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  • Islamic Minister reportedly planning Islamic university in Maldives
  • University opens admission for over 200 courses
  • Former council president sentenced to 11 years’ exile
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”.


HRCM members summoned to Juvenile Court again over confidential report thumbnail

HRCM members summoned to Juvenile Court again over confidential report

After refusing to attend the Juvenile Court for further questioning over an allegedly misleading report yesterday, Human Right Commission members received an official summons to appear before judges this morning.


Comment: Juvenile crime – the consequences are anything but minor thumbnail

Comment: Juvenile crime – the consequences are anything but minor

“The ongoing misconception that because the youth of the nation are a protected and cherished group, they are exempt from consequences is a very harmful one,” writes Moonis Muneez.”But the sad truth is that such thinking often results in many youth with untapped potential getting caught up in criminal or anti-social behaviour and paying a hefty price for it.”


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories