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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

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 increase in political... 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, 2017. PPM filed the... More

‘Unjust Treatment’: Maldives’ antipathy to Commonwealth


Is the organization named ‘Commonwealth of Independent States’, which started its journey with the moto ‘all member states as “free and equal” stated in the 1949  London Declaration, losing its pertinence? Is the group being used as another... More

Commonwealth family lost the Maldives


By Shiaan Ahmed:   Last week, the Commonwealth family lost another of its members – the third one in the past years. The Maldives took the extremely difficult but inevitable decision to withdraw from the organisation after 34 years... More

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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

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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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