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Maika Kasami
Neha crowned Miss Sugar 2017 form to advocate on combating Non- Commu-
nicable Diseases. I used to be a shy girl but
Miss Marine Drive Auto Services Neha this festival has given me the confidence that
Natasha Singh will represent Lautoka City at I needed, she added.
the Miss Fiji Pageant in November to be held Sugar Festival Association president Bijesh
in Suva. Chandra said the fine weather throughout the
The 23-year old registered nurse at the Lau- week contributed to the success of this years
toka Hospital Emergency Department beat festival.
eight other contestants to be crowned Miss Chief guest Dr. Kamlesh Sharma said the
Sugar 2017. annual Sugar Festival is here to stay.
Ms. Singh had advocated on combating We dont have a major sponsor for the
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weeklong festival which culminated on Sep- or we dont, no one can stop us from having
tember 23. the fun. Ive noticed some changes in 2017. A
After her tiring journey which has trans- big presence of the Police Force something I
formed her to become more confident in public didnt witness in 2015 when I last visited the
speaking, the newly crowned queen believes country, the military band was another feature
pageants are the best platform to do advocacy during the float procession in the day and a
as people do attend in large numbers. big vinaka vakalevu to Lautoka City Council.
I just tried to deliver to the best of my abil- And not forgetting the beautiful contestants
ity and did not really expect to win the Sugar for their participation.
crown because all nine of us were gorgeous Ms Singh wins a trip to either Australia,
and talented .I would dedicate this win to my New Zealand or Singapore as her prize. Miss
parents . This is my second year as a regis- Wilderness and Amusement Mereoni Na- Newly crowned Miss Sugar 2017 and Lautokas representative to the 2017
tered nurse at the emergency department at takele was crowned as first runner-up while Miss Fiji Pageant Neha Natasha Singh (middle) with First Runner Up Mereo-
Lautoka Hospital. Lautoka City Councils Mereoni Bainivalu ni Natakele (left) and 2nd Runner Up Miss LCC Mereoni Bainivalu.
It was a passion for me when I was a little was the second runner-up.
Photo: Maika Kasami
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04 NEWS

Promoting literacy for young minds


SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

Books galore; happy students of Dreketi Sangam Primary displaying the books donated by SI Lau- Donation of story books by SI Lautoka club to Shri Ram Govind Primary school students
toka with school teachers of Dreketi Sangam and SI Lautoka members. Photos: Sanjay Goundar to promote reading on International Literacy Day which is celebrated on September 8

Zareena Bi story books for their school libraries. We have also encouraged the students to be creative with
Altogether more than 150 story books were presented to their summaries and they can also depict their stories through
According to a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Dreketi Sangam, Shri Ram Govind and Viseisei primary drawings and cartoons.
Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report there is a clear con- schools to promote literacy through reading. Mudaliar also advised that for the last two years the club had
nection between illiteracy and countries in severe poverty, and According to SI Lautoka club President Ranjini Mudaliar, been running this program at one each school but this year for
between illiteracy and prejudice against women. through this program the students in these schools have been the first time the club is working with three school simultane-
The promotion of literacy thus is a major concern and UN- encouraged to read the story books and submit the summaries ously.
ESCO has proclaimed September 8 as the International Lit- which will be judged for prize presentations. She added that the prizes will be presented during the An-
eracy Day to remind the international community of the status There will be cash prizes for three best summaries received nual prize giving program of the respective schools.
of literacy. from each of the schools and we have given deadlines for the Meanwhile, the Head Teacher of Dreketi Sangam Mr Di-
The Soroptimist International (SI) Lautoka club has been co- summaries to be received by the club. namani thanked the club for taking the initiative of such a pro-
ordinating activities for the last two years and this year the club Our intent is for the students to read as many story books as gram at his school.
went a bit further and made it a week long affair by focusing possible so we have advised the schools that each student can He added that due to the location of his school the students
on three rural primary schools who have benefitted through send in as many summaries as they wish. usually miss out on such opportunities.

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NEWS 05

Outstanding recognition for Chand


SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

Sanjay Goundar I would also thank to thank my family for their continuous support and understanding of my
work environment as many times I also had to work extra hours.
Winning the most prestigious award in the Reddy Group and Tanoa Hotel Group of Com- Chand added that whilst working for the company for the last 16 years he has undergone a
panies annual Employee of the Year Awards function is a dream come true for Parvin Chand. great level of development as an individual employee.
The Compressor Air and Numeric (CAPS) Supervisor of Clyde Equipment (Pacific) Ltd Lau- He revealed that Reddy Group as a whole including Clyde Equipment (Pacific) Ltd really
toka branch walked away with the Our Company award for 2016 during the annual awards night cares about the development and wellbeing of its staff.
at the Tanoa International Hotel on September 6. The only reason why I have continued working for the company for the last 16 years is the
An elated Chand revealed after receiving the award from Reddy Group of Companies Manag- wide number of benefits they provide which is very essential for the development of any em-
ing Director Rohit Reddy that this recognition is the life time achievement for him. ployee.
He informed that his tireless efforts throughout the year by reaching sales targets and elimi- I have gained extensive knowledge about our companys various products through a number
nating customer complaints got well rewarded. of training programs.
This kind of awards is definitely a major encouragement for any staff to excel to greater In a nutshell I reckon Clyde Equipment (Pacific) Ltd as a top class organisation where em-
heights and I am no exception. ployees are provided enormous opportunities to thoroughly develop their working skills and
I would like to wholeheartedly thank the panel of judges for bestowing me with this remark- realize their full potential, Chand emphasized.
able recognition and would like to ensure my employers of even better performance in he fol-
lowing years to come.

Parvin Chand (right) receiving the Our Company Award from Reddy
Group Managing Director Mr Rohit Reddy. Photo: Sanjay Goundar

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06 LAUTOKA CITY COUNCIL NEWS SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

Climate Change should be taken seriously: Nakauvadra

Lautoka City Councils health department officials advising citizens on the benefits of using
organic manure during the inaugural national climate change week at the Coronation Park. The Lautoka City Council team whilst participating in the national Constitution Day celebra-
Photos: Maika Kasami tion at Churchill Park on September 7

Maika Kasami have been earmarked to be relocated, Nakauvadra said.


He encouraged all those involved in spreading the gospel of climate change to collectively
The celebration of Climate Change is not simply an agreement to roll back the pollution we mitigate its impact that will benefit our generations to come.
put into our skies but an agreement that help us lift people from poverty without condemning We must act now, if we place our short term interests behind the air that our young people
the next generation to a planet that is beyond its capacity to repair. will breathe, and the food that they will eat, and the water that they will drink, and the hopes and
These were the words of Lautoka City Council chief executive officer Jone Nakauvadra dur- dreams that sustain their lives, and then we wont be too late for them.
ing the inaugural National Climate Change Week celebrations in Lautoka. Mr. Nakauvadra added, Our progress will be measured differently in the suffering that is
Nakauvadra said the idea of having a Climate Change Week is noble and visionary. averted, and a planet thats preserved. Our generation may not even live to see the full realiza-
He said Climate Change is happening right here and right now. tion of what we do here. But the knowledge that the next generation will be better off for what
The recent spate of hurricanes that have hit America and the beautiful Caribbean Islands and we do here.
extreme change in weather pattern testifies the effect of the change in weather pattern. Can we imagine a more worthy reward than that? Passing that on to our children and our
We had our share last year when TC Winston hit our shores. Several if most of our coastal grandchildren so that when they look back and they can take pride in our achievement.
villages are being threatened and I understand that one or two have been relocated and more

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 LAUTOKA CITY COUNCIL NEWS 07

Zareena Bi

Lautoka City over the years has been expe-


riencing an extra ordinary growth in trading
activities and to ensure that the City continues
to grow and is vibrant a new 2,000 seating in-
door sports facility is being planned at Lau-
tokas Churchill Park.
This announcement was made by the Minis-
ter for Local Government, Housing and Envi-
ronment Praveen Kumar Bala as Chief Guest
during the official opening of the Sugar Festi-
val in Lautoka on September 16.
The proposed construction is projected to
kick start during this coming year with the de-
sign and documentation works to commence
soon.
This project shall be the first green public
building to be designed and constructed in
Fiji.
This is part of my Ministry and Lautoka
City Councils climate change adaptation
program and is also in line with the Ministry
for Local Government, Housing and Environ-
ments initiative towards climate promotion
and action as part of our wider environment
management plan.
The Minister added that this also includes
celebrating heritage and culture and events
such as Sugar Festival with sure footed green
imprint.
So we can stand proudly beside our Honor-
able Prime Minister as he flies the Fiji Flag as
incoming President of COP23. to the citizens of Lautoka City and the visi- been the upgrade of Churchill Park with the
tors to the city to help the council in keeping eight lane 400 meter synthetic tracks and the Minister for Local Government, Envi-
The indoor sports facility is in addition to ronment, Housing and Infrastructure
the botanical garden swimming pool where the city clean. other notable one being the major investment
He stressed that Lautoka City is one of the by Tappoo Group of Companies in bringing Praveen Bala with Lautoka Sugar Festi-
civil works are under way and pool construc-
tion work shall commence soon. best planned municipalities in Fiji with nota- international shopping, food and entertain- val Association President Bijesh Chandra
Lautoka City Council chief executive of- ble greenery and the landscape must be pro- ment experience to the west through their (left) and Senior Vice President Pusp Raj
ficer Jone Nakauvadra informed that part of tected from littering activities and it is every- landmark Tappoo City complex. The multi (right) during the official opening of the
the carnival ground and ground number 2 and bodys responsibility to assist in keeping the million dollar swimming pool project at Bo- 2017 Sugar Festival on September 16.
3 of Churchill Park will be used for the new city clean. tanical Garden is also progressing well with Photo: Sanjay Goundar
indoor sports facility. Under the current government initiatives the official opening expected to be in April
Meanwhile, Mr Bala sent out a humble plea one of the major developments in Lautoka has next year.

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08 NEWS SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

EDITORIAL
goddess of wealth for their happiness and prosperity. ing and festive times to be a Fijian.
The celebration of Diwali also comes with the obligation of PM Bainimarama said Diwali presents an opportunity to
not only lighting candles in ones own house but also lighting come together and share in the joy of our Hindu brothers and
them in the houses of those who are less fortunate, making sisters to observe the Festival of Lights.

COMMENT
Diwali a bridge between the rich and the poor. He said he felt proud of how openly we embrace each oth-
Most Diwali celebrations around the world focus on family ers festivities and how respectful we are of each other. It is
and friends. In Fiji, as Diwali approaches, people clean their part of what it means to be Fijian. On days such as this, it is ev-
Festive season is here! home to escape bad luck in the upcoming year and families ident that faith is a positive and unifying force in our society.
gather for a feast and stay up late, celebrating with the help of We at City Star Newspaper second the thoughts of our be-
The season of merry making is here beginning with the cel- fire-crackers and sweets. loved Prime Minister and take this opportunity to wish all our
ebration of the Festival of Lights. Tourists to our shores also get engaged to celebrating Diwali valued clients, friends and families a happy and blessed Di-
Dipavali or Diwali as it is most commonly known in Fiji is with us and they see first-hand the unique richness in our di- wali.
the most anticipated festival for our Indo-Fijian brothers and verse culture.
sisters that will be celebrated on Thursday, October 19. The respect shown to other religions indicates its highly Maika Kasami
The tradition of Diwali began many centuries ago and con- multi-cultural society. Editor.
tinues to this day. The festival also marks the arrival of the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in one of his earlier Di-
New Year on the Hindu calendar wherein people pray to the wali messages stated that Diwali marks one of the most excit-

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Adrenalin Fiji general manager Liza Walsh said they are excited to have teamed up with
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Our friendly and experienced crew gave the seven fathers amazing sports fishing experience
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the seven lucky fathers for the luxurious fishing trip. Photo: Maika Kasami

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10 NEWS

Peace starts with me


SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

Overall winners in the 2017 Lautoka Scouts Rally, Qalitu Primary School with their spoils. Best Male Scouts Kartik Pillay receiving his trophy from Mr Jone Naisau
Photos: Sanjay Goundar
and 30 helpers from 27 schools in of scouts is with us to award the
Zareena Bi
scouts movement. skills, think for themselves Lautoka took part in the rally. schools who have won as well as to
Naisau added that the Scouts through a disciplined process guid- Kumar also informed that the present Wood badge to the leaders.
Focus of world scouting move-
movement started in 1914 in Fiji ed by their leaders which is very theme for the two day event was Twenty leaders have qualified for
ment is to inculcate a culture of
with only 20 people but now there beneficial for them. Peace starts with me. the Wood badge through a five stage
peace where ever the movement is
are more than 10,000 scouts in the The building of morals in these The highlight for the students course and the last such presenta-
in the world.
country. young people is also promoted since and leaders was the visit from the tion was at Qalitu Primary school in
Speaking at the Lautoka District
The scouts rally is held every all this is voluntary and they pay Attorney General Mr Aiyaz Sayed 2015.
annual scouts rally at Lomolomo
year and the purpose is to get to for everything on their own in their Khaiyum on the first day of the After this camp we will all start
Public school on September 8, Chief
know each other and to also build camps. camp accompanied by the Minister preparing for the 2018 Scouts Jam-
Guest and Scouts Chief Commis-
their character. Meanwhile, Lautoka Scouts for Tourism Mr Faiyaz Koya. The boree which will be held in Labasa
sioner Jone Naisau advocated on
Students learn how to clean their Council District Commissioner Attorney General took time to meet and this is event is much looked for-
spreading the message of peace and
camps, manage activities, how to Jainand Kumar informed that this and shake hands with each scout. ward to by all scouts in the country.
living in peace as a focus for the
look after themselves, learn life year 615 students, 90 scout leaders Today the Chief Commissioner

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 NEWS 11
Future leaders encouraged to spread Peace

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum (middle) taking the Scouts Pledge with senior members of the Scouts fraternity during the International
Peace Day celebration. Photo: Sanjay Goundar

Zareena Bi Internationally it has been said peace is the cation to develop interest of Scouts in High
Today nearly 70% of Fijians are below the absence of war but nowadays peace also means schools.
age of 40 so you are all are actually the majority lot more than that. Peace means understanding, Fiji Scouts Association President Abhay
and how you treat each other will actually set respecting each other helping each other. Nand also stressed on the importance of peace
the tone as to what kind of future Fiji will have. As fellow Fijians we should be able learn to and he advocated that peace only starts with
Speaking at the International Day of Peace look after each other regardless of who they are oneself, at home, in the community and then in
celebration organized by the Fiji Scouts Asso- or where they come from. the country.
ciation on September 21 at Saru MGM Primary The Attorney General thanked the scouts Meanwhile, Messenger of Peace National
school in Lautoka Chief Guest the Attorney organization for adopting this concept of be- coordinator Mr Kailash Pillay informed that the
General Mr Aiyaz Saiyad Khaiyum advised stu- ing the messengers of peace and spreading the celebrations has been coordinated all around
dents from various Primary and High schools word of peace . the country by the Scouting fraternity as Mes-
present from Lautoka, Nadi and Ba schools I wish to publically acknowledge these of- sengers of Peace.
that peace is very important and it should come ficials of the Scouts Association who do not get He added that to mark this day and to sup-
from within oneself. paid a single cent to do all of this. port the Prime Ministers initiative towards the
You need to feel comfortable about who you They actually take time out from their per- 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the
are , if you like yourself, if you love yourself sonal time and spend it with you to develop UN convention on climate change there will be
then you will be able to love other people and your talent. planting 100 sandalwood trees today by the var-
you will be able to spread the inner peace to On our part we will try to now coordinate ious schools present while thousands of trees
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12 NEWS SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

Our success is our people

Sir Gordon Tietjens (middle) with Tanoa Group of Hotels and Reddy Group of Companies Directors and winners of the 2016 Employee of the Year Awards function at the Tanoa Interna
tional Hotel in Nadi. Photo: Sanjay Goundar

Zareena Bi help you to improve. honest and passionate, smile, show our guests from the different departments as well as the
If you dont know something, simply ad- that we care and give people more than they management team.
We are only as good as our people and we mit it. We all dont know everything. We are expect. However the night belonged to the follow-
want our people to be the best they can be. here to help you and for others to help you. The more people here that adopt the Tanoa ing employees who were awarded as being the
Speaking at the grand event marking the Being authentic is one of the key themes Way, the stronger our company will be and best in 2016 in their categories.
annual employee of the year awards for the that we have been talking about at Tanoa and even better place to work. Our People: Roneeta Devi from Tanoa Wa-
Tanoa Group of Hotels and Reddy Group of within the Reddy Group over the past few Meanwhile, former New Zealand Sevens terfront Hotel, Lautoka
Companies, group Managing Director Rohit years. sensational coach and current Samoan Rugby Our Guest: Helen TaualvaleSua from
Reddy thanked all their staff for their effort in Reddy added that the other theme is Tanoa Sevens coach Gorden Tijens graced the event TanoaTusitala Hotel, Samoa
their working lives and encouraged them to be Way which clearly defines who we are, how as a special guest and inspired employees to Our Company: Esita Mara from Tanoa In-
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SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 NEWS 13

A Constitution for all

Winner of the 2016 national Constitution day essay


competition Aliha Anshira Nisha of Xavier College
President Major General (Retired) Joji Konrote amongst thousands of students gathered for the national Constitution Day (left) with first runner up Deepsha Lal of Penang
celebration in Lautoka. Photos: Sanjay Goundar Sangam High School

Zareena Bi walks of life including a huge num- Constitution is not a document only and it will guide us in the future as Essay Competition in 2016 shared
ber of students took advantage of the for Parliament, or for the courts, or we confront issues we cannot fore- her experience of travelling to
The constitution of Fiji is a docu- warm and glorious western weather for the various legal institutions but see today. It gives us a framework France while Deepsha Lal, a Year
ment for all the people and it is to march through the City to the park it is a living document. for developing new laws for new 12 student from Penang Sangam
meant to govern and guide daily in unity for this special event which Last year, it was my honour and needs. High School who was a runners-up
lives and it deserves to be commem- was graced by the Prime Minister privilege to share the podium with He added that the Constitution read out her essay titled Youths, the
orated in a national holiday. Voreqe Bainimarama, other Cabinet several young students from all over also challenges us to be our best Ambassadors of Equal Citizenry.
These were the sentiments ech- Ministers and Parliamentarians. Fiji who read sections of the Con- selves, to look deep into our hearts After the official program the
oed by Chief Guest the President The display of miniature Fiji flags stitution. and live up to its ideals as it is a fact public were entertained by the vari-
of Fiji Major General (Retired) Joji and banners and the various march- That should have reminded all of that the Constitution is a document ous marching bands and lively cul-
Konrote during the Constitution day ing bands set the perfect patriotic us that our Constitution is not just a that gives us a path to unity. tural performances.
celebrations at Lautokas Churchill backdrop for the events to unfold Constitution for today. It is a consti- Meanwhile, Aliha Anshira Nisha Next years Constitution day cel-
Park on September 7. for the day. tution for the ages. of Xavier College in Ba, who was ebration will be held in Labasa as
Thousands of people from all According to the President the If we are wise, we will keep it, the winner of the first Constitution announced by the President.

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Diwali Festival of Lights


DEEPAWALI or Diwali is certainly the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals. Goddess Parvati played dice with her husband Lord Shiva , and she decreed that whosoever
Its the festival of lights (deep = light and avali = a row that is., a row of lights) thats marked gambled on Diwali night would prosper throughout the ensuing year. Diwali is associated with
by four days of celebration, which literally illumines the country with its brilliance, and dazzles wealth and prosperity in many ways, and the festival of Dhanteras (dhan = wealth; teras =
all with its joy. Each of the four days in the festival of Diwali is separated by a different tradi- 13th) is celebrated two days before the festival of lights.
tion, but what remains true and constant is the celebration of life, its enjoyment and goodness.
Historically, the origin of Diwali can be traced back to ancient India, when it was probably an From Darkness Un to Light...
important harvest festival . However, there are various legends pointing to the origin of Diwali In each legend, myth and story of Deepawali lies the significance of the victory of good over
or Deepawali. Some believe it to be the celebration of the marriage of Lakshmi with Lord evil; and it is with each Deepawali and the lights that illuminate our homes and hearts, that this
Vishnu. Whereas in Bengal the festival is dedicated to the worship ofMother Kali , the dark simple truth finds new reason and hope. From darkness unto light the light that empowers us
goddess of strength. Lord Ganesha , the elephant-headed God, the symbol of auspiciousness to commit ourselves to good deeds, that which brings us closer to divinity. During Diwali, lights
and wisdom, is also worshiped in most Hindu homes on this day. In Jainism , Deepawali has illuminate every corner of India and the scent of incense sticks hangs in the air, mingled with
an added significance to the great event of Lord Mahavira attaining the eternal bliss of nirvana the sounds of fire-crackers, joy, togetherness and hope. Diwali is celebrated around the globe .
. Diwali also commemorates the return of Lord Ramaalong with Sita and Lakshman from his Outside India, it is more than a Hindu festival, its a celebration of South-Asian identities. If you
fourteen year long exile and vanquishing the demon-king Ravana. In joyous celebration of the are away from the sights and sounds of Diwali, light a diya , sit quietly, shut your eyes, withdraw
return of their king, the people of Ayodhya, the Capital of Rama, illuminated the kingdom with the senses, concentrate on this supreme light and illuminate the soul.
earthen diyas(oil lamps) and burst crackers.

These Four Days


Each day of Diwali has its own tale, legend and myth to tell. The first day of the festival
Naraka Chaturdasi marks the vanquishing of the demon Naraka by Lord Krishna and his wife
Satyabhama.Amavasya , the second day of Deepawali, marks the worship of Lakshmi , the god-
dess of wealth in her most benevolent mood, fulfilling the wishes of her devotees. Amavasya
also tells the story of Lord Vishnu, who in his dwarf incarnation vanquished the tyrant Bali, and
banished him to hell. Bali was allowed to return to earth once a year, to light millions of lamps
to dispel the darkness and ignorance, and spread the radiance of love and wisdom. It is on the
third day of Deepawali Kartika Shudda Padyami that Bali steps out of hell and rules the earth
according to the boon given by Lord Vishnu. The fourth day is referred to as Yama Dvitiya (also
called Bhai Dooj ) and on this day sisters invite their brothers to their homes.

The Significance of Lights & Firecrackers


All the simple rituals of Diwali have a significance and a story to tell. The illumination of
homes with lights and the skies with firecrackers is an expression of obeisance to the heavens
for the attainment of health, wealth, knowledge, peace and prosperity. According to one belief,
the sound of fire-crackers are an indication of the joy of the people living on earth, making the
gods aware of their plentiful state. Still another possible reason has a more scientific basis: the
fumes produced by the crackers kill a lot of insects and mosquitoes, found in plenty after the
rains.
Decorative houses lightning up the night is also a very familiar feature on the night of
The Tradition of Gambling Diwali in Fiji. Photo: Sanjay Goundar
The tradition of gambling on Diwali also has a legend behind it. It is believed that on this day,

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8 forms of Goddess Lakshmi Diwali Message
WE often think of wealth in terms
of one thing: numbers. How fat is our from Lautoka City
Council Chief
bank account? How are our invest-
ments growing? If the number on the
bank account is dangerously low and
we dont even have investments, its

Executive Officer
hard to think of ourselves as rich. The
word wealth actually refers to well-
being and the Goddess of Wealth be-

Jone Nakauvadra
stows blessings broader than pretty
numbers.
Here are eight forms of wealth em-
bodied by Lakshmi:
Veera Lakshmi (Valor Lakshmi)
She bestows the strength and cour- DIWALI is one of the impor-
age we need to face our difficulties tant Hindu festivals in our cal-
and overcome them. The word Veera endar, and is also known as the
is closely related to virility, which festival of lights.
means vigorous strength, and virtue, The city is very beautiful to
which means being strong enough to, look at whereby the houses are
as Dumbledore says, choose whats decorated with electrical lights,
right over whats easy. diyas etc to reign over the dark-
Gaja Lakshmi (Elephant Lakshmi) Vijaya Lakshmi (Victory Lakshmi) of happiness, you met someone
ness.
Youve probably seen this depiction The Goddess of Victory is invoked blessed by Adhi Lakshmi.
It has been generally seen that
of Lakshmi having water poured on to help conquer hurdles and overcome Dhana Lakshmi (Money Lakshmi)
people of all age groups cele-
her by elephants. She bestows power obstacles in our lives. (Jaya is the kind This is the form of Lakshmi most
brate Diwali with equal zeal and
and authority, for example: getting a of victory with winners and losers; Vi- people think of, with her hand raised
enthusiasm.
promotion at work or being elected to jaya is the victory of inner growth in in a gesture of blessing and gold coins
In Fiji all the people irrespec-
office. which we win without making others pouring forth from it. She is probably
tive of their ethnic background
Santhana Lakshmi (Eternal Lak- lose). the most frequently invoked, especial-
celebrate Diwali and the night is to them.
shmi) Dhanya Lakshmi (Grain Lakshmi) ly in emergency prayers to help devo-
filled with beautiful and colorful As we are currently experienc-
If youve ever heard of someone She gives agricultural wealth, for tees get through the month without
fire crackers brightens the sky. ing the drought, my humble plea
who prayed for abundance and later example: growing a garden, building repossessions or evictions.
Diwali also brings the friends, to all, to exercise extra care to
found out she was pregnant, youve a pantry. Shes closely related to An- Aishwarya Lakshmi (Riches Lak-
neighbors close together and avoid any mishap of fire.
encountered Santhana Lakshmi. She napurna, Goddess of Food. shmi)
celebrate the festival by sharing On behalf of the council, I wish
bestows the wealth of children and Adhi Lakshmi (Primal Lakshmi) The eighth form of Lakshmi goes a
sweets and food, forgetting their everyone a Happy and Enjoyable
family. Sadly, our culture thinks of We dont usually think of spiritual step beyond asking for money to pay
sorrows and enjoy the moments. Deepawali.
children as a burden and liability, but contentment as a form of wealth, but the bills. Aishwarya Lakshmi bestows
I urge everyone to enjoy Diwa-
they used to be considered a blessing if youve ever met someone who was the kind of wealth that gives us pleas-
li and take care of the loved and
and asset. impoverished by the worlds standards ures like jewelry, vacations, opulence.
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Diwali Pooja Vidhi


SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

LAKSHMI Pooja is the main event of the five-day festival


Diwali. The pooja is observed on the third day of the festival of
Diwali which falls on the dark night of amavasya.
Lakshmi Pooja Vidhi or Procedure:
Primary thing before starting Lakshmi pooja is neatness and
cleanliness. It is said that Lakshmi resides in the places which
are clean and tidy. So the first step for the pooja is to make your
home and pooja room neat and clean. It is equally important
for you to be neat and clean and don new, fresh clothes.
Draw some rangoli designs for the decoration in the fron-
tyard. Rangolies not only make the event grand but also wel-
come Goddess Lakshmi into your home.
Take a red colour cloth and spread it at the sanctified puja
place. On the cloth place the Deities or laminations of Lak-
shmi Narayana, Ganesha and Saraswati. On the side of cloth
spread 9 mounds of rice and keep suparis on the top of the rice
mounds which indicate nine planets or Navagraha devatas.
Kalasha Stapana:Place a pot filled with water or rice in front
of Deities and adorn with betel leaves. Keep a coconut on the
top of the filled pot. Dress the pot with red cloth and tie it
around the pot. Mark Swastik on the pot that represents pros-
perity and purity. This pot is called Kalash or Purna Kumbh
and it represents the Universal power or Supreme Deity.
Decorate the Deities with flowers, fruits and turmeric-ver- Members of the Brahmin Purohit Sabha of Fiji Lautoka Branch responsible for educating people on the Diwali Pooja vidhi
million powder. Place Diwali thali before the Deities. This
thali should contain few golen or silver or simply rupee coins. devotion.
These coins are meant as representation of Goddess Lakshmi. Do Kalash puja by offering akshata, sweets and fruits. Fol- of Lakshmi Ashtottaram or Lakshmi Shatanamavali will be
Now start the puja by taking water on your left hand and low the same puja procedure for Navagrahas. Sprinkle water beneficial.
sprinkle on head to purify yourself. Take sankalpa by calling towards 4 directions which represent purification of 4 dishas Now pray to Narayana. It is said that unless Narayana is
out your and your familys name. Request that this pooja is to of the Universe. pleased Lakshmi cannot stay in that home. Lakshmi is also
please Goddess Lakshmi and Narayana. Lit ghee lamps and Lakshmi Narayana Abhishekam: Now concentrate on Lak- called Chanchala or restless. She remains stable at the place
offer incense. shmi and Narayana. Perform Panchmitra abhishekam to the where Her husband Narayana remains stable. So pray heart-
Ganesh Pooja: Do Ganesh puja now. Offer some flowers Deities of Lakshmi and Narayana. Panchmitra is the mixture fully to Lord Narayana to bless with devotion and purity to
and akshata to Ganesh idol and place supari. Meditate on Lord of 5 liquids: ghee, milk, sugar, honey and curd. Perform milk retain Lakshmi in hearts and homes.
Ganesh and chant Ganesh sloka or offer prayer to Lord Gane- bath to silver and gold coins. Wash them with water and apply Next is the time for Aarti. Light the diya or camphor for Aar-
sha to alleviate all hurdles in the path of devotion to Lakshmi gulal and flowers. Break the coconut and offer sweet recipe to ti. Ring the bell and sing the Aarti from the book of Lakshmi
and Narayana. Similarly pray to Goddess Saraswati to give the Deities. Chant Lakshmi mantra or sloka or stotra and offer ji ki Aarti. Similarly perform Aarti to Narayana by singing
proper intelligence to worship Lordships with attention and prayers to welcome Her in your home. Reciting stotras Jai Jagadeesh Hare.

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BY SHALENDRA PRASAD

FOOD plays an integral part in any festive occasion and the


universal festival of lights better known as Diwali is definitely
no exception.
While the manner in which this auspicious festival is cel-
ebrated in our beautiful Fiji is unique in its own way when
compared to the rest of the world, it is the sharing of food,
sweets and snacks which has provided a common platform for
families, friends and neighbors to unite and celebrate the oc-
casion.
Undoubtedly Diwali has become the most anticipated and
one of the largest annual festivals in Fiji and probably the en-
tire globe.
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added. Lautoka. Photo: Maika Kasami
We leave our customers with some great cooking ideas and
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Method Cardamon (Elaichi) 7-8 pods
1. Mix together the condensed milk, icing sugar and desiccated coconut in Method
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2. Break small pieces of the dough and cut into square shapes. 2. In a wide basin add Satwa, cardamom and sugar and
3. Dust with desiccated coconut. mix thoroughly.
4.These will keep for up to a month at least, if stored in an airtight con- 3. Mix heated ghee as you progress with binding the
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Diwali Delight
Recipes By Motibhai Group
BESAN KI BARFI
ALMOND SEERA
Ingredients:
Besan 1 kg
Sugar 1 kg
Water 1/2 liter
Allowrie 100% Pure NZ Ghee 1 kg
For garnishing: Pistachios and Almonds

Preparation:
1. Fry besan in ghee on low flame for about 30 mins till
it becomes pink and ghee separates.
2. Mix sugar and water into a syrup.
Ingredients (Serve 4-6) 3. Add this syrup to the besan and mix well.
1 cup of coarse Flour Wheat
1-1/2 cup of Blanched Almonds
1 teaspoon of Cardamon Powder
teaspoon of Crushed Saffron Strands
1 tablespoon of Warm Milk
8-10 blanched Almonds, finely chopped
into slivers
1-1/4 cup of Allowrie 100% Pure NZ Ghee
3 cups of Water
1 cup of Sugar

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1. Dissolve the crushed Saffron in the
warm milk and keep it aside for some time.
2. Now dry and make a powder of blanched CHICKPEAS AND POTATOES (Alloo Channa) CURRY water and stir occasionally until curry powder, onion, pepper and garlic
almonds. Save 10 almonds for the purpose becomes a paste.
of garnishing. Ingredients (Serve 4-6) 6. Cook for about 5 mins.
3. Melt some ghee in a large and heavy 1 can chickpeas 7. Add potatoes, shadow benny leaves (if available) and chickpeas. Stir
pan. 3 lbs potatoes up and let cook for about another 10 mins.
4. Add some flour to the ghee. Stir and fry 1large onion 8. Add remaining water and let cook until potatoes and chick peas is
the mixture for about 2-3 minutes. 3 cloves of garlic tender.
5. Add some almond powder to the mixture 1 Golden Brand chili pepper 9. When the sauce consistency is slightly thick add cumin powder, stir up
and again stir and fry the mixture till it be- 3 tsp Golden Brand curry powder and remove from heat.
comes golden and gives a nice aroma. The 1 cup of water 10. This chickpeas and potatoes curry tastes great with cooked white
mixture should be stirred continuously. 2 tsp Golden Soya Bean or Golden Canola oil rice.
6. Add some water and again stir and cook 3 leaves shadow benny (optional)
it. 1/2 tsp Golden Brand cumin (jeera) powder
7. Add some sugar to the mixture. Preparation:
8. When the ghee starts to exude then add 1. Peel potatoes and cut in quarters.
some cardamom and saffron to the mixture. 2. Peel onions and chop finely.
9. Now stir and place the prepared dish 3. In a medium size pan add vegetable oil and heat well.
into the serving dish. Garnish it with the 4. Add chopped onions and chili pepper. Cook for about 2 minutes or
chopped almonds. until onions sweat.
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JALEBI CHOCOLATE COCONUT Juice of 1 lime


BALLS 3 chillies BADAM BARFI
Ingredients: 3 cloves garlic
1 and a 1/2 cup self raising flour Ingredients 1 tspn. salt
Ingredients
1 cup plain yoghurt 1 packet (250g) of milk arrow water, estimate
1 cup (100 grams) almonds (badam)
1 tblspn. vanilla essence root biscuits
Method: 1/2 cup (50 grams) sugar
1 tspn. food colouring 1/3 cup (40g) of cocoa powder
1/2 cup (45g) of desiccated coco 1/4 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder
3 cardamon pods - crushed
water for batter nut (plus a little extra for rolling Grind dhal
2 cups ghee for frying the alls in) Add lime juice and salt Method
1 tin (395g) of condensed milk Make a paste of garlic, onion Soak the almonds in warm water
Syrup:
and chillies and add to ground
2 cups water for about 30 minutes.
dhal
2 cups sugar Drain all the water, peel the
Method Add some water to make it
Method: moist, like a paste almonds and blend them to a fine
Mix together flour, yoghurt Crush the biscuits and place into a
mixing bowl Smear dhal paste on the wrong paste in food processor. Keep
and cardamon in a dish. side of a taro leaf. aside.
Add enough water to make a Add cocoa and coconut, stir to-
gether then add condensed milk Take another leaf, put paste on Dissolve the sugar in 1/2 cup of
batter. and place the second leaf on top
Cover and set aside for 4 hours. Take small amount of mixture and water and prepare a syrup of 1
roll into a ball, then roll through of the first one. Repeat spread-
Add vanilla and food colouring string consistency.
extra coconut ing the paste on every single leaf
to the batter, mix well. until about 5 leaves are done Add the almond paste and car-
Make a syrup by boiling water Continue with the rest of the mix-
Roll up tightly, plastering loose damom powder and cook over a
and sugar. ture, place the chocolate balls on a
plate and chill in the fridge for 30 ends with the dhal paste slow flame, stirring continuously
Warm up ghee. Tie with a string and steam for till the mixture leaves the sides of
Take a piping bag or a kitchen minutes.
about 30 to 40 minutes the pan (approx. 5 to 7 minutes).
funnel Remove string, cut into 1/2
and fill mixture in. Keep finger SEIHNA Transfer to a plate and cool
inch slices and deep fry in oil a
over funnel/bag end to prevent slightly. Keep aside.
couple of minutes on each side
dripping. Ingredients: or until slightly golden in colour. Cut it into pieces and serve.
Release over hot ghee in spirals. 10 taro leaves (washed)
Cook both sides on medium 1/2 cup uradh dhal (soaked overnight) Note: Serve with any chutney.
heat. 1/2 onion (optional) It can also be served without frying.
Remove from ghee and transfer Can be coated with rice flour and
to warm syrup. then fried.
Let jalebies soak for a couple of
minutes,
remove and serve.

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PANI PURI RECIPE How to make pani puri: 2. Also the oil should not be Keep in the refrigerator for Method:
To Make Puri: smoking hot or the puris will 2 -3 hrs before serving. Pour the powdered milk, flour,
Ingredients: Mix sooji, maida, baking get burnt and dark. To Make The Stuff- suji, elachi & ghee in a bowl
To make puri: soda and salt in a wide mouth Heat oil in a deep ing : In a bowl mix yellow and mix well. Pour yoghurt
1 cup Semolina (Rava / Suji) vessel. Now add warm water bottom pan or kadai and put peas, roughly mashed pota- and milk and make dough.
3 tblsp Fine Wheat Flour little by little to knead a stiff 3 - 4 puris in the kadai and fry toes and salt. Keep aside. (dough will be extra soft at this
(Maida) dough. The stiffness should be them with the help of a slotted To Serve: Make stage) Cover and keep dough
1/4 tsp Baking Soda same as for the puris. Cover it spoon. a small hole on a puri by aside for half an hour for suji
1/2 tsp Salt with a damp muslin cloth and While frying, press tapping slowly on the crisp to rise and dough to become of
Oil to deep fry keep it aside for 30 mins. them in the center allow them side. Fill some stuffing in right consistency. Make balls,
Now make small equal to puff up. We want a pocket the centre along with some use the (extra) ghee in this
To make pani: lemon sized balls of the dough. in each and every puri. green chutney, tamarind step. In low heat fry the balls
1/2 cup Tamarind (Imli) Pulp Do remember to keep them Now flip them over chutney and some chilled till brown. Pour water and
covered with damp muslin and let them cook. Take them pani prepared earlier. Stir sugar in a pot and boil to make
2 cups Water
cloth while making more balls. out on a kitchen towel when the pani before using to syrup. Add the balls in the
2 tblsp roasted Cumin Seed
Now with the help of some they are light brown and crisp. mix all the masalas. syrup. Store it in a cooler and
(Jeera) Powder
dry maida, roll out thin rotis. Dont let them get dark in Enjoy homemade serve cold..
2 tblsp un-roasted Cumin Seed
Make them round with the color. pani puri or golgappa or
(Jeera)
help of a round cookie cutter Let them cool. Later puchkas....
1/2 cup Coriander Leaves
or lid of any container. store in an airtight container.
3 Green Chilly (Hari Mirch) RASGULLA
To Make Pani:
1 cup Mint Leaves (Pudina
Points to remember be- Grind in a hand blender
Leaves) Ingredients:
fore frying : coriander, mint leaves and
1 tblsp Boondi 1 packet powdered milk,
1. Always ensure that the green chillies to make a fine
2 tblsp crushed Jaggary (Gur) cup self raising flour
oil is hot before frying other- paste.
wise the puris will soak in ex- Mix all the ingredients Elachi 2 tbsp , Jaifar 1
To make stuffing: tbsp, Dahi/Yoghurt 1/2 cup
cess oil and will not puff. Put of the pani along with the
2 medium boiled potatoes 2 tbsp Ghee, 3 tbsp Semo-
a small testing puri. If it comes green paste. Dissolve the gur
1/2 cup boiled dried yellow lina/Suji, 3/4 Cup Liquid
up fast then the oil is rightly properly. Adjust the spices and
peas/ small chickpeas Milk , Oil to fry, 2 tbsp
hot. tanginess according to taste.
salt to taste ghee (extra), Sugar 5cups,
Strain through a wire
Green chutney Water 4 cups
strainer to remove any rough
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SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 NEWS 25

Professor
Subramani
bestowed
with this spe-
cial recogni-
tion during
the World
Hindi Day
celebration at
the FNU Lau-
toka Campus.
Photo: Sanjay
Goundar

The love of Hindi language


Zareena Bi My inspiration is Tulsidas through his epic
Ram Charitra Manas which I read before I
Language and culture are two valuable as- was 14 years old. The sound of the language
sets which needs to be kept alive in order to made an impact and that is what has inspired
retain identities. me to write the two books that I have written.
On this note, the Fiji National University in Tulsidas has played an important part as he
collaboration with the High Commission of has given us our Hindi language and he has
India celebrated World Hindi Day on Septem- also given us a hero. When I was growing up
ber 14 where students and teachers took part there was no hero around us as on one side was
in Hindi impromptu speeches, drama, classical old Girmityas and on the other side was their
singing, essay and Antakshri competitions. cane cutter sons.
The organizing committee took this oppor- Tulsi Das gave us a hero which is Shri Ram
tunity to also felicitate and honor one of the Chandra Ji or Lord Rama.
countries esteemed Hindi writers Professor The Professor added that the only problem
Subramani who has recently completed his was that they could not visualize their hero
1,000 pages book written in Fiji Hindi titled despite reading so much about him but it was
Fiji Maa. during this time that they were introduced to
According to Professor Subramani it took cinema in their town.
him 14 years to write this book which means We saw movies like Ram Baan, Ram Ra-
I have spent 14 years with the Hindi language jya, Lanka Dahan and Shri Ram Bhakt Hanu-
just through this book. man.
The book portrays about 30 characters The actor who depicted Lord Ramas char-
which depicts various women of Fiji from In- acter was Mahipal and through this I found my
dian origin. hero.

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Academic excellence rewarded

Natabua High Schools highest achiever in science for Year 13 last year Evander Kumar (3rd
from left) with Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum and his family members.
Photo: Supplied

Zareena Bi actually occupy a positions actually want to do


it and they have a passion for it.
Academic toppers of Natabua High school re- Meanwhile, Natabua High School Principal
ceived recognition and awards during their an- Virendra Sharma this annual awards function
nual awards night ceremony on September 27. is second in a row after more than 60 years of
During the awards ceremony chief guest , At- the schools existence.
torney General Mr Aiyaz Saiyad Khaiyum We realized that we were spending a lot of
advised the students that the awards night is time and recognition for sports which was not
a very significant event for those who will re- fair so we decided to give due recognition for
ceive awards and it is also a source of inspira- academic excellence.
tion for those who will not receive the awards We have made a marked improvement in
to do better in future. academic achievements which has increased
The Attorney General stressed the importance two folds from last year and that is the way
of choosing the right career path and a career we want to go.
that students are personally passionate about. We prepare our students by giving them past
Many of you will be going to the University I five year papers with solutions to study and
would like to advise you to please choose a ca- the study time tables are prepared in consulta-
reer that you actually want to pursue yourself. tion with students. We have after hours tutori-
Dont choose a career just because somebody als for weak students and subject tutorials in
tells you to. If you want to become a student term 3 only. Contacts: Kris - 8395301 / Shiva - 7146501 / Vineel - 9933182
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Chinas second largest festival is getting outlet in the country to start the celebrations
very popular in Fiji with an influx of more with special offers and a night function for our
Chinese investors and tourists into the country. Chinese community.
Held on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month The spirit and the sense of involvement ex-
in the Chinese calendar, the Mid-Autumn Fes- hibited by the members of our Chinese com-
tival also known as Moon Festival is the sec- munity from the past years has encouraged us
ond grandest festival after the Spring Festival to celebrate this great event every year. Real-
in China. istically we were the first ones to come up with
Interestingly, this years celebrations also an idea of this celebration years ago and have
coincides with the 162nd anniversary of the continued annually with the same passion,
arrival of the first Chinese in Fiji and also with said Prouds Suva Central manager Nilesh
the Chinese Golden Week from October 1 8 Chand.
while the 68th National Day of the Peoples He said many other retailers have now fol-
Republic of China is also observed from Oc- lowed suit with similar events and promotions
tober 1 -3 annually. while Prouds continues to be the trendsetter.
There is no doubt, Fiji would not have been To mark the auspicious festival, Prouds
the same if it was not for the substantial contri- Suva Central and Prouds Downtown Nadi
bution of our Chinese community for the past outlets hosted a special evening function on
162-years. Thursday, September 28 especially for mem-
While the important Moon Festival begins bers of the Chinese community to be part of
to gain greater momentum here in Fiji, retail the celebrations.
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Happy Diwali
With Gleam of Diyas and the echo of the chants,
may happiness and contentment fill your life !
As we celebrate the festival of lights, let us hope that it brings along
Ganesh Utsav
new opportunities for us to work together
and reach new heights of success and glory
I wish together we write new stories of success
May your home be filled with good vibes and intensively positive aura
May joyfulness and luck transcend through the earth as we celebrate this Diwali
From the students and staff of Pacific Technical and Further Education ( TAFE),
I would like to wish each and every one a Happy Deepavali and a Prosperous New Year!

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President Ba Cultural Society Devotees from Sanatan Nagar in Lautoka celebrating the final day of
Ganesh Utsav this year. Photo: Sanjay Goundar
poverty, ill-health and dependent on others.
So from us who are fortunate by the grace of Zareena Bi evant one dates back to the time of
Almighty, may share and care. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is
By joining row of lights to it, we are loving Ganesh Utsav is the celebrations of believed that Parvati is the creator of
the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesh Ganesha.
Fijian citizen which can show the world that The story says that Parvati used her
and is considered one of the most sa-
this land is a paradise where no poisonous cred religious activities on the Hindu sandalwood paste and created Gane-
creatures or evils survive, therefore we are calendar as it pays homage to Lord sha in the absence of Shiva. She gave
the happiest and have the freedom to preach Ganesh, the deity Hindus regard as him the work of guarding her bath-
very religion and culture which is the real the remover of obstacles. room door while she was bathing.
Prayers and rituals marking the occa- After Shiva returned home, Ganesha
faith of humans. and Shiva got into a tiff due to which
sion starts 11 days in advance, with
First Divine Light All the souls are eternally attached to Al- devotees abstaining from meat and Shiva severed the head of the child.
On this very auspicious significant festival mighty which is the path towards salvation. alcohol during this period. Witnessing this site, Parvati got en-
of Light let us be united to celebrate Sanatan May the Divine light shine upon all the mu- Ganesh Utsav is celebrated widely raged and Lord Shiva promised get-
universal Deepawali. sic lovers, family members, relatives, friends by the Hindu devotees, particularly ting Ganesh back to life.
at their homes or in public and at The followers searched for a childs
First of all, light our hearts so that you and and every identity to enjoy life. head facing north, but all they could
the end of the festival, clay idols of
everyone will have unity, peace and prosper- UNITY IS STRENGTH. Ganesh are immersed in deep water, find was an elephants head. And that
ity throughout the years. which disintegrates over time. is how Lord Ganesha was born.
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law Sri Nivasan Mani, son Rajesh Goundar, daughter-in-law
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Dreketi Maathar Sangam wins

Varmans World Cup qualifiers debut
on Aucklands North Shore last Friday.
The former FIFA match official was
overjoyed to receive the appointment
and is still buzzing after representing
his nation at one of the regions biggest
football events.
I always believe in hard work and
giving my best and I am pleased that
this has not gone unnoticed, he said.
I thank FIFA for the opportunity
and I believe this the opening to bigger
pathways.
With OFC Stage 3 wrapped up and
New Zealand booked in to represent
The Dreketi Mathaar Sangam Netball and Volleyball team members with the winners trophy. Oceania in the Intercontinental Play-
Photo: Sanjay Goundar Off, Varmans focus now is on continu-
ing up the ranks in referee assessing
and one day reaching the top tier.
Maika Kasami ponent but we did enough to win it 11-
I hope to continue and maybe if I
8.
am consistent all throughout then who
The Dreketi Maathar Sangam team Since there were only two teams in Source: Oceania Football knows, someday I might even be as-
took out the Netball and Volleyball the volleyball competition including sessing matches at the FIFA World
competition during the recent Mini us, we defeated Banaras 26-13 to claim Amid Oceanias historic 2018 FIFA Cup.
Sangam Convention hosted by the the title, Ms. Gounder said. World Cup Russia qualifiers, Fiji Meanwhile. Fiji Football Association
Lautoka TISI branch at Tilak High Ms. Gounder said they will make sure Football Association Referee Director competitions manager Amitesh Pal
School grounds. they come in better prepared next year Rakesh Varman (Pictured) reached a represented the country and Fiji FA at
They defeated Rifle Range in the final in a bid to safely defend their titles. milestone of his own when he received the FIFA U17 World Cup in India.
Meanwhile, in the soccer competi- his first ever appointment as Referee He was selected as a match cooridna-
11-8.
Assessor for a World Cup qualifying tor.
Dreketi Maathar Sangam president tion, Rifle Range was declared the
match. Pal was surprised and humbeld by the
Anju Gounder said they netball com- winners. After a busy week at the FIFA FU- call-up.
petition was played in a round robin Dreketi Maathar Sangam team: TURO III course in Auckland, New I never thought I will get a chance to
format in which they won all their five Nilisha Rano, Nishika Rano, Saras Zealand, Varman and his team of match be part of a FIFA World Cup and I am
games. Gounder (Captain), Diashna Gounder, officials led the first leg of the OFC happy. so happy that I have been cho-
The girls played well in the lead up Mela Vunirova, Naina Naicker, Jac- Stage 3 play-off between New Zealand sen to represent Fiji.
to the final. The final was a tough one queline Lata, Rupa Naidu and Aradhna and Solomon Islands at QBE Stadium
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Busy 7s season for 2017/2018


SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

Maika Kasami

The Commonwealth Games and Rugby


World Cup 7s will be the two major tour-
naments to look out for apart from the ever
popular annual HSBC World sevens series.
2018 will also see room in the 2017/2018
HSBC World 7s series schedule to accommo-
date the Commonwealth Games on Australias
Gold Coast, which takes place between the
Hong Kong and Singapore rounds.
World Rugby has announced the dates for
the 10 rounds of the mens HSBC World Rug-
by Sevens Series in 2017-18.
The schedule sees one change from last sea-
son as Hamilton takes over from Wellington
as the destination of the New Zealand Sevens,
the third round of the series, in February.
The series begins in Dubai on 1-2 Decem-
ber, 2017, before moving to Cape Town the
following week. After the December break,
Sydney will welcome the 16 teams over three
days, from 26-28 January, 2018 before teams
move to the FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamil-
ton a week later.
The fifth and sixth rounds will then take
place in Las Vegas on 2-4 March and Vancou-
ver on 10-11 March. defending HSBC World Series champs ac- 2018, Hamilton: 3-4 February, Las Vegas: 2-4
said: After yet another record-breaking
Teams participating in the Commonwealth cumulated 192points last season. They had March, Vancouver: 10-11 March, Hong Kong:
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, we look
Games on the Gold Coast in Australia in mid- five-tournament wins and were runners-up in 6-8 April, (Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold
forward to what promises to be a very special
April will travel via the Hong Kong tourna- three; England in second spot with 164 points Coast: 14-15 April), Singapore: 28-29 April,
2017-18 season for mens and womens rugby
ment, which takes place on 6-8 April. The won two-tournaments and finalists in two, Paris: 26-27 May, London: 2-3 June (Rugby
sevens. We have 10 stellar series destinations
series resumes in Singapore on 28-29 April. while the Vodafone Fiji 7s side won only in World Cup Sevens 2018, San Francisco: 20-
for the mens series that will build excitement
After the end of series, the focus will turn Hong Kong and finished two as runners-up 22 July).
ahead of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in
to the west coast of the USA on 20-22 July for on third with 150points and NZ on 137 and Players like Vatemo Ravouvou (pictured) and
San Francisco, which promises to be a huge
Rugby World Cup Sevens at the iconic AT&T USA (129).HSBC World Rugby Sevens Se- Jerry Tuwai (back) will be the old hands in
event as New Zealand mens and womens
Park, home of the San Francisco Giants base- ries 2017-18 Dates: the team with the departure of former skipper
teams seek to defend the trophies they won in
ball team. Dubai: 1-2 December, 2017, Cape Town: Osea Kolinisau who has retired from national
2013.Meanwhile, South Africa the
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Eight-time champs to face Lautoka Super League runner-up AS Lossi and Erakor stages which will be played at different ven-
Golden Star FC. ues across Oceania and see 18 teams battle
Drawn first for Group D, New Zealand pre- for qualification to the FIFA Club World Cup.
miership winner and three-time OFC Champi- The champions of American Samoa, Cook
ons League runners-up Team Wellington will Islands, Samoa and Tonga will open the com-
meet their 2016 and 2017 OFC Champions petition calendar in 2018 when they meet for
League semifinal opponent AS Magenta in the the qualifying stage in American Samoa from
group stage after the New Caledonian champi- Jan 20-26.
ons were drawn in second position. Each group in the OFC Champions League
The runner-up from the qualifying stage and will meet at their hosts venue to play each
the second-placed team from Solomon Islands other once over three match days with two rest
have also been drawn in Group D. days between games.
The draw for the qualifying stage of the The three match days for Group A and
OFC Champions League 2018 also took place Group B will be played between Feb 10 and
in Auckland, positioning American Samoa 18 while Groups C and D encounters will fol-
champions and qualifying stage hosts Pago low from Feb 24 to 4 March.
Youth FC in the top position, followed by the The draws for the quarter-final and semi-
national league winners from Cook Islands, final will be held after the completion of the
Samoa, and Tonga. group stage.
The past Lautoka soccer team that featured in the O-League. The 2018 edition will introduce a quarter- The Ba soccer team (Pictured below) is the
final stage, expanding the competition to five second Fiji representative in the O-League.
ning of the season and Lautoka FA president
Abdul Kadar is a pleased man having seen
Maika Kasami their side remain unbeaten in the VPL and
hence qualifying for the O-League.
Lautoka Football Association will face Kadar said although they failed to win the
eight-time champions Auckland City in the Fiji FACT and BOG, they never lost focus on
group stages of the 2018 Oceania Football claiming the national league which eventually
Confederations sanctioned Oceania Champi- handed them an opportunity to have a crack
ons League. once again at the Oceania level.
THE O-League draw was recently done at The Sugar City side appeared in the O-
the OFC headquarters in Auckland, New Zea- League in 2010 and 2011.
land. Ba is Fijis second representative and they
The Blues, Fijis top representative having will face Lae City Dwellers of PNG, Nalkutan
won the 2017 Vodafone Premier League are in FC of Vanuatu and the winner from the quali-
Group C where they will also face Papua New fying stage in Group A.
Guinea runners-up Madang FC and household Group B includes the winner of Solomon
name AS Venus from Tahiti. Islands Telekom S-League, Tahiti Ligue 1
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NRC perfect way to expose
local talent: Speight

Fijian born Wallaby center Tevita Kuridrani shows how it is done to Primary school kids
during the Classic Wallabies development tour to Churchill Park in Lautoka.
Photo: Maika Kasami

Maika Kasami

The three-wins on the trot for the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua in the National Rugby Champi-
onship (NRC) has not gone unnoticed in the international rugby scene with Wallabies winger
Henry Speight heaping praises for the local boys.
Speight gave a thumps up for the NRC concept adding this will allow the local players to
expose their talents representing the country in a higher competition than the domestic Skipper
Cup competition.
Im really happy for them (local players) who have shown what they can do. The respectable
first up loss before the three impressive wins is surely a move in the right direction as far as the
development of our local players is concerned.
This will for a while stop the player movement to France and Europe and I believe the NRC
is great platform to expose our local talents before they become the Flying Fijians, Speight
said.
Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Brumbies hooker Josh Man-Rae and Shannon Parry, the Australian
Womens 7s captain and gold medalist from the Rio Games were part of the Classic Wallabies
that are currently in the country.
Close to 100 students from Primary Schools in Lautoka took advantage first hand of rugby tips
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$15,000 boost for Blues IDC will be tough: Kadar


Maika Kasami

Design Engineering Lautoka sees Suva and Nadi as their main threat in their
quest to reclaim the Courts IDC title they had last won in 2008.
Lautoka FA president Abdul Kadar said both the teams had defeated them in the
past two tournaments this year.
We have not been lucky enough in the past two tournaments where we lost to
Suva during the Fiji FACT and Nadi defeated us during the BOG semis at home.
With that in mind, we will need to be better prepared this time when we meet in
the IDC and hopefully we can turn the tables around, said Kadar.
He said they will require their talented players to be on their toes from the first
pool match against Suva on October 10 and make it through from their pool.
Compared to other districts, there is no doubt we have some good players in
our team, and we cant afford to make the same mistakes again that cost us two
tournaments titles.
We will not take other teams lightly and must come out firing from the first
whistle, he added.
The winner of the Courts IDC will walk away with a cool $22,000.
2017 Courts IDC fixtures at Churchill Park in Lautoka.
Lautoka FA president Abdul Kadar (middle) receives a $15,000 from Design Engineering director
Robin Rafiq while his son Junaid Rafiq looks on. Photo: Sanjay Goundar.
Tuesday October 10, 2017
1pm Rewa vs. Dreketi (GB), 3pm Nadi vs. Tavua (GA), 5pm Official Opening,
DESIGN Engineering has once again come on Rafiq said. 5-30pm Ba vs. Labasa (GB), 7-30pm Lautoka vs. Suva (GA).
board to boost Lautokas bid for the 2017 Courts LFA president Abdul Kadar said this was the big-
Inter District Championship. gest sponsorship the association has received since Wednesday 11 October, 2017
The company presented a cheque of $15,000 to he became president. 2pm Labasa vs. Dreketi (GB), 4pm Suva vs. Nadi (GA), 6pm Lautoka vs. Tavua
Lautoka Football Association on September 22. And I must thank the Rafiq brothers and Design (GA), 8pm Rewa vs. Ba (GB).
Design Engineering directors Robin Rafiq and Engineering whole heartedly for this big sponsor-
Abdul Rafiq were on hand and revealed that as die ship as this will greatly assist in the running of the Thursday 12 October, 2017
hard Blues fan they were delighted to financially team. 2pm Suva vs. Tavua (GA), 4pm Ba vs. Dreketi (GB), 6pm Labasa vs. Rewa (GB),
support the team for their IDC campaign. Since we have some top players in our team and 8pm Lautoka vs. Nadi (GA).
Infact our two-sons Junaid and Tariq they are as hosts of the tournament we need to be well pre-
true Blues fans and they are the ones who have per- pared and well equipped financially, mentally and Friday 13 October, 2017 REST DAY.
suaded us to support our home team for this IDC. spiritually, Kadar said.
And we could not turn they wishes down, the two Meanwhile, Lautoka which last won the IDC in Saturday 14 October, 2017
Rafiq brothers said. 2008 are pooled with Nadi, Tavua and Suva at the 3pm Winner Group A vs. Runner-up Group B; 5pm Winner Group B vs. Runner-
My association with LFA goes well back since IDC. They play Suva first on Day 1 before taking up Group A.
I was the Lautoka FA vice-president so when this on Tavua and the Jetsetters.
opportunity came by we could not say no as we Sunday 15 October, 2017
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Hive of activities at LGC
Maika Kasami

The Lautoka Golf club hosted a successful 18 holes


stroke event on Constitution day, for the Presidents trophy.
It was prizes galore for the 36 golfers and juniors to pick
the prizes of their choice.
A.T.S employee, Asish Kumar was the overall winner
on 65.
Chandar Shekar recorded 66, followed by Gaffar Ali and
Bharat Ram on 67. Vijay Ram & Abdul Jalal posted 68
with Rohit Joseph & Anil Kumar 69.
Roneel Prakash accounted for the Professional category
Tevita Drauniniu (left), Raymond Singh, Davendra Mudaliar and Lawrence Naidu at the end of another weekly on 5 under 64, with Alex Qiokata and Steven Leger shar-
competition at LGC ing the spoils in the juniors category.
L.G.C official Raymond Singh thanked L.G.C President
Chong Lee for providing the many lucrative prizes.

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The nearest to pin (NTP) went to Anil Kumar on the sec-
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hit the longest drive on the third hole.
Meanwhile, another good field was recorded during the
Super Print sponsored event on September 16.
Ajay had another good outing taking out the A-grade ti-
tle. Tua Saucaca won the C-grade title on a nett 62 with
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Ashish Kumar on a nett 63 and Arvind Pillay third on a 71.
Fluke Bharat Ram edged out Sunia Radovu and Josese Wara
to claim the B-grade title while LGC vice-captain Surend
Pillay on a score of nett 68 and Tevita Drauniniu (nett 67)
finished third and second respectively behind winner Ajay
on nett 64.
LGC chairman of trustees Raymond Singh thanked the
members for their continuous support in the weekly com-
petitions.
He said a series of lucrative tournaments has been
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Maika Kasami
Hard work pays off for Blues FC
It was sheer determination and hard work
that paid dividends for Blues Football Club
of Nadi when they won the 2017 Vodafone
National Club Championship title at Fiji FA
Academy grounds in Vatuwaqa.
Boasting players like goalkeeper Samuela
Tamanisau, district reps Shafeem Buksh, Ratu
Josefata Dugucagi and William Valentine the
Blues from the Jetset Town raised eye brows
with their performance during the western
playoffs and then at the NCC finals.
Final hero Mohd Shalmeen, a former five-
a-side national rep nodded home the winner
past national goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau
who was a tower of strength for the Raymonds
side.
I would like to thank the Almighty Lord for
helping me, my family, and my team players.
I feel very happy scoring the winner in the fi-
nal. When I saw the ball coming towards me
I knew for sure I will score the goal, he said.
Blues FC coach Pranesh Amarsee said their
unbeaten performance during the Nadi Foot-
ball Local League gave them a hint that some-
thing special was shaping up at the end of the
season.
And they took it with both hands.
The bench mark was set. We knew it would
be tough but hard work has paid off. I thank all
those that have helped the Blues soccer club.
Many people worked behind the scenes and I
thank each and every one of them. The win is
for the players. They have worked hard for it.
It is for their families and loved ones because
they have also sacrificed for it, businessman The Blues Football Club are the new holders of the Vodafone National Club Championship title. The side beat Raymonds FC of Rewa 1-0 in
Amarsee said. the final. The Nakurakura based side is the first Nadi club side in as many years to claim the NCC title. The achievement for an unknown team
Blues collected $5000 for the win while laced with only a few experienced hands is a positive sign of development in the district. Goalkeeper Samuela Tamanisau and William Valen-
Raymonds settled for $1500. tine will now represent Nadi at the Courts IDC. Photo: ANUSHIL KUMAR/Vodafone.

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