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News in Brief

  • Assault victim’s leg amputated
  • Five member committee appointed to oversee MJA election
  • Law amended to prevent passports being held without court orders
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Parliament approves import duty hikes

Amendments to the Import-Export Act raise import duties on a range of goods including construction materials, clothing, carpets, confectionery. Duties on fertilisers and live poultry will be eliminated.


Newly appointed MMA governor reveals plans to strengthen economy thumbnail

Newly appointed MMA governor reveals plans to strengthen economy

As well as reducing expenditure, Dr Azeema stated her intention to bring an end to the black market dollar trade as well stopping the practice of printing money to cover budget deficits. She also promises increased lending and more Islamic banking practices.


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Comment: Maldives – The Hypocrites’ paradise

“The treatment of these young people is a supreme example of the hypocrisy that defines modern Maldives,” writes Azra Naseem. “It is one of the worst kept secrets of Maldivian politics that most of the Maldivian cabinet, and a substantial number of parliamentarians in the Majlis all drink alcohol and/or take recreational drugs.”


Police defend Anbaraa arrests as MDP alleges breach of constitutional rights thumbnail

Police defend Anbaraa arrests as MDP alleges breach of constitutional rights

The MDP’s rights committee contended that procedures specified in the constitution for arrest or detention – such as informing suspects of the reasons in writing within 24 hours, providing access to legal counsel, and presenting suspects before a judge within 24 hours – were breached by the police.


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Parliament approves amendment for state to cover expenses of president’s private residence

If either the president and vice president choose not to live in the official residences, the state will now provide employees and cover other expenses required for the private residence out of the budget allocated for the official residence.


The parlance of paradise: Preserving the Maldivian language thumbnail

The parlance of paradise: Preserving the Maldivian language

When we say ‘I am a Mal-dhivehin’ – the Maldivian and Dhivehi – you can’t separate it,” explains President of the Dhivehi Academy Ashraf Ali. “This is the only factor which shows the cultural and linguistic identity of the Maldives.”


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PPM condemns suggestions that tourism minister plotted festival arrests

The PPM called on Nasheed to put an end to “the politically motivated defamatory remarks” against the current Maldivian government, the party and the its vice-president, Ahmed Adeeb.


Police investigating threatening phone call from MP Siyam to sacked resort worker thumbnail

Police investigating threatening phone call from MP Siyam to sacked resort worker

In the approximately three-minute long clip shared with local media, the resort tycoon – owner of the Sun Travels & Tours group and leader of the government-aligned Maldives Development Alliance – is heard threatening to “destroy” the former Vilu Reef employee, claiming that he was out to harm Siyam’s business interests.


Islamic minister completes first official visit to India thumbnail

Islamic minister completes first official visit to India

Sheikh Shaheem met with the Vice President of India and discussed building a close relationship between India’s Muslim community and Maldives. Shaheem returned home with promises of technical and financial assistance from India for the works of the Islamic ministry.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories