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Mutharika wins Malawi's presidential election

Peter MutharikaLilongwe (Malawi), May 31 : Malawi's opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Peter Mutharika has emerged winner of the May 20 presidential race in the southern African country, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) said Friday.

Mutharika, the 74-year-old brother of the late former President Bingu wa Mutharika, was elected president of the country after garnering 36.4 percent of the votes cast, Xinhua quoted MEC as saying.

Madonna's school coming up fast in Malawi

Lilongwe (Malawi), Jan 10 - The white placard is rather nondescript, but it marks a unique construction site on the rolling meadows outside Malawian capital Lilongwe - a school being built by pop star Madonna who has adopted two children from the country.

The small southern African state, with a population of 13.5 million, had first seen an influx of tabloid journalists jetting into its small airport in 2006, when Madonna adopted a Malawian boy, David Banda. She already has two biological children, Lourdes and Rocco.

Last year, she adopted another Malawian child, a girl this time, Chifundo 'Mercy' James. But both times she had run into initial legal troubles, as both the children had one living parent, despite being brought up in an orphanage.

Malawi seeks Indian help in uranium exploration

Malawi seeks Indian help in uranium explorationLilongwe (Malawi), Jan 9 - Malawi has expressed interest in the joint exploration of potential uranium sites as the southern African country, where China has come in as a big player, sought India's help in shoring up energy security and in building its port and other infrastructure.

"We have already one working mine in Karonga. We can work with India to jointly explore other sites," Malawian Vice President Joyce Banda told reporters after talks with visiting Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and witnessing the signing of three agreements.

India's vice president goes to Botswana in search of diamonds

India's vice president goes to Botswana in search of diamondsLilongwe (Malawi), Jan 9 - India is a on a diamond search in the southern African state of Botswana from where it hopes to increase the direct access of Indian companies to rough diamonds, rather than through middlemen.

This purpose had already been articulated by Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari, who will reach Botswana Saturday afternoon from Malawi on the last leg of his tri-nation tour in Southern Africa that took him first to Zambia.

Ansari visits Civic Offices in Malawian capital, hopes to re-invigorate ties

Ansari visits Civic Offices in Malawian capital, hopes to re-invigorate tiesLilongwe (Malawi), Jan. 8 : Indian Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and his wife Salma Ansari today visited the Malawian Government''s Civic Offices soon after his arrival here from Zambian capital Lusaka on a three-day official visit.

Malawian Vice-President Joyce Banda and other senior ministers and officials received Ansari and the Indian delegation at the offices.

Vice-President Ansari arrives in Malawi

Vice-President Ansari arrives in MalawiLilongwe (Malawi), Jan. 8 : Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari arrived in Malawian capital Lilongwe from Zambia capital Lusaka on Thursday afternoon on a three-day state visit.

Malawi''s Vice-President Joyce Banda and other dignitaries of the Malawian Government received Vice-President Ansari at the Kamuzu International Airport here.

The visiting Indian Vice-President was accorded a ceremonial welcome that included a guard of honor by armed red and black uniformed guards, colorfully attired Malawian female folk dancers and drummers.

India extends $50 mn credit to Malawi

India extends $50 mn credit to MalawiLilongwe (Malawi), Jan 8 - India has extended a line of credit of $50 million to the small land-locked African nation of Malawi which has invited Indian companies for investment in hydropower, farmlands and mining including uranium. As the first Indian leader to visit Malawi, a nation of 13.5 million sandwiched between Zambia and Mozambique, Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari announced Thursday evening the soft loans and grants at a state banquet hosted by Malawian President Bingu Wa Mutharika.

I am a Delhiwala and product of India: Malawi president

I am a Delhiwala and product of India: Malawi presidentLilongwe (Malawi), Jan 8 - From reminiscing about his days in Delhi to his fondness for bhangra, the president of the small, land-locked southern African nation of Malawi praised Indian education, pointing out that he was a "product of India."

Indian vice president arrives in Malawi

Mohammad-Hamid-AnsariLilongwe (Malawi), Jan 7 : Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari Thursday arrived in Malawi, a small land-locked country in Africa, - the first Indian leader to visit the country.

Ansari was received by the Malawian Vice President Joyce Banda at the Kamuzu International Airport.

IThe small land locked nation of 13 million people covers an area of 118,488 sq km.

The Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika had obtained a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters in Economics from Delhi University.

Madonna to find out Friday whether she gets Mercy

Madonna to find out Friday whether she gets MercyLilongwe, Malawi - A Malawian court is due to rule on Friday on US popstar Madonna's appeal of an earlier decision barring her from adopting a little girl from the southern African country, where she took custody of a baby boy three years ago.

In April, the High Court in Malawi's capital Lilongwe turned down Madonna's application for an interim 18-month custody order for four-year-old Chifundo (Mercy) James.

The court said Madonna was not eligible to adopt as she had not been resident in the country for 18 months.

Court to rule on Madonna's bid to adopt again in Malawi

Court to rule on Madonna's bid to adopt again in Malawi Lilongwe  - A Malawian court is expected to rule today on a controversial bid by US popstar Madonna to adopt a second child from the impoverished southern African country.

Madonna's application to adopt four-year-old Chifundo (Mercy) James from the orphanage where she took custody of her son David Banda at 13 months in 2006 was heard in Malawi High Court in the capital Lilongwe on Monday.

Judge Esimy Chombo had reserved his ruling until Friday.




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