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  • Islamic Minister reportedly planning Islamic university in Maldives
  • University opens admission for over 200 courses
  • Former council president sentenced to 11 years’ exile
ACC seeks prosecutions over Malé City night market contract thumbnail

ACC seeks prosecutions over Malé City night market contract

Three ex-councillors and senior staff are accused of corruption in the awarding of a contract to Go Media Pvt Ltd to conduct last year’s night market. The ACC found that the company was formed eight days before the city council made an announcement seeking a party to organise the night market.


High Commission in Dhaka closes due to “unprecedented fiscal problems” thumbnail

High Commission in Dhaka closes due to “unprecedented fiscal problems”

With the acting high commissioner citing “unprecedented fiscal problems” for the closure, a former Bangladeshi high commissioner to the Maldives has described the closure as a “wrong move”.


Anti-money laundering and combating financing of terrorism bill passed thumbnail

Anti-money laundering and combating financing of terrorism bill passed

The legislation introduces rules governing financial transactions and the inflow and outflow of money from the Maldives, as well as addressing the persisting dollar shortage, the foreign currency black market, and counterfeiting of dollars, the national security committee chair explained.


HRCM members summoned to Juvenile Court again over confidential report thumbnail

HRCM members summoned to Juvenile Court again over confidential report

After refusing to attend the Juvenile Court for further questioning over an allegedly misleading report yesterday, Human Right Commission members received an official summons to appear before judges this morning.


President Yameen grants clemency to 169 convicts thumbnail

President Yameen grants clemency to 169 convicts

Some 116 individuals were released on parole with conditions following consideration of “age, health, type of medical treatment, time and circumstance, compassion, and behaviour,” the President’s Office revealed in a statement.


Nasheed appointed acting president of MDP as ‘Reeko’ Moosa resigns chairmanship thumbnail

Nasheed appointed acting president of MDP as ‘Reeko’ Moosa resigns chairmanship

Today’s meeting was called to discuss restructuring and reforms following electoral defeats in the presidential and parliamentary polls and decide a date for the party’s next congress, which has now been scheduled for June 6-7.


Against the current – Turtle conservation in the Maldives thumbnail

Against the current – Turtle conservation in the Maldives

“Its really tough when you’re only 4-5 inches long with no defence techniques at all -apart from looking incredibly cute,” said Seamarc’s Sam Hope, whose organisation is working to increase local turtle populations in the Maldives.


Foreigners’ enrollment extended while Majlis considers amendments to Pensions Act thumbnail

Foreigners’ enrollment extended while Majlis considers amendments to Pensions Act

Following the introduction of an amendment which would make foreign pension contributions voluntary, the pension office has given a further six weeks before collecting money from expatriate workers, many of whom are concerned about the scheme.


Parliament passes revised penal code thumbnail

Parliament passes revised penal code

If ratified by the president, the new penal code will replace the existing law that was drafted and enacted in the 1960s. Passed with a 47 vote margin, the code will come into force one year after ratification.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories