The UN expert has stressed that an appropriate bill is needed for improving drug prevention.
The authorities may have seized Ibrahim Hussein Zaki's passport because of outstanding charges against him relating to a speech.
The opposition MDP has accused the Govt of gross human rights violations - a charge vehemently rebutted by the Gayoom regime.
India, that itself suffered enormous damage and devastation, is sending 20 tonnes of food and doctors to the Maldives to tide over the calamity caused by the tsunami that battered the Indian Ocean nation.
The raid was carried out following charges of gun running which were trumped up by the Maldivian regime, media rights group RSF said.
A former political prisoner has swept to victory in the Maldives' first-ever democratic presidential election, unseating Asia's longest-serving leader.
In the 1995-movie, Waterworld, sea citizen Dennis Hopper roared to his followers: "dry land is not just our destination, dry land is our destiny."
From crowded, chaotic Karachi of 20 million people, Doctor Owais Aziz seemed to have adapted well in the past six months, to life on Thulhaadhoo — a 380 metre-long, 230 metre-wide-island in the Maldives with, well, 2,800 islanders on it and white, grainy sand around it.
A day after its national cabinet resigned en masse, the newly democratic Maldives seemed heading towards a deepening political crisis with two opposition MPs being arrested today on unspecified charges.
Amid the opposition's demand for President Mohamed Nasheed's resignation, Maldivian authorities said a probe will be ordered into charges about some MPs bribing colleagues in Parliament to vote down government bills like those on privatisation.
The week-long political deadlock in Maldives was resolved with President Mohamed Nasheed today reinstating the members of his cabinet who had resigned en masse last week.
Maldives today praised the role of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for helping end a stand-off between the government and the opposition-led parliament that had forced the Cabinet to resign en masse on June 29.
The United States has urged Maldives to accept international mediation in resolving the ongoing political crisis after violent protests in Male left at least 15 persons injured earlier this week. Sutirtho Patranobis
Mauritius registered a 6.2 per cent rise in tourist arrivals in the first six months of the year, compared with a year earlier, officials said today, but hoteliers said the industry was still facing difficulties.
Mass protests against soaring prices continued in neighbouring Maldives today even as a visiting minister dismissed continuing demonstrations as politically motivated and a fight for succession within the principal opposition party. Sutirtho Patranobis reports.