MALDIVES

MALDIVES

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... More

Maldives opposition party leader arrested for alleged plot


Police in the Maldives have arrested an opposition party leader on a charge of plotting to overthrow the government, a move... More

Conditions for ousting Yameen democratically ripening, says Maldivian opposition leader


The Maldivian opposition leader, Mohamed Nasheed, is optimistic about ousting President Abdulla Yameen through the constitutional parliamentary route because parliament is... More

Maldives exiled leader Nasheed vows to take Parliament


The exiled former leader of the Maldives Sunday announced plans to take control of the national parliament after hammering out a... More

Saudi king postpones visit to Maldives


Saudi King at the last moment postpones his much publicised visit to Maldives. The grapevine has it that the cause behind... More

Saudi King and the Maldivian atoll


Saudi royal family is set to buy Faafu atoll of Maldive. But what is the grand plan behind this? As rumours abound... More

India watches with concern as row erupts over Maldives’ plan to...


India might be faced with another security challenge in its neighbourhood with a controversy erupting in the Maldives over Abdulla Yameen... More

Exiled Maldives leader Nasheed to stand for 2018 presidency


Exiled Maldivian leader Mohamed Nasheed said on Thursday he would return to the troubled Indian Ocean archipelago to contest a 2018... More

Maldives, Sri Lanka concludes third session of Joint Commission


The Third Session of the Maldives-Sri Lanka Joint Commission was held last on Thursday, at the Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign... More

Maldives opposition boycott presidential address


For a second consecutive year, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), the main opposition, boycotted the President’s annual state of the nation... More

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... More

COLUMN

De-criminalizing democracy

Governor Amir Muhammad Khan Kalabagh’s logic behind not closing down the red light area “Hiramandi” is very revealing, “If you ban them they will be all over the place.” This in fact eventually did happen! When Bhutto nationalized their assets in 1972, many financiers and industrialists invested their... More

A golden opportunity

INFRASTRUCTURE projects all over the world have a tendency towards cost overruns and schedule delays. Pakistan’s implementation record has been relatively worse, irrespective of the form of government or party in power. It is characterised by sluggishness, frequent change of managers, passing on the buck and not... More

Why China’s new aircraft carrier should worry India

The launch of China’s second aircraft carrier, expected as soon as this week, will be an important and depressing moment for India. The “Type 001A” -- likely to be named the “Shandong” -- will give China an edge for the first time in the carrier race with... More

Myanmar’s Precariously Poised Peace Process

Myanmar’s peace process has been stalled for months, as the country’s ethnic rebel groups – fighting for autonomy – and Aung San Suu Kyi’s government try to find a solution to their impasse that has prevented it from making further headway. Now the next meeting of the Union... More

China’s Bengal foray

This was expected much before. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been to Singapore, UK and Germany, scouting for investments without much of  a success. Her government did not initially take much interest in the Kolkata-Kunming Forum (K2K) that brings together many potential Chinese investors in their... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Nepal can be bridge for India role in Belt, Road

To further strengthen economic ties between Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region and Nepal, China will try harder to get India to see the benefits of participating in the "One Belt, One Road" initiative, and... More

India’s moral claim to Kashmir has never seemed more fragile

India has spent the past decade lying to itself about Kashmir. The Pakistan-sponsored insurgency of the 1980s was contained. Elections were being held in the valley. People were defying militants to vote in them.... More

Three decades of mistrust

As Delhi and Colombo intensify their high-level political engagement, new opportunities for elevating the partnership are coloured by enduring suspicions in Sri Lanka. The country’s prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, is travelling to India this... More

India needs to learn that economic development comes before a naval...

"China is planning to build more aircraft carriers to bolster its maritime capabilities, which could pose a bigger threat to India," India's Economic Times reported recently. With concerns expressed by Indian media outlets about... More

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David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article... More

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