Maldives-India discuss building ground station for satellite slot

Maldives and India held discussions to build the ground station required to use the island nation's slot of the Indian satellite launched in 2017. While responding to a question posed by local news media Mihaaru during a press... More

Maldives’ ex-president Yameen summoned to police HQ for 2nd time in 3...

Former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has been summoned to the Maldives Police Service headquarters for the second time in three days. A media official from Maldives Police Service confirmed Yameen was summoned to MPS at 2:30... More

Maldives top court annuls death by stoning sentence for woman

The Maldives' top court has overturned a sentence of death by stoning issued to a woman found guilty of adultery. The woman, who reportedly gave birth out of wedlock, was convicted by a magistrate court in Lhaviyani Atoll... More

Maldives President notes importance of relationship with Sri Lanka

Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih held discussions with the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the Maldives Major General (Retd) B.R.W.M.R.A.B Thoradeniya on ways to further strengthen ties between the Maldives and Sri Lanka, the Maldives President’s office said. The... More

Maldives begins re-operating India-gifted helicopters

Maldives new government has begun reusing the two helicopters gifted by the Indian government, after a long hiatus during the former administration. During the administration of former President Abdulla Yameen, authorities had asked India to take back one... More

UAE waives visa fee for Maldives

United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has waived visa fee for Maldivians travelling to the middle-eastern country from January 1, the archipelago's foreign ministry announced Monday. Speaking during a press conference on Monday, state foreign minister Ahmed Khaleel said... More

Maldives signs agreement with China to renovate foreign ministry

Maldives’ government on Saturday signed an agreement with China for the renovation of the building complex of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The agreement was signed at a ceremony held at the Chinese Embassy in Maldives. The ceremony was... More

New Maldivian gov’t to strengthen ties with China: Maldivian FM

The Maldives' new government is looking forward to strengthening ties with China, Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid told Xinhua on Thursday. The new government's foreign policy is to strengthen relations with all countries who respect the Maldives and... More

China hails Maldivian FM’s remarks on BRI

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Friday applauded the Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid's remarks that the Maldives will continue to work with China under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Shahid on Thursday said... More

Maldives ex-pres gets green light to form new political party

Maldives' electoral body on Thursday accepted the application to establish former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's new party. After initially rejecting the application, Elections Commission led by its chief Ahmed Shareef had accepted the application submitted by Fonadhoo... More

Maldives electoral body rejects application to form ex-pres’ new party

Maldives ' electoral body has rejected an application to establish former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's new party. The application was submitted by PPM deputy leader and Fonadhoo lawmaker Abdul Raheem Abdulla late Sunday. Elections chief Ahmed Shareef said... More

Opposition alleges Nasheed-Solih power struggle

Opposition Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) on Sunday alleged an ongoing power struggle between former president Mohamed Nasheed and incumbent president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih for control of the main ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). Nilandhoo lawmaker Dr Abdulla... More

New Maldives govt ‘unaware’ of details of China silk road pact

The new Maldives government was still trying to get details of the Silk Road agreement signed with China, the archipelago's president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said Wednesday. The agreement was signed after the official talks between the then Maldives... More

Sri Lanka, Maldives, and the new great game

The “great game” of the Kipling era was between Britain in India and expanding Tsarist Russia. Now a new one has emerged in the Indian Ocean, with multiple players on one side and China on the other. China... More

India gifted helicopters will remain, Maldives pres confirms

The two helicopters gifted to the Maldives by the Indian government would remain, president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih confirmed Wednesday. Maldives under former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom had returned one of the choppers in May and had asked... More

Maldives’ ex-pres confirms move to form new party over ‘uncertain’ PPM future

Maldives’ Former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Tuesday confirmed that he was planning to establish a new political party as the dispute over the opposition Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) leadership drags on. AVAS had reported the... More

Maldives president calls India ‘our closest friend’, moving focus away from China

The new president of the Maldives has called India the island nation’s “closest friend” and secured US$1.4 billion from New Delhi in his first overseas trip since his election.. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih spoke on Sunday in New... More

Maldives President reaches India for his first state visit

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has arrived in New Delhi, India, for his first State visit to a foreign country. The plan landed at the Indhira Gandhi International Airport of New Delhi this Sunday afternoon. Solih is accompanied on the... More

45 Indian military personnel arrives in Maldives for training

Indian military personnel arrived in the Maldives, on Friday, to partake in the annual training program 'Exercise Ekuverin', conducted by the Indian and Maldivian military. According to Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF), 45 Indian military personnel from the... More

Maldives court freezes ex-president Yameen’s bank accounts

A court in the Maldives has frozen bank accounts owned by former President Abdulla Yameen, two sources told Al Jazeera on Friday, as part of an investigation into allegations of financial fraud. Yameen, who suffered a decisive defeat in a presidential election... More

US looks to boost technical aid to Maldives

A top delegation from the United States (US) has arrived in Maldives to hold discussions over boosting technical aid to the archipelago, foreign ministry said Thursday. Officials from the US state department, commerce and the US embassy in... More


Ways in which China is drawing Nepal into its embrace

There is an apocryphal story that theNepalese believe that they have two elder brothers – the first, an interfering, censorial and patronizing one, namely India, and the second, a non-interfering, benign and respectful one, namely China. The dichotomy mentioned above isbut a product of history. New Delhi,covertly, and sometimes overtly, claims a patron-client relationship with Nepalimagining itself to be the successor to the British Raj. But China,on the other hand, has... More

Pakistan, Afghan peace and India

After almost two decades the US-led NATO intervention in Afghanistan aimed at eradicating the Taliban had no end in sight. US President Donald Trump and the American people, if not the US military, decided that an honourable exit was necessary to end the longest war in US history. Despite the fact that one of Trump’s election promise was to exit Afghanistan (Iraq and Syria) by reluctantly Troop had approved... 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



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