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  • Mandhu College handed a 15 day eviction notice by Ministry of Education
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MDP criticises proposed 2015 state budget as “aimless” thumbnail

MDP criticises proposed 2015 state budget as “aimless”

“The current government has submitted a budget like those for Maumoon’s regime which serves for administrative purposes alone,” said Maldivian Democratic Party Vice-Chair Ahmed Ali Niyaz.


Police officers testify against February 8 arson suspects thumbnail

Police officers testify against February 8 arson suspects

More than 80 people from Addu City, and 89 from Thinadhoo, are currently facing terrorism charges in relation to violence following the February 2012 transfer of power.


Bill proposed to exempt domestic air travel from T-GST thumbnail

Bill proposed to exempt domestic air travel from T-GST

Following a T-GST hike from eight to 12 percent on November 1, local airlines Maldivian and Flyme imposed a 12 percent sales tax on ticket prices and increased airfare by about MVR32 per ticket.


MP Nazim returns to Maldives, passport confiscated by immigration thumbnail

MP Nazim returns to Maldives, passport confiscated by immigration

The Dhiggaru MP’s passport has been held in conjunction with a Criminal Court order issued last month. While abroad, Nazim was accused of attempting to smear the tourism minister in relation to a US$6 million corruption scandal.


Independent prayer congregations “unacceptable,” says Islamic minister thumbnail

Independent prayer congregations “unacceptable,” says Islamic minister

Islamic minister Dr Shaheem revealed that members of an independent or unauthorised prayer congregation on the island of Madduvari in Raa atoll refused to meet the ministry’s scholars that were sent to dissuade the separatists.


MDP slams foreign minister for giving false information regarding Chinese silk route thumbnail

MDP slams foreign minister for giving false information regarding Chinese silk route

“The party severely condemns foreign minister Dunya Maumoon for intentionally providing false information about Maldives and its diplomatic relations with other countries,” read a Maldivian Democratic Party statement.


India denies having discussed New Silk Road initiative with China thumbnail

India denies having discussed New Silk Road initiative with China

India has move to correct a statement given to the People’s Majlis last week by Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon suggesting it had talked about participating in the new trade route during President Xi’s visit to New Delhi in September.


MDP slams home minister’s “irresponsible” remarks on Rilwan disappearance, death threats thumbnail

MDP slams home minister’s “irresponsible” remarks on Rilwan disappearance, death threats

At a press conference last week, Naseer compared Rilwan’s disappearance to JFK’s assassination and downplayed the gravity of anonymous death threats sent to journalists and politicians.


“Not all crimes in the world are solvable”: Home minister says on Rilwan’s disappearance thumbnail

“Not all crimes in the world are solvable”: Home minister says on Rilwan’s disappearance

Comparing Rilwan’s disappearance with the killing of American President John F. Kennedy, Home Minister Umar today said, “not all crimes in the world are solvable.”


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories