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  • MMA extends deadline for submissions for bank note designs
  • Government to lease four islands for resort development
  • Funds allocated for councils in next year’s budget lower than 2014, says LGA
Government shuts down mosque due to congregation of “extremists” thumbnail

Government shuts down mosque due to congregation of “extremists”

Malé’s Dharumavantha Rasgefaanu mosque has been temporarily closed on the orders of Home Minister Umar Naseer as a “as a first step” against unauthorised Friday prayers performed by a group the Islamic minister has previously described as “extremists”.


Government pension plans reliant on MVR1 billion investment return thumbnail

Government pension plans reliant on MVR1 billion investment return

After allocating MVR470 million in the budget for cash pensions of MVR2,300 per month, the government intends to disburse MVR5000 to pensioners from the end of February, financing the rise through “innovative” future investments.


Government introduces Arabic lessons as part of Islamic education drive thumbnail

Government introduces Arabic lessons as part of Islamic education drive

Vice President Jameel said the introduction of Arabic language will bring a “special happiness” to the people of Maldives, as the government seeks to enhance Islamic learning throughout the education sector.


Teachers Association threatens strike over pay discrepancies and education sector reform thumbnail

Teachers Association threatens strike over pay discrepancies and education sector reform

The Teachers Association of Maldives warns that if the government fails to resolve concerns over pay discrepancies and other education sector issues, four thousand local teachers would go on a nationwide strike.


Malé City Council urges local hotel owners to beware of bikinis thumbnail

Malé City Council urges local hotel owners to beware of bikinis

Following a letter of complaint from the Islamic Ministry, Malé Mayor Ali Manik has called upon all local guest house and hotel owners to ensure that guests are aware of the appropriate form of dress in the Islamic nation’s inhabited islands.


Figh Academy VP endorses female genital mutilation thumbnail

Figh Academy VP endorses female genital mutilation

Dr Iyaz Abdul Latheef said several credible hadiths demonstrate female circumcision is obligatory, while the UNFPA has condemned it as a “human rights violation” as it marks the international day of zero tolerance to the practice.


PPM MP Mahloof proposes public referendum on death penalty thumbnail

PPM MP Mahloof proposes public referendum on death penalty

The PPM spokesperson told the press today that he was planning to submit a resolution to parliament on conducting the referendum simultaneously with the parliamentary elections scheduled for March 22.


Politicians blame powerful individuals behind gangs for Alhan stabbing thumbnail

Politicians blame powerful individuals behind gangs for Alhan stabbing

MPs have linked the attack on Alhan Fahmy to local gangs working for political paymasters, while one prominent gang member arrested in relation to the incident was released from custody this morning.


Crime statistics reveal 46 percent spike in theft thumbnail

Crime statistics reveal 46 percent spike in theft

While cases of theft reported to police have risen dramatically, drug cases in January increased by 56 percent compared to the same period last year.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories