Modi to visit Maldives for Solih’s swearing-in
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Maldivian president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on 17 November, the external affairs ministry said on Friday.
Modi’s Male visit comes at a time when the political situation in the Maldives is seen as stabilizing while uncertainty clouds the political process in neighbouring Sri Lanka.
Solih, elected in the 23 September elections in the atoll nation, last month invited Modi during a telephone call by the Indian Prime Minister congratulating the presidentelect.
With this trip to the Maldives, Modi will complete visits to all seven South Asian countries since taking office on 26 May 2014.
Modi was supposed to visit the Maldives in March 2015 but it was called off at the last minute because of political turmoil following the arrests and detention of political opponents by then president Abdullah Yameen.
Even as the political situation in Male stabilizes, uncertainty clouds the political process in neighbouring Sri Lanka, where President Maithripala Sirisena last month appointed China-leaning former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister, making the incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe’s position tenuous.
Both the Maldives and Sri Lanka are key neighbours of India in the Indian Ocean region, where India and China are vying for increased influence.
Modi will also be visiting Singapore to take part in the 13th East Asia Summit and hold other meetings on 14-15 November, according to foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar.
Domestic passenger vehicle (PV) sales grew marginally on a yearon-year basis in October, an industry body said on Friday, the first time in four months when rising prices and lending curbs have hurt demand.
Passenger vehicle (PV) sales rose 1.55% in October, snapping three months of consecutive decline, although low market sentiments affected festive season demand, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam) said on Friday.
According to the latest data released by Siam, passenger vehicle sales in October stood at 284,224 units as against 279,877 units in the year-ago month.
In July, August and September, passenger vehicle sales have declined by 2.71%, 2.46% and 5.61%, respectively.
Siam director general, Vishnu Mathur, said positive growth in PV sales witnessed in October is reflective of the overall trend in the automobile industry.
Overall, the data shows pretty healthy growth. Vehicle sales across categories registered a growth of 15.33% to 2,494,426 units from 2,162,869 units in October 2017. REUTERS firstname.lastname@example.org PTI contributed to this story.
Maldivian president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will be sworn-in on 17 November.