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Indian Newslink Digital Edition Mar 15, 2016

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24 PAGE HOMELINK Young woman achiever makes us proud PAGE BUSINESSLINK Beca begins succession process across the board PAGE 05 15 23 HEALTHLINK The bitter truth about diabetes frightens The English Fortnightly (Since November 1999) Issue 342 | March 15, 2016 | Free SPORTSLINK PAGE 32 Cricketer par excellence goes far away phone 09 533 6377 editor@ website facebook /indiannewslink twitter /indiannewslink linked in /indiannewslink Major derive to refurbish Fiji Schools Schools in Fiji need furniture and other equipment Extensive damage wrought by Cyclone Winston to a school in Fiji Ahemad Bhamji Funds needed for furniture, books, stationary and uniforms Venkat Raman While governments and organisations worldwide have been sending ship loads of food and other essential commodities, the immediate need is also to refurbish schools and educational institutions in Fiji, a prominent community worker has said. Ahemad Bhamji, Former President of International Congress of Fiji Inc (ICFI) was in Auckland after visiting a number of schools in some of the areas devastated by Tropical Cyclone Winston which lashed across Fiji on February 20, 2016. He has since returned to Fiji to continue relief efforts. Mr. Bhamji is working on behalf of ICFI and donations can be sent to ICFI Bank Account Westpac Bank - Suva Branch Account No. 9801043556 BSB No. 039001. Government lauded He said that the government was SAME DAYCREDIT TO ANYINDIAN BANKACCOUNT *Conditions Apply HEAD OFFICEAND BRANCH: 632 Dominion Road MANUREWA: 19/185 Great South Road AUCKLAND CBD: 32, Queen Street quick to understand the gravity of the situation and take immediate action. “We are extremely grateful to the government which was quick to initiate relief efforts to reach food and aid to affected areas. In fact, everyone has risen above political ranks to unite and offer help and assistance. As well as New Zealand, the rest of the world has responded with money and materials,” he said. He visited at least 15 schools in Ba and other areas, took photographs to discuss with community leaders and like-minded people in New Zealand and organise funds for refurbishment of the damaged schools. Catastrophic effects The photographs, some of them published here and on Page 3 demonstrate the catastrophic effects of Cyclone Winston. “The schools affected have suffered major damage to their buildings, furniture, libraries and laboratories. The government has made make-shift arrangements by moving affected PAPATOETOE: 302, Great South Road AVONDALE : 195, NewWindsor Road WELLINGTON: 233-237 Lambton Quay children to other schools to attend classes or conduct them in temporary facilities. The capital cost of reconstructing these schools will cost millions of dollars but right now, we need to provide basic needs,” he said. According to Mr Bhamji, the cost of providing a set of table and chair would be about NZ$ 100, in addition to books and uniforms for children. “The actual extent of damage is being assessed. Aid agencies have praised the government for its ‘colossal efforts’ which led to the reopening of more than 1000 schools and education centre days after the Cyclone hit Fiji. Everyone in Fiji agrees that children should be our priority,” Mr Bhamji said. “I request good people of New Zealand to help us to re-equip our schools with their donations,” he added. Please read related reports on Pages 3, 7, 8 and 9 of this issue. Plus Direct entries • 14 individual categories Supreme Business of the Year Award Qualityadviceisassured through ateam of Licensed Immigration Adviser /Ex-Immigration Officer. We provide tailor-made solutions to individual migrant and their families seeking to study,work, invest,dobusiness and livein NewZealand permanently Calling for Nominations for the first time Welcome to our Awards! Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards 2016 Download entry forms, rules and regulations from Choose up to three categories, complete the entry requirements on your computer. Save in PDF format and email your entries to On or before 5 pm on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. Call (09) 3910203 or email >> Page 8 09 272 4424 021 144 6641 Mone Transfers • Money Exchange •Wire Transfers Dial: 0508 41 11 11 Fast. Reliable. Friendly Service. Level1-166 Harris Road, East Tamaki, Auckland Like us on “Facebook”

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