the release of a government critic detained without a warrant. Anti-government protests have erupted throughout the country and the media has accused the government of intimidation and threats against those reporting on the political dispute and the judge’s arrest.
Nasheed has also faced heated opposition from his own vice-president who has questioned whether this was the democracy that he and Nasheed, pro-democracy campaigners before being elected to office in the country’s first multiparty election in 2008, had fought for. Vice President, Mohammed Waheed Hassan urged the youth and the educated classes to take a stand against the government’s decision. Questioning the constitution’s checks and balances, Foreign Minister, Ahmed Naseem also wrote to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights asking for a team of senior foreign jurists to mediate a standoff between the opposition and the Government. President Nasheed has however stated, “As the democratically elected president of the Maldives, I will do anything to uphold the constitution.”
Drukair, Bhutan’s national airline and Tashi Air (also known as Bhutan Airlines) recently launched domestic air service to two of the country’s exotic areas: Bumthang and Tashigang.
Bhutan known for its remote and difficult terrain is almost unknown to tourists. The country which remained previously closed to the outside world, is now drawing on its tourism to raise revenue. Bumthang that previously required a day’s journey can now be reached in 25 minutes from the airport in Thimphu. Tashigang is accessible in a mere 30 minutes, due to domestic air routes. Bumthang, lying in the north, is largely known for its valleys and local businesses producing cheese and honey. Isolated and difficult to reach, it is also home to religious