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  • President and first lady exchange Eid greetings with public at Sultan Park
  • Government overrules city council over vehicle ban
  • Maldives’ swimmers break more national records in Glasgow
Israeli tourists evacuated from Thulusdhoo after local unrest thumbnail

Israeli tourists evacuated from Thulusdhoo after local unrest

Thirty Israeli tourists were among those who voluntarily left the island of Thulusdhoo yesterday after the destruction of an anti-Israeli placard by an Israeli surfer. Protesters travelling to the island from Malé were detained by police on arrival.


Comment: Open letter from refugee Abraham Naim to people of Maldives thumbnail

Comment: Open letter from refugee Abraham Naim to people of Maldives

“Some of you think I am an example of what is wrong with Maldives’ society,” writes Abrahan Naim. “I am a Maldivian and proud. I ask all of you that you to take a good look at your situation in the Maldives, rather than at me…If you want to change Maldives society, then change it.”


MACL staff protest discrimination in annual bonus thumbnail

MACL staff protest discrimination in annual bonus

An estimated 150 employees of the state-owned Maldives Airports Company Limited have demonstrated over discrimination in bonus pay outs.


Immigration deports 6,400 undocumented workers, holds 159 in detention thumbnail

Immigration deports 6,400 undocumented workers, holds 159 in detention

Immigration controller Hassan Ali explained that employers would no longer receive warnings regarding the use of undocumented migrants.


Over MVR300,000 donated to Gaza Fund in two days thumbnail

Over MVR300,000 donated to Gaza Fund in two days

Over MVR300,000 (US$19,455) has been donated in the first two days to the Gaza Fund set up by the religious conservative Adhaalath Party (AP) to provide financial assistance to Palestinians affected by the ongoing Israeli aggression.


Criminal records cleared for over 2,000 youths, home minister informs parliament thumbnail

Criminal records cleared for over 2,000 youths, home minister informs parliament

New procedures meant that young people arrested by police would have their records cleared should their cases not be forwarded to the PG’s Office, Umar Naseer told MPs.


Government proposes scrapping punishment for evading mandatory national service thumbnail

Government proposes scrapping punishment for evading mandatory national service

The government has proposed scrapping a provision in a 1976 law that allows the president to banish or place under house arrest persons for evading mandatory national service after completing state-funded training or higher education.


Crimes reported in first half of 2014 drop by six percent thumbnail

Crimes reported in first half of 2014 drop by six percent

The total number of crimes reported within the first six months of 2013 was 7746, while this year it has come down to 7292 cases.


Teachers Association condemn “overhauling of the academic calendar” for Ramadan thumbnail

Teachers Association condemn “overhauling of the academic calendar” for Ramadan

“We cannot accept the overhauling of the academic calendar in the middle of the year,” said President of the Teacher’s Association Athif Abdul Hakeem. “There is no formula that will allow us to complete the syllabus on time now.”


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories