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UN calls for probe into Yameen’s death


The United Nations has called for the investigation on the murder of the social media activist and blogger, Yameen Rasheed be up to the international standards. The High Commissioner of Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein condemned Sunday's... More

Faris summoned to police headquarters


Dhiggaru MP Ahmed Faris Maumoon, son of the former Maldives president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, was summoned to police headquarters this Monday morning. Faris was sent summons to attend police headquarters at 10 am. Police media official confirmed that Faris... More

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 former Maldivian presidents... 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 was also a... 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 held in capital... 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 Party leader and... 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 motion against the... 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 into a pact... 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 Silva of WSS... 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 with 19 coral... 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 the opposition Maldivian... 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 to run. The Indian... 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 Samaraweera, Minister of... 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 the decision at... 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 week that the... 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 that some 500... 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 latest example of... 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 part of the... 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), made the call... 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 lacked full sovereignty... 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 resolve various trade... More

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Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Bangladesh’s grenade attack case: Politics of past or future?

The October 10 special tribunal verdict on the August 2004 grenade attack case that killed 24 and injured many including Bangladesh’s current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina didn’t carry too many surprises since it was a foregone conclusion that the “guilty men” would be handed out tough sentences. It was earlier speculated that BNP’s acting chief and Begum Khaleda Zia’s son Tarique Rahman may be awarded the death sentence, but he... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... More

RSS: Glasnost or public relations?

India's Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) claims to be a social organisation but those who have closely followed it say it is the political high-platform of Hindutva. Its Nagpur headquarters is located in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city, where in the 18th century originated the Hindu Pad Padshahi or the vision of a Hindu nation-state during the reign of the Peshwas. The Peshwas drove the limits of Maratha empire to Attock in the northwest... More

China’s discreet headway into Afghanistan

While China continues officially to deny playing a leading role in managing conflict in Afghanistan, there is also no gainsaying that China continues to make a meaningful headway into Afghanistan, a development that would, even if Beijing denies, have a strong impact on which way the wind blows in Afghanistan in next few years. This week Pakistan’s Maulana Sami ul Haq, the cleric who is known as the ‘father of... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


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

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