Maldives says China is building projects at inflated prices

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Maldives’ new finance minister said on Monday that China is executing infrastructure projects at vastly higher prices than originally proposed but the island nation cannot get out of its commitments now. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s administration, which took office this month, is reviewing contracts awarded by his predecessor Abdulla Yameen. Most went to Chinese firms
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A Japanese broadcaster cancelled a live TV appearance of the Korean band BTS after a photo went viral of a band member wearing a T-shirt showing an atomic bombing juxtaposed with the celebration of Korea’s liberation from Japan after World War II. Japanese social media was filled with chatter over the photo of Jimin wearing
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Madonna is celebrating her upcoming 60th birthday with a fundraiser for orphans and children in Malawi. The singer tells The Associated Press she’s teaming with facebook for the fundraiser, which runs from Monday through August 31. Fans can donate directly to Madonna’s Facebook page or start their own fundraiser on the social media site to
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Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has unveiled the contribution-based social security scheme for formal sector workers amidst a special programme in the capital city today. According to the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, the scheme will compulsorily be applied for formal sector workers and the government will soon launch the scheme for informal
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 It seems British fans can’t get enough of the soon-to-be reunited Spice Girls. The band that peaked in the 1990s has added five shows to its planned reunion tour next year after fans complained they couldn’t buy tickets. The Spice Girls added extra gigs in London, Coventry and Manchester. The reunion tour will now begin
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A federal judge dismissed Stormy Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump on Monday, saying the president made a “hyperbolic statement” against a political adversary when he tweeted about a composite sketch the porn actress’ lawyer released. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued Trump in April after he said a composite sketch of
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The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security has urged one and all to mark the first Social Security Day as a celebration. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is scheduled to announce the implementation of contribution-based social security programme across the nation on Tuesday and the government has decided to observe the same day as
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he government expelled and sent home two Japanese women on the charge of proselytisation and barred them from entering Nepal for five years on November 15. Mari Ikura and Yasuko Owa were found luring poor and disadvantaged people into conversion to Christianity. On July 9, Fillipino national De Vera Richard and his Indonesian wife Rita
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Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) on Saturday launched ‘City Beautification Aid Programme’. City officials aim cleaning drainages, removing unwanted ramps, dust, and garbage from Ratna Park, Bagbazar, Dilli Bazaar, and Maitidevi area. Speaking at the launch event in Santi Batika, Ratna Park, KMC Mayor Bidya Sundar  Shakya said the metropolis shall leave no stone unturned to
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Climate change experts, private sector and stakeholders have urged the government to have clear and long-term vision as well as mainstream climate issues at all levels of the government if it wants to deal with climate change effectively. During an event of Talanoa Dialogue, launched earlier this year that represents the international community’s attempt to
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