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Funds allocated for new court complex, says department of judicial administration

The government has allocated funds and a 12,000 square feet plot of land in Malé for the construction of a new “court complex,” the department of judicial administration (DJA) has said.

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Ministry blames speeding truck for fatal accident

The housing ministry said that a speeding truck was to blame for the death of a young woman who was fatally injured by a falling metal post on Saturday night, but a government source alleged that the ministry is “doing its best to portray this as an accident when it is the result of clear disregard for public safety.”

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Young woman, hit by falling metal post, dies of injuries

A young woman who was hit by a falling metal post in Malé last night died of injuries today. Azfa Zuhair, 24 years, had suffered injuries to her head and spine, and was on life support when she passed away.

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Family of four leaves Maldives ‘on Jihad’

A family of four has reportedly left the Maldives to Syria last week. The husband and wife, both 28 years old, took their children, a 6-year-old and a 3-year-old, with them.

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Supreme Court to decide on meting out Sharia punishments

Amendments brought to the new penal code today state that the Supreme Court must pass a final sentence before convicts found guilty of offences for which penalties are prescribed in Islamic Sharia are punished.

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Civil servants unlikely to report corruption over lack of justice, finds survey

Maldivian civil servants are unlikely to report government corruption due to delays in or lack of justice and lack of action by relevant authorities, a corruption perception survey has found.

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Court splits Haveeru ownership

The High Court ruling clears the way for three founding members of Haveeru News Agency to sue its current owner, Dr Zahir Hussain, for a share of the newspaper’s profits for the past 35 years.

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UN unveils development agenda for Maldives

The government and the United Nations signed the UN Development Assistance Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) yesterday, a four-year strategic programme framework to deliver results in the areas of youth and children, gender, governance, environment and climate change.

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Fiqh Academy issues fatwa on Jihad

“Travelling to Islamic countries where groups belonging to Islamic countries create havoc and instability in the name of jihad will open avenues for enemies of Muslims to interfere in the affairs of Muslim countries,” reads a fatwa (legal opinion) issued by the academy of religious scholars today.

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Government to develop second artificial beach in Malé

The capital’s second artificial beach is to be developed with a recreational area fishing pier, waterfront pavilion, beachfront park, waterfront promenade, underground parking facility, cafés, dive spots, waterfront residential mix, and a fort.

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Parliament approves legal changes for registering small plots of land

The parliament today approved amendments  to the land law to allow registration of plots of land smaller than 600 square feet. The amendment bill submitted by Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) MP

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New regulations allow children to be placed under foster care

The ministry of law and gender has enacted new regulations governing foster care for children under state care, the first institutional and legal framework of its kind in the Maldives.

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Sexual harassment within Maldives Police Service under-reported

A quarter of women police officers interviewed for the study -“Rough Roads to Equality: Women Police in South Asia” by the New Delhi-based Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) – said they had faced harassment, but only half referred the incident to a higher authority.

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Damaged pitch forces Maldives to play World Cup qualifying matches in China

The Maldives will have to play both legs of its 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against China away from home after Independence Day celebrations left the national stadium’s pitch damaged beyond use.

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Hulhumalé hospital flooded after heavy rainfall

“The way the hospital is built there is an open area of about 30 feet. The roof spills water on to the area when it rains heavily. If the water cannot drain it seeps inside the hospital. The water had seeped in under the doors,” the hospital’s director Ahmed Shakir explained.

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Abdulla Hameed’s body brought back for state funeral

Former atolls minister and speaker of parliament, Abdulla Hameed – younger brother of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and half-brother to President Abdulla Yameen – passed away at the age of 76 on August 18 while undergoing treatment in Bangalore, India.

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Complaint filed over pepper spray use, obstruction of Find Moyameehaa walk

The mother of missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan filed a complaint with the human rights watchdog today over police obstruction of a peaceful memorial walk held on August 8 to mark one year after her son’s unexplained disappearance.

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