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India is a brother, but China is like a long-lost cousin found, Maldives Ambassador to China Mohamed Faisal has said, asserting that his country would push ahead with Chinese projects despite New Delhi's concerns. The Maldives will further embrace Chinese investment but is aware it risks getting ...

The Ministry of External Affairs, in a statement, said, this is one step towards addressing the issues related to the prevailing political situation in that country but a number of concerns expressed by the international community still remain to be addressed. The External Affairs Ministry also maintained that ...
INDIAN practice of keeping its neighbours at tenterhooks and browbeating them into submission continues unabated. Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and even tiny Maldives suffer from Indian malice. Indian desire of keeping Maldives as her client state, interference in internal matters of ...
New Delhi: India on Thursday welcomed revocation of Emergency in the Maldives but stressed that concerns expressed by the international community ... The external affairs ministry said in a statement that as a neighbour whose security is closely intertwined with that of the Maldives, India wishes to see ...

Maldives, fast becoming a pawn in the new Great Game. ANI Pakistan Sri Lanka think tank analysts China India
The Maldives has long been a foothold of the Indian sphere of influence in South Asia. Since both nations gained independence from Great Britain, India has played a major role in helping build the Maldivian economy, as well as in underwriting political stability in the country. India backed the ... China
An emergency imposed in the Maldives after a court ordered the release of jailed politicians will be allowed to expire Thursday after allowing time for the government to investigate corruption allegations against the judges who issued the order, an envoy said. The government "has no intention of ...
Long a byword for holiday dreams—think palm-fringed islands surrounded by impossibly blue lagoons—the Maldives are an almost irresistible magnet for slebs, honeymooners, sun-lovers, divers, and #maldivesbeachpartying Instabraggers. The “problem”—if you could call it that—is which of the myriad ...
If anybody has doubts that China's signing with the Maldives, the protocol on establishment of a joint ocean observation centre at the northern most atoll Makunudhoo, last year, has any other implication other than adding one more pearl in order to dominate and surround India in its backyard and spy on all ...
The China-Maldives Friendship Bridge, which is being built at a frenetic pace and largely funded by China, will link the capital Male to Hulhule. It is said that the bridge will declare, in no uncertain terms, that Beijing is whisking the Maldives away from what has traditionally been India's sphere of influence.
Yoga lovers don't have to sweat in a hot studio to reach inner peace. Instead, they can try a refreshing experience about 20 feet underwater. Hurawalhi Island Resort, on the Lhaviyani Atoll in the Maldives, had opened up a one-of-a-kind experience for yogis out there who want to perfect their downward dog ...
"As part of the support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the Saudi Fund for Development and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development has pledged $160 million in support of the Maldives and its brotherly people for the development projects including the airport development and ...
India and China have become entangled in a constitutional crisis in the Maldives, with both countries brandishing their navies while attempting to come to a diplomatic solution. The crisis began on Feb. 1 when the Maldives Supreme Court ordered the release of all political prisoners, citing violations of ... Wars
NEW DELHI/COLOMBO – A Chinese naval combat force that entered the Indian Ocean for the first time in four years may have helped deter an Indian intervention in the Maldives after its pro-China president imposed a state of emergency, according to military and diplomatic sources and analysts. India has ... Wars
A fleet of destroyers and at least one frigate, a 30,000-tone amphibious transport dock and three support tankers entered the Indian Ocean, news portal said, without linking the deployment to the crisis in the Maldives or giving a reason. “If you look at warships and other equipment, the gap ... Wars

Maldivian police officers detain an opposition protestor demanding the release of political prisoners during a protest in Male on Feb. 21, 2018. Maldives President Abdulla Yameen extended a draconian state of emergency by another month on Feb. 20, ignoring a growing chorus of international concern and calls for ... Wars
Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas have spent the week at the $45,000 (£32,000)-a-night Coco Prive private island in the Maldives. A one-week stay at this Maldives island, located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, costs £252,000 - the same price as the average UK house. Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas have ... Wars
NEW DELHI – The Maldives — that beautiful Indian Ocean country comprising more than 1,000 coral islands — is known the world over as a tranquil and luxurious travel destination. But the country is now being roiled by a political crisis so severe that international advisories are cautioning against travel ... Wars
For the second time in the last 10 days, amid an ongoing political crisis in Maldives, the island nation has approached India with a request to allow a special envoy to meet the Indian leadership at a “convenient time” for New Delhi. Speaking to The Indian Express, Maldives Ambassador to India, Ahmed ... Wars
Cosplay festivals in the Maldives is only a few years old, but with the large amount of gaming and anime/manga fans, the movement has gained momentum fast and is becoming some of the ... Shinzou Con 2014, the first cosplay event in the Maldives, was the brainchild of Justin and a few of his friends. Wars
On a cold December day in 2017, China's President Xi Jinping welcomed a special guest at the Great Hall of the People: Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. The President of the Maldives walked along the red carpet with the swagger of a leader in complete control. A week earlier, his government had ... Wars
Despite its crystalline beaches and breezy palm trees, the island nation of the Maldives is not in a state of paradise at the moment. The South Asian archipelago is experiencing turmoil after its president, Abdulla Yameen, declared a state of emergency following a Supreme Court ruling that he felt threatened ... Wars
Malaysia and Phuket have registered a more than 20% increase in booking rates, and the developments in the Maldives could have contributed to this, Rastogi said. "Destinations like Kuala Lumpur and Kathmandu are also showing about 7-10% increase in share on the chart of top destinations when ... Wars
It is supposed to be a paradise destination where the only turbulence is the occasional gust of wind rattling the palm trees. But the ongoing political turmoil which has shaken the Maldives in the last fortnight now seems to be hitting its holiday industry. The state of emergency imposed by the authorities on ... Wars
India must decide whether it wants to send troops to the Maldives, which is currently under a state of emergency. How New Delhi responds to the crisis will test Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's foreign policy resolve in Asia. Modi's decision must also factor in rising Chinese investment and radicalism ... Wars
The delegation also met the leaders of the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives, reported on Thursday. No further details regarding the meetings were revealed. Following President Abdulla Yameen's imposition of a state of emergency, there was a chorus of international concern. India, Sri ... Wars
Following these developments, on 4th February 2018 (Sunday early morning), the Attorney General issued his Official Opinion to the President of the Maldives, and to the Army Chief and the Acting Police Commissioner that the Supreme Court had no constitutional and/or legal power to dismiss a sitting ... Wars
Several resorts owned by big Singapore hospitality players in the Maldives have seen some cancellations following a state of emergency imposed on Monday, and a travel advisory issued on Tuesday by Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs against non-essential travel there. Meanwhile, Singapore ... Wars
Male [Maldives], Feb 8 (ANI): Protesters have gathered at the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) campaign centre Haruge and have been calling for the implementation of Supreme Court order to release nine political prisoners. "Protesters gathered at MDP's campaign centre Haruge call on the government [to] stop ... Wars
NEW DELHI: India was the first stop planned for a visit by a special envoy of the Maldivian president but it could not take place due to scheduling issues of the Indian leadership, the island nation's envoy said on Thursday. His comments come in the backdrop of Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen sending ... Wars
The Maldives Ministry of Tourism has declared the country safe for tourists despite the government's imposition of a 15-day state of emergency. In a statement provided to The Independent by the Maldivian embassy in London, H.E. Mr Ahmed Shiaan, Ambassador of the Maldives to the UK said: “The ... Wars
In an unexpected move last week, the Maldives Supreme Court ordered the release of several imprisoned opposition lawmakers, ruling that their trials were politically motivated. President Abdulla Yameen refused to comply with the decision and instead imposed a state of emergency for a period of 15 days. Wars
The Maldives has been in crisis since last week, when the Supreme Court quashed convictions ranging from corruption to terrorism of nine opposition figures. Tension came to a head when President Abdulla Yameen's government rejected the ruling, imposing an emergency on Monday and then arrested ... Wars
Maldives tourism chiefs have declared the country safe for holidaymakers despite a 15-day state of emergency being declared on Monday amid political turmoil in the capital of Male. The Maldives Ministry of Tourism highlighted that all tourism related businesses across the Indian Ocean nation will operate ... Wars
"In view of the unstable situation in the Maldives, Singaporeans are advised to defer all non-essential travel to the Maldives until the situation stabilises," said the MFA. "Singapore has no diplomatic representation in the Maldives which constrains our ability to extend consular assistance in an emergency.". Wars
The request from exiled former President Mohammed Nasheed came as Maldives security forces stormed the Supreme Court building overnight, arresting two judges and later a top opposition politician, after the government declared a state of emergency. The government of President Yameen Abdul ... Wars
A travel alert for British holidaymakers to the Maldives was issued after political unrest triggered a state of emergency yesterday. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office altered its travel advice and urged travellers to be cautious as security forces were deployed in the capital of Male. However, the FCO ... Wars
The Maldives is in political turmoil, and the country's president has declared a 15-day state of emergency giving him more power to detain people. The crisis stems from a ruling by the country's Supreme Court that ordered the release and retrial of some opposition party members. The court also ordered 12 ... Wars
Maldives Supreme Court annuls its own order to free political prisoners after 2 court justices were arrested. By The Associated Press. MALE, Maldives — Feb 6, 2018, 12:03 PM ET. 0 Shares. Email. Star. 0 Shares. Email · Maldives Supreme Court annuls its own order to free political prisoners after 2 court justices were ... Wars
Maldivian police stand guard on a main street during a protest by opposition supporters against the government's delay in releasing their jailed leaders, including former president Mohamed Nasheed, despite a Supreme Court order, in Male, Maldives, Feb 5, 2018. Reuters ... Wars
NEW DELHI: Travel agents and tour operators said the unrest in Maldives has had little impact on bookings and trips of Indian travellers and is unlikely to impact leisure travel much as the ministry of tourism of Maldives has issued a statement mentioning that all tourism related businesses and airports are ... Wars
Tuniu, a major Chinese tour operator, said it was planning for possible adjustments to Maldives trips. “As far as we know, people are fine in the Maldives at the moment, and the airport's operation is not affected either,” said Wang Mi from the firm's public relations department, adding that it was still checking ... Wars
But also in the Maldives, escalating violence and a political tit-for-tat between the president and the top court is plunging the entire nation into chaos. A two-week state of emergency has been declared in the island nation by iron-fisted President Abdulla Yameen, following his intense showdown with the ... Wars
A political crisis in the Maldives deepened, as the government declared a state of emergency and sent troops to surround the Supreme Court. [The New York Times]. • A top American investigator into the illegal ivory and rhino horn trade was found stabbed to death in his home in Nairobi. Esmond Bradley ... Wars
The Canadian government has issued a travel warning for the Maldives, urging residents travelling to the popular tourist destination to “exercise a high degree of caution.” The advisory is in line with what several other countries — such as the U.K., France and China — have told their citizens in recent days. Wars
He also called on the U.S. to stop Maldives government officials from making transactions through U.S. banks. There was no immediate response from India or the United States, though both have called on Yameen to obey the original Supreme Court order. The spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General ... Wars
Yameen refused to comply, and instead dispatched the military to the Supreme Court in the capital, Male, on Monday. Security forces "blockaded and locked the Supreme Court building from outside and hence the justices are without any food," Maldives' former Attorney General Husnu Al Suood tweeted. Wars
On Monday, the tension escalated when Maldives National Defense Forces reportedly broke into the Supreme Court in the capital city of Male. Security forces "blockaded and locked the Supreme Court building from outside and hence the justices are without any food," Maldives' former Attorney General ... Wars


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