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India & Mauritius Inaugurated Developmental Projects at Agalega Island

Utkarsh Classes Last Updated 29-02-2024
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The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, and the Prime Minister of Mauritius, H.E. Mr Pravind Jugnauth, jointly inaugurated a new Airstrip and St. James Jetty, along with six community development projects, on Agalega Island in Mauritius. 

  • The inauguration of these projects is a testament to the strong and long-standing development partnership between India and Mauritius.It is expected to improve connectivity between mainland Mauritius and Agalega, strengthen maritime security, and promote socio-economic development.

Various Indian Initiative in Mauritius 

  • The inauguration of the projects is a significant event as it follows the recent launch of UPI and RuPay Card services in Mauritius by the two leaders on February 12, 2024.
  • Mauritius has become the first nation to adopt the 'Jan Aushadhi Scheme' which allows the sourcing of around 250 high-quality medicines from the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Bureau of India, providing benefits to the people of Mauritius at large. 
  • This has given further momentum to the partnership between the two countries.
  • Mauritius is an important partner of India's 'Neighbourhood First Policy'. It is also a special partner under Vision SAGAR. Both nations share common priorities as members of the Global South.
  • The relationship between the two countries has seen unprecedented momentum in the last ten years, with new heights of mutual cooperation being achieved.
  • India has extended a credit line of 1,000 million US dollars along with 400 million US dollars worth of assistance to the people of Mauritius. 
  • India has been fortunate to contribute to the development of metro rail lines, community development projects, social housing, ENT Hospital, Civil Service College, and sports complex infrastructures in Mauritius.

About Mauritius 

  • Mauritius is a small island nation located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar, eastern coast of Africa. 
  • Physiographically, it is part of the Mascarene Islands, and its outlying territories include Rodrigues Island, the Cargados Carajos Shoals, and the Agalega Islands. 
  • The capital city is Port Louis. 
  • Mauritius disputes Britain's claim over the Chagos Archipelago, including Diego Garcia, located about 1,250 miles (2,000 km) northeast.
  • Mauritius and India share a profound connection dating back to the 19th-century British colonial period. This has resulted in a large Indian-origin population on the islands. 
  • Hinduism is the largest religion in Mauritius, about 48.5% of the population in 2011 is Hindu. 
  • currency in Mauritius: Mauritian Rupee


Answer: Agalega Islands, two-island dependency of Mauritius

Answer: Indian Ocean

Answer: Mauritian Rupee
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