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  • High Court throws out Nazim’s search warrant appeal
  • Opposition delegation in meetings with diplomatic missions in Colombo
  • Minor stabbed in Malé
Governance, socio-economic and political issues threaten Maldives’ reefs: study thumbnail

Governance, socio-economic and political issues threaten Maldives’ reefs: study

Numerous government and management shortcomings are exacerbating the threats impeding reef recovery in the Maldives, despite ongoing government efforts to establish Marine Protected Areas (MPA), according to a joint study by Reef Check, the Marine Conservation Society and Biosphere Expeditions.


Former President Nasheed calls on MDP to vacate ‘Usfasgandu’ in favour of meeting halls thumbnail

Former President Nasheed calls on MDP to vacate ‘Usfasgandu’ in favour of meeting halls

The MDP said intended to head off potential confrontations with police and instead focus on local campaigning through the establishment of ‘jagaha’ (meeting halls) across the Maldives.


Police to hire 75 civil assistants as non-uniformed personnel thumbnail

Police to hire 75 civil assistants as non-uniformed personnel

A police media official explained to Minivan News today that the MPS planned to assign all administrative work to civil staff and free up “uniformed police officers for operations.” The new police staff will cost the state MVR 426,300 (US$27,645) a month and MVR 5.1 million (US$330,739) a year.


Group disrupts MDP rally in Henveiru thumbnail

Group disrupts MDP rally in Henveiru

The group was “actively trying to incite violence”, claimed MDP Spokesperson and MP Hamid Abdul Ghafoor. “We suspect the [rival parties] paid the children.”


Parliament rejects bill proposing enforcement of death penalty by hanging thumbnail

Parliament rejects bill proposing enforcement of death penalty by hanging

Parliament rejected 26-18 with no abstentions a bill proposed by government-aligned Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP) MP Riyaz Rasheed to implement the death penalty by hanging.


MDP expresses concern with President Waheed’s appointee to JSC thumbnail

MDP expresses concern with President Waheed’s appointee to JSC

The MDP contended that President Waheed’s appointment of a Jumhoree Party-aligned representative afforded the JP leader “further opportunities to advance his political and personal interests and exert extreme influence on the JSC.”


Pressure growing in PPM to quit coalition government: MP Nihan thumbnail

Pressure growing in PPM to quit coalition government: MP Nihan

Pressure is growing in the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) for its council to decide whether to continue backing President Dr Mohamed Waheed’s government ahead of September’s presidential election, a party official told Minivan News.


ACC defends report on airport privatisation deal as Sheikh Imran insinuates bribery from GMR thumbnail

ACC defends report on airport privatisation deal as Sheikh Imran insinuates bribery from GMR

In an appearance on DhiTV last night, Adhaalath Party President Sheikh Imran Abdulla slammed the ACC report as “a highly unprofessional, semi-technical and procedural review” and insinuated that commission members accepted bribes from GMR offered through former Indian High Commissioner D M Mulay.


Former MDP MP Musthafa to ask Supreme Court to declare DRP Leader Thasmeen’s seat vacant thumbnail

Former MDP MP Musthafa to ask Supreme Court to declare DRP Leader Thasmeen’s seat vacant

Musthafa himself was disqualified from the parliament in 2012 over an unpaid decreed debt, which the court concluded had rendered him constitutionally ineligible to remain in the seat.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories