FIRST FOR INDEPENDENT NEWS IN THE MALDIVES
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The government will provide the promised monthly old age pension of MVR 5000 (US$ 325) and MVR 10,000 (US$650) to fishermen through an insurance scheme rather than in cash handouts.
Gayoom's comments come as Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim met with Indian counterparts to discuss enhanced military cooperation. President Yameen will visit India on his first official state visit later this month.
President Abdulla Yameen has divided his cabinet ministers into two sub groups - categorized as the Social Council and the Economic Council, the President's Office has today revealed.
As one month of the Yameen administration approaches, state institutions continue to produce plans for the first one hundred days. A number of 'roadmaps' have emerged in the areas of transport, health, and immigration, and in the customs, the police, and the military.
Recently reappointed Finance Minister Abdulla Jihad has joined President Abdulla Yameen’s Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), becoming the second cabinet member to join the party this week. Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim – also reappointed to his position after Yameen’s recent inauguration – announced his decision to join the PPM yesterday, commenting on social media that [...]
President Abdulla Yameen has been invited to visit Sri Lanka by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The letter of invitation was given to Yameen today when Sri Lankan High Commissioner Dickson Sarathchandra Dela paid a call to the President's Office today.
The President's Office has promised further expenditure reduction measures after the announcement of reductions to deputy and state ministers' salaries which will reduce the government wage bill by MVR385,000 (US$25,000)
Ahmed Faiz's assertion that the judicial watchdog did not have the legal authority to order the reappointment of a number of senior judges has been rejected by the Judicial Services Commission today, though the group's secretary general stated that the decision was not yet official.
The PIC recommends criminal charges be filed against the inspector of police and the 'Shift in charge' on duty at the Galholhu Police Station on October 7 for failure to prevent the forewarned arson attack on Raajje TV.
State institutions and non-governmental organisations working in the field of Human Rights have released statements on the 63rd International Human Rights Day, December 10, both celebrating the current progress in the protection of human rights in the Maldives, as well as expressing concern about certain violations and restrictions in the field.
Today in a tweet Nazim stated that ‘’given the fact that PPM is the most democratic party in the Maldives, I have officially signed to PPM on this unique date 11/12/13.’’
Short-term budget financing measures of selling T-bills and printing money pose risks such as the devaluation of the Rufiyaa, while unpaid bills could disrupt basic services such as electricity, the report warned.
Police have said that two expats have stolen a large sum of money from different accounts of Bank of Maldives through the ATM machines without the knowledge of the account owners. The bank has urged customers to stop revealing their pin numbers to others.
Police have said that last Monday (9 December) a Chinese national living on the island of Dhuvaafaru in Raa Atoll was attacked by a group of people.
The parliamentary committee assigned assigned with reviewing the penal code will present the finished draft to the full house on Monday, local media has reported.
President Abdulla Yameen has described the late Nelson Mandela as "the greatest statesman the world has seen".
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has proposed his nephew Maumoon Hameed for the post of Prosecutor General (PG). Hameed is a lawyer by profession and is the son of former Atolls Minister Abdulla Hameed. Hameed has to win approval by a parliamentary majority before he can be appointed to the position. Former PG Ahmed Muizz [...]
The revised budget, submitted after several weeks of delay, stands at a record MVR 17.5 billion (US$ 1.1 billion) and has a projected deficit of 2.2 percent of GDP. Notable revisions include an expectedMVR 1 billion in revenue from advance payments for resort lease extensions.
Whilst welcoming the criminalisation of human trafficking, both the Human Rights Commission and the Assistant Controller of Immigration have stressed that amendments may be needed, alongside capacity building, before the new legislation can be fully effective.
Transparency Maldives Global Corruption Survey - launched yesterday - found that 79 percent of respondents viewed the military as corrupt, placing it fifth behind the Majlis, political parties, the judiciary and the police.