Government moves to slash oil tariff

The parliament has approved government-sponsored legislation for reducing the import duty for petroleum products from 10 to five percent. In an expedited process at Monday’s sitting, the amendments proposed by Majority Leader... More

MP Saud summoned over alleged plot to assassinate judge

Maldives MP Saud Hussain was questioned by the police Thursday night over an alleged plot to assassinate High Court Judge Shujau Usman. Saud said he denied the allegation and gave a statement... More

Senior Editor of V News, Rifaau summoned to the police

The Senior Editor of the Maldives online news, V-News, under V-Media, Ahmed Rifaau has been summoned to the police station by the regarding an article in relation to the arrest of... More

Maldives slams UK-led criticism of human rights situation

The Maldives has scornfully dismissed calls by more than 30 countries to restore constitutional freedoms, allow space for political opposition, and prevent the intimidation of human rights defenders. The appeals came at... More

Maldives announces campaign to intercept ocean plastic

Maldives Fisheries Minister Dr Mohamed Shainee has announced a campaign by Maldivian fishing vessels to intercept and collect ocean plastics from the country’s exclusive economic zone. The announcement was made Monday at... More

Maldives opposition says severing ties with Qatar will affect tourism

The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), led by former President Mohamed Nasheed, on Tuesday strongly condemned Maldives President Abdulla Yameen’s decision to break diplomatic relations with Qatar. The MDP in a statement said... More

Mideast diplomatic row shows deep-rooted conflict

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Yemen and the Maldives cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing the country of supporting terrorism and interfering in internal politics. Disturbances have emerged in... More

Maldives severs diplomatic ties with Qatar

The Maldives has severed diplomatic relations with Qatar after Saudi Arabia, Egypt and four other Arab countries cut ties with the oil-rich Gulf state amid a growing diplomatic crisis. The Maldives foreign... More

Maldives Opposition Jumhooree Party logo and flag banned

Elections Commission has banned the logo and flag of the opposition, Jumhooree Party (JP) and ordered to stop it’s use. JP was notified by a letter sent with the signature of the... More

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 in absentia

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 court judgment

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 motions at the...

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


The Daughters of the East

Sheikh Hasina and Aung San Suu Kyi have so much in common. Daughters of great fathers who spearheaded the freedom struggle of their countries, both lost their fathers before they could get to run or had just about run... More

Pakistan mulls over new US policy for a...

A Times of India report of September 19 claimed that the US was “moving closer to designating Pakistan a terrorist state.” Reasons for this include, the report claimed, Pakistan’s non-cooperation in Afghanistan and its unwillingness to act against the... More

Suu Kyi: New promises but no commitments  

AASK’s speech could be the best delivered under the circumstances but it’s also full of misleading hopes and commitments never kept. The speech will buy time for the Myanmar military but may not do much at all to solving... More

Lady: “Caught between a rock and a hard...

Four hundred thousand Muslim Rohingyas have fled across the border to Bangladesh from Myanmar in the last 3 weeks to escape the army’s clearance operations. Human rights groups claim it’s a “scorched earth” policy – reminiscent of the military’s... More

The illusion of Indo-China rapprochement at BRICS

The recently concluded BRICS summit was meaningful in anumber of ways. More than anything else, it left a powerful impression of increasing rapprochement between two Asian rivals, India and China, after two months of intense standoff in the Doklam... More


Reviving India’s economy

Given the Indian economy’s massive size and extensive global linkages, its growth slowdown is a source of serious concern not just domestically, but around the world. The... More

Suffering has a name

Suffering is universal and part of the human condition and life. In history however, suffering is quite specific. Suffering carries a name, sometimes of an individual and... More

Trump’s N Korean challenge: can Pakistan be next?

It appears that the Trump administration is not willing to learn any lessons from the vast riches of US diplomatic history. The one thing that stands out... More

Was Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech too little, too late?

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's speech to the nation about the humanitarian plight of the Rohingya people is too little too late for those in the... 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