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President Nasheed of the Maldives in London

India-first policy stays but will be friends with China too: Maldives ex-President Nasheed

Mohamed Nasheed and Ibrahim Solih’s Maldivian Democratic Party won Maldives' parliamentary polls with a massive mandate on 6 April.
PM Narendra Modi and Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih before a meeting at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi, Monday | Kamal Kishore/PTI

India relieved as President Solih’s party wins Maldives polls, but shadow of China remains

The parliamentary election results mark Maldives’ return to ‘India first’ policy while arresting its tilt towards China.

Libya’s UN-backed govt announces counter-offensive to defend Tripoli

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed leads his party to a landslide victory just five months since returning from exile.
House Democratic Women

In deal to avert another US govt shutdown, early reports hand victory to Democrats

It has been a long day in the world of foreign affairs, and we begin by looking at how the Democrats and the Republicans, the two leading parties of the US, reached a deal to avert another government shutdown.
PM Narendra Modi with Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih

India offers $1.4 billion to Maldives amid tussle with China

The loan agreement came after talks between newly-elected Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
PM Narendra Modi and Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih before a meeting at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi, Monday | Kamal Kishore/PTI

In boost to bilateral ties, PM Modi holds talks with Maldivian president Solih

Maldivian president Solih, who came to power a month ago, arrived in New Delhi on a three-day state visit.
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih

How Modi plans to win Maldives back from China’s embrace

Modi government has lined up generous aid and a high-level visit to Male by the PM as it looks for course correction in ties with the island nation.
China

China plays down reports of new Maldivian govt’s pro-India tilt

The Chinese foreign ministry said that it hoped Male will make the right choice and not pull out of a free trade deal with Beijing.
PM Narendra Modi with Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih

Maldives set to pull out of free trade pact with China as it moves closer to India

Former president Abdulla Yameen had signed the free trade agreement with China in Beijing in December last year.
PM Narendra Modi and President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih held talks in Male

New govt of Maldives likely to keep 2 Indian choppers previous president didn’t want

Previous Maldives govt had asked India to take back choppers as it made overtures towards China. New government is more pro-India.

On Camera

CJI Gogoi

Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.