The Maldives has assured India that it will adhere to its "India First" policy in terms of its foreign relations during a meeting here between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Maldivian counterpart Mohamed Asim.
Almost a month after the Indian Ocean atoll nation of Maldives signed a free trade pact with India’s strategic and economic rival China, adding to misgivings in New Delhi about ties between the two countries, Maldives President Abdulla Yameen is despatching his foreign minister Mohamed Asim to New Delhi.
The Maldivian regime under President Yameen Abdul Gayoom has changed gears and reached out to the Indian government to repair bilateral relations in the right earnest. The Gayoom government would be sending its foreign minister Mohamed Asim and defence minister Adam Shareef to India later this month.
Six new elephant corridors to protect natural nomads
Expressing concern over the increasing number of elephant deaths in India, an international organisation involved in the preservation and protection of these animals globally has stressed the urgent need for a comprehensive policy change in the country to arrest the rapid fall in elephant population.