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Saudi to be biggest financial contributor to Maldives in 2019


Projected State budget for 2019 shows the financial aid pledged by Saudi Arabia will be the largest contribution by a single foreign State Maldives will receive in the coming year. Ministry of Finance and Treasury wrote in the... More

MPs back repeal of anti-defamation law


A majority of lawmakers backed Monday a bill to repeal the draconian anti-defamation law as pledged by president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. After a debate, MPs voted 48-17 with two abstentions to accept the bill. It was sent to... More

India hopes to restart its projects in Maldives


India will seek to kickstart its projects in the Maldives during PM Modi’s daylong visit to Male on November 17 to attend Ibu Solih’s swearing-in ceremony. The projects, including in the defence sector, were stalled under the... More

China rejects ‘exaggerated’ Maldives debt


China has moved to dismiss claims in recent reports that the debt amassed by the archipelago to the regional superpower amounts to over USD3 billion. Beijing has provided grant and loans to fund several major infrastructure projects including... More

China aims to ‘enslave’ Maldives, Nasheed warns


Former president of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed on Friday insisted that despite Maldives amassing USD3 billion in debt to China, the new government would only pay back "the exact amount owed" accusing the global superpower of aiming to... More

Maldives is not open for Indian military purposes: MP Didi


Former Brigadier General and the current parliament member for Hithadhoo Central, Ibrahim Mohamed Didi, released a statement Thursday saying that former President Mohamed Nasheed’s recent proclamation of India’s previous ties with Addu City do not infer that... More

A slice for all with coalition govt set for ‘mega’ cabinet


Maldives' president elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is set to be sworn in later this month to lead the coalition government with a 22 member cabinet, it has emerged. The new government has remained tight-lipped over the size of... More

Maldives’ ruling party challenges EC’s refusal to endorse congress


Ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) on Sunday challenged the electoral watchdog's refusal to endorse the party's congress which elected outgoing president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom as the new party leader at the country's first appellate court. PPM... More

Backed by India, Maldives becomes IORA member; Myanmar’s entry blocked


As a sign of the international community’s change of heart after the presidential elections, Maldives has now become the latest member of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) after India managed to convince naysayers that the new government... More

Maldives parliament elects JP leader Gasim as new speaker


Maldives parliament late Thursday voted to elect Jumhoory Party (JP) leader Gasim Ibrahim as the country's new speaker. The business tycoon was nominated by Hinnavaru lawmaker and president elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Gasim contested against deputy ruling party leader... More

Maldives’ parliamentary committee backs motion to repeal anti-defection law


A special parliamentary committee on Wednesday backed the motion to repeal the contentious anti-defection law. Maldives’ parliament on Wednesday voted to accept the motion and forwarded it to a special committee with 34 lawmakers in favour. The seven member... More

Maldives’ top court clears way for ex-leader’s return


The Maldives' Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed's 13-year jail sentence on terrorism charges, allowing him to go home this week. Nasheed has said he will return on Thursday. The move comes days before newly... More

Maldives top court overturns disqualification of eighth MP


Maldives' apex court on Monday annulled the disqualification of an eighth former ruling party lawmaker who had been disqualified over an earlier anti-defection ruling. Similar to the three verdicts earlier Monday, the Supreme Court reinstated South-Thinadhoo MP Saudhullah... More

Maldives pres-elect to be sworn in on Nov 17


Maldives' president elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is set to be sworn in on November 17 after the parliamentary committee reviewed the motion on the hugely debatable swearing in date. Deputy parliament speaker Moosa Manik had filed a motion... More

Maldives: Parliament to consider crucial motions at Sunday’s sitting


The parliament has tabled some crucial topics for Sunday’s sitting, which marks the start of the third and last session of the year. At the sitting to begin at 9am, the parliament will vote on the date to... More

Image-conscious Narendra Modi may skip Maldives president’s inauguration


The Indian prime minister’s visit to Maldives for the inauguration of Ibrahim Mohamad Solih as president next month remains uncertain, with New Delhi hesitating in sending Prime Minister Narendra Modi to an event where he could be... More

Maldives’ opposition agrees to appoint JP leader Gasim as new speaker


Maldives' opposition coalition has agreed to appoint Jumhoory Party (JP) leader Gasim Ibrahim as the country's new speaker after removing Abdulla Maseeh from the post. During a joint parliamentary group sit-down on Wednesday, 42 opposition lawmakers had backed... More

Maldives court overturns conviction to free JP leader Gasim


Maldives' first appellate court on Monday freed jailed Jumhoory Party (JP) leader Gasim Ibrahim after overturning his bribery conviction. The business tycoon was convicted of bribery and sentenced to over three years in prison in August last year. Gasim... More

Maldives: Supreme Court Upholds Presidential Poll Results in Unanimous Verdict


The Supreme Court of the Maldives on Sunday upheld the results of last month’s presidential election in a unanimous judgment after President Abdulla Yameen challenged his own defeat in the poll. Supporters of Yameen, who initially conceded defeat... More

Maldives misguided over intentions: China


Reports that Maldives President elect-Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, better know as Ibu, is considering putting several Chinese-funded projects on hold, while reviewing others, have raised flags in Beijing. On Friday, a newspaper quoted sources saying Ibu was “exploring options”... More

Maldives High Court overturns conviction to free Gayoom


Maldives High Court on Thursday freed jailed former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom after overturning his conviction. The 80 year old Gayoom along with two top court judges were convicted of obstruction of justice and sentenced to one year... More

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Projecting falsehood by propaganda

The advertising and media worlds are there to inform the public: the media about what is going on in the world of politics, art and business, while advertisements are there to promote products, politics, individuals. Both these are means to convince the masses that they should “buy” what is being sold to them. Advertisements have developed into a major means of income for media – newspapers, TV channels and... More

Suu Kyi seeks Asean support on Rohingya return but also faces...

Aung San Suu Kyi is attending the Asean meetings in Singapore this week, seeking support from her Asian allies in dealing with the country’s Rakhine crisis. She especially wants the members of the regional bloc to back her government’s efforts to resettle the returning Muslim refugees—who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s strife-torn western region—and to be involved in future reconciliation efforts. So, a Nargis-style approach, led by Asean but... More

Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

After CBI, now RBI 

The opposition in India has blamed the Narendra Modi government for "ruining national institutions". Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seemed to fall apart over severe differences between its chief Alok Verma and his number two Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer known to be close to Modi. The government's intervention to send both officers on leave was challenged in the Supreme Court by Verma, amid television... 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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