Maldives electoral body rejects application to form ex-pres’ new party

Maldives ' electoral body has rejected an application to establish former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's new party. The application was submitted by PPM deputy leader and Fonadhoo lawmaker Abdul Raheem Abdulla late Sunday. Elections chief Ahmed Shareef said... More

Opposition alleges Nasheed-Solih power struggle

Opposition Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) on Sunday alleged an ongoing power struggle between former president Mohamed Nasheed and incumbent president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih for control of the main ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). Nilandhoo lawmaker Dr Abdulla... More

New Maldives govt ‘unaware’ of details of China silk road pact

The new Maldives government was still trying to get details of the Silk Road agreement signed with China, the archipelago's president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said Wednesday. The agreement was signed after the official talks between the then Maldives... More

Sri Lanka, Maldives, and the new great game

The “great game” of the Kipling era was between Britain in India and expanding Tsarist Russia. Now a new one has emerged in the Indian Ocean, with multiple players on one side and China on the other. China... More

India gifted helicopters will remain, Maldives pres confirms

The two helicopters gifted to the Maldives by the Indian government would remain, president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih confirmed Wednesday. Maldives under former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom had returned one of the choppers in May and had asked... More

Maldives’ ex-pres confirms move to form new party over ‘uncertain’ PPM future

Maldives’ Former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Tuesday confirmed that he was planning to establish a new political party as the dispute over the opposition Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) leadership drags on. AVAS had reported the... More

Maldives president calls India ‘our closest friend’, moving focus away from China

The new president of the Maldives has called India the island nation’s “closest friend” and secured US$1.4 billion from New Delhi in his first overseas trip since his election.. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih spoke on Sunday in New... More

Maldives President reaches India for his first state visit

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has arrived in New Delhi, India, for his first State visit to a foreign country. The plan landed at the Indhira Gandhi International Airport of New Delhi this Sunday afternoon. Solih is accompanied on the... More

45 Indian military personnel arrives in Maldives for training

Indian military personnel arrived in the Maldives, on Friday, to partake in the annual training program 'Exercise Ekuverin', conducted by the Indian and Maldivian military. According to Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF), 45 Indian military personnel from the... More

Maldives court freezes ex-president Yameen’s bank accounts

A court in the Maldives has frozen bank accounts owned by former President Abdulla Yameen, two sources told Al Jazeera on Friday, as part of an investigation into allegations of financial fraud. Yameen, who suffered a decisive defeat in a presidential election... More

US looks to boost technical aid to Maldives

A top delegation from the United States (US) has arrived in Maldives to hold discussions over boosting technical aid to the archipelago, foreign ministry said Thursday. Officials from the US state department, commerce and the US embassy in... More

Maldives wants to use proposed Indian line of credit to develop main...

When Ibrahim Solih arrives in Delhi next week for his first foreign trip as president of the Maldives, he will be greeted by a red-carpet welcome and a host bearing gifts. India is set to offer a line... More

Maldives’ parliament accepts whistleblower protection law

A whistleblower protection law proposed by the government was accepted for consideration Monday despite objections from opposition lawmakers. Some 42 MPs voted to send the bill to committee for further review. Submitted on behalf of the new administration by... More

Indian navy ship in Maldives for joint EEZ surveillance

INS Rana, a Rajput-class destroyer of the Indian navy has arrived in Maldives for a joint surveillance patrol with the Maldives National Defense Force. MNDF reports INS Rana will be conducting joint surveillance patrol of the Exclusive Economic... More

Perspectives on India-China competition in Maldives

A tide of change in leadership has swept across South Asian countries such as Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, and Sri Lanka this year, spurring academic speculation over relative gains and losses from the perspective of India-China competition. As big... More

Maldives’ Nasheed launches parliament bid

Former president Mohamed Nasheed on Tuesday officially confirmed his intention to contest in the upcoming parliamentary elections. During a ceremony held in capital Male on Tuesday evening, Nasheed had launched his campaign for Central-Machchangoalhi constituency. Nasheed's decision has further... More

Maldives Foreign Secretary meets Chinese Ambassador Zhang Lizhong

Maldives’ foreign secretary Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed has met with Chinese Ambassador Zhang Lizhong. The meeting was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs premises in capital city Malé on Monday; the ministry reports that ways in which to... More

Maldives refuses Pakistan’s offer of an aircraft

Maldives’ Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid has said that the previous administration was looking to purchase a helicopter from Pakistan “through a bank loan”. Shahid said this in an interview published by India’s ‘Times Now’ on Sunday, where he... More

Maldives govt denies coalition agreement on parliamentary polls

Maldives government on Sunday denied the existence of an agreement between the four parties on the upcoming parliamentary elections. Main ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) the day before had announced its decision to contest for all seats in... More

UAE to waive visa fee for Maldives next year

United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has agreed to waive visa fee for Maldivians travelling to the middle-eastern country from next year, new Maldives foreign minister Abdulla Shahid has announced. During his recent visit to UAE, Shahid had met... More

Maldives passes record US$2 billion budget for 2019

An MVR30.2 billion (US$2 billion) budget for 2019 was unanimously approved by Maldives’ parliament Wednesday night. The record-high budget was passed with changes made during the committee stage to add MVR452 million to the public sector investment programme,... More


By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... 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