From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your June 2 briefing
2 June, 2023, 7:32 am
ACTING Home Affairs Minister Filimoni Vosarogo says applying for presidential pardon “is a recourse available to all persons convicted, not just a few”. He said this in response to concerns raised with him by Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander Major-General Ro Jone Kalouniwai on the application by 2000 coup-maker George Speight to the Mercy Commission. That’s the big one on the front page of The Fiji Times for Friday, June 2.
Here are some headlines inside:
- CABBIES want taxi fares to increase, they want a fuel rebate and a reduction in duty on imported motor vehicles, says Fiji Taxi Association (FTA) general secretary Ashwin Lal.
- THE price of basic food items should be reduced in the 2023-2024 National Budget.Nausori Municipal Market vendor Anita Raj said this, echoing the sentiments expressed by many Fijians to The Fiji Times this week when asked of what they wanted to see in the upcoming budget.
- ORDINARY Fijians are feeling the pinch at the checkout and they are pinning their hopes on the 2023-2024 national budget to bring them some relief.
- EDUCATORS are hoping for a salary increase in the 2023-2024 national budget in terms of COLA (Cost Of Living Adjustment), and an increase in allowances, especially for teachers in the rural and maritime areas.
- WHILE many organisations are seeking socio-economic relief in the 2023-2024 national budget, country’s largest Hindu faith-based organization hopes the state will assist in its efforts to go green and boost religious tourism.
- THE Lautoka High Court jailed a man for five years and four months for attempting to rape a boy inside a mosque in Nadi.
- THE Employment Relations Court has criticized the Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Ministry for not acting with due diligence in a workmen’s compensation claim.
- LOCAL Government Minister Maciu Nalumisa says anyone operating a business illegally in a residential area will be taken to task.
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