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Future of Maldives ruling coalition into doubt


The Maldivian Democratic Party-led coalition appears to be on the verge of collapse after Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim announced he was open to talks with other parties to jointly contest the upcoming parliamentary elections. After escalating attacks... More

Maldives military refutes ‘third’ Indian helicopter reports


Maldives military on Saturday refuted reports that a third Indian helicopter was being operated in the archipelago. Days after the Maldives military resumed operating the two helicopters after renewing the agreement with its neighbours, several photos showing a... More

India-Maldives security cooperation keeps us safe: Maldivian defence minister


Maldivian defence minister Mariya Didi will be in India from January 23 to 30. This is her first visit after taking charge as country's defence minister under Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's government in November of 2018. Speaking exclusively to... More

1.4 mln tourists visit Maldives during 2018


Tourism Minister, Ali Waheeed stated on Thursday that 1.4 million tourists visited the Maldives during 2018. Speaking at a press conference, the Minister said the tourism industry witnessed a development of 6.8% in the last year. The number... More

Over 60,000 undocumented expats in Maldives, says immigration


Maldives' new immigration chief on Thursday said the estimated number of undocumented expatriates in the archipelago was over 60,000. Immigration controller Mohamed Ahmed during a press conference on Thursday said a total 144,607 expats had been brought in... More

President Solih assures renewed efforts to maintain int’l ties


Maldives was greatly cast aside by the international community when the new government took over administration, said President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Monday. Speaking to Maldivian residents living in United Arab Emirates, President Solih said the foreign policy... More

Maldives’ ex-home minister plans ‘mass protest’ over India helicopters


Maldives' former home minister Umar Naseer has planned to hold a mass protest over the continued use of the two helicopters gifted by the Indian government. The warning came days after Maldives military had resumed operating the two... More

India replaces advanced light helicopter at Gan Addu Atoll of Maldives


India on Saturday replaced an Advanced Light Helicopter at the Gan Addu Atoll of Maldives, the Coast Guard said. A Coast Guard Ship also entered Hitadhoo port of Maldives for joint Exclusive Economic Zone patrol with the Maldivian Coast Guard from January 13-17,... More

Maldives won’t be used as a plaything for powers in Indian Ocean:...


After Ibrahim Mohamed Solih defeated pro-China Abdullah Yameen in the presidential elections in the Maldives last September, he chose India for his maiden state visit last month. In his first interview as President, Solih told Dipanjan Roy... More

Maldives’ Parliament to convene next month


Maldivess first parliament sitting of 2019 has been scheduled for 7th of February. The People's Majlis informed on Thursday that the first sitting of the year would take place at Dharubaaruge. At the sitting, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will... More

Maldives ex-pres seeks registration of new party


A formal application with 4,000 signatures has been filed with the country's electoral body to register former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's new party. The application to register the People's National Congress (PNC) was submitted by party founder... More

Maldives-India discuss building ground station for satellite slot


Maldives and India held discussions to build the ground station required to use the island nation's slot of the Indian satellite launched in 2017. While responding to a question posed by local news media Mihaaru during a press... More

Maldives’ ex-president Yameen summoned to police HQ for 2nd time in 3...


Former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has been summoned to the Maldives Police Service headquarters for the second time in three days. A media official from Maldives Police Service confirmed Yameen was summoned to MPS at 2:30... More

Maldives top court annuls death by stoning sentence for woman


The Maldives' top court has overturned a sentence of death by stoning issued to a woman found guilty of adultery. The woman, who reportedly gave birth out of wedlock, was convicted by a magistrate court in Lhaviyani Atoll... More

Maldives President notes importance of relationship with Sri Lanka


Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih held discussions with the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the Maldives Major General (Retd) B.R.W.M.R.A.B Thoradeniya on ways to further strengthen ties between the Maldives and Sri Lanka, the Maldives President’s office said. The... More

Maldives begins re-operating India-gifted helicopters


Maldives new government has begun reusing the two helicopters gifted by the Indian government, after a long hiatus during the former administration. During the administration of former President Abdulla Yameen, authorities had asked India to take back one... More

UAE waives visa fee for Maldives


United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has waived visa fee for Maldivians travelling to the middle-eastern country from January 1, the archipelago's foreign ministry announced Monday. Speaking during a press conference on Monday, state foreign minister Ahmed Khaleel said... More

Maldives signs agreement with China to renovate foreign ministry


Maldives’ government on Saturday signed an agreement with China for the renovation of the building complex of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The agreement was signed at a ceremony held at the Chinese Embassy in Maldives. The ceremony was... More

New Maldivian gov’t to strengthen ties with China: Maldivian FM


The Maldives' new government is looking forward to strengthening ties with China, Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid told Xinhua on Thursday. The new government's foreign policy is to strengthen relations with all countries who respect the Maldives and... More

China hails Maldivian FM’s remarks on BRI


A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Friday applauded the Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid's remarks that the Maldives will continue to work with China under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Shahid on Thursday said... More

Maldives ex-pres gets green light to form new political party


Maldives' electoral body on Thursday accepted the application to establish former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's new party. After initially rejecting the application, Elections Commission led by its chief Ahmed Shareef had accepted the application submitted by Fonadhoo... More

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By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


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

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