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SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, May 5) - A group representing youths has urged the Indian community to be more involved in the National Youth Week celebrations.

Young Pasifikans Fiji said it was sad to see that hardly any Indian youths were attending the celebrations in most districts.

The Lautoka based group's president; Irshad Hussein said the celebrations were beneficial for youths in the country.

"We are helping the Ministry of Youth in organizing the celebrations, which I think is good," he said. "I think it is also the first time that the Ministry of National Reconciliation and Unity has organized youth seminars during the celebrations.

"Our group believes we should have more of such celebrations, probably twice a year to get youths together."

Hussein said it was good to see youths attending the celebrations and he believed that more should be done for the younger generation.

"But one thing that is very bad and sad is that hardly any Indian youths are attending the celebrations especially here in Lautoka," he said. "Though we are a multi-racial country, only youths from the other races including Fijians can be seen at the celebrations. "Being a representative of youths in Fiji, I urge the Indian community to be more involved in the celebrations."

Hussein said youths could learn a lot of things from the celebrations, including their future career plans.

He said a seminar on reconciliation would be held for youths at Cathay Hotel in Lautoka today.

"I believe that some Indian youths would participate in the seminar tomorrow (today),"he said.

May 6, 2005

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