China`s Xi heads to Sri Lanka to promote `maritime silk road`

President Xi Jinping was Tuesday due in Sri Lanka where he will launch construction of a Chinese-backed $1.4 billion port city as he promotes his vision of a "maritime silk road" in the face of growing competition from Japan and India.

Chinese President Xi Jinping touts `maritime silk road` on South Asia tour

China`s President Xi Jinping said he hoped the Maldives would help build a "21st century maritime silk road" as he began a South Asian tour in the strategically located Indian Ocean island chain on Monday.

Maldives court denies deportation of Pakistani criminals

A Maldives court has denied ordering the deportation of two Pakistanis caught by police in the biggest drug bust in the history of the country, a statement said Friday.

China permits more direct flights to Lanka, Maldives

China has permitted more direct flights to Sri Lanka and Maldives to facilitate its tourists to visit the two South Asian countries, which have emerged as Beijing`s strategic allies in recent years.

`Maldives accords highest respect to India as global leader`

The Maldives accords the highest respect to India`s interests and status as a global leader, President Abdulla Yameen has said as he reaffirmed his country`s commitment to further strengthening bilateral ties.

Modi, Maldives prez agree to further enhance ties, trade

India and the Maldives today discussed ways to strengthen investment and trade cooperation during a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen here.

Eight countries` leaders to be at Modi swearing-in

Leaders from all eight countries, including Pakistan, who were invited to the swearing-in ceremony of prime minister-designate Narendra Modi have confirmed their participation, the External Affairs Ministry said.

Maldivian drug kingpin arrested in Sri Lanka

A Maldivian drug kingpin has been arrested in Sri Lanka and is awaiting extradition to the Maldives, media reported Thursday.

Army Chief in Maldives on a three-day visit

Seeking to strengthen military ties, Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh is on a three-day visit to Maldives starting Thursday.

UN rights office condemns Maldives death penalty revival

The UN human rights office today voiced concern over moves to revive the death penalty in the Maldives, including for minors, after a six-decade freeze on capital punishment in the Indian Ocean archipelago.

Maldives court not to annul election results

The Maldives High Court hearing complaints filed over last month`s parliamentary elections has against annulling any of the results.

Big win seen for Maldives president`s coalition

Maldives` opposition leader has accepted defeat but questions the credibility of the weekend parliamentary election in which President Yameen Abdul Gayoom`s coalition appeared to secure a big victory.

Opposition concedes defeat in Maldives vote

The main opposition party in the Maldives Tuesday accused authorities of undermining the latest parliamentary elections, but conceded defeat after a bitterly-fought campaign.

Maldives holds parliamentary polls despite delay fear

The Maldives held parliamentary elections today on schedule, despite worries about the ability of the resort island`s turmoil-hit elections commission to stage the ballot successfully.

Maldives votes amid controversy

Lines of voters were seen outside polling stations as the Maldives parliamentary elections commenced here Saturday morning.

Malaysia discounts possible missing plane sighting in Maldives

Hishammuddin told a daily news conference on Wednesday that the reports had been investigated by police in the Maldives and were determined to be untrue.

Maldives rejects world community`s criticism of its judiciary

The Maldives on Thursday described criticism from the world community as "negative external reactions" after it sacked the country`s top poll officials.

US, UN express concern on sacking of Maldivian election chief

The US and the UN have expressed concern over the sacking of the Maldives` election commissioner by the country`s supreme court with Washington questioning the government`s commitment to democracy.

Maldives` election chief sacked after vote chaos

The Supreme Court in the Maldives has sacked the elections chief and handed him a suspended jail term after he criticised judges during last year`s chaotic contest to choose a president.

Maldives` court sacks elections commissioners

The highest court of the Maldives has sacked the country`s elections chief and his deputy and given them suspended jail terms for contempt of court after a month-long confrontation.