Natural Disaster

September 21, 2015

The butterfly effect refers to the postulation that a small change in random factors in a statistical system can cause large differences in the outcome, and was metaphorized by the famous theoretical example of how the flapping of the wings of a butterfly in China could cause a storm in the other side of the world.

The butterfly effect refers to the postulation that a small change in random factors in a statistical system can cause large differences in the outcome, and was metaphorized by the famous theoretical example of how the flapping of the wings of a butterfly in China could cause a storm in the other side of the world. Monday 24 August 2015, or “Black Monday”, bore witness to a different kind of worldwide financial storm originating from China’s stockmarket which experienced its biggest one-day fall (-8.49%) since the 2007 financial crisis.

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 31, 2015

So our Rs10-billion 1982 economy would be about the size of some companies in the latest Top 100 list?

So our Rs10-billion 1982 economy would be about the size of some companies in the latest Top 100 list? And that would be proof that the economy was not going well at all? One absolutely tiny problem with this argument is that we're talking about 1982 rupees here. If we assume that average inflation has been about 5% since then, Rs10 billion in 1982 would now be worth about Rs50 billion. Assume that inflation averaged 7% instead and you get a Rs93-billion economy in aaj ki paisa.

juillet 9, 2015

For more than 2 decades we have been struggling for a complete ban of asbestos in Mauritius.  In 1999, one of our members namely Mr. Claude Marguerite died of a mesothelioma.  We applied before the Supreme Court to exhume the corpse and to proceed with an asbestos fibre count in the lungs of late Comrade Marguerite.  At that time we benefited from the support of Prof. Hasselton from Manchester University for the count.  We also benefited from the support of Dr. Pravin Oogarah, a specialist in cancer, and the former student of Prof. Hasselton.

For more than 2 decades we have been struggling for a complete ban of asbestos in Mauritius.  In 1999, one of our members namely Mr. Claude Marguerite died of a mesothelioma.  We applied before the Supreme Court to exhume the corpse and to proceed with an asbestos fibre count in the lungs of late Comrade Marguerite.  At that time we benefited from the support of Prof. Hasselton from Manchester University for the count.  We also benefited from the support of Dr. Pravin Oogarah, a specialist in cancer, and the former student of Prof. Hasselton.

juin 23, 2015

I wrote this article in the train on my way back to my office in Amsterdam. I spent eleven days following the climate negotiations in the splendid new venue of the United Nations in Bonn. At the entrance, a group of young people displaced a very original banner with the following words….

I wrote this article in the train on my way back to my office in Amsterdam. I spent eleven days following the climate negotiations in the splendid new venue of the United Nations in Bonn. At the entrance, a group of young people displaced a very original banner with the following words…. “SPEED IT UP”, I was simply wondering whether they were referring to the actual process on the climate negotiations or an address to the leaders of the world to speed up the de-carbonization process for controlling the global emissions and move out of dirty coal.

juin 10, 2015

Horse lovers in Mauritius and across the world have their favorite equine champions. Some love the stayers which compete the French Arc de Triomphe, or the milers of the St. James Palace Stakes in Britain, or the Melbourne Cup's list of legends, and of course the classic champions of the Champ de Mars.

Horse lovers in Mauritius and across the world have their favorite equine champions. Some love the stayers which compete the French Arc de Triomphe, or the milers of the St. James Palace Stakes in Britain, or the Melbourne Cup's list of legends, and of course the classic champions of the Champ de Mars. But for me as a horse-lover, there is a special breed of thoroughbred heroes, who stand as an intangible symbol for equine perfection through their ethereal elegance, their impossible speed tamed with spectacular endurance, and their running amidst history and reaching for immortality.

mai 22, 2015

Walking through the old streets of Port-Louis is no longer a pleasure.
Your ears are always being battered by the noise pollution…

Walking through the old streets of Port-Louis is no longer a pleasure.
Your ears are always being battered by the noise pollution…
Your nose is being engulfed by foul smell coming from canals, rivulets and manholes that have not been cleaned since yester century…
Your eyes are blinded by the ugliness of concrete buildings in a shabby state, without any sense of aesthetics…
Eyesore is a very weak word to qualify the insult to our eyes.

April 28, 2015

The Mauritian Financial Services Sector (FSS) has been in the limelight over the past weeks for ‘bad reasons’. What is happening to the FSS may be assimilated to an earthquake with dual epicenters bearing the names British American Insurance Co Ltd (BAI) and Belvedere Management (BM).

The Mauritian Financial Services Sector (FSS) has been in the limelight over the past weeks for ‘bad reasons’. What is happening to the FSS may be assimilated to an earthquake with dual epicenters bearing the names British American Insurance Co Ltd (BAI) and Belvedere Management (BM). Specialists of earthquakes reckon that when the epicenter of a large earthquake is located “offshore”, the seabed may be displaced sufficiently to cause a  HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsunami" \o "Tsunami" tsunami.

March 23, 2015

Mauritius at the Crossroad 
INTRODUCTION 
Madam Speaker, at the outset I wish to place on record that I have had very fruitful meetings with various stakeholders during the recent Budget consultation exercise. I extend my thanks to all those who have participated, for their views and suggestions. Indeed, their contribution has been most helpful in today’s Budget presentation. 

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.

January 27, 2015

Less than a month after we had general elections in Mauritius, another Commonwealth country, Sri Lanka, organised Presidential election. Are there similarities between the two elections?
Mauritians are very much aware of all the events that happened before, during and after the 10 December 2014 elections, but they may not know much about the Presidential election in Sri Lanka on the 8th January 2015. So, I shall give a broad picture of what took place in Sri Lanka, hoping that readers will easily find the commonalities as they go through this article.

Less than a month after we had general elections in Mauritius, another Commonwealth country, Sri Lanka, organised Presidential election. Are there similarities between the two elections?
Mauritians are very much aware of all the events that happened before, during and after the 10 December 2014 elections, but they may not know much about the Presidential election in Sri Lanka on the 8th January 2015. So, I shall give a broad picture of what took place in Sri Lanka, hoping that readers will easily find the commonalities as they go through this article.

January 6, 2015

A THESIS: While climbing at a fairly steep angle in attempting to over-fly a huge thundercloud ahead (for which the captain had already requested  permission) the Air Asia plane, flying from Surabaya to Singapore in the early morning of  28 December 2014, entered the thundercloud, which, unknown to the pilots and air controllers, may have contained carbon dioxide (and/or ash) originating from a small volcanic activity on one of the islands in the vicinity.

A THESIS: While climbing at a fairly steep angle in attempting to over-fly a huge thundercloud ahead (for which the captain had already requested  permission) the Air Asia plane, flying from Surabaya to Singapore in the early morning of  28 December 2014, entered the thundercloud, which, unknown to the pilots and air controllers, may have contained carbon dioxide (and/or ash) originating from a small volcanic activity on one of the islands in the vicinity.

décembre 19, 2014

Dear Bhai Anerood,
You asked the nation to give you a chance to redress the country and the nation obliged. Many voters did not know that they were handing over their future to a man who cried when he was served breakfast after the 1982 landslide … he cried because he was not sure whether the voters could afford one.

Dear Bhai Anerood,
You asked the nation to give you a chance to redress the country and the nation obliged. Many voters did not know that they were handing over their future to a man who cried when he was served breakfast after the 1982 landslide … he cried because he was not sure whether the voters could afford one.

novembre 5, 2014

The series Z2D at the Mauritius Archives record the arrivals of all individuals coming to Mauritius as passengers during the nineteenth century; hence the term passenger immigrant is used. Flipping through the pages of these documents, a fair amount of Indians – both Hindus and Muslims – came as free passenger immigrants. Their names were often bastardized by British immigration officers. Unlike indentured Indians who were given a number and can therefore be traced at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI), the tracing of passenger Indians can prove to be extremely laborious and sometimes impossible at the Archives. The passenger register for the early twentieth century can be less daunting.

The series Z2D at the Mauritius Archives record the arrivals of all individuals coming to Mauritius as passengers during the nineteenth century; hence the term passenger immigrant is used. Flipping through the pages of these documents, a fair amount of Indians – both Hindus and Muslims – came as free passenger immigrants. Their names were often bastardized by British immigration officers.

September 30, 2014

There is something about stars of the human kind: actors or singers. Their littlest actions, however mundane, have the ability to garner the greatest of attention. They have to power to convey what mere humans say everyday in such a manner that the world stands up and listen with a keener ear.

There is something about stars of the human kind: actors or singers. Their littlest actions, however mundane, have the ability to garner the greatest of attention. They have to power to convey what mere humans say everyday in such a manner that the world stands up and listen with a keener ear. This week, social media has been flooded with two stars in particular, namely Emma Watson and George Clooney. Both have performed actions that have already been performed by many and yet, the world stoop up to attention. And if you are an adept of social media, you are already in the know.

September 5, 2014

In the 1960s, African countries started getting their independence from their colonial masters and there was a general lobbying to rich countries to provide some development assistance to help these newly independent States to achieve their economic development plans.

“No one has ever become poor by giving”  HYPERLINK "http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3720.Anne_Frank" Anne Frank

juin 24, 2014

There is now, definitely, a greater sense of awareness about climate change. Especially at the local level, following the tragic flash floods of 30 March 2014 in Port Louis. However, the sense of urgency is not apparent. Let us see why it is absolutely urgent to accelerate climate change measures.

There is now, definitely, a greater sense of awareness about climate change. Especially at the local level, following the tragic flash floods of 30 March 2014 in Port Louis. However, the sense of urgency is not apparent. Let us see why it is absolutely urgent to accelerate climate change measures.

Increasing level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere  

mai 27, 2014

The Oil Crisis of 1973 triggered, particularly in the United States and Canada, energy conservation and energy saving programmes that were unknown before. And never to be matched thereafter. Energy efficiency, that is, getting more output with same energy input, spread along since then with world-wide technological evolution.

The Oil Crisis of 1973 triggered, particularly in the United States and Canada, energy conservation and energy saving programmes that were unknown before. And never to be matched thereafter.

April 2, 2014

Regarding the tragic flooding that put the City of Port Louis in chaos on the fateful 30th March 2013, Auguste Toussaint’s book “Port Louis-A tropical city” published in 1973 by George Allen and Unwin comes to our mind as a distinguished historian’s work but equally as a piece of researched documentation that puts forward the concept of what a tropical city should look like. Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II granted Port Louis the status of a city-the unique one to date- in 1966 in the Indian Ocean prior to Independence regarding its strategic location in the region, the infrastructure that Port Louis had compared with other urban locations in the Indian Ocean.

Regarding the tragic flooding that put the City of Port Louis in chaos on the fateful 30th March 2013, Auguste Toussaint’s book “Port Louis-A tropical city” published in 1973 by George Allen and Unwin comes to our mind as a distinguished historian’s work but equally as a piece of researched documentation that puts forward the concept of what a tropical city should look like.

March 27, 2014

A flash flood in February 2013, with a PPS car in floods the memorable recollection, was a divine weather warning that clearly went unheeded. I was in the midst of a human carnage in the centre of the capital on a stunning, tragic day, 30.03.13. ELEVEN DEAD. Only a memorial and devastated families left behind to-date.

A flash flood in February 2013, with a PPS car in floods the memorable recollection, was a divine weather warning that clearly went unheeded. I was in the midst of a human carnage in the centre of the capital on a stunning, tragic day, 30.03.13. ELEVEN DEAD. Only a memorial and devastated families left behind to-date.
And we must also never allow us to forget the deaths in the Sorèze bus accident, which occurred on the 03rd may, the same year.

February 11, 2014

The relationship between India and Mauritius has always been very cordial and variously described as one between two brothers, two cousins, between Maha Bharat and Chota Bharat or as India and India abroad. Similar relationships exist between other two countries as well, UK and USA being one such example.

The relationship between India and Mauritius has always been very cordial and variously described as one between two brothers, two cousins, between Maha Bharat and Chota Bharat or as India and India abroad. Similar relationships exist between other two countries as well, UK and USA being one such example.

February 9, 2014

Jenny, cyclone de petit diamètre mais de forte intensité, se déplaçait à une vitesse de 34 km/h, frappa Maurice le 28 février 1962, soit deux ans jour pour jour après le cyclone Carol (1960). À 7h du matin, le 28 février, on enregistrait des vents de 238 km/h Maurice, et quelques heures plus tard dans l’après-midi, Jenny atteignit La Réunion et causa la mort de dix-huit personnes. On compta le même nombre de victimes à Maurice . La vitesse de déplacement avait été marqué les esprits dans le pays. Il frôla la côte nord de Maurice le matin du 28 et passa au nord de La Réunion dans l’après-midi.

Jenny, cyclone de petit diamètre mais de forte intensité, se déplaçait à une vitesse de 34 km/h, frappa Maurice le 28 février 1962, soit deux ans jour pour jour après le cyclone Carol (1960). À 7h du matin, le 28 février, on enregistrait des vents de 238 km/h Maurice, et quelques heures plus tard dans l’après-midi, Jenny atteignit La Réunion et causa la mort de dix-huit personnes. On compta le même nombre de victimes à Maurice .

February 3, 2014

In 1928, the Fed (US Central Bank) hiked rates thrice in an attempt to quell the prospects of a developing speculative bubble by encouraging investors to shore up the stability of the US economy by banking their assets.

In 1928, the Fed (US Central Bank) hiked rates thrice in an attempt to quell the prospects of a developing speculative bubble by encouraging investors to shore up the stability of the US economy by banking their assets.

January 23, 2014

The country has seen increased number of protests by pressure groups and hardly any response by the Government who does not give a hoot about your toot, your shout, your scream, your lament, or your pain.

The country has seen increased number of protests by pressure groups and hardly any response by the Government who does not give a hoot about your toot, your shout, your scream, your lament, or your pain.
May be your grief or your suffering is equal to your sins. This was a crystal clear explanation given by an extremely learned Prime Minister. May be not ; let us look at it from another angle :-