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  • Mandhu College urges students to proceed as normal despite eviction notice
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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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Germany grants €3million for climate protection project

€3million in grant aid has been pledged by the Government of Germany for a climate neutrality project in Raa Atoll which will see the installation of solar panels generating 285kw of electricity for local islanders.


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HRCM introduces benchmark for migrant worker rights

The Human Rights Commission of the Maldives has introduced a benchmark for the protection of migrant worker rights, advising state institutions on the standards recommended by the Maldivian Constitution and by the numerous treaties to which the country is a party.


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Vice-president announces unlimited health insurance from January 1

Vice President Mohamed Jameel Ahmed has revealed that the government will be introducing an unlimited healthcare scheme – ‘Husnuvaa Aasandha’ – in the new year in addition to the provision of a GP for every family.


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Fiqh Academy reveals opinion on abortion

The Fiqh Academy of Maldives – an advisory body on issues of Islamic jurisprudence and Shariah law – has set out five situations where it believes abortion is to be allowed under Islam.


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Majlis passes landmark Anti-Torture Act, Prisons and Parole Act

The People’s Majlis today voted unanimously to pass the Anti-Torture Act, and the Prisons and Parole Act. The Anti-Torture Act declares freedom from torture as a fundamental right, whilst the Prisons Act stipulates minimum conditions for prison inmates.


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Island council feared sheikh’s sermon would disrupt social harmony

Controversial Sheikh Adam Shameem was forced to conduct his sermon on the issue of backbiting with a police presence on Omadhoo Island after the island the council refused him permission fearing it may “disrupt the stability and social harmony of the island”.


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Maldivian student killed in Afghan blast

Amir Moosa, 31 from G.A Dhaandhoo, was killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan according to his family. Many locals suspect Moosa may have been involved with Jihadist groups, frequently discussing jihad and Palestinian independence when calling home, though his mother insists he was in the country for higher studies.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories