“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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
‘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.
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.”
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.
“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.