MALDIVES

MALDIVES

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 detail – Ahmed Sofwan,... 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 such festival to be... 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 the joint opposition condemned... More

Conditions for ousting Yameen democratically ripening, says Maldivian opposition...


The Maldivian opposition leader, Mohamed Nasheed, is optimistic about ousting President Abdulla Yameen through the constitutional parliamentary route because parliament is now going the opposition’s... 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 rare unity pact with... 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 calling off the tour... 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 that Maldive’s president Abdulla... More

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


India might be faced with another security challenge in its neighbourhood with a controversy erupting in the Maldives over Abdulla Yameen government's plan to give... 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 presidential election and called... 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 Affairs. Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister... 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 address at the official... 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 Muaz Ali, spokesman for... 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 its name of dates... 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 Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and... 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 islands of the Indian... 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 Dejiang, the Chairman of... More

Money laundering checks are a burden on small countries,...


Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has described international money-laundering checks as “red tape” that imposes a disproportionate burden on small countries. Speaking Monday at a conference organised... More

Maldives to establish int’l arbitration center


In a bid to resolve trade disputes out of court, Maldives government is looking to establish an international arbitration center in the archipelago. The country feels that the absence... More

UN raises concerns over Maldives’ political polarization


Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon has expressed concern over the increase in political polarization in Maldives. In a statement issued from the office of... More

Maldives postpone council election


  The civil court in Maldives has granted the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) its request for a two-month postponement to the upcoming local council... More

‘Unjust Treatment’: Maldives’ antipathy to Commonwealth


Is the organization named ‘Commonwealth of Independent States’, which started its journey with the moto ‘all member states as “free and equal” stated in the... More

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Myanmar’s fragile peace process set to unravel

Myanmar’s peace process is slowly unraveling as the discussions between the government and the ethnic groups involved remains marred by confusion, indecision and division. Days away from the next round of the 21st Century Panglong or national peace conference, there is still no clear idea of who... More

Why kicking itself out of OBOR was...

While India stopped short of attending the last week held summit of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in China, otherwise known as ‘One Belt One Road’ vision, the decision should not be confused with, despite India’s allusions to the violation of its territory and sovereignty, the possibility... More

Can India afford to ignore OBOR

India's decision to not join the One Belt One Road (OBOR) or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Summit in Beijing (May 14-16) is not just about the sovereignty issues, as has been made out by Delhi. It is not just about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor entering through... More

International-ising Jadhav

This was a good week for Pakistan. First Modi made the faux pas of the decade by boycotting the China Summit on the “One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiatives, then India gave us an enormous platform for internationalizing human rights by going to the ICJ over the... More

Asia is central to China’s strategic vision

China’s international summit to help promote its strategic vision – ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR), now dubbed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – has just concluded in Beijing. Twenty-nine heads of state and representatives from 130 countries attended the two-day forum on 14-15 May. Most of... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Resolving the National Question: Where is the key?

"We all know the old joke about a guy looking for his lost key under the street light; when asked where he lost it, he admits that it was in a dark corner. So... More

China tightens grips on ASEAN

China has deepened its influence on ASEAN nations, and the just-concluded ASEAN Summit with its chairman’s watered-down statement stands testimony to this. This China factor — coming on the back of Beijing’s huge investments as... More

China’s new world order

China recently hosted 29 heads of state and government at the Belt and Road Forum, reinforcing the country’s claim to leadership of an emerging geopolitical and economic world order. The summit conference that... More

Why Kashmir remains disturbed

Whether stone pelting on Indian Armed Forces in Kashmir is being done at the behest of Pakistan or as a response to fundamentalists' call, the fact remains that the valley is disturbed. Scores of... More

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Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

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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