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Home Minister fails to attend court, leaves on official trip to source sniffer dogs, body scanners thumbnail

Home Minister fails to attend court, leaves on official trip to source sniffer dogs, body scanners

“I sincerely appeal to you not to force us to have the minister placed under detention and presented to court,” presiding Judge Abdulla Didi told Umar Naseer’s lawyer in court today.


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Vigilante mobs abduct young men in push to identify online secular activists

Vigilante mobs have abducted, interrogated and threatened young men in Malé City in to identify online activists advocating secularism or professing atheism, Minivan News has learned.


Religious extremists abducting youth for “irreligious acts,” says MDP thumbnail

Religious extremists abducting youth for “irreligious acts,” says MDP

Religious extremists abducted young people, blindfolded them, took them to remote locations against their will, and threatened them with death for alleged irreligious acts, says the MDP.


City and Fini Park taken by Housing Ministry, council not informed thumbnail

City and Fini Park taken by Housing Ministry, council not informed

Two parks developed by the Malé City Council have become the latest in a list of council lands be taken over by the Housing Ministry, although the council has claimed it was not informed of the decision.


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Ecocare concerned about implementation of ray protection regulations

After the recent announcement that all species of ray have been placed on the Maldives’ protected species list, local environmental NGO Ecocare has suggested that government does not have the capacity to enforce the new measures.


Bill submitted to raise disability benefits to MVR5,000 thumbnail

Bill submitted to raise disability benefits to MVR5,000

Adhaalath Party MP Anara Naeem has submitted an amendment to the Disability Act to raise the monthly allowance provided by the state to persons with special needs from MVR2,000 (US$150) to MVR5,000 (US$324).


Jamiyatul Salaf calls on government to reconsider UN peacekeeping deal thumbnail

Jamiyatul Salaf calls on government to reconsider UN peacekeeping deal

“It would be highlighted as harmful and dangerous days in the Maldivian Islamic history. Therefore, this should not even be allowed under Maldivian laws,” said the Islamic NGO.


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Vice president continues search for investors during China visit

On an official state visit to China, Vice President Mohamed Jameel Ahmed has on Sunday attended the 9th China-South Asia Business Forum, where he reiterated the current government’s focus on increasing foreign investments and strengthening the economy.


PPM denies using presidential residence for party functions thumbnail

PPM denies using presidential residence for party functions

“No money from the government’s budget or Muleeage budget is spent for any work done here. If there’s a tea or anything else here, we make the expenses outside the budget,” President Yameen told reporters after the auditor general objected to party functions being held at the official residence.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories