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MBC cancels license for TV 5

Maldives headlines - April 23, 2014 - 22:24
The Maldives Broadcasting Commission has canceled the broadcasting license issued for TV5 Pvt Ltd after the channel failed to begin broadcasting within a year of issuing the license.

Police looking for man who stole money from MIRA office

Maldives headlines - April 23, 2014 - 22:23
The Maldives Police Service has announced it is searching for a man who stole money from the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) office. According to police, he stole the money from a service counter at the office on 20 April 2013. The stolen MVR26,000 was kept on the counter by another person who was at [...]

Is the government protecting the youth from drugs?

Maldives headlines - April 23, 2014 - 22:22
Last weekend's raid of the Anbaraa island music festival was defended by police as being part of law enforcement efforts to “safeguard youth and the society from dangers of drugs”. But how successful are current methods of keeping young people away from substance abuse?

Gender ministry explains 5-year delay in child abuse register

Maldives headlines - April 23, 2014 - 21:10
The Ministry of Health and Gender has explained to local media the reasons behind the failure to compile a legally mandated registry of child abusers. State minister Dr Aishath Ramila told Haveeru that the Child Protection Services unit – required to compile the list under the 2009 Child Sex Abuse (Special Protection) Act – did [...]

Black widow spider found in Shaviyani atoll

Maldives headlines - April 23, 2014 - 20:48
A black widow spider has been spotted in Milandhoo, in Shaviyani atoll, prompting local authorities to search the island for more of the deadly creatures, reports Haveeru.

“Ideal” time to invest, says MNCCI as Maldives Investment Forum approaches

Maldives headlines - April 23, 2014 - 20:34
“The last 3 years there has been a lot of turmoil, but now is the ideal time to invest and talk about business,” suggests Ishmael Asif, Vice President of the Maldives National Chamber of Commerce and Industries ahead of this Friday's landmark investment forum in Singapore.

All women arrested at Anbaraa island festival transferred to house arrest

Maldives headlines - April 23, 2014 - 18:26
Police have transferred all women arrested on Anbaraa to house arrest - while allegations they were under the influence and in possession of illegal drugs are investigated. Meanwhile, former President Nasheed has continued to criticise the police's activities.

Nasheed criticises indirect taxation following amendments to import duties

Maldives headlines - April 23, 2014 - 16:15
Following the current government's reversal of his administration's policy on customs levies, the former president suggested that sustainable economies cannot rely on regressive taxation.

No re-votes as High Court concludes Majlis election-related cases

Maldives headlines - April 23, 2014 - 15:27
In all 13 cases, the High Court ruled that there were no grounds to annul the results and order the Elections Commission to conduct a revote as the evidence submitted was not sufficient to prove electoral fraud.

Applications for prosecutor general re-opened

Maldives headlines - April 23, 2014 - 14:48
The President’s Office has re-opened applications for the vacant prosecutor general’s post following the Majlis’ failure to approve the previous nominee. Maumoon Hameed was nominated for the position by President Abdulla Yameen last December, being selected ahead of other applicants which included former Tourism Minister Mariyam Zulfa and current Deputy Prosecutor General (PG) Hussain Shameem. [...]

Kaashidhoo MP Jabir returns to prison after treatment

Maldives headlines - April 22, 2014 - 18:26
Maldivian Democratic Party MP Abdulla Jabir has been transferred back to prison after receiving treatment for his breathing difficulties in hospital for two weeks. The Maldives Correctional Services have said it is trying facilitate further treatment abroad.

President Yameen call on the military to maintain discipline and professionalism

Maldives headlines - April 22, 2014 - 17:47
“The state wants to make soldiers professional," said the president last night. "Political ideology should not enter the ranks of soldiers". Yesterday also saw the launch of the MNDF's official television station -'Addana TV'.

Supreme Court orders Bar Association to change its name

Maldives headlines - April 22, 2014 - 17:12
Having deemed the title of the group inappropriate for a private organisation, the Supreme Court has requested that the Home Ministry enforce the name change. President of the Bar Association, Husnu Suood, maintains the name will stay the same.

Parliament approves import duty hikes

Maldives headlines - April 22, 2014 - 15:01
Amendments to the Import-Export Act raise import duties on a range of goods including construction materials, clothing, carpets, confectionery. Duties on fertilisers and live poultry will be eliminated.

Newly appointed MMA governor reveals plans to strengthen economy

Maldives headlines - April 22, 2014 - 13:43
As well as reducing expenditure, Dr Azeema stated her intention to bring an end to the black market dollar trade as well stopping the practice of printing money to cover budget deficits. She also promises increased lending and more Islamic banking practices.

Comment: Maldives – The Hypocrites’ paradise

Maldives headlines - April 22, 2014 - 11:53
"The treatment of these young people is a supreme example of the hypocrisy that defines modern Maldives," writes Azra Naseem. "It is one of the worst kept secrets of Maldivian politics that most of the Maldivian cabinet, and a substantial number of parliamentarians in the Majlis all drink alcohol and/or take recreational drugs."

MBC warns DhiTV for airing ‘ADK’ Nashid’s picture upside down

Maldives headlines - April 22, 2014 - 11:41
Maldives Broadcasting Commission [MBC] has decided to warn DhiTV that the commission might have to take strict action against the private TV station after it had aired the picture of owner of ADK hospital and newly elected Maldivian Democratic Party [MDP] MP Ahmed Nashid upside down.

Government to provide electricity to all islands before Ramadan

Maldives headlines - April 22, 2014 - 10:19
Speaking at a conference of Fenaka Corporation's managers, Nazim acknowledged that currently some islands do not have sufficient electricity services. He stated that the utilities company Fenaka can play a major role in the government's initiative to provide electricity to all the inhabited islands.

MIRA quarterly revenues shows 10.5 percent increase compared with previous year

Maldives headlines - April 22, 2014 - 10:10
The Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) has released it’s first quarterly report of 2014, revealing that a total revenue of MVR2.78 billion was collected – an increase of 10.5 percent on the corresponding period in 2013. 91.5 percent of revenue was collected from five sources: Goods and Services Tax (GST) – 12.7 percent, Tourism Goods [...]

Foreigners removed from pension scheme as voluntary amendment is passed

Maldives headlines - April 22, 2014 - 09:57
Following the passing of the second amendment to the pension act at the parliament yesterday, the Maldives Pension Administration Office (MPAO) has said that foreign employee participation in the pension scheme is now voluntary. In a statement issued yesterday, the office said that employers are now permitted to delay the foreign employee pension contribution for the [...]
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