Tension has been brewing in the island nation over the past year, with some Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and destroying Buddhist archaeological sites
Jordanian King Abdullah may have got the privilege to speak from Islamic Centre, a privilege denied to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, but there is a lot more to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s engagement with the Middle-East
The Maldivian Democratic Party, the main opposition party, said on Twitter police had arrested Mohamed Ameeth and Abdulla Ahmed, two lawmakers who had defected from Yameen's party and two more from other opposition parties late on Monday.Independent television Raajje TV, which showed footage of police forcibly blocking protesters, said Abdulla Ahmed was arrested while giving a media interview about the protest.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held separate meetings with the visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday and both sides agreed to strengthen the ties.Modi met his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau and both the leaders later also held delegation level talks.
Nepal finally framed a new constitution through a Constituent Assembly after four years of debate and discussion on the constitutional issues; however, for all the toils, it could not do justice to women.
In the backdrop of an escalating political crisis and a purge initiated by Maldives’ President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, Former Speaker of the People’s Majlis, Abdulla Shahid, speaks to Hardnews about the island nation’s growing proximity to China and the plight of its democratic system. Shahid, who played a key role in the Maldives’ transition to democracy in 2008, sounds an ominous warning for Maldives’ current regime which is indulging in a dangerous power play by pitting India against China. He also deliberates on how parliamentary democracy is being smothered in the Maldives, recounting his own experience of being prosecuted for entering Parliament, and stresses on the role the Opposition can play in challenging the prevailing narrative. The interview was conducted before Emergency was declared.
In the Maldives, the shelf life of Vice Presidents is very limited. Muhammad Jameel Ahmed was President Abdulla Yameen’s running mate and later Vice President. He was impeached in absentia on charges of terrorism. Hardnews spoke with him as he emerged from a gym in London, where he has been living in exile since 2015. Jameel was scathing in his criticism of President Yameen and how he had subverted democratic institutions to facilitate mass corruption. The former Vice President also said that Yameen was closer to China as they collaborated in his moneymaking enterprise and did not exert any moral pressure on him. These activities were difficult with a democratic India.
The penalty amount translates to 5 percent of the company’s average total revenue generated for the financial years 2013, 2014 and 2015
Palestine has welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's upcoming visit, the first by an Indian prime minister, on Saturday, terming it as "historic and significant" that would see the two sides signing agreements to expand bilateral cooperation and holding discussions on latest political developments in the region.