India committed to Maldives' security & stability: Sushma Swaraj

Sushma SwarajMale : India on Monday reaffirmed its strong commitment towards security, stability and prosperity of Maldives while favouring expansion of ties in areas like trade and investment.

External Affairs Sushma Swaraj held talks with her Maldivian counterpart Dunya Maumoon during which bilateral and regional issues of mutual interests were discussed.

Swaraj made a transit halt here on her return from Mauritius, where she was on a three-day visit.

Both Ministers discussed matters of bilateral importance, including upcoming projects in Maldives executed with India's assistance.

Maldives President Waheed steps down

Mohamed-WaheedMale, Nov 15 : Maldives President Mohamed Waheed Friday stepped down as president as the country prepared to hold the second round of the presidential election.

In a farewell speech, Waheed said one of the priorities during his tenure was to enhance the area of foreign relations, adding that the long standing non-aligned, independent foreign policy with an Islamic character was changed by the then (Nasheed) government, Xinhua reported.

No corruption in Male airport deal, says watchdog

male-gmr-nasirMale, June 18 : The Maldives anti-corruption watchdog has ruled out any corruption in the deal to award the country's only operational international airport to Indian infrastructure giant GMR group, a media report said Tuesday.

The $511 million project was abruptly cancelled by the Maldivian government in November 2012.

Former Maldives Prez Nasheed takes refuge in Indian Embassy in Male

Mohammed-NasheedMale, Feb 13 : Former President of Maldives, Mohammed Nasheed took refuge inside the Indian High Commission in Male on Wednesday, after a court issued an arrest warrant against him.

A court in capital Male had issued an arrest warrant against Nasheed after he failed to turn up for a hearing.

Nasheed has been accused of abusing his power by ordering the arrest of a senior judge during his tenure.

GMR seeks over $800 million in compensation from Maldives Govt.

GMR seeks over $800 million in compensation from Maldives Govt.Infrastructure giant GMR has announced that it has sought a compensation of more than $800 million from the Maldives government for the termination of Male International Airport contract.

The Maldives government had terminated the airport deal on 27th of November, and grabbed hold of the airport operations from GRM on the midnight of 7-8 December.

GMR reportedly preparing to sue Maldives govt. for cancelling airport contract

GMR reportedly preparing to sue Maldives govt. for cancelling airport contractGMR Infra is reportedly preparing to sue Maldives government for cancelling Male International Airport contract.

Emerging reports say that GMR Infra wants a compensation of more than US$800 million from Maldives government, which forced the infrastructure giant to hand over the airport to the government. The infrastructure giant is also in discussions with lawyers to sue the island nation's government if it declines to give the compensation.

No clarity on compensation to GMR for its forceful eviction from Male airport

No clarity on compensation to GMR for its forceful eviction from Male airportThe Maldives government will take over the GMR Male International Airport (GMIAL) on the midnight of 7-8 December as the Singapore High Court upheld Maldives government's right to take back the airport from GMR, but there is no clarity yet on the amount of compensation that GMR will be given for evicting it mid-contract.

Maldives govt. decides to take control of Male airport from Saturday

Maldives govt. decides to take control of Male airport from SaturdayDespite an order from a Singapore court suspend the abolition of infrastructure giant GMR's $511 million Male airport project, the Maldives government has declared its decision to take control of an airport.

Mohamed Nazim, defence minister and acting transport minister, said in a press conference that the government would take over of the airport from Saturday.

Maldivian government cancels GMR contract for international airport

Maldivian government cancels GMR contract for international airportThe government of Maldives has cancelled the contract of GMR Group for developing international airport in the country and as has asked the company to leave within one week.

Manmohan Singh, Gilani meeting begins at SAARC Summit

 Manmohan Singh, Gilani meeting begins at SAARC Summit Addu City (Maldives), Nov. 10 : Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani have began a meeting here this morning to give a push to normalising bilateral relations marked by a shrinking trust deficit.

Dr Singh and Gilani are meeting for the third time in the last 18 months.

Thursday''s meeting on the sidelines of the 17th SAARC Summit comes a week after Pakistan announced a path-breaking decision to confer Most Fovoured Nation (MFN) status on India.

Maldives President says melting glaciers can result in serious conflicts

Mohamed NasheedNew Delhi, Oct 23 : Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed said on Friday that fast melting of glaciers in future could lead to serious conflicts arising due to large-scale migration of people in search of dry land and resources.

Speaking at a seminar on `Environment and Conflict Resolution', in New Delhi, Nasheed said melting of glaciers would lead to lack of dry land, forcing people to jump borders and run around looking for land and resources for settling down, giving rise to conflicts which would affect the developing countries more than the rich nations.

The sinking feeling

Thulhaadhoo From crowded, chaotic Karachi of 20 million people, Doctor Owais Aziz seemed to have adapted well in the past six months, to life on Thulhaadhoo — a 380 metre-long, 230 metre-wide-island in the Maldives with, well, 2,800 islanders on it and white, grainy sand around it.

The island has a neatly-built school with 22 Indian teachers, a football field, and three general stores that sell Axe deodorants and Kashmir-brand rice from Pakistan, besides a mosque and a hospital. Many homes are made of broken corals.

Maldives can always count on India as a well-meaning friend, says Antony

Maldives can always count on India as a well-meaning friend, says AntonyMale'' (Maldives), Aug 22 : Defence Minister A K Antony has said India and Maldives are a ''shining model of how two countries of differing sizes can cooperate with each other as equals''.

Maldives’ islander discovers pre-Islamic Buddhist relic

Maldives’ islander discovers pre-Islamic Buddhist relicMale (Maldives), May 29 : An Islander has discovered a pre-Islamic stupa, a Buddhist relic, beneath his house in Raa atoll Agolhitheemu in Maldives, while digging to build a well.

According to a report in Minivan News, Yoosuf Adam, from Gulhaam House, found the coral stupa divided into three parts.

"It looks like a pawn on a chess board," said the Island Chief Mohamed Yoosuf. "The Indian teachers here believe parts were destroyed when Islam came to the Maldives," he added.

Maldives to hold first democratic general election

Maldives to hold first democratic general electionMale, May 9 : The people of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean will vote on Saturday in the country''s first ever fully democratic parliamentary election.

The election will be a key test not only for President Mohamed Nasheed, but also for Britain''s Conservative party, which has coached his candidates in the art of contesting polls that are free and fair.

Maldives plans to become first carbon-neutral nation in the world

Maldives plans to become first carbon-neutral nation in the worldMale, Mar. 14 : The Maldives, which is threatened by rising sea level as a result of global warming, is planning to become the world''s first carbon-neutral country.

The President of the Island country, Mohammed Nasheed, will reveal details of a plan to achieve full carbon neutrality within 10 years on Sunday, the Independent reported.

Maldives will join a small group of nations racing to be first, in what environmentalists have described as "the Carbon World Cup."

India, Maldives to tackle sea-borne terrorism

India, MaldivesNew Delhi, Feb 4 : India and Maldives will work together to meet the threat of sea-borne terrorism.

This emerged during a meeting between Defence Minister AK Antony and the visiting Minister of Defence and National Security of Maldives, Ameen Faisal here.

Antony assured the Maldivian leader of India''s continued support to the island nation in meeting all its security and development needs.

He said that the strategic interests of India and Maldives are interlinked and that New Delhi was keen to strengthen and expand the defence relations between the two countries in the coming years.

Maldivian President supports Indian stand on Mumbai attacks

Mohammad ''Anni'' NasheedNew Delhi, Dec 25 : Maldivian President Mohammad ''Anni'' Nasheed today supported the Indian stand on Mumbai attacks stating that the militants who staged the three-day rampage came through the sea route from Karachi.

Interacting with the media here, Nasheed said that Maldives is a nation of sea fishermen in the middle of the Indian Ocean and that they are concerned about maritime security.

Maldives Foreign Minister meets Pranab Mukherjee

New Delhi, Dec 1 : Maldives Foreign Minister Ahmed Shaheed called on his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee here today.

Shaheed reached New Delhi on Sunday on a three-day visit to India to further bilateral relations.

Maldivian minister''s visit to New Delhi comes within weeks of a new democratically elected government assuming charge in Male.

Reports said that both the ministers held talks on a wide range of bilateral and regional issues.

Expansion of economic ties and energy security were likely to dominate the talks.

President, VP greet Maldovan President

Mohamed NasheedDhabi, Nov 12th, 2008: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan sent a congratulatory cable of to Mohammed Nasheed who recently sworn in yesterday as the new President of Maldives.

Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum also sent a similar cable to the President of Maldives. (WAM/AB)

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