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  • Islamic Minister reportedly planning Islamic university in Maldives
  • University opens admission for over 200 courses
  • Former council president sentenced to 11 years’ exile
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Police investigating anti-Islamic activity on social media

Maldives Police Service is investigating anti-Islamic activity on social media, focusing particulalry on an anti-Islam hate group called ‘Maldivian Atheists’. The religious Adhaalath Party has condemned the page.


Nasheed “slaughtered” democracy: Gayoom thumbnail

Nasheed “slaughtered” democracy: Gayoom

“During those three and a half years, things reached the point where we feared that Islam could disappear from the country,” said former President Gayoom. “It reached a level where we feared we might lose our independence.”


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PPM councillors allege corruption involved in “Clean Green Malé” project

Three Male’ City Councillors affiliated with ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has released a statement on Tuesday alleging that corruption is involved in the City Council’s ‘Nala Fehi Male” (Clean Green Male’) initiative.


Oil drilling and Maldives’ tourism “cannot coexist”, says NGO Bluepeace thumbnail

Oil drilling and Maldives’ tourism “cannot coexist”, says NGO Bluepeace

Following the government’s promise to begin fresh oil exploration, Bluepeace’s Executive Director Ali Rilwan has expressed concern that the Maldives’ sea-based tourism and the environmental dangers associated with the oil industry are incompatible.


EC members Manik, Farooq summoned for questioning by police thumbnail

EC members Manik, Farooq summoned for questioning by police

Farooq told the press that he was questioned about the distribution of voters on the Malé municipality special register to various constituencies in the capital. The members’ questioning follows the summons of recently dismissed EC Chair Fuwad Thowfeek earlier this week.


Innamaadhoo island council asks Islamic Ministry to take action against Sheikh Shameem thumbnail

Innamaadhoo island council asks Islamic Ministry to take action against Sheikh Shameem

The complaint was filed against the controversial preacher after he conducted an unauthorised religious sermon. The council president has argued that the political nature of the sermon caused unrest among locals.


Road Development Corporation purchased goods worth MVR2.2 million without bidding process, audit reveals thumbnail

Road Development Corporation purchased goods worth MVR2.2 million without bidding process, audit reveals

“As we believe the company’s board members have been negligent in carrying out their responsibility of protecting the company’s resources, action should be taken against [the board members] to hold them accountable,” the auditor general has recommended.


HRCM attends Juvenile Court after summons, agrees to cooperate with enquiry thumbnail

HRCM attends Juvenile Court after summons, agrees to cooperate with enquiry

“They [HRCM members] attended Monday’s meeting as though they were coming to a court hearing, complete with being accompanied by legal representation. It was not a hearing though, just a meeting held to clarify some issues,” Zaima stated.


High Court issues injunction against Family Court order to return child to mother thumbnail

High Court issues injunction against Family Court order to return child to mother

After having filed an appeal against the Family Court’s order to return his five month old child to its Swiss mother, Ahmed Sharuvan presented a High Court’s temporary injunction to police yesterday. The baby remains in the father’s custody.


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