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  • Maldivian journalists told that China will not interfere with Maldives’ sovereignty
  • High Court to rule on Majlis reappointment of auditor general
  • PG submits Thinadhoo terrorism cases for the second time
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.”


No redress, no compensation, no reconciliation thumbnail

No redress, no compensation, no reconciliation

Torture victims say they do not trust “a politicised and incompetent judiciary” to deliver justice while difficulties in substantiating claims of torture and a state tendency to protect the accused over the victim are said to have constrained efforts at justice.


MPs debate raising state disability benefits thumbnail

MPs debate raising state disability benefits

Presenting her amendment to the Disability Act to the Majlis floor, MP Anara Naeem said persons with special needs deserved the same “care and protection” provided by the state to the elderly as the current administration has raised old age pensions to MVR5,000 a month.


Preparations conclude for the start of Ramadan thumbnail

Preparations conclude for the start of Ramadan

Preparations for the month of prayer and fasting have included the the re-opening of the Al-Furqan mosque in addition to the provision of a temporary mosque in Maafannu and an extended fresh market.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories