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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
Attorney General resumes issuing lawyers permits thumbnail

Attorney General resumes issuing lawyers permits

Following the publication of new guidelines regulating permission to practice law in the Maldives, the Bar Association has suggested that greater consultation with legal professionals should have taken place.


Authorities failed to address safety concerns before deadly crane accident, says Port Worker’s Union thumbnail

Authorities failed to address safety concerns before deadly crane accident, says Port Worker’s Union

Following the death of two port workers yesterday evening, the Maldives Ports Workers Union has accused port authorities of failing to heed the concerns of workers who had claimed the boat and crane involved were unsafe.


Man found dead on April 1 tested positive for opiates thumbnail

Man found dead on April 1 tested positive for opiates

“Analysis shows that there was a high concentration of the drugs opium and benzodiazepine in the youth’s urine,” police have revealed. The 24-year-old is said to have been released from rehab less than 24 hours before his death.


Government assures even resort distribution following Haa Dhaalu petition thumbnail

Government assures even resort distribution following Haa Dhaalu petition

“We urge the government to give the utmost importance to solve the issue of income disparity caused by uneven development of tourism industry in Maldivian atolls,” read an online petition launched last week.


Case of 25-year-old Russian woman smuggling cocaine sent to Prosecutor General thumbnail

Case of 25-year-old Russian woman smuggling cocaine sent to Prosecutor General

Purtova Angelina was arrested on January 27 this year when she arrived in the Maldives from Sao Paulo, after allegedly trying to smuggle 2.5kg of cocaine into the country.


Government warns of dengue and scrub typhus risk on World Health Day thumbnail

Government warns of dengue and scrub typhus risk on World Health Day

“I am deeply saddened to note that individual level action to control diseases spread by small insects is not being taken. The result is the increase in dangerous diseases such as dengue and scrub typhus and deaths,” said Health Minister Dr Mariyam Shakeela.


Teachers across Maldives take part in ‘black protest’ thumbnail

Teachers across Maldives take part in ‘black protest’

“The reason we are doing this to express our grievances. Our discontentment with salary and allowances, lack of resources and and other issues we face in teaching,” stated Mausoom Saleem of Thaajuddheen School, Malé.


The Maldives’ first 24 hour Hackathon promotes talented Maldivian developers thumbnail

The Maldives’ first 24 hour Hackathon promotes talented Maldivian developers

The 24 hour event – which has attracted 40 local developers concluded today at 4pm. Software developers have come together at the event to work on a variety of interesting and inspiring projects – competing with each other to win a set of prizes sponsored by numerous partners.


High Commission in Dhaka closes due to “unprecedented fiscal problems” thumbnail

High Commission in Dhaka closes due to “unprecedented fiscal problems”

With the acting high commissioner citing “unprecedented fiscal problems” for the closure, a former Bangladeshi high commissioner to the Maldives has described the closure as a “wrong move”.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories