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Contemporary Regional Developments in Maldives

29th March - 05th April
  • Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Maldives on March 30 for a three-day official visit on the invitation of his Maldivian counterpart. Bajwa met with Defence Minister Adam Shareef Umar and other officials during his first visit to the country since taking up the top military post in November 2016, according to the Maldives National Defence Force.
    (Maldives Independent, March 31, 2018)
  • The Maldives has asked India to take back one of two naval helicopters gifted for use by the military to transport critical patients and conduct search and rescue operations. Moreover, the Maldivian government chose not to renew the letter of exchange for the helicopter when it expired recently, which the Times of India suggested will further strain relations between India and Maldives after public spats over a 45-day state of emergency last month.
    (Maldives Independent, April 04, 2018)
  • New Delhi was “closely watching the situation” after Pakistan’s army chief visited the Maldives last week and discussed joint patrols of the country’s territorial waters.
    (Maldives Independent, April 04, 2018)
21st March - 28th March
  • There is no change in visa policy for people travelling to India, the Maldives’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said. Those heading to India for tourism, medical or family purposes do not need a visa if they intend to stay less than 90 days, according to India’s embassy in Male.
    (Maldives Independent, March 21, 2018)
  • India has told China it will not intervene in the Maldives and expects it to reciprocate this measure of “strategic trust” by not crossing certain “lines of legitimacy” even as the two countries size each other up in the aftermath of the Doklam crisis last year when they faced off on the plateau.
    (India Express, March 28, 2018)
14th March - 20th March
  • Maldives told India to stay away from its internal political crisis just like it avoids interference in the conflict in Kashmir.
    (Economic Times, March 14, 2018)
  • Maldives chief justice is on trial. Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed was brought to court on March18 for the first time since his arrest at the outset of a 45-day state of emergency last month. Saeed, who was initially accused of instigating a coup after the Supreme Court ordered the release of nine prisoners, is standing trial for obstructing state functions, a charge he denies.
    (Maldives Independent, March 18, 2018)
7th March - 13th March
  • The Maldives has dismissed calls from 41 nations at the UN Human Rights Council to immediately address a deteriorating human rights situation. It defended the declaration of a state of emergency in response to a Supreme Court order on February 1 for the release of nine prisoners, which the government alleges was part of a coup plot to remove the president from office.
    (Maldives Independent, March 10, 2018)
  • UN rights chief urged Maldives to ‘completely reverse’ emergency measures. The UN human rights chief has urged the Maldives government to “completely reverse” emergency measures imposed by President Abdulla Yameen in response to a Supreme Court order for the release of political opponents.
    (Maldives Independent, March 08, 2018)
  • Maldives Islamic ministry admits Rohingya fund yet to reach refugees. The Islamic ministry has admitted that US$1 million raised last year for Rohingya Muslim refugees has not been handed over to the Bangladesh Red Crescent.
    (Maldives Independent, March 13, 2018)
  • Chinese lending puts Maldives at risk of debt distress. The Maldives is one of eight countries subject to high debt distress from Chinese investments, a study has revealed. The findings come from the Center for Global Development (CGD), a Washington-based think tank, which examined the debt implications of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative.
    (Maldives Independent, March 08, 2018)
28th February - 06th March
  • No military purpose for Chinese observatory in Maldives: report. It denied Indian media claims that China had an ulterior motive for positioning the observatory in the Maldives. The proposed facility in Makunudhoo island, in Haa Dhaalu atoll in the north west, was to “observe the climate and the ocean, and deepen cooperation in marine ecology preservation, prevention of marine disasters and marine scientific research.
    (Maldives Independent, February 28, 2018)
  • Birth defects increasing in Maldives. The number of babies born with birth defects in the Maldives has been rising in recent years. Of 4,820 births during the past two years, 514 babies were born with defects, including 42 serious cases and 21 fatalities, newspaper Mihaaru reported, citing statistics made public Sunday by the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital.
    (Maldives Independent, March 05, 2018)
  • Maldives skipping India navy exercise over ‘heightened readiness’ at home, assessed by the embassy in New Delhi as it explained why officers were skipping a navy exercise hosted by neighbouring India.
    (Maldives Independent, February 28, 2018)
  • Maldives vowed ‘aggressive action’ over use of flag by North Korea-supplying tanker.
    (Maldives Independent, February 28, 2018)
  • We are doing fine, Maldives tells UN, focus on Palestine and Syria.
    (Maldives Independent, February 27, 2018)
  • President Abdulla Yameen has nominated the head of state utility Fenaka Corporation to the Elections Commission.
    (Maldives Independent, March 04, 2018)
  • Depression cases on the rise in Maldives. The number of patients seeking psychological counselling from the state’s public health centre has been steadily increasing since its opening in 2013.
    (Maldives Independent, March 01, 2018)

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