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Case against Qasim thrown out of court


The three cases against the Leader of the Jumhooree Party, Qasim Ibrahim has been dismissed from the court after the state prosecutor failed to show up at the Criminal Court. After Qasim's attorney requested... More

Supreme Court asked to disqualify lawmakers who switch parties


Attorney General Mohamed Anil has asked the Supreme Court to declare that MPs who leave their party, joins another party or is expelled from the party will lose their seat. A first hearing took place... More

MP Abdulla Riyaz cleared of obstruction charge


Jumhooree Party MP Abdulla Riyaz has been found not guilty of obstructing police officers over his refusal to unlock his mobile phone. A three-judge panel at the criminal court ruled Sunday morning that the prosecution... More

Investment Forum to change venue due to severed bilateral relations with Qatar


The venue for the Maldives Investment Forum roadshow series organized by the Maldivian government to expand the investment opportunities in the Maldives has been set to change following the severance of bilateral relations... More

Majlis to hear Maseeh no-confidence motion on July 24


No-confidence motion against Speaker of People’s Majlis, Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed has been scheduled for July 24. The petition was submitted to People’s Majlis by the opposition alliance with signatures of 45 parliamentarians. The minimum... More

Police claim to have evidence of MP Faris bribing lawmakers


The Maldives police have claimed to have evidence of MP Faris Maumoon bribing lawmakers to vote in favour of a no-confidence motion to remove the speaker of parliament, fuelling rumours of his impending... More

Criminal procedures law comes into force


Maldives institutions and defence lawyers have welcomed the landmark criminal procedures law that came into force on Monday. The Attorney General’s office said the law was “much needed to place the Maldives justice system... More

Majlis sittings suspended indefinitely


Maldives People’s Majlis sittings have been suspended indefinitely. An official from the People’s Majlis secretariat reported to “Sun” that the sitting scheduled for coming Tuesday has been cancelled, and that Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed... More

No-confidence motion against Speaker Maseeh filed with 45 signatures


The Maldives opposition alliance has submitted a no-confidence motion to oust Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed with the backing of a majority of lawmakers from the 85-member People’s Majlis. The motion was filed Monday morning... More

Maldives Government drops electricity price


The price of electricity being provided nationwide by the government companies has been received. Speaking at a press conference at the PSM Radio Building on Sunday, The Minister for Environment and Energy, Thoriq Ibrahim... More

Former Defence Minister Nazim taken back to prison


Officers of the Maldives Correctional Services has gone to the residence of the former Defence Minister Colonel-retired Mohamed Nazim on Friday, and taken him back to prison where he is serving an 11-year... More

Coins close to 200 years discovered in Sultan Park


Coins over 181 years old have been discovered during the course of the dig at the Sultan Park currently under renovations. Maldives Media Official of the Heritage Department, Hassan Mohamed told Sun Media on... More

Maldives taken off US human trafficking watch list


The Maldives has been removed from a human trafficking watch list of the US State Department following the first successful prosecution and conviction of traffickers. The Maldives was on the tier two watch list for... More

ACC requests meeting with Maumoon regarding Theemuge audit report


Former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has been sent a letter requesting a meeting regarding audit reports on Theemuge, reports Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Former Deputy Secretary-General of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), Abdul Aleem... More

Ihavandhoo council’s restrictions spark debate about treatment of migrant workers


A curfew and other restrictions imposed Sunday by the Ihavandhoo council on the Maldives expatriate community has sparked a debate about the treatment of migrant workers in the country. The restrictions came in the... More

Police seek charges against Gayoom’s assistant


The police are seeking charges former Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s personal assistant over his refusal to appear for questioning over the alleged bribery of lawmakers by MP Faris Maumoon. The Prosecutor General’s office... More

Opposition lawmaker slams broadcasting regulator over Medianet fine


Opposition MP Ahmed ‘ADK’ Nashid slammed the broadcasting regulator Thursday night over an MVR500,000 (US$32,425) fine imposed on the main cable television provider for rebroadcasting an Al Jazeera corruption exposé. Speaking at a ceremony held by private broadcaster Sangu... More

President ratifies 2nd Amendment Bill to Judicature Act


Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has ratified the 2nd Amendment Bill to the Judicature Act (Act No. 22/2010) increasing the number of High Court Judges from 9 to 11.  The Amendment submitted by... More

Will Maldives follow the Sri Lanka model?


Maldives is all agog with the presidential elections likely to be held in September 2018. Presidential elections are the main determinant of the country’s power play, though the 77-member parliament does play an... More

Police summons through social media


Maldives Police Service has made arrangements so they can sent summon orders to appear at the station through social media. The new regulation would sent the summon through social media if the slip cannot... More

Government borrows US$52m for ‘short-term financing’


The Maldives government has borrowed MVR800 million (US$51.8 million) from the Bank of Maldives to settle unpaid bills. The finance ministry told the parliament’s public accounts committee Tuesday that the government owed MVR627 million... More

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Corruption without borders

The Nawaz Sharif episode shows that pervasive corruption has not only acquired respectability in a perverse manner in Pakistan but left to the National Assembly (NA), may even acquire legality. Political instability, poverty, unequal structure of society, unemployment,... More

China’s popularity in Bangladesh dips a bit over Myanmar issue

China has rapidly moved from an emerging popular country in Bangladesh to a lesser pedestal. For a while, China basked in the sunshine of a post-India dominated Bangladesh scenario, but it didn’t last a full season. Myanmar... More

China trumps the West over Myanmar

Myanmar was used to be a pariah state in the past, but for the former democracy icon it has become an unwelcome nuisance, forcing Aung San Suu Kyi to realize that in the current global world its... More

Afghanistan: The Taliban night goggles have a serious message

If the US’ new Afghan strategy was aimed at forcing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table, the recent wave of highly sophisticated attacks has shown that this strategy has not only failed, but also backfired.  The... More

Muslim leader’s warning of a forced exodus a la Myanmar angers...

Assam’s leaders, whether of the Hindutva variety or the Assamese nationalistic variety, are livid with JamaitUlema-e-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani, for warning that the on-going revision of the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) could lead to a... More

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The F-22 mission in Afghanistan: Overkill or realistic training?

Three years ago, the F-22 Raptor made its combat debut in Syria. The idea was for the fifth-generation fighter to use its stealth technology to evade detection from... More

Why US, India strategic ties can’t sustain

Three months ago, the new South Asia policy that US President Donald Trump laid out was a cause of much optimism in New Delhi. It singled out... More

Why India should be wary of the Quad

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but... More

India and Saudi Arabia: Two countries going in unexpected directions

In spite of its painful birth as a free and independent state, India quickly became a model for what many considered to be the desired post-colonial progressive... 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