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March 26, 2015

In the discours-programme the government had announced that hot meal will be given to pupils of primary schools. Following this proposal it was given to believe that Mr. Lutchmeenaraidoo, Minister of Finance would disseminate this information to the public during his budgetary speech.

In the discours-programme the government had announced that hot meal will be given to pupils of primary schools. Following this proposal it was given to believe that Mr. Lutchmeenaraidoo, Minister of Finance would disseminate this information to the public during his budgetary speech. Anyhow, after probing this issue we will come to realize that the sum injected in this project will be astronomical and not to mention the waste it will imply.

March 25, 2015

The new Lepep Government’s budget has, according to Minister Lutchmeenaraidoo’s own speech, four important aims. Yet, shockingly, none of these aims is backed up by any programmatic measures in the Budget. Instead, the Minister quite blatantly tricks us.

The new Lepep Government’s budget has, according to Minister Lutchmeenaraidoo’s own speech, four important aims. Yet, shockingly, none of these aims is backed up by any programmatic measures in the Budget. Instead, the Minister quite blatantly tricks us.

What production does the Budget Propose? None.

March 25, 2015

The UN permanent court of arbitration ruling, in the Hague, in favour of the Mauritian government is undoubtedly one with far-reaching consequences and it should neither be minimized nor underestimated. Let us first give the devil its due. Whoever advised Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam to challenge British Foreign Secretary David Milliband’s unilateral decision of decreeing the wide extent of sea around the Chagos Archipelago a Protected Marine Park – yet another sly move on the part of the British government to deny the illegally-evicted natives of the Chagos their right of return to their homeland – under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the sea, was rightly inspired and deserves to be commended.   However, it would be preposterous to assume that we are already there, that our sovereignty over the Chagos archipelago is in the offing and that the Chagossians will the next day charter a boat to take them to the shores of Diego Garcia to witness the dismantlement of the US nuclear base of rendition notoriety. The Chagossians who have in the past waged a lonely, uneven battle against the British government, for their legitimate right of return to their native islands, have more than once seen the London High Court of Justice’s pronouncement in their favour quashed on appeal or through dishonourable recourse to Queen’s Orders in Council. The UN court judgment is, on the other hand, binding. Hence, in addition to the KPMG report on the resettlement of the Chagossians on the islands of the Archipelago, excluding Diego Garcia, the UN court pronouncement brings with it additional substance to their legitimate claims.

The UN permanent court of arbitration ruling, in the Hague, in favour of the Mauritian government is undoubtedly one with far-reaching consequences and it should neither be minimized nor underestimated. Let us first give the devil its due.

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 23, 2015

Sadness has engulfed Singapore today. Its pre-eminent architect, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, is no more.
LKY, as he is often called here, was a remarkable achiever. He transformed Singapore from Third World status to the third-ranked country in terms of per capita GDP (at Purchasing Power Parity) in a mere 50 years of Independence. That’s a unique feat in world history.

Sadness has engulfed Singapore today. Its pre-eminent architect, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, is no more.
LKY, as he is often called here, was a remarkable achiever. He transformed Singapore from Third World status to the third-ranked country in terms of per capita GDP (at Purchasing Power Parity) in a mere 50 years of Independence. That’s a unique feat in world history.

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 20, 2015

Le Dissenting Ruling de la Permanent Court of Arbitration sur le Marine Protected Area des Chagos sous la Convention des Droits de la Mer est une cinglante gifle  administrée à Londres au sujet du démembrement du territoire de Maurice à la veille de l’inedépendance. C’est ce que soulignent les juges Kateka and Wolfrum dans un jugement de 25 pages rendus le 18 mars à La Haye.

March 18, 2015

I said on several occasions that it was a pity that before, during and after the last general elections (December 2014) none of the main protagonists bothered to even mention – not even in passing – the need to be prepared to face the consequences of global warming and climate change. For them the problem does not exist.

I said on several occasions that it was a pity that before, during and after the last general elections (December 2014) none of the main protagonists bothered to even mention – not even in passing – the need to be prepared to face the consequences of global warming and climate change. For them the problem does not exist. If it does exist, it is not important. If it is important, it is not vote-catching for people are too stupid to understand. O admirable people!

March 17, 2015

It is important that we set the general context: this is a country in which Ambani constructs a house worth $ 1.8 billion dollars and this same high flung ‘heavenly abode’ gives a beautiful view of the decrepid Mumbai slums. This is a country where 47% live below poverty line and education is not a right but a very expensive privilege given to a few lucky ones.

It is important that we set the general context: this is a country in which Ambani constructs a house worth $ 1.8 billion dollars and this same high flung ‘heavenly abode’ gives a beautiful view of the decrepid Mumbai slums. This is a country where 47% live below poverty line and education is not a right but a very expensive privilege given to a few lucky ones.

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

It would be a challenge to locate a Gujarati speaking African origin Black Muslim even within the richly diverse population of Mauritius where people from different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds have come together to build a unique nation.

It would be a challenge to locate a Gujarati speaking African origin Black Muslim even within the richly diverse population of Mauritius where people from different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds have come together to build a unique nation.
Yet, when I met Mohammed, a warden in the remote forests of Gir – part of Junagadh district in the state of Gujarat, I was neither surprised at his appearance nor his name. He was black, well built, distinctly african and at the same time spoke fluent Gujarati – in fact, the only language he could speak.

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.

March 11, 2015

The VIP culture is currently decried for all it stands for:   it categorizes the citizens. It also poses threats to security that include smuggling of weapons, drugs and other contraband articles at ports. Most private jets, for one, get VVIP clearance.

The VIP culture is currently decried for all it stands for:   it categorizes the citizens. It also poses threats to security that include smuggling of weapons, drugs and other contraband articles at ports. Most private jets, for one, get VVIP clearance.
Soornack’s alleged excesses have shown how VIP facilities are outrageously abused by those in power and their cronies.   
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has vowed to end “VIP culture” not only at ports but everywhere from traffic lights to lifts in public buildings.

March 10, 2015

National Day, a day when patriotism and pride should be at an all time high among the citizens of our nation. A day when we forget who or what we are and remember only one thing: we are Mauritian. This is the general idea obviously and is why all the pomp and fervour are pushed to an even higher level, reminding people just how special a time it really is. And in all honesty, it is a special time that deserves to be celebrated because it marks the 47th year of the country’s independence. This is no small feat or should hardly be considered one given the size, geographical location and anatomy of the island.

National Day, a day when patriotism and pride should be at an all time high among the citizens of our nation. A day when we forget who or what we are and remember only one thing: we are Mauritian. This is the general idea obviously and is why all the pomp and fervour are pushed to an even higher level, reminding people just how special a time it really is. And in all honesty, it is a special time that deserves to be celebrated because it marks the 47th year of the country’s independence.

March 8, 2015

Si, la semaine dernière, il échut au ministre suppléant de la Santé, Yogida Sawmynaden, de répondre à la délicate question de la nomination de Vijaya Sumputh au Cardiac Centre, le titulaire n’a pu ce mardi au Question Time échapper à la question qui fâche puisque le leader du groupe travailliste, Shakeel Mohamed, a subtilement et habilement remis le dossier sur la table, au grand dam du ministre de la Santé, qui a pratiquement tout fait pour esquiver la question. Mais c’était sans compter un recordage en règle de Madame la Speaker, Maya Hanoomanjee.

Si, la semaine dernière, il échut au ministre suppléant de la Santé, Yogida Sawmynaden, de répondre à la délicate question de la nomination de Vijaya Sumputh au Cardiac Centre, le titulaire n’a pu ce mardi au Question Time échapper à la question qui fâche puisque le leader du groupe travailliste, Shakeel Mohamed, a subtilement et habilement remis le dossier sur la table, au grand dam du ministre de la Santé, qui a pratiquement tout fait pour esquiver la question.

March 7, 2015

The issue of women’s way of dressing according to Islamic beliefs is a contentious issue for many. Often amalgamated as same, niqab, burqa, hijab are in fact different items of clothing. The one thing they have in common, though, in the eyes of a large number of people, is that they are seen as “symbols of oppression”. In many societies, they may indeed be tools of oppression but one thing that many don’t see or don’t want to see is that there is a mass of women out there who chooses to wear those items of clothing.

The issue of women’s way of dressing according to Islamic beliefs is a contentious issue for many. Often amalgamated as same, niqab, burqa, hijab are in fact different items of clothing. The one thing they have in common, though, in the eyes of a large number of people, is that they are seen as “symbols of oppression”. In many societies, they may indeed be tools of oppression but one thing that many don’t see or don’t want to see is that there is a mass of women out there who chooses to wear those items of clothing.

March 6, 2015

L’affaire de la rencontre des trois VVIPs, en l’occurrence les ministres Pravind Jugnauth et Roshi Bhadain et l’Attorney General Ravi Yerrigadoo, avec deux représentants du groupe Dufry AG dans la nuit du 16 au 17 février, continue à défrayer la chronique. Le dernier développement en date est la décision de l’Attorney General de demander au Directeur des Poursuites Publiques, Me Satyajit Boolell, Senior Counsel, d’initier une enquête contre Le Mauricien pour le titre du texte publié dans l’édition d’hier sur la couverture des échanges sur la Private Notice Question au sujet des détails de l’affidavit accablant juré par les deux ressortissants français.

L’affaire de la rencontre des trois VVIPs, en l’occurrence les ministres Pravind Jugnauth et Roshi Bhadain et l’Attorney General Ravi Yerrigadoo, avec deux représentants du groupe Dufry AG dans la nuit du 16 au 17 février, continue à défrayer la chronique.

March 1, 2015

Depuis la fin de la semaine écoulée, le barreau mauricien est en émoi. Et pour cause, une décision du conseil des ministres de vendredi ramenant l'Office of the Director of Public Prosecutons sous l'Attorney General's Office. Devant ce move, Me Gavin Glover a cru nécessaire de réclamer une réunion d'urgence du Bar Council pour permettre aux membres de la profession de passer en revue la situation et de prendre position sur ce développement susceptible d'apporter des changements de nuances dans le paysage du judiciaire.

Depuis la fin de la semaine écoulée, le barreau mauricien est en émoi. Et pour cause, une décision du conseil des ministres de vendredi ramenant l'Office of the Director of Public Prosecutons sous l'Attorney General's Office.

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.