Maldives

Country Maldives
Capital Malé
Continent Asia
Currency Maldivian rufiyaa(MVR)
Languages Maldivian (Dhivehi)

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Introduction

The Maldives was long a sultanate, first under Dutch and then under British protection. It became a republic in 1968, three years after independence. President Maumoon Abdul GAYOOM dominated the islands' political scene for 30 years, elected to six successive terms by single-party referendums. Following riots in the capital Male in August 2004, the president and his government pledged to embark upon democratic reforms including a more representative political system and expanded political freedoms. Progress was sluggish, however, and many promised reforms were slow to be realized. Nonetheless, political parties were legalized in 2005. In June 2008, a constituent assembly - termed the "Special Majlis" - finalized a new constitution, which was ratified by the president in August. The first-ever presidential elections under a multi-candidate, multi-party system were held in October 2008. GAYOOM was defeated in a runoff poll by Mohamed NASHEED, a political activist who had been jailed several years earlier by the former regime. Challenges facing the new president include strengthening democracy and combating poverty and drug abuse. Maldives officials have been prominent participants in international climate change talks due to the islands' low elevation and the threat from sea-level rise.

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Maldives - CIA World Fact Book
Maldives - BBC
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India hopes to restart its projects in Maldives - Economic Times

Economic Times

India hopes to restart its projects in Maldives
Economic Times
India will seek to kickstart its projects in the Maldives during PM Modi's daylong visit to Male on November 17 to attend Ibu Solih's swearing-in ceremony. The projects, including in the defence sector, were stalled under the regime of outgoing ...

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Maldives: how climate change could actually help coral islands rise again - The Conversation UK

The Conversation UK

Maldives: how climate change could actually help coral islands rise again
The Conversation UK
At the southern tip of the Maldives, on the tiny island of Villingili, a patch of ground rises to tower a whole 2.4m above the sea. It's the world's lowest high point. With most islands just a metre or so above the sea level, it is often suggested that ...
Maldives: climate change could actually help coral islands rise again but they're still at riskMENAFN.COM

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India should build ties and rescue Maldives from China's debt trap, challenge Beijing's might in the Indian Ocean - Firstpost

Firstpost

India should build ties and rescue Maldives from China's debt trap, challenge Beijing's might in the Indian Ocean
Firstpost
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Male to attend the swearing-in ceremony of president-elect of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. The smooth transfer of power on 17 November will mark the restoration of democracy in Maldives as well as a major ...
Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa to visit Maldives to meet Modi?Sri Lanka Guardian
South Asia: Is 'regime-change' an end in itself?Observer Research Foundation
As China gains upper hand, India leaves it to “wise people of Sri Lanka” to decideNational Herald

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Matt and Emma Willis go on luxurious 'familymoon' to the Maldives - HELLO!

HELLO!

Matt and Emma Willis go on luxurious 'familymoon' to the Maldives
HELLO!
Matt and Emma Willis have found the best way to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary! The couple, who renewed their vows in a star-studded ceremony in the summer, have jetted off to the Maldives for a second honeymoon with their three children in ...



PM Modi to attend swearing-in of Maldives president-elect Mohamed Solih - Economic Times

Economic Times

PM Modi to attend swearing-in of Maldives president-elect Mohamed Solih
Economic Times
In his first visit as the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will travel to Male on November 17 to attend the swearing-in ceremony of new Maldivian president, indicating an attempt to mend bilateral ties, which nosedived during the outgoing Abdulla Yameen ...
Narendra Modi to visit Maldives for Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's swearing-inLivemint
PM Modi to Make Maiden Trip to Maldives for President-elect Solih's Swearing-InNews18
Modi to attend Maldives swearing-inTelegraph India
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First Look: The Muraka at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island - Travel Market Report

Travel Market Report

First Look: The Muraka at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Travel Market Report
The world's first underwater luxury hotel residence, a two-story villa nestled more than 16 feet below the Indian Ocean, has opened in the Maldives. Guests staying at Muraka, which means “coral” in the local Dhivehi language, allows guests to sleep ...
Villa tour: Inside the Maldives new $69ka-night underwater villa rentalNine
Exclusive review: sleeping with the fishes at The Muraka, the world's first undersea residenceTelegraph.co.uk

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Farrah Abraham Screw Atlantic City I'm Going to the Maldives!!! - TMZ

TMZ

Farrah Abraham Screw Atlantic City I'm Going to the Maldives!!!
TMZ
The ex-'Teen Mom' had herself a nice little beach day Saturday at the Ayada Resort on Maguhdhuvaa, one of the islands that make up the Maldives. Interestingly enough, these photos came out the same day of her would-be boxing event in Atlantic City ...
Farrah Abraham Gets Wet N' Wild Overseas In The MaldivesOK Magazine
Farrah Abraham poses in a bikini in the Maldives after dropping out of boxing match: 'Karma is a beach in my world'Daily Mail
Life's A Beach! Farrah Abraham Flaunts Bikini Body In The Maldives – See PhotosRadar Online
In Touch Weekly -Hollywood Life
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World's first underwater residence opens in the Maldives - Archinect

Archinect

World's first underwater residence opens in the Maldives
Archinect
If the idea of sleeping under the water sounds like your kinda thing and a sweet $50,000 a night isn't too much of an obstacle, then a trip to the Maldives should be at the top of your itinerary. Conrad Hotels & Resorts recently completed a one-of-a ...



Hina Khan And Rocky Jaiswal's Romantic Pictures On Yacht From Maldives Are Winning Hearts - BollywoodShaadis.com (blog)

BollywoodShaadis.com (blog)

Hina Khan And Rocky Jaiswal's Romantic Pictures On Yacht From Maldives Are Winning Hearts
BollywoodShaadis.com (blog)
After being the talk of the town for playing Komolika, Hina is back with her stunning looks, and this time, it is all the way from Maldives. Well, for the ones who got confused, Hina recently went to Maldives for a short vacay with the love of her life ...
Hina Khan Vacationing at Maldives, See Pic & VideoClipper28 (satire) (press release) (blog)
Hina Khan aka Komalika shares hot pictures from her holiday on MaldivesNews Track

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Photos leaked of president's 'castle' on island retreat - Maldives Independent (press release)

Maldives Independent (press release)

Photos leaked of president's 'castle' on island retreat
Maldives Independent (press release)
Photos of a three-storey house built on the presidential retreat island Aarah have been leaked online by lawmaker Ahmed Mahloof. The opposition coalition spokesman described it as “a palace built by [President Abdulla] Yameen in Aarah thinking for sure ...