ROAD MISHAP IN MAURITIUS: Car overturned in shopping district

Bagatelle – VIJAY SHAH via Defimedia.info A road accident on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius saw a car overturn and end up on its roof today in the town of Bagatelle, famed for its popular shopping mall, the French-language Defimedia.info website reported today. Few details of the accident or its cause were published by the news outlet but a picture shown with their report shows bystanders clustering around the stricken auto, which had completely overturned, its four wheels hovering in the air. It is not known if there are any injuries or fatalities. What appeared to be the front … Continue reading ROAD MISHAP IN MAURITIUS: Car overturned in shopping district

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

FLIC-EN-FLAC ACID ATTACK: Mauritian businessman targeted for the second time

Flic-en-Flac – VIJAY SHAH via KENDY ANTOINE and defimedia.info As attacks involving dangerous chemicals such as acids and ammonia are becoming frequent in the United Kingdom, it seems that, worryingly, the trend for such vicious crimes, has spread abroad. On the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, a local business person made the news there after he was attacked with acid, for the second time. The man, aged 67, and living in the resort town of Flic-en-Flac on the island’s west coast, was attacked with a corrosive substance by a passing motorcyclist on August 31, his birthday, according to local French-language … Continue reading FLIC-EN-FLAC ACID ATTACK: Mauritian businessman targeted for the second time

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

SAINTE-CROIX RESTO: Burglar allegedly beaten to death in Mauritius restaurant

Port Louis – VIJAY SHAH via NICOLAS ATHIANE and Inside News   The concept of ‘standing your own ground’ has taken on a new meaning in the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, after an elderly couple were arrested for allegedly beating to death a burglar who targeted their restaurant business in the Sainte-Croix district of the capital Port Louis, Inside News reports. To Chun Marlene Leung, aged 68, and her brother, named only as Alex and aged 65, were arrested after the death of a local and notorious criminal, 50-year-old Gaëtan Patrick Suave, who was said to have climbed into the restaurant via … Continue reading SAINTE-CROIX RESTO: Burglar allegedly beaten to death in Mauritius restaurant

MAURITIAN FUEL PRICES: In Mauritius, visiting the forecourt just got more expensive

Port Louis – VIJAY SHAH via lexpress.mu   Mauritian drivers will now find their wallets a little lighter after the board in charge of fuel prices on the Indian Ocean island authorised an increase in prices for petrol (gasoline) and diesel, the national newspaper L’Express reported last week. The Petroleum Pricing Committee announced after a meeting of its senior management on Wednesday 20 December, 2017, that fuel prices will be hiked. Following their decision, the recommended price per litre for petrol will increase from MUR Rs. 44.90 (GBP £0.99; USD $1.33) to MUR Rs. 47.30 (GBP £1.05; USD $1.40), an increase of Rs. 2.40. … Continue reading MAURITIAN FUEL PRICES: In Mauritius, visiting the forecourt just got more expensive

DRUG DEALERS IN UNIFORMS: Mauritius policeman arrested with stash of pills

Moka – VIJAY SHAH via Mo Ti News A policeman on the island of Mauritius has been arrested after he was found in possession of a drug described by media as the ‘new Valium’, local news site Mo Ti News reports. Avinash Buleeram, a constable aged 29 attached to a police station in Moka, in the island’s centre, was found carrying ninety pills of a drug called Pregabalin. The highly potent drug is normally used to treat epilepsy, fibromyalgia, nerve pain and anxiety, but has also raised concerns due to its increasing use as a recreational drug, especially among prisoners, and … Continue reading DRUG DEALERS IN UNIFORMS: Mauritius policeman arrested with stash of pills

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

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