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President Yameen’s Independence Day address “cartoonish,” says Nasheed thumbnail

President Yameen’s Independence Day address “cartoonish,” says Nasheed

Yameen’s remarks were “uncivilised, outmoded, and unacceptable,” the opposition leader said, contending that the president’s intention was to deflect attention from his administration’s failure to “fulfil the hopes of the people”.

News in Brief

  • President and first lady exchange Eid greetings with public at Sultan Park
  • Government overrules city council over vehicle ban
  • Maldives’ swimmers break more national records in Glasgow
  • Four injured in collision of ferry and speedboat
Supreme Court enacts new contempt of court regulations thumbnail Supreme Court enacts new contempt of court regulations

The Supreme Court has enacted new regulations authorising courts to initiate legal proceedings and punish individuals for any expression, action, gesture or piece of writing “inside or outside a courtroom” that could be considered contempt of court.

Comment: Open letter from refugee Abraham Naim to people of Maldives thumbnail Comment: Open letter from refugee Abraham Naim to people of Maldives

“Some of you think I am an example of what is wrong with Maldives’ society,” writes Abrahan Naim. “I am a Maldivian and proud. I ask all of you that you to take a good look at your situation in the Maldives, rather than at me…If you want to change Maldives society, then change it.”

JSC clears Criminal Court Judge Abdul Bari Yousuf of ethical misconduct thumbnail JSC clears Criminal Court Judge Abdul Bari Yousuf of ethical misconduct

The judge was reportedly accused of sexually assaulting a female attorney from the Prosecutor General’s Office and suspended in February 2013 pending the outcome of an investigation by the judicial oversight body.

President Yameen accuses opposition parties of inciting unrest, sabotaging economy thumbnail President Yameen accuses opposition parties of inciting unrest, sabotaging economy

“Opposition political parties are deliberately trying to disrupt stability by creating a spirit of unrest in society,” President Yameen said in his Independence Day address, alleging efforts to discourage foreign buyers of Maldivian fish as well as a tourism boycott campaign.

Maldives backs UN HRC probe into claims of Israeli violations in Gaza thumbnail Maldives backs UN HRC probe into claims of Israeli violations in Gaza

The Maldives condemned Israel’s “mass killings and the daily massacre of innocent civilians” and called for an immediate cease-fire at a UN Human Rights Council special session. The HRC has voted to launch an inquiry into human rights violations in Palestine’s Gaza strip.

  • Another fact: Sorry..correction …i meant to say the eid sermon was supposed to be about those who are trying ” to destroy the Islamic creed.”
  • Another fact: Sorry….but..what hate r u talking about.this is the kind of thinking and allegations that create hate and division.i merely pointed out to the...
  • yum: We are Maldivians living peacefully here in these small islands.You can be whatever queen you wish. don’t try to promote your ill and shameful sickness to...
  • facts: This drag queen is ‘very Minivannews’ so to speak. Would be nice to see his (/ shis) powdered face on Minivann banner. Good job.
  • answer to "facts": To “facts” – you say “that this not “news”! well DUH! it is a LETTER not an NEWS-ARTICLE. so – not an article. Minivan...
  • LOLOCAUST: Maldives was ruled by queens centuries before female teachers in the West were even allowed to wear pants; if anything Maldivian society has regressed.
  • Hello: Maldivian are far behind to understand and respect the value of individuals on the basis of his or her thought process. Partly it is not their fault, they have...
  • Another fact: Even according to Islamic law, which Maldivian judiciary claims to follow and in hold in high esteem, this is not allowed.criticising judgements of...

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