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Police commence special operation to confiscate dangerous animals

April 12, 2014 - 13:43
Police said they had commenced a joint special operation with the relevant government institutions after having noticed that sightings of such animals on streets and other places had become common in the Maldives.

101 offenders complete Drug Court’s rehabilitation programme

April 11, 2014 - 17:44
These include 36 cases submitted by the National Drug Agency of individuals serving jail sentences for criminal convictions prior to the enactment of the new Drugs Act and 48 cases transferred from the Criminal Court, the court explained in a statement on Thursday.

Chamber of commerce awaiting permit for night market

April 11, 2014 - 17:40
The Maldives National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) has expressed concern with the Male' City Council refusing to grant permission to host the annual night market in the capital.

Home Ministry publishes list of detention centres four days after deadline

April 11, 2014 - 17:37
The home minister was required by the the recently passed Anti-torture Act to make public a list of prisons and detention centres where individuals are held in state custody. The anti-torture law that came into effect on March 22 stipulated that the list must be publicised within 15 days (before April 6).

Home minister violates Anti-Torture Act

April 10, 2014 - 20:12
Home Minister Umar Naseer has violated the new Anti-torture Act by failing to publicise a mandatory list of places of detention - an offence for which the penalty can be up to three years in prison.

Center for Asia Pacific Aviation profile on Mega Maldives

April 10, 2014 - 19:41
Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) has said that MEGA Maldives Airlines is planning rapid fleet and network expansion by seeking potential joint venture partnerships in other markets.

Slow loris to be euthanised as Environment Ministry runs out of options

April 10, 2014 - 19:33
“This decision does not affect the wild population or the conservation potential of the species,” Assistant Director for the Environment Department Ilham Atho Mohamed has said. "We have already explored all options and have come to a decision from the Ministry’s side.”

Health advocate and public figure Dr Razee passes away

April 10, 2014 - 18:36
Famous medical doctor and public figure Dr Ahmed Razee passed away last night while being treated in Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital’ following a heart attack at 59 years. Dr Razee was a popular figure throughout the Maldives, mainly due to his active engagement in health advocacy through television, radio, and later through social media. In [...]

Maldives and Chinese governments sign agricultural MoU

April 10, 2014 - 18:17
The governments of the Maldives and China have today signed an agreement on agricultural and research project cooperation. “Under the terms of the Agreement the Government of China shall extend to the Government of Maldives, a grant aid of One Million Yuan [MVR2.5million]. The Grant aid will be utilized to Agriculture Sector of Maldives,” read [...]

Nestlé Sri Lanka and Education Ministry sign MoU

April 10, 2014 - 17:41
According to online newspaper based in Srilanka ‘Lanka Business Times’ the MoU was signed to host an annual award giving ceremony dubbed ‘Milo Schools Award Night’ recognise and award students who have performed exceptionally in their academics and sports in the Maldives.

MPs-elect to be sworn in on May 28

April 10, 2014 - 17:16
The 85 MPs-elect for the 18th People's Majlis will be sworn on Wednesday, May 28. According to the parliament secretariat, a speaker and deputy speaker will be elected through secret ballot following the swearing-in ceremony.

Committee approves amendment for state to cover expenses of president’s and vice president’s private residences

April 10, 2014 - 16:34
If the president and vice president chose not to live in the official residences, the amendments submitted by PPM MP Riyaz Rasheed stipulate that the state should provide employees and cover other expenses of the private residences out of the budget allocated for the official residence.

MIRA to collect additional MVR110 million from telecoms tax

April 10, 2014 - 16:18
The Maldives Inland Revenue Authority anticipates that the introduction of GST to telecommunications services - applicable from May 1 - will boost annual government revenue by MVR110 million. Further revenue raising measures are set to be discussed in the Majlis next week.

Night market contract terminated, ACC informs city council

April 10, 2014 - 15:08
In a press release yesterday, the commission noted that it was informed by the previous city council on November 21 that the five-year contract with Go Media Pvt Ltd - which is currently preparing for this year's market - was cancelled.

Government to address pay discrepancies as civil servants plan strike action

April 9, 2014 - 21:30
“First we want to find a solution through dialogue with the government. After that, if we have to, we will go on strike. And we are confident if we go on strike ninety percent of civil servants will support it,” said Civil Service Association President Mohamed Shaugee.

Attorney General resumes issuing lawyers permits

April 9, 2014 - 17:37
Following the publication of new guidelines regulating permission to practice law in the Maldives, the Bar Association has suggested that greater consultation with legal professionals should have taken place.

State Trading Organisation aims to produce 1000 jobs in 3 years

April 9, 2014 - 17:01
The Managing Director of the State Trading Organization (STO) Adam Azim has said that the company will produce 1000 jobs within the next 3 years. Adam Azim said that the company is looking to establish a capable work force across the Maldives, reported local media Sun Online. “A thousand jobs will be produced with the [...]

Jumhooree Party fined for fraudulent membership applications

April 9, 2014 - 16:54
For the second time this month Elections Commission has fined Jumhooree Party (JP) over fraudulent membership applications. According to the commission, the JP used one person’s finger print on multiple party application forms – the fifth time the party has been caught doing this. The JP have now been asked to pay a fine of [...]

High Court throws out EC appeal against new member Habeeb

April 9, 2014 - 16:34
The High Court has thrown out an appeal by the Elections Commission (EC) against its newly appointed commission member Ismail Habeeb. Habeeb was made redundant in January 2013 before contesting his dismissal at the Labor tribunal. The tribunal ordered his reinstatement in August 2013, by which time he had been appointed to the Civil Court [...]

MP’s alcohol trial cancelled as Jabir remains in hospital

April 9, 2014 - 15:43
The Criminal Court has today cancelled an alcohol possession hearing against MPs Abdulla Jabir and Hamid Abdul Ghafoor as Jabir remains in hospital for respiratory issues.
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