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GMR arbitration verdict to take up to two months thumbnail

GMR arbitration verdict to take up to two months

With proceedings said to be concluding this week in Singapore, the government has revealed that the final verdict in the US$1.4billion arbitration case may not be announced for another two months


President Yameen holds talks with Japanese prime minister thumbnail

President Yameen holds talks with Japanese prime minister

After meeting with Emporer Akihito, President Yameen held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before thanking Japan for being the Maldives’ most generous development partner.


Authorities pass responsibility for decision to destroy confiscated animals thumbnail

Authorities pass responsibility for decision to destroy confiscated animals

While the MNDF have admitted putting down the animals confiscated by police last weekend, they allege that the procedures were taken upon the police’s request. The claim has been denied by police, who have subsequently pointed the finger at the customs department.


MDP national council resolves to organise Labour Day demonstration thumbnail

MDP national council resolves to organise Labour Day demonstration

The gathering will call for the introduction of a minimum wage as well as for the Maldives to sign the International Labour Organisation’s Convention on Occupational Safety and Health.


Government coalition remains strong, insists President Yameen thumbnail

Government coalition remains strong, insists President Yameen

President Yameen suggested that the main issue of contention within the coalition was the appointments to political posts. “One thing is that I don’t want the government to be one with that many political posts. I wanted to keep political posts within some limit,” he told reporters yesterday.


Growing for the future: Hydroponics in the Maldives thumbnail

Growing for the future: Hydroponics in the Maldives

With little fertile land and an over-reliance on imports of staple food, Mohamed Shafeegu of Seagull Maldives argues that the water-based system of agriculture could be the answer to sustainable agriculture in the country.


Amount proposed by GMR for out-of-court settlement too big, says president thumbnail

Amount proposed by GMR for out-of-court settlement too big, says president

President Yameen has said that GMR’s proposed out-of-court settlement is too big and the government does not have to pay it. Both parties are now awaiting the conclusion of the ongoing US$1.4billion arbitration proceedings.


Amendments to religious unity law brings mosques under Islamic Ministry, outlaws independent congregations thumbnail

Amendments to religious unity law brings mosques under Islamic Ministry, outlaws independent congregations

The new amendments also stipulate that permission must be sought in writing from the Islamic Ministry for preaching or delivering sermons, offering religious advice, or publishing books concerning religion.


Bill proposed to raise disability benefits to MVR5,000 a month thumbnail

Bill proposed to raise disability benefits to MVR5,000 a month

MP Ibrahim Muttalib has submitted an amendment to the Disabilities Act to raise the monthly allowance provided to persons with special needs from MVR2,300 (US$150) to MVR5,000 (US$324).


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