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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
“Remarkable” tournament taking Maldivian football to the next level, says FA thumbnail

“Remarkable” tournament taking Maldivian football to the next level, says FA

“I think this is one the best things the FA has done to take us to the next level, as we are one step closer to the biggest tournament in Asia and we are pretty optimistic that we have a good chance to qualify,” said the FAM’s Mohamed Nasir.


Police dismantle Villimalé hangout, take in six for disobedience thumbnail

Police dismantle Villimalé hangout, take in six for disobedience

Six young people were temporarily detained following the police’s dismantling of an outdoor leisure area in the suburb of the capital Malé. The city council has denied authorising the operation.


India and Maldives cultural ties go from “strength to strength” as cultural center expands activities thumbnail

India and Maldives cultural ties go from “strength to strength” as cultural center expands activities

The new collection at the ICC’s library will be of use to all ages, an ICC spokesperson explained while an enhanced online presence will be used as a platform to engage the local community.


Union leaders’ dismissal leads to staff arrests on Full Moon Sheraton thumbnail

Union leaders’ dismissal leads to staff arrests on Full Moon Sheraton

The Tourism Association of Maldives said key leaders were dismissed following their organisation of Labour Day celebrations earlier this month. Police attempts to remove the employees resulted in the arrest and firing of a further four staff members.


Government offers MVR1 million reward if national team reaches AFC Cup semi-finals thumbnail

Government offers MVR1 million reward if national team reaches AFC Cup semi-finals

As the Maldives national team prepares for the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup, President Abdulla Yameen has offered a reward of MVR1 million for the team if they reach final stages, calling on the nation to show unity beyond political differences in supporting the team.


PPM MP sentenced to four years in exile for embezzlement thumbnail

PPM MP sentenced to four years in exile for embezzlement

The Criminal Court found the Ungoofaaru constituency MP guilty of embezzling MVR36,818 (US$2,388) from the Ungoofaru Island Council Office.


Government exploring options for Hulhumalé reclamation project thumbnail

Government exploring options for Hulhumalé reclamation project

Housing Development Corporation (HDC) Managing Director Suhail Ahmed told the press that the Nederland’s Royal Boskalis Westminster was a possible partner for the land reclamation project. The company has been accused of committing “environmental crimes” in the dredging of Dhaalu Meedhoo and Baa Eydhafushi.


Comment: Maldivians in 2014 – What are we? thumbnail

Comment: Maldivians in 2014 – What are we?

Azra Naseem argues that public reaction to the news that a 14-year-old had given birth for the second time speaks volumes about the level of religious radicalisation prevalent in the Maldives today.


Maldives must ensure it does not become hub for people smuggling: Defence minister thumbnail

Maldives must ensure it does not become hub for people smuggling: Defence minister

“This smuggling of people is done by garnering a lot of financial aid. People smuggling has become a huge business globally. We must do all necessary to inhibit people smuggling through the Maldives,” said Mohamed Nazim.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories