“Extending the budget of the commission by the Ministry of Finance and Treasury without the approval of the parliament negates the objective of approving the budget of public institutions by the parliament as set out in enabling laws of the former,” stated the ACC’s audit report for 2013.
The termination of an agreement with British forensic accounting firm Grant Thornton to investigate alleged misappropriation of state funds by the Gayoom regime cost the government MVR66.17 million (US$4.2 million), a special audit report of the defunct presidential commission has revealed.
The Civil Aviation Authority has told local media that aircraft sighted over Huvadhoo Atoll last week had originated from the US military base in Diego Garcia. The US has previously disputed the Maldives’ restrictions to its airspace.
Friends and family of Minivan News journalist Ahmed Rilwan – believed abducted and last seen on August 8 – have launched a petition to be submitted to the parliament’s National Security Committee.
The SEZ bill “would bring unparalleled development” to the Maldives and accelerate development of the country’s rural atolls, said celebrating Progressive Party of Maldives MPs.
Nasheed – acting Maldivian Democratic Party president since April – received 33,709 votes from a total of 57,203 eligible voters, while former MP Ali Waheed secured the chairmanship, also uncontested, with 26,033 votes.
“Investors willing to invest billions of dollars raise questions over land lease periods. If its 33 years, they are not interested in [investing]. We have now created the legal environment required to attract major investments. This creates such a framework,” Yameen said.
“Their philosophy blatantly violates the fundamental principles of peace, tolerance, and unity which are advocated by Islam, and their actions have tarnished the world’s perception of our great religion. A religion of peace and tolerance,” said Dunya Maumoon.
As parliament began voting on the bill’s 200 proposed amendments – submitted largely by the opposition MDP – the Jumhooree Party has reversed its previous stance, issuing a three-line whip to ensure its members’ support for the legislation.