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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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Tuesday 23 March 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan government has stopped the removal of sand from all beaches in Tongatapu, excepting Laulea Beach.
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Tuesday 23 March 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Archer, Siosifa Moala Taumoepeau is the first Tongan athlete to qualify to participate in the Athens Olympic in August.
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Monday 22 March 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rodney Katoa Holani 22, was given a two year suspended sentence and banned from driving for three years, by Chief Justice Gordon Ward at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on March 3 for reckless driving which resulted in the death of Pauline Fatongia Fineanganofo (48).
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Monday 22 March 2004
Pangai, Ha'apai
Six young men were found guilty at the Supreme Court, Pangai, Ha'apai, on charges relating to the death of a 67-year-old man at Nomuka on 18 April 2003.
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Monday 22 March 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Starting in July heads of Tonga's government departments will be required to sign a working contract with government, setting out the duration of their service and their salaries.
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Tuesday 16 March 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The King and the Queen of Tonga will be mourning for 100 nights over the loss of their second son, the late Hon. Ma'atu, who died on February 17.
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Tuesday 16 March 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga may not be in the good books of the USA with regards to its human rights record, but it is definitely a treasured partner of the USA in its war against terrorism.
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Tuesday 16 March 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Viliami 'Ofahengaue, better known as Willy O, the former Wallaby has finally been confirmed by the Tonga Rugby Union as national coach for the 'Ikale Tahi.
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Monday 15 March 2004
Sydney, Australia
Previously, I asked the question what is a true Tongan? or what have we inherited? and had the opportunity to read the many comments, concerns and views sent in by many Matangi Tonga readers. It is amazing to see that so many people do care and want the best for both the country and the people. Its is healthy to question, comment and express a view that will not only challenge our thoughts but our hearts, spirits and values that we cherish as Tongans. - Andrew Fifita J.P.
Thursday 11 March 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
The bad smell of Tonga's lost $US26 million Trust Fund keeps emerging whenever Jesse the jester thinks it is time for a wise crack.
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