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Government proposes scrapping punishment for evading mandatory national service

The government has proposed scrapping a provision in a 1976 law that allows the president to banish or place under house arrest persons for evading mandatory national service after completing state-funded training or higher education.


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Government lacks vision or policy for fisheries, says MDP

The government lacks any policy or vision for the fisheries sector, the MDP has said, claiming the fisheries sector has been in decline since the party’s ouster in 2012.


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Russia slams Maldives after US detain Russian at Malé international airport

“The stance of Maldives’ authorities cannot be but outraging, since despite the existing international legislation norms they allowed another country’s special service to kidnap a Russian citizen and take him out of the country,” diplomats told the Russian media.


Finance Committee approves reallocating southern flats to Hulhumalé thumbnail

Finance Committee approves reallocating southern flats to Hulhumalé

The proposal from President Abdulla Yameen to build 704 flats intended for the southern atolls in the capital has been approved after the Housing Ministry made a ‘housing needs assessment’ of the current government project.


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Majlis disrupted over Tourism Ministry corruption allegations

In a followup question to Tourism Minister Ahmed Adeeb, MP Azim asked whether corruption at the ministry was stalling mid-market tourism development in Addu City, prompting outrage from pro-government MPs which eventually forced the speaker to adjourn proceedings.


Candidates threaten boycott after judicial interference in JSC lawyer election thumbnail

Candidates threaten boycott after judicial interference in JSC lawyer election

Four of the five lawyers competing in an upcoming poll to elect a lawyer to the JSC have expressed concern over reports of the judiciary attempting to violate secrecy of the vote and have threatened a boycott on further judicial interference.


Debate on new Elections Commission nominations disrupts Majlis thumbnail

Debate on new Elections Commission nominations disrupts Majlis

Monday’s general parliament session has been disrupted after opposition Maldivian Democratic Party members raised procedural issues regarding the election of new members to the Elections Commission.


Teachers Association condemn “overhauling of the academic calendar” for Ramadan thumbnail

Teachers Association condemn “overhauling of the academic calendar” for Ramadan

“We cannot accept the overhauling of the academic calendar in the middle of the year,” said President of the Teacher’s Association Athif Abdul Hakeem. “There is no formula that will allow us to complete the syllabus on time now.”


Guest House Association established by Maafushi businessmen thumbnail

Guest House Association established by Maafushi businessmen

Thirty-two guest house managers from the Kaafu atoll island have established the Guest House Association of Maldives with the objective of further developing and promoting the sector.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories