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Critical condition: Are airports the cure-all to island development?

The proposed construction of an airport in Kulhudhuffushi has caused controversy, but some locals welcome it because they see it as much needed development.

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Missing Chinese dive instructor found dead

A Chinese dive instructor at the Centara Grand Resort who was reported missing after going snorkelling has been found dead.

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Lawyer Mahfooz barred from court

Mahfooz Saeed, who was attacked while he was part of the legal team representing former president Mohamed Nasheed, has been barred from court by the Department of Judicial Administration.

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In chains: human rights in the Maldives

Praise for human rights progress in the Maldives has angered and alarmed defenders.

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Sports Commissioner resigns

Ahmed Nasheed, known as TC Dave, made the announcement on Facebook without stating a reason. “If I have acted wrongly towards anyone in sports during my time as commissioner, I urge you not to consider that as intentional,” he wrote. 

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Millions spent illegally on independence celebrations

Auditors found that MVR66 million (US$4 million) was spent on the 2015 festivities without putting the projects out for tender, as required by law before awarding projects worth more than MVR1.5 million.

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Drugs, deaths and tripping in the Maldives

The Maldives Independent is exploring the country’s party drug culture through interviews with users aged 16 to 25 and people who know them.

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‘Mosque cafe’ plans stall after backlash

The Male’ Friday Mosque, built in 1658, is on UNESCO’s Tentative World Heritage List and is described as “the most important heritage site of the country” and “one of the finest coral stone buildings in the world.”

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High Court overturns unfair dismissal ruling on protesting resort workers

The High Court overturned an Employment Tribunal unfair dismissal ruling over Sheraton’s Full Moon Resort sacking of three staff in 2014. 

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Member sues media council over refusal to investigate Raajje TV protest

Assad Shareef, a member of the Maldives Media Council, sued the regulatory body for declining to investigate a silent protest staged by Raajje TV staff at this year’s journalism awards ceremony.

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More than 100 social housing units put up for sale

The flats were put up for sale after its original recipients under a previous government’s social housing programme were unable to secure loans.

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Education ministry hits out at professor ‘ban’ reports

A local news outlet said Professor Hassan Ugail was banned by the Education Ministry. The report was later edited to say he faced “challenges” to appear at local schools.

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Government house calls for Maldivians insulting Islam on social media

The ‘house call’ initiative comes amid the ongoing trial of seven people charged with murdering liberal blogger and Internet activist Yameen Rasheed, whose death was justified and even welcomed on social media by those who saw him as an apostate.

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Maldives accused of intimidating, silencing media

Transparency Maldives has condemned the government for proposing a bill that would merge two existing media watchdogs and “expand its sphere of state control on print and social media as well”.

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Workplace sexual harassment in the Maldives: the struggle for justice

A social media campaign is aiming to reverse the culture of protecting perpetrators at work and blaming the victims, much like #Nufoshey (Don’t Harass) is a platform for highlighting the menace of street sex pests.

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Teachers ‘must’ monitor students in anti-extremism fight

Teachers in the Maldives must be educated on how to monitor students for extremist ideologies, according to the first strategy document from the National Counter Terror Centre.

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Chinese tourist drowns in Paradise Resort pool

A Chinese tourist died in a drowning accident in the pool of the Paradise Island Resort near the capital Malé. 

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