“Some of you think I am an example of what is wrong with Maldives’ society,” writes Abrahan Naim. “I am a Maldivian and proud. I ask all of you that you to take a good look at your situation in the Maldives, rather than at me…If you want to change Maldives society, then change it.”
An estimated 150 employees of the state-owned Maldives Airports Company Limited have demonstrated over discrimination in bonus pay outs.
Immigration controller Hassan Ali explained that employers would no longer receive warnings regarding the use of undocumented migrants.
Over MVR300,000 (US$19,455) has been donated in the first two days to the Gaza Fund set up by the religious conservative Adhaalath Party (AP) to provide financial assistance to Palestinians affected by the ongoing Israeli aggression.
New procedures meant that young people arrested by police would have their records cleared should their cases not be forwarded to the PG’s Office, Umar Naseer told MPs.
The government has proposed scrapping a provision in a 1976 law that allows the president to banish or place under house arrest persons for evading mandatory national service after completing state-funded training or higher education.
The total number of crimes reported within the first six months of 2013 was 7746, while this year it has come down to 7292 cases.
“We cannot accept the overhauling of the academic calendar in the middle of the year,” said President of the Teacher’s Association Athif Abdul Hakeem. “There is no formula that will allow us to complete the syllabus on time now.”
Torture victims say they do not trust “a politicised and incompetent judiciary” to deliver justice while difficulties in substantiating claims of torture and a state tendency to protect the accused over the victim are said to have constrained efforts at justice.