Maldives

  • Maldives court denies deportation of Pakistani criminals July 5, 2014

    Colombo: A Maldives court has denied ordering the deportation of two Pakistanis caught by police in the biggest drug bust in the history of the country, a statement said on Friday. Four Maldivians, three Bangladeshis, and 11 Pakistanis were taken into custody March 10 with 24 kg of heroin, which local...
  • 'Maldives accords highest respect to India as global leader' May 28, 2014

    The Maldives accords the highest respect to India's interests and status as a global leader, President Abdulla Yameen has said as he reaffirmed his country's commitment to further strengthening bilateral ties. During a 30-minute meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday, Yameen expressed confidence that the long-standing...
  • India crowned South Asian basketball champions May 17, 2014

    Kathmandu: The senior Indian men's team routed Maldives 108-32 to be crowned champions at the third South Asian Basketball Association Championship 2014. India's greater international experience, height, speed, skill, endurance and strength were too much to handle for the Maldivians. India's suffocating half court defence meant that Maldives were rarely able to...
  • Nepal to host 18th SAARC Summit in Katmandu March 28, 2014

    Nepal will hold the 18th SAARC Summit in Katmandu on November 14, the third time the country is hosting the event since the establishment of eight-member regional grouping in 1985. A cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Friday decided to hold the summit on November 14 and directed...
  • Maldives votes amid controversy March 22, 2014

    Lines of voters were seen outside polling stations as the Maldives parliamentary elections commenced in Male on Saturday morning. There are a total of 302 candidates, including 23 women, vying for 85 constituencies. Of these, capital Male holds the largest number of constituencies at 13, with seven in Addu city and...
  • Malaysia discounts possible missing plane sighting in Maldives March 19, 2014

    Investigators probing the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner with 239 people on board have discounted reports the plane may have been sighted over the Maldives, Malaysia's Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said. Several residents of Kudahuvadhoo, one of the more remote atolls in the Indian Ocean island chain nation, had...
  • India calls for institutional reform within the SAARC February 20, 2014

    India on Thursday called for institutional reform within the SAARC and define a clear set of policies on the nature of the grouping's relations with countries having observer status. The eight-member grouping needs to "move faster and to add momentum to our cooperation within the SAARC framework," External Affairs Minister Salman...
  • Uday-Nargis holiday in Maldives; are they going the Ranbir-Katrina way? January 5, 2014

    After Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif were spotted on a beach in Ibiza, Uday Chopra and Nargis Fakhri, the other two lovebirds have also been snapped together. Both Uday and Nargis were recently spotted on a beach in Maldives where they ushered in the New Year. While the buzz has...
  • Maldivian President Abdullah Yameen visits Lake City January 3, 2014

    Maldivian President Abdullah Yameen on Friday reached Udaipur on a two-day visit. Accompanied by his wife and other delegates, Yameen was received by Udaipur Mayor Rajni Dangi, District Collector Ashutosh AT, IGP Amrit  Kalash, SP Mahesh Goyal and other officers at the Maharana Pratap airport. The Maldivian President visited places including Saheliyon...
  • New Maldivian President Yameen Abdul Gayoom to arrive today January 1, 2014

    Newly-elected Maldivian President Yameen Abdul Gayoom will arrive in Delhi on Wednesday on his first official visit after assuming office in November to discuss key bilateral and regional issues amid assertions by India that the visit will enhance ties. Accompanied by his wife Madam Fathimath Ibrahim and a high level delegation,...
  • Relations with India a priority, says Maldives president November 22, 2013

    Newly-elected Maldives President Abdulla Yameen says his country's relations with India were a priority. In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Yameen said he looked forward to an early opportunity to discuss issues of common interest. Yameen also invited him to visit Maldives at an early date. "I take this opportunity to...
  • Maldives leader appoints niece as foreign minister November 19, 2013

    New Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen has appointed his niece, the daughter of former autocratic ruler Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, as the Foreign Minister, reviving the powerful family's influence over the country's politics. Dhunya Maumoon, 43, was appointed as the Foreign Minister along with five other ministers on Sunday, shortly after Yameen was...
  • Yameen takes power in Maldives, pledges to bolster economy November 17, 2013

    Abdulla Yameen was sworn in as Maldives president on Sunday, a day after wining a closely contested runoff election, ending nearly two years of political uncertainty that posed a threat to the Indian Ocean atoll nation's vital tourism sector. Yameen defeated former president Mohamed Nasheed with 51.6 percent of vote, bringing...
  • Abdulla Yameen officially named new Maldives president November 17, 2013

    The Maldives' Elections Commission on Sunday confirmed Abdulla Yameen, candidate of the Progressive Party, as the new president of the Indian Ocean archipelago nation. Mohammed Nasheed, former president and a contestant who was favoured to win, has at a press conference conceded his defeat. The results of the second round of the...
  • Maldives polls: Unexpected defeat for Nasheed, Yameen wins November 16, 2013

    Abdulla Yameen, half-brother of former autocratic ruler Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, on Saturday, clinched an unexpected victory in the presidential run-off elections by defeating former President Mohamed Nasheed, who had led in two recent aborted polls. The winning candidate, a 54-year economist also known as Yameen Abdul Gayoom, contested as a Progressive...
  • Voting begins in Maldives presidential run-off November 16, 2013

    Male: The Maldives on Saturday began voting in the second round of the controversy-ridden presidential election as ousted leader Mohamed Nasheed faces a run-off against his closest rival, with the poll being held under global pressure to elect a new leader and end months of political turmoil. Early voters queued up...
  • Maldives President steps down ahead of run-off polls November 15, 2013

    In the face of pressure from the world community, Mohamed Waheed has stepped down as President of the Maldives on the eve of the second round of the country's controversy-ridden presidential polls. Waheed, who took office after the first democratically elected President, Mohamed Nasheed, resigned under duress in February 2012, had...
  • Maldives' democratic process breaks down again amid bickering November 10, 2013

    The Maldives' top court delayed holding the second round of the country's presidential poll yet again on Sunday, prolonging a political crisis that has sparked international criticism over the Indian Ocean state's repeated failure to hold free elections. Mohamed Nasheed, the country's first democratically elected leader who first came to power...
  • Maldives: 88 per cent voter turnout in presidential polls November 9, 2013

    The Maldives saw a voter turnout of 88 percent as the Indian Ocean archipalego nation made a third attempt on Saturday to elect a new president and avoid a constitutional crisis. Voting, which started at 7 am, ended eight-and-a-half hours later and counting is now underway, local media reported. According to the...
  • Low voter turnout in Maldives' Presidential polls November 9, 2013

    Early voter turnout in the Maldives' controversy-ridden presidential polls was much lower than the annulled September 7 election, officials here said on Saturday amid fading hopes of conducting a run-off on Sunday. Elections Commission (EC) President Fuwad Thowfeek said, "Last time, a large number of people queued in the beginning. But...
  • Maldives gears up for presidential polls today November 9, 2013

    Male: Maldives on Friday affirmed that the controversy-ridden presidential polls set for Saturday will go ahead in order to avert a constitutional crisis. "Maldives is all geared for elections on Saturday," said Masood Imad, the spokesman for Maldivian President Mohammed Waheed. Saturday's polls will be Maldives' third attempt to elect a president...
  • Maldives set for Presidential polls on Saturday November 6, 2013

    After two failed attempts, the Presidential elections of Maldives is all set to happen on Saturday to avoid a constitutional crisis, with the three warring political parties agreeing on the final voters' list. The agreement to sign the list was reached after a meeting between the three Presidential candidates, Maldivian Democratic...
  • Indian envoy's car attacked in Male October 29, 2013

    The car of Indian High Commissioner Rajeev Shahare was damaged in the Maldives capital on Monday evening when assailants smashed the windscreen with a rock. The envoy was not in the car at the time. The car was attacked outside the Indian High Commission. The envoy and staff are safe, according...
  • Indian envoy's car damaged in Maldives October 28, 2013

    Indian High Commissioner Rajeev Shahare's car was damaged when unidentified persons hurled a rock at it in the Maldivian capital, on Monday, though no one was injured in the incident. Two unidentified persons riding a motorcycle threw a rock at the car while it was parked in front of the mission...
  • Maldives presidential candidates want elections on November 2 October 28, 2013

    All three presidential candidates in the Maldives have agreed to hold presidential election a week early on November 2 to avoid a constitutional crisis, media reports said in Male on Monday. The three presidential candidates have agreed to propose to the Elections Commission to hold the first round of the presidential...
  • Former Maldives president Nasheed faces life threat October 25, 2013

    Former Maldivian president and presidential election front runner Mohamed Nasheed is facing life threats from Al Qaeda agents, his office said on Friday. In a statement, Nasheed's office said two Al Qaeda agents have been put on the job for an attack on the ex-president and they are currently in Male,...
  • Maldives sets new presidential election for November 9 October 22, 2013

    Male: Maldives officials rescheduled the country's presidential election for November 9 after police prevented the scheduled vote this past weekend due to a conflict with a Supreme Court ruling. While the new schedule may break through a political stalemate and reassure this troubled young democracy, it may not produce a new...
  • Maldives poll frontrunner Nasheed says president should resign October 21, 2013

    Maldives poll frontrunner Nasheed says president should resign The frontrunner in the Maldives presidential elections called for the current leader to resign on Sunday, a day after the vote was halted by police. Former president Mohamed Nasheed, who was ousted by police, military forces and armed demonstrators in February 2012, looked...
  • Constitutional void in Maldives not a good idea: India October 20, 2013

    Expressing concern over the political crisis in the Maldives following the last-minute cancellation of the Presidential re-vote, India, on Sunday, said it is not a good idea to have a "constitutional void". "India was interested in the ongoing democratic process should be successfully completed. There should not be any hurdles," government...
  • Maldives police halt presidential vote, supporters stage sit-in October 20, 2013

    Male: Maldives police forced a halt to a presidential election on Saturday, in what the leading candidate's supporters said was a new coup as he called on them to block the streets in protest. The Indian Ocean archipelago which has been in turmoil since February 2012, when then-president Mohamed Nasheed was...