Biman Prasad

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Biman Prasad told : “It is important for us to investigate,” External link

pina Friday, August 2, 2019 6:22:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : “Only an independent inquiry will produce the result or inform us as to why these people do, what is the source, what kinds of people are involved in it, who is benefiting from this drug smuggling,” “And then on the basis of this the inquiry we should be able to formulate laws and policies, and also investigate how we can work with our partner countries such as Australia and New Zealand” External link

pina Friday, August 2, 2019 6:22:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Really the use of the word vulagi invokes the memories of 87. We take exception to the use of that word and we think it shouldn't have been used," "And it borders on insult and racism. We hope that it will not be repeated by people like Ratu Naiqama" External link

rnzi Tuesday, July 2, 2019 11:01:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The composition of the commission is lopsided and its credibility leaves much to be desired," External link

pidp Wednesday, June 19, 2019 6:42:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "This is why democracy matters to you and your families," External link

pidp Thursday, February 21, 2019 1:36:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "I have said before that given the scale of challenges facing our country, we need at a minimum a decade of more than five percent of economic growth," "This is more than three times the average rate of economic growth of the Bainimarama years" External link

pidp Thursday, February 21, 2019 1:36:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "I am very pleased with the appointment as it will provide an opportunity for me to contribute to the global agenda of the GDN to build research capacity in developing countries," External link

pidp Tuesday, January 29, 2019 5:23:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "When a party wins election and forms government, it should also read and understand the manifestos of other parties that are in Parliament because they will be able to get some policy agenda that will be useful," External link

pidp Tuesday, January 29, 2019 3:02:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : “In the period following the general election, we are seeing, including on social media, an upswing in ethnic tension, both in insulting comments on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and in reports of incidents which appear to be ethnically-based,” External link

fijitimes Wednesday, December 19, 2018 12:41:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Frank Bainimarama ) : "Mr Bainimarama, if you indeed are ready to stand on your record, join me in a public debate on your record," External link

pidp Friday, December 8, 2017 2:22:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Our people don’t need pity, they need respect and they need their freedoms," "Most of all they need fair play" External link

pidp Friday, December 8, 2017 2:22:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : “Olive Ridley pairs have been seen floating near Gahirmatha coast since October last week. We hope that turtles would scale the sand slope in large number to lay eggs in January and February,” External link

thehindu Thursday, November 9, 2017 8:14:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "For example, agriculture is not showing signs of improvement and remains lacklustre. The sugar industry remains in the doldrums," External link

fijitimes Monday, November 6, 2017 1:28:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Unless and until an independent panel of experts review the economic forecast and GDP, forecasts coming out of the Reserve Bank will remain questionable," External link

fijitimes Monday, November 6, 2017 1:28:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Dental Practitioners ) : "The question that arises is what was the need to enact the Medical and Dental Practitioners (Amendment) Act in Parliament under Standing Order 51 in April this year supposedly under the urgency to recruit specialists and bypassing the Medical and Dental Council, preventing them from scrutinising the qualifications of those recruited?" External link

fijitimes Saturday, October 14, 2017 1:37:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad claimed : "Farmers are worried despite the fertiliser and the chemical weedicide subsidy," External link

fijitimes Monday, October 9, 2017 1:29:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "A lot of supporters in Australia and New Zealand want to hear from us about the party and our policies as we build up for the elections," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, October 4, 2017 2:12:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "We were asked a lot of questions on the country's political, social and political progress and we were happy to give our views," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, October 4, 2017 2:12:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad says : "In our multi-ethnic, multicultural and multi-religious country, Eid is a significant event. It is culmination of practice of self-discipline, increased prayers and charity towards all, especially our under-privileged and less fortunate. The celebration of Eid symbolises unity, mutual coexistence and patriotism," "Once again the NFP sincerely wishes our Muslim community a blessed and joyous Eid al-Fitr and may it bring them good health and prosperity" External link

pidp Sunday, October 1, 2017 6:53:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The voices of the aggrieved teachers and civil servants were swept aside. Now in the latest roadshow, the A-G made a comment that salaries must be commensurate with experience," External link

fijitimes Friday, September 22, 2017 2:10:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Instead, it engages in petty politics and attacks on its opponents," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, September 13, 2017 8:16:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "For Mr Tiko to now say that teachers who have signed contracts will have their contracts automatically renewed upon their expiry is a blatant lie," "The NFP reminds him of his circular issued on June 22 to all teachers and non-teachers regarding job evaluation implementation. In the circular, Mr Tiko states that teachers and Government Wage Earners (GWEs) who are on 'Permanent Status' have two options — to sign the five-year contract and be eligible for the pay rise or remain as a 'Permanent Status' employee and not be eligible for the pay rise" External link

fijitimes Monday, September 4, 2017 1:48:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "More than 40 per cent of the population is undecided or won't commit on the question of their preferred PM. This means the election remains wide open. We will work for every vote," "We believe that NFP will be a major player in the next election. We are playing to win, but even if we don't get a majority, we will have enough seats that any party wanting to be in government will have to join with us. We will only work with another party if that party respects and shares our vision and our values" External link

pidp Wednesday, August 16, 2017 2:33:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "I am glad that the Auditor General has highlighted this matter," External link

pidp Sunday, August 13, 2017 1:26:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The NFP expresses its deepest sympathies and offers the party's condolences to the family for their irreplaceable loss in the most tragic circumstances," "It is horrifying to learn that five lives were lost because they were trapped in their home that was engulfed by fire. Home fires resulting in fatalities has been happening in this country for decades, but it has increased as our population increases" External link

fijitimes Friday, August 11, 2017 1:49:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Removal of VAT on these items and developing appropriate policies including providing concessions to those below the tax threshold who own homes will encourage home owners to install these devices and provide them safety in the case of a fire," External link

fijitimes Friday, August 11, 2017 1:49:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "When a party wins election and forms government, it should also read and understand the manifestos of other parties that are in Parliament because they will be able to get some policy agenda that will be useful," External link

pidp Wednesday, August 2, 2017 8:10:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad claimed : "It is also trying to influence sections of the local media on what to provide while covering government events on personalities, including the Prime Minister," External link

pidp Sunday, July 30, 2017 7:08:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "In the absence of any adherence to the rule of law as far as complying with tabling of Auditor-General's Reports is concerned, the question arises as to the authenticity of the audits and the methodology used to scrutinise the State's 2015 Accounts and financial statements and the compilation of the final report itself that has been greatly delayed," External link

pidp Wednesday, March 1, 2017 10:35:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "In the absence of any adherence to the rule of law as far as complying with tabling of Auditor-General's Reports is concerned, the question arises as to the authenticity of the audits and the methodology used to scrutinise the State's 2015 Accounts and financial statements and the compilation of the final report itself that has been greatly delayed," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, March 1, 2017 1:34:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Such a special committee will be an independent body with no links whatsoever to either the Fiji Police Force or the victims of alleged police brutality and violations of their rights," External link

fijitimes Friday, February 24, 2017 8:52:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Despite the fact that the results are not similar to the approval ratings each leader received, it is interesting to know that a significant percentage of voters are undecided, at least 15 months away from when the next elections could be held," External link

fijitimes Sunday, February 19, 2017 1:28:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "I think these are opinion polls and reflect the views of the people at a particular point in time. These things can change either way," External link

fijitimes Monday, February 13, 2017 2:12:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The honourable minister also seems to be confused, when he talks about previous governments, and he talks about reforms from 2013, he does not realise that from 2006 right up to 2014 there was another Bainimarama Government, the non-elected one, and many of the reforms that the then Minister for Education undertook during that period, almost 50 per cent of them have been reversed by this Minister for Education, Madam Speaker," External link

fijitimes Thursday, February 9, 2017 2:35:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "When you talk about open merit system, when you talk about principles of human resource in the private sector, you can get some principles from the private sector and apply it in the public sector," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, February 8, 2017 3:05:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "This is a serious threat where border security and primary lines are concerned," External link

fijitimes Friday, February 3, 2017 1:36:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "This is a serious threat where border security and primary lines are concerned," External link

fijitimes Thursday, February 2, 2017 8:57:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Commission ) : "There are no longer commissioners and there is no longer an Electoral Commission in place and that's serious because it's a constitutional office," External link

pidp Monday, January 30, 2017 7:33:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Commission ) : "There are no longer commissioners and there is no longer an Electoral Commission in place and that's serious because it's a constitutional office," External link

rnzi Monday, January 30, 2017 12:37:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "I didn't come into politics to increase my allowances or to make salaries," External link

fijitimes Sunday, January 29, 2017 2:25:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "This was a small administrative matter which unfortunately Parliament refused to facilitate. But we will go ahead and calculate the difference. It has nothing to do with the Parliamentary Remunerations Decree. But we will press on regardless. " External link

fijitimes Friday, January 27, 2017 1:37:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "As party leader, I will ensure that we have as many women candidates as possible and I can assure you that we will have some of the best," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, January 25, 2017 8:25:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "We ask, whom is the supervisor reporting to and taking directions from? Is it the Minister Responsible for Elections who happens to be the Attorney-General as well as the general secretary of the FijiFirst party?" External link

fijitimes Monday, January 23, 2017 1:52:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Of serious concern to us right now is the need for permits under the Public Order Amendment Decree to have simple and small party meetings," External link

fijitimes Thursday, January 12, 2017 12:59:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The international partners who were part of the MOG must demand its full implementation," External link

fijitimes Thursday, January 12, 2017 12:59:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Parliamentary Select Committee ) : "We know the reports, after a delay, were referred to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights," External link

fijitimes Monday, January 9, 2017 1:23:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The working committee resolution is to engage with all political party leaders and obviously, that does not exclude the leader of FijiFirst," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, January 4, 2017 12:53:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "That is what I said, we are going to fight the election on our own and how clear can that be," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, January 4, 2017 12:53:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "More recently those affected by floods need all the compassion and support," External link

fijitimes Sunday, December 25, 2016 5:11:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : “The Fijian constitution brought in 2013 is undemocratic and needs to change the draconian provisions enshrined in Chapter 10, Section 173, which deny civil rights to the minorities and crush press freedom,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, December 13, 2016 12:17:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : “The Fijian constitution brought in 2013 is undemocratic and needs to change the draconian provisions enshrined in Chapter 10, Section 173, which deny civil rights to the minorities and crush press freedom,” External link

Hindu Monday, December 12, 2016 11:14:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "You would think that with five tonnes of seeds, it would not be a difficult thing for the Government to hand these out. Instead, farmers — even subsistence farmers, who need only a few grams of seeds to re-establish their gardens — are being made to fill out a two-page form prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture," External link

fijitimes Monday, November 28, 2016 12:47:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Nowhere in the Public Order Act or Public Order Amendment Decree 2012 does it say that national interest issues require permits," External link

fijitimes Tuesday, November 8, 2016 12:56:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "One of the things that we have always advocated is that the government should ensure a minimum guaranteed price so that there is enough incentive to remain on their farms. So in that respect this cane payment and a total price of F$71.86 (US$34.94) is actually short-changing the farmers and will send the wrong signal to the sugar industry," External link

rnzi Monday, October 31, 2016 4:47:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The party at its working committee meeting in Nadi has passed a resolution that the NFP leadership should engage with all political party leaders on political issues of national concern," External link

pidp Tuesday, October 25, 2016 8:18:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The party at its working committee meeting in Nadi has passed a resolution that the NFP leadership should engage with all political party leaders on political issues of national concern," External link

fijitimes Tuesday, October 25, 2016 2:50:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Mr Khan ) : "Mr Khan's resignation must not come into effect immediately, but until after the completion and outcome of independent investigations," External link

fijitimes Friday, October 21, 2016 12:27:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi ) : “One should never forget that Ratu Joni was twice a victim of military coups in this country,” External link

pina Thursday, October 6, 2016 1:29:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Prem Singh ) : “We cannot support the motion before Parliament as it is against the principles of transparency and accountability and more seriously it undermines the original intent of the Motion of July 6, 2015 when Members of Parliament recommend increases to their own parliamentary allowances,” “And let me state this clearly Madam Speaker, both Honourable (Prem) Singh and I will not accept any increases in emoluments even if they are approved by Parliament. We will inform both you Madam Speaker and Secretary-General accordingly” External link

pina Thursday, October 6, 2016 11:40:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi ) : "Ratu Joni will always be remembered as an embodiment of chiefly authority and wisdom, whose humility, care and concern for all our ordinary people and adherence to the rule of law, fundamental human rights and freedoms was paramount," External link

fijitimes Sunday, October 2, 2016 12:53:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "… tragically this Parliament remains fragmented as we struggle to find our feet to give true meaning to democracy because of my way or the highway attitude," External link

fijitimes Saturday, October 1, 2016 12:26:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Миру Кумар ) : "The party stood its ground for more than 50 years on values of democracy, fundamental rights and freedoms and having betrayed the party which nurtured him (Mr Kumar) in his political career to join FijiFirst, it's quite ironic for him to to attack the party in Parliament," External link

fijitimes Friday, September 30, 2016 12:30:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "This is totally against accountability and transparency," External link

fijitimes Friday, September 30, 2016 12:30:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "He even attacked a defenceless member in Roko Tupou Draunidalo, who was suspended for two years from Parliament because FijiFirst Government used its numerical majority to do so," External link

pidp Thursday, September 29, 2016 8:47:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "He even attacked a defenceless member in Roko Tupou Draunidalo, who was suspended for two years from Parliament because FijiFirst Government used its numerical majority to do so," External link

fijitimes Monday, September 26, 2016 11:53:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "This reshuffle has basically created a 'Cabinet within a Cabinet'," External link

fijitimes Sunday, September 25, 2016 11:59:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The reshuffle has disregarded issues of transparency, conflict of interest and decision-making based on impartiality," External link

fijitimes Sunday, September 25, 2016 11:59:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The impact of rise in the price of kava, alcohol and other items are immediate factors but the rise is inflation is also a cumulative effect of government policies on tax, expenditure and movements in exchange rate," External link

fijitimes Tuesday, September 20, 2016 11:45:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The impact of rise in the price of kava, alcohol and other items are immediate factors, but the rise in inflation is also a cumulative effect of government policies on tax, expenditure and movements in exchange rate," External link

fijitimes Tuesday, September 20, 2016 11:45:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : “They searched the office for any circular or documents of the dialogue. They only took with them a piece of paper which was the minute of the event” External link

pina Wednesday, September 14, 2016 6:41:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Well, at the moment, my position is that police released us on Sunday and told us the matter has been referred to the (Office) of the Director of Public Prosecutions for their decision, whether any charge is going to be laid or not," External link

pidp Wednesday, September 14, 2016 5:05:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Well, at the moment, my position is that police released us on Sunday and told us the matter has been referred to the (Office) of the Director of Public Prosecutions for their decision, whether any charge is going to be laid or not," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, September 14, 2016 12:26:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "They played the audio recording which was hardly clear. They did not tell what they were trying to find out," External link

fijitimes Tuesday, September 13, 2016 12:01:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "They played the audio recording, which was hardly clear. They did not say what they were trying to find out," External link

fijitimes Tuesday, September 13, 2016 12:01:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "There is nothing much to celebrate about the 2013 constitution, which was opposed to the will of the people," External link

Stuff Sunday, September 11, 2016 11:58:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "They searched the office for any circular or documents of the dialogue. They only took with them a piece of paper which was the minute of the event," External link

fijitimes Sunday, September 11, 2016 11:39:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "As the president of the party Roko Tupou has been excellent," External link

pidp Sunday, September 11, 2016 11:10:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Mr Singh ) : "The reason why they were taking [Mr Singh] in was because he attended a meeting which supposedly didn't have a permit. Now that is a surprise because we don't believe that NGOs and other organisations [organising] discussion forums need a permit," External link

rnzi Sunday, September 11, 2016 1:37:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "There is nothing much to celebrate about the 2013 constitution, which was opposed to the will of the people," External link

standardmedia Saturday, September 10, 2016 5:14:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Mr Singh ) : "The reason why they were taking [Mr Singh] in was because he attended a meeting which supposedly didn't have a permit. Now that is a surprise because we don't believe that NGOs and other organisations [organising] discussion forums need a permit," External link

rnzi Saturday, September 10, 2016 12:13:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "There is nothing much to celebrate about the 2013 constitution, which was opposed to the will of the people," External link

reuters Saturday, September 10, 2016 11:27:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "There is nothing much to celebrate about the 2013 constitution, which was opposed to the will of the people," External link

9news Saturday, September 10, 2016 11:22:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "There is nothing much to celebrate about the 2013 constitution, which was opposed to the will of the people," External link

reuters-in Saturday, September 10, 2016 11:16:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "There is nothing much to celebrate about the 2013 constitution, which was opposed to the will of the people," External link

reuters Saturday, September 10, 2016 10:53:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "There is nothing much to celebrate about the 2013 constitution, which was opposed to the will of the people," External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, September 10, 2016 10:42:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Attar Singh ) : "I am now back at home. They haven't arrived yet, but I have also been informed by the wife of Attar Singh that he has been arrested and has been confirmed to us by other people as well," External link

rnzi Saturday, September 10, 2016 10:14:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Attar Singh ) : "I am now back at home. They haven't arrived yet, but I have also been informed by the wife of Attar Singh that he has been arrested and has been confirmed to us by other people as well," External link

rnzi Saturday, September 10, 2016 9:15:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Attar Singh ) : "I am now back at home. They haven't arrived yet, but I have also been informed by the wife of Attar Singh that he has been arrested and has been confirmed to us by other people as well," External link

rnzi Saturday, September 10, 2016 7:11:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "It allowed us to arrive at a constitution which would not only be acceptable to the majority of the people of the country but also embody the principles of good governance, transparency, accountability and genuine democracy," External link

fijitimes Tuesday, September 6, 2016 12:12:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "It proves the point we made in parliament that generally the cost of living for a large majority of the people, especially poor and low income earners would not go down," External link

fijitimes Saturday, August 27, 2016 12:36:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "This result endorses the widespread view that Government should not railroad a change in the flag," External link

fijitimes Saturday, August 20, 2016 1:54:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad claimed : "However, one must read this poll result in the context of few parliamentary sitting, stifling of the Opposition through lack of resources and through draconian media laws which does not provide space to the Opposition as would be the case in a normal democracy," External link

fijitimes Saturday, August 6, 2016 1:05:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "What lies have we told farmers? They are the ones who are not being truthful," External link

fijitimes Saturday, July 30, 2016 12:09:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad says : "It's amazing and ridiculous that the minister for education would not be able to give a very clear assessment of what the result is. His claim that the reforms are paying dividends is rubbish because what is he measuring that against?" External link

pidp Saturday, July 16, 2016 10:38:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad claimed ( about Suva-Fiji ) : "We don't expect him to continue to defend the draconian Media Decree which almost everyone agrees has destroyed press freedom, forced editors, publishers and media organisations to practise self-censorship," "I maintain that as long as the draconian Media Decree remains, we will continue to see a censored press in Fiji" External link

pidp Saturday, July 9, 2016 7:27:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad asked : "Is it to do with producing the two sets of passport or what is it? Because the previous year's allocation was just $33,000," External link

fijitimes Friday, July 8, 2016 12:01:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "In the 2016/2017 National Budget the Government will have to borrow $620.6 million. Of this, $329.1m will be from overseas loans and $291.5m from domestic loans. The total debt projected as of July 2017 will be close to $5b," External link

fijitimes Monday, July 4, 2016 11:58:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Pauline Irène Nguene ) : “For Fiji, which is a member of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries, it would be the implications on our sugar market because the ACP countries has preferential access to the European market which comes to end in 2017,” “Britain a key member, not being part of the European Union will obviously have implications,” External link

pina Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:45:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Pauline Irène Nguene ) : "For Fiji, which is a member of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries, it would be the implications on our sugar market because the ACP countries has preferential access to the European market which comes to end in 2017," "Britain a key member, not being part of the European Union will obviously have implications," External link

fijitimes Sunday, June 26, 2016 12:04:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "We need ever increasing sources of revenue to keep up with repayments," External link

fijitimes Thursday, June 23, 2016 11:33:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Government's free medicine scheme has had a chaotic start with those eligible to access the scheme shocked to learn that not all medication is available and only selected medication can be dispensed by pharmacies," "Our investigation has also revealed that some pharmacies listed by the Assistant Health Minister as outlets that patients can use are indeed unable to provide this service through no fault of their own due to bureaucracy" External link

fijitimes Friday, March 13, 2015 11:37:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Can I suggest that we pursue that separately, we need some clarification and can I ask the Auditor-General to pick that up and in consultation with the police department and maybe report to the Public Accounts Committee later," External link

fijitimes Tuesday, March 10, 2015 11:26:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "This is a concern honourable members. The Higher Salaries Commission existed for a very good reason and I know that it was abolished sometime back, there is no Higher Salaries Commission but even when the Higher Salaries Commission existed, all organisations that fall under the Higher Salaries Commission Act must make their submissions to the Higher Salaries Commission for salary review," "More concerning is some of the organisations that were supposed to go to the Higher Salaries Commission to ask for a review to make changes to the salaries did not do that" External link

fijitimes Monday, March 9, 2015 11:20:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Arrears in revenue are a problem in most of the government departments that's collecting revenue," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, March 4, 2015 11:48:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "We will know what the situation is when we hear from the ministry. We will have good overview of how government investments have performed and where it will be in the future," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, March 4, 2015 11:48:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "It saddens me to hear that and we hope that PAC together with the Ministry of Finance and the Auditor-General's office will be able to pinpoint some of the serious issues as you have highlighted, including elements of fraud to be addressed in terms of what is probably going on now within the ministry itself," External link

fijitimes Tuesday, March 3, 2015 11:46:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The auditor-general reports to Parliament because the Constitution requires all reports to be tabled in Parliament through the Speaker," "Members of Parliament, after scrutinising the reports, especially reports of PAC mandated by the Constitution and the parliamentary standing orders, can subject the Office of the Auditor-General to scrutiny" External link

fijitimes Monday, March 2, 2015 11:24:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Taxpayers have legitimate interest in these government commercial companies and that is why it is going to be a matter of public interest," External link

fijitimes Friday, February 20, 2015 11:02:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "What I am saying is, we do not know the real reason as to why students performance have been so dismal unless there is a national detailed education commission," External link

fijitimes Thursday, February 19, 2015 11:13:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The Minister for Education is doing something good. We support him and let him continue with that, but please set up an education commission and task them to do that work in three or four months," External link

fijitimes Sunday, February 15, 2015 12:05:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Changing a national flag should not be a decision only made by one person. The whole country should be consulted," External link

fijitimes Thursday, February 12, 2015 11:26:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The committee recalled the loss of the $350million grant from the European Union earmarked for the sugar industry due to the military coup of December 2006," External link

fijitimes Friday, February 6, 2015 11:58:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "This is a message to all Government departments and permanent secretaries that we, the Public Accounts Committee expect the ministries, the senior officials to have looked at the reports already," External link

fijitimes Friday, January 30, 2015 11:25:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "I can say that I am very pleased with the response from the different ministries, which were represented here today at a very senior level, including the permanent secretaries," External link

pidp Friday, January 30, 2015 6:58:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "I can say that I am very pleased with the response from the different ministries, which were represented here today at a very senior level, including the permanent secretaries," External link

fijitimes Thursday, January 29, 2015 11:45:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "What came out as a big concern and the Auditor-General pointed out is the lack of urgency to produce annual reports for some of these organisations," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:17:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "And the question of dividends and the actual performance of these organisations raise a number of questions, and what we hear from the Ministry of Finance now is of more monitoring and that the objectives of these organisations need to be thoroughly scrutinised," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:17:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
leader60.09%EN10/19/201719/10/2017
federation party leader26.81%EN10/19/201719/10/2017
mp2.26%EN09/26/201726/09/2017
chairman1.96%EN08/12/201712/08/2017
public accounts committee chairman0.30%EN08/12/201712/08/2017
accounts committee chairman0.30%EN08/12/201712/08/2017
fiji labour party leader1.96%EN08/06/201706/08/2017
farmer0.15%EN01/12/201712/01/2017
spokesman0.60%EN09/20/201620/09/2016
professor professor0.45%EN09/14/201614/09/2016
chef0.15%FR09/07/201607/09/2016
opposition spokesman for finance0.60%EN09/01/201601/09/2016
spokesman for finance0.30%EN09/01/201601/09/2016
shadow minister for finance0.75%EN07/04/201604/07/2016
opposition spokesperson for finance0.15%EN07/04/201604/07/2016
chef du nfp0.15%FR06/24/201624/06/2016
economist professor0.30%EN06/21/201621/06/2016
committee chairman1.36%EN01/30/201530/01/2015
leader0.90%SA09/08/201408/09/2014
media officer0.45%EN11/15/201315/11/2013
Names Lang Count
Biman PrasadEN96.31%
Bimal PrasadEN2.39%
Biman PrasadFR0.87%
Biman PrasadSA0.43%


 
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Biman Prasad told : “It is important for us to investigate,” External link

pina Friday, August 2, 2019 6:22:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : “Only an independent inquiry will produce the result or inform us as to why these people do, what is the source, what kinds of people are involved in it, who is benefiting from this drug smuggling,” “And then on the basis of this the inquiry we should be able to formulate laws and policies, and also investigate how we can work with our partner countries such as Australia and New Zealand” External link

pina Friday, August 2, 2019 6:22:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Really the use of the word vulagi invokes the memories of 87. We take exception to the use of that word and we think it shouldn't have been used," "And it borders on insult and racism. We hope that it will not be repeated by people like Ratu Naiqama" External link

rnzi Tuesday, July 2, 2019 11:01:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The composition of the commission is lopsided and its credibility leaves much to be desired," External link

pidp Wednesday, June 19, 2019 6:42:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "This is why democracy matters to you and your families," External link

pidp Thursday, February 21, 2019 1:36:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "I have said before that given the scale of challenges facing our country, we need at a minimum a decade of more than five percent of economic growth," "This is more than three times the average rate of economic growth of the Bainimarama years" External link

pidp Thursday, February 21, 2019 1:36:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "I am very pleased with the appointment as it will provide an opportunity for me to contribute to the global agenda of the GDN to build research capacity in developing countries," External link

pidp Tuesday, January 29, 2019 5:23:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "When a party wins election and forms government, it should also read and understand the manifestos of other parties that are in Parliament because they will be able to get some policy agenda that will be useful," External link

pidp Tuesday, January 29, 2019 3:02:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : “In the period following the general election, we are seeing, including on social media, an upswing in ethnic tension, both in insulting comments on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and in reports of incidents which appear to be ethnically-based,” External link

fijitimes Wednesday, December 19, 2018 12:41:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Frank Bainimarama ) : "Mr Bainimarama, if you indeed are ready to stand on your record, join me in a public debate on your record," External link

pidp Friday, December 8, 2017 2:22:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Our people don’t need pity, they need respect and they need their freedoms," "Most of all they need fair play" External link

pidp Friday, December 8, 2017 2:22:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : “Olive Ridley pairs have been seen floating near Gahirmatha coast since October last week. We hope that turtles would scale the sand slope in large number to lay eggs in January and February,” External link

thehindu Thursday, November 9, 2017 8:14:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "For example, agriculture is not showing signs of improvement and remains lacklustre. The sugar industry remains in the doldrums," External link

fijitimes Monday, November 6, 2017 1:28:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Unless and until an independent panel of experts review the economic forecast and GDP, forecasts coming out of the Reserve Bank will remain questionable," External link

fijitimes Monday, November 6, 2017 1:28:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Dental Practitioners ) : "The question that arises is what was the need to enact the Medical and Dental Practitioners (Amendment) Act in Parliament under Standing Order 51 in April this year supposedly under the urgency to recruit specialists and bypassing the Medical and Dental Council, preventing them from scrutinising the qualifications of those recruited?" External link

fijitimes Saturday, October 14, 2017 1:37:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad claimed : "Farmers are worried despite the fertiliser and the chemical weedicide subsidy," External link

fijitimes Monday, October 9, 2017 1:29:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "A lot of supporters in Australia and New Zealand want to hear from us about the party and our policies as we build up for the elections," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, October 4, 2017 2:12:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "We were asked a lot of questions on the country's political, social and political progress and we were happy to give our views," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, October 4, 2017 2:12:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad says : "In our multi-ethnic, multicultural and multi-religious country, Eid is a significant event. It is culmination of practice of self-discipline, increased prayers and charity towards all, especially our under-privileged and less fortunate. The celebration of Eid symbolises unity, mutual coexistence and patriotism," "Once again the NFP sincerely wishes our Muslim community a blessed and joyous Eid al-Fitr and may it bring them good health and prosperity" External link

pidp Sunday, October 1, 2017 6:53:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The voices of the aggrieved teachers and civil servants were swept aside. Now in the latest roadshow, the A-G made a comment that salaries must be commensurate with experience," External link

fijitimes Friday, September 22, 2017 2:10:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Instead, it engages in petty politics and attacks on its opponents," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, September 13, 2017 8:16:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "For Mr Tiko to now say that teachers who have signed contracts will have their contracts automatically renewed upon their expiry is a blatant lie," "The NFP reminds him of his circular issued on June 22 to all teachers and non-teachers regarding job evaluation implementation. In the circular, Mr Tiko states that teachers and Government Wage Earners (GWEs) who are on 'Permanent Status' have two options — to sign the five-year contract and be eligible for the pay rise or remain as a 'Permanent Status' employee and not be eligible for the pay rise" External link

fijitimes Monday, September 4, 2017 1:48:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "More than 40 per cent of the population is undecided or won't commit on the question of their preferred PM. This means the election remains wide open. We will work for every vote," "We believe that NFP will be a major player in the next election. We are playing to win, but even if we don't get a majority, we will have enough seats that any party wanting to be in government will have to join with us. We will only work with another party if that party respects and shares our vision and our values" External link

pidp Wednesday, August 16, 2017 2:33:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "I am glad that the Auditor General has highlighted this matter," External link

pidp Sunday, August 13, 2017 1:26:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The NFP expresses its deepest sympathies and offers the party's condolences to the family for their irreplaceable loss in the most tragic circumstances," "It is horrifying to learn that five lives were lost because they were trapped in their home that was engulfed by fire. Home fires resulting in fatalities has been happening in this country for decades, but it has increased as our population increases" External link

fijitimes Friday, August 11, 2017 1:49:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Removal of VAT on these items and developing appropriate policies including providing concessions to those below the tax threshold who own homes will encourage home owners to install these devices and provide them safety in the case of a fire," External link

fijitimes Friday, August 11, 2017 1:49:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "When a party wins election and forms government, it should also read and understand the manifestos of other parties that are in Parliament because they will be able to get some policy agenda that will be useful," External link

pidp Wednesday, August 2, 2017 8:10:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad claimed : "It is also trying to influence sections of the local media on what to provide while covering government events on personalities, including the Prime Minister," External link

pidp Sunday, July 30, 2017 7:08:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "In the absence of any adherence to the rule of law as far as complying with tabling of Auditor-General's Reports is concerned, the question arises as to the authenticity of the audits and the methodology used to scrutinise the State's 2015 Accounts and financial statements and the compilation of the final report itself that has been greatly delayed," External link

pidp Wednesday, March 1, 2017 10:35:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "In the absence of any adherence to the rule of law as far as complying with tabling of Auditor-General's Reports is concerned, the question arises as to the authenticity of the audits and the methodology used to scrutinise the State's 2015 Accounts and financial statements and the compilation of the final report itself that has been greatly delayed," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, March 1, 2017 1:34:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Such a special committee will be an independent body with no links whatsoever to either the Fiji Police Force or the victims of alleged police brutality and violations of their rights," External link

fijitimes Friday, February 24, 2017 8:52:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Despite the fact that the results are not similar to the approval ratings each leader received, it is interesting to know that a significant percentage of voters are undecided, at least 15 months away from when the next elections could be held," External link

fijitimes Sunday, February 19, 2017 1:28:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "I think these are opinion polls and reflect the views of the people at a particular point in time. These things can change either way," External link

fijitimes Monday, February 13, 2017 2:12:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The honourable minister also seems to be confused, when he talks about previous governments, and he talks about reforms from 2013, he does not realise that from 2006 right up to 2014 there was another Bainimarama Government, the non-elected one, and many of the reforms that the then Minister for Education undertook during that period, almost 50 per cent of them have been reversed by this Minister for Education, Madam Speaker," External link

fijitimes Thursday, February 9, 2017 2:35:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "When you talk about open merit system, when you talk about principles of human resource in the private sector, you can get some principles from the private sector and apply it in the public sector," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, February 8, 2017 3:05:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "This is a serious threat where border security and primary lines are concerned," External link

fijitimes Friday, February 3, 2017 1:36:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "This is a serious threat where border security and primary lines are concerned," External link

fijitimes Thursday, February 2, 2017 8:57:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Commission ) : "There are no longer commissioners and there is no longer an Electoral Commission in place and that's serious because it's a constitutional office," External link

pidp Monday, January 30, 2017 7:33:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Commission ) : "There are no longer commissioners and there is no longer an Electoral Commission in place and that's serious because it's a constitutional office," External link

rnzi Monday, January 30, 2017 12:37:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "I didn't come into politics to increase my allowances or to make salaries," External link

fijitimes Sunday, January 29, 2017 2:25:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "This was a small administrative matter which unfortunately Parliament refused to facilitate. But we will go ahead and calculate the difference. It has nothing to do with the Parliamentary Remunerations Decree. But we will press on regardless. " External link

fijitimes Friday, January 27, 2017 1:37:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "As party leader, I will ensure that we have as many women candidates as possible and I can assure you that we will have some of the best," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, January 25, 2017 8:25:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "We ask, whom is the supervisor reporting to and taking directions from? Is it the Minister Responsible for Elections who happens to be the Attorney-General as well as the general secretary of the FijiFirst party?" External link

fijitimes Monday, January 23, 2017 1:52:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Of serious concern to us right now is the need for permits under the Public Order Amendment Decree to have simple and small party meetings," External link

fijitimes Thursday, January 12, 2017 12:59:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The international partners who were part of the MOG must demand its full implementation," External link

fijitimes Thursday, January 12, 2017 12:59:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Parliamentary Select Committee ) : "We know the reports, after a delay, were referred to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights," External link

fijitimes Monday, January 9, 2017 1:23:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The working committee resolution is to engage with all political party leaders and obviously, that does not exclude the leader of FijiFirst," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, January 4, 2017 12:53:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "That is what I said, we are going to fight the election on our own and how clear can that be," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, January 4, 2017 12:53:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "More recently those affected by floods need all the compassion and support," External link

fijitimes Sunday, December 25, 2016 5:11:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : “The Fijian constitution brought in 2013 is undemocratic and needs to change the draconian provisions enshrined in Chapter 10, Section 173, which deny civil rights to the minorities and crush press freedom,” External link

thehindu Tuesday, December 13, 2016 12:17:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : “The Fijian constitution brought in 2013 is undemocratic and needs to change the draconian provisions enshrined in Chapter 10, Section 173, which deny civil rights to the minorities and crush press freedom,” External link

Hindu Monday, December 12, 2016 11:14:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "You would think that with five tonnes of seeds, it would not be a difficult thing for the Government to hand these out. Instead, farmers — even subsistence farmers, who need only a few grams of seeds to re-establish their gardens — are being made to fill out a two-page form prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture," External link

fijitimes Monday, November 28, 2016 12:47:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Nowhere in the Public Order Act or Public Order Amendment Decree 2012 does it say that national interest issues require permits," External link

fijitimes Tuesday, November 8, 2016 12:56:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "One of the things that we have always advocated is that the government should ensure a minimum guaranteed price so that there is enough incentive to remain on their farms. So in that respect this cane payment and a total price of F$71.86 (US$34.94) is actually short-changing the farmers and will send the wrong signal to the sugar industry," External link

rnzi Monday, October 31, 2016 4:47:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The party at its working committee meeting in Nadi has passed a resolution that the NFP leadership should engage with all political party leaders on political issues of national concern," External link

pidp Tuesday, October 25, 2016 8:18:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The party at its working committee meeting in Nadi has passed a resolution that the NFP leadership should engage with all political party leaders on political issues of national concern," External link

fijitimes Tuesday, October 25, 2016 2:50:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Mr Khan ) : "Mr Khan's resignation must not come into effect immediately, but until after the completion and outcome of independent investigations," External link

fijitimes Friday, October 21, 2016 12:27:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi ) : “One should never forget that Ratu Joni was twice a victim of military coups in this country,” External link

pina Thursday, October 6, 2016 1:29:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Prem Singh ) : “We cannot support the motion before Parliament as it is against the principles of transparency and accountability and more seriously it undermines the original intent of the Motion of July 6, 2015 when Members of Parliament recommend increases to their own parliamentary allowances,” “And let me state this clearly Madam Speaker, both Honourable (Prem) Singh and I will not accept any increases in emoluments even if they are approved by Parliament. We will inform both you Madam Speaker and Secretary-General accordingly” External link

pina Thursday, October 6, 2016 11:40:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi ) : "Ratu Joni will always be remembered as an embodiment of chiefly authority and wisdom, whose humility, care and concern for all our ordinary people and adherence to the rule of law, fundamental human rights and freedoms was paramount," External link

fijitimes Sunday, October 2, 2016 12:53:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "… tragically this Parliament remains fragmented as we struggle to find our feet to give true meaning to democracy because of my way or the highway attitude," External link

fijitimes Saturday, October 1, 2016 12:26:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Миру Кумар ) : "The party stood its ground for more than 50 years on values of democracy, fundamental rights and freedoms and having betrayed the party which nurtured him (Mr Kumar) in his political career to join FijiFirst, it's quite ironic for him to to attack the party in Parliament," External link

fijitimes Friday, September 30, 2016 12:30:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "This is totally against accountability and transparency," External link

fijitimes Friday, September 30, 2016 12:30:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "He even attacked a defenceless member in Roko Tupou Draunidalo, who was suspended for two years from Parliament because FijiFirst Government used its numerical majority to do so," External link

pidp Thursday, September 29, 2016 8:47:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "He even attacked a defenceless member in Roko Tupou Draunidalo, who was suspended for two years from Parliament because FijiFirst Government used its numerical majority to do so," External link

fijitimes Monday, September 26, 2016 11:53:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "This reshuffle has basically created a 'Cabinet within a Cabinet'," External link

fijitimes Sunday, September 25, 2016 11:59:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The reshuffle has disregarded issues of transparency, conflict of interest and decision-making based on impartiality," External link

fijitimes Sunday, September 25, 2016 11:59:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The impact of rise in the price of kava, alcohol and other items are immediate factors but the rise is inflation is also a cumulative effect of government policies on tax, expenditure and movements in exchange rate," External link

fijitimes Tuesday, September 20, 2016 11:45:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The impact of rise in the price of kava, alcohol and other items are immediate factors, but the rise in inflation is also a cumulative effect of government policies on tax, expenditure and movements in exchange rate," External link

fijitimes Tuesday, September 20, 2016 11:45:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : “They searched the office for any circular or documents of the dialogue. They only took with them a piece of paper which was the minute of the event” External link

pina Wednesday, September 14, 2016 6:41:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Well, at the moment, my position is that police released us on Sunday and told us the matter has been referred to the (Office) of the Director of Public Prosecutions for their decision, whether any charge is going to be laid or not," External link

pidp Wednesday, September 14, 2016 5:05:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Well, at the moment, my position is that police released us on Sunday and told us the matter has been referred to the (Office) of the Director of Public Prosecutions for their decision, whether any charge is going to be laid or not," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, September 14, 2016 12:26:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "They played the audio recording which was hardly clear. They did not tell what they were trying to find out," External link

fijitimes Tuesday, September 13, 2016 12:01:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "They played the audio recording, which was hardly clear. They did not say what they were trying to find out," External link

fijitimes Tuesday, September 13, 2016 12:01:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "There is nothing much to celebrate about the 2013 constitution, which was opposed to the will of the people," External link

Stuff Sunday, September 11, 2016 11:58:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "They searched the office for any circular or documents of the dialogue. They only took with them a piece of paper which was the minute of the event," External link

fijitimes Sunday, September 11, 2016 11:39:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "As the president of the party Roko Tupou has been excellent," External link

pidp Sunday, September 11, 2016 11:10:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Mr Singh ) : "The reason why they were taking [Mr Singh] in was because he attended a meeting which supposedly didn't have a permit. Now that is a surprise because we don't believe that NGOs and other organisations [organising] discussion forums need a permit," External link

rnzi Sunday, September 11, 2016 1:37:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "There is nothing much to celebrate about the 2013 constitution, which was opposed to the will of the people," External link

standardmedia Saturday, September 10, 2016 5:14:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Mr Singh ) : "The reason why they were taking [Mr Singh] in was because he attended a meeting which supposedly didn't have a permit. Now that is a surprise because we don't believe that NGOs and other organisations [organising] discussion forums need a permit," External link

rnzi Saturday, September 10, 2016 12:13:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "There is nothing much to celebrate about the 2013 constitution, which was opposed to the will of the people," External link

reuters Saturday, September 10, 2016 11:27:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "There is nothing much to celebrate about the 2013 constitution, which was opposed to the will of the people," External link

9news Saturday, September 10, 2016 11:22:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "There is nothing much to celebrate about the 2013 constitution, which was opposed to the will of the people," External link

reuters-in Saturday, September 10, 2016 11:16:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "There is nothing much to celebrate about the 2013 constitution, which was opposed to the will of the people," External link

reuters Saturday, September 10, 2016 10:53:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "There is nothing much to celebrate about the 2013 constitution, which was opposed to the will of the people," External link

channelnewsasia Saturday, September 10, 2016 10:42:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Attar Singh ) : "I am now back at home. They haven't arrived yet, but I have also been informed by the wife of Attar Singh that he has been arrested and has been confirmed to us by other people as well," External link

rnzi Saturday, September 10, 2016 10:14:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Attar Singh ) : "I am now back at home. They haven't arrived yet, but I have also been informed by the wife of Attar Singh that he has been arrested and has been confirmed to us by other people as well," External link

rnzi Saturday, September 10, 2016 9:15:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Attar Singh ) : "I am now back at home. They haven't arrived yet, but I have also been informed by the wife of Attar Singh that he has been arrested and has been confirmed to us by other people as well," External link

rnzi Saturday, September 10, 2016 7:11:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "It allowed us to arrive at a constitution which would not only be acceptable to the majority of the people of the country but also embody the principles of good governance, transparency, accountability and genuine democracy," External link

fijitimes Tuesday, September 6, 2016 12:12:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "It proves the point we made in parliament that generally the cost of living for a large majority of the people, especially poor and low income earners would not go down," External link

fijitimes Saturday, August 27, 2016 12:36:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "This result endorses the widespread view that Government should not railroad a change in the flag," External link

fijitimes Saturday, August 20, 2016 1:54:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad claimed : "However, one must read this poll result in the context of few parliamentary sitting, stifling of the Opposition through lack of resources and through draconian media laws which does not provide space to the Opposition as would be the case in a normal democracy," External link

fijitimes Saturday, August 6, 2016 1:05:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "What lies have we told farmers? They are the ones who are not being truthful," External link

fijitimes Saturday, July 30, 2016 12:09:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad says : "It's amazing and ridiculous that the minister for education would not be able to give a very clear assessment of what the result is. His claim that the reforms are paying dividends is rubbish because what is he measuring that against?" External link

pidp Saturday, July 16, 2016 10:38:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad claimed ( about Suva-Fiji ) : "We don't expect him to continue to defend the draconian Media Decree which almost everyone agrees has destroyed press freedom, forced editors, publishers and media organisations to practise self-censorship," "I maintain that as long as the draconian Media Decree remains, we will continue to see a censored press in Fiji" External link

pidp Saturday, July 9, 2016 7:27:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad asked : "Is it to do with producing the two sets of passport or what is it? Because the previous year's allocation was just $33,000," External link

fijitimes Friday, July 8, 2016 12:01:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "In the 2016/2017 National Budget the Government will have to borrow $620.6 million. Of this, $329.1m will be from overseas loans and $291.5m from domestic loans. The total debt projected as of July 2017 will be close to $5b," External link

fijitimes Monday, July 4, 2016 11:58:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Pauline Irène Nguene ) : “For Fiji, which is a member of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries, it would be the implications on our sugar market because the ACP countries has preferential access to the European market which comes to end in 2017,” “Britain a key member, not being part of the European Union will obviously have implications,” External link

pina Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:45:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said ( about Pauline Irène Nguene ) : "For Fiji, which is a member of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries, it would be the implications on our sugar market because the ACP countries has preferential access to the European market which comes to end in 2017," "Britain a key member, not being part of the European Union will obviously have implications," External link

fijitimes Sunday, June 26, 2016 12:04:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "We need ever increasing sources of revenue to keep up with repayments," External link

fijitimes Thursday, June 23, 2016 11:33:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Government's free medicine scheme has had a chaotic start with those eligible to access the scheme shocked to learn that not all medication is available and only selected medication can be dispensed by pharmacies," "Our investigation has also revealed that some pharmacies listed by the Assistant Health Minister as outlets that patients can use are indeed unable to provide this service through no fault of their own due to bureaucracy" External link

fijitimes Friday, March 13, 2015 11:37:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Can I suggest that we pursue that separately, we need some clarification and can I ask the Auditor-General to pick that up and in consultation with the police department and maybe report to the Public Accounts Committee later," External link

fijitimes Tuesday, March 10, 2015 11:26:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "This is a concern honourable members. The Higher Salaries Commission existed for a very good reason and I know that it was abolished sometime back, there is no Higher Salaries Commission but even when the Higher Salaries Commission existed, all organisations that fall under the Higher Salaries Commission Act must make their submissions to the Higher Salaries Commission for salary review," "More concerning is some of the organisations that were supposed to go to the Higher Salaries Commission to ask for a review to make changes to the salaries did not do that" External link

fijitimes Monday, March 9, 2015 11:20:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Arrears in revenue are a problem in most of the government departments that's collecting revenue," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, March 4, 2015 11:48:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "We will know what the situation is when we hear from the ministry. We will have good overview of how government investments have performed and where it will be in the future," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, March 4, 2015 11:48:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "It saddens me to hear that and we hope that PAC together with the Ministry of Finance and the Auditor-General's office will be able to pinpoint some of the serious issues as you have highlighted, including elements of fraud to be addressed in terms of what is probably going on now within the ministry itself," External link

fijitimes Tuesday, March 3, 2015 11:46:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The auditor-general reports to Parliament because the Constitution requires all reports to be tabled in Parliament through the Speaker," "Members of Parliament, after scrutinising the reports, especially reports of PAC mandated by the Constitution and the parliamentary standing orders, can subject the Office of the Auditor-General to scrutiny" External link

fijitimes Monday, March 2, 2015 11:24:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Taxpayers have legitimate interest in these government commercial companies and that is why it is going to be a matter of public interest," External link

fijitimes Friday, February 20, 2015 11:02:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "What I am saying is, we do not know the real reason as to why students performance have been so dismal unless there is a national detailed education commission," External link

fijitimes Thursday, February 19, 2015 11:13:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The Minister for Education is doing something good. We support him and let him continue with that, but please set up an education commission and task them to do that work in three or four months," External link

fijitimes Sunday, February 15, 2015 12:05:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "Changing a national flag should not be a decision only made by one person. The whole country should be consulted," External link

fijitimes Thursday, February 12, 2015 11:26:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "The committee recalled the loss of the $350million grant from the European Union earmarked for the sugar industry due to the military coup of December 2006," External link

fijitimes Friday, February 6, 2015 11:58:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "This is a message to all Government departments and permanent secretaries that we, the Public Accounts Committee expect the ministries, the senior officials to have looked at the reports already," External link

fijitimes Friday, January 30, 2015 11:25:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "I can say that I am very pleased with the response from the different ministries, which were represented here today at a very senior level, including the permanent secretaries," External link

pidp Friday, January 30, 2015 6:58:00 AM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "I can say that I am very pleased with the response from the different ministries, which were represented here today at a very senior level, including the permanent secretaries," External link

fijitimes Thursday, January 29, 2015 11:45:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "What came out as a big concern and the Auditor-General pointed out is the lack of urgency to produce annual reports for some of these organisations," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:17:00 PM EAT

Biman Prasad said : "And the question of dividends and the actual performance of these organisations raise a number of questions, and what we hear from the Ministry of Finance now is of more monitoring and that the objectives of these organisations need to be thoroughly scrutinised," External link

fijitimes Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:17:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
leader60.09%EN10/19/201719/10/2017
federation party leader26.81%EN10/19/201719/10/2017
mp2.26%EN09/26/201726/09/2017
chairman1.96%EN08/12/201712/08/2017
public accounts committee chairman0.30%EN08/12/201712/08/2017
accounts committee chairman0.30%EN08/12/201712/08/2017
fiji labour party leader1.96%EN08/06/201706/08/2017
farmer0.15%EN01/12/201712/01/2017
spokesman0.60%EN09/20/201620/09/2016
professor professor0.45%EN09/14/201614/09/2016
chef0.15%FR09/07/201607/09/2016
opposition spokesman for finance0.60%EN09/01/201601/09/2016
spokesman for finance0.30%EN09/01/201601/09/2016
shadow minister for finance0.75%EN07/04/201604/07/2016
opposition spokesperson for finance0.15%EN07/04/201604/07/2016
chef du nfp0.15%FR06/24/201624/06/2016
economist professor0.30%EN06/21/201621/06/2016
committee chairman1.36%EN01/30/201530/01/2015
leader0.90%SA09/08/201408/09/2014
media officer0.45%EN11/15/201315/11/2013
Names Lang Count
Biman PrasadEN96.31%
Bimal PrasadEN2.39%
Biman PrasadFR0.87%
Biman PrasadSA0.43%


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