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“The authorities arrived in a wave of terror”, says eyewitnesses of Anbaraa arrests

April 24, 2014 - 19:03
Witnesses and sources close to the events have stated that police threatened extreme violence and sexual assault after using stun grenades and tazers during the raid of the two-day music festival. One witness reported detainees spending 13 hours in handcuffs.

President’s Office spent MVR30 million in excess of approved budget in 2011, audit reveals

April 24, 2014 - 18:36
Among the questionable expenses were MVR1.8 million spent on trips by President Nasheed to 88 islands ahead of the local council elections, MVR904,855 for Vice President Waheed's stopover in Singapore after attending a symposium in Italy, and MVR139,676 spent on a trip to check progress on the editing of 'The Island President' documentary.

Yameen concedes that GMR is owed some compensation

April 24, 2014 - 18:20
The president has today said the government was sure it would have to pay compensation for cancelling the agreement made with the Indian infrastructure giant, though he was working to try and reduce the amount payable.

Government plans massive operation to deport undocumented workers

April 24, 2014 - 17:31
“Within three to four months the whole Malé will be cleaned," said the Minister of Defence Mohamed Nazim - also in charge of the Immigration Department. "They can't live in Malé. When I say this, it will happen - I am not just saying it."

Woman gives birth on a boat while waiting for emergency assistance

April 24, 2014 - 16:10
After travelling from Lhaviyani atoll upon medical advice, the pregnant woman's husband contacted the MNDF early this morning who were unable to send a vessel with medical personnel before the woman gave birth.

Bipolar patient left IGMH against family’s wishes

April 24, 2014 - 13:48
A 41-year-old man being treated for bipolar disorder locked his brother in his room before discharging himself from Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) yesterday afternoon, CNM has reported. According to family members, who are considering committing the man to the special needs centre at Kaafu Guraidhoo, he left the hospital without anyone in the hospital [...]

Individual suspected of stealing from MIRA arrested

April 24, 2014 - 10:45
The individual sought by police on suspicion of stealing a large sum of money from Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) has been arrested, reports local news outlet Sun Online. Police stated that the individual was arrested at around 9:30pm last night (April 23). “He was arrested with assistance from members of the public. He is [...]

MBC cancels license for TV 5

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
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