Indian Ocean

September 23, 2015

So has decided the Securities and Exchange Commission last month.

So has decided the Securities and Exchange Commission last month. There is some flexibility in the way this can be computed but you will have to agree that the thrust is good given how pay packets have become disconnected from actual performance and talent.
The Indian Ocean Tiger should jump on the bandwagon. ASAP.

September 5, 2015

Before coming to the subject relating to the history of the Mauritius-Turkey connections, it is important to know that the Indian Ocean region had been one of the major concerns of the Ottoman rulers since the 16th century.  The Ottoman Empire was motivated by three reasons to mark its naval presence in the remote Indian Ocean despite the fact that there was no direct shipping route connecting the Mediterranean sea with the Indian Ocean – a physical handicap which perdurated until the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869.

Before coming to the subject relating to the history of the Mauritius-Turkey connections, it is important to know that the Indian Ocean region had been one of the major concerns of the Ottoman rulers since the 16th century.  The Ottoman Empire was motivated by three reasons to mark its naval presence in the remote Indian Ocean despite the fact that there was no direct shipping route connecting the Mediterranean sea with the Indian Ocean – a physical handicap which perdurated until the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869.  In the first instance, the Ottomans wanted to recuperat

août 25, 2015

Sport, to-day, has undeniably become the nucleus of society, the centre of the creative life of the national mind, the ‘chrysalis in which our youngsters develop wings needed to fly out into the big, wide world.’

Sport, to-day, has undeniably become the nucleus of society, the centre of the creative life of the national mind, the ‘chrysalis in which our youngsters develop wings needed to fly out into the big, wide world.’

juillet 28, 2015

Dear Prime Minister
My interest in the Chagos issue arose in 2004 after watching the moving documentary "Stealing a Nation". On the day David Snoxell left Mauritius after retiring as the UK's High Commissioner, I suggested that he devote himself to the plight of the Chagossians. This is how my habit of giving unsolicited advice started.

Dear Prime Minister

juillet 18, 2015

Decades of intellectual atheism peaked with Richard Dawkins' 2006 book 'The God Delusion'. The pro-evolutionary biologist argued that the creationist idea of a universal deity behind the design of the Universe is undermining the education of 'proven scientific facts' such as the evolution of species. His point was that Creationism is a metaphysical philosophy which has passed its purpose of helping us understand our place in the Universe. Dawkins, considered 'the most famous atheist alive', recently mentioned that while evolutionary Biology has 'superseded' Creationism, the Multiverse theory of physicist Stephen Hawking is now delivering the coup de grâce. Propounding how an almost infinite number of universes coexisted simultaneously, Stephen Hawking wrote in his 2010 book 'The Grand Design' that our Universe is one in billions, having the suitable physical laws and conditions for life, thereby 'logically' resulting in its emergence: a matter of cosmological randomness on an unimaginable scale of repetition. Stephen Hawking has become the Charles Darwin of Physics and Cosmology.

Decades of intellectual atheism peaked with Richard Dawkins' 2006 book 'The God Delusion'. The pro-evolutionary biologist argued that the creationist idea of a universal deity behind the design of the Universe is undermining the education of 'proven scientific facts' such as the evolution of species. His point was that Creationism is a metaphysical philosophy which has passed its purpose of helping us understand our place in the Universe.

juillet 6, 2015

The tradition of Iftaar (fast-breaking) must surely rank as one of the world’s greatest social events of people coming together.  During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast, pray and celebrate together while also trying to be thoughtful and generous to friends and family, but especially to the needy and poor.  It is a month of warmth, compassion and generosity.  Notwithstanding the intense spiritual values embodied by Ramadan, it is the popular tempo, the folklore and cultural traditions, marked by the vibrant atmosphere of Iftaar that mostly attract the attention of the outside public.

The tradition of Iftaar (fast-breaking) must surely rank as one of the world’s greatest social events of people coming together.  During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast, pray and celebrate together while also trying to be thoughtful and generous to friends and family, but especially to the needy and poor.  It is a month of warmth, compassion and generosity.  Notwithstanding the intense spiritual values embodied by Ramadan, it is the popular tempo, the folklore and cultural traditions, marked by the vibrant atmosphere of Iftaar that mostly attract the attention of the

juillet 3, 2015

Dear Authorities,

Mauritius is an Island of intrigue. The clear turquoise Indian Ocean hugs the palm-strewn white beaches. Friendly warm smiles invite thousands of tourists from around the world to explore the coastal towns and inland villages between the sea and the many emerald green Sugar Cane fields. To appreciate and savor the flavors of Island dishes, refresh and restore mind and body before heading back to our own residential homes abroad.

Dear Authorities,
Mauritius is an Island of intrigue. The clear turquoise Indian Ocean hugs the palm-strewn white beaches. Friendly warm smiles invite thousands of tourists from around the world to explore the coastal towns and inland villages between the sea and the many emerald green Sugar Cane fields. To appreciate and savor the flavors of Island dishes, refresh and restore mind and body before heading back to our own residential homes abroad.

juin 29, 2015

The Chagos case was longer in headlines since quite a while. Things suddenly changed when this celebrity joined this ‘cause’. Which triggers me to ask, is celebrity public relations still cogent in contemporary society? News items prove it ‘yes’!

The Chagos case was longer in headlines since quite a while. Things suddenly changed when this celebrity joined this ‘cause’. Which triggers me to ask, is celebrity public relations still cogent in contemporary society? News items prove it ‘yes’!

mai 8, 2015

Draconian drug laws have perversed this society's well-being and have been the main contributing force to much of our country's drug problem. Counter-effective to what it was purposed to do, our politicians still stand by their biased, unintelligent and illogical views and beliefs.

Draconian drug laws have perversed this society's well-being and have been the main contributing force to much of our country's drug problem. Counter-effective to what it was purposed to do, our politicians still stand by their biased, unintelligent and illogical views and beliefs. Over a decade later, the international war on drugs, has proven to be counter-effective and very much damaging to society.

mai 8, 2015

Draconian drug laws have perversed this society’s well-being and have been the main contributing force to much of our country’s drug problem. Counter-effective to what it was purposed to do, our politicians still stand by their biased, unintelligent and illogical views and beliefs.

Draconian drug laws have perversed this society’s well-being and have been the main contributing force to much of our country’s drug problem. Counter-effective to what it was purposed to do, our politicians still stand by their biased, unintelligent and illogical views and beliefs. Over a decade later, the international war on drugs, has proven to be counter-effective and very much damaging to society.

April 22, 2015

Collectif Société Civile,  through the Civil Society Forum organized on the 10th April 2015,  launched a constructive debate on Social Economy,  focusing on  Solidarity Economics : A Gateway for Sustainable Integration of Vulnerable Groups.  In French the concept is coined as Economie Solidaire et Inclusive;  a powerful tool to fight poverty and rising inequality, and contributor to economic growth.  Mauritius, as a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) has much to benefit and share through a well structured and integrated social economy

Collectif Société Civile,  through the Civil Society Forum organized on the 10th April 2015,  launched a constructive debate on Social Economy,  focusing on  Solidarity Economics : A Gateway for Sustainable Integration of Vulnerable Groups.  In French the concept is coined as Economie Solidaire et Inclusive;  a powerful tool to fight poverty and rising inequality, and contributor to economic growth.  Mauritius, as a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) has much to benefit and share through a well structured and integrated social economy

April 21, 2015

Collectif Société Civile,  through the Civil Society Forum organized on the 10th April 2015,  launched a constructive debate on Social Economy,  focusing on  Solidarity Economics : A Gateway for Sustainable Integration of Vulnerable Groups.  In French the concept is coined as Economie Solidaire et Inclusive;  a powerful tool to fight poverty and rising inequality, and contributor to economic growth.  Mauritius, as a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) has much to benefit and share through a well structured and integrated social economy

Collectif Société Civile,  through the Civil Society Forum organized on the 10th April 2015,  launched a constructive debate on Social Economy,  focusing on  Solidarity Economics : A Gateway for Sustainable Integration of Vulnerable Groups.  In French the concept is coined as Economie Solidaire et Inclusive;  a powerful tool to fight poverty and rising inequality, and contributor to economic growth.  Mauritius, as a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) has much to benefit and share through a well structured and integrated social economy

March 30, 2015

American Strategy analysts knew that USSR dreamt of access to the Indian Ocean. They had to be resisted. The strategically located Chagos Archipelago would emerge to become a priged location for American Military operation. One has to dissect the state of mind of each of the main protagonists in this real life drama: (a) the Americans (b) the British (c) Mauritian Colonial Leaders.

American Strategy analysts knew that USSR dreamt of access to the Indian Ocean. They had to be resisted. The strategically located Chagos Archipelago would emerge to become a priged location for American Military operation. One has to dissect the state of mind of each of the main protagonists in this real life drama: (a) the Americans (b) the British (c) Mauritian Colonial Leaders. The American set to outface the Russians wanted to become the leading military power in the Indian Ocean, if not on planet earth.

March 26, 2015

The visit of a Prime Minister of India to Mauritius has always been given the greatest attention by both governments as it provides an excellent  opportunity to boost existing avenues of cooperation  in the light of geopolitical events and add new ones in the emerging sectors of our economies.

The visit of a Prime Minister of India to Mauritius has always been given the greatest attention by both governments as it provides an excellent  opportunity to boost existing avenues of cooperation  in the light of geopolitical events and add new ones in the emerging sectors of our economies.

March 22, 2015

The historicity, i.e, the historical authenticity of the Mauritian Independence has been misunderstood or has been deliberately misinterpreted. This article is based on recently declassified papers of the British National Archives at Kew Gardens with as usual a rational analysis of both events and evidence.

The historicity, i.e, the historical authenticity of the Mauritian Independence has been misunderstood or has been deliberately misinterpreted. This article is based on recently declassified papers of the British National Archives at Kew Gardens with as usual a rational analysis of both events and evidence. We will get our history in perspective at two levels, Mauritian and international. First, colonialism in Mauritius did not come from the outside. It was built in the very fabric of Mauritian society. We are all descendants of immigrants, willing or unwilling.

March 12, 2015

La liste des décorés à l’occasion de la fête de l’indépendance 2015 a surtout fait la part belle aux politiciens et surtout ceux qui font partie de l’Alliance Lepep. 

La liste des décorés à l’occasion de la fête de l’indépendance 2015 a surtout fait la part belle aux politiciens et surtout ceux qui font partie de l’Alliance Lepep.

March 11, 2015

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake his first overseas visits of 2015 to the Indian Ocean, the significance of which cannot be undermined, particularly by the states concerned. These are the Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka, in respective order. As a Mauritian living in India, I take this visit to heart. Having seen the response of Modi’s other missions abroad since his election in May 2014, I am keen to how he is received by my fellow countrymen and women.

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake his first overseas visits of 2015 to the Indian Ocean, the significance of which cannot be undermined, particularly by the states concerned. These are the Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka, in respective order. As a Mauritian living in India, I take this visit to heart. Having seen the response of Modi’s other missions abroad since his election in May 2014, I am keen to how he is received by my fellow countrymen and women.

décembre 1, 2014

This is the first time in the history of Mauritius that two women have been asked to hold high-level offi ces. Professor Ameenah Gurib-Fakim as President of the Republic of Mauritius under the Lepep Alliance and Francoise Labelle as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly under the PTr-MMM Alliance. Gender Activists are proud of this move although we know very well that this is being done to silence us since there are only 12 woman candidates on the list of 60 for the PTr-MMM Alliance and a meagre fi gure of 9 on 60 for Lepep Alliance. The number of women candidates for these two major alliances is indeed an insult to women. But was there a need to put salt on the wound by insulting Professor Gurib-Fakim publicly and saying that “Dan liniversite pann trouv li bon, aster li pou bon pou vinn prezidan repiblik?” (she was not found good at the University, now she will be good as President of the Republic?). We should rewind a bit so that the Mauritian population will remember that the same Prime Minister, Dr. Navin Ramgoolam found Professor Gurib-Fakim so competent as a researcher and a scientifi c that he recommended her to the former President of the Republic to be elevated to the rank of Commander of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (CSK) in 2008.

This is the first time in the history of Mauritius that two women have been asked to hold high-level offi ces. Professor Ameenah Gurib-Fakim as President of the Republic of Mauritius under the Lepep Alliance and Francoise Labelle as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly under the PTr-MMM Alliance. Gender Activists are proud of this move although we know very well that this is being done to silence us since there are only 12 woman candidates on the list of 60 for the PTr-MMM Alliance and a meagre fi gure of 9 on 60 for Lepep Alliance.

octobre 31, 2014

Imagine a country that is so meticulously clean that its citizens roam the streets with a true sense of pride, visibly expressing their satisfaction in their nation’s ability to become and remain somewhere where they are able to walk without the chance of tripping on some rubbish along the way.

Imagine a country that is so meticulously clean that its citizens roam the streets with a true sense of pride, visibly expressing their satisfaction in their nation’s ability to become and remain somewhere where they are able to walk without the chance of tripping on some rubbish along the way.

September 18, 2014

Making sense of contemporary political figures is no easy matter. Not only is there a great amount of historical sources to be digested but the nearness in time does not always allow an 
objective evaluation. In the case of Sir Seewoosagur 
Ramgoolam, we have to add the dimension of the political and 
statesman who dominated the Mauritian political scene for nearly half a century. A career of such breadth and length could only leave materials for diverging interpretations.

Making sense of contemporary political figures is no easy matter. Not only is there a great amount of historical sources to be digested but the nearness in time does not always allow an 
objective evaluation. In the case of Sir Seewoosagur 
Ramgoolam, we have to add the dimension of the political and 
statesman who dominated the Mauritian political scene for nearly half a century. A career of such breadth and length could only leave materials for diverging interpretations.

September 12, 2014

One week ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, the three tenors of Westminster (Prime Minister and Conservative leader David Cameron, Coalition partner and Liberal leader Nick Clegg, Opposition leader Ed Miliband) and former PM Gordon Brown have been to Edinburgh to canvass the Scots to vote against  the separation of their country from the Union (England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland).

One week ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, the three tenors of Westminster (Prime Minister and Conservative leader David Cameron, Coalition partner and Liberal leader Nick Clegg, Opposition leader Ed Miliband) and former PM Gordon Brown have been to Edinburgh to canvass the Scots to vote against  the separation of their country from the Union (England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland). They are impressing upon the people of that northern part of the United Kingdom that they are better off staying as British subjects rather than opting for Scottish citizenship.

août 13, 2014

In his last play The Tempest, which represents his final message to humanity, the great William Shakespeare pictures himself as Prospero the wise man. Prospero has acquired wisdom after having gone through many trials and conflicts. Shakespeare makes Prospero welcome his daughter Miranda emerging from the sea like a goddess, symbol of purity, sincerity, and he addresses her as “the brave new world”.

In his last play The Tempest, which represents his final message to humanity, the great William Shakespeare pictures himself as Prospero the wise man. Prospero has acquired wisdom after having gone through many trials and conflicts. Shakespeare makes Prospero welcome his daughter Miranda emerging from the sea like a goddess, symbol of purity, sincerity, and he addresses her as “the brave new world”.

juillet 23, 2014

Mauritius has moved from a mono crop economy to a more diversified and industrialized economy in the 1980s’. However, industrialization was limited to low/medium tech industries such as textile and light engineering. At the beginning of this new century, the government of Mauritius invested in the ICT industry as a new pillar of its economy.  With the development of ICT maturing and now looking towards higher end BPO, Mauritius envisions moving further into the K-economy. For a firm anchorage into this innovation phase, Mauritius has to rely heavily on research and knowledge diffusion and production.  This was the rationale behind the setting up of the Centre for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research (CBBR). CBBR envisions to achieve a higher level of research development  and to enable a group of established researchers to pool under one roof to more efficiently engage in multi-disciplinary research which is difficult to put in place at the University on account of its organization into rigid structures. After sustained efforts explaining the bien fondé of such a centre, CBBR was finally established in May 2011. The Centre is a first of its kind in Mauritius and certainly the first time a Centre is created by academics and researchers (the traditional way in our developing countries is more of a top-down approach where Govt. decides on the creation of a Research Centre). Seed-money to kick-start the activities of the Centre was provided by the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology. The same year in Oct 2011 in Addis Abeba, CBBR was proclaimed ANDI Centre of Excellence after a thorough peer-review exercise, one of the 32 designated CoEs and the only one in the Indian Ocean.

Mauritius has moved from a mono crop economy to a more diversified and industrialized economy in the 1980s’. However, industrialization was limited to low/medium tech industries such as textile and light engineering. At the beginning of this new century, the government of Mauritius invested in the ICT industry as a new pillar of its economy.  With the development of ICT maturing and now looking towards higher end BPO, Mauritius envisions moving further into the K-economy.

juin 19, 2014

Le président du comité mixte institué pour la réalisation du texte de loi sur la réforme électorale, Satish Faugoo – qui occupe également les fonctions d'Attorney General –, a tenu à préciser que « le “draft bill” est là, mais pas encore finalisé ».

Le président du comité mixte institué pour la réalisation du texte de loi sur la réforme électorale, Satish Faugoo – qui occupe également les fonctions d'Attorney General –, a tenu à préciser que « le “draft bill” est là, mais pas encore finalisé ». C'était dans une déclaration à la presse hier après-midi lors d'une cérémonie de remise d'insignes à la State House, Réduit.