Maldives Chief Justice refuses to meet opposition

Chief justice Abdulla Saeed on Sunday refused to meet the opposition despite a top opposition delegation waiting for an audience for over two hours inside the Supreme Court. The united opposition spokesperson... More

12 MPs charged with obstruction

12 Maldives parliamentarians have been charged by the State with obstruction of law enforcement. The 12 MPs are suspected of breaking through police barricades and entering the People’s Majlis premises on July... More

Court releases MP Waheed and JP secretary-general

The Maldives  criminal court released MP Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim and Jumhooree Party Secretary-General Ahmed Sameer from police custody at remand hearings Thursday afternoon. Sameer was arrested Wednesday night from the opposition’s nightly protests... More

Maldives: Central bank governor steps down

Dr Azeema Adam has stepped down as governor of the Maldives central bank to relocate to New York with her husband, who recently took up the posts of permanent representative to... More

The cash that entered my house was not halal: Yameen

President Abdulla Yameen has stirred controversy with an apparent admission of personally benefiting from a historic corruption scandal blamed on his jailed former right-hand man. Speaking at the opening of a ruling... More

Maldives: Dozen opposition MPs face charges for entering parliament building

The police are seeking charges against 12 opposition MPs alleged to have scaled security barricades to enter the People’s Majlis building last month. Cases against the lawmakers have been sent to the... More

Maldives: PPM rallies support for government

The ruling Progressive Party of Maldives staged rallies across the country Saturday in a show of support for the administration of embattled President Abdulla Yameen. Hundreds came out for marches and vehicles... More

The Maldives: Political turmoil threatens the ‘island paradise’

At the end of last month the Maldives celebrated its birthday, 52 years since independence from Britain. But the festivities were marred when the government ordered troops to storm the country's parliament... More

After Nepal, Maldives

At night, from Bandos Island in the North Male Atoll, the twinkling Maldivian capital of Male, barely a few kilometers away, appears like a picture of calm. The tiny city spread... More

Supreme Court hears appeals from disqualified lawmakers

The Supreme Court began hearing appeals Tuesday from four former ruling party lawmakers who were contentiously stripped of their seats. Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim, Saud Hussain, Mohamed Ameeth and Abdul Latheef Mohamed were deemed to... More

Police crack down on march for abducted journalist

The police cracked down Tuesday afternoon on a march led by the family of abducted journalist Ahmed Rilwan, snatching banners and placards and arresting nine people. Friends and family planned to walk... More

Maldives to enforce death penalty in September, president declares

The Maldives will be ready to carry out the first executions in more than 60 years next month, President Abdulla Yameen declared Sunday amid growing international concern over the reintroduction of... More

Investigating senior State official meeting Humam in a resort: Maldives President

The allegation that a senior State official held a secret meeting with Hussain Humam – who is on death row for the murder of MP Dr. Afrashim Ali – at a... More

Maldives police meets with City Council regarding gang violence

Maldives Police Service has met with the members of the Malé City Council regarding the surge of gang violence in the city. At the meeting led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police,... More

Corrections: Detained MPs do not need to be allowed to attend...

Parliamentarians under detention do not need to be allowed to attend People’s Majlis meetings, says Maldives Correctional Services. MCS made the statement in a press release issued on Thursday. MCS said the Parliament... More

Pakistan donates USD 5 mn to establish a medical college in...

The government of Pakistan has donated USD 5 million (MVR 77.1 million) to establish a medical college in Maldives. “Sun” has been informed the donation was handed over to Ministry of Foreign... More

Maldives: Fresh charges against former Minister and MMPRC head

Fresh charges have been pressed against former Maldives Vice President and Minister of Tourism Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor and former Managing Director of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), Abdulla... More

Soldiers surround speaker as opposition MPs protest in Maldives parliament

A week after the unprecedented expulsion of lawmakers from the parliament by the police and military, the People’s Majlis resumed Monday with soldiers surrounding Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed as opposition MPs... More

Maldives Opposition MPs: No confidence against Maseeh will hold

MPs of the opposition has said that the no confidence motion against the Speaker of the parliament, Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed with 45 signatures are still valid and would hold. Since the no... More

Maldives: Caution advised following turbulent weather

National Meteorological Center has said that torrential rain and strong winds area expected across the country for Friday and Saturday. The MET Office said on Friday that heavy rain in expected with... More

Maldives: Seven journalists arrested from opposition protest

Seven journalists and cameramen from two private TV stations were arrested Wednesday night while covering a protest outside the Maldivian Democratic Party meeting hall in Malé. Adam Janah, Ahmed Riffath, Mohamed Shanoon, and Abdullah... More


Accountability across the board -II

In his address to the Constituent Assembly on 11 August 1947, the Quaid said that “Jobbery, graft nepotism and bribe has to be put down with iron hand”. His vision of anti-corruption was reflected through “Prevention of Corruption Act... More

Two years into office, UNP-SLFP coalition government is...

It’s been two years since two of Sri Lanka’s largest political groupings - the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) - signed a MoU to cohabit in the government for two years to give... More

The US ready to turn Afghanistan into a...

After all the debate in the US on the Trump administration’s Afghanistan strategy, what we have today is a potentially destructive proposal to effect a full withdrawal and replace regular American forces with private contractors, which are nothing but... More

Another hornet’s nest stirred

The Modi government has developed a reputation to stir a hornet’s nest where one can be and should be avoided. With less than a month to go for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Myanmar visit, one of his controversy-prone ministers has... More

Accountability across the board

Sharif’s utter contempt of the Supreme Court’s (SC) recent ruling, and by default the rule of law, was exposed blatantly for public viewing during his YATRA along the GT Road. This confirmed that the 1998 PML(N) mob attack on... More


Spiral into chaos  

Historically speaking, Balochistan in general and the Baloch community in particular are secular. Even in traditional Baloch society, the mullah is not a revered figure. Instead, he... More

Standoff with China prompts revamp of India’s regional policies

The denouement of the dangerous India-China military standoff in Doklam near the Sikkim border is hard to predict. But on the diplomatic and geopolitical plane, one definite... More

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... More

India’s CEA declines Bhutan’s requests on CBTE

The Bhutanese government around two months ago, through diplomatic channels, sent a letter to the Indian government over Bhutan’s various concerns over the Cross Border Trade in... More



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... More

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