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Supreme Court asked to disqualify lawmakers who switch parties


Attorney General Mohamed Anil has asked the Supreme Court to declare that MPs who leave their party, joins another party or is expelled from the party will lose their seat. A first hearing took place Monday... More

MP Abdulla Riyaz cleared of obstruction charge


Jumhooree Party MP Abdulla Riyaz has been found not guilty of obstructing police officers over his refusal to unlock his mobile phone. A three-judge panel at the criminal court ruled Sunday morning that the prosecution was... More

Investment Forum to change venue due to severed bilateral relations with Qatar


The venue for the Maldives Investment Forum roadshow series organized by the Maldivian government to expand the investment opportunities in the Maldives has been set to change following the severance of bilateral relations with... More

Majlis to hear Maseeh no-confidence motion on July 24


No-confidence motion against Speaker of People’s Majlis, Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed has been scheduled for July 24. The petition was submitted to People’s Majlis by the opposition alliance with signatures of 45 parliamentarians. The minimum required... More

Police claim to have evidence of MP Faris bribing lawmakers


The Maldives police have claimed to have evidence of MP Faris Maumoon bribing lawmakers to vote in favour of a no-confidence motion to remove the speaker of parliament, fuelling rumours of his impending arrest. “At... More

Criminal procedures law comes into force


Maldives institutions and defence lawyers have welcomed the landmark criminal procedures law that came into force on Monday. The Attorney General’s office said the law was “much needed to place the Maldives justice system on... More

Majlis sittings suspended indefinitely


Maldives People’s Majlis sittings have been suspended indefinitely. An official from the People’s Majlis secretariat reported to “Sun” that the sitting scheduled for coming Tuesday has been cancelled, and that Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed informed... More

No-confidence motion against Speaker Maseeh filed with 45 signatures


The Maldives opposition alliance has submitted a no-confidence motion to oust Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed with the backing of a majority of lawmakers from the 85-member People’s Majlis. The motion was filed Monday morning with... More

Maldives Government drops electricity price


The price of electricity being provided nationwide by the government companies has been received. Speaking at a press conference at the PSM Radio Building on Sunday, The Minister for Environment and Energy, Thoriq Ibrahim said... More

Former Defence Minister Nazim taken back to prison


Officers of the Maldives Correctional Services has gone to the residence of the former Defence Minister Colonel-retired Mohamed Nazim on Friday, and taken him back to prison where he is serving an 11-year sentence... More

Coins close to 200 years discovered in Sultan Park


Coins over 181 years old have been discovered during the course of the dig at the Sultan Park currently under renovations. Maldives Media Official of the Heritage Department, Hassan Mohamed told Sun Media on Thursday... More

Maldives taken off US human trafficking watch list


The Maldives has been removed from a human trafficking watch list of the US State Department following the first successful prosecution and conviction of traffickers. The Maldives was on the tier two watch list for the... More

ACC requests meeting with Maumoon regarding Theemuge audit report


Former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has been sent a letter requesting a meeting regarding audit reports on Theemuge, reports Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Former Deputy Secretary-General of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), Abdul Aleem reported... More

Ihavandhoo council’s restrictions spark debate about treatment of migrant workers


A curfew and other restrictions imposed Sunday by the Ihavandhoo council on the Maldives expatriate community has sparked a debate about the treatment of migrant workers in the country. The restrictions came in the wake... More

Police seek charges against Gayoom’s assistant


The police are seeking charges former Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s personal assistant over his refusal to appear for questioning over the alleged bribery of lawmakers by MP Faris Maumoon. The Prosecutor General’s office has... More

Opposition lawmaker slams broadcasting regulator over Medianet fine


Opposition MP Ahmed ‘ADK’ Nashid slammed the broadcasting regulator Thursday night over an MVR500,000 (US$32,425) fine imposed on the main cable television provider for rebroadcasting an Al Jazeera corruption exposé. Speaking at a ceremony held by private broadcaster Sangu TV... More

President ratifies 2nd Amendment Bill to Judicature Act


Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has ratified the 2nd Amendment Bill to the Judicature Act (Act No. 22/2010) increasing the number of High Court Judges from 9 to 11.  The Amendment submitted by the... More

Will Maldives follow the Sri Lanka model?


Maldives is all agog with the presidential elections likely to be held in September 2018. Presidential elections are the main determinant of the country’s power play, though the 77-member parliament does play an important... More

Police summons through social media


Maldives Police Service has made arrangements so they can sent summon orders to appear at the station through social media. The new regulation would sent the summon through social media if the slip cannot be... More

Government borrows US$52m for ‘short-term financing’


The Maldives government has borrowed MVR800 million (US$51.8 million) from the Bank of Maldives to settle unpaid bills. The finance ministry told the parliament’s public accounts committee Tuesday that the government owed MVR627 million (US$41... More

Opposition leader Adam Azim released


Adam Azim, a senior opposition figure arrested on charges of encouraging the government’s overthrow, has been released after nearly a week in police custody. The police released him Wednesday afternoon without seeking to extend a... More

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Is Modi making up for India’s shortage of diplomats?

Narendra Modi is India's most travelled Prime Minister. The opposition Congress recently wanted his name on the Guinness Book of World Records for the most travelled Prime Minister, mockingly writing," We are overwhelmed and”extremely happy to suggest the name of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has set the... More

India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible

Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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... 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... 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... More

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... More

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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... More