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Thursday 22 April 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Chief Justice Frederick Gordon Ward has offered his early resignation and will leave Tonga at the end of June, to take up a new position as the Chairman of the Appeal Court of Fiji.
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Wednesday 21 April 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
A Tongan family who stole fine mats from a princess were sentenced in the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court on April 16.
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Friday 16 April 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Two former school prefects received six months jail sentences, while 161 other school boys received suspended sentences and fines for their part in a night attack on a rival school, Tonga College, in 2002 that caused over $490,000 damage to property.
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Wednesday 14 April 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An $8-million project to construct a new rubbish dump for Tongatapu was officially launched at the Dateline Hotel, Nuku'alofa on April 8.
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Wednesday 14 April 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Although the long-awaited report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry on the operation of the Royal Tongan Airlines was approved by the Privy Council on April 8 for release to the public, the report can't be printed until government makes funds available.
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Wednesday 14 April 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
One Tongan fisherman died and another was bitten by a shark after five fishermen were left floating in the water 35 miles to the north west of Tongatapu, for over six hours last night April 13, after their 10m boat sank in rough seas.
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Wednesday 14 April 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
The young ‘Ikale Tahi beat Russia 22-7 in their final game at the IRB Under19 Championship in Kings Park, Durban, South Africa on April 12.
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Thursday 8 April 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In a Tongan parliamentary By-election on April 7 the Noble Fotofili was elected as the new Noble's Representative of Niuatoputapu and Niua Fo'ou islands to the Tongan Legislative Assembly.
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Thursday 8 April 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
The young ‘Ikale Tahi lost its chance of getting into the semi-final of the IRB Under 19 World Championship, in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, when they were beaten by Uruguay on April 4.
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Thursday 8 April 2004
Nuku‘‘alofa, Tonga
In a tough contest that saw 27 new records set, and Vava‘u schools competing for the first time, ‘Apifo‘ou College won the most gold medal in the 2004 Tonga Inter-College Sports.
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Wednesday 7 April 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
A six-year-old girl was rescued by passers-by after a man forced her into the public toilets at Talamahu Market on April 4, in broad daylight in the busiest part of the Tongan capital.
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Wednesday 7 April 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has a big rubbish problem and prosecuting careless people who throw rubbish in public places is the solution, believes the Director of the Ministry of Environment, Uilou Samani.
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Wednesday 7 April 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's high inflation rate of 12 per cent, is a stumbling block for economic recovery, and a major cause of misery for ordinary Tongans, and urgently needs to be reduced. Martin Cerisola, the leader of an International Monetary Fund delegation, winding-up their annual visit to Tonga on April 2, said that high inflation had the most adverse affect on low income earners. "It affects the poor the most, and I emphasised that inflation should be brought down to a sustainable level.
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Friday 2 April 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Anyone who has any doubt over the intention of the Tongan government to use its Newspaper Licensing powers to bully the local press must take note of what took place on Monday, March 28, when the editors of three licensed newspapers, the Taumu'alelei, the Talaki and the Tonga Star, were called to the Prime Minister's office to be told off by 'Eseta Fusitu'a, the Registrar of Newspapers.
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Friday 2 April 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After a counterfeit $20 pa‘anga note was discovered in Nuku‘alofa on March 25, Tonga's Reserve Bank has warned people to examine bank notes carefully before accepting them.
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Thursday 1 April 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Chief Secretary to the Tongan Cabinet, 'Eseta Fusitu'a is disputing and discrediting the US State Department's 2003 report that cited Tonga's "poor record" on Human Rights.
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Wednesday 31 March 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Minister of Police, and Acting Prime Minister, Hon. Clive Edwards, vehemently denied any involvement in a squash growing deal that went bad, during claims for damages heard in the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court during the last week of March.
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Wednesday 31 March 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Tongan Member of Parliament, 'Etuate Lavulavu, was convicted of two counts of illegal use of a birth certificate in the State of Utah District Court, USA, this month.
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Tuesday 30 March 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three young men died and two were injured when their car hit a power pole and slammed into a tree late on Saturday night, outside Tonga's Huatolitoli Prison.
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Wednesday 24 March 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Media activist, 'Alani Taione appeared in the Nuku'alofa Police Magistrate's Court this morning on the charge of distributing the newspaper Taimi 'o Tonga without a distributing license, when he arrived at the Fua'amotu airport from New Zealand on February 16.
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