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Fiji Struck by Cyclone

Where: Suva, FijiMarch 16, 2010 : Fiji declared a state of emergency in the northern and eastern parts of the country after they were struck by a tropical cyclone, Cyclone Tomas. The eastern Lau group of islands was the worst affected. The country's second largest island, Vanua Levu, also sustained severe damage.Over 17,000 people left their homes...

Fiji’s President Revokes Constitution

Where: Suvo, FijiApril 10, 2009 : Fiji's Court of Appeal declared that President Ratu Josefa Iloilo's military government was illegal. Three judges of the Court of Appeal ruled that the president should appoint an independent caretaker prime minister to dissolve Parliament and call a general election.In retaliation, the President revoked the constitution and sacked the judges. He...

The Final Descent

March 26: After 15 years in the skies, the Russian-made Mir space station finally returned to earth on March 22. Its burning remnants could be seen as they shot across the sky over the Fiji islands.Mir means both 'peace' and 'village' in Russian. It housed 104 astronauts in its lifetime, 62 of whom were from other countries, including seven...

Holi in Fiji

March 19: Before it was Holi in India, phagua, as Holi is called by the Indo-Fijians, was already being celebrated. The Fiji Islands, in the Pacific Ocean, are six-and-a-half hours ahead of Indian time and the Indo-Fijians were already singing chautal, an oral tradition of celebration.For the community, memories of India go as far back as 120 years, when...

What is Vetiver Grass?

The Amazing Vetiver Grass
If you ask someone what vetiver is, chances are that you might get a blank look. But mention the word khus, and most people will be all-smiles. For this grass have the sweetest and coolest fragrance that beat the summer heat. That is why for centuries Indians have had vetiver or khus mats and screens in their homes. A...

Creating News to Cover News

August 12: Throughout the world, the media's hold on the minds of people is increasing day by day. We are often asked not to believe everything we see on television or read in the newspaper. But so compelling are the words and pictures that these media use, that it's hard not to.The media has become so powerful that they...

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