President Yameen suspects India is in Maldives to keep watch on China

President Abdulla Yameen suspects that Indian personnel is in Maldives to keep watch on China, says Abhijit Singh, a former Indian naval officer. In an interview with Reuters, Singh, an expert on Indian Ocean politics at the New... More

Maldives wants to shed “excessive Indian influence”: Chinese media

The Maldives asking India to take back its military helicopters and personnel deployed there reflects the country's "increasing desire to rid itself of the excessive Indian influence", Chinese state media has said. A commentary in the Global Times... More

Indian PM Modi calls for easing of political crackdown in Maldives

Indian leader Narendra Modi on Sunday (Aug 12) called for greater democracy and the restoration of an independent judiciary in the Maldives ahead of a presidential election in September. The Indian Ocean archipelago nation has been in turmoil... More

Maldives election a two-horse race

The 2018 presidential election will be a two-horse race between incumbent President Abdulla Yameen and joint opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih ‘Ibu.’ Unlike the past two elections – when run-offs were needed as none of the multiple candidates... More

Pull out your military choppers, personnel, Maldives tells India

The Maldives wants India to withdraw military helicopters and personnel posted there following the expiry of an agreement in June, its envoy said, the latest snub to Delhi by President Abdulla Yameen's China-backed government. India and China are... More

EU sanctions on Maldives could be stepped up

European Union sanctions against the Maldives are a “political signal” to authorities and current measures could be stepped up if there is no improvement in the country’s situation, an EU source said. The EU is imposing sanctions on... More

Why India is unable to bring back 28 sailors, 2 choppers Maldives...

For the past 38 days, a detachment of 28 Indian sailors and two Indian helicopters are stranded in the Maldives as the visas of the personnel expired on 30 June. The sailors are part of the contingent that... More

No political condition to Maldives aid, says  China

The China government has always respected the willingness of the Maldives government and its people in aiding the development of the archipelago, Chinese Ambassador to Maldives Zhang Lizhong said Monday. Incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom since taking... More

Maldives military on alert over national security threat

Maldives military is on high alert after credible reports of an imminent threat to national security, defence minister Adam Shareef Umar said Saturday. The defence minister in a post on his personal Facebook page said the military had... More

Maldives awards USD53 mln sewage project to Lankan firm

Maldives' utilities company Fenaka Corporation on Tuesday awarded a mega sewerage system project worth USD53 million (MVR866 million) to a leading Sri Lanka firm. During a ceremony held at the Islamic Centre in the capital Male, the agreement... More

Maldives extends stay of Indian helicopters until December

The Maldives has extended the deadline it had given to India for rolling back two gifted military helicopters along with the 48-member crew. The earlier deadline expired on June 30, following which India had sought an extension. Diplomatic... More

Applications open for Maldives’ Presidential Election

Maldives’ Elections Commission has opened applications for the Presidential Election set for 23 September 2018. An announcement made by the Commission said that applications will be opened from today to 2 p.m. on 4 August. Applicants can submit... More

Pak Naval chief, Maldives president reiterate to enhance defence collaboration

While on an official visit to the Maldives, Pakistan’s Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi called on President of the Republic of Maldives, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Garoom at President's office at Male. During the meeting,... More

Maldives releases stamps marking 45 years of bilateral relations with China

A special ceremony was held on July 18 to officially release stamps commemorating the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the Maldives. The stamps were produced by the Embassy of the Maldives in... More

Tourists to Maldives increase by 10.5% in 2018

Maldives’ Tourism Ministry has revealed the number of holidaymakers visiting Maldives in 2018 so far has increased by 10.5 percent. Based on statistical data collected from Maldives Immigration Department and tourism related ventures, the ministry compiled statistics indicate... More

Maldives to get US$40 mn OPEC loan

The Maldives is to get a US$40 million (MVR616.8 million) concessional loan from the OPEC Fund for International Development, the government said Monday as a minister took a swipe at the European Union for approving targeted sanctions... More

EU warns of sanctions against Maldives rights violators

The European Union could adopt sanctions ranging from travel bans to asset freezes against those in the Maldives responsible for human rights violations and undermining the rule of law in the Indian Ocean island chain, the bloc... More

EU to sanction Maldives

The European Union is expected Monday to sanction the Maldives, following months of concern and condemnation over the worsening political and human rights situation. Brussels and Malé have been at loggerheads over the erosion of rights and a... More

Gasim’s wife rules herself out of running mate race

Maldives’ opposition Jumhoory Party (JP) leader Gasim Ibrahim's wife Aishath Nahula on Thursday ruled herself out of the race to win the nomination for the opposition alliance running mate. Under the opposition parties' alliance agreement, JP would nominate... More

Maldives announces official name of CMF bridge

Maldives’ housing minister Dr. Mohamed Muizzu on Thursday announced the official name of China-Maldives Friendship Bridge (CMFB). Minister Dr. Muizzu made the announcement through Twitter. The first ever bridge constructed linking two islands of Maldives has been named... More

India to ‘educate and advise’ Maldives on China

India is to adopt a ‘three-pronged’ approach to deal with China’s presence in its neighbourhood that will include educating and advising the Maldives, according to media reports. A presentation led by Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj took place on... More


India’s multi alignment challenge 

This is clearly the big diplomatic season for India and its travel-driven Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe's visit to India (Aug 21-24) is a hugely important event, coming as it does after PM Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping defused the long military stand-off at Doklam through informal summits and after... More

To forge their peace, Afghan Taliban wage their war

While the latest Taliban attack on the city of Ghazni in Afghanistan has led many in the West, especially the mainstream media, to conclude that no peace talks with the Taliban can bring peace, these analysis seem to have completely missed the whole points of talks as they are going on: the Taliban are... More

Has digital media changed politics in Bangladesh?

Political nostalgia in Bangladesh centres around public and street agitations. It begins with the language movement of 1952 which defined the basic parameters of national aspiration. The next station of political memory is the 1962 student’s movement against Gen. Ayub Khan’s martial law regime imposed in 1958. It ended in 1969 with the most glorified... More

Accountability begins at home

A democratic form of government being accountable to the people, the elected representatives are accountable to the people who elect them. Our enduring constant crisis in governance stems from our inept and corrupt rulers trampling the essential pillars of good governance, rule of law and accountability. This gives rise to unbridled and widespread corruption,... More

Bangladesh: A social media driven state?

It’s not easy to have a calm conversation in Bangladesh. Everyone is rushing to make a comment, observe and abuse. Or make a counter to all that. Anything that requires critical thought is discarded and the instant reaction is the most common form of response. In a society not unduly famous for pondering, Bangladesh... More


Bleak times for freedom of expression, whether emergency or not

Its time to stop the nitpicking. All that hair-splitting about whether what we are witnessing in India today is classical fascism or not – stop it. The argument that this is not like the Emergency of 1975 – completely irrelevant. Those bookish notions belong to seminar rooms and academic discussions, where high-minded... More

India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj has developed a... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many baffled. Some pointers A first... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As some would have... More



Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is formed, this will... More