India-Mauritius Current Affairs - 2020

Mission Sagar: INS Kesari reaches Seychelles

The Indian Naval Ship Kesari reached Port Victoria in Seychelles to provide COVID-19 related medicines under Mission Sagar.

Highlights

The Mission Sagar was launched by the Indian Navy to provide COVID-19 related essential medicines. The Government of India under the mission is providing assistance to foreign countries in dealing with COVID-19.

Mission Sagar

India had launched Mission Sagar in May 2020 to provide food items to countries in the Southern Indian Ocean. As a part of the initiative, essentials were to be supplied to Maldives, Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros and Seychelles.

The Mission also supplied HCQ tablets, medical assistance and special ayurvedic medicines. Under the mission India provided 600 tonnes of food items to Maldives, Ayurvedic medicines and COVID-19 related medicines to Mauritius, COVID-19 related essential medicines including HCQ to Madagascar, dengue fever tablets and medical assistance team to Comoros and COVID-19 related medicines to Seychelles.

The Mission was inspired by PM Modi’s vision of SAGAR.

SAGAR

SAGAR is Security and Growth for All in the Region.

President inaugurates World Hindi Secretariat in Port Louis, Mauritius

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated World Hindi Secretariat building in Port Louis, Mauritius. He also launched secretariat’s logo, an Early Digital Learning Programme as well unveiled foundation stones of social housing project and large ENT hospital being built with Indian assistance.

President Kovind visited Mauritius as part of first leg to his two-nation state visit (Mauritius and Madagascar). Later he will visit Madagascar, making him first Indian President to visit largest African island country.

World Hindi Secretariat

  • The Secretariat is fully financed by Government of India and provided grant of Rs. 33 crore. Land for it was given by Government of Mauritius. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone of this building during his visit in 2015.
  • The aim of secretariat is to present Hindi as common man’s language, Janbhasha, in front of the world. Hindi as language has played an important role in culture and society building in both India and Mauritius. Indian diaspora in Mauritius has played a huge role in the spread of Hindi.