Former Maldives president arrested over money laundering

A Maldives court ordered the arrest and detention of former Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Monday on charges of money laundering. The criminal court in Male, the capital, ordered Yameen held in custody after prosecutors argued at... More

Maldives’ ex-president Yameen charged with money laundering

Former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has been formally charged with money laundering. Yameen came under fire after investigators discovered after large sums of embezzled funds from the State were transferred to an Islamic Bank of Maldives... More

Maldives defence minister in hot water over India comment

Maldives' defence minister Mariya Ahmed Didi could face the parliament over her contentious comments during a recent visit to neighbours India. The first female defence minister, Mariya told SNI that "if India wanted to, it could take over... More

Maldive’s ex-president Gayoom moves to register new party

Former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on Sunday officially sought to register a new party days after he lost the leadership dispute over his old party. The country's Supreme Court last week had dismissed the lawsuits filed by two... More

Maldivians to pay Income Tax from next year

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Thursday announced that income tax will be introduced in the Maldives next year. The president made the statement while delivering his presidential address at the inaugural sitting of the parliament for 2019. In his... More

Maldivians being trained to pilot military helicopters

Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) stated that Maldivians are being trained to pilot the two military helicopters. At a press conference on Wednesday, Chief of Defence Force Major General Abdulla Shamaal said that currently the helicopters are being... More

Fate of China-Maldivian FTA uncertain as Male loosens ties with Beijing

The Maldives-China Free Trade Agreement (MCFTA) which was signed amidst great controversy on December 8, 2017, is today in limbo as the new Maldivian government headed by Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is looking into all deals, including the... More

80 Bangladeshi workers arrested in Maldives

Maldives Immigration has arrested 80 undocumented workers on Wednesday, in its first operation of the year. Immigration, via twitter, said that the status of expatriate workers was "checked on site" and that 80 were taken in "for further... More

Hotspot – Maldives

Lending money to another country is a well-established tactic to build geopolitical influence and project power. Whether it takes the form of a loan, financial assistance and/or development aid, it brings with it conditions, obligations and ties. In... More

Maldives begin installing surveillance radars by India

Maldives has begun installing the Coastal Radar Surveillance System (CSRR) donated to the Maldives by Indian government. In an interview to Strategic News International of India, Chief of Defense Force of Maldives, Major-General Abdulla Shamaal confirmed the installation... More

Maldives asks China to reduce debt repayments linked to scandals

The Maldives will appeal to Beijing to make concessions on repayments of debt clocked up during the previous administration, which the current government says is tied to illicit activity that ramped up contract costs. “This was wilful corruption,”... More

Maldives’ ex-president Yameen retains PPM leadership

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Progressive Party of Maldives’ extraordinary congress held days after former president Abdulla Yameen’s election defeat in September was legitimate. It upheld the High Court’s annulment of the Elections Commission’s refusal to... More

Maldives’ cabinet ratifies SAARC framework agreement for energy cooperation

The Cabinet of Maldives ratified SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation (Electricity) upon the advisement of the Attorney General. The Cabinet decision came to the following discussion, at today’s meeting. This agreement will facilitate the Maldives to get assistance... More

Climate change is destroying tiny nation: Maldivian FM tells Security Council

"Climate change is destroying our tiny island country for years," Abdulla Shahid, minister of foreign affairs of the Maldives, on Friday told a United Nations Security Council meeting on climate. Addressing the Security Council's open debate on the... More

India, Maldives discuss maritime security, military ties

India and Maldives on Thursday resolved to deepen their maritime security cooperation and give a new momentum to overall military ties during talks between Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her Maldivian counterpart Mariya Ahmed Didi, officials said. In... More

Maldives president to be chief guest at Sri Lanka’s Independence Day

The Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will be the chief guest at Sri Lanka's 71st Independence Day celebrations which will be held in Colombo on Feb. 4, local media reported Thursday. Internal and Home Affairs and Provincial Councils... More

‘US-Maldives partnership key to Indian Ocean security’

A stronger partnership between the United States (US) and the Maldives remains crucial for promoting maritime security in the Indian Ocean, Maldives foreign minister Abdulla Shahid stressed Wednesday. Speaking during a meeting at the Center for Strategic and... More

Future of Maldives ruling coalition into doubt

The Maldivian Democratic Party-led coalition appears to be on the verge of collapse after Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim announced he was open to talks with other parties to jointly contest the upcoming parliamentary elections. After escalating attacks... More

Maldives military refutes ‘third’ Indian helicopter reports

Maldives military on Saturday refuted reports that a third Indian helicopter was being operated in the archipelago. Days after the Maldives military resumed operating the two helicopters after renewing the agreement with its neighbours, several photos showing a... More

India-Maldives security cooperation keeps us safe: Maldivian defence minister

Maldivian defence minister Mariya Didi will be in India from January 23 to 30. This is her first visit after taking charge as country's defence minister under Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's government in November of 2018. Speaking exclusively to... More

1.4 mln tourists visit Maldives during 2018

Tourism Minister, Ali Waheeed stated on Thursday that 1.4 million tourists visited the Maldives during 2018. Speaking at a press conference, the Minister said the tourism industry witnessed a development of 6.8% in the last year. The number... More


Saudi Arabia seeking to be active in South Asia by deepening...

While many political pundits in Pakistan are trying to tie the up-coming billion-dollar Saudi investment in Pakistan with Riyadh’s need to have Islamabad as an ally in its wars in Yemen and Syria, there has been little appreciation of the former’s own growing needs for diversifying its economy. It is also not recognised that Pakistan, with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) running through it in the form of... More

Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... More

India key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says former Portuguese...

“This has less to do with geography than with history,” Macaes writes in his insightful book Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order. “As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future, their role remain ambiguous. In China's case, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task... More

BJP has communalised process of awarding Indian citizenship?

Political realities have temporarily halted the BJP’s brazen attempt to communalise Indian citizenship requirements to the advantage of the majority Hindus and to the detriment of the minority Muslims. Evidently, there is also a bias in favour of the north Indian majority and against the Tamil minority in the matter of giving citizenship. But this has not been brought to light in a major and sustained way yet, because the... More



The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More