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Finding missing journalist of “high priority,” says police thumbnail

Finding missing journalist of “high priority,” says police

The police were unable to offer new information on the ninth day of Minivan News journalist Ahmed Rilwan’s disappearance. The PPM and President’s Spokesperson have expressed concern over the case, while the MDP called on the UN to pressure the government to conduct a speedy and thorough investigation.


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China lends Maldives 100 million Yuan as free aid

An additional agreement was made to provide the Maldives Police Service with 150 motorcycles, while the grant aid – equivalent to MVR250 million or US$16 million – is to be used for developmental projects in the Maldives.


Parties reach agreement for committee to resume review of SEZ bill thumbnail

Parties reach agreement for committee to resume review of SEZ bill

After walking out of a committee meeting last week, JP Leader Gasim Ibrahim assured cooperation for continuing the review process at a meeting held last night to resolve the impasse while the opposition MDP continues protests against passing the bill in its current form.


Missing journalist caught on ferry terminal CCTV footage thumbnail

Missing journalist caught on ferry terminal CCTV footage

Missing Minivan News journalist Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla has been seen on CCTV footage from the Hulhumalé ferry terminal in Malé at 12:45 am on August 8. He was seen wearing black shirt, black trousers, white soled shoes, and carrying a black backpack.


IFJ calls on government to speed up investigation into Rilwan’s disappearance thumbnail

IFJ calls on government to speed up investigation into Rilwan’s disappearance

“We call on the authorities to undertake a full investigation up to and including the time of his disappearance, conducted with the upmost seriousness, with all findings released to the public,” said the IFJ


President seeks Chinese free aid for Hulhumalé bridge project thumbnail

President seeks Chinese free aid for Hulhumalé bridge project

The government is seeking free aid from the Chinese government to finance ” a large portion” of a project for the construction of a bridge connecting the capital Malé and Hulhumalé, said President Yameen prior to his visit to China.


Attorney General’s Office postpones JSC lawyer election following Supreme Court order thumbnail

Attorney General’s Office postpones JSC lawyer election following Supreme Court order

The AG office announced the postponement on Thursday night (August 14) after the Supreme Court struck down section 11(a) of the regulations enacted for conducting the polls, which states that polling mechanisms would be established on inhabited islands with at least five registered voters.


President Yameen denies “impeding” Gasim’s businesses thumbnail

President Yameen denies “impeding” Gasim’s businesses

While an agreement with Gasim’s Villa Air to manage and develop the Kaadehdhoo airport was terminated due to failure to maintain safety standards, Yameen said the government decided not to renew the lease of Laamu Baresdhoo because agricultural work was not done on the island in accordance with the agreement.


Few clues in search for missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan thumbnail

Few clues in search for missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan

The whereabouts of the Minivan News journalist Ahmed Rilwan remain a mystery despite the efforts of search teams today. His colleagues have expressed hope for a swift and thorough police investigation, while family members have reported intimidation during today’s search.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories