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Maldives may press Lanka to deport ex-prez Nasheed


The Maldives may seek Sri Lanka's help to deport former president Mohamed Nasheed, the country's envoy said on Thursday, a day after the exiled leader's lawyer raised fears for... More

Maldives: Anees resigns as State Minister at Economic Ministry


Mohamed Anees has resigned from his post as State Minister at Ministry of Economic Development. The news has been confirmed by Anees, who said he handed in his resignation on... More

‘Maldives with Rohingya’: Raajje TV raises MVR4m for refugees


The private broadcaster Raajje TV has raised more than MVR4 million (US$260,000) to help Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing violence in the Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s Rakhine state. “We initially targeted for MVR1 million during... More

Maldives Suspends 56 Lawyers Who Cited Violations by Courts


The Maldives' judicial authorities have suspended 56 lawyers after they accused the country's courts and other institutions of not upholding the rule of law, a lawyer said Monday. The indefinite... More

US concerned with ‘status of rule of law and democracy’ in Maldives


The United States has “real concerns about the status of rule of law and democracy” in the Maldives, Acting Assistant Secretary Alice Wells told a congressional subcommittee hearing Thursday... More

MDP: Will make decision on government talks after discussing with opposition parties


Largest opposition party MDP has said that they would be making a decision on joining the government's invitation to official talks without any conditions, after discussing it with the... More

Amitabh Bachchan cancels visit to attend WHO meeting in Maldives


Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has canceled a visit to the Maldives to speak at the annual session of the World Health Organisation’s regional committee for Southeast Asia. A senior manager... More

Maldives: Petrol and diesel prices hike


State Trading Organization (STO) - largest supplier of petrol and diesel oil in Maldives - has added to their petrol prices by 30 Laari per liter while diesel prices... More

Maldives: Ex-PPM MP stripped of seat


The Elections Commission has declared that MP Abdulla Ahmed has been stripped of his seat following his expulsion from the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives. The electoral body informed parliament... More

Maldives cease all trade ties with Myanmar


The Maldivian government has condemned the atrocities being committed against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and ceased all trade ties with the country. A statement issued by the Foreign Ministry... More

Ex-president flags presence of Chinese warships in Male


Nasheed cautions India on Beijing’s growing role in Indian Ocean island including in strategic infrastructure projects The presence of three Chinese Naval warships in the Maldives is unprecedented and... More

Gayoom calls on security forces to stop by-elections


Former Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has urged the security forces to stop the electoral body from holding parliamentary by-elections in six constituencies, a move he contended would be... More

Reeko: India will not interfere in Maldives’ civil affairs


The government of India will not interfere in the civil affairs of Maldives, says Deputy Speaker of People’s Majlis, Hulhu-Henveyru MP Reeko Moosa Manik. The ruling Progressive Party of Maldives... More

Seats deemed as vacated – preparations underway for by-elections


Elections Commission has decided that four MPs have lost their seat at the parliament and decided to hold by-elections in their respective constituencies. The decision was announced in a press... More

Gasim sentenced in absentia to three years, stripped of seat


Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim has been found guilty of attempted bribery and sentenced to three years, two months and 12 days in prison in a verdict delivered at... More

Maldivian man arrested over murder of Bangladeshi


A 33-year-old Maldivian man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering an expatriate on the island of Himmafushi in Kaafu atoll. The 38-year-old Bangladeshi man was found dead Saturday in... More

Egg attacks in Maldives parliament chamber ensues violence


Chaos ensued shortly after lawmakers had thrown poultry eggs at the Majlis speaker's seat during Thursday's proceedings, resulting in violence erupting between both wings of politicians. Initially the attacker unknown... More

Speaker conducts chaotic Majlis sitting under heavy military guard


Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed presided over Wednesday’s sitting of parliament under heavy military guard amid clashes between opposition and pro-government lawmakers. Walled off from protesting MPs by soldiers in plainclothes,... More

Majlis resumes with soldiers surrounding speaker


The Maldives People’s Majlis resumed after a three-week hiatus Tuesday morning with soldiers surrounding embattled Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed as opposition lawmakers called for his resignation. Speaking over the clamour... More

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... 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... More

COLUMN

Sirisena in a fix over release of Tamil Tiger detainees

With three major national level elections to face in the coming three years, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is under pressure from multiple sections of the Sri Lankan polity and society to deliver on his electoral promises. Among... More

New Afghan strategy offers war not victory or peace

In its search for a strategy that might bring a victory -- or even a semblance of it -- in its longest war ever, the US is ending up offering more years of warfare than peace to... More

Will the Sinha to Miah transition solve the crisis?

Chief Justice Sinha is already history after his flight to Australia amidst much drama and corruption allegations made by the Government. His has been a dramatic regime anyway which began with calls to uphold the supremacy of... More

Bank failure not an option

Over the years many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking failures. The role of Central Banks is critical in not only preventing and/or pre-empting failures... More

Aung San Suu Kyi reveals the strategic plans for Rakhine

At long last Aung San Suu Kyi has finally revealed the government’s new strategic plans for the trouble state of Rakhine. This is essentially the long-promised roadmap constructed around the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Advisory Commission... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming... More

Slowdown haunts Indian government unwilling to admit its mis-steps

Seventy years after independence, India’s economy is at a critical juncture. Two years ago, thanks to a surge in growth since 2005 and China’s slowdown, India celebrated... More

Missing a Nobel chance

The Nobel Peace Prize, 2017, has just been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Had India joined 122 other member-states of the United... More

Fight the lie with the truth

The truth about Myanmar must be told, 10,000 times 10 years, the government of Myanmar has committed genocide against the Rohingya people. This is not a complicated issue,... 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... More