NEW HINDI NEWSPAPER FOR FIJI ISLANDS

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (August 7, 2000 - Fiji's Daily Post/PINA Nius Online)---Fiji's Daily Post says it will launch the country's second Hindi language weekly newspaper, Ramneek Post, during the third week of this month. It will coincide with Hindu celebrations marking Lord Krishna’s birth, Janam Asthmi.

Fiji's Daily Post publisher Thankur Ranjit Singh said it will be Fiji’s first Hindi newspaper to promote Bhojpuri and Fiji Hindi.

Considering the current political climate it also plans to promote cross cultural understanding and appreciation by promoting learning of the Fijian language, culture, traditions and legends by the Hindi readers, he said.

The publication will also promote the literary skills of local Hindi writers and intends to have over 80 % of its contents devoted to this.

Mr. Singh, former host of the popular but controversial and now-banned Radio Fiji show in Fiji Hindi, "Tanik Hamri Bhi Suno," will be publisher. Mr. Tej Ram Prem has been appointed editor, he said.

Mr. Singh said Tej Ram Prem brings with him 25 years of stage, radio and print media experience and has worldwide Hindi media contacts. He said he is a household name in the Indian community. This is through his long association with radio and newspapers as an editor, a writer, dramatist, actor, orator, yoga teacher, compere, Indian film star show promoter, sponsor and organizer of discourses for Hindu saints, translator, folk arts promoter, and religious, social and cultural leader, he said.

The new paper enters a Hindi market currently dominated by the weekly Shanti Dut, published by the Fiji Times.

Mr. Singh said Ramneek Post means the bearer of glad tidings in paradise.

According to the Hindu mythology Lord Krishna vanquished and banished the poisonous black serpent demi-god Kaaliya Naag to a distant Ramneek Dweep (island paradise) where there are no king vultures that prey on snakes, so that he may live safely but never ever harm anyone.

Mr. Singh said: "All who call Fiji home should pitch in to build the bridges and promote cross cultural understanding for a better future for our children. That is more the reason that Ramneek Post is launched, so that we can contribute towards this end and pass a message that life has to go on."

For additional reports from Fiji’s Daily Post, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Resources/Fijilive.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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