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Business & Tourism

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.

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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.

Test flight lands at new Dhaalu airport

A test flight from the national airline Maldivian landed Thursday morning at the newly-built domestic airport on southern the island of Kudahuvadhoo in Dhaalu atoll.

Islamic Development Bank pledges US$117m

Finance Minister Ahmed Munawar secured the funds during meetings held on the sidelines of the IDB’s annual meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from May 16 to 21.

New tourism company evaluating bids for picnic island near Malé

The Maldives Integrated Tourism Development Corporation is evaluating bids for developing a picnic island for public use after reclaiming seven hectares from the Galufalhu lagoon near Malé.

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Adeeb’s lawyers placed under investigation

The police have confiscated the phones of former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb’s lawyers and placed them under investigation for refusing to disclose the source of information of an alleged plot to assassinate the 35-year-old in custody.

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Yameen’s father accuses police of destroying forensic evidence

Briefing the press Thursday about the family’s lawsuit against the police over the failure to investigate death threats sent to his son, Hussain Rasheed said his information came from “a very reliable source”.

Family of Yameen murder suspect alleges coercion

The police investigating team met with Ismail Rasheed’s parents on multiple occasions and offered immunity from prosecution in exchange for testifying as a state witness, the family alleged.

Police reveal Yameen Rasheed’s murder suspects

Of the seven suspects in custody, Ismail Rasheed, 25, Ismail Haisham Rasheed, 21, and Ahmed Zihan Ismail, 22, have been identified as the prime suspects who committed the murder, the police said.

Bangladeshi suspect confesses to murder

Sumon Mia, the Bangladeshi suspect who has confessed to the murder, was working under the victim at the Ihavandhoo ice plant, the police said in a statement Sunday afternoon.

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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

Tariq Ramadan renews appeal to stop executions

the renowned Islamic scholar wrote that executing Hussain Humam without the consent of the victim’s family “would contravene the fundamental principles of Islamic law.”

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Anti-defection ruling will not apply retroactively, clarifies Supreme Court

The apex court explained that the ruling “cannot be enforced retrospectively” following confusion and uncertainty over the status of 10 renegade MPs who left the governing Progressive Party of Maldives after signing an opposition-led no-confidence motion against the speaker.

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.

Abusive judicial discretion in the Maldives

The Maldivian judiciary has restricted the media’s right to report court proceedings, undermined the autonomy of independent bodies, and arbitrarily disbarred lawyers, writes Shamsul Falaah.

A tribute to Yameen Rasheed – and a call for justice and accountability

Police Chief Ahmed Areef must accept an independent international investigation or resign as he is ultimately responsible for the failure to protect Yameen despite numerous death threats, writes Jared Genser.

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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

Majlis throws out no-confidence motion

Without four disqualified MPs, the number of signatures on the opposition-led motion falls below 42, the minimum required to submit a no-confidence motion, Deputy Speaker ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik informed lawmakers.

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Four ex-PPM MPs stripped of seats

MPs Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim, Mohamed Ameeth, Saud Hussain, and Abdul Latheef Mohamed were disqualified after the EC informed parliament of their expulsion from ruling Progressive Party of Maldives

MP Faris Maumoon placed under arrest

The lawmaker’s arrest on a bribery charge comes amid heightened political tension ahead of next week’s no-confidence vote against Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed.

Anti-defection ruling will not apply retroactively, clarifies Supreme Court

The apex court explained that the ruling “cannot be enforced retrospectively” following confusion and uncertainty over the status of 10 renegade MPs who left the governing Progressive Party of Maldives after signing an opposition-led no-confidence motion against the speaker.

Faris pleads not guilty to identity fraud

MP Faris Maumoon pleaded not guilty on Monday to an identity fraud charge raised over the alleged unauthorised use of the flag and logo of the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives.

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Society & Culture

Inmate dies while undergoing treatment

Mohamed Badeeu, from the Henveiru Landhooge in the capital, was taken to IGMH on Monday afternoon and passed away around 3:30am, according to the Maldives Correctional Service.

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Maldives taken off US human trafficking watch list

The Maldives was on the tier two watch list for the past two years due to the low rate of prosecution and inadequate and inconsistent protection for victims. A downgrade to tier three could have entailed non-humanitarian and non-trade sanctions.

Ihavandhoo council’s restrictions spark debate about treatment of migrant workers

The council ordered all foreign workers to register within five days, imposed a curfew of 10 pm, and prohibited public gatherings with the exception of Friday afternoons. Foreign workers were also banned from fishing, collecting wood, fronds or coconuts, and participating in events without invitation.

Police introduce rules for issuing summons via social media

An automatic ‘seen’ message or delivery report can be taken as confirmation that the summons has been delivered. The summons can also be issued via a public announcement if the suspect or person of interest is out of the country.

Maldives eliminates measles

The World Health Organization has verified the Maldives and Bhutan as the first countries in Southeast Asia to have eliminated measles ahead of a 2020 regional target.

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