India leapfrogged to the 77th rank in the World Bank's latest Ease of Doing Business rankings, jumping 23 notches from last year
PM Modi challenged the Congress to select someone "capable" as their party president who doesn't belong to "that one family"
At a special session of parliament held at the National Football Stadium in the capital Male, Solih was sworn in with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi among those in attendance.
The last visit by an Indian Prime Minister to the Indian Ocean island nation was by Manmohan Singh in 2011.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on November 16 criticised the government over demonetisation, saying it was the "biggest scam" of India
In an election rally in Chhattisgarh on Friday, Modi had asked the Congress to make a Congressman, from outside the Nehru-Gandhi family, president of the party for five years.
In recent months, there has been acceleration in defence ties between the two countries, with the Trump administration opening up America's high-tech military hardware for India's defence needs
Congress leader Pawan Khera said no profession is small and asked Modi "why do you consider being called a 'chaiwala' a humiliating comment".
"We in India strongly desire to see a stable, democratic, prosperous and peaceful Republic of Maldives," the prime minister said.
Addressing a rally ahead of the November 28 polls in Madhya Pradesh, Modi said the Congress, which was seeking an account of the BJP government's performance, should explain what it did for the state during its over five-decade rule.
The Congress chief also tweeted a picture of Modi, Union minister Smriti Irani and ABVP's Delhi University president Ankiv Baisoya, alleging "Fake degree is in BJP's DNA".
Some of the websites that are accused of doing the same and named in the letter send to the PM include betfair.com, jetwin.com, bodogindia.com,bet365.com and others
Modi said if Congress makes someone who is not from the (Gandhi) family as party president for at least five years, then he will believe that Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru really created a truly democratic system there.
In Wuhan, Modi and Xi spoke to each other for almost 10 hours, which is characterised as a strategic communication by both sides, Ambassador Gautam Bambawale said.
The defeat in Telangana region in 2014 was a big setback for Congress, which played a prominent role in carving it out as a separate state, as the voters preferred the regional party TRS
Gandhi asked if the Rafale jet deal can be called a "Government to Government" contract with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying there is only a letter from the French government promising to be faithful.
"At the East Asia Summit in Singapore, I shared my thoughts on enhancing multilateral cooperation, economic and cultural ties among member nations. Also reiterated India's commitment to a peaceful and prosperous Pacific region," the prime minister tweeted.
"PM @narendramodi departs for Delhi after a productive 36 hour visit to Singapore that highlighted our importance to East Asia Summit and ASEAN-led mechanisms to regional peace, prosperity & security," Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
"PM @narendramodi at #EastAsiaSummit reiterated India's vision of a peaceful, open and inclusive Indo Pacific region, strengthening maritime cooperation and commitment to a balanced RCEP," Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
Modi also held separate bilateral meetings with the premiers of Singapore, Australia and Thailand and discussed ways to further strengthen ties, including in areas of trade, defence and security.
"When Modi spoke from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi that before he became the prime minister in 2014, the elephant (India) was sleeping, he was insulting people of the country," Gandhi said.
Modi also expressed concern over the participation of terrorists in the elections in Pakistan.
Stalin also hit out at the AIADMK government, saying its thoughts hovered around "commission, collection and corruption", a pet slogan and summary of his slew of charges against the incumbent regime.
What looks like a Punch and Judy show between the regime and Opposition, now sounds like a jugalbandhi, an acceptance of status quo. The election appears to be an empty ritual India is rushing through
Modi began his daytwo-day visit to Singapore on November 14 by delivering his keynote address at the prestigious Fintech Festival.