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Death penalty can be implemented starting today: Home Minister

April 27, 2014 - 20:09
The death penalty can be implemented in the Maldives starting today following the publication of procedural regulations in the government gazette, Minister of Home Affairs Umar Naseer told the press today.

Commonwealth’s future “lies in celebration of diversity”: former President Gayoom

April 27, 2014 - 18:23
The future of the Commonwealth lies in the celebration of the diversity that exists within the organisation, former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom said last night at an event held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, by the Commonwealth Chair-in-Office and President of Sri Lanka Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Free medical camp held in Kaafu Guraidhoo

April 27, 2014 - 18:15
A free medical camp organised by the Maldivian Medical Association as part of the Doctors Day 2014 activities was held in Gaafu Guraidhoo yesterday (April 26). The medical association noted in a press statement today that the state-run ‘Home for People with Special Needs (HPSN)’ is located in Guraidhoo. The one-day health camp included various medical [...]

Amendments approved to Land Act

April 27, 2014 - 18:01
Parliament today approved amendments to the Land Act proposed by opposition Maldivian Democratic Party MP Nazim Rashad with unanimous consent of 43 MPs present and voting.

Fatwas against registering marriages a huge challenge: Family Court chief judge

April 27, 2014 - 17:48
Fatwas claiming that registering marriages at the court is unnecessary and un-Islamic are posing serious challenges to the Family Court, Chief Judge Hassan Saeed has said, suggesting the formation of an official state institution to issue fatwas.

Flyme’s first seaplane en route to Maldives

April 27, 2014 - 17:39
Flyme has announced that the company’s first seaplane is expected to arrive in Maldives on Monday (April 28).

Criminal Court refusing to accept serious cases, Deputy PG tells MPs

April 27, 2014 - 17:21
In February this year, the Criminal Court started accepting new cases submitted by the Prosecutor General’s (PG) office after the Supreme Court issued a second ruling ordering the court to uphold the rule of law.

Former President Nasheed asks High Court to expedite case concerning Hulhumale’ magistrate court bench

April 27, 2014 - 16:46
The original case filed at the Hulhumale’ magistrate court - concerning the military's controversial detention of Criminal Chief Judge Abdulla Mohamed in January 2012 - needed to be concluded soon because former President Nasheed did not wish to have pending criminal charges, said Hassan Latheef from the former president's legal team.

President predicts US$300 million compensation for GMR

April 27, 2014 - 16:34
Speaking to press after returning from Singapore to attend the Maldives Investment Forum, President Yameen insisted that the arbitration proceedings over GMR's compensation claim has not deterred investors. The INIA development project was the most popular among attendees at the forum, he said.

Parliament approves hiking airport service charge to US$25

April 27, 2014 - 16:06
Parliament has also approved other revenue raising measures proposed by the government, including hiking import duties, reintroducing the bed tax until the end of November, raising the Tourism Goods and Services Tax (T-GST), and introducing GST for telecommunications services from May 1.

Home Minister to stand trial for disobedience to order

April 26, 2014 - 20:43
Minister of Home Affairs Umar Naseer will stand trial for disobedience to order at the Criminal Court at 10:00 am tomorrow. Naseer is being tried for encouraging protesters to break into the military head quarters during the violent ‘twenty two days protests’ against President Mohamed Nasheed’s government in the run up to Nasheed’s ouster on [...]

Fiyori council passes resolution to protect mangrove

April 26, 2014 - 20:35
Gaaf Dhaal Atoll Fiyori Island Council has passed a resolution declaring the Island’s mangrove area as protected, local media ‘Sun‘ has reported. The resolution passed at an open public meeting on Thursday said the mangrove area at the south end of t he island is being declared protected for its unique natural features. The council noted that [...]

Oil exploration attracts investors at Singapore investment forum

April 26, 2014 - 20:10
The Maldives has received interest from investment partners in oil exploration, with one investor scheduled to visit the country in the coming weeks for discussions, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Dr. Mohamed Shainee has said.

GMR holds to US$1.4 billion compensation figure

April 26, 2014 - 19:50
"The forceful takeover of the airport by Maldives government amounts to repudiation of a valid contract and therefore damages, including loss of future profit has to paid. Thus, GMR's claim is $1.4 billion," Indian media reported the Bangalore-based infrastructure giant as saying in a statement on Friday.

Home Minister Umar Naseer to run for presidency in 2023

April 26, 2014 - 19:32
Naseer announces 2023 presidential bid, pledges support to re elect President Yameen in 2018. “I am not a political threat to President Yameen," he said.

MP Jabir in Malaysia for medical treatment

April 26, 2014 - 18:20
Opposition MP Abdulla Jabir is in Malaysia seeking medical treatment. He was hospitalized for respiratory difficulties in early April.

“Yonder lies the greener pastures”: President Yameen inaugurates investor forum in Singapore

April 25, 2014 - 16:31
In his keynote address at the event, President Yameen said his administration was "cognisant of the needs of our investors and the requirements to strengthen and redefine the legal and regulatory environment governing foreign investments."

“The authorities arrived in a wave of terror”, says eyewitnesses of Anbaraa arrests

April 24, 2014 - 19:03
Witnesses and sources close to the events have stated that police threatened extreme violence and sexual assault after using stun grenades and tazers during the raid of the two-day music festival. One witness reported detainees spending 13 hours in handcuffs.

President’s Office spent MVR30 million in excess of approved budget in 2011, audit reveals

April 24, 2014 - 18:36
Among the questionable expenses were MVR1.8 million spent on trips by President Nasheed to 88 islands ahead of the local council elections, MVR904,855 for Vice President Waheed's stopover in Singapore after attending a symposium in Italy, and MVR139,676 spent on a trip to check progress on the editing of 'The Island President' documentary.

Yameen concedes that GMR is owed some compensation

April 24, 2014 - 18:20
The president has today said the government was sure it would have to pay compensation for cancelling the agreement made with the Indian infrastructure giant, though he was working to try and reduce the amount payable.
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