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Mauritius celebrates 49 years of independence.

Mauritius Sunday- March 12- marked 49 years since it achieved independence from Britain as well as 25 years as a Republic. This occasion was marked by the traditional parade in Port Louis, at which the Guest of Honour was the Vice-President of Ghana, Dr Mahumudu Bawumia.

On the same occasion, over 20 Mauritian citizens received awards of distinction in appreciation of their contribution in various fields.
In his address, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth said that will wage a “battle without mercy against drugs”. He referred to 135 kg of heroine seized in the port last week and said the situation was worrying.  
The 135 kg of heroine was found hidden in a compressor imported into Mauritius inside a container. It is said to be worth MR 2 billion and is the biggest such consignment seized in Mauritius and the region. Jugnauth also said the Metro Express for which the foundation stone was laid on the independence anniversary, will provide 7,000 jobs, in addition to decongestioning of motor traffic in the urban areas.  Traffic jams are costing Mauritius around MR 4 billion each year, the Prime Minister said.
The top award- that of Grand Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (GCSK) went to Cardinal Maurice Piat for his contribution in good Church-State relations.
Lesser awards – the Grand Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean- went to 6 persons who have distinguished themselves in other fields. They include Lindsay Riviere-Journalism, Jacques D’unienville for his contribution in the sugar sector and Emmanuel Leung Shing- former Attorney General for his contribution in the legal, political and social fields.

Madagascar: Cyclone kills over 50 renders 300,000 homeless.

The remnants of intense tropical cyclone “Enawo” exited Madagascar last Friday after traversing nearly the length of the island over two days, affecting communities from north to south across Madagascar’s eastern and central regions.
The number of deaths due to the storm, has risen to 50 with 20 people still missing and 200 injured. Some 300,000 have lost their homes.
Widespread, but largely temporary flooding has been recorded in the storm’s wake, with waters receding q1uickly in many areas.
The President of Madagascar, accompanied by several member of his government visited several of the regions affected by the, underscoring the engagement of national authorities in leading and coordinating the response.

3,800 Mauritius residents worth over $1 million

Mauritius is considered as one of the countries likely to attract the super-rich to reside there in future. According to “Wealth Report” authored by Knight Frank LLP, a furniture multinational based in London, already 11 African countries feature among the top 20 with significant growth of the super-rich.
In 2016, Mauritius had 3,800 residents worth more than $ 1 million, a threefold increase over 2006.  About 170 residents were worth over $ 10 million compared to just 50, a decade ago.  Five Mauritius residents own more than $ 100 million.
Mauritius’ reputation as “relatively sure and good for business with low level of taxation, should render it popular among the super-rich wishing to retire.
According to “Wealth Report” Africa and Latin American  are expected to surpass Europe and North America for super-rich residents in the years to come.  The numbers are expected to grow by 33% in Africa and 37% in Latin America.

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