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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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Record budget passed after opposition boycott

The record-high budget was passed with 39 votes in favour exclusively from ruling coalition lawmakers in the 85-member house.

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High Court upholds 10-year prison term for ex-defence minister

The judge’s three-week detention at a military training base sparked anti-government protests, culminating in then-president Mohamed Nasheed’s resignation in the wake of a violent mutiny by police and army elements in 2012.

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Court order to seize Internet activist’s phone sparks outrage

The police sought the warrant to identify Thayyib Shaheem’s sources for an investigation into alleged false claims about President Abdulla Yameen, the head of the anti-corruption watchdog, and senior government officials.

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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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‘Hiyaa’ housing project launched in Hulhumalé

Launched with fireworks at a ceremony in Hulhumalé, the Hiyaa housing project involves the construction of 36 towers to house 80,000 people in one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments on Hulhumalé.

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President promises pay hikes for civil servants

At a rally held to mark the fourth anniversary of his administration, Yameen listed his achievements with a slew of figures, challenging “political leaders who say they do not see development”.  

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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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Rise in child abuse reports

The ministry said 122 out of 272 reported cases were regarding different forms of child abuse – 45 percent of the total reported cases in October.

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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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Ex-tourism boss in not guilty plea to 30 corruption charges

Abdulla Ziyath, who managed the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation, is accused of misappropriating US$44 million (MVR721 million) by leasing islands and lagoons owned by the state.

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Multiple arrests after triple stabbing in Maldives capital

The two men were attacked on Fareedhee Magu, near MHA Mart, police confirmed and are being treated in Male’s Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital.

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Record MVR28bn budget proposed for 2018

Finance Minister Ahmed Munawar submitted for parliamentary approval a record MVR27.9 billion (US$1.8 billion) budget for 2018.

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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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Education ministry hits out at professor ‘ban’ reports

A local news outlet said Professor Hassan Ugail was banned by the Education Ministry. The report was later edited to say he faced “challenges” to appear at local schools.

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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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