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Local news this week in Mauritius (12 Jan-17 jan) – what you need to know

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Ban of electric cigarettes and restriction of the use of Shisha in Mauritius

The new provisions of the Public Health (Restrictions on Tobacco Products) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 will come into force on May 31. Among the changes to come, there is the ban on the use of electronic cigarettes and restrictions on the use of Shisha. The use of “Shisha” or “hookah” will be controlled by the new regulations. The product is prohibited for children and importation and personal use will not be permitted. However, 4 and 5 star hotels will be able to import the device, the tobacco that is used with it or the accessories such as the tubes or the charcoal that is used to heat the tobacco.


Possible heavy rain warning on Thursday and cyclone alert during the weekend

The intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) being very active at the moment, we can expect developments in the days to come with heavy showers. This is what the Mauritius Meteorological Services (MMS) provides. Greatly expected to fill our reservoirs, heavy showers could fall on the island from this Wednesday, January 18. However, the rains will be more frequent on Thursday and should persist until Friday. But any lull will only be temporary. With the Intertropical Convergence Zone being very active at the moment, there are several vortices brewing much closer to the Mascarene Islands than usual, with tropical disturbance and low pressure evolving in the basin of Indian Ocean. This is what could cause showers on Mauritius from this Wednesday, according to forecaster Yashvir Ramlukon from the Vacoas weather station. If these showers will be temporary Wednesday evening,


Electricity tariff: 59,948 residential consumers affected by an increase

From February 1, the electricity bill will be higher for some individuals and businesses. A revision of the tariff will come into effect on this date. Who will be affected by this increase? What are the new budgets to be expected? Explanations.


At 10.8% currently: inflation should fall back to around 5% to 6% in 2023

In Mauritius as elsewhere in the world, inflation is a real headache. If it were to persist again this year, it would, however, begin a downward curve. Source: Statistics Mauritius (report published on Monday, January 9)


Metro Express: Master Plan for the extension of the project to the north and elsewhere

Postponed indefinitely, the project to extend the Metro Express project to the north of the island seems to be resurfacing. This is at least the impression that emerges in the light of the information given to us by the communication unit of Métro Express Ltd (MEL) reporting the development of a Master Plan in this direction, in concert with the Ministry of Transport and Metro. “Indeed at Metro Express, we will develop a Master Plan with the collaboration of the Ministry of Land Transport and Metro Leger to extend the Metro Light across the country. All the possibilities of extensions in the other regions of the country, namely the South, the East, the West and the North are under study. At this stage, there is no preference for any specific region. » the communication unit told us.


Animal Welfare Act – Amendments: A significantly tougher law

Firmly awaited by animal defenders and all those NGOs who have been involved against animal abuse for many years, exerting pressure to advance the animal cause, the Animal Welfare Act 2013 was amended in the Finance Bill of August 2022.
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