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FijiTimes_July 20 2012 PDF

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YOUR COMPLIMENTARY WEEKLY NEWSPAPER SINCE 2006
July 20, 2012
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New Zealand Police 'Raid Homes'Over Claims Of A Plot To AssassinateBainimarama
SIS and police have raided severalAuckland properties in connectionwith an alleged plot to assassinate Fiji'sleader Voreqe Bainimarama.A former Fiji cabinet minister, RajeshSingh, said the ofcials, armed with asearch warrant, seized his daughter'slaptop computer and his cell phone.Several other Fiji nationals have toldFairfax they were also visited.A spokesman for Prime Minister JohnKey refused any comment."This is an operational matter. Wehave no comment on security andintelligence matters."Singh said the security ofcials toldhim that they had "credible evidence"that the assassination was plannedin Auckland a fortnight ago duringa visit by Fiji Army Colonel TevitaUluilakeba Mara.Colonel Mara, who is wanted oncharges that he was plotting tooverthrow Bainimarama, ed Fiji inMay last year and has refuge with theTongan royal family, to whom he isrelated, in Nuku'alofa.Mara was in Auckland two weeks ago.Singh said a woman who he namedsaid she was from the SIS and that shehad a warrant to search his place.He asked for a copy of the warrant butwas told it was classied and he couldnot have it.She was accompanied by three plainclothed police.They took away the computer and cell phone and gave him a blank receipt
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for it, which included the SIS's 0800number."They said: 'We heard Mara camehere' and I said: 'Yes, Mara comes hereevery time, we have been friends for 40years'."They told him they had "credibleevidence" that Mara and another NewZealander were planning to assassinateBainimarama and his attorney generalAiyaz Sayed Khaiyum."I said that was news to me... I said itnever happened, we never talked aboutthose things."Singh and others visited were membersof a small Auckland based group,Coalition for Democracy in Fijiwhich is called for the restoration of democracy.Singh said they took his cellphone. Hesaid he regularly texts Bainimaramawho replies to him now and again.LAPTOP, CELLPHONE SEIZED:Former Fijian cabinet minister RajeshSingh denies knowing anything aboutan alleged plot to assassinate Fiji'sleader, Voreqe BainimaramaThey returned the computer andcellphone later in the day and thankedhim for his cooperation."They said don't talk to the media, don'ttalk to anybody because the Fiji regimedoesn't know anything," Singh said.
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New Zealand Police 'Raid Homes' Over Claims Of A Plot To Assassinate Bainimarama
"I said if you think Mara is involvedyou should talk to him, not me."Mara is in Tonga and could not beimmediately contacted.Bainimarama seized power in amilitary coup in 2006.There has been one known attemptto kill him when his own soldiersmutinied in 2000. Eight soldiers diedin the attack which saw Bainimaramarun away for safety.In 2007 a Fiji Indian of New Zealandcitizenship, Ballu Khan, was arrestedin a plot to kill Bainimarama.Khan was severely beaten but managedto get out of Fiji and now is believed tolive in Auckland.Eight other people, including paramount chief Ratu InokeTakiveikata and former Fiji spy servicechief Metuisela Mua were convicted of the plot and jailed for life.
 Former Fijian cabinet minister Rajesh Singh denies knowing anything about analleged plot to assassinate Fiji's leader, Voreqe Bainimarama
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September 2012 will see theintroduction of three new vaccines intothe Fiji immunization schedule by theMinistry of Health.The new vaccines will target some of the biggest causes of death and diseasein Fiji’s women and children including pneumonia, meningitis, gastroenteritisand cervical cancer.The Minister for Health, Dr Neil Sharmasaid the introduction of these newvaccines is in line with World HealthOrganization recommendations thateffective vaccines be introduced intonational immunization programmes toguarantee maximum benet.This new vaccine introduction ismade possible through a four-year cost sharing agreement between theMinistry of Health (MoH) and AusAID.“Babies born from September 17will be immunized at MaternalChild Health clinics throughout thecountry with Rotavirus vaccine totarget gastroenteritis and diarrheaand Pneumococcal vaccine targetingmeningitis and pneumonia,” Dr Sharma said.Around 22,000 new babies will beimmunized each year.The Minister said in term one of the2013 school year, the Ministry will begin immunization of girls in thelast year of primary school in order tocombat the Human Papilloma Virus(HPV) which causes cervical cancer.The Ministry’s deputy permanentsecretary Public Health, Dr JoKoroivueta said that under the four-year cost sharing agreement, thesehighly complex and sophisticatedimmunizations would reach thosein Fiji who are most vulnerable,through the expanded program onimmunization.“It is the children who will receive thefull benets of new and under-utilizedimmunizations by reducing inpatientand outpatient presentations for themost common childhood complaintsof pneumonia, diarrhea and sepsis,” Dr Koroivueta said.The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine,Dr Koroivueta said would improve thelives of many children by preventingthe most common causes of childmortality and morbidity in Fiji from pneumonia, septicemia and meningitis.

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