Saturday, December 29, 2012

Delhi Gang Rape Victim Has Died

At Mt Elisabeth Hospital in Singapore this morning. Nirbhaya, 23, was beaten, raped and thrown out of a moving bus by a gang of six men on December 16. They had first fooled the woman and her friend into believing that their bus was public transport.

This horrific crime has outraged the billion-people nation, sparked numerous protests and claimed as collateral at least one other life. Four of the perpetrators have already been arrested with the parents of one of them agreeing that his son should be sentenced. Sonia Gandhi has promised prompt justice.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Privy Council Orders New MCB/Lesage Trial

Before a differently constituted court. That's because it thinks that Lesage was denied a fair hearing. Have a look at the interesting judgement.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Kozelidir Person of The Year 2012

Attributed to the CPE student for putting up with a badly designed learning process.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

2012: The Year in Review (Q4)

October: PRB report published. Big B turns 70. Felix goes supersonic. Biden-Ryan debate felt more presidential. Apple launches the iPad mini. Gotham prepares for Sandy's visit.

November: Boolell explains Romney's defeat. Zlatan christens stadium with wonder goal. 44% of poll see sweep for Remake. Jimi turns 70. How you know a politician is a socialist. Killer to strike again. Hard-earned anti-inflation credibility at risk.

December: PM claims large victory in village elections. A good reason for men to quit smoking. Municipal voters send multiple signals. Sitar genius dead at 92. State fails more than 9,000 CPE students. Obama reacts to Connecticut tragedy. Kozelidir Person of the Year 2012 attributed to the CPE student for putting up with a badly designed learning process.
Read the review for Q1Q2, Q3.

2012: The Year in Review (Q3)

July: Barclays chairman quits over Libor-rigging. Scientists say bump in data is cosmic molasses. Kuma Pyongyang TV kav sanz biltin linformasyon. Ramgoolam rat enn lot randevu ek listwar. Ki groser enn telefon bizin ete? Court says Galaxy not as cool as iPad. And how many speak kreol in the air? Do we know how to manage an airline? It's not geography, stupid.

August: Politicians, not our democracy, tired. Dekortikasyon lingwistik JT promye ut. Singapore never chased growth desperately. How low taxes have degraded our environment. 18 miners die over pay dispute. CSR not a good yardstick for our altruism. State proudly hatching traffic frankenstein. Humanity experiences biggest blackout. Mauritius at 56th spot in PISA math ranking. Meet the ABS.

September: Obama gets a little help from new friend. Indian PM worth 10.73 crore. iOS 6 dumps Google Maps.

Read the review for Q1, Q2, Q4.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

State Fails More Than 9,000 CPE Students

Have a look at the statistics published by the MES: 25,314 candidates (22,914 first and second sitting plus 2,400 private candidates) were set to take the exam. Of these only 16,294 passed (15,613 first and second sitting plus 681 private candidates). The rest, 9,020, failed. This translates into a failure rate of 35.63%. This is more than a third in case you're wondering. But it gets uglier. Of the 9,020 that the state failed 2,962 were failed a second time. Do we need to wonder what this does to the creativity of those kids?

What are we waiting for automatic promotion? Godot? Is it too costly? Can't be when you look at how we've been wasting our tax billions for the past few years.

But there may be a drawback in bringing a few grams of common sense to this national problem: a stampede to kiss a minister's feet may become a thing of the past when the latter shows up with a box of macaroni.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Municipal Voters Send Multiple Signals

The first one is that they're not exactly happy with the trickle-down policies of Navin Ramgoolam since 2005. So they took at least 3 towns away from his control. And he's being given an umpteenth chance to sober up.

The next one is to Remake 2000. We are not happy with Ramgoolam but we don't think you are much better. More importantly it is a confirmation that Berenger has been at the helm of the MMM for too long: he was not able to capitalise on five years of Paglanomics in 2010. And yesterday he did not win the five towns.

The third one is to Steve Obeegadoo. You or your party don't own our votes. We vote as we want. And we'll do exactly the same thing in 2015. Just watch us.

And one to the MMSD. We liked the way you campaigned. We want you to decide who will run Curepipe. We might want you to decide who will run Mauritius in 2015.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

PM Claims Large Victory in Village Elections

Ramgoolam is saying he won in more than 100 of the 130 villages contested. I don't think I heard Remake 2000 respond to this statement. And I don't even know how to sort these election results. Or those of the last two. Ok it's true I know people who could help me with this. Kind of don't really have time to do it now. But if anyone wants to have fun with them and provide some interesting insights please be my guest.

What these results confirm though is that the MSM is pretty weak in villages. And as they count for next to nothing in the towns Berenger must already be toying with the idea of announcing that his alliance with the MSM is clinically dead. That could come quickly after results are announced on Monday if as expected they don't win all municipalities. And if they don't win by a large margin.

Expect to start the week with a beaming Ramgoolam at a press point.