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Posts From Mohamed Junayd

Maldives integrity chief sacked days after ‘obstruction’ tweet

The head of the National Integrity Commission recently attracted attention for a tweet reprimanding police leadership for hampering the NIC’s work.

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Ministries slapped with RTI requests to fact-check president

Yameen rattled off figures and challenged “political leaders who say they do not see development” at the November 18 rally marking the four-year anniversary of his government and the Maldives Independent is seeking to fact-check his claims.

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Islanders bashed over ‘ingratitude’ towards president

The MP and parliament majority leader Ahmed Nihan lashed out at the people of Thinadhoo in Gaafu Dhaalu atoll and two former PPM politicians who lost their seats after being expelled from the party.

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Barbs and boycotts as record budget sails through committee

The finance minister said the government would prioritize development projects in the constituencies of lawmakers who voted for the budget.

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Foreign debt warning from Maldives central bank boss

The IMF and the World Bank predicts Maldivian debt to reach 121 percent of GDP by 2020.

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Two Maldivians arrested for bomb-making

The arrests relate to the pair making an improvised explosive device, news outlet Mihaaru said, and police found bomb making equipment at the home of one of the men.

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IS terror suspects were planning suicide attack in Malé

Ishag Ali and Hussein Afeef were named by prosecutors and are alleged by police to have connections to the Islamic State group operating out of Syria and Iraq.

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Police confiscate phones amid Faris bribery trial

The police action follows Ahmed Shafiu’s allegations of a lawmaker attempting to coerce false testimony against MP Faris Maumoon, who is at the centre of the trial.

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Two Islamic State suspects charged over suicide attack plot

Authorities made several terror-related arrests in September following the United Kingdom updating its Maldives travel advice, saying terrorists were “very likely” to carry out an attack in the country.

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NGO sues government over mangrove destruction

The NGO EcoCare Maldives initiated the civil suit against the Ministry of Environment and Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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The ropemakers of Kulhudhuffushi

The livelihood of ropemakers in Kulhudhufusshi is under threat because of plans for a new airport.

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Raajje TV pays fine as court appeal begins

Raajje TV was last month penalised for broadcasting remarks from an opposition MP, the third fine slapped on it this year by the Maldives Broadcasting Commission.

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Four corruption cases filed for prosecution in Q3

The monthly case reports for the year were released by the Anti-Corruption Commission and showed the body investigated a total of 815 cases up until the third quarter, out of which only 10 were forwarded for prosecution.

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Inquiry underway into quarrel between top police officers

Amid reports of reshuffles, dismissals and demotions of the highest-ranking police officers, an inquiry by a special committee at the president’s office is underway into a quarrel between Police Commissioner Ahmed Areef and Deputy Commissioner Ahmed Saudhy.

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Chinese tourist drowns in Paradise Resort pool

A Chinese tourist died in a drowning accident in the pool of the Paradise Island Resort near the capital Malé. 

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Maldives opposition seeks EU help for free and fair election in 2018

The EU delegation’s visit comes after the European Parliament adopted a resolution earlier this month urging the Maldivian authorities to reform the judiciary, release political prisoners, and to guarantee the constitutional rights to freedom of speech and assembly. 

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Anti-terror fight under fire after ambassador’s remarks

The National Counter Terrorism Center is not functioning and has failed to respond to requests regarding safeguarding major tourist infrastructure against possible terrorist attacks, says an official from a private security company.

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