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The People’s Majlis approved Wednesday contentious legal changes to pave the way for individuals with criminal records to contest in April’s local council elections.

 

Disgruntled internet users are calling on telecoms companies for compensation after cyber attacks disrupted internet services across the Maldives for more than a week.

 

The anti-graft watchdog has dismissed corruption allegations against First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim’s charity, declaring legal the Sadaqat Foundation’s distribution of dates gifted by Saudi Arabia in its name. The Anti Corruption Commission said Tuesday that some 500 boxes of 50 tonnes of dates donated annually by the King of Saudi Arabia was given to the Sadaqat Foundation so that the dates “may be distributed more quickly”.

 

 

A school in Hulhumalé has recalled all of its textbooks in the wake of a controversy over pictures of churches and Roman Gods leading to accusations of promoting Christianity and paganism.

 
 

Housing Minister Dr Mohamed Muiz has blamed the ousted Maldivian Democratic Party government for the high price and poor quality of flats built in Malé by a subsidiary of India’s Tata Group.

Flat winners under the MDP government’s Veshi Fahi Malé social housing programme were told earlier this month to either pay MVR2 million (US$130,000) upfront or obtain home loans with a down payment of at least MVR400,000 (US$25,940), a price out of reach for middle or low-income families.

 
 

The Maldives has sacrificed economic development support and its representation at key global negotiations by withdrawing from the Commonwealth of Nations, the Commonwealth Secretariat has warned.

 

The Maldives tourism industry has seen a remarkable growth this year, contributing to strengthening the archipelago nation's economy, the country's embassy in Colombo said on Wednesday.

 

The decision came on the back of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group meeting in September, which placed the Maldives on the group’s formal agenda. The oversight body, tasked with addressing serious or persistent violations of Commonwealth political values, expressed deep disappointment at the country’s lack of respect for the standards of democracy and human rights. In the absence of substantive improvements in the political sphere, the group of ministers agreed to consider suspension of the Maldives from the Councils of the Commonwealth at its next meeting in March 2017.

 

A popular tourist destination could be sliding into Islamist terrorism following its departure from the British Commonwealth, according to regional experts.

 

Trust and faith are a two-way street; one cannot expect it to be a one-sided affair. This total lack of trust and being blinded to facts ultimately led the Maldives to take a call to protect its sovereignty and sever its relations with the Commonwealth. It was a call taken with anguish but yet had to be taken.

 


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