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Friday, 04 July 2014 14:00

Mini-Amendment : Main parties aligned

The National Assembly is ‘on’ again this Friday 4 July, following 12 weeks of ‘forced’ holidays and after a prorogation of more than two months, decided on 15 April. This Friday’s sitting has been called for  a quick debate in the afternoon on a mini-amendment to be brought to the Constitution on the matter concerning whether or not it is important for electorate candidates to omit the mention of her/his community when filling the nomination form before elections.
Ivan Collendavelloo has launched his party, “Muvman Liberater’, at the beginning of this month after he resigned from the MMM because of his disapproval on an alliance his former leader wanted to strike with the Labour party.
Rajiv Servansingh has been the youngest parliamentarian elected in Port Louis under the MMM banner in 1976. Since then, he did not show much interest to stand again as a candidate for legislative elections.
Somduth Dulthumun has been elected for a fifth consecutive mandate as Chairman of the Mauritius Sanathan Dharma Temples Federation two weeks ago. Dulthumun represents a strong figure within the Hindu community in Mauritius.
Alain Laridon started as a canvasser for the Independence party in 1967, working for Guy Balancy, Ng Cheng Hing and Suleiman Bhayat. Soon afterwards, he joined the ‘Club des Étudiants Militants’, then the think tank of the MMM and organised forums on the leading thinkers of the time like Frantz Fanon, René Dumont and Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. In 1975, he co-founded the left-wing weekly “Soley Ruz” before starting a trade union under the name of ‘Federation des Travailleurs Unis’.
In the wake of the recent change in government in India, a major trading partner of Mauritius, News on Sunday asks three questions to the Director of the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Raju Jaddoo.
Emtel, one of the three main cell phone companies of Mauritius, celebrated its 25th anniversary last Friday at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre at Pailles. For Shyam Roy, the CEO of this growing company, it was not only time for celebrations but also to look back and learn from its achievements, what can be done to innovate so as to better serve the people and invest in the region.
The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mookhesswur Choonee, has been High Commissioner of Mauritius in India from 2006 to 2010. News on Sunday asked him about the background of the new Prime Minister of India and the latter’s sentiments towards Mauritius.
Jeff Lingaya, 37, holder of a Teacher’s Diploma in English, is an environmental activist, often actively collaborating with various trade union platforms and emerging political movements, or forming resistance platforms on specific issues like Human Rights, Education, and Social Justice. He is presently campaigning on the theme: ‘No to Biometrics on ID Card’. News on Sunday turns to him for more precision on his campaign against the new ID card.
Switzerland categorically refused, on Sunday 18 May 2014, through workers referendum, the creation of a unique minimum salary of 3,300 Euros that would have become the highest in the world. For many, in particular the leftist political parties and trade unions, were really awestruck by the results as they justified such an increase because of the high cost of living in one of the wealthiest countries of Europe.

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