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More than one in three Maldivians offered bribes or witnessed vote buying, IFES survey reveals thumbnail

More than one in three Maldivians offered bribes or witnessed vote buying, IFES survey reveals

Vote buying in the Maldives had assumed “alarming proportions” and “if not addressed threatens to undermine the democratic process in the country,” IFES said.


President Yameen launches MVR200 million ‘Maldives Youth Entrepreneurship Programme’ thumbnail

President Yameen launches MVR200 million ‘Maldives Youth Entrepreneurship Programme’

“Two individuals may jointly apply ‎for loans to start up their businesses under this scheme,” the President’s Office explained, with recipients granted soft loans and technical ‎assistance through business incubation programmes.


Almost 8,000 undocumented workers deported, says defence minister thumbnail

Almost 8,000 undocumented workers deported, says defence minister

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Nazim claimed that the benefit to the domestic economy as a result of deporting the illegal immigrants was worth US$24 million a year.


Maldives population grown by 14.1 percent, says preliminary census results thumbnail

Maldives population grown by 14.1 percent, says preliminary census results

Preliminary results from the 2014 census show the Maldivian population has grown by 14.1 percent since 2006, with foreigners – not included in the last census – making up 14.6 percent of the total.


MDP says poorly prioritised 2015 education budget will lead to corruption thumbnail

MDP says poorly prioritised 2015 education budget will lead to corruption

Continuing its assessment of the proposed 2015 budget, the Maldivian Democratic Party’s education and training committee said the budget was poorly structured and included unnecessary new personnel.


We don’t wish anyone else to go through same pain: Rilwan’s family thumbnail

We don’t wish anyone else to go through same pain: Rilwan’s family

Welcoming the acceptance of the negligence complaints filed with the Police Integrity Commission, the family of missing Minivan News journalist Ahmed Rilwan expressed hope that no other family would again have to experience their suffering.


Independent prayer congregations “unacceptable,” says Islamic minister thumbnail

Independent prayer congregations “unacceptable,” says Islamic minister

Islamic minister Dr Shaheem revealed that members of an independent or unauthorised prayer congregation on the island of Madduvari in Raa atoll refused to meet the ministry’s scholars that were sent to dissuade the separatists.


Maldivian jihadist fighter dies in Syria thumbnail

Maldivian jihadist fighter dies in Syria

“Another great Maldivian brother martyred. May Allah accept him. Ameen,” Bilad al Sham tweeted last night, referring to the fifth Maldivian casualty in the fighting in Iraq and Syria.


Police detain Maldivian jihadis caught in Sri Lanka thumbnail

Police detain Maldivian jihadis caught in Sri Lanka

The three have been returned to the Maldives and are now in police custody after having been detained by Sri Lankan police attempting to travel to Turkey.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories