India announces $500 mn package for Maldives

News: India has announced a slew of connectivity measures for the Maldives in an effort to help Maldives deal with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Facts: Key Measures: Greater Male Connectivity Project: It is a 6.7 kilometre bridge project connecting Male with Gulhifalhu Port and Thilafushi industrial zone that will help revitalise and… Continue reading India announces $500 mn package for Maldives

India provides platform, Maldives inches closer to re-enter Commonwealth

News:Recently,India has provided a platform for engagement between the Maldives and the Commonwealth Secretariat that could enable Maldives re-entry into the Commonwealth of Nations. Facts: About Commonwealth of Nations: Commonwealth of Nations formerly known as British Commonwealth is an international intergovernmental organization of countries that were mostly former territories of the British Empire and dependencies.… Continue reading India provides platform, Maldives inches closer to re-enter Commonwealth

Exercise Ekuverin

News:The Joint Military Exercise Ekuverin between the Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Force will be organised from 07 October,2019. Facts: About the exercise: Exercise Ekuverin is a joint military exercise between India and Maldives. The two countries have been conducting Exercise Ekuverin meaning ‘Friends’ in the Dhivehi language since 2009. The exercise is… Continue reading Exercise Ekuverin

India, Maldives sign treaty on legal cooperation in criminal matters

India and Maldives has signed a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty(MLAT) in criminal matters. The treaty aims to enhance the effectiveness of both the countries in investigation and prosecution of crime,through cooperation and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters. A mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) is an agreement between two or more countries for the purpose… Continue reading India, Maldives sign treaty on legal cooperation in criminal matters

South Asian Speakers’ Summit

The fourth South Asian Speakers Summit was held in Male,Maldives. The annual summit was organised jointly by the Inter Parliamentary Union(IPU) and the Maldives parliament. The summit was attended by the senior lawmakers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The main focus of the summit was on Sustainable Development Goals-2030 and how… Continue reading South Asian Speakers’ Summit

India urges Commonwealth to readmit Maldives as member

India has called for fast-tracking the process of readmitting Maldives into the Commonwealth. Maldives had left the Commonwealth in 2016 at the height of political turmoil in the country.However,the situation in Maldives changed in 2018 when a new president came to power. Commonwealth of Nations is an international intergovernmental organization of countries that were mostly… Continue reading India urges Commonwealth to readmit Maldives as member

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Maldives for Shipping

The Union Cabinet has given approval for the MoU between India and Maldives for the establishment of passenger and cargo services by sea, which was signed during the visit of Prime Minister of India to Maldives. The MoU will pave way for ferry services between Maldives and Kerala by Connecting Kochi with Male & Kulhudhuffushi… Continue reading Cabinet approves MoU between India and Maldives for Shipping

In relief to India, Maldives may scrap ocean deal with China

Maldives Government has decided to scrap an agreement with China which was signed by the previous government in 2017. The agreement titled ‘Protocol on Establishment of Joint Ocean Observation Station’ was reportedly meant to allow China to build an observatory at Makunudhoo,westernmost atoll of the Maldives in the north. This agreement had raised security concerns… Continue reading In relief to India, Maldives may scrap ocean deal with China

Maldives should not try balancing ties with India and China

Former Maldives President has said that Maldives should not try to balance relations with India and China. He has said that Maldives should maintain cultural ties with China.But the country cannot afford to have defence cooperation with China. These statements came in the backdrop of Indian Prime Minister state visit to the Maldives.During the visit,India… Continue reading Maldives should not try balancing ties with India and China

PM Modi’s first bilateral visit to Maldives begins tomorrow

Prime Minister will be visiting the Maldives and Sri Lanka from June 8 ,2019.This will be his first overseas visit in the second term. This will be PM first visit to Maldives since 2011.The prime minister visited the island nation in November to attend Maldives President swearing-in ceremony.However,it was not a full-fledged bilateral visit. India-Maldives… Continue reading PM Modi’s first bilateral visit to Maldives begins tomorrow