MNDF: No connection between oil spill, tugboat; search ongoing

There’s no connection between the oil spill found in the ocean and the tugboat “Mariya-3” which went missing with six people onboard while traveling from K. Thulusdhoo to L. Gan, reports Maldives National Defense Force. The statement was... More

Bad weather wreaks havoc across Maldives

Torrential rain, thunderstorms, and rough seas have been wreaking havoc across the Maldives with the onset of the south-west monsoon. On Wednesday night, a tornado struck the southernmost atoll, damaging 12 homes in the Hithadhoo ward of Addu City. The... More

Judge lifts conditions imposed on MV opposition leader Gasim

The criminal court has lifted restrictive conditions imposed on Maldives opposition Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim when he was released from police custody last week. The move comes after Gasim’s lawyers accused a police officer of falsely claiming... More

MV Supreme court asked to restrict parliament’s powers to sack ministers

The Attorney General’s office has asked the supreme court to determine that the parliament can only dismiss cabinet ministers for committing an impeachable offence. According to article 101 of the constitution, a no-confidence motion can be filed by... More

Female candidates win majorities on four island councils

Female candidates won majorities on island councils for the first time in the Maldives’ third municipal elections on May 6. Voters on the islands of Thakandhoo and Kelaa in Haa Alif atoll, as well as Kurendhoo in Lhaviyani... More

Yameen’s murder case sent to UN committees for inquiry

Case of the brutal murder of local human rights activist and blogger – Yameen Rasheed- has been sent to relevant United Nations committees for inquiry by Yameen’s family. 29-year-old Yameen was found with multiple stab wounds on the stairwell of... More

Maldives opposition leader Gasim released

The Maldives criminal court has released Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim with conditions after 20 days in police custody. According to defence lawyer Hisaan Hussain, the court imposed seven conditions for the opposition lawmaker’s release, including cooperating with... More

Maldives Ruling party concedes defeat in council polls

Amid the initial confusion over contrasting provisional results, both parties had claimed victory in the elections. The confusion seems to stem from the contrasting preliminary results reported by state broadcaster Public Service Media (PSM) and opposition aligned Raajje... More

Maumoon Gayoom’s SG pays MVR85k fine for contempt of court

Abdul Aleem, the secretary-general of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s faction of the divided ruling party, has paid an MVR85,000 (US$5,500) fine for contempt of court. Aleem was fined by the civil court on April 27 after a... More

Maldives local elections: both sides claim victory

Both the ruling PPM and opposition coalitions in Maldives have claimed victory in the local council elections held on Saturday (6 May). The ruling coalition lead by PPM (Progressive Party of Maldives) has claimed that they achieved a... More

Council election campaign concludes

The Maldives local council election campaign concluded with final rallies in Malé on Thursday night followed by marches and vehicle rallies across the country on Friday afternoon ahead of a 6 pm campaigning deadline. Speaking at the Progressive... More

4.3% rise in tourist arrivals in first 3 months

Statistics show a 4.3 percent rise in tourist arrivals in the first three months of 2017 compared to the first three months of 2016 in Maldives. Tourism arrival statistics for the month of March released by Ministry of... More

High Court rules in favor of repossession of 2 island, 1 lagoon...

High Court has ruled in favor of the State’s repossession of two islands and one lagoon from Villa Group – owned by Jumhoory Party (JP) Leader Qasim Ibrahim. The ruling by High Court last Tuesday overturns the Civil... More

ACC: No political influence case related to election so far

No political influence case related to the upcoming Local Council Election has been submitted so far, reports Maldives Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Deputy Leader of Adhaalath Party (AP), Ali Zahir has alleged political corruption by the government. He alleges... More

Man arrested in Yameen’s murder remanded by 15 days

The young man has been apprehended by the police in connection with the murder of human rights activist and blogger, Yameen Rasheed has been remanded by 15 days. Sun Media confirmed the identity of the suspect as 18-year-old... More

President requests opposition leaders to send letters to free Nasheed

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has requested that opposition leaders send in letters individually if they want to free the former President Mohamed Nasheed, who is currently in self-exile after being sentenced to 13 years in... More

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


Despite controversy, Afghanistan Peace Process makes major strides

Despite Kabul’s publicly made allegations on the US about ‘selling Afghanistan to the Taliban’ in the peace talks, there is little gainsaying that the Afghan-US war has never been so close to ending through settlement than it is now. While Kabul continues to express its anger over being excluded, there is little, given the legitimacy crisis Kabul is itself facing, that even the principal Afghan actors can do to... More

Regulators and conflict of interest

A governmental body created by a legislature to implement and enforce specific laws, a "Regulatory Agency" or a "Regulator" would usually have quasi-legislative functions, executive functions, and judicial functions. Many laws govern social and economic matters, such as income tax, environmental laws, occupational health and safety laws, real estate law, employment laws, etc. A regulatory agency serves two primary functions in govt: implement the laws and enforce the same. Regulations... More

Is Bangladesh an online state?

Bangladesh is an online state with an incredibly high number of virtual citizens. Few can match them in enthusiasm, participation and enjoyment of what the online world offers, good or bad. Much great stuff happens on the net but so does nasty stuff. It’s also a great producer of cultural and otherwise, not to mention, political ones. The recent spate of actions against online content considered “harmful” have spiked, which,... More

How China might undo Saudi plans for Iran?

The recent Saudi bid to increase its economic and political influence in South Asia (Pakistan and India) is, as I pointed out in my previous stories for SAM, largely informed not just by the imperative of a Saudi economic expansion across Asia and avoid economic doom, but also by the objective of snatching Iran’s share of oil market in this part of the world. This is partly one reason... More

Pakistan receives warning from Iran not to join Saudi proxy war

Pakistan has received a stern warning from Iran's Major-General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Qods Force and other senior in the aftermath of the February 13, 2019 attack on their forces by Iranian Baluch militants in the country's restive Sistan and Baluchistan province bordering Pakistan. The new tone from Tehran is a response to Pakistan's recent tilt back toward Saudi Arabia since Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran... 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