OFID approves US$50 million loan to Maldives

OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved a US$50 million (approximately MVR 772 million) loan to the Maldives. In a statement released following the 166th Governing Board meeting of OFID in Vienna, Australia, it was stated that... More

India-Maldives agree to strengthen connectivity, regional maritime security

India and the Maldives have agreed on a broad spectrum of issues for further collaboration including strengthening connectivity and coordination to maintain regional maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region. Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called... More

Amid anti-India protests, Maldives assures India of sensitive approach to its strategic...

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj made her maiden visit to Maldives and reiterated India’s position on the island nation, terming ties between the two countries as a highly More

Maldives to install India gifted radar systems this year

Installation of the 10 radar systems gifted by the Indian government to protect the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) will be completed within the end of this year, Maldives military said. In a press conference held at the Coastguard... More

Indian foreign minister to visit Maldives next week

India's External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj is to arrive in Maldives on an official visit, next week. A credible source informed RaajjeMV that the minister will arrive next Sunday, and that she will be welcomed at a special... More

US grants $3 mill in aid to Maldives

An MoU has been signed between Maldives and the United States, securing USD 3 million in aid to the Maldives. According to the Foreign Ministry, 'Development Objective Grant Agreement' and 'MoU on the the Fulbright Academic Exchange Program'... More

Coalition is non-existent, claims Maldivian opposition

People's National Congress (PNC) has stated that the ruling-coalition no longer exists in its full form, with coalition partner Jumhooree Party (JP)'s decision to join forces with the opposition for the parliamentary election. The Progressive coalition, made up... More

Maldive’s defence minister admits concern over invasion rumors

Defence Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi has stated that the defence force is concerned over some comments that are being made at a series of gatherings at Dharubaaruge hall in capital Male'. While being questioned over a comment made... More

Maldives’ parliament summons defence minister over ‘invasion’ comments

Maldives’ defence minister Mariya Ahmed Didi is to be summoned to parliament on Monday regarding some of her comments to Strategic News International (SNI), an Indian media outlet. This is the first time a minister has been summoned... More

Features of a coalition no longer exist, claims Maldives’ ex-president

Former president Mohamed Nasheed has stated there are no signs that the coalition which saw them win the presidential elections in November last year still exists. Main ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)'s leader made his statement while speaking... More

Maldives democracy has a geo-strategic twist

Parliamentary elections are not due in Maldives until April 6, but the campaign has already begun. And while the vote will be local, the poll is shaping into a geopolitical contest between pro-India and pro-China parties in... More

Maldives hits new low in Chinese tourism market

China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI) revealed on Tuesday that only 61,000 tourists visited Maldives in the last quarter of 2018, making it the lowest arrival results in the last five years. A press release by COTRI disclosed... More

Maldives’ opposition moves no-confidence motion against defence minister

Maldives’ opposition lawmakers on Monday submitted a motion of no-confidence against Defence Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi over controversial comments made during an interview with an Indian newspaper. The motion was filed after failed attempts to summon her to... More

US assures $9 mln in aid to Maldives

The United States government has made the decision to provide Maldives with an additional USD 9.75 million (MVR 150.3 million) in assistance during 2019. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives Abdulla Shahid, who is currently on an official... More

Former Maldives president arrested over money laundering

A Maldives court ordered the arrest and detention of former Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Monday on charges of money laundering. The criminal court in Male, the capital, ordered Yameen held in custody after prosecutors argued at... More

Maldives’ ex-president Yameen charged with money laundering

Former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has been formally charged with money laundering. Yameen came under fire after investigators discovered after large sums of embezzled funds from the State were transferred to an Islamic Bank of Maldives... More

Maldives defence minister in hot water over India comment

Maldives' defence minister Mariya Ahmed Didi could face the parliament over her contentious comments during a recent visit to neighbours India. The first female defence minister, Mariya told SNI that "if India wanted to, it could take over... More

Maldive’s ex-president Gayoom moves to register new party

Former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on Sunday officially sought to register a new party days after he lost the leadership dispute over his old party. The country's Supreme Court last week had dismissed the lawsuits filed by two... More

Maldivians to pay Income Tax from next year

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Thursday announced that income tax will be introduced in the Maldives next year. The president made the statement while delivering his presidential address at the inaugural sitting of the parliament for 2019. In his... More

Maldivians being trained to pilot military helicopters

Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) stated that Maldivians are being trained to pilot the two military helicopters. At a press conference on Wednesday, Chief of Defence Force Major General Abdulla Shamaal said that currently the helicopters are being... More

Fate of China-Maldivian FTA uncertain as Male loosens ties with Beijing

The Maldives-China Free Trade Agreement (MCFTA) which was signed amidst great controversy on December 8, 2017, is today in limbo as the new Maldivian government headed by Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is looking into all deals, including the... More


Pakistan, Afghan peace and India

After almost two decades the US-led NATO intervention in Afghanistan aimed at eradicating the Taliban had no end in sight. US President Donald Trump and the American people, if not the US military, decided that an honourable exit was necessary to end the longest war in US history. Despite the fact that one of Trump’s election promise was to exit Afghanistan (Iraq and Syria) by reluctantly Troop had approved... More

Despite controversy, Afghanistan Peace Process makes major strides

Despite Kabul’s publicly made allegations on the US about ‘selling Afghanistan to the Taliban’ in the peace talks, there is little gainsaying that the Afghan-US war has never been so close to ending through settlement than it is now. While Kabul continues to express its anger over being excluded, there is little, given the legitimacy crisis Kabul is itself facing, that even the principal Afghan actors can do to... More

Regulators and conflict of interest

A governmental body created by a legislature to implement and enforce specific laws, a "Regulatory Agency" or a "Regulator" would usually have quasi-legislative functions, executive functions, and judicial functions. Many laws govern social and economic matters, such as income tax, environmental laws, occupational health and safety laws, real estate law, employment laws, etc. A regulatory agency serves two primary functions in govt: implement the laws and enforce the same. Regulations... More

Is Bangladesh an online state?

Bangladesh is an online state with an incredibly high number of virtual citizens. Few can match them in enthusiasm, participation and enjoyment of what the online world offers, good or bad. Much great stuff happens on the net but so does nasty stuff. It’s also a great producer of cultural and otherwise, not to mention, political ones. The recent spate of actions against online content considered “harmful” have spiked, which,... More

How China might undo Saudi plans for Iran?

The recent Saudi bid to increase its economic and political influence in South Asia (Pakistan and India) is, as I pointed out in my previous stories for SAM, largely informed not just by the imperative of a Saudi economic expansion across Asia and avoid economic doom, but also by the objective of snatching Iran’s share of oil market in this part of the world. This is partly one reason... More



The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More