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Business & Tourism

Central bank governor steps down

Dr Azeema Adam has stepped down as governor of the central bank to relocate with her husband who recently took up the double post of permanent representative to the United Nations and ambassador to the United States.

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Villa slams tax authority over lawsuits to recover US$166m

Villa and its subsidiary companies do not owe any money to the state, the legal team insisted in a statement Monday, accusing the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority of trying to “discredit the companies and damage the businesses”.

Multi-resort project underway in lagoon near Malé

Phase one of the project comprises “a three-island-resorts concept, with a core island township bringing a veritable wealth of world-class food and beverage, retail, entertainment, recreation and leisure-lifestyle experiences to the Maldives for the very first time,” according to the Thai developer.

IMF restates advice for mitigating risks over high debt

The current administration’s ambitious infrastructure scale-up “has the potential for transforming the economy but also carries risks given the country’s large fiscal and external imbalances,” a visiting IMF delegation warned.

Maldives sells debut US$200m sovereign bond

The Maldives has raised US$200 million from the sale of its debut sovereign bond issue in the international finance market.

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Witnesses testify against Raajje TV arson suspect

The trial of the only suspect charged over the torching of the opposition-aligned Raajje TV in October 2013 resumed Monday afternoon with three policemen testifying for the prosecution.

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Nadheem’s murder suspect served time for violating monicon order

A suspect arrested Thursday night in connection with a fatal stabbing in the capital was released in April after serving a one-year prison term for violating a ‘monitoring and control’ order.

Maldives blogger killed for ‘mocking Islam’, say police

A Maldives blogger who was murdered in April was killed by men who believed he was “mocking” Islam, the police

Court remands Anas murder suspects

Mohamed Anas’ family urges police to name the twelve suspects remanded over his brutal murder.

Stabbed policeman undergoes surgery

A police officer who was stabbed during an operation to stop drug smuggling into the Maafushi prison underwent surgery on Sunday at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Malé.

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Environment

Maldives announces campaign to intercept ocean plastic

The fisheries minister announced a campaign for the Maldivian fisheries industry, consisting over 1,250 vessels, to intercept ocean plastics in the country’s one-million square kilometre wide exclusive economic zone.

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Maldives disappointed with ‘US abdication of responsibility on climate change’

President Yameen called the decision of the United States to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement a blow to global efforts to avert global warming and a setback for essential multilateral processes.

Bad weather causes damages in 14 islands

A cyclone hit Nilandhoo in Faafu atoll Thursday afternoon and blew the roofs off 10 houses after heavy rainfall caused damages on Thinadhoo in Gaaf Dhaal atoll the previous day.

Thoddoo fields damaged by heavy rainfall

“These damages came as the farmers were preparing for Ramadan. Now, this brings unprecedented losses to them. The estimated loss is currently more than MVR1 million (US$64,850),” said the Thoddoo council’s information officer.

Family displaced in Malé as bad weather continues

Several other incidents on land and at sea have been reported across the Maldives as a bout of bad weather with the onset of the south-west monsoon continues unabated.

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Feature & Comment

The road to justice is paved with answers to Rilwan’s abduction

In the three years since Rilwan’s abduction, the non-actions of the authorities have created and nourished a culture of impunity for criminals that have made Malé one of the most dangerous cities in the world to live, writes Azra Maldives

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Three years after Rilwan’s abduction

“Where is Rilwan? What happened to Rilwan?” asks the missing journalist’s family three years after his abduction at knifepoint outside his apartment building.

An examined life: Yameen Rasheed

“The killing of Yameen is so difficult to come to terms with because it symbolises the death of potential,” writes Azra Naseem.

Tariq Ramadan renews appeal to stop executions

The renowned Islamic scholar urged President Abdulla Yameen to reconsider moving ahead with the first execution in the Maldives in more than 60 years.

Keeping paradise pristine

Ahead of this year’s Ramadan and World Environment Day, UN resident coordinator Shoko Noda writes about the escalating waste issue in the Maldives.

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In Pictures

In Pictures: Maldives celebrates Eid-ul-adha

A selection of moments from the recently concluded Eid festivities in the northern island of Thoddoo

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Politics

‘The cash that entered my house was not halal’: Yameen

The opposition has seized upon President Abdulla Yameen’s apparent admission that he benefited from a historic corruption scandal pinned on his jailed former right-hand man.

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Dozen opposition MPs face charges for entering parliament building

The police are seeking charges against 12 opposition MPs alleged to have scaled security barricades to enter the People’s Majlis building on July 24.

PPM rallies support for government

The ruling Progressive Party of Maldives staged rallies across the country Saturday in a show of support for the administration of embattled President Abdulla Yameen.

Supreme Court hears appeals from disqualified lawmakers

The Supreme Court has begun hearing appeals from four former ruling party lawmakers contentiously deemed to have been stripped of their seats by the Elections Commission.

Yameen wins Asia HRD lifetime achievement award

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has been conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Asia Human Resources Development Awards.

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Society & Culture

Rilwan and Yameen’s relatives fired for joining protest march

The nephew of missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan and sister of murdered blogger Yameen Rasheed were sacked on Monday for joining a protest march to mark three years after the former was abducted at knifepoint.

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Two expats caught after escape from detention centre

The pair was among five Bangladeshi men who broke out of the expat detention centre after tearing through a tin fence.

Teacher sacked for wearing niqab

A primary school teacher on the island of Mathiveri in Alif Alif atoll was sacked on Thursday for refusing to take off her niqab, or full-face veil, in compliance with a controversial civil service dress code.

Police crack down on march for abducted journalist

The police cracked down Tuesday afternoon on a march led by the family of abducted journalist Ahmed Rilwan, snatching banners and placards and arresting nine people.

Former Islamic minister’s remarks on female judges divides opinion

Addressing rumours about the imminent appointment of former Attorney General Azima Shukoor to the apex court at an opposition rally on July 30, Bari claimed that there was consensus among religious scholars that women can only serve as judges in civil cases.

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