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Ihavandhoo council’s restrictions spark debate about treatment of migrant workers

The council ordered all foreign workers to register within five days, imposed a curfew of 10 pm, and prohibited public gatherings with the exception of Friday afternoons. Foreign workers were also banned from fishing, collecting wood, fronds or coconuts, and participating in events without invitation.

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Police introduce rules for issuing summons via social media

An automatic ‘seen’ message or delivery report can be taken as confirmation that the summons has been delivered. The summons can also be issued via a public announcement if the suspect or person of interest is out of the country.

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Maldives eliminates measles

The World Health Organization has verified the Maldives and Bhutan as the first countries in Southeast Asia to have eliminated measles ahead of a 2020 regional target.

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Detained US citizen deported for 10 years

The immigration department was planning to deport the 76-year-old on February 10 over the lack of a passport or valid work visa when a court order was issued to halt the deportation until the cases are concluded.

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RSF backs crowdfunding by family of murdered blogger

Yameen Rasheed’s family launched the fundraising drive last month with the goal of raising £40,000 to help finance advocacy efforts.

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Maldives donates US$25k for Sri Lanka relief efforts

The Maldivian government donated US$25,000 to help relief efforts in Sri Lanka after devastating flooding and mudslides killed more than 200 people and displaced 600,000 last week.

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Two in critical condition after accident at sea

A speedboat from the Summer Island Resort collided with a docked fishing vessel around 10:30 pm on Tuesday night, injuring 14 staff members from the resort in North Malé atoll.

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Japan grants US$25m for digital broadcasting project

The Japan International Cooperation Agency signed an agreement with the government Tuesday to provide up to ¥2,792 million (US$25 million) in grant aid for a project to develop a digital terrestrial television broadcasting network.

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Free ferry arranged to surf island near Malé

A daily ferry service free of charge from Malé to a nearby island has been arranged for surfers who lost access to the capital’s main surf point with the construction of the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge last year.

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ACC orders re-evaluation of Hajj group bids

The anti-graft watchdog concluded after an inquiry that the unfairness of the bid evaluation process raised “suspicion that this was done to provide undue benefit to a particular party.”

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Police summons issued to liberal bloggers with threat of trial in absentia

Dr Azra Naseem, Muzaffar ‘Muju’ Naeem, and Hani Amir were told to present themselves to the police within 14 days to speak in their defence against unspecified allegations.

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STELCO warns of more power cuts in Malé

The State Electricity Company has warned of more power cuts in Malé after damage to a high-voltage cable left two-third of the capital without electricity in the early hours of Sunday.

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Sheikh under fire over claim of island with non-fasting majority

Sheikh Ali Zaid said he was told during a visit to an unnamed southern island that the majority of people have been eating during daytime at Ramadan for years.

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Maldives greets Ramadan

After traditional pre-fasting preparations and communal feasts, Maldivians joined Muslims around the world on Saturday to begin the holy month of Ramadan.

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Coral stone mosques: the last architectural masterpieces

The Maldives Independent spoke to renowned architect Mauroof Jameel following the publication of his book, “Coral Stone Mosques of Maldives, The Vanishing Legacy of the Indian Ocean.”

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Seaplane crash lands in airport island lagoon

The nine passengers and three crewmembers were rescued and survived with minor injuries after the TransMaldivian Airways seaplane crash landed in the Hulhulé lagoon.

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Police block march for murdered blogger

About 150 people gathered at the artificial beach in Malé when a police officer warned that the march will be stopped if they move to the street.

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