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Posts From Shafaa Hameed

Crowded out by Concrete

The Maldivian population is 338,434, almost 40 percent of which lives in a congested capital that measures 2.2 square miles.

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‘A beautiful landscape with inhumane people’ – How the Maldives crisis is affecting tourism

China, which has the single biggest market share of tourists to the Maldives by nationality, says its citizens should take care.

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Getting away with murder in the Maldives

Murder is not included on the police website’s crime statistics page, which has data going back to 2008.

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Elderly man arrested on charges of sexually abusing four girls

A 75-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing four siblings on an island in Gaaf Dhaal atoll. 

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PPM activities funded by government, alleges opposition

According to staff at the state-owned Housing Development Cooperation, the company’s social club helped organise the final match of First Lady Fathmath Ibrahim’s women’s sports bashi tournament at the national stadium on Friday night.

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Closed hearings continue in blogger’s murder trial

The PG office spokesman said Sunday’s hearing was closed because it dealt with preliminary matters.

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Funds released to political parties

After delays of several months, the finance ministry assured political parties on Sunday that it has released state funds for 2017. Spokesman Ahmed Aiman told the Maldives Independent that the ministry has

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State prosecutors object to MP Faris trial delay

State prosecutor Aishath Mohamed says if the trial was delayed it would be difficult for the state to summon a witness and that it was Faris’ interest against society’s interest.

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More MoniCon orders granted as police stay quiet on tagging

Police ask the High Court for a MoniCon order once a Home Ministry committee has approved the individuals to be monitored and controlled

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MP Didi’s new lawyer gets two weeks to prepare for terrorism trial

The retired brigadier general’s trial has been stalled since August after his first lawyer was suspended over a judicial reform petition. A second lawyer withdrew from the case earlier this month for personal reasons.

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FDA warning after Hep A berry scare

The FDA said Creative Gourmet’s 300 gram frozen berries packet was recalled by food safety authorities in Australia and New Zealand as they were possibly contaminated with Hepatitis A.

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‘MoniCon’ orders implemented against five

The court granted the first MoniCon orders in March 2016, under former home minister Umar Naseer’s administration.

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Pork and booze pile destroyed

The sale of alcohol and pork is prohibited by law in inhabited islands as the consumption of alcohol and pork is forbidden in Islam. However, both liquor and pork are imported to the Maldives for tourist resorts.

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The stigma and struggle of mental health in the Maldives

The Maldives has an acute shortage of qualified mental health professionals despite growing mental health problems among the population.

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Probes begin into Abdulla Rasheed custodial death

The Human Rights Commission of the Maldives and the National Integrity Commission are probing the custodial death on October 10 of Abdulla Rasheed, who was serving a five-year sentence on assault charges.

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Customs confiscate ‘largest’ amount of party drugs

Heroin and hashish oil are the most commonly used drugs in the Maldives, but LSD, ecstasy and other synthetic drugs have been found in recent years.

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Opposition protest outside Maldivian Embassy in Sri Lanka

“We are gathered near the embassy in Colombo with about 50 people and five MPs against various human rights violations at home, after taking necessary permissions from the Sri Lankan government,” said MP Mahloof.

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