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AG withdraws from non-cooperation case against Raajje TV

The Attorney General’s Office has decided to withdraw the case concerning the President’s Office’s refusal to cooperate with Raajje TV, telling local media that the current government does not wish to discriminate amongst media outlets.


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Pensions office performs U-turn on benefit increase

After telling local media that the funds for government’s 117 percent increase in the state pension had not been received, the Maldives Pension Administration Office has today confirmed that it is working on transferring the new MVR5,000 sum to pensioners by tomorrow.


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Hundreds queue to submit forms to Hajj Corporation

Of the 800 pilgrim quota afforded to the Maldives by Saudi Arabia, 400 were reserved by the government-owned Hajj Corporation. The anti corruption commission last week ordered a revision of the bidding process for the remaining 400 places.


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Resigning not the solution: Health Minister Dr Shakeela

“My resignation isn’t going to solve this. I could resign if that is the case. My resignation is not going to solve it. That’s why I am saying, what is the solution? The solution is all of cooperating and working together to improve the system,” Dr Mariyam Shakeela told MPs in relation to the IGMH HIV scandal.


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IGMH lab technician responsible for HIV blood transfusion in custody

Health Minister Dr Mariyam Shakeela, IGMH Deputy CEO Dr Mohamed Habeeb, and senior officials at the Ministry of Health were grilled by MPs on the government oversight committee yesterday following the transfusion of HIV positive blood to a Maldivian patient.


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IGMH transfuses HIV positive blood to patient

While senior hospital figures described the mistake as the “saddest incident in the eighteen year history of IGMH”, the opposition MDP has accused the government of delaying the news until its 100 day celebrations were concluded.


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ACC, Civil Court orders Islamic Ministry to halt bidding process for Hajj groups

While the Anti-Corruption Commission identified nine issues with the ministry’s bid evaluation process, while the court has ordered bidding halted pending a ruling on the Hajj regulations.


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Orthopedic surgeries halted as IGMH fails to provide protective gowns

“They [protective gowns] are usually taken by the doctors… Some staff have panicked after finding out they are pregnant. That risk is always there. And we are concerned about the patients as well. I have never seen any patient being offered a gown here,” said one nurse.


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Development projects speed up in central atolls

While the government has committed MVR773 million to new reclamation projects, the mayor of the country’s second-city has suggested that a similar amount included in the initial 2014 budget for Addu City was removed from the final version.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories