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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
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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.


Majlis committee approves candidates for PIC and MMA, rejects prosecutor general nominee thumbnail

Majlis committee approves candidates for PIC and MMA, rejects prosecutor general nominee

“Nominees for two of the posts we discussed yesterday received the required percentage of marks, the other didn’t. Approvals are based on a preset grading scheme, and not on members’ opinions,” the committee’s Deputy Chair MP Rozaina explained.


Two more MPs-elect switch to Progressive Party of Maldives thumbnail

Two more MPs-elect switch to Progressive Party of Maldives

The new signings brings the number of PPM MPs in the 18th People’s Majlis to 37, and the number of Progressive Coalition MPs to 57, including five from the MDA and 15 from the JP.


“Utilise these calm times to prepare for future challenges,” President Yameen tells police thumbnail

“Utilise these calm times to prepare for future challenges,” President Yameen tells police

“We should not delude ourselves into thinking that what we are experiencing today is a permanent state of stability. I appeal to the respectable police and your leaders to utilize these calm times to prepare for future challenges that may come your way,” said the president.


Parliament extends Generals Regulations Act thumbnail

Parliament extends Generals Regulations Act

The new regulation outlining criteria for issuing licenses was included in the General Regulations Act, which was passed in late 2008 as a parent legislation for over 80 regulations without a statutory basis when the new constitution was adopted.


Commissioner and home minister voice concerns about difficulties facing police thumbnail

Commissioner and home minister voice concerns about difficulties facing police

Minister of Home Affairs Umar Naseer welcomed constructive criticism of the police force, but argued that the incitement of hatred against the service only encourages criminals. Both Naseer and Police Commissioner Hussain Waheed spoke at the Maldives Police Service’s 81st anniversary celebrations.


Government proposes abolishing Women’s Development Committees thumbnail

Government proposes abolishing Women’s Development Committees

The government has proposed an amendment to the Decentralisation Act to replace the mandatory committees – designed to promote the social and economic development of local women – with four advisory committees.


Comment: Bangladesh and Maldives – A fractured link thumbnail

Comment: Bangladesh and Maldives – A fractured link

“The archipelago of Maldives, renowned for its natural beauty and fabulous water villas on ultramarine blue lagoons, makes it one of the finest tourist destinations,” writes Professor Selina Mohsin. “But, behind these remarkable villas lie a dark story of the blood, sweat, tears and death of numerous workers, mostly Bangladeshis.”


Fisheries minister reveals details of fishermen’s allowance thumbnail

Fisheries minister reveals details of fishermen’s allowance

“The objective of this scheme is to further aid the fisheries industry to become a main pillar in strengthening the country’s economy. We are trying to give support and assurance to fishermen that they can maintain their careers in fishing,” explained the Fisheries Minister Dr Shainee.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories