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World Bank urges climate change adaptation support for the Maldives thumbnail

World Bank urges climate change adaptation support for the Maldives

The World Bank report warns of a potential “domino effect” of climate impacts in the Maldives affecting human development, such as the decimation of coral reefs creating cascading impacts on local livelihoods and tourism.


Maldives government establishes emergency hotline for expatriate students in Egypt following Cairo violence thumbnail

Maldives government establishes emergency hotline for expatriate students in Egypt following Cairo violence

“Earlier the demonstrations were quite far from the students, however the demonstrators have shifted to near the Masjidul Salaam mosque, which is one bus stop away, or about 100-150 meters, from where the students are located,” State Foreign Minister Hassan Saeed explained to Minivan News.


Elections Commission to publicise presidential election mandate for police thumbnail

Elections Commission to publicise presidential election mandate for police

“We are in the process of drawing up a small document that will outline what the police will and will not do during elections, which we will make public,” said EC Vice President Ahmed Fayaz.


Fourteen year-old girl latest victim in surge of rape crimes thumbnail

Fourteen year-old girl latest victim in surge of rape crimes

Assistant Representative of UNFPA Maldives Shadiya Ibrahim warns increasing rape cases reflect just “the tip of the iceberg”, as a 14 year-old girl became the latest victim in a recent surge in rape crimes.


Parliament appoints new CSC member to replace Fahmy Hassan thumbnail

Parliament appoints new CSC member to replace Fahmy Hassan

The parliament has appointed a new member to the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to replace Fahmy Hassan, who was dismissed in November 2012 over allegations that he sexually harassed a female staff at the commission. He continues to serve in the position.


Diesel fuel rationed after STO shipment delayed thumbnail

Diesel fuel rationed after STO shipment delayed

“This is a common problem. But there is enough oil in stock for STELCO and all the resorts, who buy oil on a regular basis. It is only the sale of oil to other groups that has been controlled,” said State Trading Organisation (STO) Managing Director Shahid Ali.


Political bias limiting right to information: panel thumbnail

Political bias limiting right to information: panel

Maldivian journalists and NGO leaders have noted the lack of cooperation by government institutions as well as ethical shortcomings of media outlets in disseminating balanced, information during discussion panels held with US Embassy and UN representatives.


Man sentenced to four years in prison for forcing three Thai women into prostitution thumbnail

Man sentenced to four years in prison for forcing three Thai women into prostitution

Three Thai women – aged 21, 24 and 36 – testified in court that Latheef had forced them into prostitution after bringing them to the Maldives, ostentatiously to work as massage therapists.


Maldivians living in Malaysia to receive Aasandha health insurance coverage thumbnail

Maldivians living in Malaysia to receive Aasandha health insurance coverage

Local media meanwhile reported last week that the National Social Protection Agency (NSPA) owed foreign hospitals US$400,000 as a result of the country’s ongoing foreign currency shortage, with at least one facility in Sri Lanka suspending Aasandha service.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories