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  • President and first lady exchange Eid greetings with public at Sultan Park
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  • Maldives’ swimmers break more national records in Glasgow
Islamic Ministry to seek opinion of religious scholars on Maldivians joining Syrian civil war thumbnail

Islamic Ministry to seek opinion of religious scholars on Maldivians joining Syrian civil war

“The ministry’s opinion will be shared with the public after consulting scholars. Insha Allah,” tweeted Islamic Minister Dr Shaheem.


Local councils should be empowered to tackle the waste problem: Bluepeace thumbnail

Local councils should be empowered to tackle the waste problem: Bluepeace

In order to provide the expertise needed for effective waste management at the island level, Bluepeace have produced a ‘Waste Management Handbook’, although more action on the national level is also needed, states the NGO.


MDP resumes political activities with reopening of haruge thumbnail

MDP resumes political activities with reopening of haruge

The main opposition party announced that weekly gatherings will take place on Sunday and Thursday nights at the new Haruge in Galolhu Aaras, located near the Television Maldives (TVM) studios.


How serious are cyber death threats? thumbnail

How serious are cyber death threats?

Individuals who have suffered physical violence in the aftermath of online threats have urged the public to take seriously any form of cyber threats as internet abuse increasingly turns into street violence.


Human Rights Commission VP calls for state response to abductions thumbnail

Human Rights Commission VP calls for state response to abductions

“I think the issue of safety of paramount. We’re not very clear why this is happening,” said Tholal. “But I think the key role is what the state response is going to be and putting an end to the speculation – to let the people know what is happening.”


MATATO expresses concern over airport outsourcing deal thumbnail

MATATO expresses concern over airport outsourcing deal

The Maldives Association of Travel and Tourism Operators warned of harm to both customers and local businesses should an exclusive deal to outsource private terminals and aeronautical services at INIA go ahead.


SEZ bill designed to incentivise investment, says Economic Development Minister thumbnail

SEZ bill designed to incentivise investment, says Economic Development Minister

According to draft legislation, investors in nine zones across the country will be exempt from paying many import duties as well as business profit tax, withholding tax, and GST for a 10-year period. The government hopes the move can lessen the nation’s dependence on tourism.


Maldives discusses intolerance, Syria, Palestine, and women’s rights at the UN Human Rights Council thumbnail

Maldives discusses intolerance, Syria, Palestine, and women’s rights at the UN Human Rights Council

The Maldives delegation discussed the human rights issues affecting Syria and Palestine, and noted its ongoing commitment to women’s rights, as well as thanking outgoing High Commissioner Navi Pillay for her service.


Perceived atheists and homosexuals targetted as campaign of attacks continues thumbnail

Perceived atheists and homosexuals targetted as campaign of attacks continues

A government employee was attacked after he and his friends were accused of being non-Muslim and gay. News of this incident follows further reports of abductions in the capital Malé as vigilante group pursue online secularists.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories