PHOTO MOMENT: Mauritian minister receives honourable award at Reduit State House

Mr. Satya Veyash Faugoo, the Mauritian Minister for Agriculture (Agro-Industry portfolio) receives the GOSK civil award as part of the National Day awards ceremony at the State House in Reduit, near Port Louis, the island’s capital. Faugoo is the man with the cream scarf on the left. Faugoo serves in the cabinet of current prime minister and political stalwart Navin Chandra Ramgoolam, whose father, Seewoosagur, was the country’s first prime minister. A recipient of the GOSK as well, the late elder Ramgoolam is widely respected for leading Mauritius through self-government from the U.K. As well as being agriculture minister, Faugoo also represents … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Mauritian minister receives honourable award at Reduit State House

FLIGHT MH370: Suspected pallet from missing Malaysian plane spotted in Indian Ocean

As the search goes on for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane that vanished while on a flight from Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing earlier this month, rescuers have offered a possible glimpse of the aircraft’s fate after a pallet was spotted floating in the Indian Ocean. As more than twenty countries have pooled resources together via air and sea to look for any sign of Flight MH370, extending from Kyrgystan in the north to Australia and New Zealand in the south, a search plane from New Zealand which had been flying over a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean … Continue reading FLIGHT MH370: Suspected pallet from missing Malaysian plane spotted in Indian Ocean

MAURITIAN CULTURE: Kreol festival attracts journalists to Mauritius

An 40-strong team of journalists and artists will be converging on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius today for the International Kreol Festival, being held at the Domaine Les Pailles arena in the western suburbs of Mauritian capital Port Louis. The International Kreol Festival is a regionally renowned celebration of Mauritian culture and music, from the staccato beats and African-inspired music and dance of the island’s sega music, to the sampling of Mauritian delicacies such as ‘gato piment’ (chilli cake) and ‘poutou’ (dried sweetened coconut dessert). The journalists have flown into Mauritius from a dozen countries, according to Mauritius’ French-language … Continue reading MAURITIAN CULTURE: Kreol festival attracts journalists to Mauritius

PHOTO MOMENT: Old Mauritian coins

Vijay Shah Today I bring you not one, but two photo moments revolving around the theme of numismatics. Numismatics is the formal name for the popular pastime of collecting coins. I have collected coins since I was very young. I acquired them from friends, family and even local shopkeepers whom I would pester to give me foreign coinage that they had received in change handed to them by customers. Within a few years I had put together a portly collection consisting of various world coins of most denominations, sizes, shapes and metals. As time went on, I began to realise … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Old Mauritian coins