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February 28, 2015

The Southern African region is becoming attractive to world business community and Mauritius not only wants to expand its commercial activities on the African continent but also position itself as a gateway to this promising region. Now is a historic opportunity for Mauritius to take an active role through its economic diplomacy in the region and kick-start a more intensive political approach to investment and trade in Africa. Many of our businesspeople have begun to see the value of this strategic economic diplomacy but it is yet to be translated down to the operational level. Mauritius is, perhaps, in a unique position today to access its diplomatic leverage to these big African markets and extend its business expertise to the Southern African countries and other neighboring countries. With our dynamic private sector coupled with a progressive government I am very optimist that Mauritius will substantially enhance its economic standing in the region and beyond in the coming years.

The Southern African region is becoming attractive to world business community and Mauritius not only wants to expand its commercial activities on the African continent but also position itself as a gateway to this promising region. Now is a historic opportunity for Mauritius to take an active role through its economic diplomacy in the region and kick-start a more intensive political approach to investment and trade in Africa. Many of our businesspeople have begun to see the value of this strategic economic diplomacy but it is yet to be translated down to the operational level.

February 24, 2015

Among the hundreds of posts that come in my Newsfeed, apart from the local bad polar playing, two news items have been clogging it for the past couple of weeks. Both are of interesting but very different in nature. While the one has instantly attracted book lovers worldwide, who could not believe their good fortune, the other one has had people talking none too kindly.

Among the hundreds of posts that come in my Newsfeed, apart from the local bad polar playing, two news items have been clogging it for the past couple of weeks. Both are of interesting but very different in nature. While the one has instantly attracted book lovers worldwide, who could not believe their good fortune, the other one has had people talking none too kindly.

Harper Lee is Back

February 23, 2015

Among the hundreds of posts that come in my Newsfeed, apart from the local bad polar playing, two news items have been clogging it for the past couple of weeks. Both are of interesting but very different in nature. While the one has instantly attracted book lovers worldwide, who could not believe their good fortune, the other one has had people talking none too kindly.

Among the hundreds of posts that come in my Newsfeed, apart from the local bad polar playing, two news items have been clogging it for the past couple of weeks. Both are of interesting but very different in nature. While the one has instantly attracted book lovers worldwide, who could not believe their good fortune, the other one has had people talking none too kindly.
Harper Lee is Back

February 21, 2015

One of the priority tasks of a new government in a democratic system is to present its programme of work to Parliament and the nation.This is in line with the Westminster pattern of  government  and other democratic systems. When we were a colony the government programme was called ‘The Speech from the Throne’ and was read in the Throne Room at the Government House Port Louis by the Governor. Since we became a Republic in 1992, the President  of the Republic  has the duty to read the speech, setting out the government programme at the Sir Harilall Vaghjee Hall,Port Louis.The military parade and other ceremonial  aspects of the function have remained the same, except that the Speaker and the Clerk, National Assembly  no longer wear wigs!

One of the priority tasks of a new government in a democratic system is to present its programme of work to Parliament and the nation.This is in line with the Westminster pattern of  government  and other democratic systems. When we were a colony the government programme was called ‘The Speech from the Throne’ and was read in the Throne Room at the Government House Port Louis by the Governor.

February 21, 2015

The demise of this untiring senior academic, who was affiliated to the Department of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies of the London Institute of Education before his ‘retirement’ in 2003, is deeply mourned by both the English-speaking and international community of educationists, policy makers and students. His sharp and sound scholarship, firm leadership, inspiring mentorship and lifelong dedication to the global development of the history of education are acknowledged in Europe, the United States, Brazil, China, Japan, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. This is borne out by the obituaries written by his younger colleagues Roy Lowe and Ruth Watts (School of Education, University of Birmingham), Gary McCulloch (International Centre for Historical Research in Education, University College London) and J-J.H. Dekker (Department of Pedagogy, Rijksuniversiteit, Groningen). (1)

The demise of this untiring senior academic, who was affiliated to the Department of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies of the London Institute of Education before his ‘retirement’ in 2003, is deeply mourned by both the English-speaking and international community of educationists, policy makers and students. His sharp and sound scholarship, firm leadership, inspiring mentorship and lifelong dedication to the global development of the history of education are acknowledged in Europe, the United States, Brazil, China, Japan, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

February 8, 2015

In line with the Public Procurement Act, proposals for consulting engineering services should presumably be invited and obtained according to the Anglo-Saxon procedures, namely, the Consulting Engineer (Consultant) carries out the detailed design of say a road and subsequently supervises its construction undertaken by a contractor selected through open tendering.

In line with the Public Procurement Act, proposals for consulting engineering services should presumably be invited and obtained according to the Anglo-Saxon procedures, namely, the Consulting Engineer (Consultant) carries out the detailed design of say a road and subsequently supervises its construction undertaken by a contractor selected through open tendering.

February 7, 2015

As a humanitarian, Governor Farquhar was concerned about the provision of some form of moral and religious education for the slave population of Port Louis. He realized that Reverend Lebrun had attracted mostly the gens de couleur - the free coloured population - to his school at St George Street. The two other small schools in the Plaine Verte area failed to entice the slave population. The low number of slaves in attendance must have influenced Farquhar in his request for another educator form the missionary societies in Britain in the 1820s. The Governor approached the British Foreign School Society (BFSS) which run non-sectarian schools using the Lancasterian system. We do not know whether he specifically requested for a person of African origin. In November 1821, Thomas Joseph Jenkins, a native of Sierra Leone in West Africa, reached Mauritius. He had graduated from the teacher training college set up by Joseph Lancaster known as Borough Road College, Southark of east London. According to Sherwood, M (2008) there were African teachers teaching in British schools in the nineteenth century.

As a humanitarian, Governor Farquhar was concerned about the provision of some form of moral and religious education for the slave population of Port Louis. He realized that Reverend Lebrun had attracted mostly the gens de couleur - the free coloured population - to his school at St George Street. The two other small schools in the Plaine Verte area failed to entice the slave population. The low number of slaves in attendance must have influenced Farquhar in his request for another educator form the missionary societies in Britain in the 1820s.

February 6, 2015

In this massive exodus of political nominees from the old regime of the defunct Labour party, many people keep asking themselves why the actual new government never asks President Kailash Purryag to vacate his office of presidency from the Réduit in order to be replaced by Ameenah Gurib-Fakim as designed  by the government of L’Alliance Lepep to be the next President of the Republic.

In this massive exodus of political nominees from the old regime of the defunct Labour party, many people keep asking themselves why the actual new government never asks President Kailash Purryag to vacate his office of presidency from the Réduit in order to be replaced by Ameenah Gurib-Fakim as designed  by the government of L’Alliance Lepep to be the next President of the Republic.

February 1, 2015

I am currently in Mauritius, and with the news from Washington about the easing of Cold War tensions between the United States and Cuba, I can't help but think of the differences that political systems and international politics can make on the future and functioning of island states. It's interesting to consider how two similar-sized countries, both having sugar as the basis of their economies for generations and experiencing similar challenges as islands, can turn out to be such different places.

I am currently in Mauritius, and with the news from Washington about the easing of Cold War tensions between the United States and Cuba, I can't help but think of the differences that political systems and international politics can make on the future and functioning of island states. It's interesting to consider how two similar-sized countries, both having sugar as the basis of their economies for generations and experiencing similar challenges as islands, can turn out to be such different places.

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 23, 2015

Mauritius is facing the problem of water supply. Being a small island, we should be able to enjoy the facility of having water supply 24/7.

Mauritius is facing the problem of water supply. Being a small island, we should be able to enjoy the facility of having water supply 24/7.

January 18, 2015

Avant même que le Mauritius Turf Club n’en parle officiellement auprès de ceux concernés, Paul Foo Kune a déjà fait acte de candidature pour participer aux prochains examens destinés aux aspirants entraîneurs et assistants entraîneurs. L’information nous a été du reste  confirmée hier matin par le Général Manager, Benoit Halbwachs. C’est ce que nous appellerons ‘tirer plus vite que son ombre’.

Avant même que le Mauritius Turf Club n’en parle officiellement auprès de ceux concernés, Paul Foo Kune a déjà fait acte de candidature pour participer aux prochains examens destinés aux aspirants entraîneurs et assistants entraîneurs. L’information nous a été du reste  confirmée hier matin par le Général Manager, Benoit Halbwachs. C’est ce que nous appellerons ‘tirer plus vite que son ombre’.

January 16, 2015

The relationship between literature and politics is a two-way traffic. Any work of literature is in part a product of sociological and political factors to the extent that the writer’s personality has been shaped by the sociological and political environment of his time.

The relationship between literature and politics is a two-way traffic. Any work of literature is in part a product of sociological and political factors to the extent that the writer’s personality has been shaped by the sociological and political environment of his time.

January 10, 2015

Every January the Government of India organises the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas/PBD (Overseas Indians’ Day) to celebrate the homecoming of global Indians. The first session was held in New Delhi on 9 January 2003, with over 2,000 delegates from 61 countries. It marked the anniversary of the Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Mahatma Gandhi’s return-to-India. He was the first NRI, having spent 21 years (between 1993 and 1914) in South Africa where he had championed the Indians’ cause. Mauritian Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, who now again leads the government, as well as Nobel laureate writers, Sir V. S. Naipaul and Prof. Amartya Sen, were among the eminent guests in 2003. To mark the Centenary of Gandhi’s return from South Africa, a special PBD has been celebrated at Gandhinagar, Gujarat, in 2015 (7-9 January).

Every January the Government of India organises the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas/PBD (Overseas Indians’ Day) to celebrate the homecoming of global Indians. The first session was held in New Delhi on 9 January 2003, with over 2,000 delegates from 61 countries. It marked the anniversary of the Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Mahatma Gandhi’s return-to-India. He was the first NRI, having spent 21 years (between 1993 and 1914) in South Africa where he had championed the Indians’ cause.

décembre 31, 2014

The remembrance of the poet  Bharathiyar is an occasion to recall his noble work and great ideals. His poems continue to inspire us and rekindle in us a sense of pride and  solidarity bringing about  rhythm and grace in our life thus widening our visions.

The remembrance of the poet  Bharathiyar is an occasion to recall his noble work and great ideals. His poems continue to inspire us and rekindle in us a sense of pride and  solidarity bringing about  rhythm and grace in our life thus widening our visions.
“Of all the glorious and unique cultural heritage it is the literature which is most striking and outclasses other precious gifts bequeathed to us by our great and grand forefathers’’ - Governor of Punjab   M.CHANNA REDDY.

décembre 30, 2014

Un Mauricien, Karan Seechurn, âgé de 25 ans, employé en tant que barman à bord du bateau de croisière Quantum of the Seas de la Royal Caribbean, a été placé en détention provisoire à son arrivée à New York samedi dernier. Il a comparu hier devant la New York Federal Court sous une accusation d’agression sexuelle contre une touriste le 23 décembre.

Un Mauricien, Karan Seechurn, âgé de 25 ans, employé en tant que barman à bord du bateau de croisière Quantum of the Seas de la Royal Caribbean, a été placé en détention provisoire à son arrivée à New York samedi dernier. Il a comparu hier devant la New York Federal Court sous une accusation d’agression sexuelle contre une touriste le 23 décembre.

décembre 30, 2014

The incoming Prime Minister should not have appointed Mr Pravind Jugnauth and Mr Showkutally Soodhun as members of the Cabinet of Ministers because they have cases pending against them in the country’s law courts. In all respected democracies, Ministers resign their post as soon as they are likely to be prosecuted for a controversial offence. Mr Andrew Mitchell, a member of the British Cabinet, resigned his position on 19 October 2012 because it was alleged that, one month earlier, he had insulted police directing traffic on Downing Street in London. Eventual investigations revealed the innocence of Mr Mitchell. The cases against our two newly appointed ministers are more serious than the one against Mr Mitchell because they have gone well beyond the investigations stage. In a related development, the Indian Supreme Court recently voiced the view that filling of ministerial posts by people against whom there are criminal or corruption charges violates the principles of good governance.

The incoming Prime Minister should not have appointed Mr Pravind Jugnauth and Mr Showkutally Soodhun as members of the Cabinet of Ministers because they have cases pending against them in the country’s law courts. In all respected democracies, Ministers resign their post as soon as they are likely to be prosecuted for a controversial offence. Mr Andrew Mitchell, a member of the British Cabinet, resigned his position on 19 October 2012 because it was alleged that, one month earlier, he had insulted police directing traffic on Downing Street in London.

décembre 30, 2014

In its end-of-year edition of 1984 Mauritius News (of which I was the editor then) named Sir Anerood Jugnauth QC, Prime Minister of Mauritius, as The Man of the Year.  Some 30 years later it may be agreed that such an honour may once more be bestowed on Sir Anerood Jugnauth, i.e. The Man of the Year 2014 following his landslide victory at the December 10 General Election.

In its end-of-year edition of 1984 Mauritius News (of which I was the editor then) named Sir Anerood Jugnauth QC, Prime Minister of Mauritius, as The Man of the Year.  Some 30 years later it may be agreed that such an honour may once more be bestowed on Sir Anerood Jugnauth, i.e. The Man of the Year 2014 following his landslide victory at the December 10 General Election.

décembre 26, 2014

“…these 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked.  It’s time for a new approach” U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday, December 17, speaking of the standoff between the United States and Cuba. “In the most significant changes in our policy in more than fifty years, we will end an outdated approach that, for decades, has failed to advance our interests, and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries.”

“…these 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked.  It’s time for a new approach” U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday, December 17, speaking of the standoff between the United States and Cuba. “In the most significant changes in our policy in more than fifty years, we will end an outdated approach that, for decades, has failed to advance our interests, and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries.”
The Cuban Revolution

décembre 21, 2014

L’absence de toute référence à Diego Garcia dans le rapport du US Senate Intelligence Committee sur la “CIA Torture” de 500 pages n’a fait qu’accentuer le doute au sujet de l’utilisation de la base américaine dans l’océan Indien comme une Black Prison. A tel point que dans un Special Report publié dans l’édition d’hier matin du quotidien britannique, Daily Mail, Diego Garcia est présenté comme le “Guantanamo of The East”. Au cours de la semaine écoulée, Me Philippe Sands, QC, le conseil légal de Maurice sur le dossier des Chagos devant la Permanent Court of Arbitration, est monté au créneau pour réclamer une “full judicial inquiry” en vue de faire la lumière au sujet des dessous de la lutte contre le terrorisme à Diego Garcia.

Commentant les détails de ce rapport des autorités américaines, Me Sands écrit avec force dans les colonnes du même Daily Mail que, “the truth will come out, and it must. Senator Feinstein’s report offers a mountain of information. It’s a start, but the Convention against Torture requires much, much more. The US has a legal duty to investigate and, if necessary, to prosecute its torturers. Britain, too, must not be permitted to bury its head in the sand.

décembre 20, 2014

The dust has officially settled and the task of pulling down election campaign materials and the step into the new government has begun. The task of fulfilling campaign promises and building towards a greater country has also officially started.

The dust has officially settled and the task of pulling down election campaign materials and the step into the new government has begun. The task of fulfilling campaign promises and building towards a greater country has also officially started.

décembre 17, 2014

The election results came like a gust of wind last Thursday with Mauritius' opposition coalition- Alliance Lepep led by ex-president Anerood Jugnauth winning the majority vote. While the winds of change have roused celebration for the first ever woman President of the Republic of Mauritius- Professor Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, the winds also blew away any chances of more gender parity in Parliament.

The election results came like a gust of wind last Thursday with Mauritius' opposition coalition- Alliance Lepep led by ex-president Anerood Jugnauth winning the majority vote. While the winds of change have roused celebration for the first ever woman President of the Republic of Mauritius- Professor Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, the winds also blew away any chances of more gender parity in Parliament.

décembre 16, 2014

Who would have thought that a former President and Prime Minister, aged 84, would flatly defeat two major party leaders, united together against him? Nobody would have bet on him at the start of the electoral campaign. He himself was frank in saying that it looked like an impossible mission.

Who would have thought that a former President and Prime Minister, aged 84, would flatly defeat two major party leaders, united together against him? Nobody would have bet on him at the start of the electoral campaign. He himself was frank in saying that it looked like an impossible mission.

décembre 16, 2014

The writings were on the wall. But Navin and Paul had their backs turned. They do not read History, it seems. SARM, SGD, SSR and SAJ have all been sent into “karo kann” by their electorates. This time it was the turn of another Ramgoolam who refused to listen to the voice of his supporters.

The writings were on the wall. But Navin and Paul had their backs turned. They do not read History, it seems. SARM, SGD, SSR and SAJ have all been sent into “karo kann” by their electorates. This time it was the turn of another Ramgoolam who refused to listen to the voice of his supporters.