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Nita Ambani elected to board of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

Educationist, Philanthropist and Businesswoman Nita Ambani has been named the Honorary Trustee of New York City’s The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the largest U.S. art museum. In the museum’s 150-year of history, she is the first Indian Trustee. Her election took place at the meeting of the Museum’s board and the announcement in this regard was made by Daniel Brodsky, the Chairman of Museum.

Key Highlights

The 149-year-old Metropolitan Museum of Art, is considered as the largest and most visited art museums in the world. The museum draws billionaires, celebrities and millions of visitors a year to see art spanning 5,000 years from around the world.

Nita Ambani: She is the Founder and Chairperson of the Reliance Foundation. She is the wife of Asia’s richest person and Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani. She is first Indian to be so honoured.

Why is She elected? For her commitment to The Met and to preserving and promoting India’s art, culture and heritage. The Met also noted that the Reliance Foundation has sponsored key cultural events such as ‘Abbaji’, the annual concert of legendary musician Ustad Zakir Hussain, among the many efforts to recognize cultural legends of India and ensure their relevance to a younger generation.

In October 2017, the museum had also announced that Reliance Foundation promised a generous gift (without stating the amount of gift) to support exhibitions that explore and celebrate the arts of India.

Pravind Jugnauth sworn in as Mauritius PM

The incumbent Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth was sworn in for five-year term after elections in which his coalition consolidated its grip on parliament. His swearing-in took place at the residence of President Barlen Vyapoory.

Key Highlights

The 57 year old Jugnauth took the helm of one of Africa’s wealthiest countries without going through a vote when his father stepped down in 2017. The decisive victory of his centre-right Morisian Alliance in the 7 November elections has now strengthened his legitimacy.

PM Pravind Jugnauth’s proposed new cabinet includes 23 members includes three women. It includes newcomer Kalpana Koonjoo-Shah, who will take over the gender equality Ministry.

The Morisian Alliance claimed 42 of 70 seats in parliament, defeating centre-left National Alliance of Navin Ramgoolam, which secured 17 seats, and Mauritian Militant Movement of Paul Berenger, which garnered nine seats.

NOTE: Since attaining independence from Britain in 1968, Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius has become one of most stable democracies in Africa. Mauritius, situated roughly 1,800 kilometres (1,100 miles) off the eastern coast of Africa, has evolved from a poor, agriculture-based economy to a relatively wealthy financial services hub and tourist beacon.