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Maldives, a country situated at the south-southwest of India having a population of approx. 3, 92,709, has been making rounds on international front since the sentencing of ex-president Mohammed Nasheed for 13 years on the charges of terrorism.

 

Another contentious parliament sitting on Wednesday has left angry opposition lawmakers and public alike stunned and understandably outraged. This time, the government, for the first time in Maldives' history pushed through a landmark free trade agreement with China.

 

Maldives' ministerial cabinet on Wednesday gave the green light to sign the free trade agreement with China.

 

 

Since the incumbent government took office four years ago, Maldives has undergone a massive shift towards diversifying its economy leading to mega infrastructure development projects on an unprecedented scale.

 

Government on Monday seemingly succumbed to intense pressure over its plan to develop the grounds around Friday Mosque -- one of the oldest and most ornate mosques in the capital Male.

 

To the outside world, the Maldives is synonymous with romantic beach tourism. But the calm azure waters of the Indian Ocean belie a conflict between tourist idyll and reality.

 

For me, it was a dream come true to be stationed in beautiful Maldives – with its small pearly islands enclosed by shining white beaches, and surrounded by waters in multiple shades of blue.  As the days went by, however, my first impression of this pristine paradise started to look murkier.

 

After losing the much delayed, nationwide local council elections to the opposition MDP-led combine, President Abdulla Yameen last out them for their ‘divided past’ and taunted them to return home to take up legal and political challenges. With this, obviously, he has also shut the doors once again on the purported peace moves aimed at an all-round ‘political solution’.

 

Former president Mohamed Nasheed's jailing in March 2015 came as a huge blow to the opposition. But like awakening sleeping giant, it sparked outrage, daily protests and international condemnation.

 

When you are from the Indian Ocean Region and you want to grab international headlines, all you have to say are a few magic words. 

 


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