Maldives ministers suspended / Thai airport risk / Nepali graft song

Maldives president suspends ministers as corruption scandal spreads.  Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih suspended two government ministers over financial transactions conducted with a company implicated in a $90 million corruption scandal related to islands lease deals.

Mohamed Junayd/Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-maldives-corruption/maldives-president-suspends-ministers-as-corruption-scandal-spreads-idUSKCN1Q40SE

 

ACT flags airport graft risk.  The Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand (ACT) has warned of the potential for foul play during the upcoming auction of Suvarnabhumi Airport's duty-free concession and the planned construction of a Terminal 2, due the lack of transparency, as the country counts down to the election.

Bangkok Post: https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1630574/act-flags-airport-graft-risk

 

Nepali singer pulls corruption song from YouTube after threats.  A popular Nepali folk singer says he removed a satirical song called "Lutna Sake Lut, Nepal Mai Chha Chhut" (loot whatever you can, since that's allowed only in Nepal) from YouTube after the youth wing of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) allegedly threatened him, local media reported.

Aljazeera: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/nepali-singer-pulls-corruption-song-youtube-threats-190218083248187.html

Thank you to Narayan Manandhar for sharing this article.

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