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  • President and first lady exchange Eid greetings with public at Sultan Park
  • Government overrules city council over vehicle ban
  • Maldives’ swimmers break more national records in Glasgow
Elections Commission looking into MDP’s revolution calls thumbnail

Elections Commission looking into MDP’s revolution calls

EC VP Fayaz said the legal team would need to review the definition of what an ‘Ingilaab’ (revolution) is, and what the constitution and accompanying laws stated on the matter before deciding whether or not action needed to be taken against MDP.


Chinese companies have discussed Maldives’ satellite slot: former communications minister thumbnail

Chinese companies have discussed Maldives’ satellite slot: former communications minister

Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim has met with two Chinese companies interested in launching and operating a satellite designated for the Maldives, former Minister of Transport and Communication Dr Ahmed Shamheed has claimed.


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Home minister confident ahead of parliamentary no-confidence vote

“I am sure once our side of the story is heard by the Majlis, the concerns and charges raised in the motion will become clearer and will be seen as baseless,” Home Minister Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed has said ahead of a no-confidence vote against him.


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Standing committee proposes merging MP living allowance with basic salary

“We have not really increased our salaries. We are just streamlining decisions on the matter which have been previously made in parliament. We will not be taking a penny more than now,” MP Abdul Raheem has said of the proposed amendments.


Male’ could face street light black out over unpaid electricity bill, city mayor claims thumbnail

Male’ could face street light black out over unpaid electricity bill, city mayor claims

STELCO Media Co-ordinator Abdulla Nazir said that MCC had a “long history” of outstanding payments, and that the outstanding figure of MVR 3.9 million is only part of the overall debt owed to the company. The council has in turn blamed the Finance Ministry for the failed payments.


“Technical problem” prevented former President Nasheed from leaving, Immigration Department claims thumbnail

“Technical problem” prevented former President Nasheed from leaving, Immigration Department claims

“It was a simple system dependent decision by the duty officer at that time. We have apologised to [Nasheed] and all who were affected and even have a letter sent to him assuring that he can leave during the specified period,” Controller of Immigration Dr Mohamed Ali said today.


Government cannot accommodate MVR2.4billion budget reduction: Jihad thumbnail

Government cannot accommodate MVR2.4billion budget reduction: Jihad

Finance Minister Abdullah Jihad has said the government cannot accommodate MVR2.4billion (US$156 million) worth of cuts to the proposed state budget as recommended this week by a parliamentary committee review.


State guarantee for GMR to obtain bank loans had no limits: Attorney General thumbnail

State guarantee for GMR to obtain bank loans had no limits: Attorney General

Attorney General Aishath Azima Shukoor has said that the loan guarantee given to GMR by the Maldivian State allowed the company to obtain loans without limitation.


Decision to halt live programme not politically motivated, state broadcaster claims thumbnail

Decision to halt live programme not politically motivated, state broadcaster claims

“I can confirm you that no order was sent from either President Waheed or any governmental authority. We are now an independent television station as under the Maldives Broadcasting Corporation Act,” TVM Chief Operating Officer Mohamed ‘Mondhu’ Asif has said.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories