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Posts From Ahmed Naish

Tourist arrivals surpass one-million mark

The government hopes to welcome 1.5 million tourists in 2017, despite missing the same target during the past two years. After reaching a record 1.3 million in 2016, arrivals have grown by six percent as of October compared to the same period last year.

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Record budget passed after opposition boycott

The record-high budget was passed with 39 votes in favour exclusively from ruling coalition lawmakers in the 85-member house.

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Court order to seize Internet activist’s phone sparks outrage

The police sought the warrant to identify Thayyib Shaheem’s sources for an investigation into alleged false claims about President Abdulla Yameen, the head of the anti-corruption watchdog, and senior government officials.

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‘Hiyaa’ housing project launched in Hulhumalé

Launched with fireworks at a ceremony in Hulhumalé, the Hiyaa housing project involves the construction of 36 towers to house 80,000 people in one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments on Hulhumalé.

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President promises pay hikes for civil servants

At a rally held to mark the fourth anniversary of his administration, Yameen listed his achievements with a slew of figures, challenging “political leaders who say they do not see development”.  

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Record MVR28bn budget proposed for 2018

Finance Minister Ahmed Munawar submitted for parliamentary approval a record MVR27.9 billion (US$1.8 billion) budget for 2018.

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Nasheed vilified at PPM Victory Day rally

Speakers at the rally sought to tie the opposition leader with the failed coup attempt by a group of Maldivians and Tamil mercenaries to overthrow former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in November 1988. 

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Key witness in MP Faris bribery trial alleges coercion

Ahmed Shafiu, a Jumhooree Party activist, accused ruling party MP Ahmed Rasheed Ibrahim of seeking false testimony to support bribery charges against MP Faris Maumoon.

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Sri Lanka aiding opposition coup plots, alleges lawmaker

MP Riyaz Rasheed told the press he was concerned that neighbouring countries were allowing exiled Maldivian politicians to plot attempts to oust President Abdulla Yameen. 

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‘No chance’ for Nasheed in 2018 election

Ruling party lawmakers Wednesday rushed to declare that former President Mohamed Nasheed cannot contest in the 2018 presidential election after he asserted that foreign pressure would secure his candidacy. 

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Tourist arrivals grow by six percent

The continuing decline of Chinese holidaymakers was offset by strong numbers from traditional European markets and double-digit growth from new markets like India, Thailand and South Korea.

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‘Too early’ to discuss interim candidate, says Gayoom

Gayoom’s remarks fuelled speculation that the joint opposition parties have been unable to agree on choosing a non-politician as an interim leader as suggested by former President Mohamed Nasheed.

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Greenhouse gas reduction agreement approved by parliament

Parliament on Monday approved the ratification of the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol, an international agreement to reduce the global production and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

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Maldives slips on World Bank’s doing business ranking

The Maldives slipped one position in the World Bank’s ease of doing business report for 2018, ranking 136 out of 190 economies. 

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On anniversary of 1988 coup, Maldives threatened by ‘secularism and extremism’

Speaking at an event to mark the 29th anniversary of Victory Day, Defence Minister Adam Shareef Umar said both secular or irreligious thought and religious extremism pose a threat to Maldivian independence.

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Qatar Airways land first Airbus A350 as new airlines begin direct flights

Qatar Airway’s new service coincided with two new airlines launching direct flights to Malé ahead of the peak season of the tourism industry from December to March. 

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Government lends US$3m to debt-ridden fisheries company

The loan is intended to “compensate the challenges faced by fishermen of the skipjack tuna industry and pave the way for modern development of the fisheries industry of the Maldives.”

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