Minicoy Island: A call for more autonomy

Having acknowledged Minicoy as a preserved community of ancient culture and language of the Maldives, I feel sympathy for the fellow Minicoyans. Janab Mohammed Faizal M P Lakshadwee visit to Minicoy Check the video, how they welcomed one of the Big Indian Politician on to the island with Minicoy-Dhivehi songs and slogans narrated with expressions…

Taxi driver refused to take my guitar in the taxi

Today, a taxi driver refused to put my guitar in to his dicky, apparently admitting it as ‘Haraam’ to take. However, he was ready to fit all of my luggages including a DISH and its Receiver in to his car dicky but not the guitar. I am confused and terribly worried of this. I wonder…

Commonwealth workshop promoting dialogue between government and opposition begins in Malé

A Regional workshop promoting dialogue between government and opposition begins in Maldives on Monday. The 3-day workshop jointly organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, which is the first workshop of its kind in Maldives brings together members of parliament and other senior politicians from ruling and opposition parties from Commonwealth countries…

Indian High Commission displays paintings of Buddha in Maldives

Recently I was able to walk-in to an art exhibition organized by Indian High Commission at Maldives National Art Gallery located in the northeast corner of Sultan Park. The exhibition went on from 2nd – 12th of June. It came in to spotlight as I was walking to Islamic Center for prayers — I saw the big banner hanging…

Gayoom attempts to reform his party

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom for the first time in months addressed his supporters of opposition DRP’s Z-faction on Wednesday evening, reiterating his calls for the need of reforming his very own party. Marking the seventh anniversary of the democratic reform package which he announced in June 9, 2011, he went on to say that…

Bus service in Malé gaining momentum

This afternoon I was sitting on a bench near National Art Gallery located in the Sultan Park. In a while my attention was caught by roaring sound of a bus engine. Within next hour or so I went on to see several buses maneuvering to get in and out of the stop in front of…

Cases of Information Refusal

PRESS RELEASE Access to information is one of the key aspects of a healthy democracy. Allowing people to seek and receive public documents serve as a critical tool for enhancing transparency, accountability and service delivery. The Constitution of the Maldives guarantees right to information held by offices, officials and by private bodies that carry out…

Monkey’s justice for DRP problem

Stalemate between DRP’s honorary leader ‘Gayoom’ and its leader ‘Thasmeen’ over its control hasn’t bring anything better for their party, as day by day the differences are widening — creating deep division between two factions. Consequently, their dreams for 2013 are apparently in jeopardy. It is seen vital for them to stay together if they really…

DRP MP Kalhey aslo switches party

It’s no surprise to see former DRP member MP Abdu’Raheem (Kalhey) switching his party to MDP. Even last year just for 24 hours he slides in and out to MDP. Amid speculation that MDP is buying up MPs in a bid to gain absolute control of the parliament with the new members joining, the seats directly…