more presence of COVID-19 in our communities however they cannot afford a seco
5 days ago

Two thirds of companies in Fiji surveyed by IFC believe COVID-19 has increased employees’ experiences of domestic and sexual violence
Two thirds of companies in Fiji that were surveyed by the International Finance Corporation about the impact of COVID-19 believe the pandemic has increased employees’ e
5 days ago
Ministry Of Employment receives 7,500 face-masks to help nationwide workplace survey
7,500 face masks has been donated by the People’s Republic of China to the Ministry of Employment to protect those involved in the nationwide workplace survey. Minis
5 days ago
Total rates owed is $56 million
The total rate arrears by all Municipal Councils is now $42.4m. It has been revealed in parliament by the Minister for Local government Premila Kumar that if they incl
5 days ago

NFP Leader calls for inquiry into health service and delivery but Health Minister calls it a waste of resources
A motion moved by NFP Leader Professor Biman Prasad for parliament to form a Special Committee to conduct a holistic inquiry into all aspects of health and medical care s
5 days ago
WAF tells people to pay their bills if they can during the disconnection grace period
The Water Authority of Fiji is urging people who are able to pay their water bills in full to do so. This comes in light of many customers not clearing bills during th
5 days ago
Three farmers to front court for alleged possession of illicit drugs
Three farmers who were arrested following drug raids in the Northern Division have been charged and will appear in the Savusavu Magistrates Court today. They all have
5 days ago

More drug raids in the North
More people have been arrested in the Northern Division after drug raids conducted by Police. Police say a joint raid conducted by officers from the Tukavesi Police St
5 days ago
9 people arrested for breach of COVID-19 restrictions
9 people were arrested over the last 24 hours for COVID-19 related breaches which includes people playing touch rugby. Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho says in the
5 days ago

26/05/2020
341 new businesses issued licenses under the Fijian Made Buy Fiji Campaign since 2018
341 new businesses have been issued licenses under the Fijian Made Buy Fiji Campaign since 2018. This has been revealed by Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Tr
5 days ago
No pay for 60 days for SODELPA (in suspension) members
Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has informed parliament that SODELPA (in suspension) or any of its members cannot be entitled to any remuneration or allowance
5 days ago
Cyber Crimes Bill 2020 tabled in parliament
The 2020 Cyber Crimes Bill has been tabled in parliament which will aim at prosecuting people committing cybercrimes. While tabling the bill, Attorney General Aiyaz Sa
6 days ago

We will work in unity- Rabuka
Sitiveni Rabuka says they will take a united approach to resolve issues in their suspended party. Rabuka says they had a meeting this afternoon and this was made very
6 days ago
We will hold the fort and wait for other members of the opposition to return – Prof. Biman Prasad
National Federation Party Leader Professor Biman Prasad says they will hold the fort until SODELPA (in suspension) return. Professor Prasad says the suspended party wi
NFP
6 days ago
FICAC receives complaint from a member of SODELPA (in suspension)
FICAC confirms that it has received a complaint from a member of SODELPA (in suspension). This is in relation to the revelation that there are multiple versions of the
6 days ago

WHO suspends testing of hydroxychloroquine as a possible Covid-19 treatment
The WHO suspends testing of hydroxychloroquine as a possible Covid-19 treatment. A study suggested the drug could cause heart problems in patients and increase the ris
6 days ago
SODELPA has been suspended for 60 days after breaching the Political Parties Act – Mohammed Saneem
Registrar of Political Parties, Mohammed Saneem has suspended SODELPA for 60 days as it has failed to conduct its management board meeting as per their constitution. S
6 days ago
Four police officers charged with brutality related charges in Tavua granted bail
Four police officers charged with allegedly assaulting some suspects between 25th and 26th January 2018 during a drug raid operation in Tavua have been granted bail on st
6 days ago

Legal Practitioners Amendment Bill which seeks to change the composition of the Board of Legal Education to be debated this Thursday
The debate on the Legal Practitioners Amendment Bill 2020 will take place this Thursday. Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the bill seeks to amend the existin
6 days ago
More job lay offs expected in the coming weeks in the tourism industry
As the tourism and hotel business transitions into the next phase of survival, operators involved in the tourism industry will be considering extended Leave Without Pay o
6 days ago
FNPF pensioners to get $300 to $900 as COVID-19 Relief Payment
More than 7,000 Fiji National Provident Fund pensioners will receive a COVID-19 relief payment today. The payment, which ranges from $300 to $900, will be disbursed di
6 days ago

Speaker rejects three opposition petitions as they do not meet parliamentary standards
Speaker of Parliament, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has today said that three opposition petitions cannot be tabled in parliament as they do not meet the parliament’s petition
6 days ago
3 men arrested following drug raids conducted in the North
Police have conducted more drug raids in the Northern Division which has resulted in the arrest of 3 farmers. Police say a raid conducted yesterday in Waikava on a far
6 days ago
6 juveniles arrested for playing soccer in Tacirua while 2 girls caught at Nabua short cut
8 juveniles in the Southern Division have been arrested for breaching the curfew and COVID-19 restrictions in the last 24 hours. Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho sa
6 days ago

FTUC condemns contract terminations but Fiji Airways says all applicable laws were adhered to
Fiji Trades Union Congress National Secretary Felix Anthony says the termination of the contracts of 758 Fiji Airways employees have come without notice nor does it appea
6 days ago
Adi Litia Qionibaravi files dispute against Emele Duituturaga
SODELPA’s Acting General Secretary, Emele Duituturaga has been given until midday today to provide her response, if any, after Registrar of Political Parties, Mohammed
6 days ago
Police hunt for man who allegedly set fire to the Bible Truth Fellowship Church building in Namaka
Police are searching for a man who is alleged to have set fire to the Bible Truth Fellowship Church building on Sunday night. Police say the identity of the man is kno
6 days ago

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