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  • President and first lady exchange Eid greetings with public at Sultan Park
  • Government overrules city council over vehicle ban
  • Maldives’ swimmers break more national records in Glasgow
Chief Judge Abdulla Mohamed takes over ‘Sun’ Shiyam’s case thumbnail

Chief Judge Abdulla Mohamed takes over ‘Sun’ Shiyam’s case

Chief Judge of the Criminal Court Abdulla Mohamed has taken over the MDA leader’s alcohol smuggling and possession case from presiding Judge Aziz following after reports that Shiyam had requested Aziz’s removal from the drawn-out proceedings.


Are efforts to keep Malé City clean going to waste? thumbnail

Are efforts to keep Malé City clean going to waste?

Malé City Mayor Mohamed Shihab explains the mounting problems facing the council in its attempt to manage the millions of tonnes of waste produced in the densely populated capital every day.


“I am a ‘gunda’. I will show that to you”: PPM councillor threatens deputy mayor thumbnail

“I am a ‘gunda’. I will show that to you”: PPM councillor threatens deputy mayor

A recording understood to be authentic has captured Malé City Council’s Progressive Party of Maldives member Ahmed Mamnoon’s reaction to news that authorities were investigating his alleged use of offensive language to address the deputy mayor.


JSC defends handling of judge investigations in face of criticism thumbnail

JSC defends handling of judge investigations in face of criticism

President Abdulla Yameen and the opposition MDP have criticised the JSC for its failure to complete investigations into disciplinary cases against judges though the commission maintains it is continuing to work on the cases.


Taxi drivers brand calls to introduce Dhivehi taxi boards “ridiculous” thumbnail

Taxi drivers brand calls to introduce Dhivehi taxi boards “ridiculous”

Suggestions from the Dhivehi Academy that the law requires precedence be given to the local language have been attacked by drivers who question the timing and the practicality of further changes to new taxi regulations.


Sun Shiyam’s alcohol possession trial delayed again thumbnail

Sun Shiyam’s alcohol possession trial delayed again

Maldives Development Alliance leader and MP Ahmed ‘Sun’ Shiyam’s criminal hearing in his alcohol smuggling and possession case was cancelled today for the third time in two months as the court was again unable to deliver the summons chit.


Government to tender Malé-Hulhulé bridge project next month thumbnail

Government to tender Malé-Hulhulé bridge project next month

“God willing, before the end of the first two weeks of June, we will tender the bridge project. With that, additional studies needed for the project – that is the direction and extent of ocean currents – will be undertaken by the party awarded the tender,” President Yameen explained last night.


President Yameen defends nomination of Maumoon Hameed for prosecutor general post thumbnail

President Yameen defends nomination of Maumoon Hameed for prosecutor general post

“I don’t want in any case for the People’s Majlis to appoint Maumoon Hameed to the post of Prosecutor General because he is my brother or a member of my family,” said President Yameen, who expressed pride that he had educated relatives who wished to serve the government.


Police suspend investigations into Supreme Court judge’s sex scandal thumbnail

Police suspend investigations into Supreme Court judge’s sex scandal

“We have filed the Ali Hameed case. We do not have enough evidence to proceed further and it will only be opened again if we receive additional information,” a police media official told Minivan News today.


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