NEWS DIGEST 25.04.2020: Mourning, questioning, and celebrating in the COVID-19 Lockdown

  Today’s news comes via my own Twitter account at @VShah1984.  In the UK, the Labour MP (member of Parliament) for Slough in Berkshire county and Shadow Railways Minister, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, has paid tribute to his grandmother, who passed … Continue reading NEWS DIGEST 25.04.2020: Mourning, questioning, and celebrating in the COVID-19 Lockdown

AIR MAURITIUS CRISIS: Fifty pilots from India drafted in to man ailing airline

Port Louis – VIJAY SHAH and ABHI RAMSAHAYE via LeDéfi Media Group A team of fifty pilots from India are being sent to the island of Mauritius to help solve a staff shortage that has brought the island’s national air carrier to its knees, reports local French-language news agency LeDéfi Media Group. The island’s national and most significant airline, Air Mauritius is currently undergoing a crisis caused by many of its pilots refusing to report for duty, for reasons unknown. Several flights by Air Mauritius have already been cancelled since last Thursday, a serious problem for Mauritius, a popular holiday hotspot and … Continue reading AIR MAURITIUS CRISIS: Fifty pilots from India drafted in to man ailing airline

MAURITIUS COMMERCIAL BANK: Major island bank voted best six years running

Port Louis, MAURITIUS VIJAY SHAH via Le Defi The Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB), one of the largest banking firms operating on the Indian Ocean island, has been declared ‘2016 Bank of the Year – Mauritius’ for the sixth year in a row, French-language Le Defi Media Group reported this past Friday. The bank, one of the island’s few indigenously operated financial institutions has won the coveted title six times in the past eight years. A feature of the Mauritian high street with its distinctive red and white livery and stylised red sailboat logo, MCB received its latest award from The … Continue reading MAURITIUS COMMERCIAL BANK: Major island bank voted best six years running

BAGOOADUTH KALLOOA: The Mauritian of many talents

Flacq, MAURITIUS VIJAY SHAH via Le Défi Media The small Indian Ocean island of Mauritius may not have the clout of many other much larger countries when it comes to producing people that can be defined as ‘great’ and ‘multitalented’, but that does not mean that Mauritians are not capable of reaching those dizzy heights. Enter Bagooaduth Kallooa. He has been described by Le Defi, one of Mauritius’ most widely read newspapers, as ‘a man of many talents’. He began his working life as a nurse working in patient care on the west coast of Mauritius, inspired by his humble … Continue reading BAGOOADUTH KALLOOA: The Mauritian of many talents

POLICEMAN ABDOOL: Mauritian police officer recalls vicious assault

A police officer on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has recounted a vicious attack launched upon him by local youths while on duty near the Gare du Nord area of Port Louis on February 11th, an eyewitness video of which was widely shared on social media and saw the apprehension of three of the attackers last week. Constable Sameer Abdool, who was on traffic duty at the Trou-Fanfaron police post in the Mauritian capital, recalls how he noticed a group of young men crowding around a zebra crossing. He approached the men and asked them to be patient “for their own safety” as vehicles surged past on the city’s notoriously busy streets. … Continue reading POLICEMAN ABDOOL: Mauritian police officer recalls vicious assault