FIRST FOR INDEPENDENT NEWS IN THE MALDIVES
Updated: 9 hours 14 min ago
The grant aid comes at a time the Maldives is facing dire economic circumstances, with the government unable to afford its huge recurrent expenditure on a bloated civil service and failing to pay millions of dollars owed to state-owned companies for services such as oil and electricity.
The French film director, William Cally, will present his film, Elie, Blacksmith of Freedom tonight as part of a tour organised by the French Embassy, French Institute and Alliance francaise de Male'.
"Within days of Yameen's presidency, the courts – which are de facto controlled by the executive – have started a witch-hunt against MDP MPs. This does not bode well for co-operation or compromise between the opposition and the ruling administration,” said MDP Deputy Chairperson Ali Shiyam.
The government of President Yameen Abdul Gayoom has said that the Maldives will be eyeing on alternative fish export markets including the middle-eastern and Malaysian market, after withdrawing its application for European Union (EU)’s duty-free status of imported fish from the country, over fears of rejection.
"The committee was of the opinion that the Criminal Court had acted outside of the boundaries of the law by summoning MP Hamid to court on a day when the parliament as well as committee sittings were scheduled. Therefore this action by Criminal Court was clearly against the Privileges Act, thus a violation of privileges of both an MP and the parliament as a whole," said Deputy Chair of the Committee Imthiyaz 'Inthi' Fahmy.
The Criminal Court has sentenced two consenting adults for 18 months in jail and 25 lashes for engaging in and taping extramarital sex, while renowned Qari Hussain Thaufeeq was handed a suspended sentence for multiple counts of child molestation.
However despite the huge youth demographic, the statistics suggest the education system is failing young people, with just 19 percent of students going on to higher secondary education.
Local fish exporters in the Maldives have announced that they will be reducing the price paid to fisherman following a drop in global fish prices. The Ministry of Fisheries has expressed its hope to ensure a guaranteed income of MVR10,000 per month to every fisherman from next year.
The Criminal Court is to open during this weekend to provide criminal record checks for those seeking to contest in January’s local council elections. The Criminal Court is facing an unusual amount of traffic for criminal record and debt record checks with an estimated 4000 candidates contesting the 1091 local council seats. In 2011, candidates had [...]
Parliamentary approval for President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s 15 ministers will be scheduled for December 29, People’s Majlis Speaker Abdulla Shahid has said. Shahid appealed to the Majlis’ Government Oversight committee to conclude its report on the proposed cabinet by December 23 in order for the December 29 vote to proceed. Chair of the Government [...]
President Abdulla Yameen has appointed Shamshul Falah as the president’s representative at the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) today. Shamshul Falah served as the Secretary of Legal Affairs at the President’s Office under former President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan. Falah’s appointment is the third new appointment to the JSC this month. President Yameen appointed Attorney General [...]
At a certain point this fall, the presidential elections in the Maldives stopped looking like the hiccups of a young democracy and veered into the realm of farce, writes Ellen Barry for the New York Times.
President Abdulla Yameen has appointed disgraced Civil Service Commission head Mohamed Fahmy Hassan as the Maldives’ deputy high commissioner to Malayisa.
The immigration department has warned that permits allowing employers to bring expatriate workers into the country could be withheld if they are found to be forcefully retained.
A man in Hulhumale' has been arrested for allegedly attempting a string of robberies whilst wearing a Niqab - the full face veil worn by some Muslim women.
Following a letter written to Manmohan Singh from the new Maldivian president, an invitation for an official visit to India has been accepted by Abdulla Yameen. The new administration has made enhanced ties with India a priority since assuming office.
The MNDF will buy a new hovercraft and a helicopter, build 72 new flats at Bandeyri Koshi, and establish military courts, Defense Minister Mohamed Nazim has said. Projects are to be sourced from foreign rather than state aid.
"The political crisis in Maldives over the presidential run-off ends with the surprise victory of a close relative of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and the shock defeat of Mohamed Nasheed," writes R.K. Radhakrishnan for India's Frontline magazine.
The People's Majlis has approved a loan worth US$11,122.,700 to establish a water and sewerage system on Fuvahmulah Island.
“Soldiers must have absolute loyalty. Every single man and women working in this institution must have this characteristic. Otherwise, they are lacking the most important characteristic of a soldier,” Chief of Defense Forces Ahmed Shiyam said.