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New Delhi | 4 months ago
Employing manual scavengers an offence now

New Delhi, Dec 6 - A legislation outlawing the age-old practice of employing manual scavengers and making provisions for their rehabilitation came into effect Friday.People who had performed the degrading practice hailed the decision, saying it will help them lead a dignified life.Passed by parliament Sep 7 during the monsoon session, the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Re ...
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Male | 5 months ago
Yameen takes power in Maldives, pledges to bolster economy

Male, Nov 17 - Abdulla Yameen was sworn in as Maldives president Sunday, a day after wining a closely contested runoff election, ending nearly two years of political uncertainty that posed a threat to the Indian Ocean atoll nation's vital tourism sector.Yameen defeated former president Mohamed Nasheed with 51.6 percent of vote, bringing an end to the protracted presidential elections, Xinhua repor ...
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Male | 5 months ago
New Maldives president is former dictator's half-brother

Male, Nov 17 - Abdulla Yameen, who has won the second democratically held presidential election in the Maldives, is the half-brother of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who ruled the Indian ocean archipalego nation with an iron hand for 30 years.Yamaeen, 54, is a fourth-time member of parliament and won the presidential poll narrowly by garnering 51.60 percent of the vote cast in the second and final runoff ...
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Male | 5 months ago
Maldives presidential run-off begins

Male, Nov 16 - The much delayed run-off in the Maldives presidential election began Saturday, with one of the two contenders saying he will accept the result no matter what the outcome.Voting began at 7.30 a.m. - and will continue till 4 p.m. Counting will start 30 minutes after the polls close. Preliminary results are expected around midnight and the final results on Sunday morning.Police said th ...
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Canberra | 5 months ago
Former Australian PM Kevin Rudd retires from politics

Canberra, Nov 13 - Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd, who has served as the member for Griffith in the House of Representatives since 1998, Wednesday night announced his retirement from politics with a speech in the House of Representatives.According to Rudd, he will leave parliament at the end of this week.For our family, recent statements since the September election - have been partic ...
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Male | 5 months ago
Maldives SC puts off presidential poll run-off

Male, Nov 10 - The Maldives Supreme Court Sunday blocked a second-round run-off to elect the new president of the republic and postponed it till Nov 16 as the country's vice president resigned amid deep political infighting.Vice President Mohamed Waheed Deen's resignation came after the country failed in its last-ditch attempt to elect a new president before the constitutional deadline of Nov 11, ...
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Male | 5 months ago
Maldives pushes ahead with presidential run-off

Male, Nov 10 - Maldives election officials are set to push ahead with a second round runoff needed to select a new president here Sunday despite one candidate threatening to pull out of polling.Maldives Elections Commissioner Fuad Thoufeek said that a second round runoff between former president Mohammad Nasheed and former president Abdul Gayoom's half-brother will take place as scheduled, reporte ...
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Male | 5 months ago
Maldives presidential candidate refuses to contest in key run-off

Male, Nov 10 - A second round run off to elect a new president for the Maldives was in doubt, as just hours after results were announced, a key candidate said he was not ready for a revote Sunday, Xinhua reported.Abudulla Yameen, former president Abdul Gayoom's half-brother and presidential candidate of the Progress Party of Maldives -, who grabbed 30 percent of the first round of voting Saturday, ...
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Male | 5 months ago
Maldives presidential race heads for run-off

Male, Nov 9 - Maldives presidential election is heading for a second round run off as no candidate has managed to obtain 50 percent of the vote, the latest data reported by the media showed here Saturday.There were few surprises as former president Mohammad Nasheed came within touching distance of winning the elections grabbing 46.91 percent of the vote, Xinhua reported citing state-run TV Maldive ...
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Male | 5 months ago
88 percent voter turnout in Maldives polling

Male, Nov 9 - The Maldives saw a voter turnout of 88 percent as the Indian Ocean archipalego nation made a third attempt Saturday to elect a new president and avoid a constitutional crisis.Voting, which started at 7 a.m., ended eight-and-a-half hours later and counting is now underway, Haveeru Online reported.According to the Elections Commission, 239,105 people were eligible to vote, for which 47 ...
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