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Friday, 28 March 2014 14:00

Dengue fever affects 39 persons

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The list of people suffering from dengue fever is growing. Thirteen new cases have been detected since the weekend, making it a total of 39 people infected so far.
Friday, 28 March 2014 14:00

Yashika story makes waves

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The story of the Mauritian student in Britain, Yashika Bageerathi, 19 years old, continues to make headlines in the British press. Conservative MP David Burrowes intervened in her favour at the Home Office.
Friday, 28 March 2014 14:00

Perverts on the prowl Featured

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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices spotlight sexual harassment as a serious matter in Mauritius. “Sexual harassment was a problem, and the government was not effective at enforcing prohibitions against it”. Human Rights lawyers told us such cases can even reach to bloodily homicides.
Friday, 28 March 2014 14:00

Putting the country first

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Politicians quarrel with each other, become vociferous and get involved in demagogy. At times, everything is good to buy line and get marks in politics.
Friday, 28 March 2014 14:00

Mixed reactions from main stakeholders

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The release of the Consultation Paper on electoral reforms has triggered a number of reactions among mainstream political parties as well as from trade union leaders and civil society actors. News on Sunday publishes a selection of statements.
Bramer Bank has reported profit before tax of MUR 94.5 million for year ended 31st December 2013 compared to MUR 9.8 million for the eight months period ending 31st December 2012 in its audited results published today. According to Ashraf Esmael, CEO of Bramer Bank, the excellent performance in 2013 is attributed to the extension of the business into new lines of activities.
Mauritian businessmen have expressed interest in Rwanda’s textile, bio-fertiliser, construction and agro-processing sectors. A business delegation is currently in Rwanda for the second annual business-to-business meeting at the Kigali Serena Hotel.
International supermarket brands have, this month, gone into price war on an unprecedented scale, with the prospect of permanent cuts in the cost of many basic foods. The survival of supermarkets and other businesses in Mauritius also depend a lot on reducing of prices constantly to beat the competitors. Do consumers benefit from such wars?
A workshop was held last week at La Canelle, Domaine  Les Pailles, to seek agreement from ministries, private sector organisations, industry, academia, parastatal organisations, and international organisations on the draft National Policy and Strategy on Science, Technology and Innovation 2014 – 2025 and to validate the document.
In a premeditated move at the 2005 general elections, through ‘civil disobedience’, the candidates of R&A  refused to select any of the Hindu, Muslim and Sino-Mauritian categories by way of life, nor the General Population residual category where the way of life does not apply, in the knowledge that their application forms would be rejected so they could have the opportunity to take the government to court in an attempt to have the Best Loser System, a minority protection system, declared unconstitutional.
It is indeed laudable on the part of the Prime Minister to finally come up with a Discussion Paper on electoral reform.
Friday, 28 March 2014 14:00

The Emotional Storm

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The aviation industry has never before surrounded itself with such high levels of intensity in mystery, speculation and daily anticipation until recently. The disappearance of missing Malaysian Airline MH370 has afforded 25 countries to join forces in aid to solve the puzzle of its whereabouts and fate.

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