MALDIVES

MALDIVES

IS terror suspects planning suicide attack in Maldives


Two Maldivian men charged with terrorism were planning to carry out a suicide attack in the capital Malé, officials confirmed on 15 November. Ishag Ali, from Madduvari island in Raa atoll, and Hussein Afeef,... More

Maldives MP accuses Sri Lanka of aiding opposition coup plots


Maldives ruling party MP Riyaz Rasheed has accused Sri Lanka of assisting alleged opposition efforts to overthrow the Maldivian government. On 7 November, speaking at a press conference, covered by the country’s media, Riyaz... More

Maldives accused of intimidating, silencing media


The Maldives is tightening its grip on the media and freedom of speech by using the broadcasting regulator to silence and intimidate journalists, a leading NGO has warned, as the government pushes a... More

U.S. discusses Maldives turmoil with India


Amidst growing political turmoil in Male, a team of U.S. diplomats met senior MEA officials to discuss the events in the Maldives on Thursday. The team, led by U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka... More

Case filed over transfer of $ 1 million to Maldivian President’s account


Maldivian Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed the case of the transfer of USD 1 million to the account of the President, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, by the SOF Company, a company heavily involved... More

Maldives remains committed to maintain democracy, says President


Maldivian president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has said that his government remains committed to maintain judicial independence, democracy, rule of law and human rights, and in continuing to cooperate with international partners in... More

EU delegate to visit Maldives to assess political condition


The European Union (EU) will be dispatching a team of their researchers and surveyors to Maldives in order to identify the political condition of the country. The EU delegate consisting of four of its... More

Maldivian Opposition in talks over non-politician for presidential candidate


Maldivian opposition parties are in talks about fielding a ‘unity’ candidate who is not a politician for next year’s election. Spokesman MP Ahmed Mahloof told the Maldives Independent that talks were already ongoing about... More

100% Islamic Maldives has the highest percentage of women police in Asia


The 100% Islamic Maldives has the distinction of having the highest percentage of female police officers in South and South-East Asia. According to “Rough Roads To Equality: Women in Police Force”, a study done... More

IPU concerns over human rights violations against Maldives lawmakers


The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has expressed concern over human rights violation against opposition lawmakers in the Maldives. In a press statement Wednesday (October 18), the global organisation of national parliaments called for a fact-finding... More

Probe finds Maldivian model in Bangladesh was not murdered


Bangladeshi police have concluded that Raudha Athif, a 21-year-old Maldivian medical student who was found hanged in her college dorm room, committed suicide after a breakup with her boyfriend. In a report submitted Tuesday... More

Opposition protest outside Maldivian Embassy in Sri Lanka


 Dozens of opposition supporters protested in front of the Maldivian Embassy in Colombo Thursday against human rights violations. Independent MP Ahmed Mahloof told the Maldives Independent that about 50 people were at the demonstration. Photographs... More

Maldives’ Parliament sitting ends within 13 minutes


Parliament sitting resumed at 09:00hrs on Monday after it had gone into recess last month, was short-lived as opposition protests had interrupted the flow of the session. Opposition members had attended the parliament premises... More

EP calls for targeted sanctions over ‘dramatic deterioration’ of Maldives democracy ...


The European Parliament (EP) Thursday adopted a resolution calling on member states to consider imposing individual targeted sanctions over “the deteriorating political and human rights situation in the Maldives and the increasingly authoritarian... More

45th anniversary of Maldives-China diplomatic relations marked


68th Republic Day of China and 45th anniversary of Maldives-China diplomatic relations has been marked on Friday in Maldives. Chinese Ambassador to Maldives H.E Zhang hosted a dinner tonight at Kurumba Resort to... More

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... More

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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

A feudal electoral system

  The Magna Carta, or the “Charter of Liberties”, limiting the King's power and strengthening the rights of nobles was signed by King John at Runnymede near London on June 15, 1215. Brokered by the Archbishop of Canterbury... More

Myanmar enters make or break year

This month marks the second anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi’s electoral landslide at the 2015 polls. It also marks the start of her third year in power. This coming year is going to be a “make... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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

A family worries over toxic air’s chilling effects

I have been living in Delhi for nearly two decades and my husband for many more years. Even though we come from different parts of India, it... 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