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 of the murder... 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 been asked to... 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 to launch a... 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 MP for Inguraidhoo... 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 role in enacting... 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 delivered at the... 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 million) to various... 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 six-day remand detention... More

Revisions to criminal procedures law withdrawn

A raft of amendments proposed by the government to the new criminal procedures law was abruptly withdrawn before it was put to a vote at Tuesday’s sitting of parliament. According to local media, the bill divided opinion among lawmakers... More

Government moves to slash oil tariff

The parliament has approved government-sponsored legislation for reducing the import duty for petroleum products from 10 to five percent. In an expedited process at Monday’s sitting, the amendments proposed by Majority Leader Ahmed Nihan to the import-export law... More

MP Saud summoned over alleged plot to assassinate judge

Maldives MP Saud Hussain was questioned by the police Thursday night over an alleged plot to assassinate High Court Judge Shujau Usman. Saud said he denied the allegation and gave a statement for the police investigation. A relative of... More

Senior Editor of V News, Rifaau summoned to the police

The Senior Editor of the Maldives online news, V-News, under V-Media, Ahmed Rifaau has been summoned to the police station by the regarding an article in relation to the arrest of the former Managing DIrector of the... More

Maldives slams UK-led criticism of human rights situation

The Maldives has scornfully dismissed calls by more than 30 countries to restore constitutional freedoms, allow space for political opposition, and prevent the intimidation of human rights defenders. The appeals came at the UN Human Rights Council on... More

Maldives announces campaign to intercept ocean plastic

Maldives Fisheries Minister Dr Mohamed Shainee has announced a campaign by Maldivian fishing vessels to intercept and collect ocean plastics from the country’s exclusive economic zone. The announcement was made Monday at the United Nations Oceans Conference in... More

Maldives opposition says severing ties with Qatar will affect tourism

The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), led by former President Mohamed Nasheed, on Tuesday strongly condemned Maldives President Abdulla Yameen’s decision to break diplomatic relations with Qatar. The MDP in a statement said the move will damage the Maldives,... More

Mideast diplomatic row shows deep-rooted conflict

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Yemen and the Maldives cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing the country of supporting terrorism and interfering in internal politics. Disturbances have emerged in the Arabian world once again. The... More

Maldives severs diplomatic ties with Qatar

The Maldives has severed diplomatic relations with Qatar after Saudi Arabia, Egypt and four other Arab countries cut ties with the oil-rich Gulf state amid a growing diplomatic crisis. The Maldives foreign ministry claimed in a brief statement... More

Maldives Opposition Jumhooree Party logo and flag banned

Elections Commission has banned the logo and flag of the opposition, Jumhooree Party (JP) and ordered to stop it’s use. JP was notified by a letter sent with the signature of the Secretary General of the Elections Commission,... More

Maldives Weather will improve starting Monday

National Meteorological Service has said that the weather will improve significantly starting from Monday. And official from the MET Office said that the current modules show the weather improving starting from Monday but the modules may change. The official... More

Bad weather causes damages in 14 islands

Torrential rain and strong winds caused damages in 14 islands as a bout of bad weather continues to wreak havoc across the Maldives. Fathmath Thasneem, head of the National Disaster Management Centre, told the press Thursday that the... More

MP Faris Maumoon barred from visiting dying aunt

MP Faris Maumoon, son of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, was barred from visiting his dying aunt in Singapore because he might not return to the Maldives, the home ministry claimed Tuesday. The lawmaker refused to cooperate with... 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

US withdrawal from Afghanistan showcases India’s hollow Afghan policy

When Donald Trump recently mocked India for building a library in Afghanistan, it signified a lot more than the fact that India is not fighting the Taliban as a US ally; it showed the actual limited presence of India in Afghanistan, although the Indian government has, as of lately, been busy responding to Trump’s jibe by listing its many projects in Afghanistan worth billions of dollars. But there can... 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