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Gender equality, a game changer for nature

Aban Marker Kabraji, Asia Regional Director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, writes about the importance of gender equality in effective natural resource management.

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Police searching for Hulhumalé gang rape suspects

The police are searching for suspects in the alleged gang rape of a 27-year-old woman in the non-residential, industrial area of Hulhumalé, an urban centre under development near Malé.

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“I did it for my job”: government employees say they were forced to join PPM

“Our manager said that our signatures are needed for the sake of his job and ours,” an employee at STO said. Some signed up voluntarily, in the hope for getting jobs for family members.

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Arson suspected as fires destroy wetlands in Fuvahmulah

Two fires have destroyed a wetland area equal to 35 football pitches on the southern island of Fuvahmulah. Islanders said they suspect the fires were started deliberately.

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With Yameen’s re-election bid in full swing, PPM appears stronger than ever

Ministers, lawmakers and heads of state-owned companies are out campaigning in the Maldives far-flung atolls and signing up new members in the capital.

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MDP elects Hassan Latheef as new chairperson

Hassan Latheef, a prominent lawyer and former minister, was elected as the chairperson of the Maldivian Democratic Party on Friday

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No corruption in use of state resources for rally marking Yameen’s third year in office

The ACC declared legal expenses from the state budget and forced attendance for civil servants because the rally was organised by the government and not the ruling party.

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Fourth Maldivian man ‘on his way to join Syrian civil war’ arrested

A Maldivian man who attempted to cross into Syria to join the civil war there has been arrested and brought back to the Maldives, the police have said.

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Indian mechanic’s death prompts concern over safety for migrant workers

Maheshwaran Mariappan, 27, was caught under a dump truck that he was repairing on Maamigili, Alif Dhaalu Atoll on Wednesday. The vehicle fell on his head and he died within minutes.

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Rilwan’s family goes to court for truth behind disappearance

The family filed a right to information request at the civil court asking its intervention to find out “the available facts of the events” that followed Rilwan’s abduction on August 8, 2014.

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Villa takes government to court over airport seizure

A civil court judge has granted a stay on the seizure of a domestic airport leased to Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim’s Villa Group.

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Clerics launch legal bid to overturn niqab-ban in schools

The petition said: “There is no doubt amongst Islamic scholars that the niqab is permissible in Islam. The only doubt is on whether it is compulsory or not.”

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Maldives local council elections postponed a second time

The elections commission has once again set back the vote to elect local councils stating that voting stations could not be set up in public schools on April 8.

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Court throws out lawsuit challenging new call for candidates for local councils

The appellate court threw out the petition by the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party after its lawyer Anas Abdul Sattar failed to turn up to a hearing on Monday.

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High profile murder suspect to remain under house arrest, not jail, rules court

The high court said new rules on remand do not allow it to review the criminal court’s decisions on remand.

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Teachers sacked, suspended for wearing niqab

The ministry of education has sacked a Qura’n teacher because she refused to take off her niqab, or full-face veil, for work.

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Maldives rejects UN decision on detained ex defence minister

The foreign ministry said it “does not agree” with the UN’s finding that Mohamed Nazim was detained illegally.

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