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China tells India to calm down after Maldives trade deal

The Global Times said China remained the largest source of tourists for the Maldives and that there was no “political intrigue” to the Free Trade Agreement.

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China-Maldives free trade deal rushed through parliament

The Maldives’ first bilateral free trade agreement – which commits both nations to reduce tariffs on most imported goods to zero – was rushed through hours after President Abdulla Yameen sought approval for ratification.

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World Bank sorry for presidential popularity questions

In a statement the global institution said survey staff had been posing questions “beyond the scope” of a data gathering exercise about how people save, borrow, make payments and manage risks in the Maldives.

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Two ex-PPM MPs face loss of seats

MPs Mohamed Abdulla and Hussain Shahudhy are facing the loss of seats following their expulsion from the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives.

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Supreme Court rejects appeal from jailed Adhaalath Party leader

Five months after the appeal was filed, the Supreme Court’s registrar informed Sheikh Imran’s lawyers that there were no grounds to challenge the High Court’s decision to uphold the 12-year jail sentence.

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Gasim defies travel ban to go to Germany

Maldives Correctional Service said Gasim could be declared a fugitive after his failure to return to the Maldives, but refused to reveal if he had been declared a fugitive.

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Yameen defends rising debt

President Abdulla Yameen hit back at opposition criticism over rising national debt, defending the loans taken by his four-year administration as necessary for development. 

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Parties face off in battleground of Thinadhoo

The island of Thinadhoo became a campaign battleground over the weekend as the senior leadership of the ruling party and opposition coalition descended on the southern population hub for rival rallies. 

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Maldives integrity chief sacked days after ‘obstruction’ tweet

The head of the National Integrity Commission recently attracted attention for a tweet reprimanding police leadership for hampering the NIC’s work.

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Ministries slapped with RTI requests to fact-check president

Yameen rattled off figures and challenged “political leaders who say they do not see development” at the November 18 rally marking the four-year anniversary of his government and the Maldives Independent is seeking to fact-check his claims.

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Islanders bashed over ‘ingratitude’ towards president

The MP and parliament majority leader Ahmed Nihan lashed out at the people of Thinadhoo in Gaafu Dhaalu atoll and two former PPM politicians who lost their seats after being expelled from the party.

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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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Barbs and boycotts as record budget sails through committee

The finance minister said the government would prioritize development projects in the constituencies of lawmakers who voted for the budget.

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Foreign debt warning from Maldives central bank boss

The IMF and the World Bank predicts Maldivian debt to reach 121 percent of GDP by 2020.

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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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