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Schools forced shut in Malé as parents keep children at home over flu outbreak

All schools in capital city Malé have been shut once again after parents refused to send their children to school amid widespread panic over a flu outbreak that has claimed six lives

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State electricity company allotted land for new powerhouse

The new powerhouse for the capital’s industrial village will also be used as a backup plant “when electricity goes out from time to time in Malé,” Housing Minister Dr Mohamed Muiz said.

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Judiciary denies closing high court northern branch after transferring staff to Malé

The department of judicial administration insisted that the northern branch on the island of Kulhudhufushi has not been shut down due to budget constraints. The judiciary was mandated to set up the branch by legal changes approved more than two years ago.

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High court deals blow to Gasim’s bid to retain airport

The high court overturned a lower court order halting the tourism ministry’s takeover of the Kaadehdhoo airport in Gaaf Dhaal airport.

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Escaped detainees from Malé custodial centre caught

After local media reported that the group broke out of the Malé custodial last week, the police said in a tweet today: “All those involved in breaking out of Malé custodial have been caught and the police are investigating the matter.”

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Maldives secured US$100m from India to shore up depleted reserve

The agreement with the Reserve Bank of India was the Maldives’ first currency swap deal.

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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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Witnesses testify in Raajje TV journalist’s assault trial

Hussain Fiyaz Moosa, chief operating officer of the opposition-aligned station, is accused of hitting Corporal Mohamed Shaheen while he was being arrested for refusing to leave the sports complex area of Malé where the military’s bomb disposal experts were defusing an improvised explosive device.

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Police officers await January’s wages amid dispute over hike in allowances

Police officers have yet to receive January’s wages after the finance ministry refused to pay higher allowances, prompting more than 200 officers to seek interest-free loans offered by the police welfare company.

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Trial of journalist charged with assault resumes

Raajje TV journalist Hussain Fiyaz Moosa said the long gap had led him to believe that the charges were dropped.

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President’s announcement revives rumours about the sale of Maldives atoll to Saudi Arabia

The president described the project as a township or an integrated development project involving various industries and open to travellers from all over the world.

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Maldives holds landmark conference on tourism and terrorism

The Maldives police and British counter-terrorism experts sat down this week with more than a 100 tourism sector security personnel to work out measures to protect visitors from potential acts of terror.

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Raajje TV journalists fined for police obstruction

Mohamed Wisam and Leevaan Ali Nasir were fined MVR28,800 (US$1,868) each on charges of obstructing police officers

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Tourism firms win legal bids to recover property despite evidence of graft

Two companies involved in the MMPRC scandal have won legal bids to recover an island and a lagoon seized by the Maldivian authorities after an audit report revealed that the state did not receive acquisition fees.

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Sangu TV embroiled in ownership dispute

Ibrahim Waheed ‘Asward,’ managing director of Sangu TV, has asked the police to investigate alleged threats of arrest and physical violence amid a dispute with ruling party MP Abdulla Yameen over ownership of the private station.

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Fresh corruption allegations raised in 2014 tourism ministry audit

The audit report of the tourism ministry for 2014 has raised fresh allegations of corruption over the lease of islands and lagoons for resort development during the tenure of former Tourism Minister Ahmed Adeeb.

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Government’s claim of providing housing for tsunami victims disputed

The island council of Vilufushi in the south-central Thaa atoll has disputed the government’s claim of providing permanent shelter for families displaced by the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

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