IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in Maldives

12th May - 18th May
  • An Indian naval ship is carrying out joint surveillance of the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Maldives and conducted training for Maldives National Defence Force personnel ahead of that on May 12 to 15. “The Joint EEZ surveillance of Maldives is an endeavour of the Government of India and the Indian Navy to ensure the safety and security of the vast EEZ of the island nation,” the Indian navy said in a statement.(Maldives Independent, May 13, 2018)
  • Two Maldivians arrested in largest ecstasy bust in Sri Lanka.
  • The Sri Lankan police’s special task force seized nearly two thousand ecstasy pills with a street value of more than US$6,320 after a tip-off while the suspects were on their way to meet customers.(Maldives Independent, May 17, 2018)
5th May - 11th May
  • India’s share of investment and project funding in its small island neighbour is declining, the Maldives ambassador told the Deccan Chronicle. “There is more project funding that is coming from China into Maldives, when compared to what’s coming from India. Yes, India’s share is declining but we have never said ‘no’ to encouraging India’s share,” Ahmed Mohamed was quoted as telling reporters during a two-day visit to Chennai. (Maldives Independent, May 08, 2018)