Maldives vital to Indo-Pacific strategy

President Donald J Trump has been the first President since the Atlantic era ended towards the close of the 1990s to acknowledge that it is no longer the Atlantic ocean but the confluence of the Pacific and... More

Five days for Maldivian Chief Justice to respond to charges

A duration of five days has been granted to the Chief Justice, Abdulla Saeed, to respond to the charges pressed against him. With the penal code suspended during the course of the State of Emergency, the Chief Justice... More

China’s ‘Maldives meddling’ in focus at India’s next meeting with quad partners

The US has said that the Maldives issue will be discussed by the Quad countries — which includes, India, Japan, Australia and the US — in its next meeting and it is closely monitoring the Chinese actions... More

Mass arrests in Maldives as activists defy emergency

Maldivian authorities arrested more than 140 activists who defied a ban on rallies and demonstrated against a state of emergency imposed by President Abdulla Yameen, the opposition said Saturday (March 17). Thousands of supporters poured into the streets... More

Maldives detains 3 journalists over protest coverage: CPJ

The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Maldivian authorities to immediately release three Raajje TV journalists who, according to their pro-opposition station, were detained today over their coverage of anti-government protests in the capital, Malé. "The government in... More

South Asia should not become a battleground for competing interests

Recently, Sri Lanka declared a 10-day state of emergency following clashes between majority Buddhists and members of the minority Muslim community in Kandy in the central part of the country. Some on China's we-media claimed that India had... More

EU parliament adopts resolution to impose sanctions on Maldives govt

Expressing its grave concern over the worsening political crisis in the Maldives, the European Parliament through a resolution on Thursday asked the EU council to impose targeted sanctions against key officials of the Maldives government and supporters... More

The Maldives crisis and the China-India chess match

The continued political crisis in the Maldives began on February 6, after President Abdulla Yameen ordered the arrest of the chief justice of the Supreme Court of the country along with a former president and declared a... More

Maldivian Prez ratifies anti-defection bil

Maldives’ President Abdulla Yameen Wednesday (Mar 14) ratified controversial legal changes to punish convicted judges and lawmakers who defect. Changes to the Judges Act mean that judges convicted of a criminal offence can be removed from office, without... More

Maldives passes anti-defection law to disqualify ‘rebel dozen’

The parliament of Maldives on Tuesday (March 13) passed the controversial anti-defection law devised to disqualify a dozen former government lawmakers. The draft law was submitted in the wake of a top court stay order the relevant institutions... More

Immigration denies holding back visas for Indians

Maldives Immigration on Monday denied there were problems in giving business visas or work permits to Indian expatriate workers, amid strained relations between the two countries. Personnel officers in Maldivian companies told Raajjemv they have been waiting on... More

Int’l probing into Maldives flag flying tanker case

Maldives’ Defense Minister Adam Shareef on Sunday (March 11) has claimed the case of a high-seas ship-to-ship (STS) transfer between two vessels - one identified a North Korean vessel with the other hoisting Maldives flag - has... More

Maldives’ opposition accused of planning and inciting violence

The Maldives opposition has been accused of planning to overthrow the government by creating unrest and instability in the capital. Police said Thursday night investigations were under way after they had learned of plans to topple President Abdulla... More

China’s Navy May Have Deterred an Indian Intervention in Maldives

A Chinese naval combat force that entered the Indian Ocean for the first time in four years may have helped deter an Indian intervention in the Maldives after its pro-China president imposed a state of emergency, according... More

Maldives to amend law to disqualify judges convicted of a crime

Ruling, Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has submitted an amendment to the Judges Act, which will disqualify judges who are convicted of a criminal offense by a court of law. The amendment was submitted to the People’s Majlis... More

Asian giants China and India flex muscles over tiny Maldives

A Chinese naval combat force that entered the Indian Ocean for the first time in four years may have helped deter an Indian intervention in the Maldives after its pro-China president imposed a state of emergency, according... More

‘Foreign military intervention masterminds face humiliation!’

Maldives ambassador to India Ahmed Mohamed said those who attempted to bring foreign military intervention to the island nation has been deeply humiliated. The Maldives ambassador to India has claimed the government has managed to avert opposition's attempt... More

Maldives ruling party submits anti-defection law

Maldives ruling party on Monday (March 5) submitted the draft anti-defection law to the parliament which if passed would disqualify lawmakers elected on party tickets if they quit, change or are dismissed from the party. Not much details... More

Gasim Ibrahim ‘persistent’ against Govt. amid growing woes

Maldives business tycoon and Jumhoory Party leader Gasim Ibrahim has claimed he stands relentlessly with the opposition in their attempts to reform the government despite deepening predicaments. The opposition leader said he will not be intimidated over any... More

How Maldives slipped away from India’s hug and shook hands with China

Idyllic Maldives faces a serious constitutional crisis and there are no indications that President Abdullah Yameen is willing to soften his position. On the contrary, all indications are that Yameen would ruthlessly incarcerate the opposition and even... More

Police seek charges against Gayoom, two top court judges

Maldives police on Wednesday (Feb 28) officially sought charges against former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, chief justice Abdulla Saeed, top court judge Ali Hameed and chief judicial administrator Hassan Saeed. The four remain in custody accused of a... More


Regulators and conflict of interest

A governmental body created by a legislature to implement and enforce specific laws, a "Regulatory Agency" or a "Regulator" would usually have quasi-legislative functions, executive functions, and judicial functions. Many laws govern social and economic matters, such as income tax, environmental laws, occupational health and safety laws, real estate law, employment laws, etc. A regulatory agency serves two primary functions in govt: implement the laws and enforce the same. Regulations... More

Is Bangladesh an online state?

Bangladesh is an online state with an incredibly high number of virtual citizens. Few can match them in enthusiasm, participation and enjoyment of what the online world offers, good or bad. Much great stuff happens on the net but so does nasty stuff. It’s also a great producer of cultural and otherwise, not to mention, political ones. The recent spate of actions against online content considered “harmful” have spiked, which,... More

How China might undo Saudi plans for Iran?

The recent Saudi bid to increase its economic and political influence in South Asia (Pakistan and India) is, as I pointed out in my previous stories for SAM, largely informed not just by the imperative of a Saudi economic expansion across Asia and avoid economic doom, but also by the objective of snatching Iran’s share of oil market in this part of the world. This is partly one reason... More

Pakistan receives warning from Iran not to join Saudi proxy war

Pakistan has received a stern warning from Iran's Major-General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Qods Force and other senior in the aftermath of the February 13, 2019 attack on their forces by Iranian Baluch militants in the country's restive Sistan and Baluchistan province bordering Pakistan. The new tone from Tehran is a response to Pakistan's recent tilt back toward Saudi Arabia since Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran... More

‘Syndrome 2020’ unleashes a new bid to change the constitution

Myanmar’spro-democracy forces have launched a new bid to change the country’s constitution. With some 18 months left before the 2020 elections, the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) has initiated a process in parliament it hopes will amend the military-drafted constitution and give the party an important campaigning issue. It is the latest evidence that the country has been plunged into “Syndrome 2020” in the lead up to 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