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The Defense Ministry's statement on Saturday infringes on the freedom of press, the Maldives Media Council has said.
MP Ahmed Shiyam’s Sun Hotels and Resorts have purchased two islands in northern Noonu Atoll for resort development, according to local media reports. The company purchased Noonu Atoll Dhigurah Island from its previous owner Wego Maldives for an unspecified amount two months ago, Haveeru has said. The second island, Noonu Atoll Minaavaru Island, was leased [...]
While PPM, JP and MDA are contesting through the unity coalition, Adhaalath Party has decided to run separately. Meanwhile, the MDP are conducting the primaries in constituencies with more than one contesting candidate.
The Ministry of Finance and Treasury has delayed submitting revisions to the 2014 state budget for the third time.
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom met with International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Chief of Mission to the Maldives Dr Koshy Mathai today. According to the President’s Office, Yameen briefed Mathai on the new administration’s economic policies and discussed ways to promote sustainable economic development in the country. Yameen has warned Maldives’ economy “is in a deep [...]
President Abdulla Yameen has appointed former Assistant Commissioner of Police Ahmed Saudhee as Deputy Commissioner of Police. The deputy Chief Superintendent at Maldives Customs Services Ismail Abdulla was appointed to the post of Deputy Commissioner of Customs. Shortly after assuming the presidency, Yameen appointed former Minister of Economic Development Ahmed Mohamed as Commissioner General of [...]
China’s Ambassador to the Maldives Yu Hongyao has pledged assistance to restore Kaafu Atoll Island Dhiffushi Island School after a fire on Saturday destroyed the school’s offices. Earlier this week, The President’s Office announced that China will give the Maldives 50 million yuan (US$8.2 million) in grant aid “for the implementation of developmental projects and [...]
Indian media has today announced that the US$100 million credit facility agreed with the Maldivian government for short-term budget support will be re-opened during President Yameen's official state visit to New Dehli scheduled later this month.
The two were charged over a report aired by the station titled 'how trials were held by people of Sodom' comparing the inconsistent decisions made by the Maldivian courts of law – specifically the Supreme Court – with the bogus trial practice of Sodom and Gomorrah
"We are seeing the Supreme Court as an entity working to blatantly oppose empowerment of the people. By voiding articles from acts passed by over-riding majorities from among the people's representatives, they are blatantly challenging citizen empowerment. Every single sitting of the SC has become a threat to this country's democratic process," said MP Imthiyaz Fahmy
After receiving and invitation from Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, President Abdulla Yameen will make an official visit to the country on December 22.
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 [...]