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Faiyaz Koya, Minister for Industry and Trade and Tourism in Fiji shares Fijian secrets

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Fiji: Fiji is a fascinating destination with the dominance of the Indian diaspora. Indians and Fijians share a marvelous warmth and to make this long-standing relationship strong, Indians have a free visa facility every time they visit Fiji, said Fijian politician Faiyaz Koya in a recent interview published in an Indian newspaper. Following are the highlights of the conversation.

  • Koya’s connection with India

According to Koya, their ancestors were Indians by origin so he still has his roots in Kerala. Later on, a mixed culture from other countries began to power Fiji’s culture. Therefore, they always welcome Indian tourists with full of heart and open arms.

After being separated from British, Fijians are very excited about the significant move. Even Fiji’s National Flag and Coat of Arms are being renovated in a new look devoid of any British affect.

  • Fijians are called the Happiest People on Earth

Fiji, the heart of South Pacific is highly blessed with immense diversity including 333 tropical islands and friendly locals. There are thousands of attractions for the visitors including adventure, romance, luxury, beautiful sight-seeing, traditional music and dance, cooking capability and many more.

  • Perfect place for tourism and film-making

 Every visitor here can find affordable accommodation all the way through to exclusive 5-star resorts, bunk down in a hostel or even book an entire Island. Filmmakers can gain incredible subsidies for a film shoot. The visit of Fiji will truly memorable with so much to do, said Koya.

  • How to go from India?

The connectivity is direct via Singapore now with a great comfort.

By Plane- The main international airport in Fiji is Nadi International Airport (NAN). It is the main hub of Fiji Airways, and also services Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia and Air Fiji flights, amongst others.

  • Fiji is an island nation in the Pacific consisting of roughly 300 islands accounting for 18,272 km² of earth’s surface. It has a population of about 900 thousand (9 lakh), with 40 % of the population being of Indian decent (Indo-Fijians). (Inputs from economictimes.com)

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China Issues An Advisory To Its Citizens About Travel To Canada

The retrial prompted Canada to update its travel advisory for China, warning citizens to "exercise a high degree of caution in China"

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The Canadian national flag flies above the Canadian embassy in Beijing, China, Jan. 15, 2019. VOA

China issued an advisory to its citizens Tuesday, urging them to “fully assess the risks of travel” to Canada after a Chinese executive was arrested in the North American country.

China’s Foreign Ministry said Canada recently “arbitrarily detained” a Chinese national, a reference to Chinese executive Meng Wanzhou.

Meng, the chief financial officer at Huawei, a global telecommunications conglomerate, was arrested on December 1 at the request of the United States.

Meng was charged with conspiring to defraud banks through transactions that violated U.S. sanctions against Iran. She denies the allegations.

 

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People are escorted out of the court registry by a B.C. sheriff after the B.C. Supreme Court bail hearing of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who was released on a $10 million bail in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. VOA

 

Meng was released on bail in Vancouver and could be extradited to the U.S.

The travel advisory is the latest sign of escalating tensions between Canada and China.

Two Canadian citizens were detained in China after Meng’s arrest. And on Monday, a court in northeastern China sentenced Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg to death for drug smuggling in a hastily-arranged one-day retrial. Schellenberg had been sentenced to 15 years in prison back in November on the drug conviction.

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China has denied the trials are linked to Meng’s situation.

The retrial prompted Canada to update its travel advisory for China, warning citizens to “exercise a high degree of caution in China due to the risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws.” (VOA)