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Fiji reopens to foreigners for first time in nearly two years amid Omicron scare

With about 90% of all Fijian adults now fully vaccinated, the Pacific Island reopened its border to tourists from a small number of countries - much to the relief of tourism operators.
In this photo released by Tourism Fiji, guests receive a traditional Fijian welcome as they arrive at Nadi International airport in Fiji, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. Fiji welcomed back its first tourists in more than 600 days on Wednesday after deciding to push ahead with reopening plans despite the threat posed by the omicron variant (AP)
In this photo released by Tourism Fiji, guests receive a traditional Fijian welcome as they arrive at Nadi International airport in Fiji, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. Fiji welcomed back its first tourists in more than 600 days on Wednesday after deciding to push ahead with reopening plans despite the threat posed by the omicron variant (AP)
Updated on Dec 01, 2021 08:26 PM IST
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Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Canberra

Australia’s influence in Pacific Islands grows as China’s wanes

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has promised to supply its neighbours with Covid-19 vaccines in 2021 as part of a A$500 million package aimed at achieving “full immunization coverage” in the region. It also recently signed a “landmark” deal with Fiji.
The battle for influence in the Pacific Islands comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s decision to seek an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus(REUTERS)
The battle for influence in the Pacific Islands comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s decision to seek an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 04, 2021 07:50 PM IST
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ByBloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri

India delivers humanitarian assistance, disaster relief support to cyclone-hit Fiji

“Despite challenges posed by the pandemic, over 6 tons of relief supplies were put together in a short span of time by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and were airlifted to Fiji,” the ministry of external affairs said.
Fiji was hit by a Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Yasa on December 17-18, 2020, which caused extensive damage and destruction of critical infrastructure.(AFP)
Fiji was hit by a Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Yasa on December 17-18, 2020, which caused extensive damage and destruction of critical infrastructure.(AFP)
Published on Jan 02, 2021 09:22 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByAsian News International | Posted by Srivatsan K C

Fiji under curfew, as category five Cyclone Yasa approaches

Cyclone Yasa, a top category five storm, is expected to bring winds of up to 250 kmh (155 mph) and torrential rain across the South Pacific archipelago nation when it makes landfall by early Friday.
Yasa would “easily surpass” the strength of 2016’s Cyclone Winston(AP)
Yasa would “easily surpass” the strength of 2016’s Cyclone Winston(AP)
Published on Dec 17, 2020 01:22 PM IST
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Sydney | ByReuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri

On row over National Day, Taiwan says won’t be intimidated by China’s ‘hooligan’ officials

Taiwan’s foreign ministry comment came after the country accused Chinese diplomats of trying to charge into a diplomatic event in Fiji. It added the country will continue to celebrate its national day around the world.
Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Building in Taipei, Taiwan (REUTERS/Ann Wang)
Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Building in Taipei, Taiwan (REUTERS/Ann Wang)
Updated on Oct 20, 2020 01:10 PM IST
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Taipei | ByReuters | Posted by Karan Manral

Ileana D’Cruz rowing ‘away from responsibilities’ is exactly how we fantasise our 2021 travel plans

Ileana D’Cruz reminded us of her Fiji trips as she gave our travel fantasies a ‘winky’ nostalgia with her video of rowing a surfing board with style | Watch
Ileana D’Cruz reminds us of her Fiji trips with latest rowing video(Instagram/ileana_official)
Ileana D’Cruz reminds us of her Fiji trips with latest rowing video(Instagram/ileana_official)
Updated on Sep 20, 2020 12:29 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Delhi | ByZarafshan Shiraz

Yagona: Fiji’s kava culture adapts to virus challenge

Once the preserve of men and consumed in ritualistic ceremonies by villagers and chiefs alike, Fijian traditional drink kava is attracting a new market as coronavirus restrictions prompt more women to sample the mildly narcotic brew.
This photo taken on August 5, 2020 shows a local resident preparing kava at Mauri Kava Bar in Suva. - Kava, known in Fiji as yaqona, is an essential part of South Pacific culture, used throughout the region for relaxation and stress relief.(AFP)
This photo taken on August 5, 2020 shows a local resident preparing kava at Mauri Kava Bar in Suva. - Kava, known in Fiji as yaqona, is an essential part of South Pacific culture, used throughout the region for relaxation and stress relief.(AFP)
Updated on Aug 18, 2020 04:35 PM IST
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Suva, Fiji | ByAgence France-Presse | Posted by: Alfea Jamal

Folk artistes say they are struggling to survive coronavirus lockdown, seek govt help

The COVID-19 pandemic has proved to be a double whammy for the already-struggling folk musicians, who say it has wreaked havoc on their livelihood by forcing them to sit idle in their homes and the future looks gloomy too.
The world has come to a standstill with no immediate signs of resumption of any kind of entertainment programmes.(Unsplash)
The world has come to a standstill with no immediate signs of resumption of any kind of entertainment programmes.(Unsplash)
Updated on Apr 26, 2020 03:49 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Humour: Dodging the curveball

How to keep your equilibrium when offered unsolicited advice by pesky well-wishers
No matter how committed you are to truth and sincerity, there’s always that interaction from hell that pushes your ethical boundaries(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
No matter how committed you are to truth and sincerity, there’s always that interaction from hell that pushes your ethical boundaries(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Updated on Aug 10, 2019 10:06 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByRehana Munir

Roy’s goal: Tracing India roots

Descendant of indentured labourer sent to Fiji, ATK’s Roy Krishna has more on mind than just a good ISL showing
Roy Krishna (L) is tackled by Melbourne Victory player Terry Antonis (R) in the A-League elimination finals football match between Australia's Melbourne Victory and New Zealand's Wellington Phoenix in Melbourne on May 3, 2019.(AFP)
Roy Krishna (L) is tackled by Melbourne Victory player Terry Antonis (R) in the A-League elimination finals football match between Australia's Melbourne Victory and New Zealand's Wellington Phoenix in Melbourne on May 3, 2019.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 05, 2019 11:59 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByDhiman Sarkar

Witerati: Trump to Brit baby bump and B-town battles of lump

Thanks to globetrotting royal parents-to-be Meghan and Harry, or closer home the Neha Dhupia-Angad Bedi baby shower, this season is seeing the Baby Bump’s Day Out.
Prince Harry and his wife the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle are expecting a child in the spring.(HT File)
Prince Harry and his wife the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle are expecting a child in the spring.(HT File)
Updated on Oct 28, 2018 10:45 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByChetna Keer

India set to win election to UN Human Rights Council unopposed

Given that there are five nations vying for five seats in the Asia Pacific category, India’s election to the Council is all but certain.
Delegates listens to the speech of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet during the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, September 10, 2018.(Reuters File Photo)
Delegates listens to the speech of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet during the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, September 10, 2018.(Reuters File Photo)
Published on Oct 12, 2018 10:32 AM IST
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United Nations | ByPress Trust of India

Hindi Diwas 2018: Here’s why it is celebrated and some interesting facts you didn’t know

On the 50th birthday of Beohar Rajendra Simha on 14 September 1949, Hindi was recognised as the official language of the country.
Sept 14th is celebrated as Hindi Diwas each year.(Wikimedia Commons)
Sept 14th is celebrated as Hindi Diwas each year.(Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Sep 14, 2018 12:24 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

Magnitude 8.2 earthquake strikes in the Pacific close to Fiji, no tsunami threat: USGS

A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was very deep and did not trigger a tsunami
The quake was 347.7 miles (559.57 km) below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface.(Representative Photo)
The quake was 347.7 miles (559.57 km) below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface.(Representative Photo)
Updated on Aug 19, 2018 10:08 AM IST
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In-form Gaganjeet Bhullar back in contention, takes sole lead at Fiji International

Overnight leader Ben Campbell had a major meltdown dropping four shots between fourth and eighth followed by a double on 16th and a bogey on 17th.
Gaganjeet Bhullar despite being only one shot ahead, will start as the big favourite.(AFP)
Gaganjeet Bhullar despite being only one shot ahead, will start as the big favourite.(AFP)
Updated on Aug 04, 2018 01:53 PM IST
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Press Trust of India, Natadola | ByPress Trust of India

No hurry, No worry: Here’s why Fiji is perfect for a chill vacation

You learn to breathe, to soak in the scenes, including the calmness of the sea, the soothing lush green landscapes, the beauty of the blue sky, the splashing waves and even the eerie sound of stridulating crickets at night when a blanket of stars in the sky is enough for company.
Updated on Jun 25, 2018 04:15 PM IST
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Indo Asian News Service, Savusavu | ByHT Correspondent

Aditi Rao Hydari’s island goddess vibe in Vogue will make your jaw drop

Aditi Rao Hydari’s style in Vogue India’s May 2018 issue, inspired by exotic islands and wild forests in super-energetic colours (red, green, yellow and purple) and patterns, will inspire you to channel tropical prints, even when you’re not on vacation.
Keep scrolling to see some of the jaw-droppingly gorgeous photos from the Padmaavat actor Aditi Rao Hydari’s Vogue India spread. (IANS File Photo)
Keep scrolling to see some of the jaw-droppingly gorgeous photos from the Padmaavat actor Aditi Rao Hydari’s Vogue India spread. (IANS File Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2018 09:33 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanya Panwar

Pamper yourself: This resort on a private island in Fiji promises all things luxury

Kokomo Private Island Fiji cost $100 million to be built. An ideal holiday spot, it has four pristine beaches and guests have easy access to one of the world’s most epic dive sites, the Great Astrolabe Reef.
New food and beverage offerings, a hilltop gym, a spa expansion, and a hydroponic nursery are coming to Kokomo this year.(Kokomo Private Island Fiji/Facebook)
New food and beverage offerings, a hilltop gym, a spa expansion, and a hydroponic nursery are coming to Kokomo this year.(Kokomo Private Island Fiji/Facebook)
Updated on Mar 31, 2018 11:39 AM IST
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