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Housing Ministry and Police take over Dharubaaruge

May 6, 2014 - 22:14
The Housing Ministry and Malé City Council's dispute over ownership of land in the capital escalated today with the ministry seeking police assistance in changing locks at the Dharubaaruge conference center.

Government hampered by “restrictive” public finance law, says President Yameen

May 6, 2014 - 17:02
President Yameen said the Majlis had imposed "various restrictions" on the executive due to the "irresponsibility" of the former head of government, but said the same laws were forcing him to seek Majlis approval "even for a MVR 1,000 loan."

A National Enquiry on Access to Education for Children with Disabilities to commence hearings on Thursday

May 6, 2014 - 16:39
The National Inquiry on Access to Education for Children with Disabilities (AECD) along with the Human Rights Commission Maldives (HRCM) will be holding a hearing at the National Art Gallery from May 8 – 13th from 09:00 – 23:00. The purpose of this inquiry is to look in to the practices, policies and laws related [...]

State prosecutors halt all criminal trials

May 6, 2014 - 14:09
State prosecutors have refused to attend all court hearings in the absence of a Prosecutor General and Deputy PG. Speaker of the Majlis told Minivan News the president must submit a new nominee before a new PG can be approved.

Government calls for Environmental Impact Assessment for new waste yard in Malé

May 6, 2014 - 13:06
Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure is seeking parties to conduct an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) to construct a waste yard on the south of Malé, local media have reported. The Ministry will hold an information session on Thursday (May for interested parties, who will be asked to submit the financial and technical proposals before 11:00 [...]

Ayyube murder suspect denies charges

May 6, 2014 - 13:00
One of the main suspect charged with the murder case of alleged sorcerer Ali 'Ayyube' Hassan has denied the charges and said he wished to continue the trial without a lawyer.

GMR is only owed reimbursement, not compensation, says AG

May 6, 2014 - 11:47
The GMR is only owed reimbursement for a US$ 78 million upfront concession fee and expenses incurred for airport development, not compensation for losses, Attorney General Mohamed Anil has said.

MP elect Muhamma’s motorbike torched

May 6, 2014 - 10:35
A motorcycle belonging to MP elect for Inhavandhoo constituency, Mohamed ‘Muhamma’ Abdulla, was set of fire last night, CNM has reported. While Abdulla’s bike was reported to be badly damaged, two other bikes near it also sustained damages. The incident took place on Chaandhanee Magu last night around 1:30 am. Police and locals put the [...]

Police seize illegal liquor from safari boat

May 6, 2014 - 09:33
Police have seized 185 bottles of illegal liquor from a safari boat and arrested four people – two locals and two foreigners. The safari boat ‘Fatima’ was moored at Hulhumalé lagoon when the police boarded it with a search warrant Consumption, possession and sale of alcohol is prohibited in the Maldives, except at  tourist resorts [...]

Health Ministry seeks to protect mothers and infants from HIV “time bomb”

May 5, 2014 - 22:10
The Ministry of Health has formulated new guidelines to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child with health officials warning of an HIV "time bomb" that could "explode at any time."

Deputy PG resigns, slams Criminal Court’s “obstruction” of criminal justice

May 5, 2014 - 20:07
Hussein Shameem resigned today, effectively bringing the criminal justice system to a halt. He highlighted the Criminal Court’s failure to prosecute foreigners involved in drug trafficking, delays in issuing rulings on drug related offenses and “unreasonable obstacles” in filing cases at the court.

Stalled Ali Hameed cases “exposes state of Maldivian judiciary,” says MDP

May 5, 2014 - 18:03
"As the documents of the corruption case raised by the state against Ali Hameed were destroyed after coffee was spilled on them, the party hopes that the Criminal Court will not decide that the charges cannot be proven for that reason," the MDP said in a statement yesterday.

Maldives a target of regional terrorists, says Sri Lanka analyst

May 5, 2014 - 12:09
A Sri Lankan national arrested in Chennai on April 29 on terrorism was also targeting locations in the Maldives, terrorism expert Dr Rohan Gunaratna has told the New Indian Express.

17 year-old girl gang raped in Male’

May 4, 2014 - 17:52
Online newspaper 'CNM' reported that the case was reported to police at about 2 48 pm today afternoon.

Islamic justice or state sponsored murder?

May 4, 2014 - 16:30
The government has justified the new death penalty regulation on Islamic values, but scholar Usthaz Abdul Mueed Hassan has called on the state to abolish the death penalty, arguing Islam is first the religion of forgiveness.

Justice Ali Hameed’s ‘corruption’ documents destroyed in coffee spill

May 4, 2014 - 16:26
The Criminal Court has asked the Prosecutor General's Office (PG) to resend all files concerning Supreme Court Justice Ali Hameed's alleged misuse of state funds after case documents were destroyed in a coffee spill.

Maldives Journalism Awards celebrates free press

May 4, 2014 - 13:25
“I am very happy. Not just because I won the award, but because the Media Council has introduced such an award for the first time. This is a very important step and an encouragement for new journalists,” Journalist of the Year Fazeena Ahmed told Minivan News.

Judicial administration brought under direct control of Supreme Court

May 4, 2014 - 13:05
The Department of Judicial Administration will function in accordance with policies set by the Supreme Court bench and under the direct supervision of a designated justice, according to new rules promulgated by the apex court last week.

Court extends detention of police officer arrested for drugs smuggling

May 4, 2014 - 12:35
The Criminal Court has extended the detention period of a police officer that was caught while he was allegedly attempting to smuggle drugs in to Male’ police custody.

Police officers participate in regional anti-terrorism seminar

May 4, 2014 - 11:51
The seminar was designed to hold discussions on the status of anti-terrorism efforts in Asian countries, and to explore additional means of dealing with terrorism crimes.
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