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  • Elections Commission announces official results of Kolhufushi by-election
  • Government to freeze hiring in 2015
  • National University provides MVR2.7 million worth of research grants
Maldives a “land of sin”, says jihadist after departing with family for ISIS territory thumbnail

Maldives a “land of sin”, says jihadist after departing with family for ISIS territory

Police have confirmed receiving a case of a family of four leaving for jihad. Local media report that 23-year-old Ahsan Ibrahim left with his wife, mother, and 10-year-old sister.


Supreme Court enacts new regulations on flogging thumbnail

Supreme Court enacts new regulations on flogging

The Supreme Court has enacted new regulations on enforcing flogging sentences, specifying conditions and criteria for meting out the Islamic Sharia punishment.


Prisoner’s escape was our fault, but we will find them: Home minister thumbnail

Prisoner’s escape was our fault, but we will find them: Home minister

“There is no prison in the world from which someone or the other has not escaped from. The strength of a prison system is in how quickly we recapture escapees and return them to their cells,” Naseer told TVM.


Saudi Prince donates MVR18.4 million to build mosques in the Maldives thumbnail

Saudi Prince donates MVR18.4 million to build mosques in the Maldives

“This is just the first donation of a US$4 million full amount from the Saudi Prince. We are told that we would receive the rest of the amount as construction of the mosques goes forward,” Dr Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed told Minivan News.


Law and Gender Ministry to provide water from local supply to Special Needs Centre thumbnail

Law and Gender Ministry to provide water from local supply to Special Needs Centre

The Ministry of Law and Gender has stated that it is currently working on providing clean water to the Centre for People with Special Needs based in Guraidhoo through the local water supply plant.


Women against drugs to provide vocational training for recovering addicts thumbnail

Women against drugs to provide vocational training for recovering addicts

Participants will be taught a wide variety of skills such as sewing and carpet weaving which will enable them to reintegrate into society, explained Society for Woman Against Drugs Chairperson Fathimath Afiya.


HRCM repeats calls for clean water at special needs centre thumbnail

HRCM repeats calls for clean water at special needs centre

The Human Rights Commission has called upon the government to implement immediate measures to resolve longstanding issues regarding the safety of water at the Maldives’ only mental health facility in Guraidhoo.


US sailors visit children’s home, join clean-up event in Vilimalé thumbnail

US sailors visit children’s home, join clean-up event in Vilimalé

“I like being able to come overseas and help out other people and see how they live,” said Petty Officer Daniel Cornede. “Especially when it comes to cleaning up the beach, because I come from Hawaii, and this is how I was raised to pick up trash off the beach.”


Forum organised in Melbourne to raise awareness about Rilwan’s disappearance thumbnail

Forum organised in Melbourne to raise awareness about Rilwan’s disappearance

“From what little we’ve heard so far it is highly likely that Rilwan’s disappearance is a forced one. By telling it far and wide – even in distant places like Australia – we hope to ensure that more hear about Rilwan’s story and that such sad events are never repeated,” explained a member of the organising team.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories