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Posts From Hassan Mohamed

Police orders removal of national flag from Gayoom’s office

The police have ordered the removal of the national flag from former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s office in Malé, citing new regulations that require the home ministry’s permission to hoist the national flag on private premises.

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Fear and frothing in Faafu

In a first-hand account of his ordeal, Hassan Mohamed recounts how he was treated like a suspect at the Nilandhoo police station after he was threatened with violence by the brother-in-law of a ruling party lawmaker.

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Government unveils campaign to promote ‘Islamic unity and patriotism’

After purportedly establishing public order and undertaking numerous efforts for economic and social development, Defence Minister Adam Shareef Umar said the president’s focus now is “building youth who loves Islam, is loyal to the nation, and is ready to provide an adequate service”.

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Elderly man hospitalised after chemical attack

The police are searching for a suspect who threw chemicals on the face of the 71-year-old man Tuesday morning on the island of Dhuvafaru in Raa atoll.

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Airport hotel suspends six staff after protest

The suspension came after more than 60 Maldivian staff signed a petition demanding that the management lifts the suspension of a staff member accused of leaving without permission during duty hours.

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Police officers offered temporary housing in Malé area

According to amendments brought on Monday to regulations on housing for police, applicants will be awarded points based on an interview, rank, marital status, number of children, and years of service.

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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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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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Second Maldivian ‘jihadi’ on trial for fighting in Pakistan

Ahmed Naiz was charged with terrorism for allegedly participating in a foreign war, an offence that carries a jail sentence of up to 20 years.

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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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Tax authority introduces new measures to avoid remittance tax evasion

Overseas money transfers made by either a dependent of a foreign worker or a Maldivian on behalf of the worker will now be subject to the controversial three percent remittance tax. A fine equal to the amount of money remitted will be imposed for tax evasion.

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Trial begins for Maldivian man ‘who fought in Pakistan for nine years’

Mohamed Abdul Rahman is alleged to have fought with a militant group in Pakistan’s Waziristan for some nine years

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Minister blames MDP government for housing project controversy

With a majority of flat winners struggling to raise an MVR400,000 down payment to secure a home loan, the housing ministry has threatened to take legal action against those who fail to hand over their plots of land in Malé within three months.

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Carnival cafés closed after raid for undocumented workers

Four cafés at the carnival area in Malé remain closed after 50 expatriate staff were taken into custody Tuesday morning in a joint operation conducted by the police and the immigration department.

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Radical cleric appointed to top Islamic council

Shameem is known for preaching against multi-party democracy, liberalism and for being a jihadist-sympathizer in the on going Syrian conflict.

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Ban Ki-moon renews calls for dialogue in the Maldives

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has renewed calls for dialogue between the Maldivian government and political parties, urging the government and the opposition to prioritise national interest and democracy

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