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Maldives Weather will improve starting Monday


National Meteorological Service has said that the weather will improve significantly starting from Monday. And official from the MET Office said that the current modules show the weather improving starting from Monday... More

Bad weather causes damages in 14 islands


Torrential rain and strong winds caused damages in 14 islands as a bout of bad weather continues to wreak havoc across the Maldives. Fathmath Thasneem, head of the National Disaster Management Centre,... More

MP Faris Maumoon barred from visiting dying aunt


MP Faris Maumoon, son of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, was barred from visiting his dying aunt in Singapore because he might not return to the Maldives, the home ministry claimed... More

Islamic Development Bank pledges US$117m


The Islamic Development Bank has pledged facilities worth more than US$117 million to finance infrastructure and waste management projects. Finance Minister Ahmed Munawar secured the funds during meetings held on the sidelines... More

Police summons issued to liberal bloggers with threat of trial...


The Maldives Police Service has summoned three liberal bloggers living overseas and threatened to seek prosecution in absentia if they fail to return to the Maldives within two weeks. The MPS told... More

STELCO warns of more power cuts in Malé


The State Electricity Company has warned of more power cuts in Malé after damage to a high-voltage cable left most of the capital without electricity in the early hours of Sunday. Abdul... More

Maldives to join IORA     


President Abdulla Yameen has decided on the Maldivian participation in the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IORA). The decision was made following a Cabinet meeting on Thursday on a paper... More

Elections Commission to disburse funds for political parties


The Elections Commission has decided to pay out MVR23 million (US$1.5 million) in state funding for four political parties with more than 10,000 registered members. The annual funding was disbursed at a... More

‘A dark day’: lawyers and legal experts react to supreme...


The supreme court’s judgment declaring itself the final authority on the validity of no-confidence and impeachment votes has drawn widespread criticism from lawyers, lawmakers and legal experts. The apex court controversially decided... More

Maldives SC will make final decision on all no confidence...


Supreme Court of the Maldives has passed a verdict saying that they would be making the final decision in all of the no confidence votes being taken at the parliament. The court... More

Missing landing craft found by Indian navy


A landing craft that went missing with six people onboard last week was found Saturday night with the help of the Indian navy. The Maria-3 vessel was located 130 nautical miles north-east... More

MNDF: No connection between oil spill, tugboat; search ongoing


There’s no connection between the oil spill found in the ocean and the tugboat “Mariya-3” which went missing with six people onboard while traveling from K. Thulusdhoo to L. Gan, reports... More

Bad weather wreaks havoc across Maldives


Torrential rain, thunderstorms, and rough seas have been wreaking havoc across the Maldives with the onset of the south-west monsoon. On Wednesday night, a tornado struck the southernmost atoll, damaging 12 homes in the... More

Judge lifts conditions imposed on MV opposition leader Gasim


The criminal court has lifted restrictive conditions imposed on Maldives opposition Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim when he was released from police custody last week. The move comes after Gasim’s lawyers accused... More

MV Supreme court asked to restrict parliament’s powers to sack...


The Attorney General’s office has asked the supreme court to determine that the parliament can only dismiss cabinet ministers for committing an impeachable offence. According to article 101 of the constitution, a... More

Female candidates win majorities on four island councils


Female candidates won majorities on island councils for the first time in the Maldives’ third municipal elections on May 6. Voters on the islands of Thakandhoo and Kelaa in Haa Alif atoll,... More

Yameen’s murder case sent to UN committees for inquiry


Case of the brutal murder of local human rights activist and blogger – Yameen Rasheed- has been sent to relevant United Nations committees for inquiry by Yameen’s family. 29-year-old Yameen was found with multiple... More

Maldives opposition leader Gasim released


The Maldives criminal court has released Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim with conditions after 20 days in police custody. According to defence lawyer Hisaan Hussain, the court imposed seven conditions for the... More

Maldives Ruling party concedes defeat in council polls


Amid the initial confusion over contrasting provisional results, both parties had claimed victory in the elections. The confusion seems to stem from the contrasting preliminary results reported by state broadcaster Public Service... More

Maumoon Gayoom’s SG pays MVR85k fine for contempt of court


Abdul Aleem, the secretary-general of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s faction of the divided ruling party, has paid an MVR85,000 (US$5,500) fine for contempt of court. Aleem was fined by the civil... More

Maldives local elections: both sides claim victory


Both the ruling PPM and opposition coalitions in Maldives have claimed victory in the local council elections held on Saturday (6 May). The ruling coalition lead by PPM (Progressive Party of Maldives)... More

COLUMN

Will the US’ ‘Carrot & Stick’ policy to...

If we were to describe the nature of Pak-US relations in one phrase, uncertainty and trust deficit would undoubtedly feature in it. Clouds of uncertainty have become even more obvious ever since the beginning of Trump era. Amid the... More

The Al Capone Formula?

This week the Panama case entered its last, and possibly decisive round.  On May 16, 2016, the PM had unequivocally stated in the National Assembly (NA) that a complete record of all his sources of income and assets was... More

Myanmar marks Martyrs’ Day amid growing tensions between...

What a difference a year makes. Last year, the anniversary of martyrs’ day marked an amazing rapprochement between Myanmar’s military leader, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Aung San Suu Kyi – effectively the country’s civilian leader. This year –... More

Thank you Humayun Ahmed ….

Thank you Humayun Ahmed, for giving shape to the hopes, aspirations and imageries of the slightly bemused slightly innocent, slightly out of place middle class that no one spoke for with such authenticity. You spoke not just for one but... More

Brig Jafar Khan: A Soldier and a Gentleman

The words of one of late Brig Jafar Khan’s closest friends Brig (Retd) Asmat Beg Humayun best describes one of Pakistan Army’s outstanding soldiers, “I first met Jafar Khan, a Gheba Malik from Surag a village near Pindi Gheb,... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Is China turning up heat on Indian through Pakistan flank amid...

While Chinese and Indian troops face off near Bhutan, skirmishes between Indian and Pakistani forces along the disputed border in Kashmir have spiralled dangerously since May, threatening India with hostilities on two flanks. But even though... More

Time to Get Tough on Kabul

The Trump administration’s review of U.S. policy towards Afghanistan is likely to conclude in the next few weeks. It is expected that an assessment of the current U.S. security policy toward Kabul will see... More

Trump’s new Afghan strategy and neighbors’ concerns

In the past, America's abstruse Afghan strategy has deteriorated the security situation in the region. Perhaps the strategy was not planned meticulously. It was ambiguous. Or perhaps it was well-calculated and clear but only... More

Hindu nationalism risks pushing India into war with China

Since Indian troops illegally crossed into the Doklam area, China and India have been locked in a stand-off for over a month. Regardless of China's call urging India to withdraw its troops that have... 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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way... More

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