flashback: Vendors struggle to get the attention of shoppers on

the Chaguanas Main Road.

FOR many who consider themselves the “man in the street”, in the Borough of Chaguanas, tomorrow’s national budget is something to fear. They fear that pri­ces of goods—especially food—will rise while wages will remain the same and retail business declines.

The Sunday Express visited the Chaguanas Main Road where a number of vendors said they feel “no connection” to Government or the national budget as they feel the annual event is geared only at taxing the poor. “I don’t really have anything to say about the budget,” said vendor Jason Mohan with a shrug.


Satnarayan Maharaj left an indelible mark on Trinidad and Tobago through his bravery, courage, fight for justice and achievements. Maharaj, 88, secretary general of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) died on Saturday after suffering a stroke on November 7.

Satnarayan Maharaj was yesterday likened to late freedom fighter Martin Luther King by Prof Selwyn Cudjoe. Cudjoe was speaking at Maharaj’s funeral service held at Lakshmi Girls’ Hindu College, St Augustine.

“Ram Naam Satya Hai!” The chant, which means “the name of God is true”, rose as the body of Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) secretary-general Satnarayan “Sat” Maharaj was gently placed on the burning pyre at the Caroni Cremation site yesterday.

THE country has to get serious about tax collection and healthcare delivery. This was the message from Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, as he emphasised the importance of taxes for purposes such as healthcare during the sod-turning cere­mony for the new Central Block at the Port of Spain General Hospital yesterday.

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi has rubbished arguments by the Opposition that Government is again seeking to violate the constitutional right of every citizen to bail, through its proposed amendment of the Bail Bill 2019.