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Malé households do not separate waste, survey shows

A majority of household waste in Malé is collected by expatriate workers, each of whom dispose waste for an average of ten households every day, according to a survey by the state-owned Waste Management Corporation.

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Bangladeshi man stranded at sea in attempt to flee employer

A fishing boat found a Bangladeshi migrant worker stranded at sea in an alleged to flee from his employers at a resort under construction on a northern island.

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Government makes U-turn on affordable housing pledge

Some 300 families who were awarded flats by former President Mohamed Nasheed’s administration are being asked to pay MVR2million (US$129,701) for a flat, with the housing ministry announcing that it will prioritise families who can make the payment within five years.

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Time stands still: Maldivians react to Haveeru closure

Maldivians reacted with despair as the country’s oldest newspaper remained closed for a third day amidst a bitter ownership battle. “Three days without Haveeru is like deleting three days from the calendar,” one reader said.

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Court halts publication of Haveeru newspaper

The civil court has issued an order halting the publication of local daily Haveeru pending the outcome of a dispute over the ownership of the Maldives’ oldest newspaper. However, Haveeru Online version will continue to publish as the injunction only applies to the newspaper.

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Three Maldivians en route to Syria extradited

Three Maldivian men have been arrested in Turkey while attempting to illegally cross over into Syria and join extremist militant groups in the war-torn country.

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Sinamalé fire prompts building safety concerns

A fire that broke out in a public housing flat in Malé on Tuesday afternoon has left two family homes temporarily unlivable as residents claim that the flats were unsafe

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Two Maldivians arrested in Sri Lanka over sex-tape blackmail

The suspected racketeers were arrested yesterday from a hotel in Dehiwala, Colombo with two laptops containing nude video clips of more than 100 people, including five politicians. The alleged racketeers reportedly amassed more than MVR6 million from the blackmailing scam during the past two years.

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Malé City runs out of burial space

The Maldives’ congested capital Malé has run out of burial space. The government has now announced plans to bury the dead at a new cemetery on an artificial island nearby.

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Electricity restored on Thinadhoo after powerhouse fire

The state utility company has restored electricity on the southern population hub of Thinadhoo after a powerhouse fire left residents in the dark for four days. Experts are calling for a transition to renewable energy.

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WHO to confirm presence of Zika in the Maldives

Officials from the World Health Organisation are conducting tests in the Maldives for signs of the Zika virus in the wake of media reports that a Finnish man was infected by the mosquito borne virus during a visit last year.

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Maldives sees wave of arrests on sorcery charges

Three elderly men were arrested from two different islands on a charge of practicing black magic this week. Another four were arrested last week. The police claim to have found “tools for the practice of black magic” in their possession, but relatives of some of the suspects said police had only confiscated Arabic books.

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Thinadhoo without power for a third night

The residents of southern Thinadhoo Island are without power for a third night following a fire that destroyed its powerhouse. The state utility said it could take up to three months to rebuild the powerhouse, but hopes to restore power by Friday using donated electricity generators.

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Crisis in Thinadhoo after fire leaves thousands without electricity

A fire that destroyed southern Thinadhoo island’s powerhouse this morning has left thousands of people without electricity and water. Shops ran out of kerosene by evening as hundreds queued up to stock up for lanterns, and the island council is now rationing jet fuel brought in from the airport.

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New Maldives banknotes introduced into circulation

Following a launching ceremony at the president’s office, Dr Azeema Adam, the central bank’s governor, became the first to use the new banknotes for a purchase when she bought a papaya at the local market.

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Maldives unveils new e-passports

President Abdulla Yameen launched last night the new biometric Maldivian e-passport and automated e-gate service at the international airport.

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Two men arrested on charges of practicing sorcery

The suspects, aged 24 and 25, were taken into custody on Thursday based on information suggesting the pair were practicing sorcery or black magic, the police said yesterday. The police also searched the homes of the suspect as well as a warehouse with court warrants and confiscated “some items related to the case.”

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