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  • Elections Commission announces official results of Kolhufushi by-election
  • Government to freeze hiring in 2015
  • National University provides MVR2.7 million worth of research grants
MDP calls parliamentary debate on Supreme Court Judge Ali Hameed sex tape scandal thumbnail

MDP calls parliamentary debate on Supreme Court Judge Ali Hameed sex tape scandal

The MDP resolution said the JSC contravened its own standards in determining misconduct in order to save Judge Hameed and “sacrificed judicial independence and the Constitution and prioritized [Judge] Ali Hameed’s interests” by purposefully delaying the case for over a year.


Over MVR300,000 donated to Gaza Fund in two days thumbnail

Over MVR300,000 donated to Gaza Fund in two days

Over MVR300,000 (US$19,455) has been donated in the first two days to the Gaza Fund set up by the religious conservative Adhaalath Party (AP) to provide financial assistance to Palestinians affected by the ongoing Israeli aggression.


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.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories