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Maldives downplays UK warning of ‘very likely’ terror attack


The Maldives Wednesday played down the United Kingdom’s updated travel advice to the country which said terrorists were “very likely” to carry out an attack, stressing the tropical paradise “remains one of the safest... More

Maldives: Opposition MP’s remand appeal on hold over change of judge


The  Maldives High Court has decided to put the remand appeal of Dhiggaru MP Faris Maumoon on hold until the Supreme Court reaches a decision regarding the abrupt change to the Judges Bench presiding... More

Maldives Parliament speaker chamber elevation rumors rebuffed


Recent talks by the opposition alleging the parliament will see its speaker chamber elevating to 10 feet has been rebuffed by parliament's deputy speaker and Hulhu-Henveiru constituency lawmaker "Reeko" Moosa Manik. Opposition had sparked rumors... More

Development of three airports to commence this year: President Yameen


The development of airports in three islands will commence this year, announced President Abdulla Yameen on Monday. Speaking at the reopening ceremony of the domestic Kooddoo Airport in Gaafu Ali atoll, which has been upgraded... More

Qasim’s condition is serious and doctors refuse to let him fly :...


JP Spokesperson Ali Solih have said that MV opposition leader Qasim Ibrahim’s condition is serious and the doctors refused to give permission for Qasim Ibrahim to fly. Speaking at a press conference held at M.Kunooz... More

Stronger UN needed to resolve issues: Maldives


Maldives states that a stronger United Nation is required in order to counter the issues faced across the globe. Speaking at the 72nd General Assembly of United Nations (UN), Maldivian Foreign Minister Dr. Mohamed Asim... More

Heightened security at Maldives airport ‘a precautionary measure’


Security has been heightened at the Velana International Airport as a precautionary measure, the defence minister has said after soldiers began carrying weapons and explosives detectors at the airport island on Saturday. Contrary to rumours,... More

A Fatwa office inaugurated for the first time in Maldives!


Government has created a Fatwa office for the first time. The office is located in STO Trade Center. The office was inaugurated officially by Islamic Minister Dr.Ahmed Ziyad Bagir. Under the religious harmony legislation, a... More

Maldives: Fenaka’s once rumoured graft comes to light with shocking audit report


The latest audit report on Fenaka Corporation has exposed major cases of corruption within the state run utilities company. The report signed by Maldives Auditor General Hassan Ziyath was released Wednesday amidst loud public... More

Maldives concludes free-trade talks with China


Maldives has successfully concluded its free trade talks with China that had commenced back in September 18, 2015. Making it two years since the discussion kicked off. The free trade talks between the closely allied... More

Maldives would push UN to enter Rohingya crisis


Permamant Appointee to the United Nations from the Maldives, Dr. Ali Naseer has said that the Maldives will push the UN to stop the human rights violations by the military of Myanmar against the... More

Maldives: Govt under fire for abstaining from UN anti-genocide vote


The Maldives abstained from voting on a motion to deliberate initiative against the genocides, killings and persecution in various countries at the 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations, following which the government has... More

Ex-pres Maumoon maintains he is still leader of ruling party


As the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has not officially voted out the former president and PPM founder Maumoon Abdul Gayoom as the party’s leader, he still holds the title, the former president’s... More

Maldivian envoy picks holes in Nasheed’s charge that he is planning to...


Maldivian Ambassador designate in Sri Lanka, Md. Hussain Shareef, on Wednesday trashed former President Mohamed Nasheed’s charge that he is planning to kidnap him and deport him to the Maldives the next time he... More

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 his safety. Male's ambassador-designate to Colombo,... 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 September 10. When asked about the... 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 a 24-hour telethon. Later we... 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 suspensions were announced Sunday night,... 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 on ‘Maintaining US influence in... 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 opposition parties in the united... 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 at the Paradise Island Resort,... More

COLUMN

Courage beyond compare

On Feb 13 at about 1210 hours an armoured cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle of a private security services company was parked outside the Tarnol branch of Meezan Bank in Islamabad to pick up cash amounting to Rs. 14 million from the bank . As the two security guards, Supervisor Muhammad... More

International affairs in time of transparency: The Oxfam syndrome

The Oxfam infection has spread far and wide. Its impact is deeper than just one NGO facing problems about covering up sex abuse in Haiti and as we learn Chad as well.  Now reports are saying that sexual abuse cases are routine in the international development world which till... More

India cautious of its mediation and intervention in Maldives

Despite its reservations about the Abdulla Yameen regime in the Maldives, India does not appear to be responding to the call of the Maldivian opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed to initiate a “military-backed diplomatic initiative” to force Yameen to retract from his drastic actions against the judiciary. According to the Maldivian... More

The Afghan war can no longer be defined by Pak-US ties

While the US continues to do drone attacks in Pakistan, the diplomat spat between them hasn’t ended. On the contrary it seems to be widening as Pakistan continues its drift away from the US towards China and Russia. The gap is undoubtedly widening between the two erstwhile allies. While the... More

Khaleda Zia’s jail verdict will seriously impact on 2018 elections 

Sentencing BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia to 5 years in jail triggers a fresh confrontational phase in Bangladesh politics, already deluged by hostility. It also makes the election, scheduled for December 2018, considerably uncertain about inclusive participation. Bangladesh’s experience with electoral politics has been miserable since birth and with... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Hasina is no Mujib

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in...

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... More

Modi corrects course, woos farmers and poor

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an aggressive reachout to farmers and the poor in the new Budget, but analysts say it remains to be seen if this course correction will work. They say it hinges on whether the government will be able to implement the schemes. It also... 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 should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More