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Foreign minister “very critical” after heart attack thumbnail

Foreign minister “very critical” after heart attack

Dr Abdul Samad Abdulla has been admitted to intensive care in Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital after suffering a severe heart attack, the government has confirmed.


Turkish training will strengthen police, says Commissioner Riyaz thumbnail

Turkish training will strengthen police, says Commissioner Riyaz

Abdulla Riyaz has revealed details of a new agreement between Turkey and the Maldives Police Service. Meanwhile, former President Nasheed has decried the failure to reform the institution.


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Maldivian creativity: an undervalued art form?

As a few local film-makers turn to online video sharing sites to circumnavigate a perceived lack of creativity in mainstream media, local artists and authorities have cited a lack of understanding concerning the value of art to Maldivian society by the state and the wider public.


Maldives NGO Federation criticises political parties attacks on Elections Commission thumbnail

Maldives NGO Federation criticises political parties attacks on Elections Commission

“We are concerned about attacks by political parties on the Elections Commission,” NGO Federation President Ahmed Nizam told Minivan News today.


Police officers testify that Afrasheem murder suspect sent text asking for money thumbnail

Police officers testify that Afrasheem murder suspect sent text asking for money

Two police officers have testified in court stating that they stopped and searched Hussein Humam’s person on the night Dr Afrasheem Ali was murdered.


Maldives Police Service launch election operation thumbnail

Maldives Police Service launch election operation

The Maldives Police Service (MPS) has begun sending large numbers of police officers to the islands in preparation for the upcoming presidential election.


Government to restart construction of 300 flats for MNDF officers thumbnail

Government to restart construction of 300 flats for MNDF officers

President Waheed denied that the 300 flats were being provided to MNDF officers “as a favour from those in power”, stating that the housing was being given as a duty of the government.


Local exhibition highlights Maldivian made merchandise thumbnail

Local exhibition highlights Maldivian made merchandise

From shoes, bags, clothes made in the Maldives to locally grown fruits, vegetables and local cuisine – a variety of local products and services were on display at the “Dhivehinge Fannu” (Maldivian talents) exhibition organised by the Economic Ministry.


Budget shortfall leads Maldives to seek $US29.4 million Bank of Ceylon loan thumbnail

Budget shortfall leads Maldives to seek $US29.4 million Bank of Ceylon loan

The Finance Ministry informed the President’s Office that the Bank of Ceylon would provide the Maldives’ government a loan of US$29.4 million, at a six percent interest rate, to be repaid within six years in monthly payments of US$490,000.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories