Free Press Journal
  • Maldives Parliament Parliament extends emergency by another 30 days

    Colombo/Male: The Maldives’ Parliament today extended the state of emergency by another 30 days, approving President Abdulla Yameen’s recommendation. Only 38 MPs were present for the vote, which took place hours before the state of emergency was due to expire, despite 43 lawmakers being needed for the vote to take place as required by the constitution, Maldives Independent news website reported.

  • India says it expects no extension of emergency in Maldives

    New Delhi: India today said it expects that in Maldives there will by no extension of emergency upon its expiry, asserting that it was important that the island nation quickly returns to the path of democracy and the rule of law.

  • Maldives police break up opposition protests; many injured

    Male: Dozens of pro-opposition supporters have been injured and many were arrested after police in the Maldives broke up countrywide protests demanding the resignation of President Yameen Abdul Gayoom and the release of his political opponents from prison. Thousands of people took part in the protests in the archipelago nation yesterday despite the country being under a state of emergency.

  • Don’t want Maldives to be another flashpoint, in talks with India: China

    Beijing: China today said it is in touch with India to discuss a way to resolve the political turmoil gripping the Maldives and underlined that Beijing doesn’t want the issue to become another “flashpoint”. While China officially continues to maintain that there should not be any external interference specially in the light of reports of India’s special forces ready for deployment, Beijing is also in touch with New Delhi to resolve the

  • United Nations Security Council told Maldives crisis may get worse

    United Nations: A senior UN official warned the Security Council that the situation in the Maldives where the president has declared a state of emergency may deteriorate even further. The top UN body met behind closed doors to discuss the crisis sparked by President Abdulla Yameen’s decision to arrest judges who had ordered the release of his political opponents.

  • Amid India snub, Maldives sends envoys to China, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan

    Male/New Delhi : Maldives’ embattled President Abdulla Yameen, under global scrutiny, sent envoys to “friendly” China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to brief them about the political crisis in his Indian Ocean atoll nation as India politely declined to host his Foreign Minister.  A day after the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called the Maldivian crisis an “all-out assault on democracy”, an EU delegation arrived in the Maldives

  • UN chief Antonio Guterres asks Maldives to uphold rule of law

    United Nations: UN chief Antonio Guterres has expressed serious concern over the declaration of a state of emergency in the Maldives and asked the government led by President Abdulla Yameen to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law.

  • China warns India: Outside interference in Maldives’ internal affairs will complicate situation

    Beijing: With apparent reference to India, China on Wednesday cautioned against outside interference in the Maldives’ internal affairs, saying it would “complicate” the situation – a day after the exiled former President Mohamed Nasheed sought India’s military intervention to solve the deepening crisis in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation.

  • India disturbed by the declaration of a State of Emergency in Maldives: MEA

    Male/Colombo/New Delhi: Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed has requested India to intervene in the ongoing political crisis in the archipelago triggered by an embattled President Abdulla Yameen, who has declared an emergency and arrested the top judges.

  • Maldives SC revokes order to free high-profile prisoners

    Male : Maldives’ Supreme court on Tuesday revoked an order to release nine high-profile political prisoners, hours after former president Mohamed Nasheed sought India’s military intervention to resolve the ongoing political crisis in his country following declaration of emergency by President Abdulla Yameen and arrest of two top judges.

  • UN’s Guterres urges Maldives to lift state of emergency

    United Nations: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres today urged the government of the Maldives to lift the state of emergency and guarantee safety for its citizens, “including members of the judiciary.”

  • Maldives’ top judge arrested as state of emergency declared

    Male: The Maldives’ top judge was arrested today as security forces stormed the Supreme Court at dawn, in a deepening confrontation with President Abdulla Yameen who has declared a state of emergency in the troubled honeymoon islands.

  • Need for caution in Male

    There is uncertainty yet again in the Maldives. The Indian Ocean archipelago was  thrown into a constitutional crisis following the Supreme Court order last week ordering the release of the main Opposition leader and former President Mohammed Nasheed. The court dismissed the charge of terrorism against Nasheed. Eight other opposition leaders too were ordered to be released. The court came down heavily on the Abdul Yameen regime for subverting the democratic system,

  • Juhi Chawla sharing experience of yoga adventure in Maldives is rather interesting

    Post this Diwali actress Juhi Chawla took off on an impromptu holiday to Maldives with her family.  And what’s interesting is that Juhi has not only been enjoying the beach and lovely weather in Maldives but also yoga. The actress shares, “Christopher Harrison, a former world class gymnast, came to India study yoga in the 1990s. He benefitted and was so impressed with yoga that he combined his knowledge