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  • Everything will change once Rilwan is found, police commissioner tells Haveeru
  • Bank of Maldives’ net profit increases 105 percent in third quarter
  • Malaysian high commission to hold futsal tournament
Planning department appeals to public to cooperate with census thumbnail

Planning department appeals to public to cooperate with census

“What we are conducting is a national effort done for the purpose of updating statistics, I therefore call on all citizens to cooperate with our work,” said Assistant Director Fathimath Riyaza following suggestions that some groups would boycott the census.


Maldives strategically unprepared for SEZs, argues former Finance Minister Inaz thumbnail

Maldives strategically unprepared for SEZs, argues former Finance Minister Inaz

In an opinion piece published on newspaper Haveeru last week, Inaz argued that SEZs could worsen income inequality, deprive local councils of sources of revenue, and lead to a large influx of foreign labour.


Missing journalist’s family concerned over slow progress in search thumbnail

Missing journalist’s family concerned over slow progress in search

Police have revealed details of an extensive search, but Rilwan’s family say they are concerned over slow progress. “We want to know what the results of these extensive searches are. We fear for his life,” a family member said.


MDP calls on PG to drop charges against CNM journalist Haseen thumbnail

MDP calls on PG to drop charges against CNM journalist Haseen

“We note with regret that this is the first criminal prosecution of a journalist since the adoption of a democratic constitution in 2008,” the MDP said. Haseen is facing charges of obstructing police duty during an MDP demonstration in 2012.


Tourism Minister Adeeb appointed chairman of SEZ investment board thumbnail

Tourism Minister Adeeb appointed chairman of SEZ investment board

Following criticism from the opposition over the appointment of ministers to the board – noting that the constitution prohibits ministers holding “any other public office or office of profit” – the President’s Office spokesperson has insisted that the board was instituted legally.


Protesters march with IS flag calling for enforcement of Islamic Shariah thumbnail

Protesters march with IS flag calling for enforcement of Islamic Shariah

‘We want the laws of the Quran, not the green book [constitution]‘, ‘Islam will eradicate secularism’, ‘No democracy, we want just Islam’, ‘Shariah will dominate the world’, ‘To hell with democracy’, ‘Democracy is a failed system’, read some of the placards carried by protesters yesterday.


Political consensus necessary for success of SEZs, cautions MMA governor thumbnail

Political consensus necessary for success of SEZs, cautions MMA governor

Speaking at a forum on state broadcaster Television Maldives last night, Dr Azeema said one of the most important prerequisites for successful enactment of the SEZ Act was consensus “on a political and national level.”


Government expenditure rose 58 percent in June, reveals MMA thumbnail

Government expenditure rose 58 percent in June, reveals MMA

The Maldives Monetary Authority’s monthly review revealed recurrent expenditure rose by 30 percent in June 2014, noting that government securities increased18 percent in annual terms as T-bills were issued to manage cash flow.


Raajje TV blurs news segment on missing journalist in solidarity thumbnail

Raajje TV blurs news segment on missing journalist in solidarity

“Rilwan has been disappeared, but we will not let it be forgotten for one moment,” the station said. It’s staff have today donned black and blurred presenter’s faces on news segments regarding Rilwan’s disappearance.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories