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FANA Crowns Miss Fiji USA 2010 Beauty & Charity Queens

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Fremont, CA - FANA, in its eight year, hosted another Miss Fiji USA pageant night at Chandini Restaurant in Fremont, California. The venue was all set for the seven contestants who all looked stunning in their glamorous outfits.

The introduction round gave us a glimpse of the talent, personalities and hope that all the contestants brought onto the stage. Fiji: July 3, 2010 The atmosphere was filled with Fiji’s Prime Minister Commodore curiosity, suspense and exciteVoreqe Bainimarama believes the ment as the pageant kicked off re-introduction of the Nausori- at 8p.m. Auckland flight will benefit tourism and stimulate economy growth. Not only were the guests spectators in the FANA pageant, they were also judges. The fate of Miss Fiji USA Beauty Queen was not in the hands of FANA, but in the voting power of the pageant guests.

the talent round. They all danced to Bollywood, Hollywood and some even to native Fijian songs, and the adrenaline seemed to just flow with the crowd gathered at the venue.

Fiji USA Charity Queen 2010 award and crown. She also won a $1000 gift certificate from Randhawa Dental Corporation. The remaining contestants received a $100 gift certificate.

For the first time ever, this event was also broadcast live over the internet via the Fiji Festival website. Visitors from all over the world had a chance to see the unfolding of Miss Fiji USA in real time along with the crowd physically present at the crowning.

After the judges picked Miss AAP Awards (Kristeen Prakash) and Miss Kash Fabrics (Shannon Ram) as the top two contestants, it was up to the guests of the event to decide by voting who would be Miss Fiji USA Beauty Queen 2010.

Although there can be only one Miss Fiji USA Beauty or Charity Queen, all seven contestants won the hearts of the crowd. Each had their own perception on values, guidance and hope as they answered questions in the question & answer round.

Kristeen Prakash won the vote and the crown for Beauty Queen by just a few votes. It was a close race, but those few votes were all that mattered! She has won wardrobe makeover from Swati Coture and a photo shoot from one of USA’s top photographers.

Miss AAP Awards, Kristeen Prakash (left) was crowned Miss Fiji USA Beauty Queen, while Miss Bal’s Construc-

Bal’s Construction, See more event and contestants tion, Kajal Bali takes the Miss Fiji USA Charity Queen All the contestants performed Miss beautifully when it came to Kajal Bali, took home the Miss photos are on page 9 Photo by Raj crown. This after Air Pacific’s first flight from Auckland touched down at the Nausori airport July, 2nd. “The introduction of jet aircraft services to Nausori airport and the capital city of Suva is an important link to international destinations,� he said.

Good King and Queen-key to a healthy economy

Fiji: Jun 02, 2010

Bainimarama said this opens up opportunities and gives additional connections for tourist, business people and the travelling public.

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“ However, the real benefit from our investment in the transport infrastructure will truly be realized when they are used to promote economic development and are not only used for social interaction,� Commodore Bainimarama said. He has requested the private sector to investigate the numerous potential for economic activities between Suva to Lautoka and Lautoka to Rakiraki and beyond. “ We must increase investment in order to achieve continuing growth in exports, diversify and broaden our economic base, create more jobs and grow the national wealth. “ I continue to commit myself to ensuring an equitable sharing of that wealth and opportunities for income and development to spread to all parts of Fiji, and to be shared by all our people. Education, health and basic necessities like water, food, shelter, electricity, road and transport will continue to be accorded high priority by my Government,� he said.

progress the country was making. Bainimarama told FijiLive he Fiji’s Prime Minister Commodore said this in light of comments Voreqe Bainimarama has made it clear made by the Foreign Ministers of Fiji will still have elections in 2014. Australia and New Zealand that the situation in Fiji was worsening. The clarification follows Bainimarama’s comments in the “How can the situation in Fiji local media that during his recent be worsening when the people tour of Fiji’s rural areas, villagers in the rural areas actually want said they wanted the 2014 elections a delay in elections,� he said. delayed as they were happy with the Source: Fijilive.com

Fiji: June 04, 2010

Government clashes over Fiji Times report: “Aircraft seconds away from disaster�

Fiji: Jun 08

As the Minister responsible for Civil Aviation I wish to categorically rebut the front-page headline that appeared in the Fiji Times issue of Tuesday 2nd June 2010, which incorrectly reported a Virgin Australia Boeing 777 and an Air New Zealand B767 aircraft narrowly avoiding a mid-air collision in Fiji’s airspace two weeks ago. The preliminary Report available to the Ministry suggests that the two aircrafts were at all times under the watchful radar of Fiji’s ATC and were not in any risk whatsoever of a collision.

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Both aircrafts were in constant contact with Nadi’s Air Traffic Control during their movements into and out of Fiji’s controlled airspace. The incident was subjected to standard ICAO investigation requirements by Fiji’s aeronautical authority. The incident was reported to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Fiji Islands under its Mandatory Occurrence Reporting System and was duly investigated. It is reiterated that air safety remains a priority consideration for the Ministry. And it will remain so.

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“Having direct flights to Suva also mean connectivity flights to Labasa, Taveuni, Kadavu, Savusavu and to the eastern maritime regions,� Bainimarama added. A good transport infrastructure is key to a healthy economic development Air Pacific will fly on a weekly says the Prime Minister. basis from Nausori to Auckland for Speaking in Lomolomo( Nadi) at one month and will increase flights launch of the Exim Bank funded to twice weekly from August. road works, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said improvements Air Pacific’s chief executive will provide a number of direct officer Dave Pflieger said benefits to the travelling public. he was extremely pleased to resume jet services into Nausori. “ The Queens and Kings roads are the major links connecting The national carrier brings in over the economically vibrant Western Division of Viti Levu to the business 66 per cent of tourists annually. centre of Fiji which is Suva, Source: Fijilive.com

located in the Central Division.

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EDITORIAL “What’s with the weather?� Is the so called global warming a reality or a propaganda to divert focus from much needed attention on the world crises? Can we justify the restriction on wood burning in Bay Area, even in winter when you do not have electric or gas fireplaces and let thousands of acres of forest burn in Southern California? Snow in Florida-who needed that? Could we not use the resources destined for space exploration to protect the citizens in the East who are constantly being hit by flooding and tornadoes? Are we in a position to rule out that these are in direct response to our shelling and bombing of civilians in countries where some say we should not have gone in the first place?

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Sleeping bays, picnic spot planned �for city

Potato farming aimed to reduce imports

Fiji: Jun 04

Umaria also said there are plans to make another walkway in Nasese leeping bays for vendors for members of the public to use overnighting at the Suva for their daily exercise routines. market and a picnic spot in Nasese are among newly-appointed “We are also planning to make special administrator Chandu a picnic spot in Nasese for the Umaria’s plans for Fiji’s capital city. public to enjoy with families with clean environment in two-three Umaria told FijiLive of his plans weeks time. We will put rubbish during a tour of the city with bins everywhere so people do not Minister for Local Government throw rubbish in the sea�, he added. Colonel Samuela Saumatua. As part of efforts to keep the city “We have received requests from clean the council is carrying out Ministry of Women and Culture public awareness of the litter decree that there are some rural market using a pair of bicycle-riding rangers. vendors that sleep on the floor when they stay over so we are planning “We have two rangers with bicycles to make a sleeping area for them making rounds around the city with to rest comfortably,� he said. health inspectors and if they see anyone littering, they will tell them “We are now waiting the response to put the rubbish in the bin to keep from the ministry on how many the city clean,� said Umaria. people we are looking at. Source: Fijilive.com

Fiji: May 26, 2010|

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The Ministry of Agriculture launched potato farming in Navai, Nadarivatu yesterday (Thursday, June 3) as part of its ‘import substitution programme’. Present at Navai was Minister, Joketani Cokanasiga, President Fiji Chamber of Commerce Swani Maharaj and chief guest, Flour Mills of Fiji Chief Executive Officer, Ram Bajekal. The Minister says with imports standing at $17million of potatoes annually, it was Government’s every intention to reduce it drastically.

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“ We aim to increase production by five folds next year and reduce imports by 31 percent – to help achieve $5.3m of savings,� Mr Cokanasiga said.

“ Through Governments import substitution programme, we hope to Mr Cokanasiga said the potato reduce this figure in the next year or so. venture is part of the ministry’s What is the real cause for the oil fulfilment of the key pillars of spill? Was it an accident or an act of “ The ministry’s strategic plan achieving high economic growth God to punish for hitting the moon highlights that we begin the to ensure sustainability and with a rocket to see if it had ice and cultivation of potato this year making more land available for or water. Would it serve a purpose and reduce the import of potato productive and social purposes. at all if it had? Did you notice that by $5.3million dollars annually, we are in July but major part of the which means cultivation It is also in line with Government’s 2010 that just went by had weather of 442 hectares of potato. vision of reducing poverty comparable to that of winter? to a negligible level by 2015 in rural communities. “ Potato will be concentrated My recent visit to Fiji (mid June) in the Western Division namely makes me wonder what affected the Nadroga/Navosa, Ba, Ra Mr Cokanasiga urged farmers and pacific climate, summer like weath- and Colo-North provinces. all stakeholders to work together to er in June?, pouring rain that once ensure the venture is sustained for was seen and experienced during “ These famers are earmarked to the benefit of the nation. the month of April to November? Readers comments on Fiji’s produce 100 tonnes of marketable election is welcomed. E-mail potatoes this year and help reduce Let us all pray for a better comments to: import by 6.25 percent in the first year. second half of 2010? fijianatimes@yahoo.com

Students should not be charged for breaking Class rules

Fiji: May 26, 2010

Teachers, in their strive for excellence in the classroom, sometimes make decisions or measures, which they hope will turn out right. However at times, it may not be the best or right decision.

for breaking a school or class rule. The Ministry believes that there are alternative measures, which can be more beneficial and rewarding to the child, but to charge them money, is against the law.

For instance, charging The Ministry hopes that all will immediately students money for speaking teachers in their own vernacular. refrain from enforcing such practices in their classes. Teachers are reminded that it is illegal to charge students money Source: fijilive.com 3$,'$'9(57,6(0(17

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Shree Sanuja Devi was the youngest daughter of Late Mr. & Mrs. Shree Chand of Navua, Fiji. Born on February 19th, 1971 and called to rest on April 25th, 2010. She is deeply missed by Loving husband, Arun Prasad and mom Mrs. Shree Chand. She was the youngest of 4 sisters and 4 brothers. Shree Devi was very kind and loving family member and will be missed by Daya Shankar, Abhimanyu Shankar, John, Cindy, Sonika, Saras, Pt. Hari Maharaj, Neeraj, Melvin, Shobna, Sharika, Shainal, Jai and family from Australia, Pritika, Ashika, Praneel, Ashneel, Rajesh, Malti, Jinesh, Shalvin and Artika from Australia, Jagdish, Sharda, Junior, Gyan Sarita, Shristi and family, Rakesh, Simla, Shirley, Rohit and all family and friends from here, Fiji and abroad. In these times of sorrow and loss of beloved Shree Devi the family received help from various organizations, friends and family and wish to thank one and all. Special thanks to Mr. Abhimanyu Shankar and family of 89 Irvin Street, South San Francisco, California, staff and management of Citigarden Hotel ( formerly Goodnite Inn of South Airport Blvd..), doctors, nurses and staff of Kaiser Permanente of South San Francisco and to all friends and relatives from here and abroad for the flowers, prayers and words of condolences. Please accept this as a personal acknowledgement from Shree’s Family.

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Health Dept. recommends pure virgin Coconut oil

Little champions rock Suva

Fiji: Jun 01, 2010 The Ministry of Health has recommended the use of Pure Virgin Coconut Oil as the best alternative cooking oil, considering the high cost of living. Health spokesman Iliesa Tora said recent meetings and research have confirmed this new find.

The Lil Champs lived up to their promise to set the stage on fire with a rocking concert in Fiji’s capital Suva .

The four Little Champs of India awed music lovers in Suva with their singing talent during the first of their four Fiji shows at the Civic Centre .

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Vyom Kapoor awed the audience with a Mohd Rafi hit and the show stopper, 12 Fiji: May 30, 2010| year old Tanmay Chaturvedi, the second runner up in the Sa Re Ga Ma Lil Champs competition brought the crowd to their feet with his hilarious performance and breathtaking singing skills.

The research was conducted in partnership with the University of the South Pacific.

“So many opted for palm oil, which has side issues that pose health risks.

“However, coconut oil has a high saturated fat content, so it should be used in moderate amounts. “Compared to coconut oil, pure virgin coconut oil is healthier The champs continued to for it contains antioxidants, The Vodafone sponsored rock the crowd with hit event recorded a houseful which might have positive with people numbers like ‘Soniyo’ from health benefits,” Mr Tora said. audience the film ‘Raaz 2’, ‘Twist’ enjoying a solid three hours of (‘Love Aaj Kal’), ‘Aahoo Mr Tora said the Ministry power-packed performances Aahoo’ (‘Love Aaj Kal’), ‘Yeh the youngsters. Mera Dil’ (‘Don’), Mauja recommends PVC oil and hopes from that stakeholders can work together (Jab We Met) and so on. on a larger scale production. Indian Idol finalist and The audiences were also show host Harish Moyal got given the chance to join the The Ministry of Health is also the night underway with a stars on stage and those recommending the usage of less oil classical number and the that went on the stage within the domestic environment. four little champs followed raised the tempo of the with their solo performances. show with their dancing With larger scale commercial skills, getting loud cheers production of pure virgin coconut The theme of the night and applaud from the crowd. oil, over the next 3-5 years the was retro to metro with market can determine the price the stars starting off with “We had a houseful tariff of locally produced cooking some all time golden hits. audience in the Suva show and some people who came oils against imported varieties. in at the last minute had Mansi Bharadwaj was the Publisher/Editor to go home disappointed “ first on stage and she Mahen Prasad sang a classic old number PO Box 343 ‘Aao huzoor tumko’. Next The western shows were later held at the Girmit Hayward, CA 94557 up was Aishwariya Anand Centre in Lautoka and at Ph: 510-270-5248 who sang another classical Prince Charles Park in Nadi. number ‘Aaa ye Mehrebaan’. Source: fijilive.com Web: www.fijianatimes.com E-mail: fijianatimes@yahoo.com Media in Fiji now regulated by new decree Fiji: June 28, 2010 Kamal Prasad have been given three months Community writer Fiji’s Media Industry Development from today to ensure they comply Decree 2010 has been promulgated with the requirements of the media and comes into effect immediately. decree or cease operations all Amal Prasad Graphic Designer together,” he revealed. Under the ownership of media outlets, the new decree indicates all Contributing Writers Dr. Satendra Nandan has been media outlets in Fiji are to be 90 Ken Kho appointed as chairperson of the percent locally owned. Ranjeeta Pal Fiji Media Authority and the other Ravi Singh “Fiji Times which is owned by members of the Authority are Shirley Sakal-Kocourek Rupert Murdoch’s News Limited expected to be appointed shortly

Fiji is bidding to host the 2011 Miss India contest says Tourism Fiji chief executive officer Jo Tuamoto, playing host this week to the three crowned queens of the Femina Miss India 2010 contest. The invitation to the three queens is a collective approach by Air Pacific and Tourism Fiji in promoting Fiji as a destination, Tuamotu told FijiLive.

Tuamotu said if Fiji does get to host the 2011 Miss India contest, the global media coverage will have positive spin offs.

Mr Tora said though canola oil was best, it was rather expensive and ordinary people couldn’t afford it.

“Since Fiji imports large amounts of palm oil rich in saturated fats, coconut oil is now viewed as a better alternative.

Fiji: June 08, 2010

In Fiji for a week-long tour and photo shoot are Femina Miss India World 2010 Manasvi Mamgai, Femina Miss India International 2010 Neha Hinge, and, Femina Miss India Earth 2010 Nicole Faria.

Other cooking oils analysed included olive, canola, palm, coconut, palms and virgin coconut oils.

“The results of literature research analysis indicated that canola oil was the best cooking oil in terms of health benefits and cost.

Fiji hosts Miss India trio as part of bid

The Reserve Bank of Fiji has received a runner-up award for the best new coin series at the Third International Association of Currency Affairs, “Excellence in Currency” awards held at Currency Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. RBF with the

shared this award the Central Bank of Republic of Turkey.

RBF Governor, Sada Reddy said the introduction of the new coins was a major milestone for our nation. He said that for the RBF to receive this award puts Fiji's new coins amongst the best in the world. "It is something that we should all be proud of." Reddy said. The new coin series comprises smaller, thinner and lighter 5, 10, 20, 50 cents and $1 coins. These new coins were issued into circulation on 16 February 2009 to coincide with 40 years of decimal currency in Fiji

“We should expect more than 2000 people in the country if we are indeed selected to host this important event,” Tuamotu said. He said Tourism Fiji will then be able to grow tourist numbers from India following the event. Tuamoto said the crowned queens are here at Fiji’s invitation as Fiji had offered prizes for the winners of the Pantaloons-sponsored Femina Miss India 2010 to show all that Fiji has to offer. “This is more a public relations exercise as the media in India will be covering this event with the Times of India backing the group ensuring the destination features prominently.” The queens will experience the Coral Coast, Nadi, Denarau as well as the Mamanucas along with other activities organised for them such as the Sand Dunes, river safaris and so forth. “India is an important market for us and these activities will help generate positive vibes for the destination,” Tuamoto said. Source: Fijilive.com

Pastor jailed for raping daughter

Fiji: June 08, 2010

“She looked to you for fatherly The pastor of a Christian church support and guidance, in her young in Fiji has been jailed for 15 years life. She trusted you as a father. for a range of sexual offences against his nine-year-old daughter. You were supposed to respond in kind. You were supposed to guide The 42-year-old man was and counsel her to become a strong found guilty on one count of and confident young girl. However, indecent assault, two counts of you did exactly the opposite. You rape and one count of incest. ruined her world by indecently assaulting her and raping her twice. Acting judge Justice Salesi Then you committed incest on her.” Temo said the offences happened in 2006 after the man and Justice Temo said the girl appeared his wife separated in 2005. to be emotionally scarred for life. The man was given custody of his three daughters. He victimised the eldest. The judge also said her father’s abuse had exposed the girl to sexual activity “She was already traumatised involving abuse by other people. by the break up of your family in 2005,” he said in sentencing. Source: Fijilive.com


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Your Taxes- Things to do after April 15th Up until April 15, we all feel a sense of pressure for filing our personal income taxes. And thereafter there’s a sudden drop in pressure. We begin to realize that a burden has been lifted and we don’t Ranjeeta Pal have to think about taxes anymore—for awhile at least. Before you completely turn your attention from the world of taxes, it may be worth giving consideration to a few useful tips on how to handle tax events and activities that oftentimes occur outside the normal ebb and flow of the annual tax season.

do not need to file an amended return for math errors. The IRS will automatically make the correction. But file an amended return if you discover you reported incorrectly your filing status, dependents, total income, deductions or credits.

Record Keeping. If you can simply establish a few basic record keeping habits, tax time won’t be such a pain next year. You have many records that may help document items on your tax return--documentation you will need should the IRS select your return for examination. Routinely keeping records such as bills, credit card and other receipts, invoices, mileage logs, canceled, imaged or substitute checks, and proofs of payment--and having a special place where you keep them so that you always know where they are-will make tax compliance much How should you react if you get a easier for you. notice from the IRS? What do you Ranjeeta cam be reached at: do if you discover you goofed on Ph. 650-630-0057 your return? What record keeping RPAL@ACCURATE-ACCOUNTS.COM habits can you develop to make tax preparation easier next time? Take a moment to look at some of the tips that the IRS offers in response to these questions.

The registration of telephone customer details has been made compulsory in Fiji through a new decree approved by Cabinet. The Compulsory Registration of Customers for Telephone Services Decree 2010 requires all current users to register their details with a telephone service provider within a month from the commencement of the decree. “Details to be registered are the full name, date of birth, photo identification, home address and parent’s signature if user is below 18 years,� said AttorneyGeneral and Minister for Justice Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He said that under the decree, telephone services will be suspended if user details are not registered within the deadline. “For every new SIM card or

Fiji: May 24, 2010 Fijian Cabinet has endorsed following Public Holiday dates for 2011. The Minister said that Employment Relations Promulgation 2007 makes provisions for public holidays and the dates for their celebration each year.

Amended Returns. What do you do when you discover that you made a mistake on a tax return you recently filed? Well, don’t worry, because you can make changes and adjustments to your tax return. And it’s not too difficult if you know the standard forms and procedures used in the process. If you need to amend your tax return, use Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. Generally, you

July, 2010

In Fiji, Phone users ‘MUST REGISTER’ under new decree

Fiji: July 01, 2010

Fiji Cabinet endorses Public Holiday dates for 2011

Notices. If you receive an IRS notice, don’t worry, you’re not alone. The IRS sends millions of letters and notices to taxpayers every year. In case one shows up in your mailbox--and it will be your mailbox, as the IRS never communicates by email--don’t panic. Dealing with an IRS letter or notice can often be simple and painless. It normally covers a very specific issue about your account or tax return. It will provide specific instructions explaining what you must do, if you need to do anything, to respond. Most correspondence can be handled without calling or visiting an IRS office.

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fixed line telephone bought after the (decree) commencement date, customer details set out in the decree must be registered before a service provider can provide services to that number.�

the lives of government ministers in an attempt to deter ministers from the execution of their official duties.

“There is also a growing concern at the likelihood of mobile phones being used for money laundering and the “In addition, any number which planning and execution of crimes.� has not made or received any calls for 180 consecutive days will be Sayed-Khaiyum said that a lot of disconnected and only reconnected overseas jurisdictions have taken upon fulfillment of registration the lead in imposing laws that requirements under the Decree.� make registration of telephone customer details compulsory. Sayed-Khaiyum said that fines will also be imposed under the decree if He said that Fiji must now follow suit the provisions are not fulfilled by and protect its people and the country the customer or the service provider. from the many threats and crimes that can be initiated or facilitated The Attorney-General said that a through the use of the telephone. significant number of telephone users are making bogus and The new law, Sayed-Khaiyum threatening calls, including said, will also combat the rising bomb threats thus diverting number of prank calls to emergency and wasting public resources. numbers which end up diverting and wasting government resources “They have been impersonating on ‘emergencies’ that do not exist. government ministers to obtain Source: Fijilive.com certain privileges and have threatened

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Fijiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s President appoints new Chief Registrar

There will be no National Youth Day and Ratu Sukuna Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has Day public holidays. appointed resident magistrate Ganga Wakishta Arachchi as acting chief registrar of the High â&#x20AC;&#x153;The more we sweat in peace the less we Court, to replace Ana Rokomokoti bleed in war.â&#x20AC;? Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit who vacated the office last week.

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An unidentified assailant shot at Sri Sri Ravi Shankarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s convoy as he was leaving from a public Satsang at around 6:00 pm on Sunday, May 30, 2010, in Bangalore. Sri Sri was unhurt. The bullet missed Sri Sri but struck an Art of Living memberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thigh causing minor injury. The advocate of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Global Warmingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; worldwide freezes â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Love Storyâ&#x20AC;? at home. The former Vice President, 62, and his wife, 61, are separating, they announced June 1st, 2010. The couple, who have four children, have been married for 40 years.

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SEASCALE,England, Wed June 2, The rampage was the deadliest mass shooting since 1996 in Britain, where gun ownership is tightly restricted and handguns are banned. The accused Derrick Bird went on killing spree at 30 different locations and than turning the gun on himself. Deputy Chief Constable Stuart Hyde said there were 30 separate crime scenes. Witnesses described seeing the gunman driving around shooting out the window of his car. His victims included a woman on a bicycle, a farmer in his field and at least two fellow taxi drivers

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After this incident Sri Sri attended three previously scheduled public gatherings in Bangalore. In response to various questions from the media, Sri Sri urged people not to worry and called upon them to work towards a more inclusive, peaceful and spiritual society. Sri Sri said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many people are suffering due to violence. We need to convey the message of peace and non-violence to every household by reinforcing the human values of compassion, friendliness and service.â&#x20AC;? Asked about enhancing security measures around him, Sri Sri said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am here for the people and am not in favor of any measures that will prevent this.â&#x20AC;?

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The Gores said it was â&#x20AC;&#x153;a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration,â&#x20AC;? according to an e-mailed statement obtained by The Associated Press.

Several media outlets, including New Zealand Herald Online, Islands Business Online, PACNEWS Online, and the Fiji Sun Online have run news items in the past few days, speculating on the relocation of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat from Fiji. Included in each of those media outletsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; news items is a claim that the Tongan Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon Feleti Vakaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;uta Sevele, as Chair of the Forum Ministerial Contact Group on Fiji, had said during the media conference after the Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting in Auckland on Monday, 31 May, â&#x20AC;&#x153;... that the group had looked into shifting its base and it had proved too costly.â&#x20AC;? We wish to clarify that the Tongan Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon Feleti Vakaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;uta Sevele, did not at any time during the media conference say or infer that the Ministerial Contact Group or the Forum had discussed the relocation of the Forum

Secretariat from Fiji. According to the transcript of the media conference, the exchange between the Hon Prime Minister and the members of the media on the issue went like this: Question: Is there any move, Mr. Sevele, to move the (Forum) Secretariat offshore as things have got worse in Fiji? Prime Minister Sevele: No. We heard this morning, whilst the (Forum) Secretariat did experience some difficulties the past year or two, things have improved considerably since the appointment of Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and things have practically returned to normal in terms of the operations of the (Forum) Secretariat and there hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been any discussion of that and I doubt that there would be a move. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to cost a lot, and taken from all sides at the moment, no, there hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been any discussion by the leaders of any move away from Fiji.â&#x20AC;?

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Samoan PM declines Fiji PMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s invitation Samoa: July2, 2010 Samoaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PM, Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi says he will not attend the MSG meeting in Fiji later this year. [Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet] Samoaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prime minister says he will not attend the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) leaders meeting in Fiji this month, even if he is invited. Fijiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama has been quoted in regional media as saying he has invited Samoa, which has been critical of the Fijian administration, but Samoa denies having been asked to attend. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi questions whether Commodore Bainimarama has the authority to invite islands outside of the MSG.

Former Speaker of Samoan Parliament Isolated in his sub-village

Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider confirmed the statement came from The former Speaker of the Samoa the couple, but declined further Parliament charged with contempt of court has been isolated in his comment. sub-village. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing that I can do will A spokesman for Solosolo-uta subchange the structure of the village, Leota Paulo, says all of the universe. But maybe, by raising chiefs of their sub village decided my voice I can help the greatest to ostracise Leota of all causes - goodwill among men and peace on Earth.â&#x20AC;? Leota Leuluaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ialii Ituau Ale is to Albert Einstein

4 percent quota for Muslims in Andhra Pradesh New Delhi - 25th March, 2010 The Andhra Pradesh government today received a major boost with the Supreme Court, in an interim order, upholding the validity of four per cent reservation provided to backward members of Muslim community in the state. A bench of Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices J M Panchal and B S Chauhan, however, referred the issue to a Constitution bench to examine the validity of the impugned Act since it involved important issues of the Constitution.

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Lunar An eclipse of the Moon (or lunar eclipse) can only occur at Full Moon, and only if the Moon passes through some portion of the Earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shadow. The shadow is actually composed of two cone-shaped components, one nested inside the other. The outer or penumbral shadow is a zone where the Earth blocks part but not all of the Sunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rays from reaching the Moon. In contrast, the inner or umbral shadow is a region where the Earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching the Moon.

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This vast pool, which was recently recognized by the Guinness Book Fiji: June 25, 2010 Source: Fijilive.com of World Records as the largest pool make the situation more realistic by The Magistrate Court in Suva in the world, lies beside the Pacific factoring in more charges. has extended the bail for the two   Fiji men charged for spreading Purchase price - $200,000 false news that could give rise to Down payment-25% or $50,000 public alarm and anxiety. Loan amount - $150,000 Interest rate - 5% fixed, 30 years Closing cost - presume 3% of Fiji Rugby Union Board chairman Bill Gavoka and Nadi-based $200,000 or $6,000 pastor Laione Nacevamaca Mortgage payment - $806 monthly appeared before Magistrate Property tax - $209 monthly Irani Arachchi this afternoon, Insurance - $59 per monthly with contravening Vacancy - presume 8% (roughly 1 charged section 15 of the Public Order Act. month) of rent or $120 Ocean in Chile. The pool measures Property management - presume Magistrate Arachchi has an incredible 1,000 meters in 6% of rent or $90 Maintenance - presume $600 a extended the bail till July 15 length, covers an astounding 20 under strict bail conditions. acres, has an enormous 115 ft deep year or $50 per month end. Not surprisingly, the pool Total monthly expenses - $1,334 The two surrendered their passports takes quite a bit of water to fill it.   The  monthly income ($1500 to the court today and have been In fact, it holds a total of 66 million less $1335) is  now $166,  annual, ordered to report to their designated gallons of water. $1,992. Compared to the investment police station every Saturday. ($50,000 down payment plus $6,000 closing costs), the return Both were released on cash Nemo 33 is a recreational is  3.56%.  Is this return good bail of $750 each yesterday. diving center in Brussels, enough? Some of you may point out that you will be doing your own Nacevamaca is charged with Belgium that is home to property management, or that you spreading by way of mouth that there the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deepest swimming The pool itself are buying in a neighborhood where would be a tsunami, earthquake pool. vacancy rate is very low. So say and strong winds on June 23 at consists of a submerged you take out vacancy and property 2.30pm, causing public alarm. structure with flat platforms management: the income goes up at various depth levels. from $166 to $376. In a year, that Gavoka is charged with spreading The pool has two large is $4,512, and  the ROI  goes up to the rumors by e-mail about flat-bottomed areas at depth levels of the tsunami and earthquakes 8.06%. and causing public alarm. 5m (16 ft) and 10m (32 ft), and a large   circular pit descending to a depth Now, let me point out though this is not a thorough analysis. For one, Fijiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Public Emergency Regulations of 33m (108 ft). It is filled with litres of nonthere is the tax benefits of owning in force since last April, makes it 2,500,000 highly filtered real estate. In addition, evaluating illegal for anyone to cause any kind chlorinated, a property is not limited to looking of public disturbance or instability. at the figures: one has to consider the property, the neighborhood, and even yourself, if you are really going to enjoy being a landlord, as well as be an effective one.   Â&#x160; Ken Kho is a REALTOR. Email is ken@kho.net, and cell is 510-396-5408. Your calls and emails always welcomed..

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Directed by Milan Luthria and Produced by Ekta Kapoor. The film is based on Mumbai’s 2 famous underworld  smuggler and  gangster, Haji Mastan and Dawood Ibrahim  in the 1960s and 70s.  Haji Mastan was originally from Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu. He came to Mumbai at age 17, in 1955. He had friends in Bollywood and in Politics. He was very well known smuggler in Mumbai and also involved in politics and produced films. In 1975 film “Deewar” was based on Haji Mastan’s life.  He made millions through smuggling gold, silver and electronic goods. Haji died in Mumbai in 1994.

D-Company. Dawood was No. 4 on the Forbes 2008 list of The World’s 10 Most Wanted  criminals,  and No. 50 on the Forbes 2009 list of The World’s Most Powerful People.  United States declared Dawood Ibrahim a “global terrorist” Dawood Ibrahim  was born in 2003. in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra  on December 26, 1955. He began his In film “Once  Upon a time in criminal career working as smuggler Mumbai” Ajay Devgan  plays Haji Mastan. Dawood had his own the character of Haji Mastan and gang, D-Company. In 2005 film “D” Emraan Hashmi plays Dawood was based on the real-life Mumbai Ibrahim. The film, set primarily underworld  organization, the in 1970 in Mumbai. The movie releases on the 30th July, 2010. Sona Mohapatra is a mix of folk Music of “I Hate Luv and modern beats, styles and Storys”  lyrics. Song is so smooth and by Ravi Singh relaxing.   Music Directors, Singers and Sadka Hua by Suraj Jagan and Lyricists Vishal Dadlani & Shekher Mahalaxmi Iyer is other great Ravjiani  are back. This time they love song on the soundtrack. Both teamed up with lyricists Anvita singers did a great job and the beat Dutt Guptan and Kumaar for is out standing. It’s mix of Rock Karan Johar’s up coming movie “I and R&B, which is different. Once Hate Luv Storys”.  again lyrics are perfect. Jab Mila Tu by Vishal Dadlani Bin Tere (Reprise) by Shekhar is original reggae beat with hindi Ravijiani is sooo fresh. It’s unplug lyric’s, which is kind a cool. It’s a version of the original track but layback track with very nice lyrics. Shekhar did a excellent job. I love The track reminds me of Bob this track. Marley’s song.  Bahara (Chill Version) by Rahat Bin Tere by Shafqat Amanat Ali Fateh Ali Khan is a whole different and Sunidhi Chauhan is a track track with same chores “Bahara”. I you will for sure fall in love with. wasn’t really crazy about the beat It’s a mix of POP and Rock beats but Rahat’s vocal made me listen but with soulful lyrics and vocal of to this track over and over. both singers  it sounds like a great Bin Tere (Remix) by DJ Kiran bollywood song. is okay mix. It’s mostly made for I Hate Luv Storys by Vishal club’s. Dadlani is a playful track and I think Vishal & Shekher have everyone will have fun on the dance floor. Attention all the DJ’s, done it again. The soundtrack is great and you will not regret add this track to your play list. buying the CD. Bahara by Shreya Ghoshal and

Singer(s): Mohammad Rafi, Hindi Song Lyrics A man and his wife, now in their 60’s, Film:Mother India Shamshad Begum, Manna Dey, were celebrating their 40th wedding Asha Bhosle anniversary. On their special day a Dukh Bhare Din Beetey (dukh Bhare Din Beetey Re Bhaiyaa Ab Sukh Aayo Re good fairy came to them and said rang Jeevan Mein Naya Laayo Re) -2 that because they had been such hoy Hoy Dukh Bhare Din Beete Re Bhaiyaa, Beete Re Bhaiyaa a devoted couple she would grant dekh Re Ghataa Ghirake Aayi Ras Bhar-bhar Lai - 2 each of them a very special wish. o Ghataa Ghirake Aai, Ho The wife wished for a trip around chhed Le Gori Man Ki Beena Rimjhim Rut Chhai - 2 the world with her husband. o Ghataa Ghirake Aai Whoosh! Immediately she had prem Ki Gaagar Laae Re Baadar Bekal Moraa Jiyaa Hoy - 2 airline/cruise tickets in her hands. dukh Bhare Din Beete Re Bhaiyaa ... The man wished for a female madhur-madhur Manvaa Gaaye Apne Bhi Din Aaye - 2 companion 30 years younger… o Madhur Manvaa Gaaye, Ho saavan Ke Sang Aaye Jawani Saavan Ke Sang Jaaye, O - 2 Whoosh…immediately he turned o Madhur Manvaa Gaaye, Ho ninety!!! aaj To Jii Bhar Naach Le Paagal Kal Na Jaane Re Kyaa Hoye - 2 Gotta love that fairy! dukh Bhare Din Beete Re Bhaiyaa ...

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Akbar and Birbal a little History

There was a Mogul Emperor in India, Akbar The Great (15421605). His full name was Jalaludden Mohammed Akbar Padshah Ghazi and he ruled India from 1560 to 1605. He himself was illiterate, but he invited several learned people in his court. Among these people, nine were very famous and were called Nav Ratna (nine jewels of the Mogul Crown) of his court. Among these nine jewels, five people were more famous - Tansen, Todarmal, Abul Fazal, Maan Singh and Birbal. Akbar’s son Prince Sultan Salim,

mostly administrative and military but he was a very close friend of Akbar too, because Akbar loved his wisdom, wit and subtle humor. He was a minister in the

1. Tansen ... A Great Singer 2. Dasvant ... A Great Painter 3. King Todarmal ... A Financial Wizard 4. Abdu us-Samad ... A Brilliant Calligrapher and Designer of Imperil Coins 5. Abul Fazal . A Great Historian ( whose brother was Faizi ) 6. Faizi ... A Great Poet 7. Mir Fareh-ullah Shirazi ... Financier,Philosopher,Physician & Astronomer 8. King Maan Singh ... A Great Man known for His Chivalry 9. Birbal ... A Great Man known for His Valuable Advice later known as Jehangir wrote that nobody could make out that Akbar was an illiterate. Akbar was a very hard-working King. It is also said about him that he slept only three hours a night. Birbal (1528-1583) is surely one of the most popular figures in Indian history equally regarded by adults and children. Birbal’s duties in Akbar’s court were

administration of Mogul Emperor Akbar and one of the members of inner council of nine advisors. He was a poet and an author too.

Hindi Song: Bansuriya Phir

Lata Mangeshkar

Se Baja O Kaanha Movie or Album: Taj Singer(s): Lata Mangeshakar, Hemant Kumar Music Director(s): Hemant Kumar Lyricist(s): Rajinder Krishan bansuriya phir se baja o kaanha bansuriya phir se baja jaa jaa na ham ko sata o raadha jaa jaa na ham ko sata bansee na baje toh jiya mora dole jiya mora dole piya, bolee yeh bole phir se wahee dhun suna o kaanha bansuriya - 2 phir se baja o kaanha jaa ree natkhat gayalin kee chhoree maina bajaaunga yeh baans ke pori aise na mujhko rula o kaanha bansuriya - 2 phir se baja o kaanha kaanha teree muralee me raadha ke jaan hai raadha too hee toh meree bansee kee taan hai honthon se bansee laga o kaanha bansuriya - 2 phir se baja o kaanha

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It is believed that he was a son of poor Braahman of Trivikrampur on the banks of River Yamuna. According to a popular legend, he died on an expedition to Afghanistan at the head of a large military force due to treachery. It is also said that when Birbal died, Akbar mourned him for several months. The exchanges between Akbar and Birbal have been recorded in many volumes. Many of these have become folk stories in Indian tradition. Birbal’s collection of poetry published under the pen name Brahm are preserved in Bharatpur Museum, Rajsthan, India. Many courtiers were jealous with Birbal and often plotted for his downfall.

Born on September 28, 1929 is a singer from India. She is one of the best-known playback singer in the Hindi film industry. She sang thousands of songs for the bollywood film industry and over 20 languages. She is the sister of Asha Bhosle, Usha and Meena Mangeshkar. Has brother Hirdayanath Mangeshkar. Lata Mangeshkar was born in a Maharashtrian family in Sikh Mohalla ,Indore, in the State of Madhya Pradesh. At the age of five, she started to work as an actress in her father’s musical plays. In 1942, when Lata was 13, her father died. The 1960s thrust Lata Mangeshkar to being known as the undisputed leading female playback singer in Hindi cinema. She recorded songs for nearly every major composer of the period, and many of these songs continue to be popular. On June 27, 1963, against the backdrop of the Sino-Indo War. Lata sang the patriotic song Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon (literally, “Oh, the People of My Country”) in the presence of Jawaharlal Nehru. then the PM of India. The song, composed by C. Ramchandra and written by Pradeep, is said to have brought the Prime Minister to tears. In 2001, Lata Mangeshkar was awarded Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor


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HAYWARD, CA. July 3-4, 2010 Under the beautiful clear sky, during the 2 day festival, people strolled on the grounds of Cal State East Bay in Hayward experiencing a well organized event that had patrons gasping for words to describe the much awaited multicultural event and enjoying fabulous food in the white tents and danced to the rhythms of musical performances of Fijian and Indian artists. Fiji Festival (an undertaking of the Fiji American National Association (FANA), under the leadership of President Davendra Kumar went

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ground filled with performing arts Fijiana Times creates history at Fiji Festival USA 2010 broadcasting live event groups, DJ’s, classic cars, sports teams, and security provided by Fiji Festival 2010 wasn’t like the Viewers from Canada, Fiji, New like to see the event. Hayward Police Dept. and Contra festival held in previous years. With Zealand, Australia or any other part the advancement in technology, of the world, for the first time had As this was our first sponsored Costa Protective Services. and with a donation of a broadband the opportunity to watch the festi- event, we’d love to hear your feedback. You have the opportunity to At the end of the 2nd day I had the card to FANA from Talib Haniff of val as it happened. view the festival in case you were opportunity to talk with one police Advance Heating & Cooling officer and was so happy to hear Works, Fijiana Times sponsored Fijiana Times concluded its live working, out of town or out of the the first ever live web broadcast of broadcast at the Miss Fiji USA pag- country. Send us an email at what he had to say: eant after the results of the pageant info@fijianatimes.com and tell us Officer: “ This is the first time I the festival over the 2 days. was announced. what you thought of this collaboratwas assigned to a duty to this type ed effort to bring you a step closer of festival and am so happy to say From the festival grounds, to the that there was not even one inci- stage, including the final soccer If you did not catch the broadcast to home! dent within this booths, sheds, that I match between Combine Broth- or would like to watch a rerun, you ers of Sacramento and South Bay, can still view the recorded show If you would like to broadcast your would have regretted to see”. Here one should commend the at- Fijiana Times covered the events online at fijifestival.com. You can next event live, please contact us at share the link with your friends and 510-270-5248 or tendees and the owners of booths. with a live broadcast over the family as well in case they would E mail: fijianatimes@yahoo.com. There services must have been that internet. goooood that no one had to complain. At the festival, available were a wide selection of delicious cuisine freshly prepared on the ground by chefs of individual stalls and delivered in a manner that left the attendees no choice but to try more than one. Stalls providing merchandise for sale saw some good returns on their small investment. Notable on the hands of many girls was the

Nick Khelawan-Director Marketing, FANA and Publisher of Fijiana Times, Mahen Prasad.

across the USA are numerous and varied. Whether it is in re-enacting the journey of an historic pioneer wagon train, or noting the life and achievements of the human rights icon and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Martin Luther King Jr, the USA is proud of its history and showcases many events and festivals throughout the year. Fiji Festival is no exception.

as planned and was supported by a family of several members (Nick Khelawan, Runnveer Singh, James Prasad and others) who were seen monitoring the works of all corners. Festival consisted of exciting events featuring local artists, cultural organizations and had 7 participants vying for the Fiji Festival Crown. Festival concluded with a reception held on Sunday night where the management acknowledged the contribution of all members, several sponsors (Bhindi Jewelers, Maharaj Travel, Pathfinder Travel, Prime Properties of California, Sadhana Narayan Law Firm, Tahal Groceries-to name a few), patrons and all who in anyway helped making this ever growing festival a success.

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decorative prints of mendhi and one known artist seen busy with her work of putting the mendhi on the hands of these girls was Reshmi Prasad. It was amazing to see the children in Baby Show although not many participated. There were some 8 kids who took part and the winner selected by an independent judge was none other than Aryan Prasad. The dances on Fijian songs by races other than Native Fijians was superb. Karaoke- There were some very talented local singers who performed extremely well under the pressure of audience vying to hear them again and again.

more strengthened, is the largest annual event in the Bay area. The Festival provides a medium for Social, Economical and Cultural enrichment for the people of Fiji origin and those of the South Pacific. It emphasizes the sharing of our heritage with ourselves and with those of this great Nation. To bring the Festival to the people, the committee has fostered alliance with the business community. This has lead to greater exposure for the participating businesses as well as providing financial support for the event. It is estimated that total cost required to organize an event of this magnitude runs within a vicinity of $80K - $100,000.

From remembering the civil war in the south to an appreciation of Asha Ram - Hayward The event had kicked off with a the arts and culture of the Art Deco Asha sang solo and duet with his float procession, official opening speech by the President, and the Fiji Festival, now in its eighth year, era, historical events and festivals niece who is also a talented singer.

To strengthen the ties with Fiji and within the Fijian community here it is noted with pleasure and pride that our brothers and sisters in Modesto are ready to celebrate “Modesto Fiji Festival on the 14th of August this year. What is important to note is that without the support of general public of this great nation and participation of our leaders, the event of this magnitude cannot be easily concluded with success. The show of still going strong classical cars and motor bikes was an attraction that had some youths making rounds within the area where the cars were parked. If you missed looking at the interior and the engines you have missed seeing the beauty of these machines. The running body of FANA promises that you could fulfill the dream in time to come.

A Nice coincidence “4th of July” the Independence Day

Often referred to simply as “The Fourth of July”, Independence Day celebrates America’s declaration of independence from Great Britain. Countrywide, Independence Day celebrations, the most popular of which are set against evocative USA symbols like the Washington Monument in DC, or the mountain carving of four exalted American presidents at Mount Rushmore, are usually centered about major events like outdoor symphony concerts and fireworks displays, parades, picnics and barbecues, carnivals and more.

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Fiji Festval, 2010 - Highlights & Views

One of the floats in the parade led Indian and Fijian songs kept the Young and old all enjoyed the day and by 2 men in the costume of a lion teens rocking to the music. The here are 2 dancing and enjoying the and an ape kept the crowd amused. warm weather was no deterrent. music while mothers did shopping.

Aryan Prasad

Son of Amal and Reshmi Prasad of Hayward celebrates his second birthday on 15th July. Love and Blessings from Daddy, Mommy, Aja, Aji, Par Aji, Nana, Nani, Dada Kamal, Dadi Aurore, Mausi Moushumi, Mausa Abhinesh, and all relatives from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji

What others had to say:

Victor and Alvin - L.A. & Newark â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nice to see Fijian population getting together. Get to see culture and the Fiji style foodâ&#x20AC;?.

Salesh Chand (Master)-San Mateo â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the best festivals I have attended . Brings the family together. A Nice get togetherâ&#x20AC;?.

Jit Prasad - San Jose â&#x20AC;&#x153;Proud to be part of this festival. Food and booths are all fine. Need to have it going foreverâ&#x20AC;?.

Intiaz Dean - Antioch Octavious Webster - Richmond â&#x20AC;&#x153;Came for the first time. Met so â&#x20AC;&#x153;Came last year. Loved it and am many people from Fiji. Keep it here again. Will sure be here next yearâ&#x20AC;?. goingâ&#x20AC;?.

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