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ACC spent MVR3 million in excess of approved budget, reveals audit thumbnail

ACC spent MVR3 million in excess of approved budget, reveals audit

“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.


Termination of misappropriated state funds investigation cost government MVR66 million thumbnail

Termination of misappropriated state funds investigation cost government MVR66 million

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.


Unauthorised aircraft identified as belonging to US military thumbnail

Unauthorised aircraft identified as belonging to US military

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 missing journalist seek to submit a petition to parliament thumbnail

Friends and family of missing journalist seek to submit a petition to parliament

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.


PPM celebrates SEZ bill with fireworks thumbnail

PPM celebrates SEZ bill with fireworks

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 elected uncontested to MDP presidency thumbnail

Nasheed elected uncontested to MDP presidency

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.


President Yameen hails passage of SEZ bill thumbnail

President Yameen hails passage of SEZ bill

“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.


Maldives condemns ISIS crimes, says foreign minister thumbnail

Maldives condemns ISIS crimes, says foreign minister

“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.


JP reverses stance as parliament begins voting on SEZ bill thumbnail

JP reverses stance as parliament begins voting on SEZ bill

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.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories