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Maldives tourism thrives despite political crackdown

Foreigners are flocking to the Maldives in ever-greater numbers despite an outcry abroad over the strongman president’s crackdown on political dissent and the locking up of opponents, official figures showed. The number of tourists visiting the white-sanded Indian Ocean archipelago soared 10 percent year-on-year to 726,515 in the first half of 2018, according to tourism…

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July 19, 2018


Pakistan not to seek US assistance in future: Foreign Office

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesman Dr. Muhammad Faisal says Pakistan will continue to take measures to deter external aggression in accordance with its defence needs and region- specific threat spectrum. Addressing weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Friday, he said all states have legitimate right to pursue peaceful use of nuclear technology and Pakistan firmly commits…

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February 9, 2018


Trump calls up Modi to discuss regional issues

WASHINGTON/NEW DELHI: U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke by phone, discussing topics including the political crisis in the Maldives, the war in Afghanistan and the plight of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, the White House said. The Trump administration has launched an effort to deepen military and economic ties with India…

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February 9, 2018


Maldives declares state of emergency as Yameen tightens grip on power

MALE/COLOMBO: Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday declared a state of emergency, ordered security forces into the supreme court and arrested a former president, in moves the opposition called a “purge” in the Indian Ocean island nation. Maldives police also arrested Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another Supreme Court judge on Tuesday, dramatically escalating the…

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February 6, 2018


6th SAARC Business moot in Khathmandu on March 16

KATHMANDU: South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Chamber of Commerce and Industry is set to organize its sixth Business Leaders Conclave, in Kathmandu, Nepal on March 16-18, 2018. The event would be organized in collaboration with Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), in partnership with Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) and with…

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February 2, 2018


Famous Pakistani actress and host is on vacations in Maldives

Sanam Baloch is a Pakistani actor who has been entertaining the viewers with her splendid performances both as an actor and a host. Recently Sanam has been spotted vacationing in Maldives and her pictures have taken the internet by storm. She’s been super-active on social media, and her pictures are giving us some serious vacation…

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January 15, 2018


Aishwarya has cancelled her shoot for Fanney Khan. Here’s why

NEWS DESK: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is one of the thorough professionals in the industry who makes sure to add her inputs apart from paying a close eye to her character’s looks. After starring in the hugely successful romantic flick Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, the beautiful actor will be seen next in the film Fanney Khan….

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October 6, 2017


PM returns home after 3-day visit to Maldives

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday returned home after his three-day official visit to Maldives where he participated in the country’s Independence Day celebrations. The prime minister during his stay also held an official round of talks with the president of Maldives and witnessed inking of a number of Memorandum of Understandings. He was…

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July 27, 2017


PM attends Independence Day ceremony of Maldives

Fifty second Independence Day celebrations of Maldives held in Male. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif participated as a chief guest in the celebrations. Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom along cabinet members warmly welcomed the Prime Minister and First Lady Kalsoom Nawaz at the national stadium. National anthems of Pakistan and Maldives were also played. The…

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July 27, 2017


Pak, Maldives ink accords to enhance cooperation in trade, education

MALE (Maldives): Pakistan and Maldives on Monday signed a number of Memorandums of Understandings (MoUs) to further bolster bilateral cooperation in areas of trade, education, tourism etc. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom witnessed the signing ceremony. – APP

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July 25, 2017


PM Sharif to visit Maldives on July 25

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will undertake an official visit to the Maldives on July 25-27, on the invitation of the President of Maldives Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. The Prime Minister will attend the celebrations of 52nd Independence Day of Maldives on July 26. During the visit, the Prime Minister will also hold official…

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July 24, 2017


Top three visa free destinations for Pakistanis

By: Filza Jawad Hai Out of 200 hundred countries in the world there are 36 countries that have allowed visa free entry to Pakistanis. It is always good to save up the hassle of assembling and submitting the documents for visa. Out of the 36 countries the top three places where you can fly straight,…

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June 22, 2017


Ishaq Dar meets with Maldivian Finance Minister

YOKOHAMA: Finance minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar met on Thursday with his Maldivian counterpart on the margins of Asian Development Bank (ADB) annual conference at Yokohama Japan. Both sides discussed matters related to enhancing economic development and mutual cooperation. Ishaq Dar assured Pakistan’s continued support towards economic development of Maldives. The Finance Minister of Maldives extended…

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May 4, 2017


Lulia has plenty to say about Salman Khan’s family

MUMBAI: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and Romanian beauty Lulia Vantur have kept quite about their rumoured relationship but recently the exotic Romanian spoke about the actor’s family. Lulia Vantur and Salman Khan have been steadily dating for over the past couple of years, according to various media reports. The Romanian TV personality has been clicked…

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April 5, 2017


Saudi king eyes investment, skills on rare Asia tour

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman begins on Sunday a three-week Asian tour likely to seek investment and technical expertise as the world’s biggest oil exporter looks to diversify its economy. Almost 50 years since the last trip by a Saudi monarch to Japan and Indonesia, Salman will visit those countries as well as Malaysia, China, and…

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February 24, 2017


Army chief witnesses tri-nation anti-terror exercise

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif visited National Counter Terrorism Training Centre (NCTC) Pabbi on Thursday and witnessed trilateral exercise by Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Maldives. “Two weeks long exercise ‘Eagle Dash-I’ was focused on counter terrorism operations and sharing of field combat experience of three armed forces,” ISPR said in a…

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February 4, 2016


Maldives FM due in Pakistan today

ISLAMABAD: Dunya Maumoon, Foreign Minister of Maldives, is scheduled to arrive in Pakistan on Wednesday on three-day visit. The visiting dignitary will call on the Prime Minister of Pakistan. She will also hold meetings with the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, and the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on…

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January 27, 2016


Maldives FM to visit Pakistan on Jan 27-29

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister of the Republic of Maldives Ms. Dunya Maumoon will undertake an official visit to Pakistan from January 27 to 29, Foreign Office said. During the three days visit, the foreign minister will call on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and will also hold meetings with the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign…

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January 26, 2016


Maldives president unhurt in blast on his speed boat

MALI: An explosion ripped through a speed boat carrying Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday, injuring his wife and two others but leaving him unhurt, a minister said.

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September 28, 2015


Bangkok bomb shrine reopens as police hunt suspect

BANGKOK: Thai monks led prayers Wednesday for the reopening of a Bangkok shrine where a blast killed 20 people, as police hunted a man shown on security footage calmly planting what is believed to be the bomb.

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August 19, 2015


Bangkok blast kills 20, eight foreigners among dead

BANGKOK: The death toll from a bomb blast in the Thai capital rose to 20 on Tuesday with 123 wounded, police said, with eight tourists from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore among those killed in the attack.

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August 18, 2015

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