Exiled Maldives leader accuses China of ‘land grab’

Exiled Maldives Opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed on Monday (Jan 22) accused China of seizing land in the politically-troubled Indian Ocean archipelago and undermining its sovereignty. Nasheed said Chinese interests had leased at least 16 islets among the 1,192... More

Maldives looks to block extremist websites

The counter terrorism unit of Maldives was working with the communications authority of Maldives (CAM) to block websites that are used as a tool for radicalizing and recruiting jihadists from the archipelago, defence minister Adam Shareef Umar... More

Number of Maldivians who traveled abroad as militants increases to 61

Number of Maldivians who traveled abroad to join fighting in foreign countries has increased to 61 people, says National Counter-Terrorism Center (NCTC). NCTC had said in 2017 that the number stood at 49 people. Speaking at a press conference... More

No primary, Yameen ruling party president candidate: PPM

Incumbent President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom apparently has the full support of PPM to run for a second term. Secretary General of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) Abdulla Khaleel has strongly asserted that the party has already decided... More

Maldives wants to add treason to Penal Code

The Maldives government of wants to amend the Penal Code to add “treason to the state” as a criminal offence. Attorney General Mohamed Anil said the government was preparing two bills to amend the Penal Code, SunOnline reported. The... More

Maldives reaffirms ‘India First’ after FTA with China

On a visit to India to soothe New Delhi that has been upset at Maldives signing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China last month, foreign minister Mohamed Asim reaffirmed the island's "India First" policy at a... More

Maldives’ ex-Prez security detail increase translates to ‘house arrest’

The opposition has initiated waves of criticism on government's move to increase an unsolicited security detail at the residence of former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, which is being described an unwarranted 'house arrest.' Gayoom, whose life is in... More

Maldivian FM’s India visit is a test for New Delhi’s trust

The foreign minister of Maldives, Mohamed Asim is set to visit India today (Jan 10) and will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow (Jan 11), after the small island nation caused India significant concern over signing a... More

Fresh probe into Maldives Vogue model’s death

Bangladesh authorities have launched a fresh probe into the death of Maldivian medical student and Vogue model, Raudha Athif. The Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) is investigating the death of Raudha, who was found dead inside her dormitory... More

India criticised over FTA delay, state visit cancellation

In an interview with Tribune India about Indo-Maldives relations, Maldives’ ambassador to India Ahmed Mohamed spoke about the free trade agreement with China that has raised concerns over China’s influence in the Maldives. Mohamed told the Tribune that... More

‘Maldives ready to carry out executions’

Maldives is ready to carry out executions, local media has reported a government minister as saying, ending a six-decade moratorium on capital punishment. Home Minister Azleen Ahmed told Raajje TV that work has been completed on building a... More

2017: Maldives cozy up with China, irks India

Incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom made a resounding statement early in his term. His government would look to the east for a progressive partnership. The statement though veiled, was clear enough. Maldives was replacing or the... More

Maldives main opposition sets out roadmap to beat Yameen in 2018

The Maldives main opposition will support a presidential candidate from another party if its own candidate is jailed or barred from contesting next year’s elections, one of several official declarations made about 2018’s key poll. Hassan Latheef, the... More

FTA opportunity open for neighbor-ally India; says Maldivian minister

Maldivian Fisheries Minister Dr. Mohamed Shainy has said that Maldivian close ally India has the same opportunity to establish a free trade agreement with the country, much like the Asian giant China. Dr. Shainy's comments come to mediate... More

Indo-Maldives joint exercise concludes in Belagavi

The two-week long eighth edition of the Indo-Maldives joint military exercise, 'Ekuverin', came to an end at Belagavi, about 505 km from Bangalore, on Thursday (Dec 28). The bilateral annual exercise was a 14-day joint military training between... More

No unrest in Maldives-India relationship; says envoy

Maldives ambassador to India Ahmed Mohamed affirmed the relationship between India and Maldives has not worsened and remains steadfast. Speaking to India's "National Herald" Mohamed assured the unity between South Asian neighbors India and Maldives has not wavered... More

Yameen’s two-pronged strategy to win the 2018 Presidential election

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, who has been drawing intense flak from the opposition and the Western powers for allegedly flouting democratic norms and fostering Islamic radicalism, is hoping to win the September 2018 Presidential election on the... More

Maldives reaches out to India, discusses high-level bilateral meet in bid to...

Amid growing concerns in New Delhi over an open display of hostility against India in the Maldives, Male seems to be finally reaching out to the Indian government. It is currently discussing a high-level bilateral visit from... More

Maldivian President appeals to his countrymen not to antagonize India

The Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen has appealed to his countrymen, especially the media, not to antagonize India as it is the “closest friend and ally” of the Maldives. Speaking in an Atoll he was visiting during the day,... More

Maldives and China sign free trade agreement

Maldives President Abdul Yameen made his first state visit to China early this month to sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), underscoring the growing partnership between the two countries. Yameen praised China, declaring it to be his... More

India downplays Maldives diplo drama

India has scotched rumours of a rift with the Maldives, saying the two countries enjoyed a close relationship with shared development and security interests. External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar made the remarks on 21 December after a scathing... More


Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... More

Hunt with the hound, swim with the crocodile

On the sidelines of the G20 conference in Argentina, there were two very important summits. One involved US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This was the first trilateral that brought Modi and Trump together. “The relationships between our three countries is extremely good, extremely strong. I think, with India, maybe stronger than ever. And with Japan, I think, stronger than ever,” Trump said, as... More

India’s dead-end Afghan policy

While India has been investing in Afghanistan for several years, the changing dynamics of the Afghan war indicate that this economic, political and diplomatic investment may not yield the desired results after all. First and foremost, India’s Afghan-policy has been driven by the imperative of having a strong presence on Pakistan’s western border, which India has been able to pursue—and aims to continue—with the help of Kabul. But 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


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