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  • Islamic Minister reportedly planning Islamic university in Maldives
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  • Former council president sentenced to 11 years’ exile
Nasheed warns Supreme Court against interference in Majlis elections thumbnail

Nasheed warns Supreme Court against interference in Majlis elections

“If you decide to halt our elections, remember that we live on this land too. Keep in my mind, our Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz, know that we too grew up in this island. As long as we are on this soil, you cannot keep perpetrating injustices against our people,” said the former president.


Civil society joins criticism of Supreme Court’s actions against EC thumbnail

Civil society joins criticism of Supreme Court’s actions against EC

Suggesting that the court was overstepping its mandate in its pursuit of contempt charges against the Elections Commission, the Maldives Democracy Network and the Maldives NGO federation stated that the Supreme Court needed to “earn the respect of the people”.


Development projects speed up in central atolls thumbnail

Development projects speed up in central atolls

While the government has committed MVR773 million to new reclamation projects, the mayor of the country’s second-city has suggested that a similar amount included in the initial 2014 budget for Addu City was removed from the final version.


Government says “iconic” Malé-Hulhulé bridge can be finished in two years thumbnail

Government says “iconic” Malé-Hulhulé bridge can be finished in two years

Describing the bridge as symbolic for all South Asia, the Minister for Economic Development has revealed that 12 of 19 companies having expressed interest are Maldivian. The long-awaited project is expected to improve local commerce and ease congestion in the capital.


Civil Court dismisses STO’s case against MP Riyaz Rasheed’s Meridian Services thumbnail

Civil Court dismisses STO’s case against MP Riyaz Rasheed’s Meridian Services

The State Trading Organisation had sued Meridian seeking to recover MVR19.3 million (US$1.2 million) released as credit to MP Riyaz’s company. The case was dismissed after the STO’s lawyers failed to attend the hearing.


‘Unlimited Aasandha’ scheme will be sustainable, says President Yameen thumbnail

‘Unlimited Aasandha’ scheme will be sustainable, says President Yameen

Launching the new unlimited insurance, Yameen said the scheme could be funded from the state budget. Cabinet Minister Ahmed Adeeb stated that government bonds will finance the expansion of social services.


EU concern over Supreme Court’s action against Elections Commission thumbnail

EU concern over Supreme Court’s action against Elections Commission

In a statement today, the EU has expressed concern that the current proceedings “risk undermining the vital independence of the Elections Commission, respect for the separation of powers and free expression in the Maldives.”


Construction of flats for police to begin next month thumbnail

Construction of flats for police to begin next month

According to police media, President Yameen assured police officers at a meeting in Iskandhar Koshi yesterday that resolving housing issues for police personnel in Male’ and the atolls was a high priority for his administration.


Inmate suffers serious head injuries in Maafushi Jail fight thumbnail

Inmate suffers serious head injuries in Maafushi Jail fight

Ibrahim Azar of Maafannu Dhodhilge was brought to Malé at around 9:00 pm with serious head injuries following a fight in Maafushi Island Jail.


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