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AG’s election intervention constitutional, yet morally questionable: senior legal source thumbnail

AG’s election intervention constitutional, yet morally questionable: senior legal source

Attorney General (AG) Azima Shukoor’s intervention in a Supreme Court case against the Elections Commission (EC) is constitutional, despite questions over the “moral grounds” for her involvement, a senior legal expert has said.


Economic diversification vital for food and energy security, says government report thumbnail

Economic diversification vital for food and energy security, says government report

The Maldives continues to face huge issues of food security, last year importing 90 percent of all goods consumed, while also being one of the most “oil vulnerable” countries in the world, according to a government report calling for significant economic diversification.


Bodu Beru – the beat of a nation thumbnail

Bodu Beru – the beat of a nation

Internationally recognised bodu beru group Harubee have revamped the musical style and made “bodu beru cool again”, explains group member Ahmed Athif. “Everyone, young to old knows our songs and sings them. It brings the nation together.”


Translation: Jamiyyathu Salaf’s ‘Al-Andhalus’ sermon thumbnail

Translation: Jamiyyathu Salaf’s ‘Al-Andhalus’ sermon

A translation of the Jamiyathuh Salaf sermon from Tuesday (September 17). The sermon was broadcast live on radio and on four television channels, including state broadcaster, TVM. The TVM broadcast was interrupted for violating broadcasting guidelines.


Parents protest as disabled childrens’ school faces closure thumbnail

Parents protest as disabled childrens’ school faces closure

“When we started we had to beg the parents to send their children to school, now the parents are coming and begging us to take their children to school. We have come a long way and the Care Society deserves more respect and support from everyone, especially the government,” says Aishath Looba of the Care Society.


Elections Commission grants JP access to voter list, JP seeks additional High Court order for unrestricted access thumbnail

Elections Commission grants JP access to voter list, JP seeks additional High Court order for unrestricted access

“They would not allow us to take notes or touch the list. We will find a solution through the legal process and seek an order through High Court again,” JP’s Legal Advisor Mohamed Haleem told Minivan News today.


MDP condemns Salaf preacher’s insinuation of party’s involvement in Dr Afrasheem’s murder thumbnail

MDP condemns Salaf preacher’s insinuation of party’s involvement in Dr Afrasheem’s murder

The MDP expressed concern with what it contended was Sheikh Shameem’s “incitement of hatred among the public with the intention of influencing the [presidential] election” and warned that NGOs “sowing discord in society for the undue political benefit of another party” could see the “increasing freedom of expression, economic development and civilisation of the present turn into the brutality and fear of the past.”


National Movement plans protests against Elections Commission thumbnail

National Movement plans protests against Elections Commission

“Regarding the GMR issue, we worked very hard to do those things. This time everybody has decided to come out and raise their voices, we are ready to reform the Elections Commission,” said JP Event Coordinator and National Movement youth wing member Ahmed Ghaalib. “We are waiting on the Supreme Court ruling.”


MBC, broadcasting commission summoned to parliamentary committee over televising “politicised” religious sermon thumbnail

MBC, broadcasting commission summoned to parliamentary committee over televising “politicised” religious sermon

Maldives Broadcasting Corporation Chairman Ibrahim Umar Manik told the committee that TVM cut the live feed of Salaf preacher Sheikh Adam Shameem Ibrahim “because his talk was changing a little”.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories