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Human Rights Commission VP calls for state response to abductions thumbnail

Human Rights Commission VP calls for state response to abductions

“I think the issue of safety of paramount. We’re not very clear why this is happening,” said Tholal. “But I think the key role is what the state response is going to be and putting an end to the speculation – to let the people know what is happening.”


Bill submitted to raise disability benefits to MVR5,000 thumbnail

Bill submitted to raise disability benefits to MVR5,000

Adhaalath Party MP Anara Naeem has submitted an amendment to the Disability Act to raise the monthly allowance provided by the state to persons with special needs from MVR2,000 (US$150) to MVR5,000 (US$324).


Rock Paper Scissors are ‘Mindfunck’d’ thumbnail

Rock Paper Scissors are ‘Mindfunck’d’

Rising stars Rock Paper Scissors have shown that through a combination of talent and hard work just about anything is possible, as they officially launched their first album ‘Mindfunck’d’ last night.


Police defiant in the face of taunts from jihadi group thumbnail

Police defiant in the face of taunts from jihadi group

Police have pledged to continue investigations into Bilad Al Sham Media after the group taunted authorities. “We will throw out the map and you shall go step by step just the way we want until you land in that pit of doom which you are headed to right now,” said BASM.


Maldivian asylum seekers assured of prosecution upon return, says President’s Office thumbnail

Maldivian asylum seekers assured of prosecution upon return, says President’s Office

President’s Office Spokesman Ibrahim Muaz’s comments come after a Maldivian asylum-seeker in New Zealand made headlines as a prize-winning drag queen. “The threat from the state they speak of is in actuality our law and regulations. That will not change,” said Muaz.


Government to introduce 26 ‘sea-ambulances’ by end of year thumbnail

Government to introduce 26 ‘sea-ambulances’ by end of year

Speaking at a ceremony held at the official jetty in Malé this morning to inaugurate the sea-ambulance service, Dr Jameel noted that providing emergency medical evacuation services to citizens in the atolls was a campaign pledge of President Abdulla Yameen.


Legal restrictions a challenge to investment expansion: Pension Office thumbnail

Legal restrictions a challenge to investment expansion: Pension Office

The MPAO cannot invest in real estate as no companies are currently listed securities at the Maldives Stock Exchange, the only registered exchange in the country and a requirement for any potential investments.


Second Maldivian killed in Syria, claims jihadist media thumbnail

Second Maldivian killed in Syria, claims jihadist media

The online media group Bilad Al Sham Media (BASM), has claimed that a second Maldivian militant – who had taken the name Abu Nuh – died during “regular combat” in the northwestern town of Ariha.


Criminal Court delays religious scholar Sheikh Fareed’s trial thumbnail

Criminal Court delays religious scholar Sheikh Fareed’s trial

State prosecutors want to drop charges against Sheikh Fareed, claiming too much time has passed since Fareed had committed his offense, but the Criminal Court has decided to delay a decision until a new PG is appointed.


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