Maldives opposition says severing ties with Qatar will affect tourism

Maldives opposition says severing ties with Qatar will affect tourism

Colombo, June 6 (NIA) – The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), led by former President Mohamed Nasheed, on Tuesday strongly condemned Maldives President Abdulla Yameen’s decision to break diplomatic relations with Qatar. The MDP in a statement said the move will damage the Maldives, and was not in its national interest. “The Maldives Foreign Ministry announced the […]

Maldives cuts off all ties with Qatar

Maldives cuts off all ties with Qatar

Maldives, June 5 (newsin.asia) – The Maldives Foreign Ministry, on Monday said it decided to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar after the Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates announced the same decision. A statement by the Maldives Foreign Ministry said the Maldives took the decision because of its firm opposition to activities that […]

Sri Lankan President appreciates Maldives’ assistance for flood relief

Sri Lankan President appreciates Maldives’ assistance for flood relief

Colombo, June 2 (NIA) – Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, on Friday thanked the government and the people of Maldives for the assistance provided for flood relief work in the island country. Speaking with the Maldivian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohamed Asim, who called on him at the President’s official residence in Colombo, Sirisena said […]

Maldives offers financial assistance to flood hit Sri Lanka

Maldives offers financial assistance to flood hit Sri Lanka

Colombo, June 1 (NIA) – The Maldives government, on Thursday handed over financial assistance to the Sri Lankan government to assist in flood relief. The Maldives President’s Office said in a statement the Maldives Foreign Minister, Dr. Mohamed Asim in his capacity as the Special Envoy of the President of the Republic of Maldives met […]

Renowned Maldivian social media activist found dead with 14 stab wounds

Renowned Maldivian social media activist found dead with 14 stab wounds

Male, April 23 (en.mihaaru.com) A renowned Maldivian social media activist and blogger, Yameen Rashid,  was found murdered  Saturday night. Rasheed, 29, of Addu atoll Feydhoo island, was found with 14 stab wounds on the staircase of his house in capital Male. Some close associates of the dead blogger reported that Yameen, who worked for Maldives […]

Lack of political will stymies garbage management in South Asia

Lack of political will stymies garbage management in South Asia

By Frances Bulathsinghala Colombo, April 23 (www.southasianmonitor.com):  Concealed from privileged city dwellers, tucked away from posh tourist resorts and invisible to policy makers are the rubbish dumps in the cities of South Asia. But the thick wall of apathy cracked on April 14 when a 300 ft high mountain of garbage, allowed to build up for years in the low-lying Colombo […]

Maldives ruling group wants re-engagement with opposition on democratic lines

Maldives ruling group wants re-engagement with opposition on democratic lines

Colombo, April 8 (newsin.asia): The three-party Maldives Combined Front (MCF) led by the Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, has appealed to the opposition led by two former Presidents to enter into a “re-engagement” with it on “democratic” lines in a “sincere and honest” manner for the sake of the Maldivian people. The MCF comprises the Progressive […]

Conditions for ousting Yameen democratically are ripening: Maldivian opposition leader Nasheed

Conditions for ousting Yameen democratically are ripening: Maldivian opposition leader Nasheed

Colombo, April 3: The Maldivian opposition leader, Mohamed Nasheed, is optimistic about ousting President Abdulla Yameen through the constitutional parliamentary route because parliament is now going the opposition’s way, as seen in the vote on the no-confidence motion against the Speaker, says P.K.Balachandran writing in www.southasianmonitor.com. Although the motion was defeated, the margin was too […]

Maldivian opposition leader says he will re-negotiate terms of China-funded projects

Maldivian opposition leader says he will re-negotiate terms of China-funded projects

By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, March 29 (newsin.asia): The Maldivian opposition leader, Mohamed Nasheed, said here on Wednesday, that he will re-negotiate the terms of Chinese-funded projects to see if they were fair and in the interest of the country. “We will learn from the experience of the Sri Lankan Ports Minister Arjuna Ranatunga in re-negotiating the […]

Maldives govt says foreign partners should respect democratic decisions of state institutions

Maldives govt says foreign partners should respect democratic decisions of state institutions

Maldives, March 29 (NIA) – The Maldives government, on Wednesday said that a vote of no confidence on the Speaker of Parliament which was defeated on Monday was conducted in a transparent and democratic manner. The statement came a day after the US Embassy in Sri Lanka and Maldives released a statement saying it was concerned about irregularities ‎that […]

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