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Maldives blogger stabbed to death


A prominent Maldivian blogger, who was critical of extremism and government corruption, was stabbed to death on Sunday, police said, and the main opposition party demanded an international probe into the killing. All three surviving... More

Maldives Police cancel Mamoon PA Sofwan’s passport


Maldives Police Service has cancelled the passport of former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s personal assistant and head of his security detail – Ahmed Sofwan, and asked for assistance from Interpol in the search. Sofwan... More

Maldives to host hot air balloon festival in May


Maldives has started final preparations for a hot air balloon festival which will be held in May. This is the first such festival to be held in the Indian Ocean archipelago. The festival will be... More

Maldives opposition party leader arrested for alleged plot


Police in the Maldives have arrested an opposition party leader on a charge of plotting to overthrow the government, a move the joint opposition condemned on Friday as intensifying a crackdown on political opponents. Jumhooree... More

Conditions for ousting Yameen democratically ripening, says Maldivian opposition leader


The Maldivian opposition leader, Mohamed Nasheed, is optimistic about ousting President Abdulla Yameen through the constitutional parliamentary route because parliament is now going the opposition’s way, as seen in the vote on the no-confidence... More

Maldives exiled leader Nasheed vows to take Parliament


The exiled former leader of the Maldives Sunday announced plans to take control of the national parliament after hammering out a rare unity pact with his politically influential erstwhile enemies. Mohamed Nasheed said he entered... More

Saudi king postpones visit to Maldives


Saudi King at the last moment postpones his much publicised visit to Maldives. The grapevine has it that the cause behind calling off the tour could be more of a strategic reason. Rohantha De... More

Saudi King and the Maldivian atoll


Saudi royal family is set to buy Faafu atoll of Maldive. But what is the grand plan behind this? As rumours abound that Maldive’s president Abdulla Yameen has been negotiating to sell an entire atoll... More

India watches with concern as row erupts over Maldives’ plan to “sell”...


India might be faced with another security challenge in its neighbourhood with a controversy erupting in the Maldives over Abdulla Yameen government's plan to give control of an entire atoll to Saudi Arabia. Members of... More

Exiled Maldives leader Nasheed to stand for 2018 presidency


Exiled Maldivian leader Mohamed Nasheed said on Thursday he would return to the troubled Indian Ocean archipelago to contest a 2018 presidential election and called for international pressure on the government to allow him... More

Maldives, Sri Lanka concludes third session of Joint Commission


The Third Session of the Maldives-Sri Lanka Joint Commission was held last on Thursday, at the Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs, headed the Maldivian delegation, and Mangala... More

Maldives opposition boycott presidential address


For a second consecutive year, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), the main opposition, boycotted the President’s annual state of the nation address at the official opening of parliament on Monday. The MDP’s parliamentary group took... More

Maldives First lady launches Yameen’s 2018 re-election campaign


Maldives First Lady Fathmath Ibrahim launched President Abdulla Yameen’s 2018 re-election campaign on Friday night with a gathering in Hulhumalé dubbed Feshun (Beginning). Ibrahim Muaz Ali, spokesman for the first lady’s campaign office, told the press last... More

Watchdog dismisses multiple corruption allegations against Maldives first lady


The anti-graft watchdog has dismissed corruption allegations against Maldives First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim’s charity, declaring legal the Sadaqat Foundation’s distribution in its name of dates gifted by Saudi Arabia. The Anti Corruption Commission said Tuesday... More

New family feud feared in Maldivian politics


Defections and sudden u-turns in allegiance are common in Maldivian politics. The joining of Dhunya Maumoon, daughter of the former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and the former foreign minister, with the government is the... More

Maldives launched sub-sea cable connecting islands


  The nationwide submarine cable in Maldives, a joint venture of Maldivian Ooredoo and China’s Huawei Marine, has launched connecting six main islands of the Indian Ocean archipelago. The 1,200 km subsea cable project is... More

Maldives urged to strengthen ties with China


    China urges the Maldives to strengthen alignment of development strategies within the framework of the ‘One Belt, One Road’ Initiative. Zhang Dejiang, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC),... More

Money laundering checks are a burden on small countries, says Yameen


Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has described international money-laundering checks as “red tape” that imposes a disproportionate burden on small countries. Speaking Monday at a conference organised by the supreme court, the president said the Maldives... More

Maldives to establish int’l arbitration center


In a bid to resolve trade disputes out of court, Maldives government is looking to establish an international arbitration center in the archipelago. The country feels that the absence of an arbitration center proves a difficult proposition for businesses to... More

UN raises concerns over Maldives’ political polarization


Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon has expressed concern over the increase in political polarization in Maldives. In a statement issued from the office of the UN chief said that Ban expressed concern that... More

Maldives postpone council election


  The civil court in Maldives has granted the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) its request for a two-month postponement to the upcoming local council election. The election was scheduled to hold on 14 January,... More

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On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... 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