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President makes creative arts optional after pressure from religious conservatives thumbnail

President makes creative arts optional after pressure from religious conservatives

Following pressure from conservative groups, President Abdulla Yameen has assured that creative arts – including music and dance – will not be compulsory in schools from next year onward.


President vetoes amendments to Child Protection Act thumbnail

President vetoes amendments to Child Protection Act

President Yameen returned the amendment bill for reconsideration by parliament citing inconsistencies with the Constitution and the Pre-schools Act.


NGO to conclude breast cancer awareness month with walk around Malé thumbnail

NGO to conclude breast cancer awareness month with walk around Malé

The Cancer Society of Maldives will continue to raise awareness of the disease, which Aasandha usage statistics show is the most common form of cancer in the country.


Adhaalath Party objects to compulsory creative arts subject in new curriculum thumbnail

Adhaalath Party objects to compulsory creative arts subject in new curriculum

The Adhaalath Party is working ceaselessly to ensure that music and dance are not taught as compulsory subjects in the new education curriculum next year, Sheikh Imran Abdulla has declared.


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.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories