The police have warned opposition supporters to confine tomorrow’s mass protest to the Artificial Beach grounds in Malé, and threatened to disperse protesters at midnight on Friday.
Lawyers said they had been allowed to visit the opposition leader only four times since his re-imprisonment in August. A meeting scheduled for November 19 has been rescheduled for November 28, she added.
The parliament passed today a record MVR27.5billion (US$1.7billion) budget for 2016 as proposed by the finance ministry. The MDP issued a three-line whip against the budget. Some 11 amendments proposed by the party were voted out.
Key facts about the record MVR27.5billion (US$1.7billion) budget passed for 2016.
With the impeachment of Vice President Ahmed Adeeb, the choice of a replacement weights heavier on President Abdulla Yameen’s shoulders every day, writes S. Visham
The government has earmarked funds in next year’s budget for new jails, a “death chamber” and solitary confinement units at the Maafushi jail, but slashed funding for the human rights watchdog to carry out torture prevention programmes and monitor compliance with international human rights treaties.
The death of a 17-year old in an accident in Addu City on Friday, the sixth fatality this year, has revived calls for a law on mandatory helmet wearing.
A police officer caught on camera brutalizing an opposition member on February 7, 2012, was cleared of charges after a criminal court judge ruled that the video of the assault was tampered with.
The UN’s climate fund has approved US$23.6 million for a project to ensure the delivery of safe freshwater to 105,000 people in the outer islands of the Maldives. The project is among the first eight investments approved by the Green Climate Fund (GCF), a global initiative established to provide financing from wealthy nations for adaptation projects in developing countries.