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Ibrahim Mohamed Solih Wins Presidential Election In Maldives Defeating Incumbent Yameen

New Delhi: Opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has won the presidential election in the Maldives by convincingly defeating incumbent, Abdulla Yameen. It is seen as a referendum on the Indian Ocean archipelago’s fragile democracy.

“This is a moment of happiness, a moment of hope,” Solih told reporters in Male. “This is a journey that has ended at the ballot box because the people willed it.”

Solih, who was fielded by the combined opposition, including the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), is expected to take charge on November 17, when Yameen’s five-year term ends.

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Trump Administration Plans To Block Green Cards For Immigrants Using Public Benefits

New Delhi: US President Donald Trump’s administration has revealed a plan to block visas and green cards for immigrants to come to or stay in the country if they or their family use certain public benefits.

The proposed rule announced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Saturday could make immigrants seeking to enter the US ineligible for visas or green cards if they are deemed likely to receive certain public benefits once they come to the country, reports CNN.

Immigrants could also be denied a change in legal status once in the US if they received or are likely in the future to use public benefits, such as public housing and food stamps equivalent to a certain monetary threshold.

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Xi Says, Those Opposing CPEC Will Never Succeed As Project Aimed At Developing Region

New Delhi: President Xi Jinping has said those opposing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will “never succeed” as the multi-billion dollar trade and transit projects are aimed at developing the region. Xi made the remarks during a meeting with the visiting Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa. The general’s trip came ahead of new Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to China in November.

Describing China and Pakistan as “iron friends”, Xi further said the militaries of the two countries should ensure the security of CPEC.

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China To Remove Unapproved Alterations Or Foreign Content From School Textbooks

New Delhi: In a push to combat Western influence in China’s schools, education ministry of China has launched a “comprehensive” inspection of school textbooks to remove unapproved alterations or foreign content.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has overseen a drive to re-assert the ruling Communist Party, its ideology and its history at the centre of education, and to promote patriotism in the place of ideas that the party considers Western.

The sweep by China’s education ministry, running until Oct 15, will “correct and dispose of” illegal foreign or self-written courses used instead of state-approved materials in China’s nine-year compulsory education period, the official Xinhua news agency said.

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China Says, Military Ties Between China And Pakistan Backbone Of Their Relations

New Delhi: A senior Chinese general told Pakistan’s visiting army chief that military ties between China and Pakistan are the “backbone” of relations between the two countries. The statement came days after a Pakistani minister stirred unease about Chinese Silk Road projects.

General Qamar Javed Bajwa is the most senior Pakistani figure to visit ally China since the new government of Prime Minister Imran Khan took office in August, and his trip comes a week or so after a senior Chinese diplomat visited Islamabad.