MALDIVES

MALDIVES

Will not allow unlawful political acts of the opposition, says Maldives’ govt


The Government of the Maldives has issued a communique saying that "attempts to undermine the Constitution and the laws of the land and to hoodwink the people and hype pre-election political rhetoric cannot be... More

EU, West urge Maldives to hold credible, transparent presidential poll


The European Union and some Western nations on Friday (1 June) urged the Maldives to hold a credible and transparent presidential poll after police executing a court order disrupted an opposition effort to pick... More

Top India minister Swaraj explains Maldives no-show


India’s external affairs minister has not visited the Maldives despite receiving four letters from the country’s foreign minister, a news conference heard Monday. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj told media her Maldivian counterpart Mohamed... More

Maldives’ Minister defends price tag of Chinese-funded bridge


Maldives’ Housing Minister Dr Mohamed Muizz has defended the price tag of the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge following comparisons to Dubai’s US$107.3 million Shindagha Bridge project. The opposition has long criticised the cost of the current... More

Tourist boom in Maldives; half a mln travelers from Jan to Apr


Tourism statistics have indicated the Indian Ocean archipelago has already attracted more than half a million foreign travelers gracing its resort islands. Tourism Ministry has confirmed the island nation has been visited by a total... More

Maldives’ EC threatens to dissolve main opposition party


The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) will be holding its presidential primaries on the 30th of this month. However with just 7 days remaining for the crucial poll to select the presidential candidate to run... More


The Maldives Elections Commission on Monday announced that anyone convicted of a criminal offence could not legally contest in a political party's presidential primary, warning that such elections would be annulled, local media reported. The... More

Maldives a friend, we share close ties, says Indian Navy


The Indian Navy continues to maintain very good relations with Maldives, Vice Admiral M S Pawar, chief of staff, Eastern Naval Command, said on Thursday in response to a question on why the country... More

Nasheed proposes switch to parliamentary system


Maldives’ former president Mohamed Nasheed has proposed switching to a parliamentary system after a six-year interim national unity government to oversee transitional justice and constitutional reforms. The interim government would reform the judiciary and the... More

Maldives court jails 2 Supreme Court justices


A court in the Maldives sentenced two Supreme Court justices on Thursday to more than 19 months in prison on charges of influencing lower court decisions. The Criminal Court sentenced Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and... More

Madives’ Vice Chief of Defense Force travels to Pakistan for fourth staff...


Vice Chief of the Maldivian Defense Force Brigadier General Ahmed Shahid has departed to Pakistan to partake in the fourth staff talks between Maldives and Pakistan Armed Forces. General officers of Maldives National Defense Force... More

Maldives’ CJ sentenced to 4 months & 24 days in prison


Maldives’ Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed has sentenced to four months and 24 days in prison for obstruction of the State, after being found guilty of ordering the suspension of Government e-Letter Management System (GEMS)... More

Oil import to Maldives bumps by 38%


Statistics of Maldives Customs Services has revealed oil imported to the island nation has reached a worth of USD 314.3 million in 2017. According to the annual financial performance released from Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA)... More

Maldives foreign debt rises to US$1.2bn


External debt reached US$1.2 billion at the end of 2017, according to the Maldives Monetary Authority’s annual report released last week. Government borrowings, which accounted for 91 percent of the total external debt stock, “grew... More

India helpless spectator in Maldives case: Ex-President’s kin


Former foreign minister of Maldives, Dunya Maumoon, lashed out against India for failing to be a big power in its own neighbourhood, and not doing enough to secure the release of her father from... More

Maldives raises $100 mln with private placement in Abu Dhabi -sources


The Maldives is raising $100 million with the private placement of a sovereign bond to the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, according to sources. The Maldives government announced plans in 2016 to sell sovereign bonds... More

Maldives top court backs law to remove arrested judges


Maldives Supreme Court on Wednesday (Apr 25) again cited doctrine of necessity to back a controversial amendment to the judges' Act passed by the government controlled parliament largely scripted to remove the two top... More

Maldives top court upholds anti-defection law


Maldives top court on Tuesday found no grounds to void the anti-defection law despite admitting that the parliament had not met the required number of lawmakers to pass the contentious law. The government controlled parliament... More

China becomes top importer to Maldives in March


Asian economic powerhouse China is the top importer to Maldives according to March 2018 data collected through local authorities. Maldives Customs statistical data indicates the CIF (Cost Insurance Freight) value has upped by 48% on... More

Maldives slams EU for ‘disregarding progress’ on electoral reform


Maldives government on Friday slammed the European Union (EU) report on electoral reform in the archipelago which it said had "largely disregarded" the progress made by the country. A report following an Electoral Follow-up Mission... More

EU concerned by Maldives’ lack of electoral reform ahead of polls


European Union (EU) has expressed deep concern by the lack of electoral reform in the Maldives ahead of the presidential elections slated for later this year. A statement following an Electoral Follow-up Mission (EFM) to... More

COLUMN

Is Modi making up for India’s shortage of diplomats?

Narendra Modi is India's most travelled Prime Minister. The opposition Congress recently wanted his name on the Guinness Book of World Records for the most travelled Prime Minister, mockingly writing," We are overwhelmed and”extremely happy to suggest the name of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has set the... More

India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible

Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As... More

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More