Indian PM Modi calls for easing of political crackdown in Maldives

Indian leader Narendra Modi on Sunday (Aug 12) called for greater democracy and the restoration of an independent judiciary in the Maldives ahead of a presidential election in September. The Indian Ocean archipelago nation has been in turmoil... More

Maldives election a two-horse race

The 2018 presidential election will be a two-horse race between incumbent President Abdulla Yameen and joint opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih ‘Ibu.’ Unlike the past two elections – when run-offs were needed as none of the multiple candidates... More

Pull out your military choppers, personnel, Maldives tells India

The Maldives wants India to withdraw military helicopters and personnel posted there following the expiry of an agreement in June, its envoy said, the latest snub to Delhi by President Abdulla Yameen's China-backed government. India and China are... More

EU sanctions on Maldives could be stepped up

European Union sanctions against the Maldives are a “political signal” to authorities and current measures could be stepped up if there is no improvement in the country’s situation, an EU source said. The EU is imposing sanctions on... More

Why India is unable to bring back 28 sailors, 2 choppers Maldives...

For the past 38 days, a detachment of 28 Indian sailors and two Indian helicopters are stranded in the Maldives as the visas of the personnel expired on 30 June. The sailors are part of the contingent that... More

No political condition to Maldives aid, says  China

The China government has always respected the willingness of the Maldives government and its people in aiding the development of the archipelago, Chinese Ambassador to Maldives Zhang Lizhong said Monday. Incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom since taking... More

Maldives military on alert over national security threat

Maldives military is on high alert after credible reports of an imminent threat to national security, defence minister Adam Shareef Umar said Saturday. The defence minister in a post on his personal Facebook page said the military had... More

Maldives awards USD53 mln sewage project to Lankan firm

Maldives' utilities company Fenaka Corporation on Tuesday awarded a mega sewerage system project worth USD53 million (MVR866 million) to a leading Sri Lanka firm. During a ceremony held at the Islamic Centre in the capital Male, the agreement... More

Maldives extends stay of Indian helicopters until December

The Maldives has extended the deadline it had given to India for rolling back two gifted military helicopters along with the 48-member crew. The earlier deadline expired on June 30, following which India had sought an extension. Diplomatic... More

Applications open for Maldives’ Presidential Election

Maldives’ Elections Commission has opened applications for the Presidential Election set for 23 September 2018. An announcement made by the Commission said that applications will be opened from today to 2 p.m. on 4 August. Applicants can submit... More

Pak Naval chief, Maldives president reiterate to enhance defence collaboration

While on an official visit to the Maldives, Pakistan’s Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi called on President of the Republic of Maldives, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Garoom at President's office at Male. During the meeting,... More

Maldives releases stamps marking 45 years of bilateral relations with China

A special ceremony was held on July 18 to officially release stamps commemorating the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the Maldives. The stamps were produced by the Embassy of the Maldives in... More

Tourists to Maldives increase by 10.5% in 2018

Maldives’ Tourism Ministry has revealed the number of holidaymakers visiting Maldives in 2018 so far has increased by 10.5 percent. Based on statistical data collected from Maldives Immigration Department and tourism related ventures, the ministry compiled statistics indicate... More

Maldives to get US$40 mn OPEC loan

The Maldives is to get a US$40 million (MVR616.8 million) concessional loan from the OPEC Fund for International Development, the government said Monday as a minister took a swipe at the European Union for approving targeted sanctions... More

EU warns of sanctions against Maldives rights violators

The European Union could adopt sanctions ranging from travel bans to asset freezes against those in the Maldives responsible for human rights violations and undermining the rule of law in the Indian Ocean island chain, the bloc... More

EU to sanction Maldives

The European Union is expected Monday to sanction the Maldives, following months of concern and condemnation over the worsening political and human rights situation. Brussels and Malé have been at loggerheads over the erosion of rights and a... More

Gasim’s wife rules herself out of running mate race

Maldives’ opposition Jumhoory Party (JP) leader Gasim Ibrahim's wife Aishath Nahula on Thursday ruled herself out of the race to win the nomination for the opposition alliance running mate. Under the opposition parties' alliance agreement, JP would nominate... More

Maldives announces official name of CMF bridge

Maldives’ housing minister Dr. Mohamed Muizzu on Thursday announced the official name of China-Maldives Friendship Bridge (CMFB). Minister Dr. Muizzu made the announcement through Twitter. The first ever bridge constructed linking two islands of Maldives has been named... More

India to ‘educate and advise’ Maldives on China

India is to adopt a ‘three-pronged’ approach to deal with China’s presence in its neighbourhood that will include educating and advising the Maldives, according to media reports. A presentation led by Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj took place on... More

Maldives welcomes Saudi Interior Minister

Maldives government on Monday welcomed the Interior Minister of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The official welcoming reception was held at the Jumhooree square right opposite Izzuddin Jetty - designated... More

Maldivian Coast Guard vessel visits Sri Lanka

Maldivian Coast Guard ship “Huravee” arrived at the port of Colombo on a goodwill visit today (7th July). The ship was warmly welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions, on her arrival. Subsequently, the... More


Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

A matter of shame

That the wolves would soon be at the door should not have surprised anybody.What is surprising is that Imran Khan’s people were not better prepared to deal with the hungry pack left out in the political cold. Despite the losers’ calling for mass rejection of the alleged July 25 election rigging, they failed to mobilise the streets. Though Fazlur Rahman vociferously fulminated that the new National Assembly (NA) would... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... 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