Although government officials describe rising catches and steady prices, local fishermen worry that the growing costs will pose an intolerable increase in the cost of managing fishing vessels. Meanwhile, government pledges of assistance have failed to inspire confidence.
“I order the Maldives Correctional Services to implement the death penalty – as sentenced by the Supreme Court – through the use of lethal injection, and to make all necessary arrangements for the implementation of such sentences,” read the minister’s decree.
With sex outside of marriage outlawed in the Maldives, cramped living conditions, high rates of domestic violence, and more women entering the workforce may have combined to produce the world’s highest divorce rate – 10.97 divorces per 1000 inhabitants.
We have altogether 20 guest houses in Maafushi now, and 144 rooms…Assuming average duration of stay is 4 days, that’s 17,000 guests per year. With conservative estimates and past revenue records, it is estimated that about $9.7 million will enter the local Maafushi economy.
“The bill containing some provisions that are contrary to Islamic shariah and Islamic principles was among the reasons considered for returning the bill,” the President’s Office said.
Police are currently “looking into” an mvyouth report on drinking and sexual misconduct of local celebrities, in a Sri Lankan nightclub, though no official investigation has begun.
“In the Maldives, Islamic scholarship – at least on the level of public discourse – is a field almost completely monopolised by men,” writes Aisha H. Rasheed. “Islam does not prevent women from studying Islamic sciences or from preaching Islam…One cannot help but wonder whom among these women is given the opportunity to be at the forefront of the Maldivian stage of the eternal strife to promote Islam.”
The Criminal Court has today made a decision to stop accepting cases submitted by the Prosecutor General’s Office and to cease all existing cases, blaming the parliament’s failure to appoint a new Prosecutor General within the legally required period.
Headed by Vice President Jameel, and including six cabinet members, the council will be tasked with setting the criteria for entry onto higher education courses as well as the transferring of student credit between institutions.