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Maldives army stops tourists out ‘whale-watching’

The Maldives Coastguard on Wednesday stopped, searched and brought back to shore a group of seven tourists at sea on board a fishing vessel in southern Maldives. The tourists are accused of planning “activities that could harm Maldives’ interests and reputation abroad.”

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Anger over school photo exhibition’s ‘exclusion of Nasheed’

The exclusion of former President Mohamed Nasheed from a local school photo exhibition depicting Maldives history has sparked outrage among his supporters.

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Sporting community welcomes cash rewards for medals

The sporting community has welcomed President Abdulla Yameen’s decision to award cash prizes for medals in international sporting events. Hassan Saaid, who won a gold and a silver medal in the Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG), will receive a prize of MVR350,000 (US$22,698).

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Maldives islanders report ‘MH370 plane debris’

The Maldives Civil Aviation Authority (MCAU) and the police have started collaborating with the Malaysian Aviation Department in the search for the lost Malaysian flight MH370 after four islands reported discovering pieces suspected to be debris from a plane.

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Rights NGO condemns police obstruction of memorial walk for missing journalist

“Riot police manhandled family members and friends of Rilwan, used pepper spray at disproportionately close range, directly into the eyes of demonstrators and also arrested a member of Rilwan’s family who was later released,” the Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) said.

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Journalist’s family marks one year of disappearance with moment of silence

Meanwhile, New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has sent a letter to President Abdulla Yameen calling on the government to ensure a credible and independent investigation into the journalist’s disappearance.

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Maldives picks up more medals in Indian Ocean Island Games

The Maldives has to date won a total of seven medals at the ongoing Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG) in Reunion.

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Malé’s northern waterfront under construction again

Malé City’s northern waterfront is once again under construction with the presidential pier and the Republic Square closed to the public for further renovations. Two massive pine trees at the main square have also been uprooted.

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‘Others’ art exhibition lifts curtain on lives of migrant workers

The ‘Others’ exhibition at the national art gallery features photos of migrant workers at their workplaces as well paintings and installation art from 10 locally renowned artists.

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Majority of Maldivians travel overseas for medical treatment

Some 57 percent of Maldivians travel overseas for medical purposes while 32 percent travel for vacation, according to the Maldives Monetary Authority’s (MMA) ‘Maldivians Traveling Abroad Survey’ released today.

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Major changes to traffic flow in Malé

The roads around the Islamic Centre in central Malé are set to be pedestrianized in an effort to relieve traffic congestion and to allow the use of the adjacent Republic Square for mass prayers, the ministry of housing has said.

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Maldives wins first gold medal in an international sporting event

A Maldivian athlete made history on Sunday, winning the first gold medal at an international sporting event. Hassan Saaid won the gold medal for the 100 meter sprint at the ongoing Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG).

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Intermittent power outages expected in Malé City

Power was cut off in the Henveiru and Maafanu wards of the capital for an hour today with the State Electricity Company (STELCO) struggling to handle a peak load in electricity usage.

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Schools in Narudhoo remain closed over dengue

Schools in all but one island in the Maldives reopened today after being closed for more than a month due to a severe dengue fever outbreak.

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Maldivians awed by Independence drill

More than 2,000 students, police and military officers staged a three-hour drill depicting Maldivian history at the national stadium on Friday night.

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Independence 50 commemorative note on sale

An MVR5,000 (US$325) commemorative note issued by the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) to celebrate the golden jubilee of independence has been put on sale.

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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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