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  • High Court ceases hearing appeals challenging procedural rulings
  • Government implements new escaped prisoner regulation
  • Kooddoo, Felivaru merged with MIFCO
Maldives to donate US$1.4million for Gaza war victims thumbnail

Maldives to donate US$1.4million for Gaza war victims

The Help Gaza telethon, organised by Maldives media, has raised a record MVR21.5 million (US$1.4 million) in aid for victims of war in the Gaza. Steering committee member Mohamed Asif ‘Mondhu’ has attributed the fundraising effort’s “historic success” to the empathy Maldivians feel for the people of Palestine.


Chamber of commerce vice president slams economic development minister thumbnail

Chamber of commerce vice president slams economic development minister

Vice President of the Maldives National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ismail Asif has severely criticised Economic Development Minister Mohamed Saeed, questioning his “sincerity” and “competence”.


Finance minister fears spiralling deficit will leave civil servants without pay thumbnail

Finance minister fears spiralling deficit will leave civil servants without pay

“We can’t hold on like this for long, we must acknowledge that this is a very serious problem,” Abdulla Jihad told atoll council leaders in Malé today.


Maldives to begin oil exploration with assistance of research vessel thumbnail

Maldives to begin oil exploration with assistance of research vessel

Having journeyed to the Maldives to study the effects of global warming, the ‘Sonne’ will assist the government in a seismic survey for potential sources of oil and gas in the waters east of Laamu atoll.


Laamu Gan residents hold demonstrations over inadequate sewage system thumbnail

Laamu Gan residents hold demonstrations over inadequate sewage system

The system is located in the new settlement of the tsunami-displaced population that moved to Gan in 2007. After years of neglect the FENAKA Corporation took over maintenance of the system last month.


PPM MPs to hold secret vote on health minister reappointment thumbnail

PPM MPs to hold secret vote on health minister reappointment

The ruling party’s MPs have voted to decide the parliamentary group’s stand on reappointing Health Minister Dr Mariyam Shakeela through a secret ballot after several members expressed dissatisfaction with her performance.


JSC demotes High Court Chief Judge Shareef to Juvenile Court thumbnail

JSC demotes High Court Chief Judge Shareef to Juvenile Court

Shareef was suspended in May 2013 while hearing a case filed by former President Nasheed contesting the legitimacy of the bench in Nasheed’s trial for the allegedly illegal detention of Judge Abdulla Mohamed in January 2012.


Death threats lead to self-censorship, says Reporters Without Borders thumbnail

Death threats lead to self-censorship, says Reporters Without Borders

“The authorities have a duty to guarantee the safety of journalists. This includes arresting those responsible for these threats. The authorities must end the culture of intimidation and impunity by ceasing to turn a blind eye to abuses by the rival gangs,” said RSF.


Journalist Asward condemns 18 month wait for justice after near-fatal attack thumbnail

Journalist Asward condemns 18 month wait for justice after near-fatal attack

An anonymous witness told the Criminal Court today that two suspects in the attack “looked very similar” to the men they saw fleeing the scene. Asward blames the uncertainty on an 18 month delay in prosecution.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories