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  • Majlis sitting adjourned after minister’s question time
  • Dharumavantha mosque Imam to be held in pre-trial detention
  • Thief offers to return stolen phone in exchange for sex
Comment: Islamic Scholarship and Maldivian Women – My swim against the tide thumbnail

Comment: Islamic Scholarship and Maldivian Women – My swim against the tide

“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.”


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Criminal Court stops accepting cases from PG’s Office

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.


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President establishes Council of Higher Education

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.


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Only six convicted minors completed reintegration programmes in 2013

The Juvenile Court has said that last year a total 16 minors charged with different criminal offenses participated in programmes conducted by the court to give them a second chance to reintegrate in to the society, however, only six of them were able to complete the program successfully.


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Fiqh Academy VP condemns Sexual Offenses Bill for conditional criminalisation of marital rape

Dr Mohamed Iyaz Abdul Latheef, Vice President of the Maldives Fiqh Academy condemned the recently passed ‘Sexual Offenses Bill’ for conditionally recognizing marital rape, and asked the members of Parliament who voted for the bill to repent.


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“Good response” to voluntary repatriation program

On average, a 100 undocumented workers are registering each day for the government’s voluntary repatriation program, the Department of Immigration has said.


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Police to invalidate roadworthiness of vehicles that do not meet standards

Police has said that they will commence a special operation starting from 1 January to ensure all the vehicles meet the roadworthiness standards required by the transport ministry and cancel the roadworthiness of those vehicles that do not meet the standards.


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Inmates to work on Thilafushi road construction

“This administration’s aim is to make detainees in our jails work in various government projects. To bring them out of their current situation,” Home Minister Umar Naseer said.


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World’s largest floating book fair docks in Malé

Returning to the Maldives after 40 years, German Christian charity GBA – whose ships have visited 150 countries – will welcome Maldivians aboard to purchase books until tomorrow evening.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories