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  • Guinea Bissau's International Bank clutches at straws
    02 august 2001 22:09:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- In a desperate bid to salvage itself from bankruptcy, the International Bank of Guinea Bissau (BIGB) has started seizing properties of its defaulting debtors. Full text...

  • Zambian timber merchants fear domination
    02 august 2001 15:20:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian timber merchants have expressed fears about fellow countries of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) like Egypt and South Africa dominating the sector, under African Union. Full text...

  • Premier says trade imbalance affects local industries
    31 july 2001 23:39:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Prime minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth Tuesday warned that the massive surge of imports from Egypt due partly to the complete removal of customs tariffs in Mauritius for products originating from COMESA countries adversely affected Mauritian industries. Full text...

  • Rwanda, Mauritius sign co-operation accords
    30 july 2001 17:26:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Visiting Rwandan Prime Minister Bernard Makuza signed three co-operation agreements with Mauritian officials Monday, designed to strengthen relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Movement sees dictatorship as hindrance to African Union
    30 july 2001 17:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The secretary-general of the Kampala-based Pan-African Movement, Tajudeen Abdulrahim, says African leaders with dictatorial tendencies pose the greatest threat to the African Union that was endorsed at the Lusaka Summit of the OAU two weeks ago. Full text...

  • Mauritian boxers suspended for shoplifting.
    30 july 2001 16:35:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian boxers Bruno Julie and Giovanni Frontin have been suspended until March 2002, from international competitions, following their expulsion for shoplifting last week from the Francophonie Games in Ottawa-Hull, Canada. Full text...

  • Canadians eye Guinea-Bissau's phosphates
    30 july 2001 14:23:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- A Canadian delegation from the Champion company licenced to exploit phosphates in the Guinea-Bissau's north-eastern locality of Farim, has met with President Koumba Yala and Prime Minister Faustino Imbali in Bissau. Full text...

  • Springboks beat visiting Wallaby in tri-nations match
    28 july 2001 19:04:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Springboks beat the Australian rugby World champions 20-15 in a tri-nations match played Saturday at Minolta Loftus stadium in Pretoria. Full text...

  • Opposition demands government's resignation
    28 july 2001 18:11:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Against the backdrop of a financial scandal rocking the country, Guinea Bissau's opposition Forum, which groups five political parties, has asked the government of Prime Minister Faustino Imbali to resign. Full text...

  • Premier opens first Indian Ocean Games
    28 july 2001 16:14:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth Saturday opened the maiden Indian Ocean Cities and Municipal Games at the Gaetan Duval Stadium, Rose-Hill, 10-km south of Port Louis. Full text...

  • Trade unionists enter 12th day of hunger strike
    28 july 2001 14:29:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Leaders of Mauritius' Federation of Progressive Unions (FPU) Saturday appealed to Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth and Deputy Premier Paul Berenger to intervene on behalf of two bank trade unionist hunger strikers. Full text...

  • Senegal, Mauritius to develop diplomatic and economic ties
    28 july 2001 12:49:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Ties between Senegal and Mauritius need to continue to develop further, said Mustapha Ndiaye, the Mauritius consul in Senegal. Full text...

  • State Bank to open second branch in Madagascar
    28 july 2001 10:27:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The State Bank of Mauritius will soon open a second branch in Madagascar, the local daily L'Express reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Rights group wants to know who killed minister's mistress
    27 july 2001 09:55:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau's Human Rights League has demanded full investigation into the death of Florinda Tavares, the 25-year old woman who died suddenly on July 16 in Bissau. Full text...

  • Bissau electricity workers call off strike
    26 july 2001 23:44:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Workers at Guinea Bissau's Electricity Company (EAGB) haved cancelled a strike earlier planned for 5 August, after reaching agreement with the government. Full text...

  • Govt. to recover 20 million dollars from ex-ministers, others
    26 july 2001 19:25:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government is to recover more than 20 million US dollars from two former Ministers of Commerce and others, indicted by a Judicial Commission of inquiry into the country's Cocoa Export Levy and Cocoa Buffer Stock Funds. Full text...

  • Australian in Sub-Saharan Africa Mining Conference begins
    26 july 2001 16:50:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's minerals and energy minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Thursday opened the Australia in sub-Saharan African Mining Conference in Pretoria, whose goal is to attract investors to the continent. Full text...

  • Mauritius opens training centre for prisoners
    26 july 2001 14:49:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian social security, national solidarity and reform institutions minister Samioullah Lauthan launched Thursday a training centre for prisoners at Petit Verger, 10 km west of Port Louis. Full text...

  • Mauritania makes education compulsory for girls
    26 july 2001 09:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Mauritanian government, in collaboration with the United Nations, has decided to make primary education compulsory in the country in a bid to improve education for girls. Full text...

  • OAU delegation visits Anjouan
    25 july 2001 23:54:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- An OAU delegation led by Francisco Madeira visited Anjouan region Wednesday for consultation to facilitate the ongoing national reconciliation process in the Comoros. Full text...

  • Anti-laundering body set up in Dakar
    25 july 2001 22:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal has been designated to host the International Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa, or GIABA, which was officially launched Wednesday in Dakar. Full text...

  • Discontent rising against Guinea Bissau army chief
    25 july 2001 15:23:00
    Kolda- Senegal (PANA) -- Discontent is rising against Guinea Bissau's army chief of staff, Verissimo Correira Seabra, the Senegalese news agency reported, quoting military officers close to President Kumba Yala. Full text...

  • Pressmen said penalised by State Television Management
    24 july 2001 21:41:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Journalist Fonseca Miranda Sambu, and a cameraman Alexandre Dias, both with the Guinea Bissau State Television, have been ordered to forfeit their pay for various periods for allegedly refusing to accompany the President on a recent local visit, media sources said. Full text...

  • Former Kenyan Minister denies role in Chopper deal
    24 july 2001 19:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Former Finance Minister Simeon Nyachae denied Tuesday, claims that he authorised the purchase of four defective Russian helicopters for the Kenyan police. Full text...

  • Murder of minister's mistress sparks controversy
    23 july 2001 21:58:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- The chairman of Guinea Bissau's Human Rights League, Inacio Tavares, has demanded that four suspects in the murder of a woman presumed to have been mistress to the Interior minister Arthur Sanha, stand trial. Full text...

  • Minister decries rising trade in endangered species
    23 july 2001 14:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's minister for state in the Presidency Marsden Madoka on Monday decried the rising illegal trade in live animals in the east, central and southern African region. Full text...

  • Mauritius to celebrate Indian indentured labour
    22 july 2001 14:31:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian cabinet has approved a decision to set aside every 2 November starting in 2002 as a public holiday to celebrate Indian labour immigration to the island nation over 160 years ago. Full text...

  • Japan to build fishing school in Mauritius
    22 july 2001 09:44:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Fisheries minister Sylvio Michel said Sunday Japan would finance the construction of a 200-million rupee (7. Full text...

  • British firm to invest 80 million rupees in Mauritius
    21 july 2001 19:22:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A British firm, Drennan International, will invest 80 million rupees in industrial and tourism projects in Mauritius, its director, Sally Drennan, said Saturday in Port-Louis. Full text...

  • 1000 angry textile workers protest over wage payment
    20 july 2001 20:09:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- At least 1,000 textile workers from the Apparel Exports Ltd demonstrated Friday on the streets of Port Louis claiming their salaries following the closure of their factory a day earlier. Full text...

  • Senegalese army chief of staff visits Bissau
    20 july 2001 19:58:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Senegalese army Chief of Staff Maj. Full text...

  • ADB grants seven million-dollar loan to Guinea Bissau
    19 july 2001 18:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Development Fund (ADF), the soft-loan window of the African Development Bank, has approved a loan of 5. Full text...

  • Mauritius launches the micro-credit scheme
    19 july 2001 18:01:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The government of Mauritius has launched a micro-credit scheme within the framework of efforts at containing poverty in the country. Full text...

  • Mauritius gets Islamic research centre
    19 july 2001 17:21:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritius Islamic Association has inaugurated an Islamic history research centre for the Indian Ocean and Mauritius, sources said Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritian sugar workers spoiling for national strike
    19 july 2001 16:01:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian Sugar Industry Labourers Union and the Union of Artisans are mobilising the Industry's estimated 20,000 workers for a major rally Sunday to decided on a planned strike. Full text...

  • Court strikes out suit against Deputy Premier
    19 july 2001 13:08:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A Mauritian Court sitting in Curepipe, 20-km south of Port Louis, Thursday threw out a private suit against Deputy Prime Minister Paul Berenger, in connection with a 1996 murder. Full text...

  • Priorities of New OAU Secretary General
    18 july 2001 21:26:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General elect Amara Essy has said one of his priorities is to put in place institutions of the African Union. Full text...

  • NGO against sexual exploitation of minors
    18 july 2001 16:50:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian NGO "Save The Children," appealed Wednesday for urgent measures against sexual exploitation of minors in the country. Full text...

  • Authorities shut College after students' violence
    18 july 2001 15:35:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Education and Scientific Research Ministry Wednesday ordered the closure of the Stratford College in Quatre-Bornes, 15-km south of the capital, Port Louis, following violence by the students. Full text...

  • Trade unionists arrested in Port Louis
    18 july 2001 14:29:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Thirteen trade unionists were arrested Wednesday morning in Port Louis in two separate protests against Labour and Industrial Relations Minister Showkatally Soodhun and against a chief executive of the State Bank. Full text...

  • Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation in deficit spending
    17 july 2001 20:07:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- High running costs have driven the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) into excess of expenditure of 243 million rupees over the last four years, Prime minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth told Parliament Tuesday. Full text...

  • Comoro thanks Mauritius for support
    17 july 2001 19:37:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The government of Comoro has thanked the Mauritian government for its support in national reconstruction. Full text...

  • Mauritanian Senate President visits Morocco
    16 july 2001 13:06:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Mauritanian Senate President Dinigh Bouboufarba is in Casablanca on a four-day official visit to Morocco, the State television reported Monday. Full text...

  • Teachers stage protest in Port Louis
    14 july 2001 14:32:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- At least 1,000 primary school teachers took to the streets of the capital Port Louis Saturday to protest against educational reforms which they said did not take into account teachers' welfare. Full text...

  • Mauritius police seize heroin
    13 july 2001 22:55:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Police in Mauritius Friday reported the seizure of 2,5 kg of heroine in a flat in Belle- Rose, 15 km south of Port Louis. Full text...

  • About 400 million CFA F missing from Bissau treasury
    12 july 2001 15:54:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- About 400 million F CFA has disappeared from the treasury in Guinea Bissau, reports the Bissau paper "Diario" Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritian senior citizens get anti-flu vaccination
    11 july 2001 20:56:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Social Security and National Solidarity Minister Sam Lauthan Wednesday launched an anti-influenza vaccination campaign for the elderly. Full text...

  • Mauritius launches counselling service for youth
    11 july 2001 19:10:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Against the backdrop of increasing teenage pregnancies, and on the occasion of World Population Day, Mauritius Health minister Ashok Jugnauth Wednesday launched a youth counselling service at the University of Mauritius. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau trade unions launch strike
    10 july 2001 22:15:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Education, transport, communications, port and airport workers in Guinea-Bissau are on a five-day strive called by the country's Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CSI). Full text...

  • Cancer kills over 730 persons in Mauritius
    10 july 2001 14:51:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- About 731 persons died of several forms of cancer in Mauritius in 1999, the Mauritian League Against Cancer announced Tuesday in Port Louis. Full text...

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