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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Maldives

UN legal expert calls for judicial reforms in Maldives

The UN expert has stressed that an appropriate bill is needed for improving drug prevention.

Opposition leader's passport confiscated in Maldives

The authorities may have seized Ibrahim Hussein Zaki's passport because of outstanding charges against him relating to a speech.

UN body welcomes human rights progress in Maldives

The opposition MDP has accused the Govt of gross human rights violations - a charge vehemently rebutted by the Gayoom regime.

India sending doctors to Maldives

India, that itself suffered enormous damage and devastation, is sending 20 tonnes of food and doctors to the Maldives to tide over the calamity caused by the tsunami that battered the Indian Ocean nation.

Maldivian radio station in Sri Lanka raided

The raid was carried out following charges of gun running which were trumped up by the Maldivian regime, media rights group RSF said.

Former political prisoner elected Maldives president

A former political prisoner has swept to victory in the Maldives' first-ever democratic presidential election, unseating Asia's longest-serving leader.

To fight warming, Maldives plans green tax

In the 1995-movie, Waterworld, sea citizen Dennis Hopper roared to his followers: "dry land is not just our destination, dry land is our destiny."

The sinking feeling

From crowded, chaotic Karachi of 20 million people, Doctor Owais Aziz seemed to have adapted well in the past six months, to life on Thulhaadhoo — a 380 metre-long, 230 metre-wide-island in the Maldives with, well, 2,800 islanders on it and white, grainy sand around it.

Maldives cabinet resign en masse

A day after its national cabinet resigned en masse, the newly democratic Maldives seemed heading towards a deepening political crisis with two opposition MPs being arrested today on unspecified charges.

'Cash for votes' probe in Maldives

Amid the opposition's demand for President Mohamed Nasheed's resignation, Maldivian authorities said a probe will be ordered into charges about some MPs bribing colleagues in Parliament to vote down government bills like those on privatisation.

Maldives crisis solved

The week-long political deadlock in Maldives was resolved with President Mohamed Nasheed today reinstating the members of his cabinet who had resigned en masse last week.

Maldives praises Rajapaksa's role in ending pol stand-off

Maldives today praised the role of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for helping end a stand-off between the government and the opposition-led parliament that had forced the Cabinet to resign en masse on June 29.

Maldives crisis: US calls for Int'l mediation

The United States has urged Maldives to accept international mediation in resolving the ongoing political crisis after violent protests in Male left at least 15 persons injured earlier this week. Sutirtho Patranobis reports.

Mauritius tourism rises in H1, hoteliers still wary

Mauritius registered a 6.2 per cent rise in tourist arrivals in the first six months of the year, compared with a year earlier, officials said today, but hoteliers said the industry was still facing difficulties.

Anti-inflation protests still on in Maldives

Mass protests against soaring prices continued in neighbouring Maldives today even as a visiting minister dismissed continuing demonstrations as politically motivated and a fight for succession within the principal opposition party. Sutirtho Patranobis reports.
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