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Suva Eyes India’s Sister City Relations

Suva City Council was invited to send proposals so it can be helped by the Indian Government through the sister city relations. India’s acting High Commissioner to Fiji Sukanta Charan
14 Nov 2020 09:58
Suva Eyes India’s Sister City Relations
From left-Suva City Council Special Administrator Chairman, Isikeli Tikoduadua, Acting Indian High Commissioner Sukanta Sahoo and Special Administrator Kerry Mara during SCC staff Diwali celebration at Civic Centre on November 13, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Suva City Council was invited to send proposals so it can be helped by the Indian Government through the sister city relations.

India’s acting High Commissioner to Fiji Sukanta Charan Sahoo made the statement during the council’s Diwali celebrations at the Suva Civic Centre yesterday.

Mr Sahoo said Suva could reap benefits from the sister city relationships.

He said he welcomed Suva to send in proposals which would add to the benefit of the city.

Suva special administrator chair Isikeli Tikoduadua said this was welcome news.

He said Suva had vastly been assisted through the sister city programmes. He said India could help with technology-based projects.

“It was very fortunate to have Mr Sahoo as our chief guest and we look forward to working with him in building Suva,” he said.

Acting Indian High Commissioner Sukanta Sahoo  (left) share the Diwali sweets with Suva City Council Special Administrator Chairman, Isikeli Tikoduadua and Special Administrator Kerry Mara during SCC staff Diwali celebration at Civic Centre on November 13, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Acting Indian High Commissioner Sukanta Sahoo (left) share the Diwali sweets with Suva City Council Special Administrator Chairman, Isikeli Tikoduadua and Special Administrator Kerry Mara during SCC staff Diwali celebration at Civic Centre on November 13, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Mr Tikoduadua said Diwali was one of the biggest celebrations Fijians took part in. He said the message of Diwali was very clear.

“I hope people embrace the message of Diwali and with that realise that it also applies to civic pride,” he said.

“When we have a clean heart, we follow the law, even the smallest. For us we hope that this Diwali we are able to make people realise the importance of doing the simple task of disposing rubbish in the bin.”

As part of the celebrations, council staff also donned their Diwali outfits and prizes were awarded for best dressed male and female.

Suva City Council staff (from left) Minu Singh, Akeneta Moce and Archana Singh during SCC staff Diwali celebration at Civic Centre on November 13, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Suva City Council staff (from left) Minu Singh, Akeneta Moce and Archana Singh during SCC staff Diwali celebration at Civic Centre on November 13, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Sister cities or twin towns are a form of legal or social agreement between towns, cities, counties, oblasts, prefectures, provinces, regions, states, and even countries in geographically and politically distinct areas to promote cultural and commercial ties.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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