FLACQ CAR ACCIDENT: Child dies after collision

Bon Accueil – VIJAY SHAH via LOVINA SOPHIE and L’Express   A 12-year-old boy from the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has died after being struck by a car in the Flacq district of the island’s east, according to local newspaper L’Express. The child, named in the report as Krish Khunkhun, a resident of the town of Bon Accueil – around 15 kilometres from Mauritius’ capital, Port Louis – was admitted to hospital after being struck by a pick-up truck yesterday. The vehicle had been reversing at the time, L’Express noted. Khunkhun was admitted to the district hospital in intensive care … Continue reading FLACQ CAR ACCIDENT: Child dies after collision

FANFAN: Pioneering Mauritian musician passes away

Pamplemousses – VIJAY SHAH via Mo Ti News Louis Gabriel Joseph, one of the pioneers of the national music of Mauritius, has passed away aged 88 yesterday, local news site Mo Ti News reports. Known among his peers and generations of listeners as ‘Fanfan’, Joseph passed on from age-related issues at the Hospice Saint Jean de Dieu in the town of Pamplemousses, in the island’s north.   Fanfan was widely revered as one of the signature personalities behind the development of sega music as a popular genre from the 1940s until fairly recently. Sega is a musical style peculiar to Mauritius, … Continue reading FANFAN: Pioneering Mauritian musician passes away

LUIGI: Has the green brother of Super Mario been killed off?

Tokyo – VIJAY SHAH via WIL JONES and Joe Super Mario, the games franchise featuring an Italian plumber who rides dinosaurs and has a penchant for golden rings, has been an icon of the video games circuit since its explosion in popularity. As anyone who has played the games knows, Mario has a taller, greener brother named Luigi. While not as regarded as his shorter sibling, Luigi is the quintessential sidekick, always supporting his brother in his endless quests to liberate royalty from towers guarded by baddies. But, according to online magazine Joe, Luigi has now passed away. Killed off … Continue reading LUIGI: Has the green brother of Super Mario been killed off?

SRIDEVI: Bollywood film icon passes on

Dubai – VIJAY SHAH via Filmfare, sources The Indian film star Sridevi Kapoor, popularly known as simply Sridevi, has died at the age of 54 after suffering a cardiac arrest while attending a nephew’s wedding in Dubai, UAE.  The actor, known for her screen siren roles in the Mumbai-based film industry during the 1980s and 1990s, was once one of the Indian film industry’s most highly paid. Famed for her good looks and superb acting, her death yesterday was greeted with shock by India’s film fraternity and her worldwide army of fans.   According to the Indian Express, many current … Continue reading SRIDEVI: Bollywood film icon passes on

WATERFALL PHOTO DEATH: Tourist dies in fall while posing for photo

Koh Samui – VIJAY SHAH via GEORGIA DIEBELIUS and Metro A tourist has died after falling a hundred feet while posing for a holiday snap at a waterfall, reports the newspaper Metro today. Jiri Barta, a man aged 32 from the Czech Republic, was visiting the tourist spot on the popular holiday island of Koh Samui, Thailand with a group of eight fellow travellers. They had reached the Khun Sri waterfall, where Barta and another group member decided to sit at a cliff edge to take pictures. However, Barta lost his footing and tumbled off the cliff, falling 100 feet … Continue reading WATERFALL PHOTO DEATH: Tourist dies in fall while posing for photo

INFANT ENCEPHALITIS: New outbreak reported in Indian city

Gorakhpur – VIJAY SHAH via PRABHASH DUTTA and India Today The latest stage in a series of infant encephalitis outbreaks has claimed the lives of around sixty children in the Indian city of Gorakhpur, in Uttar Pradesh state, India Today news magazine reported this Saturday. The city, which lies 200 kilometres north-west of India’s capital New Delhi has been the scene of yearly outbreaks of both Japanese encephalitis and acute encephalitis syndrome since 1978, a period of nearly forty years. Official figures claim that so far, around 25,000 children have succumbed to both conditions, which is spread by mosquitoes and causes … Continue reading INFANT ENCEPHALITIS: New outbreak reported in Indian city

UNITED AIRLINES: Airline cremates world record size rabbit without owner’s permission

Chicago – VIJAY SHAH via ASHITHA NAGESH, GEORGIA DIEBELIUS and Metro The American air carrier United Airlines, which has suffered a massive PR blow recently after a doctor was assaulted and dragged off one of its planes, faces yet more controversy after it emerged the airline cremated a deceased giant rabbit without informing the pet’s owner, according to UK tabloid paper Metro today. Ten-month old Flemish Giant rabbit Simon, the son of current world record holder for biggest rabbit, 4ft 4in (1.32m) Darius and measuring at 3ft (91cm) himself, was found frozen to death in the cargo hold at Chicago’s … Continue reading UNITED AIRLINES: Airline cremates world record size rabbit without owner’s permission

KOONJOO TRAGEDY: Daughter of Mauritian politician dies from severe burns

Plaine-des-Papayes, MAURITIUS VIJAY SHAH via L’Express The daughter of a member of parliament on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has died from injuries caused by a lamp she lit during prayers, local French-language publication L’Express reported yesterday. Vandana Devi Ranjat (née Koonjoo), 40, the eldest daughter of Oceanic Economy Minister, Prem Koonjoo, was admitted to the Burns Unit of Victoria Hospital in the western town of Quatre Bornes twenty days ago in critical condition, following a tragic incident while participating in family prayers at the family home in Plaine-des-Papayes, a small village near the town of Triolet in the island’s … Continue reading KOONJOO TRAGEDY: Daughter of Mauritian politician dies from severe burns