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Caterer dismisses complaints of poor quality, corruption in presidential banquet

A restaurant that catered the presidential banquet on Maldives’ Golden Jubilee of Independence has dismissed allegations of poor food quality and corruption.

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Child rights NGO partners with British High Commission for campaign to empower girls

“Through this partnership, ARC aims to invest in girls through practical skills development sessions to increase their capacity to compete for scholarships and job opportunities, and to enter careers that are non-traditional and that involve decision-making roles,” local NGO Advocating the Rights of Children explained.

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Maldives placed back on US human trafficking watch list

“The government did not initiate any prosecutions and there were no convictions in 2014, a decrease from one conviction in 2013, and some officials warned businesses in advance of planned raids to investigate suspected trafficking offences or other labour abuses,” reads the US State Department’s 2015 Trafficking in Persons report.

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State broadcaster to launch international television channel

The state broadcasting company, Public Service Media (PSM), yesterday announced plans to create an English language international TV channel called ‘Maldives’ in 2016.

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Independence 50 lights to remain in place till August 10

President Abdulla Yameen and First Lady Fathmath Ibrahim meanwhile opened a ‘LED Garden’ at the Sultan Park last night. The ‘Hulhudhaan’ exhibit features several artificial trees lit up with bright neon lights in the national colours of red, green and white.

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Independence Day celebrations continue with children’s evening, pedestrian hours

Celebratory activities to mark the Maldives’ 50th anniversary of independence from the British continued in Malé today with a children’s evening at the Sultan Park and a three-hour ban on vehicles.

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Independence 50 logos in Addu City vandalised with crude oil

‘Minivan 50’ (Independence 50) logos displayed on the walls of the Sharafuddin School and Maldives Road Development Corporation (MRDC) site in Addu City were vandalised with crude oil on Saturday night.

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Independence Day celebrations kick off with fireworks

Thousands watched in awe as the night sky over Malé lit up for more than half an hour with the largest display of fireworks the country has ever seen.

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STO cautions against panic buying as hundreds queue for petrol

“There is absolutely no shortage. We are operating out petrol stations at normal hours, but only rationing petrol because some people are buying petrol in bulk,” an STO media official told Minivan News.

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Nine hour power cut in Malé caused by damaged switch gear

The State Electricity Company (STELCO) has said that a power outage in the Galolhu ward of Malé around 1:00am last night was caused by a damaged switch gear at a distribution centre in Lily Magu. The power cut lasted more than nine hours and followed STELCO warning of intermittent cuts in the capital after one of two main 8MW generators at the power plant was damaged.

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Constitutional amendment on foreign land ownership up for debate tonight

A parliamentary debate on amending the constitution to allow foreigners to own land in the Maldives will be up for debate at an extraordinary parliament sitting tonight, only hours after it was submitted to parliament.

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Former presidents, Nasir and Gayoom, to be honored on Independence Day

Former presidents Ibrahim Nasir and Maumoon Abdul Gayoom are to receive an honorary shield on the Maldives’ golden jubilee of independence from the British on July 26. Nasir is being honored for his role in securing independence while Gayoom is being honored for maintaing independence.

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Three-hour play, skydiving among Independence day activities

A three-hour play with 2,000 students from across the country and a skydiving event are among activities planned to mark 50 years of independence.

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Senior TVM staff found guilty of sexual harassment, let off with warning

The state broadcasting company, Public Service Media (PSM), refused to confirm the decision made by an internal committee following an inquiry, but Minivan News has learned that the offender was let off with a written warning.

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Islamic ministry flags publication of religious books without permission

In a recent announcement, the Islamic ministry noted that the 1994 religious unity law requires written permission from the ministry to preach, deliver sermons, and publish books concerning religion.

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On social media, an outpouring of support for ex university vice chancellor

The resignation of Dr Hassan Hameed, the vice chancellor of the Maldives National University, has elicited an outpouring of support on social media and a campaign requesting President Abdulla Yameen to re-appoint him to the university board.

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Cause of seaplane crash remains uncertain

The civil aviation authority is yet to determine what caused a Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) seaplane to crash land near the Kuredhu Island Resort last week.

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