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  • Thief offers to return stolen phone in exchange for sex
President pardons former MP Abdulla Jabir thumbnail

President pardons former MP Abdulla Jabir

President Abdulla Yameen pardoned former opposition MP Abdulla Jabir on Wednesday. He had been serving a one year sentence for refusal to provide urine. The Criminal Court has acquitted Jabir of alcohol and cannabis charges.


PPM MPs to vote Muhthaz for PG in defiance of party leader’s appeal thumbnail

PPM MPs to vote Muhthaz for PG in defiance of party leader’s appeal

The PPM parliamentary group’s decision comes after PPM Leader Gayoom sent a letter – subsequently leaked on social media – to the party’s MPs yesterday asking them to vote for Maumoon Hameed and approve his nomination to the vacant post of Prosecutor General.


Criminal records cleared for over 2,000 youths, home minister informs parliament thumbnail

Criminal records cleared for over 2,000 youths, home minister informs parliament

New procedures meant that young people arrested by police would have their records cleared should their cases not be forwarded to the PG’s Office, Umar Naseer told MPs.


Parliament rejects emergency motion on Addu power outage thumbnail

Parliament rejects emergency motion on Addu power outage

The People’s Majlis on Thursday rejected an emergency motion tabled by opposition MP Rozaina Adam over ongoing power cuts in southern Addu City with 27 votes in favor and 29 against the motion.


Agreement signed for Hulhumalé phase two reclamation project thumbnail

Agreement signed for Hulhumalé phase two reclamation project

After signing a framework agreement with Belgium-based Dredging International N.V, Housing Development Corporation Managing Director Suhail Ahmed explained that a US$30 million loan from the Bank of Ceylon and US$20 million from the HDC’s reserves would finance the project.


President Yameen does not have gang affiliations, Umar tells the Majlis thumbnail

President Yameen does not have gang affiliations, Umar tells the Majlis

Speaking at the Majlis on Wednesday, Home Minister Umar Naseer has retracted a July 2013 statement accusing President Abdulla Yameen of connections with the illegal drug trade and gangs.


World Bank provides US$6.5 million grant for public financial management system thumbnail

World Bank provides US$6.5 million grant for public financial management system

“A key challenge for the country will be to ensure that the government’s social and economic goals are fully consistent with the urgent need for fiscal consolidation to restore fiscal and debt sustainability,” said Francoise Clottes, Country Director to Sri Lanka and Maldives.


Majlis approves reallocation of flats from southern atolls to Hulhumalé thumbnail

Majlis approves reallocation of flats from southern atolls to Hulhumalé

Seeking parliamentary approval to revise the 1,500-housing unit project, President Yameen stated that the government had conducted a “needs assessment” and determined that there was “no need at present” to build more than 796 housing units in the southern atolls.


Gayoom calls for a probe into parliamentary committee rejection of nephew for PG thumbnail

Gayoom calls for a probe into parliamentary committee rejection of nephew for PG

Former president and ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has called for a probe into a parliamentary committee’s rejection of his nephew for the post of Prosecutor General.


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